MIDLAND, NC (May 25) – Matt Wallace prevailed over Harrison Burton after a torrid battle through the last 20 laps to win the Old Glory 125 Friday night for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models. Wallace’s dramatic victory was his first triumph in a PASS South Super Late Model.
“I don’t know how we did it tonight, the 12 car [Burton] is definitely one to beat right now, they’re the best short track car in the country basically,” said Wallace, after climbing from the Unkers Theraputic Products Chevrolet in victory lane. “It’s truly an honor to race side-by-side with these guys and win. There was actually a lot of momentum up on the outside and my dad kept me pumped up. This is awesome.”
In qualifying, Burton set a new track record with a lap of 15.703 seconds (114.628 MPH) for his first careerPASS South quick qualifying time around the fast half-mile triangle. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Preston Peltier would move to the pole position, while Burton would slot into the eighth starting spot.
When the green flag waved to start the Old Glory 125, Peltier took the initial lead over Lucas Jones. Burton would start making his way to the front, passing Jared Irvan for fifth on lap 15. Meanwhile, Wallace was also on the move, taking second from Jones, and then bypassing Peltier in the dogleg for the lead on lap 24.
The first caution of the night would not wave until lap 39 when Wes Burton slowed on track. Following the restart, Jones would get the advantage over Wallace on lap 41, but would relinquish the lead back to him in turn three just seven laps later. The race would continue caution-free until lap 75 when Peltier looped his ill-handling car exiting turn three.
Prior to the restart, Burton had bypassed Jones for second and would start alongside Wallace as they came back to green. Burton got the advantage over Wallace to take the lead for the first time in the race. The caution would wave again with 25 laps to go for a hard crash by Corey Heim in the dogleg, which saw his machine briefly catch fire.
On the final restart of the night, Wallace returned the favor to Burton, taking the lead from the outside entering turn one. Over the final laps, Burton was able to get under Wallace several times exiting turn three, only to have Wallace skirt out ahead in turn one and through the dogleg. Despite fighting an extremely loose car in the final laps, Wallace was able to hold off Burton by a car length for his first career PASS South Super Late Model win. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Moore, Irvan, and Jeff Fultz. Finishing sixth through tenth were Kodie Conner, Bronson Butcher, Jones, Dustin Dunn, and Roy Hayes.
The PASS South Super Late Models will hit the track again on Saturday, July 21 at Orange County Speedwayfor the Orange Blossom Special. The top five finishers at Orange County will receive guaranteed starting positions for either the Oxford 250 in August or the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway in October. Entry forms will be available soon at ProAllStarsSeries.com. Be sure to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.
PASS South Super Late Model – Old Glory 125 – Unofficial Results
- 6 – Matt Wallace 125 11. 2t – Gracie Trotter 125
- 12 – Harrison Burton 125 12. 54 – Matt Craig 124
- 74 – Ryan Moore 125 13. 12x – Joe Graf, Jr. 123
- 28 – Jared Irvan 125 14. 24j – JP Josiasse 121
- 54x – Jeff Fultz 125 15. 78 – Corey Heim 99
- 45 – Kodie Conner 125 16. 33 – Preston Peltier 84
- 23 – Bronson Butcher 125 17. 37 – Dan Speeney 61
- 16 – Lucas Jones 125 18. 13 – Wes Burton 42
- 59 – Dustin Dunn 125 DNS 17 – Mike Speeney
- 15 – Roy Hayes 125