The 2016 Winter Meltdown was a phenomenal race despite the cold temperatures all day. The Pro All Star Series (PASS) was the main event on the card, while hosting the Southeast Super Truck Series (SEST), Southeast Limited Late Model Series, and the Mini Stock Mayhem Series as their companion races.
The PASS series had super late models from all over the east coast show up to take part in the event. The race started off with series veteran Preston Peltier leading the 32 car field to the green. There was several strong cars in the field and the race saw
The Southeast Super Trucks was filled with previous series champions, track champions, and rookies. Lee Tissot, the 2015 champion, showed up in a CM Driver Development & Leasing truck, along with 2013 champion Kenneth Headen, and Greenville Pickens Speedway Previous Track Champions Randy Porter and Anthony Anders. Also, Ahnna Parkhurst made her asphalt debut with Richard Childress Racing backing, and seemed to pick up a lot, adapting quickly as the day went on.
Anders would set fast time during qualifying for the SEST series, though would start fifth as a result of the invert. Ultimately, it was Tory Black who led the field to the green flag with Jamie Altop beside him. It did not take long before the first caution came out with Altop and Black making contact on the front stretch, handing the lead over to Kenneth Headen who had worked his way up front with Randy Porter right on his heels. Porter would eventually take over the top spot, while Anders was charging hard towards the front, passing Tissot for third.
On lap 52, Black and Parkhurst tangled coming out of turn four with both trucks able to continue. On the restart, it was Anders who moved to the front, passing Porter for the lead; Porter then pulled down pit road a few laps later with mechanical issues. The field raced hard for a few laps, with contact following between Kerry Lawrence and Parkhurst in turn two; Parkhurst was able to continue. Anders would go on to win the feature followed by Headen, Tissot, Jamie Barbrey, Black.
The Southeast Limited Late Model race was another exciting race, starting off with Mack Little leading the 18 car field down to the green flag with Anthony Alfredo beside him. Little would jump out to the early lead, dominating the first three quarters of the race. Little would lose the lead at that point, with the battle coming down to Dylan Hall and Chase Purdy swapping the lead back and forth over the last few laps. Both young talented drivers raced hard and put on a show for the fans, criss-crossing and maneuvering their rockets. Both were side by side making slight contact coming out the last corner with Chase Purdy winning the race by a mere nose ahead of Hall. Alfredo finished third, followed by Little and Luke Sorrow. Notably, Sorrow was runner up for Rookie of the Year in the Southeast Super Trucks last season.
AJ Sanders brought home the victory in the Mini Stock Mayhem race.
2016 Winter Meltdown Unofficial Results
- 73 Joey Doiron 2. 15 Mike Hopkins 3. 73 Preston Peltier 4. 35 Derek Ramstorm 5. 09N Jeremy Davis 6. 54 Matt Craig 7. 4N Ben Rowe 8. 09 Randy Gentry 9. 45 Kodie Conner 10. 4 Jay Fogleman 11. 33 Roger Lee Newton 12. 3 Kaz Grala 13. 10 R.S. Senter 14. 16ME Travis Stearns 15. 8F Tate Foglemen 16. 7 Tyler Church 17. 82 John-Michael Shennette 18. 23 Zachary Dabbs 19. 88 Kyle DeSouza 20. 71 Jimmy Doyle 21. 24J J.P. Joiasse 22. 01 Derek Scott Jr. 23. 5 Brennan Poole 24. 83 Joey Padgett 25. 59 Dustin Dunn 26. 5F Michael Faulk 27. 2M Matt Matheson 28. 7K Jody Lavender 29. 12 Trey Jarrel 30. 49 Jeff Batten 31. 16 Vinnie Miller 32. 64 Garrett Evans
Southeast Limited Late Models
- 41 Chase Purdy 2. 4 Dylan Hall 3. 5 Anthony Anders 4. 16 Mack Little 5. 9 Luke Sorrow 6. 35 Tasha Kummer 7. 28 Bob Root 8. 11 Dillon Houser 9. 29 Austin Northcutt 10. 33C Andrew Cordell 11. 23 Shon Gibson 12. 2 Amber Lynn 13. 10 Amber Balcaen 14. 1 Phillip Peters 15. 61 Justin Hicks 16. 33A Daniel Alverez 17. 17 Greg Bohannon 18. 16H Colby Howard 19. 07 Hayden Humphrey
Southeast Super Truck Series
- 36 Anthony Anders 2. 33 Kenneth Headen 3. 44 Lee Tissot 4. 20 Jamie Barbrey 5. 05 Tory Black 6. 23 Ahnna Parkhurst 7. 03 Kerry Lawrence 8. 32 Randy Porter 9. 66 Benny Davis 10. 54 Jamie Altop
Mini Stock Mayhem
- AJ Sanders 2. 16 Michael Tucker 3. 7 Brandon Clemments 4. 19 B.J. Thrasher 5. 26 Shaun Mize 6. 81 Chuck Wall 7. 98 Jimmy Crigger 8. 76 Bobby Tobleston 9. 24A Stephen Sanders 10. 71 Ben Kay 11. 22 Alan Mitchell 12. 23 Ken Candiotti 13. 53 Michael Rouse 14. 43 Brian Powell 15. 07M Neil Merideth 16. 20 Chuck Mitchell