Pro Challenge Added to Mason-Dixon Meltdown Lineup
"Open-Style" Event for Scaled-Down Racecars & Trucks Add To an Already Exciting Weekend
CONCORD, NC (August 10, 2006) – Just when it seemed that the November 24th and 25th weekend at South Boston Speedway (VA) could not get any more exciting, today's announcement by Mason-Dixon Meltdown promoters that the Pro Challenge Series has been added to the weekend's festivities means an even more action-packed two days at the historic 1/2-mile track.
In addition to the already announced Super Late Model and Tour-Type Modified twin 250-lap features on Saturday the 25th and the Legends Semi-Pro and Pro/Masters features on Friday, the Pro Challenge Series will compete in a 50-lap non-points event to cap off their 2006 season at South Boston also as part of the weekend's festivities. The high-power, ¾-scaled replicas of Nextel Cup cars and trucks will fly around South Boston with action that will be tough to match, just as they have been as part of a full season of National and Regional racing throughout the Eastern Seaboard and Canada.
"This is going to be a blast for anyone who has not seen these machines yet," said Bob Dillner, co-promoter of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown with Tom Mayberry, owner of the Pro All Stars Series. "The Pro Challenge Series features bad-to-the-bone fast racecars and some of the best up-and-coming talent in the nation duking it out against veterans like two-time champ Terry Mathis. You'll see kids such as Zach Stroupe, Kenny Forbes, Jason Treschl, Jonathan Chandler, Kyle Mitchell, John Stancill and more going up against guys like Marty Arender, the Sanders boys out of Florida and Dean McIntyre. We hear special guest drivers might be invading the Pro Challenge scene for this prestigious event as well."
Pro Challenge racing has become one of the hottest developmental series in the country. The scaled-down cars and trucks compete in five regional series throughout the country, with a 12-race National Points-paying championship schedule from February to September. With the National Championship being decided at South Boston (Sept 2nd) just a couple of months before the Mason-Dixon Meltdown, the newly-crowned Aaron's Pro Challenge Series National Champion will have the chance to show off his title, but a strong field of eager hopefuls will be gunning to take down the champ.
"Right now we have a title fight similar to that of Muhammad Ali / Joe Frazier boxing days. Mathis is the champ, the Ali-type, and Stroupe is the young Joe Frazier trying to fight his way to the top. These guys have been putting on a fantastic fight all year and with others like Corey LaJoie (Randy LaJoie's son) and others throwing their hat in the ring, the competition has been fantastic. South Boston will be the perfect place to the final fight of the year, and we hope several of these guys use the September 2nd national point finale as a little warm-up."
It was recently announced that Friday's activities, along with Modified and Super Late Model qualifying, will include a full slate of Legends Car Series racing for both Semi-Pro and Pro/Masters Divisions, in addition to the Pro Challenge qualifying. The addition of the Pro Challenge series means hundreds of racecars will be packing the pit area, making the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at South Boston Speedway one of the biggest events in the entire country. The big purse for the Pro Challenge event will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information on the "Mason-Dixon Meltdown," please contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 455-2051 and check out www.masondixonmeltdown.com. For more information on the PASS South Series be sure to visit www.racewithpass.com. For more information on the PASS North Series, contact Mike Twist at DSG by calling (207) 590-1786 and be sure to visit the official website of PASS North, www.proallstarsseries.com.
For more information about South Boston Speedway, phone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.
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