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Lonnie Sommerville Has High Expectations for PASS South "Southern Swing"

Tex Motorsports Marketing
Contact: Chris Ragle

Saint John, NB Canada 10/8/09- About the time the first freeze warnings of the year hit Lonnie Sommerville's hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada, is just about the time he's ready to head south for warmer weather and a longer racing season. Lonnie and his entire Lonnie Sommerville Racing team will, for the second straight year, make the twenty-two hour haul south for a pair of PASS South races.

The team will spend a few days preparing their #23 A.E. McKay Builders Chevy Impala at team consultant Gary Crooks' Mooresville, NC race shop before the southern swing kicks into high gear with a pair of test sessions. Then on October 16th and 17th at the South Boston (VA) Speedway the team will hope to improve on their impressive run at the Mason Dixon Meltdown from a year ago, which included Sommerville leading his fair share of laps around the 4/10th mile oval.

The very next weekend, on October 24th, Sommerville will be off to the Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway for The Howler 125. The ½ mile flat paper clip track favors horsepower in qualifying but in the closing laps you can bet Lonnie, with his crate powered Chevy Impala, should easily be able to make his way to the front.

"These two weeks down here is something my team really looks forward to doing every year. Its something we talk about all year long and with us having raced both tracks last year and at both tracks we had decent runs, it leaves us with some pretty high hopes of having a shot at winning a race down south. The only reason we even come this far is to win so we always have that gambling type of attitude once we get down here," said Sommerville.

Since the PASS South series inception in 2006 a handful of Canadians have took stabs at breaking into the history books as a winner in the series but as of yet none have really came close. Lonnie looked like he was on his way to doing so back in April at the Hickory Motor Speedway in the 2009 version of the Easter Bunny 150 when a shock mount broke in closing laps after he paced the field for fifty plus laps.

"I mean this year we won two of the three biggest races in the Maritimes but a win down south would definitely rank right on up there in my driving career. Winning a race down south, especially in PASS South, is just something that has never been done before and I want to be the first to do it," stated Sommerville.

Stay tuned to for all the latest news and information regarding Lonnie Sommerville Racing in 2009. For public relations and website information contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at or call 704-706-3666.

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