Wins the Firecracker 150, takes over the Championship point lead,secures spot in the All American 400

Charlotte, NC 7/5/12-Brandon Ward timed things out perfectly running down Landon Cling from ten car lengths back and then out dueled the youngster on a lap 127 restart to pick up his second career win and his second win of the season. In addition to the win Ward took over sole possession of the PASS South championship points lead and also earned himself a guaranteed starting position for the $22,000 to win All American 400 at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in October.

“It took this team a long time to get their first win in this series, but I’m sure glad it didn’t take as long for them to get their second,” stated an excited Brandon Ward from Anderson Motor Speedway victory lane. ”This win was huge because it gave us the points lead and it also gives us an automatic starting position for the All American 400 in October. I have to thank all my sponsors Foothill Ford,, and every single one of my crew guys for their hard work all season.”

The holiday event kicked off with Jay Fogleman setting fast time after topping the charts throughout the day’s previous practice session. It was Ross Kenseth who didn’t make it to the track until right before the second practice session that had the lucky fingers as he redrew the pole position in the series drawing of the top ten qualifiers. The position allowed the Wisconsin native to jump out to the lead over the twenty-three car starting field. After just 15 laps the field settled into single file racing with lots of give and take early on as drivers were noticeably racing smart to be there at the end, and have a shot at the win and that all important automatic starting position for the All American 400 in Nashville.

A driver who last raced with the series in 2007 at the same Anderson Motor Speedway was Johnny Brazier of Lickskillet, Alabama. Brazier stayed glued to the rear bumper of Kenseth riding in the second position until Kenseth decided the pressure was too much too early and waived Braizer to the lead on lap thirty-nine. Just after Brazier took the top spot the yellow flag would fly on lap forty-one for the first time for Kyle Bonsignore making hard contact with the turn two wall. As quick as Brazier lead the field back to green was as quick as his #71 machine would fall to the inside of the field and off the field with an apparent miss in the power plant.

This gave the lead to Kyle Grissom for the next fourteen laps before Landon Cling decided to flex his muscle and make his way to the front taking over the lead on lap sixty. The Arizona driver then opens up a ten car length lead over the runner up spot while leading the next sixty-six laps before the spinning car of Florida driver Ken Lilley displays the yellow for just the second time. This was exactly what Brandon Ward, who had shrank Cling’s lead down to a car length just before the caution, needed to make his move for the win. Ward’s better abilities through the gearbox allowed the #62 machine to get out front and never look back giving his New Day Motorsports team their second win of 2012.

Next up for the “BIG BOYS WITH THE BAD FAST TOYS” PASS South Super Late Model Series will be the Motor Mile 150 at the Motor Mile Speedway located in Radford, Virginia on Saturday night July 14th. For more information on the PASS South Series or any of the PASS sanctioned series visit

PASS South-Firecracker 150
Anderson Motor Speedway-Williamston, South Carolina
Unofficial Results

#62 Brandon Ward
#29 Landon Cling
#26 Preston Peltier
#19 Nate Caruth
#31 Kyle Grissom
#4 Jay Fogleman
#25 Ross Kenseth
#48 John Batten
#98 Jodi Measamer
#17 Ken Lilley
#60 RA Brown
#311 Matt Kurzejewski
#14 Clete Caywood
#89 David Latour Jr.
#97 Patrick Staropoli
#33 Roger Lee Newton
#2 Gray Gaulding
#711 Jimmy Doyle
#8 Eric Stokes
#09 Randy Gentry
#71 Johnny Brazier