Officials with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced schedules for their Super Late Model division, the New England Super Modifieds (NESS), and the PASS MODS. Forty points-paying dates from April to October spread across the three touring series highlight a busy 2024 campaign for the premier sanctioning body in the Northeast. The PASS SLM tour will have 16 race dates in four different states, plus a pair of races on March 15th and 16th at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The high-powered NESS series will contest 12 races, with as many as four more to be added to the schedule in coming months. PASS Mods will compete in a 12-race series throughout the season and all three tours will play a major role in the 51st annual Oxford 250.
"This is the majority of our schedule for 2024," said PASS president Tom Mayberry. "There are a few other things we are looking at that will come out soon, but we wanted to get schedules out as quickly as possible so teams can make their plans."
Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models
The 16 race Northern Super Late Model points schedule will be highlighted by the 51st annual Oxford 250, a 4th straight trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the return of Star Speedway to the schedule.
One other new addition that is catching the ear of many and creating a buzz is the special Celebration of America with a 300-lap contest slated for Tuesday July 2nd and Wednesday July 3rd at Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS), paying a staggering $40,000 to win. Additionally, Sunday May 5th will feature a 100-lap qualifier to that 300 lap contest slated for early July.
"We wanted to add another really big premier race to our schedule and we couldn't think of a better time to do it then around the 4th of July week so fans and people could come and camp and enjoy some top-notch racing in a mid-week program," said Mayberry. He went on to point out that the SLM's would be dormant the following weekend, giving teams a chance to spend a weekend away from the track if they chose.
PASS also makes its return to Star Speedway on June 22nd and a second visit on September 13th as a part of the Star Classic weekend. Also on the schedule are two visits to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker in April and the World Series in October, three visits to popular While Mountain Motorsports Park, four other visits to series hub OPS, and single visits to Seekonk Speedway and Thunder Road Speedbow. One other change is the annual PASS 400 weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway will also become THREE separate points paying races and purses.
The traditional trip to Hickory Motor Speedway for a pair of 150 lap contests will kick off the racing season March 15th and 16th. While this pair of races is not a part of the PASS North points schedule, it will be a part of the SLM National schedule which will be finalized at a later time.
"We tried to keep a good balance of races while being mindful of travel but at the same time getting to the tracks that seem to be most popular for teams," said Mayberry.
New England Supermodified Series
The New England Supermodified Series is set to embark on its third season in 2024 with a 12- race schedule, plus a possible four more dates that build upon the last two successful years. With car counts climbing and interest at an all-time high, this is the year for the upstart series to make some moves forward. NESS will also boast two big races on their schedule with a visit to Star Speedway for the legendary Star Classic, along with a $10,000 to win race slated for July 3rd at Oxford Plains Speedway.
"After two years of steady growth we thought it was time to shake things up a little bit and give the NESS Series a couple of big races," said Mayberry. "We are really pleased with the progress, and interest is increasing every month."
The 12 race NESS schedule will see three trips each to Oxford Plains Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park. Also on the schedule will be a pair of races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Star Speedway, and Thunder Road Speedbowl in Vermont.
Mayberry went on to point out, "While we wanted to expand the schedule a little bit, we also still wanted to be mindful of travel and expenses. NESS was founded on a principal of cost control so we always need to stay near our home base and with mostly single day shows."
Standing tall in the NESS schedule is the September 14th date at Star Speedway for the 59th annual Star Classic. NESS will make its first appearance at the race that is rich in big block Supermodified racing history. Well-known drivers like Bentley Warren and Russ Wood boast victories at the tight 1/4 mile track in Epping New Hampshire.
Additionally, the July 3rd race at Oxford Plains Speedway will carry a $10,000 to win purse as the NESS series participate in the 1st annual 300 mid-week special at the famed, tricky 3/8 mile oval in Oxford.
Four dates are still TBD and may be added at a later time. July 2 and August 23rd are being evaluated as potential additional races for the series giving the NESS tour a pair of back-to-back race dates.
Additionally, officials at NESS and PASS are examining the option of bringing the tour to Hickory for a pair of non-point events on March 15 and 16. Drivers interested in committing to this trip need to contact PASS officials before February 1 to declare their intent. If 10 or more cars commit to going, NESS will make its first ever trip to one of the nation's most historic race tracks.
With the balance of the schedule slated for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, White Mountain Motorsports Park, and Thunder Road Speedbowl, the NESS series has cornered the market in unique and renowned venues in the Northeast.
The PASS MODS series will enter its 21st season with a 12-race schedule that keeps the touring series a bit closer to home base then in recent years. 2024 will see a pair of races at popular White Mountain Motorsports Park, two races at Star Speedway for the first time in many years, a visit to Thunder Road Speedbowl and the balance anchored by home track Oxford Plains Speedway. The series will also increase purses again for the second time in the last 12 months with 11 races paying $1000 to win. The PASS MODS will also boast their own stand-alone 100 lap race paying a $2000 to win on July 6th at OPS as they will be the headline division at the Route 26 oval that night.
"We really want to focus on building car counts back to where they were a couple seasons ago," said PASS President Tom Mayberry. "By keeping the series to 12 races and limiting travel along with another purse increase, we feel like that will help some of the part time teams run a full schedule in 2024."
The PASS MODS series has become a popular landing ground for young up-and-comers to learn their craft, while some of the veterans nearing the conclusion of their career find the PASS MODS a nice place to compete. With the 12-race schedule featuring either 1/4 mile high-banked tracks or the sweeping turns of the 3/8 mile OPS, it allows teams to be able to compete with minimal gear ratios and thus saves teams money. Further, the lack of any mid-week races and all the events being single day shows means teams do not have to worry about hotels and days off from work, making the series a real working man's tour.
Mayberry went on to say, "We have gotten some really good support from sponsors like Kennebec Equipment Rental and Weston Automotive along with others that have allowed us another purse bump. We thought pairing that up with reduced travel, a big race, and less gear changes would help teams save money and also try to make some trips they didn't in years past."
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2024 PRO ALL STARS SERIES SCHEDULES
March 15-16 - Fri-Sat - Hickory Motor Speedway - SLM/NESS TBD
April 6 - Sat - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Ice Breaker - SLM
April 13 - Sat - New Hampshire Motor Speedway Northeast Classic- SLM
April 28 - Sun - Oxford Plains Speedway - SLM/MODS
May 19 - Sun - White Mountain Motorsports Park- SLM/NESS
June 7 - Fri - Thunder Road - NESS
June 9 - Sun - Oxford Plains Speedway - SLM/MODS
June 22 - Sat - Star Speedway - SLM/MODS/NESS
July 2-3 - Tues-Weds - Oxford Plains Speedway - Celebration Of America - SLM/NESS
July 6 - Sat - Oxford Plains Speedway - MODS
July 14 - Sun - White Mountain Motorsports Park - SLM/MODS/NESS
July 27 - Sat - Seekonk Speedway - Bay State Summer Classic - SLM
Aug. 4 - Sun - Oxford Plains Speedway - SLM/MODS/NESS
Aug. 14 - Weds - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - NESS
Aug. 24-25 - Sat-Sun - Oxford Plains Speedway - 51st Oxford 250 - SLM/MODS/NESS
Sept. 13-14 - Fri-Sat - Star Classic - SLM/MODS/NESS
Sept. 21 - Sat - White Mountain - SLM/NESS
Oct. 5 - Sat - Thunder Road - SLM/MODS/NESS
Oct. 12 - Sat - Thompson World Series - SLM/NESS
Oct. 19 - Sat - Oxford Plains Speedway PASS 400 Weekend - SLM/MODS
Schedule Subject To Change
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