Hickory Motor Speedway

Courtesy of Pro Star Series: Kodie Conner, from Kannapolis, enters Saturday atop the points standings with a 10-point advantage over Matt Craig.

HICKORY – With the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series having an off weekend, Hickory Motor Speedway will host the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model division for the second of three visits.

In addition to the Super Late Models, the Limited and Midgets Divisions also will run.

The green flag waves at 7 p.m. with the Midgets followed by the Limited’s. After, the featured event, Super Late Models, will begin.

Attention turns to 15-year-old in Super Late Models

As of Wednesday, 13 drivers are slated to start in the Super Late Models with much of the attention on 15-year-old Kodie Conner.

Conner, from Kannapolis, enters Saturday atop the points standings with a 10-point advantage over Matt Craig.

In the first race at HMS on March 26, Conner finished 12th while Craig posted a 14th-place finish in the Easter Bunny 150.

Conner was involved in a three-car crash on lap 129 ending his chances of a win.

Ben Rowe, the winner in March, isn’t entered in the event which puts the focus on Conner and Craig.

In his first full season in the Super Late Model division, Conner finished in the top-10 in three of his five starts and third or better twice.

Despite his 12th-place finish in March, Conner is no stranger to victory and winning at HMS.

Conner, who started racing at age 5, has 120 career wins, 10 track records, 10 championships, two wins in first starts and three wins at HMS.

Conner won his first race at HMS in the CCS Bandolero Bandits division in 2011 in his first start at HMS and posted two wins in 2015 en route to winning the PASS Pro Late Model Championship.

The third-generation driver is hoping to put Saturday’s race in perspective.

“This season is my first full season in the Super Late Models so I am trying to use this as my next step,” Conner said. “This weekend coming up is a big weekend. With the history Hickory has to be able to have a Super Late Model win would be an honor. My goal is a win and if not that a top three.”

Conner says the surface at HMS is the biggest challenge in getting around and staying out of trouble.

“Hickory is a tough track,” Conner said. “Both corners are completely different and the asphalt is rough. The main (thing) there is to be on your toes and take care of your equipment as much as possible so you are there at the end.”

This will be a challenging schedule for the PASS drivers as they are slated to run at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway on Friday then make the early morning drive to Hickory.

Qualifying starts at 5 p.m. with an autograph session scheduled for 6:15 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.

For admission prices and other information, call HMS at 828-464-3655.

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