Dartmouth’s Nicholas Naugle finished the best of three Nova Scotia entries in Saturday’s PASS National/South Series Mason Dixon Meltdown season finale at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Naugle wound up eighth on the field with Porters Lake’s Cole Butcher 12th, and Maine’s Cassius Clark brought the Pictou-based entry from King Racing home in 21st.

Mooresville, NC’s Brandon Setzer, son of retired NASCAR racer Dennis Setzer, won the race and Maine’s Ben Rowe’s sealed his sixth PASS National championship with his fifth=place finish.

Butcher started the race from the third spot after qualifying 10th and by lap 100 was in the lead for a few laps, eventually falling back with a reported bent rear end. Clark started 32nd on the field with no practice due to the late arrival of his race car. He ran as high as fifth before a flat tire mid-way in the race put them back in the pack and down laps after pitting under green. Naugle started near the back of the pack after qualifying through the last chance race and kept his nose clean for the top 10 finish.

Unofficial Race Results

1) 6 – Brandon Setzer – 300 Laps
2) 60 – DJ Shaw – 300
3) 45 – Kodie Conner – 300
4) 55 – Spencer Davis – 300
5) 4 – Ben Rowe – 300
6) 94 – Garrett Hall – 300
7) 16ME – Travis Stearns – 300
8) 08 – Nicholas Naugle – 300
9) 7 – Travis Benjamin – 300
10) 46 – Dennis Spencer Jr. – 300
11) 24 – Mike Rowe – 299
12) 53 – Cole Butcher – 299
13) 7L – Glen Luce – 296
14) 49 – Jeff Batten – 294
15) 43 – David Calabrese – 294
16) 98 – Jody Measamer – 291
17) 24J – JP Josiasse – 291
18) 7F – Dave Farrington Jr. – 281
19) 55T – Gracie Trotter – 245
20) 35 – Derek Ramstrom – 243
21) 13 – Cassius Clark – 243
22) 54 – Matt Craig – 238
23) 12 – Trey Jarrell – 191
24) 8 – Tate Fogleman – 152
25) 15 – Roy Hayes – 125
26) 61 – TJ Brackett – 71
27) 12G – Derek Griffith – 63
28) 9 – Chris Dilbeck – 42
29) 47 – Gabe Brown – 38
30) 4M – Kyle McCallum – 22
31) 09 – Kayla Eshleman – 22
32) 64 – Garrett Evans – 21
33) 99 – John Gustafson – 16
DNS: 41 – Trevor Sanborn

The season is not over for Butcher, Clark, Ben Rowe and many others who plan to enter the 50th Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on December 3.