By Rhonda Beck

Concord NC’s Kyle Grissom heads into the Firecracker 150 on July 3, 2012 at Anderson Speedway in Williamston, S.C. tied for the points lead with Brandon Ward in the PASS South super late model touring series. Grissom, the 2005 UARA Rookie of

the Year and son of 1993 NASCAR Nationwide champion Steve Grissom, is in his first year on the Pro All Star Series tour.

Grissom won the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway on April 7 and the CV Products 125 at Concord (NC) Speedway on May 26 and is pleased with the start to his season.

We’ve felt real good this year. This is the first car Greg Marlowe’s built in this series and five (now six) races in we’ve won two races. That was more than what we expected at the start of the year. I’ve been really enjoying working with Greg.  We’re just trying to keep on learning; hopefully we’ll still be running this good at the end of the year,” said Grissom.

Grissom’s most recent PASS Series race was at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va. on June 9.

“I’ve never raced here at South Boston,” said Grissom prior to the race. “We’ve been up here and practiced a few times this year. So far I really like the racetrack. I’ve always heard a lot about it but have never actually got a chance to run a race. Seems like it’s going to wear out the tires as the race goes on. So we’ll just try to take care of our tires and be there at the end of the race.”

The race was won by Landon Cling, while Grissom finished ninth. Grissom said the competition is tough each time out.

“Every week there’s a lot of good cars–the same core group of guys that come, the same eight or ten that are running for points. They’re all strong and they’ve all run up front at different points in the year,” said Grissom.

The fact that various drivers have more experience at certain racetracks adds to the challenge.

“Like at tracks like Concord, you had Clayton Rodgers and Bobby Measmer. You get these guys who’ve been running these cars for a long time and really know a lot about this racing. I really enjoy it and it’s been a lot of fun and we’ll just try to win a few more races,” said Grissom.

Grissom’s success in the first half of the season has him pursuing the points title.

“From where we are right now our goal is to try to win the championship. That’s something we weren’t really thinking about at the start of the year. It’s really early, but with the way things have been going, we’re gonna try to keep working hard,” said Grissom. “Greg Marlowe just built me a brand new race car so we’re gonna be running that at Anderson, the next race. That’s gonna be another learning curve for us with another brand new car. We’ll see how that goes.”

(Author Rhonda Beck is a freelance writer and member of the National Motorsports Press Association)