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Hickory's Easter Bunny 150 Has Been Good To Veterans And Youngsters Alike
Mar 20, 2013 - updated Mar 20th, 2013 8:18am
Web posted by Alan Deitz
Charlotte, NC. --
Hickoryâ€™s Easter Bunny 150 Has Been Good To Veterans and Youngsters Alike
CHARLOTTE, NC (March 20) â€“
Since the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced its expansion into the
Southeast back in 2006, the Easter Bunny 150 has grown into one of the
biggest Super Late Model races in the country. Regularly attracting
40-50 of the Nationâ€™s top short track drivers, the Easter Bunny trophy
is at the top of most racecar drivers Spring wish list. And, this
yearâ€™s second race of the 2013 PASS National Series on March 30th should not be any different.
One would think a race that attracts Super Late Model racingâ€™s best
would favor veteran drivers. That was certainly the case in 2006 when
New England legend Mike Rowe won over fellow veterans Chuck Barnes, Clay
Rogers, and Scott Mulkern. But, that yearâ€™s fifth place finisher had
something up his sleeve for the old timers in 2007. Texas tyro Ryan
Lawler was impressive in the Inaugural Easter Bunny, but he was dominant
the following year, showing that youth and speed could beat old age and
treachery at legendary Hickory.
In 2008, youth once again prevailed when Maineâ€™s Corey Williams took
the checkered flag and launched himself into the national spotlight.
But, by 2009, the veterans again showed they knew their way around
Hickory totally dominating that yearâ€™s Easter Bunny 150. Not a single
youngster that year led a lap as Ben Rowe claimed the win over Jeff
Fultz and Aric Almirola. With all the wins that Ben and his Dad, Mike,
have collected over the years, their Easter Bunny 150 triumphs rank at
the top of their racing bucket lists.
being Hickory is pretty huge for us up in Maine,â€ said Ben Rowe, a
two-time Hickory winner. â€œEverybody likes to go there with the history
of the racetrack and everything. Youâ€ll show up there with 50 cars so
when you can win at Hickory and beat the racetrack and 50 other
competitors, that says a lot. I know there are 10-12 teams from up in
Maine coming down to try and win that race.â€
But winning at Hickory is anything but easy, whether young or old. The
60-year-old, .363 mile speedway has multiple grooves and can be quite
tough on tires. A recipe that works well for Roweâ€™s driving style.
â€œHickoryâ€™s all about patience, a lot of guys bring engines down with no
power,â€ said Rowe. â€œA lot of taking goes on at Hickory and not a lot
of giving. Youâ€™ve got to get around a good bunch of guys that know how
to race and ride around for the first three quarters of the race and
then race like crazy at the end.â€
That combination worked perfectly for Preston Peltier in his 2010
victory and he lookeded to have the place figured out, seemingly
cruising to another Easter Bunny win in 2011. But, on a late restart,
youth prevailed when Floridaâ€™s Stephen Naase aggressively took the lead
from Peltier and held on for the biggest win of his young career.
Matthews, NCâ€™s Brandon Lynn hopes to emulate Nasseâ€™s success. After
all, Lynn is a past Limited Late Model winner at Hickory and is being
guided by veteran crew chief David Pletcher, the same man who helped
Nasse to victory lane. Lynn already has a fourth place finish at Dillon
and sits in the top 10 in PASS South Super Late Model points,
encouraging for the young driver as he heads into one of the biggest
races of the season.
â€œHickoryâ€™s one of my favorite tracks to run at and itâ€™s a track weâ€™ve
got a lot of experience at,â€ said Lynn. â€œTo work with Pletcher and to
get any knowledge that he has, especially with a past at Hickory which
has resulted in wins, I think weâ€™re with the right guys and can get it
As the PASS South Super Late Models head to Hickory Motor Speedway on March 30th,
Kyle Grissom will definitely be targeted as one of the drivers to beat.
Heâ€™s the defending winner of the Easter Bunny and is coming off of a
thrilling come from behind win at Myrtle Beach. But, he wonâ€™t have to
look far for tough competition. A strong group of Super Late Model
racers will be making the trek down from Maine including Dillon winner
Austin Theriault, PASS National points leader Joey Doiron, along with
Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw. Other drivers who have already filed entries
include defending PASS National Champion Jay Fogleman and his son, Tate,
Georgiaâ€™s Spencer Davis, Brandon Ward, Zak Hausler, Bobby Measmer, Jr.,
and Karl Weber.
Action gets under way on Friday, March 29th
with rotating practice from 3 â€“ 6:30 PM for the PASS South Super Late
Models, PASS Pro Late Models, and the brand new CCS Modified division.
On Saturday, March 30th,
pit gates open at 10 AM, with rotating practice for all divisions from
Noon â€“ 2:50 PM, qualifying at 3:30 PM and feature racing at 6 PM.
South Super Late Model entry forms for the Easter Bunny 150 as well as
the 2013 PASS license forms for all divisions can be found at
Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North Americaâ€™s premier
sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee
events as the PASS Northwest Triple Crown at Wenatchee Valley Super
Oval, PASS Southâ€™s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor
Speedway, the Autobus La Qubecoise Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere,
and the legendary TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. For technical
information concerning all PASS divisions please contact Scott Reed at
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