Here are 10 things to know about this weekend’s racing from Hickory.
1 – Because of the pandemic in 2020 the Easter Bunny 150 was moved to the 2021 season setting up a Friday-Saturday doubleheader. This is a chance for teams to race twice in the same weekend.
2 – A total of 35 Super Late Models are on hand for the Friday Easter Bunny 150. We hope all cars will be able to run again on Saturday for the second leg of the Easter Bunny 150. The Saturday list is only 31 entries strong at this time. but that number could change based on how things go on Friday.
3 – Preston Peltier is the only five-time winner of the Easter Bunny 150. He is not expected to be in the field this weekend.
4 – Earlier in the week Speed51.com took a look back at The Easter Bunny 150 through the years. Here is a look at the capsule of those past events.
5 – There will be a lot of star power in the Tar Heel state this weekend, including multi-time PASS champions Ben Rowe, DJ Shaw, and Travis Benjamin. Mike Hopkins won the PASS National title in 2019 the same day Ben Ashline won the last race PASS ran in the south. Throw in Cole Butcher, two-time World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing champion Derek Griffith and others and it’s sure to be a great weekend of action.
6 – In addition to the Super Late Model event, the ACT Late Models will have 30 drivers on hand for the twin 125-lap race on Friday and Saturday. Some drivers like Mike Hopkins, Ben Rowe and Jake Johnson will be doing double duty between the two series.
7 – In all, there will be 275 laps per day at the Easter Bunny weekend. This will be the 15th and 16th running of the Easter Bunny 150.
Between the PASS Super Late Models and the ACT Late Models, there will be 275 laps of racing on both Friday and Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway.
8 – The first Easter Bunny 150 was run in 2007 when Mike Rowe won the first PASS South event at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). The Maine veteran driver battled some the best in the southeast.
9 – Mike’s son Ben Rowe has run every Easter Bunny 150 after the first one. In his 13 starts, he has two wins and six top-five finishes in the Easter Bunny 150. The younger Rowe has three career wins at Hickory.
10 – You can watch all the action on Speed51.TV. Click here to check out one or both nights of action from Hickory Motor Speedway.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo