The event will make history this year, with the first-ever twin 150s after the event was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we look back at past history of the Easter Bunny 150.
2006 – The first Easter Bunny 150 is held at Hickory Motor Speedway in conjunction with the Pro All Stars Series. 32 cars flocked to Hickory as Northeast legend Mike Rowe scored the first win in the south for the Pro All Stars Series. Chuck Barnes, Jr. was second and Clay Rogers rounded out the top three.
Mike Rowe scored the win in the inaugural Easter Bunny 150 in 2006, ahead of Chuck Barnes, Jr. and Clay Rogers.
2007 – The second Easter Bunny 150 goes to Texas driver Ryan Lawler who would use this race as a stepping stone to the PASS title and a Winchester 400 win later that fall. Ben Rowe posts a second-place finish and Tim Nooner is third.
2008 – 40 cars enter the 2008 race, which sees Corey Williams out run 2007 winner Ryan Lawler. The win by Williams marks the second for Maine drivers in the Easter Bunny 150.
2009 – Another deep field of 30 cars is on hand for the 2009 season in which Ben Rowe scores the third win for Maine drivers in this race. Jeff Fultz is second and future NASCAR driver Aric Almirola is third. A fellow young NASCAR driver named Ryan Blaney is fourth.
2010 – The Carolina-based drivers get some revenge, as Preston Peltier wins the Bunny over Jay Fogleman and Ryan Blaney. A highly competitive race saw 14 cars on the lead lap.
2011 – Stephen Nasse was the best of the 44 cars that showed up to Hickory Motor Speedway in 2011. Nasse beat 2010 winner Preston Peltier and Jay Fogleman was third. Ryan Blaney was in the top four for the third-straight season.
2012 – Kyle Grissom wins one for North Carolina over Landon Cling and Trey Mitchell. Grissom led 106 of the 150 laps on the way to his victory. There were seven lead changes among three leaders as Grissom also set fast time.
2013 – Preston Peltier leads the final 11 laps to score the win in the Easter Bunny 150. Peltier is the first driver to win twice in the Easter Bunny 150. D.J. Shaw is second and Trevor Sanborn posts a third-place run.
2014 – One year after finishing second, D.J. Shaw comes back to Hickory from New Hampshire and beats out Tyler Church and Preston Peltier to win the 2014 Easter Bunny 150.
2015 – Preston Peltier made it two wins in three years and three overall with a win in the 2014 Easter Bunny 150. Tyler Church was second for the second year in a row. 2006 Easter Bunny winner Mike Rowe grabs a podium ahead of his son Ben Rowe who is fourth. Peltier led a race high 123 laps.
2016 – Ben Rowe becomes the second driver to win the Easter Bunny 150 more then once. Rowe leads 114 laps to bring the winner’s trophy back to Turner, Maine. Riley Herbst was second and Derem Ramstrom ws third. 40 cars in total showed up for this event
2017 – Preston Peltier pushes his win total to four in the Easter Bunny 150 as he outduels Ben Rowe for the win in the 2017 race. Matt Craig is third as Cole Butcher and Brandon Setzer complete the top five.
2018 – Marking his second feat of back-to-back wins in the Easter Bunny 150, Preston Peltier pushes his win total to five. Hickory veteran Shane Lee is second and Brandon Setzer is third. Eight cautions slowed the race as Preston Peltier led 83 laps en route to the victory.
2019 – In a race that featured 11 lead changes among five drivers, it was Derek Ramstrom leading the final three laps to post the victory. It was the second-straight win at Hickory for him after he won the Mason Dixon Meltdown the previous season.
2020 – The race was canceled and two events would be set to run in 2021 on Easter weekend.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo