An Easter weekend tradition continues this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) as Super Late Model team make their way to “The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars” for the Easter Bunny 150. Throughout its 11-year history, the Pro All Stars Series-sanctioned event has built up a reputation as one of the premier Super Late Model events in the Southeast.
To get you prepared for this year’s running of the race, Speed51.com’s resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the race “by the numbers.”
3: Preston Pelter is the only three-time winner of the Easter Bunny 150. Peltier has finished on the podium at the Easter Bunny at Hickory five times. He’s been third or better in each of his last three races.
10: Ben Rowe has made 10 starts in the Easter Bunny, having run every one since the first. Rowe has a win in 2009 and a total of four top-five finishes in the Easter Bunny.
10: A wild card this weekend will be the top 10 re-draw. After qualifying, the top-10 qualifiers will draw for their starting spot in the 15-lap race. While it’s a long race, a good starting spot could make or break some driver’s chances.
11: This is the 11th running of the Easter Bunny 150, which was the very first PASS South event way back in 2006. Mike Rowe won that race to kickoff the inaugural PASS South season.
21: This will be the 21st race at Hickory Motor Speedway for the PASS South Super Late Models. There have been 13 different winners with Preston Peltier having six wins. Other than Peltier, only Ryan Lawler and Ben Rowe have more then one win as they each have two at Hickory. The most wins at any PASS track comes from the north where Ben Rowe has nine wins at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH).
36: A total of 36 drivers have pre-entered for the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory. This race has seen car counts up into the 40’s and it wouldn’t be surprising if it reaches that number again.
47: Since its inception in 2006, 47 different drivers have visited victory lane in a PASS South race. Will that number grow to 48 this weekend or will we see a repeat winner?
51: For the second straight year, the Easter Bunny 150 will be streamed live on Speed51.com. Those unable to make the trip to Hickory can watch live video of the race for just $24.99. Race fans can purchase a live video ticket by clicking here.
150: The race is only 150 laps making it one of the biggest races with a racing distance of 150 laps or less.
160: Total number of drivers who have raced in the Easter Bunny 150 since the first running back in 2006.
250: The winner of the Easter Bunny 150 will receive an automatic starting spot in the 40th annual Oxford 250 in August.
Birth of a New Series: Just like it did in 2006 with PASS South, Hickory Motor Speedway will play host to the inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series presented by PASS race this weekend. Nineteen cars are pre-entered and the series is expecting many more drivers.
Runner Up: Tyler Church has been the runner up in each of the last two Easter Bunny 150’s.
Roll Call: The entry list includes several big names like Christopher Bell, Joey Dorion, Jay & Tate Fogleman, Mike and Ben Rowe and Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
Big Race: The Easter Bunny 150 is one of the biggest races that is a normal distance race. The race is big because of the fact it’s the first big date on the schedule, the northern guys come and run and you can race Hickory with many different types of engine packages.
Still Seeking: Jay Fugleman has been second and third at the Easter Bunny 150, but he’s never taken a win. Perhaps this is the year as he and his son Tate, who is the defending PASS South Champion, are entered.
2015 Preston Peltier
2014 DJ Shaw
2013 Preston Peltier
2012 Kyle Grissom
2011 Stephen Nasse
2010 Preston Peltier
2009 Ben Rowe
2008 Corey Williams
2007 Ryan Lawler
2006 Mike Rowe
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor