A name synonymous with Pro All Stars Series (PASS) racing in recent years will return to competition with the series this weekend during the Easter Bunny 150. DJ Shaw, the 2014 PASS North champion, stepped away from the series with the No. 60 Precision JLM team following a dispute at last year’s Oxford 250, but will return with his family-owned No. 49 at Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend.
Shaw told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that he has had discussions with PASS President Tom Mayberry since the Oxford 250 in August and is looking forward to returning to the series.
“We’ve talked a little bit,” he explained. “(Mayberry) and (Precision JLM team owner) Julio (Miglioli) are definitely in different places, but we’re going to try to race for everybody and make everybody happy.”
Shaw will return to Hickory this weekend looking to win his second Easter Bunny 150 after winning the race in 2014. While the Center Conway, New Hampshire native wasn’t able to make the trip south to defend his win one year ago, he explained that it wasn’t because he didn’t want to.
“I’ve wanted to go every year,” said Shaw with a laugh. “Last year my grandfather got into the Maine State Racing Hall of Fame so we stayed back for that. We missed our opportunity at defending, so I’d like to go back and get it again.”
Looking at the entry list for the race, Shaw views the Easter Bunny 150 as a good shot to prove himself against some of the best Super Late Model racers in the country. With drivers such as Christopher Bell, Preston Peltier and Brandon Setzer entered for the race, it gives Shaw the opportunity to go up against drivers he normally wouldn’t get the chance to race against.
“I like the competition of a race like that,” explained the second-generation racer. “I wish guys like that would come to our element more often, too. There’s only so many marquee events, but luckily this is one of them that we can make and hopefully we stack up good against them.”
If Shaw is to get to victory lane at Hickory Saturday afternoon he knows he’s going to have to do it by being patient. Hickory is a race track known for being abrasive on tires, and with 150 laps on the docket he recognizes that it will be important to save his race car for the end.
“It seems like every race down south is that way now,” said Shaw. “The tracks down there are so old and worn out for the most part that it seems to be a different style of racing. I don’t think you can lay around in a North race like that and go at the end. It seems to be the style down there for sure.”
Following the Easter Bunny, Shaw plans to make an attempt at running the full PASS North campaign with his family-owned team. His father (Dale Shaw, Sr.) recently purchased a Super Late Model that DJ drove at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway back in 2007. They have updated that car and plan to have that be their primary PASS North car.
“We’re going to take everything race by race really where it’s our own funding. Without Julio it’s a lot tougher. We’re going to try to do everything race by race and see what we get. We’ve got another pit cart, another trailer and everything ready to do it. We’ve just got to hope everything falls right.”
Easter Bunny 150 weekend kicks off at Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, March 25 with a full day of practice for the PASS Super Late Models, Southern Modified Racing Series and South East Mini Stock Tour.
On Saturday, March 26, qualifying will take place for all three divisions prior to the Super Late Model last chance race. The South East Mini Stock Tour will hold their first feature race of the season before a full field of PASS Super Late Models battle in the Easter Bunny 150.
Following the Easter Bunny 150, the inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series Easter Bunny 125 will get underway as the Tour-Type Modiifeds pound the pavement at Hickory.
Fans unable to make the trip to Hickory, North Carolina can watch the Easter Bunny 150 via a live video stream on Speed51.com. To order your live video ticket, click here.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Pro All Stars Series