After spending two years battling for wins and championships in the PASS Modified ranks, Kate Re moved up to Super Late Models in 2020 to compete with the Northeast’s best on the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) circuit. Now, with one season in Late Models under her belt, she’s ready to venture outside the region for the first time to kick off the PASS National season with the twin Easter Bunny 150s at the beginning of April.
The Easter Bunny 150 has historically been an event that has seen a heavy Northeast presence in the Southeastern United States, which mixed with top talent from North Carolina and surrounding areas provides a completely different feel compared to the series’ home base. All these factors has Re looking forward to the start of the new season.
“I’m extremely excited, I can’t wait to try a new track. The atmosphere in North Carolina is so much different than it is up here,” Re told Speed51. “I’m just excited to experience Hickory, it’s really cool to go to such a historic place. You get to meet all these people. It’s just a huge learning experience and a whole bunch of different emotions.”
Re had spent 2018 and 2019 competing in the PASS Modified Series, where she scored wins at Oxford Plains Speedway and Speedway 95 and finished top-five in series points both years. She then moved to Super Late Models last season and steadily improved throughout the season, highlighted by a tenth-place run at Thompson Speedway during the World Series.
She also made history in the region’s biggest race back in August. By virtue of a runner-up finish in a consolation race, Re became the first female driver to race her way into the Oxford 250.
“I feel like it went pretty well, it definitely went better as the season went on. I definitely learned a lot, more than I thought I would. It’s a full-time job racing these Supers, you just have to give it your all.”
Two separate 150-lap races gives drivers like Re more bang for their buck with a near-1,000 mile trip. With a second Easter Bunny 150 set for Saturday night, it gives her the opportunity to use Friday night’s event to get herself acclimated to Hickory before putting it all out there in Saturday night’s finale.
“It definitely means a lot more than just one race. You get to learn so much more. You can get the laps under your belt the first race and then really go for it in the second race after getting it all under your belt.”
With her first trip to Hickory Motor Speedway set for April 2-3, she looks to gain more from two days’ worth of seat time. Re also has Saturday night’s feature circled as an opportunity to be in contention come crunch time.
“My overall goal is just to bring these cars home in one piece and be there in the end for a win or even a podium finish. Definitely to learn as much as possible.”
Both Easter Bunny 150s will be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV during the April 2-3 weekend, with single-day and weekend passes available to purchase. Click here for more information.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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