Practice Day for the 13th Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) is officially in the books. It was a mostly uneventful day for the Pro All Stars Series field of drivers and teams as they hit the track for four practice sessions throughout the course of the afternoon. Some drivers discovered that their cars are quite good for Saturday’s 150-lap race, while others discovered they may have some work to do. However, one driver will be battling more than just a good field of cars.
“It’s just part of it. I’ll just try to hydrate as best I can,” said Bubba Pollard, who is under the weather this weekend. “Just staying in the car and racing all the time keeps me in shape, so I should be fine.”
“(Today) was pretty good. We unloaded pretty fast, I thought. We have a pretty good race car,” explained Pollard. “We didn’t really change much on the race car. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. We worked on engine package for the race, so we’ll see what we’ve got. I feel pretty good about it.”
One driver who was also feeling pretty good after practice was two-time Easter Bunny 150 winner, Ben Rowe.
“Today is a great day,” said Rowe with a smile. “I’m in shorts and there’s no snow. We made gains on this car throughout the day. It’s the same car we finished second with at Dillon (South Carolina), so I’m looking forward to it. It was a good day.”
Tate Fogleman won a Super Late Model event at Hickory Motor Speedway last August. The former PASS South champion led two of the four practice sessions on Friday afternoon.
“I just like the driving style (here). I think this is a driver’s track,” said Fogleman. “We always seem to be able to set the car up well here in practice, too. I’m looking forward to the race. (That win) gives me a lot of confidence knowing that I can win here. I kind of know what I need to do here to be there at the end.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum was Garrett Hall. Hall was a handful of laps away from victory in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown at Hickory last November, but the Maine native said there’s still work to be done to get back to that level.
“We’ve got to work on it. It’s pretty free going into turns three and four, so we’ve got to tighten it up a little bit,” Hall said. “But it does feel stable, so we’ll get it tomorrow.”
The Pro All Stars Series will go for 150 laps on Saturday evening. Race fans that can’t make it to the event can watch the race live on Speed51.com for just $19.99. Fans can click here to purchase.
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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