CHARLOTTE, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith is brimming with confidence as he looks forward to his first experience in the Easter Bunny 150 coming up on Saturday, April 4th at Hickory Motor Speedway. With only seven starts under his belt dating back to last season, Smith has had a superb beginning to the 2015 season. The Huntington Beach, CA native finished third in his first ever trip to Dillon Motor Speedway and was runner-up to 3-time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, in a photo finish last weekend in the Peach Blossom Special at Anderson Motor Speedway. Based on his early season success, Smith believes he has a legitimate shot at capturing his first career PASS South win on one of the biggest stages of them all, the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150.
“I think we’ll be good, basically every race we go to with Gary Crooks we have a great car and I’m not worried about it all,” said Smith, driver of the Pro-Am Racing Products #77 Chevrolet. “I think we’ll run up front, the car handles great every single weekend and I don’t think it will be any different at Hickory. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
The Easter Bunny 150 has become one of the premier events in short track racing and has a prestigious lineage of former winners that includes Mike and Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, and DJ Shaw. Smith has already proven that he can go toe-to-toe with the best the sport has to offer after his side-by-side duel over the last few laps with Ben Rowe at Anderson. Although he only finished 19th in his single start at Hickory in last year’s Over The Mountain 150, Smith believes the time is right for a rookie to go to victory lane in the Easter Bunny.
“It would be pretty huge for me and I have a feeling that we honestly can win it,” says Smith. “There’s going to be a good field of cars there so it’s important for us to get a good starting spot. Then, it’s just going to be who can save the most and have the most car left at the end.”
Early entries continue to come in for the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150. Joining Smith, will be fellow PASS South championship hopefuls Jody Measamer, Tate Fogleman, and Jimmy Doyle. A strong Northern flavor will be present as always led by former Easter Bunny 150 winners Mike and Ben Rowe, along with Joey Doiron and Quebec’s Eric St. Gelais. Trevor Noles returns and will be seeking his first Easter Bunny 150 win as well as Texas newcomer Derek Scott, Jr.
For the first time ever, the Easter Bunny 150 weekend will expand to two days, beginning on Friday afternoon, April 3 with practice for the PASS Super Late Models, Must See Racing Sprint Cars and support divisions and will be followed by twin 25 lap qualifying races for the Must See Racing Sprint Cars and features for the PASS Pro Late Models and Legends cars. Then, on Saturday, April 4, the PASS Super Late Models will compete in the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 along with the 40 lap “Southern Showdown” for the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars and features for the USAC HPD Eastern Midgets, PASS Pro Late Models, and Legends.
Also, look for more details to be released in the coming days on an Easter Bunny 150 Welcome Party featuring food, fun, show cars and autographs on Thursday, April 2 at Iron Thunder Saloon and Grill in Hickory.
-PASS Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com