The formula of Preston Peltier, plus Robert Hamke’s Hamke Race Cars, plus Hickory Motor Speedway typically equals a victory. That formula worked again on Saturday night as Peltier won his third Easter Bunny 150 Pro All-Stars Series South event at the famous 3/8-mile oval in Hickory, North Carolina.
The veteran driver recorded his 14th PASS victory and second in a row at Hickory after leading 124 of 150 laps. He held off a late charge from Tyler Church to get the win.
“I was worried the caution was going to come out in those final 10 laps. I don’t know if those guys were saving anything. Tyler was putting pressure on me and I wanted to go just hard enough to stay in front of him,” said Peltier in victory on the 51 TV live video broadcast. “They were about three-quarters a straightaway behind me and I thought they were saving tires. So I was worried about a caution, but we got the win. I am so happy to get this Hamke Dodge in victory lane.”
Peltier was able to get the pole on the re-draw after qualifying and took the lead at the start of the race.
Fast qualifier Derek Scott, Jr. started seventh and quickly charged his way to the front. He started pressuring Peltier for the lead on lap 13. Five laps later, Scott went to the lead in his first start at Hickory.
Trevor Sandborn and Tate Fogleman made contact in turn three causing Sanborn to spin and bring out a caution on lap 43.
On the restart, Peltier took the lead back from Scott. Behind the top two, Tyler Church made a charge from his fourth starting position and moved up to second by lap 90.
In the latter stages of the race, Church would pressure Peltier for the lead, but would fall back in the final laps to make a late challenge and would settle for the runner-up spot.
Church and his team had a long day after he broke a rear end in practice. Many crewmembers from the other teams helped get his car ready for the race.
“I am real proud but a little disappointed because the car didn’t turn any better than it did,” Church said after the race. “A lot of hard work went into today and I have to thank the guys for their help during the day. It’s good to know that I can go down pit road and get help from at any time. It’s tough to do this and we always fight back.”
Mike Rowe finished third in the last chance race to earn a spot into the main event. He would come through the field and finish third.
“It feels real good. I am bad a time trials and left a lot on the table,” Rowe said. “We just started a long way back and we are real happy with third.”
Ben Rowe finish fourth with Brandon Setzer rounding out the top five.
The Pro All-Star Series South will be back in action on Saturday, April 25th for The Bash at the Beach at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Pro All-Star Series South
Easter Bunny 150
|9||01||Derek Scott Jr.||150|
|19||42||Eric St. Gelais||148|
|23||118||Dave Mader III||115|
|28||33||Roger Lee Newton||21|
-Kevin Ramsell, Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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