Whenever Preston Peltier gets a chance to race at Hickory Motor Speedway, the veteran Super Late Model racer takes advantage of it. The historic North Carolina track has proven to be one of Peltier’s best, as evidenced by his two Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Easter Bunny 150 victories in 2010 and 2013.
Past success is just one of the many reasons that Peltier, a native Californian who currently races when time and budget allow, could not resist the urge to get back behind the wheel for the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 this Saturday at Hickory.
“Hickory Motor Speedway has always been a good track for me,” Peltier told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I get a real good feel around the track and have had a lot of success. I have a lot of confidence anytime I go to compete there.”
Confidence is one thing, but there is also a sense of eagerness for Peltier as he cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the car prepared by Robert Hamke’s Hamke Race Cars, based in Mooresville, North Carolina.
“We have had a lot of success at Hickory with the Hamke house car,” Peltier said. “We won the PASS South event there back in September with the car and we are going to try a few things to see if we can make it better.”
The famous 3/8-mile oval is a track that Peltier feels that his well suited for his driving style.
“I have had a great track record at Hickory and it’s probably the most successful track for me,” Peltier explained. “There are two good grooves and opportunities to pass cars. (You) just need to have your car set up to work both the low and high side in the corners.”
Saturday, he will not only be behind the wheel, but will also be the crew chief for Chandler Smith, who will be running in the PASS Pro Late Model Series event.
“The kid has a lot of talent behind the wheel for a 12-year-old,” Peltier exclaimed. “He is the real deal and has been fun to work with this year.”
In the first two PASS Pro Late Model Series events, Smith has a second place finish at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, SC and recently won at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, SC.
Peltier, who is a native of Frazier Park, CA, is also excited that the Easter Bunny 150 will be shown live on 51 TV PPV this Saturday night.
“51 TV is a good thing for everyone in short track racing, especially for my family and friends who can’t make it to Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend,” Peltier said. “I know I will have some fans who live in the northeast and west coast tuning in to watch it.”
Fans wanting to witness the Easter Bunny 150 are now able to purchase their online video ticket to watch the event for the price of $24.99.
51 TV will be live for time trials (all divisions), with the signature broadcast beginning with the possible Last Chance Race and continuing with the main event features which include Must See Racing Sprint Cars, PASS Pro Late Models, USAC HPD Eastern Midgets, Legends Cars and the granddaddy of them all, the 150-lap Easter Bunny 150 for the PASS Super Late Models.
Fans are encouraged to purchase their 51 TV ticket for the event early so that all they have to worry about on race day is sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the show.
To purchase your Easter Bunny 150 online video ticket today, click here.
For more information on 51 TV, visit www.speed51.com.
For more information on the Pro All Stars Series and the Easter Bunny 150, visit www.proallstarsseries.com.
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell