The last time Brandon Setzer visited Hickory Motor Speedway, the driver from Newton, NC walked away $15,000 richer after winning the PASS MegaMeltdown 300. He will return to the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars” Saturday hoping to hop to another big-race victory.
Setzer will join Pro All Stars Series racers from the Northeast, Southeast and beyond at the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150.
With his late-race pass to win the MegaMeltdown still fresh in his mind, Setzer is focused on backing up his November performance. He and his team have been busy in the shop making sure their i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.
“Basically, the same stuff other than what we found while testing. We changed a few little things,” Setzer told Speed51.com. “Routine maintenance, nut and bolt, changing the oil and making sure everything’s ready to go.”
With a lot of recent success under his belt, Setzer will look to use his momentum against what is expected to be a stout field this weekend.
“I feel really good. Since the Hickory race we won Greenville Pickens first race of the year and then we had a second at Caraway a few weeks ago,” he stated. “Cars been really good, I feel like we made some changes and found some stuff over the offseason and made it even better than it already was. I feel really good but it’s going to be some of the best in the country. I think it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited.”
Under no illusion to the competition he and his team will race against this weekend, Setzer remains confident in his abilities to compete with the best Super Late Model talent.
“It’s going to be so tough, any PASS race. Obviously, you want to go win, a winning car anywhere else could be a fifth-place car here or a tenth-place car, there’s such good cars. We’ll be running Bubba Pollard, Ben Rowe, Preston Peltier, people like that. It’s just an all-star field.”
Running with the top teams in the country can be tricky, especially when it comes to strategies. Playing the best part in saving equipment and knowing the drivers you race against is always plays a big role.
Not getting in over his head, Setzer has a plan to stay strong and competitive throughout the duration of 150 laps at Hickory Motor Speedway.
“Hopefully just to be there racing at the end, put yourself in a position to be in the top five with 25 to go,” Setzer said of his strategy. “Just like we found out last year, anything can happen, a lapped car can get in the way and open a door. You never know what can happen when you put yourself in the right position.”
The history of the speedway is one of the reasons why racers and fans enjoy visiting Hickory Motor Speedway, but the thing that makes it tough for racers is the old and abrasive racing surface.
“I think it’s going to be a big tire-saving game just like it always is. I think with the colder weather it might not play into it as much but Hickory is always different.”
Hoping for a little break because of the weather, Setzer is determined to feel out the track and determine his weekend strategy.
“You can go test during the middle of the week and it will be super-fast, then you can show up on race weekend when the track rubbered up and it changes so much. I think just play it by ear and play the track, change the car to the track and when you get to the race just see how it plays out.”
Going into the Easter Bunny 150 Setzer feels confident in what he will bring to the table. Looking at his recent success, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Setzer’s No. 6 in victory lane once again on Saturday.
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-By Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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