ADD CHUCK BARNES JR. TO THE LIST FOR THE WFMX EASTER BUNNY 150
JR Norris, Greg Boone & Ryan Lawler Add to Prestigious List of Names for Hickory
As raceday grows closer for the inaugural WFMX 105.7 Easter Bunny 150 Pro All Stars Series South race at the Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), more and more drivers from across the country are doing their best Peter Rabbit impersonation and hopping into the mix for the April 15th event.
The most recent addition to this list is Chuck Barnes Jr., the 2004 winner of the All-American 400, one of the most well-known and historic Super Late Model races in the country. The race is held annually at Music City Motorplex (formerly known as Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway) and has produced an impressive list of winners of the who’s who in stock car racing. Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace are two of the biggest names who have raced at and won the prestigious North versus South race. Jason Hogan won in 2005, and in 2004 it was Barnes Jr. who took the checkered flag. Now both will duke it out this Saturday during the inaugural PASS South race.
“I am pretty excited to come down to North Carolina,” said
Chuck Barnes Jr. will make the long trip to North Carolina this weekend for the PASS South race.
Barnes. “I have never been to Hickory Motor Speedway before, so we are just really ready to get there and try it out. And it’ll be cool to race against Hogan again. We were both in the Roush Racing 'Driver X' program and have both run well together at Nashville.”
While Barnes took the trophy home during the All-American 400 weekend in 2004, his racing experience goes beyond that. In fact, 2004 was his breakout year. In addition to the victory, he also won the CRA Super Series championship that year. Most recently, he has been working and testing with seven-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel and his team.
“We are just trying to run the bigger events this year, and we saw that some of the big southern Super Late Model names are going to be running at the PASS South race,” added Barnes. “After seeing that, we decided to come on over and give them a challenge. I haven’t heard a whole lot about the drivers up north, but I have heard that it is a good racing series.”
Barnes will not be making the trip east by himself. Instead, he will be traveling with a teammate, which is an advantage that will help both of the drivers out as they roll out onto the unfamiliar territory of Hickory Motor Speedway.
“Greg Boone is coming as well. I sometimes crew chief his cars, but this weekend he has someone else doing it and we will definitely be working together. We will be able to compare notes and really work together as a team and hopefully that will help a bunch.”
Barnes and Boone are among an impressive list of names entered in this week’s event. Other drivers include the winner of the past two Hooters ProCup races
JR Norris is one of the best in the Southeast... and he'll be driving one of the best cars as well.
Clay Rogers, three-time Oxford 250 winner Mike Rowe, ASA Late Model victor Jay Middleton, Florida Late Model phenom Tim Russell, nine-time Concord Motorsport Park titlist Freddie Query, and Ted Musgrave Jr., son of last year’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champ, Ted. You can also add top Super Late Model competitor, JR Norris, who will be representing the “Alabama Gang” in Hickory, NC.
“My main objective is to race the races that will get my name out there this year. I think the PASS races will do that so I’d like to run as many as possible,” said the 26-year-old Norris. “They have a bunch of good drivers for that race and I am up for the challenge. Richie Wauters always puts together a good piece so I think we’ll have a good shot at the win.”
These drivers, plus Truck champ Musgrave, former Busch Series titlist Randy LaJoie and other stars of NASCAR will all participate in an autograph signing at approximately 6:30pm. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. The Vertical Outlaws Motorcycle Stunt team will also show off for the crowd on two occasions throughout the evening. The Redneck Racers and Hickory’s own SuperTruck division will also compete in 30-lap races. SPEED Channel’s own Bob Dillner will wheel the “gotspeed?” number-151 in the Redneck Racers event.
Tickets for the WMFX 105.7 Easter Bunny 150 are just $15 for adults, $5 for kids 13-17 and 12 and under are free. Practice for all divisions begin at 11am. Qualifying is at 5pm and main events begin at 8pm.
For more information on the PASS South Series, contact Matt Kentfield at DSG by calling (704) 455–2051 and be sure to visit the official website of PASS, www.proallstarsseries.com