Egg Hunt, Freestyle Motorcycles, and Affordable Family Fun in Hickory, NC
The Easter season marks the unofficial start to spring.  So while the flowers begin to bloom and the weather starts to warm up, the inaugural season of the Pro All Star Series South season will also be blossoming.  Easter weekend is the perfect time of year to have the new PASS South Series begin their inaugural season at one of the most historic short tracks in the country, Hickory Motor Speedway, on Saturday, April 15th.  Just as the Easter Bunny would want it, the racing action on the track will be hoppin’ and there will be fun for the whole family at a very affordable price.
“We wanted to make our inaugural PASS South race something that will reflect the high quality of racing that PASS is known for while also making it a fun and memorable event for the fans in the grandstands,” said PASS owner Tom Mayberry.  “The Easter Bunny 150 won’t just entertain the fans with some great action on the racetrack; it will also have a lot of fun things for kids and adults alike.  Best of all, we’re doing it for prices that are reminiscent of when racing was a true, fun family night out.”

The prices for the Easter Bunny 150 aren’t just affordable,
The excitment of PASS racing will invade the south with the PASS Southern Series' opening event at Hickory Motor Speedway on April 15th.
they’re an old-fashioned bargain.  Tickets are just $15 for adults and $5 for youths aged 13-17.  Kids 12 and under are admitted into Hickory Motor Speedway absolutely free. 

For such great prices, fans are in store for some exciting action.  The PASS South Series Super Late Models headline the card with a 150-lap feature around the half-mile that has been the birthplace of many racing legends.  The event pays $5,000 to win.  The wild and wacky “Redneck Racers” will have a 30-lap feature, while the Hickory Motor Speedway Truck Division will hit the track for 20 action-packed laps.  Adding to the exciting value is a performance by the “Vertical Outlaws” freestyle motorcycle team.  And there’s still more fun to be announced.  The Easter Bunny will also be on hand and the kids will be able to enjoy an Easter egg hunt around the racetrack before the races.

“When we sat down to plan the new PASS South Series, we wanted to provide the fans in the Southeast some fantastic Super Late Model racing and a fun, family-based show,” added Mayberry.  “I’m proud that we were able to do that and then some.  I’m even more proud that the Easter Bunny is so excited for this race that he’s decided to come to Hickory to check out the fun as well.”
The PASS organization already has a stronghold on Super Late Model racing in the Northeast and now is making a name for itself in the South.  The PASS South Series was born over the winter months and an eight-race schedule in 2006 will offer fans what the region has been lacking; a fun and competitive Southeastern-based Super Late Model series.  That couldn’t make some of the SLM stars in the Carolinas any happier to be starting the season Easter weekend at Hickory.

“This may end up becoming one of the best racing series down the road and I hope it does,” said Freddie Query of Mooresville, NC, the all-time Super Late Model win leader at Concord Motorsport Park (NC).  “I’m going to do everything I can to make this series a successful one and I know all the other drivers are right there with me in
Freddie Query will look to continue his Southern Super Late Model dominance with the PASS Series.
that.  But right now I’m looking at this Hickory race as the first race of an eight-race series and I’m totally focused on going out there and getting the car good enough to win the race.”

Query is just one of the hotshots from the Carolinas that will be kicking off their season in the Easter Bunny 150.  Ted Musgrave, Jr. is another Super Late Model star who is calling the PASS South Series home this season.

“We’re planning on testing at Hickory in the next couple of weeks to get a good baseline to start from.  I feel like we should be pretty good there.  The last time I was there I was in a Late Model Stock car, which is a totally different animal, but the track itself hasn’t changed a bit.  It’s still the same way it was back in the 1950’s when they built it.  I feel pretty good about our chances to start off our season on the PASS Series with a top-three finish and I hope that we can put on a great show for the fans in our first race.”
Of course, there’s going to be plenty of other drivers shooting for a victory in the PASS South Series’ inaugural event.  Many drivers from all along the Eastern seaboard are already entered in the Easter Bunny 150 and still more are to be added to the roster before the green flag on April 15th.  Even drivers from the Northeastern PASS Series are headed to Hickory, including Mike Rowe, the winner of the prestigious Oxford 250 in Oxford, Maine, in 2005.

“I’ve never been to Hickory before, but I’ve heard it’s a little rough, a little old and a lot of fun.  I think we’ll put on a great show,” said Rowe.   “It’s going to be tough going down there, but those guys down South are fun to race
Ted Musgrave Jr. will also be big in the PASS Series.
with and those guys are going to be the ones to beat.  That’s the fun part, going down there to try to beat Freddie Query and those guys.”

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