ROUSH DRIVER X STARS KITTLESON AND HOGAN SET TO HOP TO EASTER BUNNY 150
Entries Pouring in for Inaugural PASS South Race at Hickory Motor Speedway
On April 15th, the PASS South Series will make its debut at Hickory Motor Speedway with the Easter Bunny 150 and several big name Super Late Model drivers have already pledged their allegiance to the event. Among those entries are two drivers who participated in the Roush Racing’s “Driver X” program on the Discovery Channel.
Jason Hogan and Travis Kittleson have raced Super Late Models all across the Southeast and together they were among the “elite 25” in the search for Roush’s next Craftsman Truck Driver in 2005. Hogan was last year’s All American 400 winner and Travis Kittleson most recently won the Super Late Model championship during “Florida Speedweeks” at New Smyrna Speedway.
Both of these drivers have the experience needed to take on an upstart series and while the PASS South division may be new, Hickory is familiar territory for both of these drivers.
“I’m excited about going to Hickory because we’ve won there three times and finished second the other time.
Travis Kittleson will be at the Easter Bunny 150. Will you?
We have a pretty good track record there” said Hogan. “Plus I love what the PASS Series is trying to do. They are extremely good to work with and the season hasn’t even started yet.
“Hickory’s got a ton of history. You go in there and look at the grandstands and see how they are named for so many famous racecar drivers. (Jarrett and Earnhardt are two of many drivers who have their own section of the grandstands named after them.) To know who has raced there and who has moved on from that track to do bigger things, makes it a special place in the heart of everyone who walks through the Hickory Motor Speedway gates today”
Kittleson doesn’t share Hogan’s amount of track experience at Hickory, but he is excited about the challenge of a new series and track as well.
“It makes a lot of sense to race there. It’s just a short drive away, only 40 minutes from my shop and I’ve done some testing there before with my ASA car. I think that it will be a fun race. Hickory is a little bit rough around the edges; it’s not a horsepower track that’s for sure. I’ll go up there, play around a little bit and have some fun. I want to see how these Northern guys do it.”
Both drivers have competed against each other in the past, but going into this race neither has the advantage of being familiar with the series.
“I think this is great. I think what they are doing here will help us as a whole,” added Kittleson regarding the PASS South Series. “Whether you take me from New Smyrna, Freddie Query from Concord or the best guys that they have up North, this will give us a chance to get together and mix it up some. You are only as good as who you are running against, so I’m excited to race against different talented drivers. It only makes you a better driver.”
“I’ve raced with Freddie Query and Dean Clattenburg from North Carolina before,” continued Hogan, who is a regular on NASCAR’s Southeast Series. “JR Norris is going to be there with Richie Wauters’ car, which is always a tough car to beat. The guys from Maine will be tough – Mike Rowe and some of those guys are so tough up North.
“I met [Maine’s] Scott Mulkern at Nashville and you couldn’t find a nicer guy. I’m really looking forward to seeing those guys
Jason Hogan is looking to find that winning feeling again at Hickory.
again and get to race with them. It’s going to be a tough field, probably one of the toughest that you will see throughout the year. I think if PASS does everything like they say they are going to, and do things like they do up north, this is going to be an awesome series.”
The Easter Bunny 150 is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th at the Hickory Motor Speedway. The event will pay $5,000 to win. Friday, April 14th will be an open practice for all Super Late Model competitors.
Also joining the card on Easter weekend in North Carolina will be the Redneck Racers (glorified Street Stocks) for a 30-lap event, the Hickory Motor Speedway SuperTrucks with a 20-lap race and the Vertical Outlaws motorcycle stunt show.
The PASS Series is trying to bring the family atmosphere back to the regional racing scene. With this in mind they are offering old fashion ticket prices (Adults - $15, Ages 13-17 - $5, Kids 12 and under: Free). Kids will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt with prized for the kids around the track. An autograph session with stars from NASCAR and PASS is also on tap.
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.
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