Trackside Now: PASS South Easter Bunny 150
There's a Full Pit Area Getting Ready for Saturday's Race
Ryan Lawler is here with his ASA Late Model, but with a different number on the side of his car. Lawler has blacked over the "1" on his regular #131. Lawler said that the #131 is bringing him no good luck this year, so he's gone back to his PASS South number that he won with at Hickory last fall.
Ben Rowe is currently practicing the #44 car of his teammate for the weekend, Corey LaJoie. Rowe is setting a baseline on the Richard Moody Racing machine for LaJoie to get ready for his Super Late Model debut. The car is the same one that Rowe led with in the Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway last month.
Cassius Clark is running the #3 this weekend on his car instead of his familar #8.
The support races for the weekend will be events for the Pro Challenge Series, the Allison Legacy cars and the Redneck Racing Series. Pro Challenge and Allison Legacy cars have practiced one round each already. The Pro Challenge session went clean and green and the Allison Legacy session only featured one incident - a harmless single car spin by the #28 of Ryan Glenski on the frontstretch.
The first practice is already completed with a handful of cars hitting the track. Not all teams have set up their transponders yet, so there are no official practice times. There were also no incidents during the session.
Among the competitors at the track today are Rusty Wallace Inc.'s NASCAR Busch East Series driver Chase Austin, former Southern All Star Series driver Heath Hinman, PASS North competitors Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, Ben Rowe and Derek Ramstrom, 1994 NASCAR Busch North Series champion Dale Shaw, Southern National Speedway standout John Batten, USAR Pro Cup rookie Brian Scott, Andy Santerre Motorsports crew member and former PASS North regular Corey WIlliams and of course the defending race winner and 2006 PASS South champion Mike Rowe.
Friday, 6:10pm ET - Although no official times were released, defending Easter Bunny 150 winner Mike Rowe impressed a lot of bystanders with his practice laps. Rowe's #2 car was quick enough in practice that he has changed into street clothes and does not plan to take part in today's final practice session.
Friday, 5:50pm ET - Another round of practice for the Super Late Models assembled for the Easter Bunny 150 is now complete. The cars will hit the track for one more session before the end of the day. Before that happens though, the Pro Challenge, Allison Legacy Series and Redneck Racers will get another chance to hot lap with their equipment.
Friday, 5:45pm ET - In most families where there is a championship-winning father
The cars have unloaded and hit the track at Hickory Motor Speedway. (51 Photo)
Friday, 5:37pm ET - Corey Lajoie spun exiting turn two and backed his #44 lightly into the backstretch wall. There appears to be only minor sheetmetal damage on his car.
Friday, 5:35pm ET - Preston Pelltier spun his #5 at the end of the frontstretch. There was no damage and only a short caution period for the incident.
Friday, 5:30pm ET - Corey Lajoie spun his Richard Moody Racing #44 on the backstretch with the #47 of Corey Williams, the #05 of Alex Flemming and the #71 car piling into him. Damage to Lajoie's car is cosmetic and he's back on the track. The damage to the other cars is very minimal as well.
Friday, 5:25pm ET - Practice for the PASS South Super Late Models continued without incident after the Brian Payne wreck. Payne's crew is assessing the damage to their car currently and although they have not loaded it onto the trailer yet, it
appears to be done for the weekend. Pro Challenge, Allison Legacy and Redneck Racing Series practice has taken place as well with only a few contact-free single car spins and a debris caution slowing the action. The Super Late Models are back on track for another practice session right now.
Friday, 4:30pm ET - In the second PASS South Super Late Model practice session, the #41 of Brian Payne impacted the turn out outside wall hard. The nose-first impacted shortened up the car considerably, but Payne walked away from the wreck. Practice is currently under a red flag to clean up the mess and to repair the barrier system in turn one, which was damaged.
Friday, 4:00pm ET - There are already 33 PASS South Super Late Models on hand for the second annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Friday is an optional tech and practice day and more cars may be showing up in the morning.
Currently, the track is under a red flag condition out of respect for a funeral procession that is taking place at the cemetary next door to the track.
DJ Shaw keeps watch over his Dad during practice for the Easter Bunny 150. (51 Photo)
and up-and-comer teenage son who share the family name, the father gives the son advice. The Shaw family has that backwards this weekend. While Dale Shaw, a legend in the New England racing world, is on the track racing the #60 Super Late Model, his son DJ Shaw, the 2006 track champion at New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park, is spotting.
Brian Payne's wrecked #41. (51 Photo)
Friday, 6:30pm ET - The final practice for the Super Late Models is over. During the session, Jimmy Doyle and Tab Boyd got together in turn three to bring out the caution, neither suffered damage. Meanwhile, Brian Payne's team have loaded up their wrecked #41, which is now done for the weekend. Payne hit the turn one wall so hard that even the lead weights in his car were bent.