Headin’ Out… To The Track Compiled by Mike Twist
It's Spring and The Race Schedule is Getting Heavier
PASS South Easter Bunny 150, Hickory Motor Speedway (NC)
Four years ago, there was no Easter Bunny 150. There was no PASS South tour either and Super Late Model in the south looked to have a future as bright as a mouse in a room of cats.
The came Tom Mayberry with the idea to spread his PASS North series, which had been successful in New England and the Canadian Maritimes, to regions lower on a map. The first attempt at the new venture was the 2006 Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, which attracted teams from North and South and saw Mike Rowe leaving with the biggest trophy at the end of the weekend.
Now, PASS South is getting ready for its third season and the Easter Bunny 150 has quickly become an Easter Weekend tradition at the historic North Carolina short track. It will take place this weekend at Hickory.
Teams will tow from as far away as Canada to brave sunny weather and highs predicted to be in the mid 70’s for Saturday’s race. PASS North will be represented by Mike
Rowe, Ben Rowe, Cassius Clark, Travis Benjamin, Derek Ramstrom and John
The Easter Bunny 150 is this weekend at Hickory.
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Race fans always have to starve a little bit in the wintertime. Sure, there are great events like the Snowball Derby, Speedfest, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna, The Early Bird at Birmingham and The Rattler, but it is rare that there is a weekend with more than one major show on during the same weekend in the cruelest season of them all.
But this week, the calendar officially turns to spring and the racing season is now really starting to get busy. Therefore, we offer the return of Headin’ Out to the screens of Speed51.com fans. This weekend, there is plenty more going on than just the Easter holiday and we’re here to prove that to you. Here is what’s on tap:
Flemming. PASS South will be represented the usual suspects – including Ryan Lawler, Corey Williams, Dean Clattenburg, Heath Hindman, Tim Nooner and Mark Gisbon.
The Easter Bunny 150 also has the added prestige of being the first leg in the new four-race PASS National Super Late Model championship series.
In addition to Super Late Models, the racing card for Saturday also includes 50-lap features for the Pro Challenge Series, Rolling Thunder Modifieds and the Allison Legacy Series.
Speed51.com will feature our Trackside Now coverage of the events at Hickory on Saturday, so be sure to follow along if you aren’t headin’ out to that track.
RC Cola/Moon Pie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, Mobile International Speedway (AL)
Deeper down south, another tour will be born this weekend. The RC Cola/Moon Pie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will hold its first ever race Saturday at Mobile International Speedway (AL). This new series will feature Super Late Model and Pro Late Model racing at tracks throughout the Southeast in 2008. It will be coming soon to a television near you, but if you really want to be a trendsetter head out to Mobile this weekend to see it in action.
What you’ll find is an entry list expected to total in the mid to upper 30-car range. Competitors in the series should include Preston Peltier, Russell Fleeman, Will Kimmel, Travis Cope, Paul Kelley and Chris Fontaine.
The ASA SAT era begins on Saturday. Stay tuned to Speed51.com for a full recap of the race.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Caraway Speedway (NC)
Do you like your racecars without fenders? Well there is action for you this weekend at well
if you want to travel to the quick little track located just outside of Asheboro, North Carolina.
Caraway Speedway is the site of this weekend’s season-opening event for the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour. LW Miller will attempt to repeat his championship season
of 2007, but will have some stiff competition. He’ll face off against the Myers Brothers – Burt
and Jason, Tim Brown, Andy Seuss (who takes over the Riggs Racing ride) and many others
at the event.
The mods hit the track for practice, qualifying and a 150-lap feature on Saturday and
Speed51.com will have a full recap of the activities next week.
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, Hagerstown Speedway (MD)
Do you prefer dirt? You’re also in luck this weekend. Check out this description of the
activities at Hagerstown Speedway straight from the folks at DIRT…
“Continuing the celebration of its 10th consecutive year of partnership, the Advance Auto
Parts Super DIRTcar Series kicks off March 22 at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway with the
$6,000-to-win 100-lap Big-Block Modified main event headlining the 'North-South Shootout'
across the Mason-Dixon line. The 2008 edition of the Advance Series features point events
in four states and two Canadian provinces with 23 extra-distance races spread across the
region running from March through October.”
Brighthouse Challenge Series, New Smyrna Speedway (FL)
Super Late Model racing at New Smyrna Speedway doesn’t just take place during Florida Speedweeks. It also occurs during the 10-race Brighthouse Challenge Series season (which features eight of their races at NSS and a pair at Orlando Speedworld). The Brighthouse season opener is ready to roll off on Saturday.
Some Southern hotshoes, like LW Miller (#36), and Northern standouts, like Matt Hirschman in the #59, will be at Caraway.