Preston Peltier Dominates For 3rd Easter Bunny 150 Win At Hickory (PASS National)
HICKORY, NC (April 5th) – Preston Peltier took the lead from Derek Scott, Jr. on a lap 44 restart and never looked back to take a dominating win in the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. Peltier’s third Easter Bunny 150 triumph was his sixth PASS South win at the speedway and pushed his series leading wins total to 14.
“I was a little worried that a caution would come out at the end, but thank God it didn’t and we were able to get this Hamke Dodge to victory lane,” said Peltier. “This suits my driving style because Hickory is a momentum racetrack. I learned the hard way how to save tires and we did that tonight. It just feels great to get another Easter Bunny win.”
Texas rookie Derek Scott, Jr. paced the field in qualifying for his first PASS South Super Late Model race with a lap of 80.286 miles per hour around the legendary 3/8 mile speedway. Following the top ten qualifiers redraw, Scott would slot into the seventh starting position, while Peltier and 3-time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, would move up to the front row.
Peltier would take the early lead, but Scott wasted little time working his way to the front moving into the lead by lap 17. The first caution flag of the race waved on lap 43 when Trevor Sanborn checked up to avoid Tate Fogleman and was tapped by Jeff Batten, sending Sanborn for a spin in turn four. At this point, 2006 Easter Bunny 150 winner, Mike Rowe, had made his way into the top 10 after starting back in 22nd.
When the green flag waved to resume racing, Peltier was able to power by Scott on the outside for the lead. The caution would wave two more times for a spin on the backstretch by Nick Robinson on lap 78 and again for the stalled car of Jason Stanley on lap 89.
The most serious accident of the night occurred on the ensuing restart when Jody Measamer and Ryan Moore made contact on the backstretch while racing for fifth. Both cars hit the outside wall with Measamer’s Aquavapor Chevrolet briefly going over Moore’s hood and onto two wheels. Walker Yates and Jimmy Doyle both spun in turn three to avoid the accident.
Back under way, Peltier continued to lead over defending PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church. All eyes were focused on two veterans making their way up through the field though. Mike Rowe made it as high as third and Jeff Fultz, who had dropped back to 27th early in the race, was in the top 10 by lap 108.
Peltier worked his way through lapped traffic over the remaining laps and had a 10 car length advantage over Church when he took the checkered flag. Following Peltier and Church at the finish were Mike Rowe, Ben Rowe, and Brandon Setzer. Rounding out the top 10 were PASS South points leader, Zane Smith, Fultz, Trevor Noles, Scott, and Shane Lee.
Kodie Conner swept both ends of a PASS Pro Late Model doubleheader by taking the wins on Friday and Saturday night. In Saturday night’s 50 lap main event Chandler Smith finished second over Matt Murphy, Jake Spillers, and Ryan Krachun.
Matthew Lundstrom parlayed a big early lead to a win in the USAC Eastern Midgets feature over Scott Hunter and Chris Lamb. Steve Johns, Jr. and Alex Pacheco were the Legends winners and Aaron Pierce took the checkered flag for the Must See Racing Sprint Cars.
The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will be in action again on Saturday, April 25 for the Bash At The Beach 2 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, along with the Pee Dee/Coastal Super Trucks and Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds. For more information, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com, “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.
TCM Note – Steve Halpin entered the event in a Woodman Racing entry and showed speed in practice. The team struggled in qualifying, which put Halpin in the Last Chance Qualifier. Halpin was caught up in a wreck in the LCQ, and failed to make the Easter Bunny 150.
PASS South Super Late Model – Easter Bunny 150 – Unofficial Results
1. 74x – Preston Peltier 150 15. 71r – Nick Robinson 149
2. 7 – Tyler Church 150 16. 16 – Lucas Jones 149
3. 7r – Mike Rowe 150 17. 12 – Heath Hindman 149
4. 4n – Ben Rowe 150 18. 12j – Trey Jarrell 148
5. 6 – Brandon Setzer 150 19. 42 – Eric St. Gelais 148
6. 77 – Zane Smith 150 20. 71 – Jimmy Doyle 148
7. 9x – Jeff Fultz 150 21. 02 – Walker Yates 147
8. 2 – Trevor Noles 150 22. 8 – Jason Stanley 125
9. 01 – Derek Scott, Jr. 150 23. 118 – Dave Mader III 115
10. 00 – Shane Lee 150 24. 74 – Ryan Moore 91
11. 9 – Chris Dilbeck 149 25. 98 – Jody Measamer 89
12. H2 – Bret Holmes 149 26. 49 – Jeff Batten 73
13. 8f – Tate Fogleman 149 27. 29 – Trevor Sanborn 71
14. 4d – Joey Doiron 149 28. 33 – Roger Lee Newton 21
PASS Pro Late Model – 50 laps – Unofficial Saturday Results
1. 45 – Kodie Conner
2. 26 – Chandler Smith
3. 7 – Matt Murphy
4. 55 – Jake Spillers
5. 29 – Ryan Krachun
6. 23 – Zachary Dabbs
7. 82 – Cameron Burke
8. 24j – JP Joiasse
9. 3 – Jordan McCallum
10. 12 – Rikk McMehan