Easter Bunny 150 Set For Hickory

Joey Doiron won the PASS national late model season opener at Florida's Auburndale Speedway. (Amy Stratton photo)
Joey Doiron won the PASS national late model season opener at Florida’s Auburndale Speedway. (Amy Stratton photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the weather warms and families get ready for a relaxing Easter holiday together, Pro All Stars Series late model fans from around the country are preparing to make their annual trek to the base of North Carolina’s famed Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend.

Since 2006, they look forward to Easter weekend every year in the hopes of seeing the best late model racers in the country compete at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Besides being a PASS South Super Late Model points race, the Easter Bunny 150 will also be a PASS National Championship event.

PASS national point leader Joey Doiron is coming off an impressive early season win in the Winter Meltdown 200 at Auburndale (Fla.) Speedway and will be attempting to qualify for his first Easter Bunny 150 this weekend.

“Hickory has a ton of history and it’s a huge deal to head to Hickory as the [National] points leader,” said Doiron. “I’ve personally never seen the track, but the last time we went to a track we had never seen before (Auburndale) we dominated the second half of the race and picked up the win.”

PASS South point leader Austin Theriault and defending PASS South champion Kyle Grissom come to Hickory Motor Speedway with different approaches, but a common goal.

Theriault will be racing Hickory for the first time in his career. But that was also the case at PASS South’s first two races of the season at Dillon Motor Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway. Theirault won at Dillon and finished second at Myrtle Beach. He and teammate Zak Hausler will be led by veteran crew chief Gary Crooks, who has had solid runs at Hickory in the past guiding the likes of Trey Mitchell and Landon Cling. Needless to say, Theriault is optimistic about his chances.