Fri.-Sat. APRIL 2nd & 3rd, 2021
TWIN SLM 150s LM Doubleheader 125s
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4/3 Griffith Sweeps Easter Bunny
Weekend Wins At Hickory
4/3 Helliwell Sweeps Hickory Weekend
at ACT Easter Bunny 125
4/2 Derek Griffith Dominates for
1st Easter Bunny 150 Win
4/2 Helliwell Becomes First to Stand
in ACT Victory Lane at Hickory
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PASS - SATURDAY, APRIL 3rd
TWO WINS FOR DEREK GRIFFITH - PASS SLM #12g
Daniel Holben/Big D's Photos
Griffith Sweeps Easter Bunny
Weekend Wins At Hickory
HICKORY, NC (April 3) - Derek Griffith withstood a race-long battle with Joey Polewarcyzk Jr. to take the win for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models Saturday night in the 16th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. With his win, Griffith swept the weekend twins to become the first driver since Preston Peltier to score back-to-back Easter Bunny 150 wins.

"They definitely made me work harder for it tonight, I knew Joey [Polewarcyzk] was on rails and he would be tough to beat," said Griffith after his second straight PASS National Championship win. "I was trying to save my stuff a little, better than I did last night, and bide my time but Joey was tough, and luckily I had enough at the end."

Griffith started the 150-lap race in fourth after having the fastest lap in qualifying and like Friday night, Carson Hocevar jumped out to the lead from the pole position. But, by lap 17, Polewarcyzk had reeled in Hocevar to take the lead. Hocevar's night would end shortly after when his car came to a stop on lap 59 with engine problems.

On the restart, Griffith would get the advantage from the outside of row one to take the lead away from Polewarcyzk for the first time. They ran nose-to-tail for the next several laps, joined by DJ Shaw and Mike Hopkins. On lap 97, Polewarcyxk challenged Griffith for the lead in turn one, but in turn three Shaw would poke the nose of his Ford to the inside of Polewarcyzk. The two made contact, causing Shaw to spin and bring out the second caution of the race.

Following a backstretch spin by Jeremy Miller on lap 112, Polewarcyzk was able to wrestle the lead away from Griffith. The hardest crash of the night waved just two laps later when Evan Hallstrom broke something in the rear end of his car entering turn three. Hallstrom would spin and collect Trevor Sanborn, while Ben Rowe slammed hard into the outside wall as he tried to avoid the spinning cars.

On the restart, Griffith powered back by Polewarcyzk and would never look back. Griffith led the rest of the way to take the win over Polewarcyzk, Hopkins, Shaw, and Jake Matheson. Rounding out the top 10 were Cory Casagrande, Lucas Ransone, Ryan Kuhn, Travis Benjamin, and Gabe Brown.

The next PASS National Championship Super Late Model race will be The NORTHEAST CLASSIC on Saturday, April 17th at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com. And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
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SUPER LATE MODELS at HICKORY
UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS - 4-3-21
1)12g - Derek Griffith
2) 97 - Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
3) 15H - Mike Hopkins
4) 60 - DJ Shaw
5) 52 - Jake Matheson
6) 7ct - Cory Casagrande
7) 17 - Lucas Ransome
8) 72 - Ryan Kuhn
9) 7 - Travis Benjamin
10) 47b - Gabe Brown
11) 10 - Kate Re
12) 1 - Kyle Desouza
13) 90 - Derek Kneeland
14) 12 - Dennis Spencer
15) 7x - Justin Crider
16) 85 - Travis Stearns
17) 38 - Joey Doyon
18) 40 - Jordan Miller
19) 1vt - Evan Hallstrom
20) 29 - Trevor Sanborn
21) 4 - Ben Rowe
22) 12c - Annabeth Crum
23) 4nh - Trevor Bleau
24) 43 - Devin O'Connell
25) 14 - Carson Hocevar
26) 21 - Joey Doiron
27) 14me - Anthony Constantino
SLM HICKORY 2 ENTRY LIST - 4/3/21
 
ACT - SATURDAY, APRIL 3rd
Wayne Helliwell Jr. (#27NH) takes the lead from Tom Carey III (#5MA)
in the Easter Bunny 125. (Daniel Holben photo)
RENFREW - HELLIWELL - ROWE
Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell won the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday,
April 3 to sweep both ends of the ACT Hickory Motor Speedway
doubleheader.
(Daniel Holben/Big D's Photos)
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Photos by
Daniel Holben
Helliwell Sweeps Hickory Weekend
at ACT Easter Bunny 125
Hickory, NC -- Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. pulled a clean sweep of the first American-Canadian Tour (ACT) trip to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway by winning the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday, April 3. Helliwell took the lead from New Salem, MA's Tom Carey III in lapped traffic on the 44th circuit and was unstoppable down the stretch to double up after his victory in the Hickory 125 the night before.

It was the 17th ACT-sanctioned Late Model win for the three-time ACT Tour champion. Although he has only run a partial schedule in recent seasons, Helliwell has proved to still be a threat every time he shows up, earning four ACT victories within the last calendar year.

The going was tougher for Helliwell this time around as he had to come from 10th on the starting grid. Herman, ME's Mike Hopkins, fresh off a podium finish in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Easter Bunny 150, led the field to the green flag. Hopkins led the first 10 laps before Danville, VT's Tyler Cahoon dove to the inside. Cahoon was able to stick his nose out front for three circuits before Hopkins rolled back around him.

However, Hopkin's second stay at the front didn't last much longer than the first. After taking it easy early, outside polesitter Tom Carey III roared to life, diving inside Hopkins on the front stretch as they completed lap 26. Although Carey at first had to crack the throttle for a lapped car, he drove back underneath Hopkins to take the top spot on lap 27. The hesitation for the slower machine would prove an unfortunate omen.

As the leaders sorted it out, Helliwell was passing cars left and right. He moved into the second spot on lap 34 and chased down Carey as they weaved through traffic. With 43 circuits complete, the duo caught a pair of cars. Carey went high entering turn one to pass the first car, but the second car drifted into his path exiting turn two, and Helliwell took advantage to seize the lead down low.

A trio of cautions came out in short order to slow the pace. The second yellow on lap 56 was the most calamitous, as Cahoon got sideways in traffic exiting turn four to trigger a multi-car melee. Cahoon soldiered on after the crash, but Shawn Swallow, Derek Gluchacki, and Aaron Fellows were forced to retire with major damage.

After Quinny Welch caught the turn 2 wall a couple laps later, Helliwell and Carey drove off from the pack. Carey appeared to be the only driver who might have anything from Helliwell. However, luck was again not on Carey's side, as he slowed with a flat left-front tire on lap 71 to bring out the fourth yellow.

From there, it was all Helliwell at the front. Turner, ME's Ben Rowe had moved up to third by the time the final caution flag flew on lap 104 for Jamie Swallow Jr.'s spin. But while Rowe slid into second on the restart, Helliwell was in another zip code, turning on the jets to become a multi-time Hickory Motor Speedway winner.

Rowe followed up his third-place finish on Friday night with a runner-up trophy on Saturday. Carey bounced back from his flat tire to put on a dazzling duel with Candia, NH's Jimmy Renfrew Jr. for third place over the final dozen laps. Renfrew, whose team was up until 4:00am on Saturday repairing their car in a hotel parking lot, edged Carey at the finish line.

Hopkins faded to fifth on the final run. Marcel J. Gravel, Stephen Donahue, Chip Grenier, Trenton Goodrow, and Swallow Jr. completed the top-10.

The ACT Late Model Tour begins its 2021 point-counting season at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17. The inaugural Northeast Classic features $5,000-to-win events for the ACT Late Models, PASS Super Late Models, and Tour-type Modifieds. The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, 8-Cylinder Street Stocks, and North East Mini Stock Tour are also on the card.

Qualifying begins at 11:00am with features at 1:30pm. Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Visit www.acttour.com/northeast-late-model-classic for the complete schedule and camping registration forms.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
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AMERICAN-CANADIAN TOUR
HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY - NEWTON, NC
4/3 EASTER BUNNY 125 - UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
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Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. ( 10 ) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH , 125 Laps
2. ( 4 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 125 Laps
3. ( 14 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) , Candia, NH , 125 Laps
4. ( 2 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 125 Laps
5. ( 1 ) Mike Hopkins ( 15ME ) , Herman, ME , 125 Laps
6. ( 5 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 125 Laps
7. ( 12 ) Stephen Donahue ( 31VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 125 Laps
8. ( 21 ) Chip Grenier ( 9VT ) , Orange, VT , 125 Laps
9. ( 11 ) Trenton Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 125 Laps
10. ( 22 ) Jamie Swallow Jr. ( 4NH ) , Stark, NH , 125 Laps
11. ( 9 ) Joey Laquerre ( 15VT ) , E. Montpelier, VT , 124 Laps
12. ( 23 ) Jeff Marshall ( 32NH ) , Gilman, VT , 124 Laps
13. ( 20 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT , 124 Laps
14. ( 3 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT , 123 Laps
15. ( 15 ) Anthony Hill ( 8VT ) , Waterford, VT , 123 Laps
16. ( 18 ) Jesse Switser ( 10ME ) , West Burke, VT , 122 Laps
17. ( 25 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 45NC ) , Waterbury, VT , 121 Laps
18. ( 26 ) Floyd Bennett Jr. ( 90NH ) , Guidhall, VT , 79 Laps
19. ( 24 ) Mike Foster ( 39VT ) , Williston, VT , 71 Laps
20. ( 17 ) Mike Kenison ( 3NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 62 Laps
21. ( 16 ) Quinten Welch ( 78NH ) , Groveton, NH , 58 Laps
22. ( 13 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 58 Laps
23. ( 6 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , North Dartmouth, MA , 56 Laps
24. ( 8 ) Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 56 Laps
25. ( 7 ) Aaron Fellows ( 29NH ) , Croyden, NH , 56 Laps
26. ( 19 ) Mike Mitchell ( 40RI ) , Cumberland, RI , 40 Laps
27. ( 27 ) Ryan Bell ( 8NH ) , Acworth, NH , 20 Laps

Lap Leaders: Mike Hopkins, 1-10; Tyler Cahoon, 11-13; Hopkins, 14-26; Tom Carey III, 27-43; Wayne Helliwell Jr., 44-125. (4 lead changes among 4 drivers)

Time of Race: 59:21 Margin of Victory: 3.683 seconds

Cautions: 5 (laps 54, 56, 58, 71, 104)

Heat Winners: Joey Laquerre, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Trenton Goodrow

Consi Winner: Shawn Swallow
 
PASS - FRIDAY, APRIL 2nd
DEREK GRIFFITH - PASS SLM #12g
Daniel Holben/Big D's Photos
Derek Griffith Dominates for
1st Easter Bunny 150 Win
HICKORY, NC (April 2) - Hudson, NH's Derek Griffith took the lead on lap 28 and never looked back to take the win for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models Friday night in the 15th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

"I can't thank my guys enough, this thing was a rocket ship from the start," said Griffith after his first Easter Bunny 150 win. "I'm just so happy, we've started the season off strong. DJ [Shaw] made me work for it. He did a better job of saving his stuff and made it hard on me at the end."

After just edging out Shaw in qualifying, Griffith started the 150-lap race in fifth while Carson Hocevar would move to the pole. Hocevar jumped out to the lead over Shaw at the start, but Griffith was wasting no time as he made his way toward the front. By lap 20 Griffith was in second and just eight laps later moved around Hocevar for the lead.

The first caution of the night did not wave until lap 63 for a spin by Jeremy Sorrell in turn four. The next caution would not wave until lap 105 when 11th place runner Joey Doiron spun in turn four as he tried to avoid contact with Kyle Desouza. Just six laps later, Nick Loden spun exiting turn four after a bump from Trevor Bleau.

Through it all, Griffith continued to maintain a slight lead over Shaw. Griffith's biggest challenge from Shaw came after a restart with 20 laps to go. The two battled side-by-side for several laps before Griffith would eventually separate himself from Shaw in turn one. Griffith led the rest of the way to take the win over Shaw, Mike Hopkins, Travis Stearns, and Joey Pole. Rounding out the top 10 were Desouza, Ryan Kuhn, Gabe Brown, Ben Rowe, and Derek Kneeland.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com. And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
SUPER LATE MODELS at HICKORY
UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS - 4-2-21
1) 12g - Derek Griffith - 150 Laps
2) 60 - DJ Shaw - 150
3) 15h - Mike Hopkins - 150
4) 85 - Travis Stearns - 150
5) 97 - Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. - 150
6) 1 - Kyle Desouza - 150
7) 72 - Ryan Kuhn - 150
8) 47b - Gabe Brown - 150
9) 4 - Ben Rowe - 150
10) 90 - Derek Kneeland - 150
11) 1vt - Evan Hallstrom - 150
12) 14 - Carson Hocevar - 150
13) 7 - Travis Banjamin - 150
14) 43 - Devin O'Connell - 150
15) 29 - Trevor Sanborn - 150
16) 4nh - Trevor Bleau - 149
17) 52 - Jake Matheson - 149
18) 7ct - Cory Casagrande - 148
19) 10 - Kate Re - 148
20) 90w - Craig Weinstein - 148
21) 1s - Charlie Sanborn - 148
22) 7c - Tyler Church - 148
23) 99 - Ben Ashline - 148
24) 43l - Nick Loden - 147
25) 38 - Joey Doyon - 146
26) 40 - Jordan Miller - 144
27) 12 - Dennis Spencer - 105
28) 21 - Joey Doiron - 104
29) 5 - Jerry Artuso - 89
30) 77 - Jeremy Sorrell - 61
31) 66vt - Jason Corliss - 56
32) 14me - Anthony Constantino - 24
33) 12c - Annabeth Crum - DNS
SLM HICKORY 1 ENTRY LIST - 4/2/21
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ACT - FRIDAY, APRIL 2nd
Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. won the first-ever ACT event held at
North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2
(Daniel Holben/Big D's Photo)
ROWE - HELLIWELL - HOPKINS
Daniel Holben/Big D's Photo
Helliwell Becomes First to Stand
in ACT Victory Lane at Hickory
Hickory, NC -- Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. added another accomplishment to his long racing resume by winning the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Hickory 125 on Friday, April 2. The three-time ACT champion led all but two laps and survived multiple challenges from Herman, ME's Mike Hopkins to win the series' first event at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway.

The victory was Helliwell's 16th career ACT-sanctioned Late Model win, putting him in a tie for fifth-place on the all-time list. It came on the front end of an Easter weekend doubleheader at the historic 0.363-mile oval.

Helliwell earned the pole in qualifying under ACT's "plus-minus" system and set the pace at the drop of the green. Behind him and Graniteville, VT's Stephen Donahue, the field mixed it up early and often, with Lancaster, NH's Jamie Swallow Jr. quickly slicing his way to the third spot.

After the first caution on lap 17 for Randy Cole Jr.'s spin, Hopkins entered the picture. Hopkins, a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) regular making his first ACT start, blew past Swallow Jr. and Donahue to take second. He then gave chase to Helliwell as the two left the pack behind them.

Entering turn 3 on the 33rd circuit, Hopkins dove inside Helliwell. The multi-time PASS winner led lap 34 by a bumper, only to see Helliwell surge back in front. The action was just as hot behind them, with Donahue all over Swallow Jr. for third and the rest of the top-10 dicing around the 0.363-mile oval.

A series of cautions between laps 50 and 56 drastically altered the running order behind Helliwell and Hopkins. As the leaders navigated lapped traffic with 50 laps complete, Reilly Lanphear got crossed up on the backstretch. Fifth-place Brooks Clark had nowhere to go and plowed into Lanphear, sidelining both for the night.

Another caution flew a lap later when Shawn Swallow spun entering turn one. During the yellow, Jamie Swallow Jr. pitted out of third and eventually retired for the night due to a broken sway bar mount. Hopkins stuck a radiator cap out front on the restart to lead lap 52 but couldn't hold the outside line and saw Helliwell retake command.

The event's fourth caution flew on lap 55 when Mike Mitchell and Jeff Marshall tangled in turn two. Calamity struck again a lap later when Donahue and Tom Carey III got together racing for the third spot. Carey spun and both went to the rear of the field.

The event then went green for the final 69 laps -- but it was far from the end of the action. Hopkins was able to close on Helliwell whenever they got into traffic, which happened frequently over the final run. As late as the 15-to-go mark, Hopkins was right in Helliwell's shadow with double-file lapped cars ahead. Every time, though, Helliwell made the right move, pulling away in the final laps for the victory.

Multi-time PASS champion Ben Rowe of Turner, ME was quiet most of the night before coming on strong late for a third-place finish. Carver, MA's Trenton Goodrow had the best of his ACT career, passing Graniteville, VT's Chip Grenier late for fourth. Grenier was the final car on the lead lap in fifth after the long green-flag run. Quinny Welch, Donahue, Tyler Cahoon, Derek Gluchacki, and Bobby Therrien completed the top-10.

The American-Canadian Tour is right back at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 3 for the second leg of the North Carolina doubleheader. The ACT Easter Bunny 125 is joined by the PASS Easter Bunny 150 beginning at 5:15pm.

Grandstand admission tickets are available at the gate. Fans can also watch live on Speed51.TV with a $24.99 pay-per-view. Sign up for the broadcast at www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-easter-bunny-saturday-at-hickory.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
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AMERICAN-CANADIAN TOUR
HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY — NEWTON, NC
4/2/21 HICKORY 125 - UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
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Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. ( 1 ) Wayne Helliwell Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH , 125 Laps
2. ( 6 ) Mike Hopkins ( 15ME ) , Herman, ME , 125 Laps
3. ( 8 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 125 Laps
4. ( 5 ) Trenton Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 125 Laps
5. ( 13 ) Chip Grenier ( 9VT ) , Orange, VT , 125 Laps
6. ( 19 ) Quinten Welch ( 78NH ) , Groveton, NH , 124 Laps
7. ( 2 ) Stephen Donahue ( 31VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 124 Laps
8. ( 15 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT , 124 Laps
9. ( 11 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , North Dartmouth, MA , 124 Laps
10. ( 3 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 124 Laps
11. ( 12 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 124 Laps
12. ( 14 ) Aaron Fellows ( 29NH ) , Croyden, NH , 124 Laps
13. ( 4 ) Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 124 Laps
14. ( 9 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 123 Laps
15. ( 20 ) Mike Kenison ( 3NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 123 Laps
16. ( 17 ) Randy Cole Jr. ( 55MA ) , Middleton, MA , 122 Laps
17. ( 25 ) Jeff Marshall ( 32NH ) , Gilman, VT , 122 Laps
18. ( 21 ) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 119 Laps
19. ( 16 ) Mike Mitchell ( 40RI ) , Cumberland, RI , 113 Laps
20. ( 26 ) Ryan Bell ( 8NH ) , Acworth, NH , 95 Laps
21. ( 18 ) Anthony Hill ( 8VT ) , Waterford, VT , 55 Laps
22. ( 23 ) Jesse Switser ( 10ME ) , West Burke, VT , 54 Laps
23. ( 27 ) Floyd Bennett Jr. ( 90NH ) , Guidhall, VT , 53 Laps
24. ( 7 ) Jamie Swallow Jr. ( 4NH ) , Stark, NH , 51 Laps
25. ( 10 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT , 50 Laps
26. ( 24 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 45NC ) , Waterbury, VT , 49 Laps
27. ( 22 ) Mike Foster ( 39VT ) , Williston, VT , 42 Laps

Lap Leaders:
Wayne Helliwell Jr., 1-33; Mike Hopkins, 34; Helliwell, 35-51; Hopkins, 52; Helliwell, 53-125. (4 lead changes among 2 drivers)

Time of Race:
54:46 Margin of Victory: 2.260 seconds

Cautions: 5 (laps 17, 50, 51, 55, 56)

Heat Winners: Derek Gluchacki, Tom Carey III, Chip Grenier

Consi Winner: Quinten Welch
 
Fri.-Sat. APRIL 2nd & 3rd
TWIN SLM 150s LM Doubleheader 125s
The ACT field rounds turns 3 and 4 during an open practice
session at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway
on Thursday, April 1. (ACT file photo)
Practice Notes: ACT Field Gets
Up To Speed Fast at Hickory
Hickory, NC -- The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) got its first taste of the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars" on Thursday, April 1. Twenty-nine teams made the trip to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway a day early for an open practice session prior to the Hickory 125 on Friday, April 2 and the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday, April 3.

Even though few members of the field had previous experience at Hickory, it didn't take long for them to get up speed. By the end of the second practice session, the entire field was within seven-tenths of a second, a potential preview of the weekend ahead.

As the afternoon wound down on the windy day, two names rose to the top of the speed charts: New Salem, MA's Tom Carey III and Danville, VT's Tyler Cahoon. The drivers were 1-2 during the second practice session. In the third session, Carey turned the fastest lap of the day at 15.961 seconds on the 0.363-mile oval.

Although Cahoon also ran a sub-16-second lap in the session, he did so while testing a different set of tires than what will be used in Friday's and Saturday's features. Both Carey and Cahoon were so happy with their cars that they called it a day after the third session and didn't come out for the final 15 minutes.

Candia, NH's Jimmy Renfrew Jr.; Wolcott, VT's Marcel J. Gravel; Hermon, ME's Mike Hopkins; and Stark, NH's Jamie Swallow Jr. also turned heads throughout the afternoon. The wide mix of drivers who were among the fastest was another promising sign for the two feature events.

There were only two minor incidents throughout the quartet of practice sessions. Cumberland, RI's Mike Mitchell spun in turn two during the third practice. Duxbury, VT's Peyton Lanphear then went sliding across the start/finish line just as the practice day ended. Neither driver suffered any damage.

The one ACT racer to encounter a serious setback was Lancaster, NH's Shawn Swallow, who bent a valve early in the day. Swallow reported that he was able to find the needed parts and will attempt to make repairs prior to Friday's event.

The American-Canadian Tour hits the track at Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 for the Hickory 125 and Saturday, April 3 for the Easter Bunny 125. They join the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, who are running the Easter Bunny 150 each night. Post time is 5:15pm for both events.

Grandstand admission tickets are available at the gate. Speed51.TV also is offering a pay-per-view broadcast. The live stream is $24.99 for one night or $39.99 for both nights. Sign up at www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-easter-bunny-weekend-pass.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
Fri.-Sat. APRIL 2nd & 3rd
TWIN SLM 150s LM Doubleheader 125s
Turner, ME's Ben Rowe is one of multiple drivers who are planning
double-duty at the ACT/PASS Hickory Motor Speedway doubleheader
on April 2 and 3. (Daniel Holben photo)
Racers Preparing to Double Up in
ACT-PASS Hickory Showdowns

Weekend First of Seven ACT-PASS
Doubleheaders Planned for 2021
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
SLM HICKORY 1 ENTRY LIST - 4/2/21
SLM HICKORY 2 ENTRY LIST - 4/3/21
ACT LM HICKORY DOUBLEHEADER ENTRY LIST
Waterbury, VT & Naples, ME -- The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is just days away from its first-ever trip to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. The Hickory 125 on Friday, April 2 and the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday, April 3 are already a historic prelude to the 30th ACT Late Model Tour season. Known as the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars", Hickory is one of the most revered race tracks in North America, with a history of winners that ranges from Lee Petty to defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott.

As if visiting such an important track wasn't enough, at least two racers are planning double-duty with both the ACT and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model events. Turner, ME's Ben Rowe and Herman, ME's Mike Hopkins are both officially committed to both features on both nights. With potentially 550 laps of feature racing for each plus qualifying, these respected racers have a busy Easter weekend in store.

Rowe is easily the most accomplished racer at Hickory of anyone stepping into an ACT car. The eight-time PASS champion won the Easter Bunny 150 in 2009 and 2016. In doing so, he joined a list of Hickory winners that includes 18 NASCAR Hall-of-Famers such as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Tim Flock, Junior Johnson, Jack Ingram, and Dale Jarrett. Nevertheless, Rowe was there racing two weeks ago to prepare for his upcoming quartet of features.

"The first time I ever went (to Hickory), it was just the history of the racetrack," Rowe said. "All of the Cup people, when they got started back in the day, that was one of the Cup tracks. When you walk in, you'll see it. The history is still all there. It's an old, wore-out place. The concrete wall is old, there's cracks in the concrete. It's just neat to see. The people that have raced there over the years is something.

"As for the track itself, I think it's more similar to tracks that we run on up here in New England," Rowe went on. "It's not a really high-banked, fast, big speed track like a lot of the southern tracks are -- it's a wore-out, finesse, rough-type track like we run on a lot up here."

Hopkins is no slouch at Hickory, either. The veteran finished second at the most recent Easter Bunny 150 in 2019. More notably, Hopkins sailed to victory in the 2019 Commonwealth Classic at Virginia's Richmond Raceway, one of three victories he's earned under the PASS banner. For the ACT doubleheader at Hickory, Hopkins is debuting a new Port City Chassis car.

Those running the double are on a still-growing list of names entered for Friday and Saturday's shows. The ACT features are headlined by champions such as Wayne Helliwell Jr., Bobby Therrien, Quinny Welch, Aaron Fellows, Jake Johnson, and Alby Ovitt. The pair of PASS Easter Bunny 150s will star Derek Griffith, D.J. Shaw, Cole Butcher, Travis Benjamin, Kate Re, and others. Fields of 30+ drivers are expected for both the ACT and PASS features on Friday with most expected to stick around for Saturday.

They're competing at a track that has a special place in stock car racing history. Hickory Motor Speedway opened in 1951 and hosted 35 NASCAR Cup Series racings between 1953 and 1971. When the NASCAR Xfinity Series was forming in 1982, Hickory was on the inaugural schedule and hosted 42 events through the 1998 season. Other series that have made their mark at Hickory include the NASCAR Dash Series, the All-Pro Series, the SMART Modified Tour, and the X-1R Pro Cup Series.

The Hickory Motor Speedway trip is a preview for the 2021 ACT schedule ahead. Six more doubleheaders are currently planned for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS North Super Late Models, beginning with the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on April 17. Fans will get a double-dose of spectacular full-fender racing action almost every month. Furthermore, there are no direct conflicts between the two series, meaning drivers can run both as often as they have time for.

Rowe and Center Conway, NH's D.J. Shaw are taking advantage with plans to chase both titles. Hopkins, Johnson, and many others now have both ACT and PASS cars, meaning the cooperation between the series will likely lead to higher car counts and more big names across the board.

"Having tracks, promoters, and series working together in the Northeast is great," Rowe said. "I think it's great. For me to try and support both will be fun. A lot of them are a same-day race. And even when they're not, we'll race somewhere on a Friday night, then we'll travel across New England and run an ACT race on a Sunday or something like that. I think it'll be fun. It'll be a lot of time and hard work from the guys working on them, but they're all up for it, so that's what we're going to do."

The American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Stars Series travel to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. Friday's program features the ACT Hickory 125 and the 2020 PASS Easter Bunny 150. Saturday is the ACT Easter Bunny 125 and 2021 PASS Easter Bunny 150. Qualifying begins at 5:15pm both nights.

Grandstand admission tickets are available at the gate. Speed51.TV also is offering a live stream broadcast. The pay-per-view is $24.99 for one night or $39.99 for both nights. The Pay-Per-View purchase links for Hickory:   TWO DAY 
 
FRIDAY ONLY   SATURDAY ONLY

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.
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The Pro All Stars Series has been racing at Hickory since 2006
-- a track where 18 NASCAR Hall of Fame members have won
races or championships.
 
Fri.-Sat. APRIL 2nd & 3rd
New Salem, MA's Tom Carey III, who attended Hickory Motor
Speedway events as a teenager, will race there for the first
time on April 2 and 3. (Daniel Holben photo)

Many ACT Tour Regulars
Starting Season Early at Hickory

Entry List Reaches 30 Cars for Inaugural Visit

ACT HICKORY DOUBLEHEADER ENTRY LIST
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
Waterbury, VT -- The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is closing in on its first-ever visit to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. Although the Hickory 125 and Easter Bunny 125 do not count for points, many drivers planning an ACT championship run in 2021 have decided to start their season early at the 0.363-mile oval.

After a cold, snowy New England winter, a trip to North Carolina is exactly what the racing doctor ordered. Racers such as Ben Rowe, Tom Carey III, Stephen Donahue, and Reilly Lanphear are jumping at the chance to compete at the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars". They'll then have two weeks to prepare for the Northeast Classic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 17, which opens the 12-event ACT Late Model Tour schedule.

"It's a bucket list track, for sure," Salem, MA's Tom Carey III said of the trip to Hickory. "I lived down in North Carolina all through high school, and as soon as I got my driver's license, we used to go watch races there back in the Hooter's Pro Cup days. It was always a pretty cool place to go into when you walk up to get into the grandstands and they've got all the past champions written on the walls. It's a pretty humbling experience to see names like Ned Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt, and Ralph Earnhardt. As a driver, it's something that I never thought I would get a chance to do, and I'm just very humbled and grateful for the opportunity."

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Turner, ME's Ben Rowe, a two-time Easter Bunny 150 winner,
 has by far the most experience of any ACT racer at Hickory.
(Daniel Holben photo)
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Turner, ME's Rowe, a multi-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) champion who is also gunning for the ACT title this year, might be one the favorites based on history. He has the most experience at Hickory of any driver on the ACT entry lists thanks to the track's place on the PASS National Championship schedule. Rowe won the 2009 and 2016 editions of the Easter Bunny 150.

Rowe and recent Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson are planning doubleheader double-duty next weekend. On each night, they'll compete in both the PASS Easter Bunny 150 and the ACT event. PASS winner Mike Hopkins will now do double-duty on Saturday, too. It will mean a busy day for all, but they certainly have the talent and temperament to make it happen.

Duxbury, VT's Reilly Lanphear is the only other ACT entrant with significant experience at Hickory Motor Speedway. Lanphear, who's entering her fourth season with ACT, ran a Super Late Model at the historic track in 2018 and finished seventh in her first start. She and her sister Peyton are both making the trip for Easter weekend, with Reilly running a special #45NC Rich Bickle throwback paint scheme.

For everyone else, the practice sessions will be the first time they tackle Hickory. With the talented list of drivers making the haul to North Carolina, though, they figure to quickly get up to speed.

Carey is looking to build on a strong finish to his rookie ACT season. The third-generation racer grabbed his first ACT podium finish at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway in the season finale -- a track that bears similarities to its Southern counterpart. He also had a runner-up in a 50-lap event at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway, giving him confidence heading into 2021.

"We'll have the same goal as always: go out there and do the best we can, and let the cards fall where they fall," Carey said. "Obviously, the goal is always to go out there and win. Hopefully we can keep some of our momentum rolling from last year. We've got a couple of good race cars here, nice pieces, and I'm just really looking forward to getting the season going -- especially starting it off down in Hickory."

The 2020 ACT Rookie of the Year, North Dartmouth, MA's Derek Gluchacki, is also starting his year down South. He's gearing up to chase both the 2021 ACT title and the inaugural New England Late Model Challenge Cup. Graniteville, VT's Stephen Donahue is doing the same, making the Hickory doubleheader an important tune-up session for both.

Lancaster, NH's Shawn Swallow, the 2020 Riverside Speedway champion, is going to Hickory in preparation for his first full ACT Late Model Tour champion. West Burke, VT's Jesse Switser, meanwhile, is tuning up for year #2 on the series. East Montpelier, VT's Joey Laquerre, the 77-year-old ageless veteran, is running the second Hickory event and will chase the 12-race Tour schedule beginning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

ACT fans can also watch 2020 runner-up D.J. Shaw on the PASS side of the program. Although Shaw is sticking to single-duty at Hickory, he'll be pulling double-duty many times this year as he returns to the CS Motorsports #04VT team for another ACT title run.

The American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Stars Series travel to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3. Friday's program will feature the ACT Hickory 125 and the 2020 PASS Easter Bunny 150. Saturday, is the ACT Easter Bunny 125 and 2021 PASS Easter Bunny 150. Post time each day is 5:15pm.

Grandstand admission tickets are available at the gate. Speed51.TV also is offering a live stream of the doubleheader. The pay-per-view is $24.99 for one night or $39.99 for both nights. Sign up for the broadcast at www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-easter-bunny-weekend-pass.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
Fri.-Sat. APRIL 2nd & 3rd
Waterford, VT's Andy Hill (#8VT), the defending Rookie of the Year at White Mountain Motorsports Park, is eager to be a part of the first ACT visit to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. (Daniel Holben photo)

Weekly Racers Hitting the Road for
Opportunity to Race at Hickory

Entry List Reaches 30 Cars for Inaugural Visit

ACT HICKORY DOUBLEHEADER ENTRY LIST
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
Waterbury, VT -- The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is less than three weeks away from its inaugural trip to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. Although the track is more than a 14-hour drive from ACT's Central Vermont offices, the starting field will have a familiar flavor for fans of weekly Northeast Late Model racing.

More than half the current entry list consists of local Late Model racers from around the region. These racers will spend the summer making the one-a-week trek to their home track. However, a pair of events at the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars" represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to hit the road for one of North America's most famous short tracks.

"As soon as I found out about (Hickory), I immediately was drawn to it," Waterford, VT's Andy Hill said. "I wanted the opportunity to do something I would never do otherwise. And I also wanted to be a part of something. These races such as Richmond and the ones at Loudon -- I know Cris (Michaud) and Tom (Mayberry) have teamed up to make these races happen for us and to bring attention to both PASS and ACT, and to Late Model racing in New England as a whole...to have these things happen, and to bring more attention to the sport -- and to us as Late Model racers -- is a good thing, and I'm proud to be a part of it.
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Former Thunder Road track champion Bobby Therrien is almost
always a threat when he travels to big ACT events. (Alan Ward photo)
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At least eight different New England race tracks will be represented in North Carolina. Barre, VT's Thunder Road leads the way in total registered drivers. Hinesburg, VT's Bobby Therrien, the 2017 "King of the Road" and 2020 runner-up, will be one of the favorites with his FastOne Motorsports team. Other long-time Thunder Road Late Model runners making their travel plans include multi-time winners Tyler Cahoon, Jim "Boomer" Morris, Chip Grenier, and Brooks Clark. Hill, a two-time White Mountain Motorsports Park winner in 2020, is switching to Thunder Road competition following the trip to Hickory.

Nonetheless, the Woodstock, NH track has a solid slate going South. The White Mountain brigade includes eight-time track champion Quinny Welch plus veteran Jeff Marshall, ultra-veteran Joey Laquerre, young hotshot Stephen Donahue, and longtime Street Stock king Alby Ovitt. Meanwhile, Groveton, NH's Riverside Speedway has defending champion Shawn Swallow and longtime regular Mike Kenison going to Hickory from the North Country.

Southern New England also has a fine local field entered. Croydon, NH's Aaron Fellows has stayed busy in recent years winning championships at Claremont Speedway and Monadnock Speedway. Middleton, MA racer Randy Cole Jr. is a solid Star Speedway runner who will stretch his wings beyond the Northeast.

Multiple regulars at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway are entered for Hickory, including defending ACT Rookie of the Year Derek Gluchacki and reigning Snowflake 100 winner Jake Johnson. Cumberland, RI's Mike Mitchell is regular there and at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, giving the entry list its eighth "home track".

The local warriors will be joined by touring stars such as D.J. Shaw, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Ben Rowe, and Tom Carey III. With the recent addition of Williston, VT's Mike Foster, ACT now has 30 Late Model teams committed to at least one of the Hickory events.

Nearly all the drivers entered on the ACT side are making their first visit to Hickory of any kind. An optional Thursday evening practice session will give them some time to get dialed. Some are also turning to others who have driven on the historic 0.363-mile oval.

Hill said he is getting setup tips from the team's chassis-worker RB Performance, whose "house team" driver Dillon Moltz has turned laps at Hickory. Through an old friend, Hill has also connected to a former Late Model champion at the track who's offered his assistance.

Regardless, though, the ultimate goal for most teams is to have fun and be a part of ACT starring on a new stage. It's also the first chance to see the steeds that teams have prepared for 2021 -- with a few hinting at special paint schemes to celebrate the Easter weekend.

The Hickory doubleheader joins other special Southern ACT  events in recent years Virginia's Richmond Raceway and Florida's New Smyrna Speedway. If such shows lead to more opportunities for the series, it would make the trip even better.

"I hope it does," Hill said of the possibility." I think the ACT cars have a really solid rules package...and I think the ACT teams are capable of putting on a heck of a show, and I think it'd be good for them to broaden their horizons a little. I hope it turns into more options later on down the road. We're not sure what our plans are for the future, but you never know. Maybe if we're not able to do weekly racing, we could seize the opportunity to go do these types of traveling shows."

The American-Canadian Tour makes its first-ever visit to North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. ACT will hold the Hickory 125 on Friday and the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday. The PASS Super Late Models go 150 laps both days as part of their National Championship opener. Post time is 5:15pm for each day of racing.

Grandstand admission tickets will be available at the front gate. Speed51.TV is also doing a live stream broadcast of both days. The pay-per-view costs $24.99 for one night or $39.99 for both nights. Sign up now at speed51.tv/products/ppv-easter-bunny-weekend-pass.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.proallstarsseries.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
 
Fri.-Sat. APRIL 2nd & 3rd

ACT Unveils Early-Entry List
for Hickory Doubleheader

ACT HICKORY DOUBLEHEADER ENTRY LIST
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
Waterbury, VT -- The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has revealed the early-entry list for the Hickory 125 and Easter Bunny 125 on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. A total of 28 teams have made the early commitment to open their 2021 season by running at least one event at North Carolina's legendary Hickory Motor Speedway.

The entry list contains a highly-decorated mix of ACT Late Model Tour regulars, weekly Late Model champions, and top drivers who can be found at any big event. Five different states and numerous tracks/series are represented. The events are the first time ever that the ACT Late Models will race at the "Birthplace of NASCAR Stars".

Vermont leads the way with a whopping 14 drivers that have registered for the Hickory doubleheader. Former Thunder Road Late Model champions Jason Corliss of Barre, VT and Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT are on the list of drivers heading to North Carolina. So are former Riverside Speedway Champion Jeff Marshall of Gilman, VT; former Governor's Cup winner Brooks Clark of Fayston, VT; and defending White Mountain Motorsports Park Rookie of the Year Andy Hill of Waterford, VT.

Multi-time weekly racing winners Jim "Boomer" Morris, Stephen Donahue, Tyler Cahoon, Chip Grenier, and Derek Ming are working on their travel plans. Venerable veteran Joey Laquerre of E. Montpelier, VT has entered the Saturday portion of the doubleheader. Lanphear sisters Reilly and Peyton of Waterbury, VT and ACT regular Jesse Switser of West Burke, VT round out the Vermont brigade.

New Hampshire, meanwhile, currently has seven Hickory representatives. They include eight-time White Mountain Champion Quinny Welch of Groveton, NH; Riverside Speedway champions Shawn Swallow and Mike Kenison of Lancaster, NH; and multi-track champion Aaron Fellows of Croydon, NH.

Three-time ACT Champion Wayne "The Punisher" Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH is already on the short list of contenders. Helliwell is a factor in almost every race he enters and undoubtedly will get up to speed fast. Eight-cylinder Street Stock legend Alby Ovitt and his teammate Jimmy Renfrew Jr., both of Candia, NH, complete the list of New Hampshire racers.

Five drivers from the state of Massachusetts have entered the Hickory 125 and Easter Bunny 125. New Salem, MA's Tom Carey III and North Dartmouth, MA's Derek Gluchacki are using the events as a tune-up for their sophomore ACT Tour seasons after both finished in the top-10 in points last year.

Rehoboth, MA's Jake Johnson, the recent Snowflake 100 winner at Florida's Five Flags Speedway, is planning double-duty with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. Carver, MA youngster Trenton Goodrow is looking for a strong showing in his first ACT events since double-ACL surgery last year. They'll be joined from the Bay State by Star Speedway regular Randy Cole Jr. of Middleton, MA.

Maine and Rhode Island each have one ACT driver heading to Hickory. The Mainer is one of the biggest Northeast racing names of all: Turner, ME's Ben Rowe, a multi-time Hickory winner in PASS Super Late Model competition. Rowe, like Johnson, plans to compete in all four combined ACT and PASS events, making it a busy trip for the many-time champion. Cumberland, RI's Mike Mitchell, who can be found at racetracks throughout the region on any given weekend, rounds out the field.

Teams can still register for the Hickory 125 and Easter Bunny 125 by filling out the entry forms at www.acttour.com/forms. ACT entries must be postmarked by Monday, March 22 to ensure that tires will be available.

ACT opens its 2021 season at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. The ACT Late Models will run the Hickory 125 on Friday and the Easter Bunny 125 on Saturday. The PASS Super Late Models have a pair of Easter Bunny 150s with one each day as part of the PASS National Championship.

Post time for both days of racing is 5:00pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the front gate. Prices and event schedules are to be announced.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
ACT HICKORY DOUBLEHEADER ENTRY LIST
 
FRI. & SAT., APRIL 2 & 3, 2021

PASS Will Return To Hickory In 2021
With Twin Easter Bunny 150s
 

EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
NAPLES, ME (August 12) - Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today the first major additions to the 2021 motorsports calendar. The 15th and 16th Annual Easter Bunny 150s will both take place on in Easter weekend, 2021. This year's Easter Bunny 150 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now move to Friday, April 2, 2021, while the 2021 edition of the event will be the following day, Saturday, April 3. Both races will pay $5,000 to win and will be part of the reimagined 2021 PASS National Championship Series.

"This year has definitely thrown promoters across the country a lot of curveballs, but we've managed to adjust and make the most of it," said PASS President Tom Mayberry. "With today's announcement Super Late Model racers can be assured that the Easter Bunny will return in a big way in 2021. With the possibility to win $10,000, we hope we can bring the best racers out to Hickory as they start their run for the PASS National Championship."

More details will be coming soon including a complete weekend schedule and support division details for the 2021 Easter Bunny weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway. In addition to Hickory and the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, more events will soon be announced concerning the 2021 PASS National Championship series for Super Late Models.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and the Easter Bunny150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com. And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
     
The ACT Late Models will make their inaugural visit to North Carolina's
Hickory Motor Speedway this April for a pair of events. (Daniel Holben photo)
ACT Heading to Hickory This
April for Twin 125-Lap Events
Series Making Inaugural Visit to
Historic North Carolina Track
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
Waterbury, VT - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is heading south to get an early start on the 2021 racing season. Officials announced today that a pair of ACT Late Model events have been scheduled at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway for Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3.

The 125-lap events are part of a doubleheader organized by the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). The trip will be ACT's first-ever visit to the historic 0.363-mile speedway.

Friday, April 2 is the ACT Hickory 125 along with the 2020 PASS Super Late Model Easter Bunny 150, which was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday, April 3 features the ACT Easter Bunny 125 and the 2021 Easter Bunny 150. Post time is 5:00pm each day.

Both the Friday and Saturday events will have separate qualifying, features, and purses. The events will not count for points towards the ACT Late Model Tour championship.

"We're getting more excited about this event every day," ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. "When Tom Mayberry of PASS invited us to be part of the event, we were immediately intrigued. However, we wanted to make sure there was enough interest from teams before committing. The response we got was incredibly positive and convinced us to say yes."

"Hickory is one of those bucket-list tracks for a series," Michaud went on. "It's like the trip to Richmond Raceway two years ago or the first ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway back in 2009. Almost every short track racing fan has heard of Hickory. We're honored PASS would even consider having us at the event, and we think it's going to be a great show."

The entry forms for both Easter Bunny 125s are now available at www.acttour.com/forms. The early-entry deadline is March 1, 2021. Event schedules and other information will be announced soon. Details are subject to change pending the course of the ongoing pandemic.

Hickory Motor Speedway opened in 1951 and is known as both "The World's Most Famous Short Track" and "The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars". The NASCAR Cup series held 35 events at the track between 1953 and 1971. The NASCAR Xfinity Series then held 42 events at Hickory from 1982 through 1998. Hickory was also a regular stop for the NASCAR Modified and Late Model Sportsman National Championships, Grand National East Series, Dash Series, X-1R Pro Cup Series, and other tours throughout its history. PASS has sanctioned both PASS South and PASS National Championship Series events at the track since 2006.

Hickory began its life as a 1/2-mile dirt track and went through multiple configurations before adopting the current 0.363-mile paved layout in 1970. Past winners at the track include legends such as Junior Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Richie Evans, Bobby Allison, Jack Ingram, Tommy Houston, and Bubba Pollard.

The full 2021 ACT schedule can be found at www.acttour.com/actusschedule. The ACT Late Model rules are also posted on the Tour website at www.acttour.com/rules.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
     
 

 

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