PASS South: Easter Bunny kicks off 2011 PASS National Championship Chase

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PASS South: Easter Bunny kicks off 2011 PASS National Championship Chase

Drivers from North and South Ready to battle at Hickory Motor Speedway


Naples ME (4/19) Every racing season super late model drivers from the north and south flock to the historic Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway for an event that has grown in stature every season. The Easter Bunny is now a premiere event on the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Products schedule and on Saturday, April 23 the thunder of PASS super late models comes alive when the Easter Bunny 150 once again brings drivers from across the country to North Carolina for a shot at the coveted trophy.


The Easter Bunny always draws over 40 of the country's elite super late model race teams, the 2011 edition is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the PASS South season. Ryan Blaney, Jay Fogleman, 2010 PASS South and National Champion, Preston Peltier and Jody Lavender are ready to mix it up with 2011 series rookies Gray Gaulding, Becca Kasten, Brandon Lynn and many more. PASS North drivers Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe and Travis Benjamin are set to compete in the 150 green flag lap event.


Plenty of big names in the super late model world have claimed the special hardware on Easter weekend. Mike Rowe claimed the inaugural Easter Bunny in 2006 and Ryan Lawyer earned the victory in 2007. Corey Williams and Ben Rowe added their names in the record book as winners in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Preston Peltier's late race charge sealed the 2010 win. over Fogleman and Blaney.


While it is still early in the 2011 PASS South season, the same three drivers that battled for the 2010 Easter Bunny win are on top of the points, just in reverse order. Blaney currently sits on top of the charts over Fogleman and Peltier with Steven Legendre and Andy Loden tied for fourth and fifth. Jody Lavender, Heath Hindman, Justin Wakefield, John Batten and Jimmy Weller round out the top-10 standings, and all will be looking to move up as they strive for victory in Hickory.


The Easter Bunny is round one of the 2011 PASS National Championship, six races in five states from Carolina to New England. The 2011 National champ will receive a host of new awards including a A Miller welder, the use of a McGunegill Engine Performance(MEP) GM Equalizer Sealed Engine during the 2012 racing season, and a complete super late model clutch/bellhousing/starter package from Quarter Master Industries, and a product certificate from Roush Yates Performance Products. Past PASS National Champions include Cassius Clark (2008), Ben Rowe (2009) and Peltier (2010).


The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Products Easter Bunny 150 weekend will kick off on Friday, April 22 with an optional practice .Gates open at 2 :00 PM and rotating practice is scheduled from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. On race day April 23 the gates open at 11:00 AM,practice is set for 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM, and time trials roll off at 5:00 PM. Racing gets the green at 6:30 PM. The CCS Late Model Sportsman Series, Legends Cars, Bandoleros and the Allison Legacy Series join the PASS super late models on the card.


For a detailed weekend schedule of events, point standings, season schedules and more visit www.proallstarsseries.com.


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OXFORD, Maine (April 20, 2011) – Kyle Busch made quite an impression in his first two TD Bank 250 attempts.

In 2005, he led the race twice for a total of 61 laps. In 2006, Busch looked poised to win the event when his motor expired while leading the event.

Kyle is coming back and will be looking for a victory in 2011.


Today, Oxford Plains Speedway and Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Kyle has entered the TD Bank 250 on July 24 and the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance PASS 150 on July 23.  New England racing fans will have two chances to see Busch compete against the region’s best competitors.

“It’s no secret that I love to race, so I’ll be spending my weekend off from the Sprint Cup Series in July running the late model races at Oxford Plains Speedway,” said Busch. “The track is a lot of fun to drive. It’s very flat, the corners are very round and the straightaway’s aren’t very long. Bill Ryan and his staff treated me excellent during my first two trips to Oxford and the fans there are great. I had one of the fastest cars and led a bunch of laps both years I ran the TD Bank 250 for Steve Perry and SP2 Motorsports, but we weren’t able to seal the deal. This year we decided to bring our own KBM Toyota Camry’s. Hopefully, the third time will be the charm.”

“Kyle is a great racer no matter what kind of car he is in,” Oxford Plains Speedway Owner Bill Ryan said.  “Our fans loved seeing Kyle race in the TD Bank 250 in 2005 and 2006 and now will have another chance to see him try and win in 2011.  Making things even more exciting this year is the fact that Kyle is racing in the PASS race on Saturday night.  He will be a threat to win in both events,” Ryan added. 

Since 2004, TD Bank 250 fans have been treated to seeing NASCAR’s elite compete against the region’s best short track pilots.  In addition to Kyle Busch, fans have seen Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, JJ Yeley, Ricky Craven, Kevin Lepage, Terry Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace and Brad Keselowski try to win the TD Bank 250.  Only Harvick has been able to take the checkers, doing so in 2007.

In 2011, the TD Bank 250 weekend will consist of three nights of exciting racing.  On Friday, July 22, the Oxford Acceleration Series and PASS Modifieds will take center stage.  Saturday brings the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance PASS 150 accompanied by Oxford’s Strictly Stock and Mini Stock divisions.  Saturday will also be the first day the TD Bank 250 Late Models hit the track for practice.  Sunday, the TD Bank 250 green flag flies at 2 pm. 

TD Bank 250 tickets are priced at $50, $40 and $30. A seating chart is available on online at www.oxfordplains.com. Tickets for the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance PASS 150 are $25.  Special discount ticket packages are available for the weekend.  For more information about specific seat availability or to purchase tickets, please stop by the Speedway office on Route 26 or call (207) 539-8865 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Oxford Plains Speedway is a 3/8-mile asphalt oval located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine. With main grandstand seating for 13,000, it is the largest spectator sports facility in the State of Maine. More than 350 men, women and children compete weekly at OPS throughout the summer in a variety of racing endeavors on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and selected Sunday afternoons. For a full schedule of 2011 events, log on towww.oxfordplains.com.


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La direction de l'Autodrome Granby est fière d'avoir signé une entente avec le poste de Radio CKOI FM. Nous sommes très heureux de pouvoir faire équipe avec un média de communication majeure afin de mieux faire découvrir les courses sur terre battue. Dès le début mai, l’Autodrome Granby sera en vedette à chaque semaine jusqu’en septembre 2011.  Ce partenariat sera bénéfique à tout les gens impliqués de près ou de loin dans ce merveilleux sport.  Les équipes, commanditaires et spectateurs seront comblés tout au long de la saison 2011.


Le renouvellement de l'entente avec le site internet   est aussi une excellente nouvelle pour tous les amateurs, pilotes, membres d'équipes et supporteurs. Les résultats et les vidéos de la soirée seront dévoilés sur le site www.360nitro.com ainsi que www.autodrome-granby.com semaine après semaine. Un projet est sur la table pour la prochaine saison, nous prévoyons enregistrer un débat sur des sujets d’actualité dans le domaine des courses sur terre battue. À quelques reprises pendant la prochaine saison, des pilotes concernés, officiels et promoteurs seront invités tour à tour à débattre  leurs idées.


Comme vous pouvez le constater… la nouvelle direction ne manque pas d’idées et de projets afin d’améliorer la visibilité de notre sport favori.Le projet de la nouvelle piste de karting avance aussi à grands pas, les détails vous seront dévoilés d’ici peu. Cette initiative permettra d’aider la relève. 


Plus que quelques jours avant le début de la 50e  saison de course sur le circuit de la rue Cowie. Nous espérons que dame nature collabore afin d'offrir une année inoubliable aux nombreux amateurs.



Josée Lyse Poisson

Relationniste Autodrome Granby



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