Ben Rowe Dominates To Claim Second PASS Easter Bunny 150 Win At Hickory
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HICKORY, NC (March 26) – Three-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model national champion Ben Rowe led 114 laps en route to a dominating win in Saturday night's 11th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. The Turner, ME, native's second win in the Easter Bunny 150 was made even sweeter by the fact that it guarantees Rowe a starting spot in this year's Oxford 250 in August at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine.
"I just tried to set my own pace, but that kid in the 19 car [Riley Herbst], he was giving me all I wanted, but if I could clear him off turn two I was ok and I can't think of a better way to travel back home 17 hours than with a win," said Rowe after his first win in the prestigious race since 2009. "This win is I huge, I mean it's the Easter Bunny and this is Hickory and it's a tough place. To be locked into the Oxford 250 is huge too. I've seen over 100 cars try to qualify for that race and a lot can happen in the heat races, so to have a guaranteed starting spot is great."
Qualifying earlier in the day had its own share drama with several drivers breaking the six-year-old track record set by Andy Loden. Jody Measamer set the new track record with a lap of 82.693 miles per hour and also became the fastest Super Late Model driver in any series to ever tour the legendary speedway. Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Measamer would slot into the seventh starting position, while the father-son duo of Ben and Mike Rowe would move to the front row.
When the green flag fell under overcast skies, M. Rowe jumped into the lead over the younger member of the family. The two would trade the lead four times before B. Rowe would take command on lap 41.
Following a caution for an incident between Brandon Setzer and Tracy Gordon on lap 54, B. Rowe continued to lead, but a new player was in the mix. Trey Jarrell took the top spot on lap 56, before relinquishing it to B. Rowe four laps later. While they were exchanging the lead up front, Matt Craig and Joey Doiron had climbed up to 10th and 11th respectively after both started deep in the field.
After spins by Tanner Gray and Trevor Noles in turn four, the action continued to pick up with less than 50 laps to go. DJ Shaw's return to PASS was derailed with 34 laps to go when he spun and collected Craig, Doiron, and Joey Padgett. Things would only get worse for the defending PASS National Champion, Doiron, when he was eliminated in a crash involving Travis Stearns, Josh Williams and Travis Benjamin just 10 laps later.
After struggling with the handle on his car throughout the night, three-time Easter Bunny 150 winner Preston Peltier climbed into the top 10 and into contention late in the race. But, Peltier would be eliminated in a grinding crash in turn three on lap 129 involving AJ Frank and Kodie Conner.
B. Rowe held off a persistent Riley Herbst to take the win over Derek Ramstrom, Measamer, and Jeremy Davis. Rounding out the top 10 were Mike Hopkins, Gray, Jarrell, Tate Fogleman, and John-Michael Shenette.
Next up, will be the PASS North Super Late Model season opener and round three of the PASS National Championship Series as part of the annual Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut on April 9-10.
The PASS South Super Late Models will be in action once again for 150 laps on Saturday, April 16th at Caraway Speedway. Entry forms are available now at ProAllStarsSeries.com. Be sure to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.
PASS Super Late Model – PASS Easter Bunny 150 – Unofficial Results
1. 4n – Ben Rowe 150 18. 07 – Shane Lee 132
2. 19 – Riley Herbst 150 19. 15x – AJ Frank 128
3. 35 – Derek Ramstrom 150 20. 74 – Preston Peltier 128
4. 98 – Jody Measamer 150 21. 49 – DJ Shaw 128
5. 09 – Jeremy Davis 150 22. 24 – Mike Rowe 126
6. 15m – Mike Hopkins 150 23. 7 – Travis Benjamin 125
7. 40 – Tanner Gray 150 24. 73 – Joey Doiron 125
8. 12 – Trey Jarrell 150 25. 22 – Trevor Noles 124
9. 8 – Tate Fogleman 150 26. 9 – Chris Dilbeck 116
10. 82 – John-Michael Shenette 150 27. 83 – Joey Padgett 115
11. 16me – Travis Stearns 149 28. 41 – Tracy Gordon 111
12. 45 – Kodie Conner 149 29. 71 – Jimmy Doyle 100
13. 24j – JP Josiasse 148 30. 6 – Brandon Setzer 85
14. 54 – Matt Craig 148 31. 01 – Derek Scott, Jr. 60
15. 1 – Josh Williams 144 32. 44 – Gus Dean 38
16. 88 – Kyle Desouza 137 33. 7k – Jody Lavender 30
17. 33 – Roger Lee Newton 136 34. 53 – Cale Gale 27