Shaw Claims Thrilling Easter Bunny 150
HICKORY, N.C. – D.J. Shaw drove past hometown favorite Tyler Church on the final lap of Sunday’s Pro All Stars Series South Easter Bunny 150 for super late models at Hickory Motor Speedway to score his first victory at the historic three-eighths-mile oval.
Jared Irvan started Sunday’s race, which was rained out on Saturday, from the pole after a redraw of the fastest 10 qualifiers. Preston Peltier, who set fast time, started second after the redraw.
Irvan grabbed the lead early in the 150-lap event, but the event was slowed by the caution flag on lap five for a huge pileup in turn one. The crash, which started when Harrison Burton made contact with Trevor Sanborn, eliminated the cars of Brandon Ward, Ryan Moore, Patrick Staropoli and Brandon Setzer.
Irvan held off Peltier on the restart following a red flag for cleanup, but he didn’t stay at the front of the pack very long. Randy Gentry marched to the front and took the lead away from the young PASS South rookie.
The caution flag waved again on lap 32 when the cars of Tate Fogleman and Nick Turner made contact and spun in turn four. Gentry maintained the lead on the restart as several drivers, including Peltier, Tyler Dippel, Shaw, Church and Roger Lee Newton, fought two-wide for position behind him.
On lap 79 the battle for the lead intensified as Newton, who had marched his way up to second, began looking for a way around Gentry for the top spot. Newton led lap 80 by a nose and cleared Gentry coming out of turn two to take possession of the top spot.
Newton was out front, but unable to pull away from the pack like Gentry had. Behind him Dippel was nipping at his heels as Burton began to make his way into contention for the lead. With 91 laps complete Burton was second. One lap later he passed Newton for the lead.
Burton quickly began to build his lead, putting a straightaway between himself and his closest pursuer within 10 laps. His lead was erased on lap 111 when Jay Fogleman’s entry came to a stop at the top of turn one, forcing series officials to wave the caution flag.
During the restart second-place Dippel made the high side work as he drove around Burton to take the lead. Burton fell in behind him and gave chase, but the caution flag waved again on lap 117 before Burton could make any attempts to retake the lead.