Local Racing Championships Headline All American Championship Friday
Nashville, TN (Thursday, October 29, 2020) – The final Local Racing event of the 2020 season unfolds Friday night, October 30th at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. While the Whelen Super Trucks Championship was decided back on October 17th, seven other divisions will have champions decided during All American 400 weekend; six of the Local Racing divisions will be determined on Friday.
The Limited Late Models have been one of the most dramatic divisions to watch throughout the 2020 season. The drama continues to build heading into Friday night’s finale; three-time NFS Feature winner, Jeffery Belt holds a one-point advantage over two-time and defending Track Champion, Kevin Rollins. Rollins has just one feature win to his credit this year, coming back on October 3rd. Belt and Rollins aren’t alone in the competition for a title. October 17th feature winner, Jonathan Dishman is now just eight points back from Belt in the third spot. Should Rollins take home the title, he would become the all-time Track Championship leader at NFS for the Limited Late Models with three; should Belt or Dishman become a Track Champion, it would be their first. The three drivers will fight for every point they can get during a 50 lap feature to cap Friday night’s racing.
The Street Stock battle for a Track Championship is also mathematically a three-way race. Larry Cunningham, who is winless on the 2020 campaign, holds a 13-point lead over Brian Frazier. In third, sits four-time NFS Feature winner, Carl Porter, Jr. Porter has won three of the last four events on the quarter-mile at Nashville, but a disqualification from earlier in the year has him 23 points out of the Championship. While Cunningham and Frazier are searching for their first NFS Championship, Porter, Jr is hoping to become the first back-to-back Track Champion since Matt Barnes in 2014-2015.
The Pure Stocks face a similar situation as the Street Stocks, with three drivers sitting in a mathematical situation to win the Track Championship. Josh Hood, a winner back on August 8th, holds a 37 point lead over Dustin Williams. Three-time NFS Feature winner, Phillip McCord finds himself in third place and 45 points out of a Championship after a disqualification as a result of a Protest during the October 17th program.
Pest Doctor Front Runners also have a three-way battle for the Track Championship. Three-time feature winner Daniel Harper sits at the top of the leaderboard with a 29 point gap back to Josh Garvin. Third place belongs to Jesse Litchford, who went for a wild ride during the October 17th race, wrecking and flipping on lap one. Litchford has a 43 point difference to try and make up on Friday.
The BH Holmes Construction Legends boast four drivers who could walk away as a Track Champion Friday night. Currently leading the way is two-time NFS Feature winner in 2020, Bryson Shaffer. Closely behind him at 17 points back is Justin Maxwell, who has won two of the last three events for the Legends. In third, Dylan Fetcho is looking for a chance to become the first known driver to win both the Legends and Pro Late Model Track Championship in the same season. To do so, Fetcho would need to close a 22 point gap. The fourth driver in contention for the Track Championship is also the 2020 Rookie of the Year for Legends, Boston Oliver. A winner during the second show of the season, Oliver has a 40 point disadvantage to Shaffer.
The latest division to join the line-up at NFS, the Dye Hard Hair Salone Bandoleros joins the list of mathematical four-way races heading into Friday night. Aiden Potter leads the way by nine-points over Taylor Corum. Hunter Taylor finds himself 33 points in the read on a Track Championship, while Austin Harrison would need a perfect night combined with a no show from Aiden Potter to make up the 50 point difference he faces from the fourth place.
As for the Pro Late Models of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, they’ll settle their championship battle between Dylan Fetcho and Cole Williams during Sunday’s 100 Lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour feature event as part of the All American 400.
Tickets for all three nights of racing are still available online at www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing/allamerican400. Search for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.
Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
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