Nashville, TN (Thursday, April 15, 2021) – Thursday night served as the final chance for drivers to shake down their cars ahead of Saturday night’s 64th Season of Asphalt Racing at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. All six of Nashville’s stock car divisions had the chance to turn laps on the track this afternoon to ensure they’re ready to compete for a win this weekend, and now all eyes turn to the defending Track Champion.
Dylan Fetcho, the 2020 Pro Late Model Track Champion at NFS ended the day on top of the overall speed charts by nearly two-tenths-of-a-second. Fetcho’s best lap time came during his final run of the day in which he was setup for a mock qualifying run. The US Tanks no. 89 punched in a time of 19.171, besting Chase Johnson’s 19.317 for the top spot on the board. Last week, Johnson ended Media Day as the fastest car in town and was again quick during today’s session.
The Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers Super Trucks were paced by another familiar face to the division. Troy Hall, who tied division Track Champion Tanner Arms for the most wins last season, led the way in practice by nearly three-tenths-of-a-second over 2019 Super Truck Champion, John Burns. Hall clocked in with a 20.249 second lap time.
On the quarter-mile, former Track Champion, Kevin Rollins led the Limited Late Model Field with a 15.406. This after Rollins picked up a win in the Master Legends Class during the US Legend Cars International event at Veteran’s Motorplex (Highland Rim). In other quarter-mile divisions, Carl Porter, Jr showed the way over Travis Arms in Street Stocks; Porter turned in a 16.117 second lap time. In Pure Stocks, John Bradley bested Phillip McCord with a 16.500. Finally, Charlie Hamlett showed the way for the Pest Doctor Front Runners with a 17.497.
The Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros and BH Holmes Construction Legends return to action Friday night as part of the Starkey US Legends Spring Major at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Gates open at 5:30 PM with racing at 7:00 PM Friday night.
Then on Saturday, stock car racing returns with a full 8-in-1 show that includes the main events for the Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros and BH Holmes Construction Legends. Plus, the first 100 lap Pro Late Model Race of the season. Grandstand gates open at 2:00 PM and Bandolero/Legend racing begins at 3:00 PM; the stock car portion of the show begins at 5:30 PM.
Tickets to opening weekend are available at the gate for both nights. Friday tickets are $10 each; Saturday tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Military Members, $5 for Children 6 to 12 years old, and Kids under 5 are free.
For more information on the Starkey US Legends Major at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, log onto NashvilleFairgroundsSpeedway.racing. Search for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook, and Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.
Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
Photo – Liz McFarland