Nashville, TN (Friday, May 8, 2021) – Before what has become arguably one of the biggest weekends of the season thus far in the mid-south, both Pro and Super Late Models turned practice laps at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Friday night. Teams and drivers used the three hours to prepare for Saturday’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour vs Nashville Pros and the North/South Super Late Model Challenge in conjunction with the Crosley Brands Music City 200 Presented by T-Mobile & Action 247.
To start the day, 40 Pro Late Models unloaded in the pits of America’s Favorite Short Track hoping to fine-tune their cars in an effort to be prepared to run in tomorrow’s 100 lap contest. Notable entries who turned laps today include two-time Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Track Champion Cole Williams, former All American 400 winner Mason Mingus, All American 100 (Pro Late Models) winner Stephen NAsse, and 2020 Track Champion, Dylan Fetcho. At the end of the day, Austin Wilson topped the overall speed charts, turning in a 19.242 second lap time. Wilson outran Williams by just three-one-thousandths-of-a-second who punched in a 19.245, and Kyle Neveau came in third with a 19.307.
Super Late Models also had strong representation Friday night, with 30 cars ready to race in Saturday’s North/South Super Late Model Challenge. Drivers like All American 400 Pole Winner Kodie Conner, Southern Super Series Champion Nasse, and 2020 Masters of the Pros 150 winner, Matt Craig all worked to find speed in their cars. Part time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Jett Noland sat on top of the board to end the day, turning in an 18.695. Noland’s lap bumped former Pro Late Model Track Champion, Michael House from the top spot with his 18.724, and third fast and quickest in final practice was Dalton Armstrong an 18.774.
On Saturday, the lap times become official when crews begin battling for a starting spot under the lights in Nashville. At 3:00 PM, Grandstands open as qualifying begins for the T-Mobile 100 for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour vs Nashville Pros; qualifying for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge Action 247 100 will follow. At 4:15 PM, the ARCA Menards East cars hit the track for their single-car qualifying for the Crosley Brands Music City 200 Presented by T-Mobile & Action 247. Saturday night’s racing program begins at 5:00 PM and tickets are still available at www.NashvilleFairgroundsSpeedway.Racing.
Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
Photo – Bruce Nuttleman