Special from The Tennessean – The 2020 season began at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on July 4 and will shift into a higher gear Saturday with the Champion Racing Association Masters of the Pros 150.
The race will feature a higher quality of drivers than what normally competes at the historic track, including Franklin’s Jackson Boone, who won the 2019 featured pro late model championship at the track.
Boone, 20, is racing in the CRA Southern Super Series this year. He finished second last week in the Rumble by the River 125 at Montgomery (Alabama) Motor Speedway.
“Anybody would say it’s exciting to go back to the place that was kind of yours for a year,” Boone said. “I’m really nervous. I always get nervous before every race and this one’s no different because the best of the best are going to be there. I want to do well in front of the hometown crowd and make everyone proud.”
Five races (CRA All-Stars Tour Last Chance, pure stock, legends, front runners and limited late models) will be run before the Masters of the Pros 150.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and the first race is at 5:30 p.m.
The same COVID-19 restrictions will be followed that were in place for the first race.
Those include masks being worn by fans and fans being subject to having their temperature taken prior to entering the facility. Fans also will be asked to practice social distancing (remaining six feet apart).
Only 2,550 tickets will be made available, which is 20% of capacity.
“We feel good that the first race went real well,” Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway president Randy Dyce said. “The (Metro Pubic) Health Department was happy with everything.”
Dyce convinced CRA to move the Masters of the Pros 150 to the fairgrounds after it was run last year at Memphis International Raceway.
“To have past champions of any kind to come back and race is wonderful,” Dyce said. “Jackson being the younger talent that he is has a lot of fans that will be looking forward to seeing him.”
Boone and the other 2019 fairgrounds champions will be honored as well: John Burns, Murfreesboro (super truck); Kevin Rollins, Hendersonville (limited late model); Carl Porter Jr., Nashville (street stock); Carl Porter Sr., Nashville (pure stock); Will Owens, Smyrna (front runner) and Hunter Wright, Gladeville (legends).
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