Nashville, TN (Friday, September 11, 2020) – Driver’s and crew members came together Friday night at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to prepare for Saturday’s Local Racing program, the only scheduled racing event at the Speedway for the month of September. Drivers who are hoping for a successful Saturday night, found speed during Friday’s practice.
In the Pro Late Model division, former track champion and Opening Night feature winner Cole Williams topped the speed charts with a 19.274 second lap time – just over two-one-hundredths of a second off the Fast Qualifier time from the August 8th race (Davey Coble #14 – 19.202). Williams time bested current points leader Dylan Fetcho (19.545) and Stacey Crain (19.653).
For the Whelen Super Trucks, John Burns and his no. 87 machine went to the top of the board with a 20.438. Burns will be looking for a strong showing on Saturday, coming into the night just four points behind Tanner Arms. The Limited Late Model practice was paced by another former track champion, Kevin Rollins (15.490) who is also looking for a strong points performance on Saturday sitting third in the standings, also just four points out of the lead behind Jonathan Dishman, and Jeffrey Belt. Carl Porter, Sr showed the way during the Street Stock practices, turning in a 16.171; Ricky McIllwain had quick time for the Pure Stocks (17.058), Bryson Shaffer (15.943) for the BH Holmes Construction Legends Cars, and Aidan Potter was the official fast time for the Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros.
The practice day, unfortunately, did not go completely without incident as Josh Pierce had a problem entering turns three and four, ultimately hitting the outside wall of the Speedway. The accident ended Pierce’s night on the wrecker – there is no word on if he’ll be able to return tomorrow.
Saturday’s program features Pro Late Models and Whelen Super Trucks on the five-eighths mile track while the quarter-mile course will host the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Pest Doctor Front Runners, BH Holmes Construction Legends, and Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros.
Advance tickets are available now at www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing, and are just $15 for Adults, Seniors and Military are $12, Children 6-12 are $5, and Kids 5 and under are FREE. Race Day Parking at The Fairgrounds Nashville is $5; pit passes are $35.
Pit Gates will open at 11:00am with the first cars on the Speedway just after 1:00pm. Grandstands will open at 4:00pm and the racing begins at 5:30pm.
Strict social distancing and face-covering measures will be in place. Fans, participants and staff must wear a mask at all times while on property during the event. Hand sanitizer stations, additional cleaning staff and other CDC recommended safety measures will continue to be in place for the event.
For information including COVID-19 related restrictions, ticket sales and more visit NFS online at nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing. Search Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.
By: Zach Hiser – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
Photo: Paradigm Racing