Super Late Models from the Southern Super Series, ARCA/CRA Super Series and CARS Tour are in attendance at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) this weekend for the inaugural Short Track U.S. Nationals. To get you prepared for the weekend, our resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the race “by the numbers.”
Entries: 52 Super Late Models were pre-entered for the race at Bristol.
States Represented: 23 states and one driver from Canada made up the original entry list
2: When it comes to past Snowball Derby winners, Steve Wallace and two-time winner Augie Grill have filed entires and will head to Thunder Valley this weekend.
3: Three sanctioning bodies have joined forces for this event. The ARCA CRA Super Series, the Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour Super Late Models.
4: Four drivers broke the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series track record set by Denny Hamlin. Noah Gragson, Trevor Noles, Raphael Lessard, and Dalton Armstrong all found the speed in the final round of the May test.
6: In just the last few hours, Setzer Racing has put together a deal with Bond Seuss Racing to ensure that the No. 6 machine will be on track this weekend on the high banks. Setzer got the wall in a test session, but his team had a guaranteed starting spot in the race, so the teams joined forces and Cole Anderson will be driving a No. 6 car this weekend.
7: Erik Darnell is one name that you will see at Bristol in the No. 7 ride. 51 caught up with him earlier in the week. Click here to read story.
14: Keep an eye on Cale Gale who will be in a No. 14 car.
14.363: Noah Gragson has the fastest overall lap of the weekend with a 14.363 second lap around the half mile in the first Super Late Model session on Saturday morning.
34: Have to give a call to Nolan Pope who has run well this season on the CARS Tour. He’s third in points with three top-10 finishes. Hopefully Bristol will be kind to the Missouri driver.
51: Knock, knock. Stephen Nasse is banging on the door for another win and a big fast track like Bristol might be the place for him. Nasse likes speed and has been in the mix in the late stages of the Snowball Derby, Winchester 400 and the All American 400. Maybe Bristol is calling.
100: The main race for the Super Late Models will be 100 laps.
Back Where I Belong: Steve Wallace is back where he belongs on the high banks of Bristol. The former UARA Bristol winner also won a pole in what was know at the Busch Series at the time in 2007. We saw lots of speed from the 66 in the test sessions.