Last year Willie Allen had to battle through the Last Chance Qualifier to finish second in the All American 400 at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville after having his qualifying time disallowed in tech.  This year, Allen’s time is allowed to stand, which is great for him because he’ll start from the pole position for the 31st Annual All American 400.

 

Allen’s second lap time of 18.715 seconds is the time of record, beating out David Garbo for the top spot by one tenth of a second.

 

“This feels really nice,” Allen told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “Especially after getting the pole, getting disqualified would have been devastating.”

 

The damage to Van Wieringen's primary machine. (Speed51.com photo)

The damage to Van Wieringen’s primary machine. (Speed51.com photo)

This year, one driver did get disqualified, and that was Dominique Van Weiringen who was second fastest before having the time thrown out by chief technical inspector Ricky Brooks.  Van Weiringen’s no. 5 machine was found to be too wide at the front of the car in post-qualifying tech.

 

Van Weiringen was in a back-up car after crashing hard in practice.  She said earlier in the day that she thought something must have broke because she just went right around on the exit of turn four.

 

Garbo, Bret Holmes, Cole Williams and Dillon Oliver complete the top five for Sunday’s All American 400.

 

The top 28 cars locked their way into Sunday’s field, with the rest of the 36-car field being determined by Saturday night’s Last Chance Qualifier.  Big names like Zane Smith, Dalton Sargeant and Van Wieringen will try to race their way into Sunday’s race in that 50-lap showdown.

 

Saturday’s Trackside Now coverage presented by Racecar Engineering and Five Star Bodies can be found here: http://speed51.com/trackside-now-all-american-400-qualifying-day-at-nashville/

 

Here more of what Willie Allen had to say after his pole run here: http://speed51.com/racing-videos/

 

-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

31st Annual All American 400 Qualifying Results:

Driver Time
1 26AA Willie Allen 18.715
2 8x David Garbo 18.811
3 H2 Bret Holmes 18.816
4 46 Cole Williams 18.835
5 33 Dillon Oliver 18.838
6 42F Chad Finley 18.920
7 98 Justin Ashburn 18.924
8 8 Scotty Tomasik 18.943
9 20 Cole Rouse 18.944
10 39 Daniel Hemric 18.961
11 8N John Hunter Nemechek 18.963
12 26P Bubba Pollard 18.993
13 09 Daniel Bolden 19.002
14 129 Spencer Davis 19.007
15 26C Chandler Smith 19.009
16 114 Sterling Marlin 19.014
17 3Q Quinnton Bear 19.028
18 43 Justin South 19.030
19 15 J.C. Newell 19.040
20 16 Austin Brawley 19.046
21 6 Matt Wallace 19.075
22 9B Michael Bolden 19.114
23 02 Jeffrey Belt 19.120
24 33S Dustin Smith 19.122
25 48 Davey Coble 19.137
26 42L Bo LeMastus 19.143
27 30 Bobby Knox 19.150
28 55 Bennie Hamlett 19.156
29 5 Dalton Sargeant 19.202
30 29 Preston Bores 19.209
31 77 Zane Smith 19.256
32 8D Mark Day 19.288
33 11 Stacy Crain 19.296
34 17 Chuck Tuck 19.427
35 155 Trey Craig 19.469
36 52 Brandon Hightower 19.484
37 3 Brennon Willard 19.487
38 53 Kyle Ivey 19.51
39 16M Vinnie Miller 19.866
40 01 Derek Scott Jr. no time
41 5W Dominique Van Wieringen DQ

 

Allen Claims Pole for 31st Annual All American 400 in Nashville