WATCH LIVE: Masters of the Pros at Nashville
Entries for the $10,000-to-win Masters of the Pros has swelled close to the 50 mark, with a great blend of traveling teams ready to take on the Fairgrounds’ great corps of Pro Late Model stars. One of the track’s PLM greats Willie Allen, has already had quite the season so far, with his driver Kyle Neveau currently Top 5 in track points, and Allen himself winning in the most recent PLM event.
Both he and Neveau will go for the big check on Saturday evening.
“Super pumped, it looks like it’s going to be a huge turnout with the car count and the grandstands. I think it’s going to be a super event with a lot of excitement around Nashville the whole weekend. I feel like we got a good car going into it,” Allen told Speed51.
Still fresh off the excitement of entering trucks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event one month ago at the Nashville Superspeedway, Allen is still somewhat in awe of how the race fans he has known over the years have come out in support of these great racing events.
Awesome, to be honest with you. We had two trucks at the Superspeedway in that race and just the excitement there, the Middle Tennessee racing fans are great, there are so many, and they support racing so much. It’s crazy how many are out there supporting the sport and looking for more events with the Superspeedway, this weekend at the Fairgrounds, and the IndyCar street race. Nashville has become quite the racing town.
Despite the strains of supporting both the Truck and Late Model efforts, Allen has been proud of what his team has done, especially on the Truck side.
“It’s always tough, you don’t know how to fix it until you get in there, and see what’s going on. I think we made huge gains in the last couple of months in the Truck program and I’m really excited about the last half of the season here. Had an awesome truck in Knoxville and looking forward to Watkins Glen.”
As for the Pro Late Model side, he is equally proud, and ready to take things a step further in the coming weeks.
“Kyle Neveau and our Late Model program keep getting better every race, we won the last race out there. Kyle is going to run the rest of the season and then we got Blaine Rocha coming out from the West Coast. He’s going to start running in August as a teammate to Kyle, so we’re really excited.”
The incentives to put a car in victory lane Saturday are numerous, especially with the same sponsor the team’s Pro Late Models also on the Masters of the Pros event posters.
“I think we got a shot, no doubt. It’s going to be about keeping out of trouble, making adjustments throughout the race, and I think we’ll have a piece to contend with. My partner Curtis Sutton is sponsoring the race with Rackley Roofing, and both these Rackley Roofing cars are going to be good. But racing takes luck and you got to execute.”
Allen also admits that winning in front of the extra eyes from SRX would be a great bonus as well.
“It would be really cool, to be racing in front of a packed house with friends and family there, plus all the folks from SRX just adds to the whole deal. Plus 10 grand on the line, we don’t race for that every week at Nashville. This is the biggest Pro race of the year now, so for us to win the biggest race of the year would be awesome.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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