The second annual North/South Super Late Model Challenge takes place this Saturday night at the legendary Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and all of the action can be seen live on our Speed51 TV pay-per-view broadcast. To get you geared up for the big race, we decided to break down the event by going By the Numbers.
2: Donnie Wilson needs a little luck after finishing 23rd at South Alabama Speedway in the Rattler.. A lap 14 wreck left him as a spectator before the 100-lap mark. Wilson will look to return to form after posting 20 top 10’s in 25 races during the last two seasons. Two of his six career wins came at Nashville.
4: The name is Dalton. After a JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour title in 2015 and a runner-up finish in ARCA/CRA Super Series points in 2016, all eyes are on Dalton Armstrong to be the top dog in 2017. A pair of wins and nine top five runs in 12 races was almost enough to beat Cody Coughlin for the title. Now he heads back to Nashville, the site of one of his two wins, the other came in the Redbud 300.
10: There are 10 Southern Super Series point races after Nashville with stops in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida.
13: The ARCA/CRA Super Series will have 13 races after Nashville at 10 different race tracks. Marquee events include the Anderson 400, Berlin 251 and the season ending Winchester 400.
18: Casey Roderick might have the advantage on the field heading to Nashville this weekend as he finished second at Nashville in the Pro Late Model event this past weekend. Roderick is looking to rebound after a rough start at South Alabama in the Rattler 250.
26: When you think of the 26 in Super Late Model racing you think of Bubba Pollard, but now he has to share the number with crafty veteran Travis Braden who won the Winchester 400 last year. Also young rookie Chandler Smith is getting better each week seeking a win.
42: Dennis Prunty makes the trip to Nashville after finishing 21st last year. Prunty won the Slinger Nationals in 2015.
47: Brian Campbell is always a factor when he shows up and he is expected to be at shows like Nashville, Bristol and Toledo. He has wins at Nashville and Toledo, but CRA needs him on a full-time basis so he can run for his first CRA title. A strong finish against the south could go a long way for both the series and the veteran driver.
71: His name is Johnny VanDoorn and some of the younger fans might not know him which is just silly to think about. The former All American 400 winner is seeking that championship form he had in 2012. The three-time CRA champion could get hot and be a factor all year and it starts at Nashville.
98: After a few weeks off, the Paul Kelley/Carswell Motorsports team has had some time to gel after the Rattler. Despite a 16-th place run Kelley ran all, but two laps after having been out of the seat for a few seasons. Nashville is more of a Paul Kelley type track and we expect better things.
126: A total of 126 drivers earned points or prize money by racing with the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Thanks to Bristol that number should be higher at season’s end.
Owners of the Guitar: This action packed entry list features defending All American 400 winner Bubba Pollard, and other former 400 winners like Boris Jurkovic, Johnny VanDoorn and Brian Campbell. Non-400 Guitar winners include Donnie Wilson, and Sterling Marlin.
Finding the Touch: The top point men of 2017 have yet to emerge from the pack and the championship picture has not quite taken shape. Looking at those who ran the Rattler and are entered in Nashville the top five looks like this…
1 Stephen Nasse 42
2 Chandler Smith 38
3 Garrett Jones 34
4 Cole Anderson 32
5 Bubba Pollard 30
CRA has yet to start counting points, but we would love to see Dalton Armstrong battle with Eddie Van Meter, Travis Braden, Brian Campbell and Johnny VanDoorn.
Southern Super Series Winners at Nashville
2013 Bubba Pollard
2013 Chase Elliott (400)
2014 Donnie Wilson
2015 Daniel Hemric
2016 Donnie Wilson
Recent CRA Super Series Winners at Nashville
2009 Scott Hantz
2010 TJ Reaid (400)
2013 Chase Elliott (400)
2016 Dalton Armstrong
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Contributor – Photo Credit: Speed51.com