A stout field of Super Late Models are ready to battle Saturday in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN). To get you ready for the big race, our resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the race “by the numbers.”
1: Raphael Lessard already has one pole in the Southern Super Series at the Rattler 250 this year. Now, the 2016 CARS Tour Super Late Model champion takes the KBM No. 51 to Nashville to seek a coveted trophy guitar. Years ago, KBM won the All American 400 with TJ Reaid behind the wheel. They were also competitive one year ago in this same race with driver Cole Rouse.
2: The No. 2 ride of Donnie Wilson has won four of his last seven starts at Nashville. Last fall, he led 99 laps on his way to victory in the All American 400. Two years ago, he won the North/South SLM Challenge.
18: Defending race winner Casey Roderick will be in the No. 18 car and is riding some momentum after scoring two Pro Late Model wins last weekend on the Gulf Coast. The Super Late Model program should be improved this year, but this is a tough field to race and a top 10 run could feel like a win for many.
26: Bubba Pollard will simply be looking to finish the race this weekend after recently being bit by the bad luck bug at the Easter Bunny 150 and the Rattler 250. In all, the driver of the No. 26 car has 18 wins in the Southern Super Series.
40: As of April 3, 40 cars were on the entry list for Saturday’s race in Nashville. The breakdown: 21 Chevrolets, 10 Toyotas and eight Fords.
51: Stephen Nasse heads to Nashville as the defending Southern Super Series champion, and he’s looking to get a win on the high banks. Nasse, like several others, had trouble at the Rattler 250 thus leaving the points battle in jeopardy. Only time will tell if he can go back-to-back.
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58: Keep an eye on the No. 58 machine of Tyler Ankrum. He’s run well this year and Nashville could be a big weekend for him.
100: The feature event will be 100 laps.
300: All this talk about the All American 400 and we forgot to mention that the defending RedBud 300 winner Steve Wallace will be in Nashville. His dad, Rusty, won the All American 400 in 1985.
400: There ain’t no party like an All American 400 winners party, as the entry list reveals five former All American 400 winners in the field; Donnie Wilson, Bubba Pollard, Brian Campbell, Johny VanDoorn and Boris Jurkovic.
2007: Johnny VanDoorn won at Nashville in 2007 after starting from the pole and leading several laps. VanDoorn has completed all but two laps in races he’s run at Nashville since that race, but he has no additonal wins to show for it.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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