One of the most highly-anticipated short track racing events of the 2018 season will take place this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The second running of the Short Track U.S. Nationals will feature six divisions, including three Late Model divisions. Today, we take a look at the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model division in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
3: Only three drivers who started in the top 10 finished in the top 10 during the inaugural Pro Late Model feature at the Short Track U.S. Nationals. Cole Williams started sixth and won the race.
5: A total of five sanctioning bodies will be represented at the second Short Track U.S. Nationals — CRA (Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stock), CARS Tour (Super Late Models, Late Model Stock Cars), Southern Super Series (Super Late Models), ICAR All-Star Modified Tour (Modifieds) and VORES Compact Touring Series (Compacts).
14.884 – Carson Hocevar set fast time a year ago for the Pro Late Models with a lap of 14.884 seconds.
21: Dillon Oliver is back after wild wreck while battling for the lead in last year’s Pro Late Model race at Bristol. Oliver will pilot the No. 21 car this weekend.
23: Eddie Van Meter in the No. 23 car is a winner in three CRA divisions. The Late Model Sportsman standout from a few years ago has also won in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
24: Both Andy Bozell and Brandon Curren each gained 24 spots to finish seventh and eighth, respectively, last year. Curren will be back looking for more success this time around.
28: Jack Smith might be a worthy pick to win as he was third a year ago at Bristol. Smith is a four-time JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour winner.
29: Spencer Davis will chase high speeds on the high-banks in both the Pro and Super Late Model events.
30: The amount of cars that are currently pre-entered for the Pro Late Model race this weekend.
46: Cole Williams won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model race last year, and he’ll be back looking to add another sword to his collection on Friday night.
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100: The main event for the Pro Late Models will be 100 laps.
10,000: NASCAR veteran Mike Skinner is on the entry list and he has 30 prior starts at Bristol across the top three series. He has raced nearly 10,000 laps at Bristol, which is far more then anyone else.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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