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 of racing. We take a look at the Super Late Model division — a race tri-sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour and Southern Super Series — in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
1: Jon Beach had the drive of his lifetime in 2017 as he came from 34th to finish second in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model 100-lap event. Now, he will try his hand at the Super Late Models.
3: The number of Super Late Model sanctioning bodes involved with Sunday’s race. The race is tri-sanctioned by the ARCA/Super Series, CARS Tour and Southern Super Series.
14: In 2017, Jared Fryar was second in the Late Model Stock Car race. Now, he’s moved to the Super Late Model ranks where he is the current CARS Tour point leader heading into Bristol.
15: The age of Corey Heim, driver of the No. 78 Super Late Model. Heim recorded a fifth-place finish in his Super Late Model debut at the Rattler 250 earlier this year. He’ll attempt to tame Bristol this weekend.
32: Last year, Kyle Plott started 32nd in the Super Late Model field and charged to 10th. Plott passed 22 cars and finished on the lead lap.
51: The 51 club consists of Raphael Lessard and Stephen Nasse, who have both recently been in the news for reasons that don’t involve winning. Nevertheless, these two all-out drivers have to be among the favorites at a high-speed track like Bristol.
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67: Bubba Wallace Jr. led a total of 67 laps on his way to winning the Super Late Model race a year ago on the high-banks of Bristol.
100: The main event for the Super Late Models will be 100 laps.
112: Stewart Friesen will pilot the No. 112 Gary Balough throwback car. He had a strong run at Nashville where he was second after leading 19 laps in his asphalt Super Late Model debut.
1986: Steve Wallace finished fifth a year ago at Bristol, but the track is very important to the Wallace family as his dad Rusty won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at the track in 1986. Steve Wallace won a UARA race at Bristol in 2004.
Mistaken Identity: Jeff Gordon will be racing at Bristol! No, not that one, the journeyman driver out of Florida.
Looking for More: Jake Crum finished second one year ago to Darrell Wallace, Jr. The two UARA graduates led the charge across the line with youngster Chandler Smith ending up third. Crum will be back looking to move up one spot on the podium.
How Fast?: Raphael Lessard turned a lap of 14.550 to set fast time in 2017. That’s a tick better than Denny Hamlin’s 14.573 last August in NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos