Jackson Boone came into Saturday night’s Pro Late Model race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville hungry for his first career Pro Late Model win. The Franklin, Tennessee native would do just that, passing William Hale with nine laps to go for the popular victory in the Music City.
Prior to Saturday night’s race, Boone had finished second five times in 2019 before finally breaking through for his first win.
“To say I’m excited right now is an understatement,” Boone told Speed51.com. “Going into this race, you have to set your expectations at the same level you do for all your other races, you can’t just go in there knowing it’s my race, I’m going to win. Knowing the circumstances, the car’s gotten better these last few races and I’ve figured out how to race better thanks to strategy and playing out different things, and sure enough we were able to play our confidence and play our intensity. That’s what got us to victory lane.”
Boone started fourth and spent the majority of the race riding around the back end of the top five before using late restarts to move himself up to second. He would stay on the bumper of Hale for five laps after the final restart before making the race-winning move on lap 91.
“I was just kind of playing it by ear,” he said of the pass. “I was able to reel him in. I was kind of concerned because my right front was kind of scooting in the center and it was going to be hard to get past him. I was just able to roll the center a little bit harder and once I put my nose under him, I was able to pull some air off his car and roll the center and scoot on past him.”
Boone entered the night tied with Casey Roderick for the points lead in the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Models. With the Georgia driver competing in the Southern Super Series race at Crisp Motorsports Park on Saturday night, Boone took sole control of the points lead. Leaving Saturday night with the points lead, as well as the guitar, made it all even better.
“I went into the season saying I was not going to care about points, but here we are as the points leader,” he said. “It’s always a good thing, it’s just icing on the cake. Racing out here and being able to win out here and run up front is a feat all by itself, so leading the points is just icing on the cake so why not be excited about it. It’s a good thing to embrace and a good thing to have on my checklist.”
William Hale took the lead from Daniel Bolden on lap 17 and was the class of the field throughout much of the race. However, his bid for his first career Pro Late Model came up just short after losing the lead with nine laps to go.
“We were just a little loose all night. I burned up my stuff too quick and it made for a long night,” Hale said. “Jackson got to us on that restart and I just couldn’t hold him off. Whatever happened in turn one happened, we weren’t faster than he was. I just wish we could’ve been better at the end of the thing and saved a little more early. I hate that I couldn’t capitalize on it at the end, I kind of just choked I guess.”
Dylan Fetcho, two-time track champion Cole Williams and 2019 Nashville race winner Davey Coble rounded out the top five.
Race fans can watch an on-demand broadcast of Saturday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model race at Nashville by subscribing to the Speed51 Network.
The next race on the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville schedule will be on Saturday, September 7. With the points season winding down, points battles across all seven divisions are just starting to heat up.
PLM Nashville Results:
- Jackson Boone
- William Hale
- Dylan Fetcho
- Cole Williams
- Davey Coble
- Casey Atwood
- Jake Garcia
- Chaz Chaffin
- Justin Ashburn
- Stacey Crain
- Austin Wilson
- Austin Brawley
- Zach Johnston
- Bennie Hamlett
- Kyle Fletcher
- Tanner Arms
- Hal Musier
- Mike Murray
- Sterling Marlin
- Billy Sisco
- Daniel Bolden
- Michael Bolden
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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