Nashville, Tennessee’s Jackson Boone was arguably one of Pro Late Model racing’s most improved drivers from one year ago.  After competing mainly at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and Highland Rim Speedway in his home state in 2016 and 2017, he ventured to other tracks in the southeast under the tutelage of Willie Allen.  Along with three top fives at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, he also finished fourth twice in the Show Me The Money Series at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL).

 

Boone’s 2019 season started off strong with three second place finishes in five races during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), followed by a strong third place run at last month’s Alabama 200.  While he has been close, he has yet to find victory lane. He is hungry for that first win and believes once he gets his first win, they will be easier to come by.

 

“I think Mr. Close has been my name,” Boone told Speed51.com.  “The hardest part about it is being so close, yet so far at the same time. I think once I’m able to cap it off and get a victory, I think they’ll start coming along a lot easier.  But man, I’m so hungry for that first win. Really, really excited and optimistic to just know that feeling is so close.  I know it’s going to be a good feeling and that it’s going to happen all in God’s timing when it’s supposed to happen.  I’m so ready, if it could happen tonight, I’d want it to happen tonight, but you know how that is.  You just got to be patient and be there when it counts.  Hopefully it happens soon.

 

“I hate to say it but we’re not running this weekend,” he said about this weekend’s Show Me The Money race. “We had something come up and I can’t go this weekend, which I’m really disappointed about.  We’ll be at all the other races.”

 

The one thing that attracts him to the Show Me The Money Series is the level of competition that competes in any given race.  With names like Okrzesik, Roderick, and Grill competing, it brings out the best in drivers like Boone.

 

“The main thing is the competition there is insane.  You got a really good car count of some very good, talented drivers.  You got (Connor) Okrzesik, you got (Casey) Roderick, you got Giovanni (Bromante), I’m sure he may run a couple races this year.  I could list off a bunch of people in that series that are very, very talented.  Augie Grill, John Bolen, all those guys have been doing this for years and they’re the ones that win these big races.  You go to a track where everyone travels to like that, the competition is very stout.  To be able to run with them and/or beat them is a win in itself.”

 

While his chances at the points championship will take a hit by virtue of missing this weekend’s Show Me The Money Series race, it will not stop him from competing for wins at the half-mile oval.  With the stout competition the Show Me The Money Series brings every time out, good finishes can be hard to come by.  Boone says it takes a balance of racing smart and racing hard to be able to win at Montgomery.

 

“It’s going to take a lot of consistency and really, will to win,” Boone said.  “Those guys are so tough to race against and all of them know what they’re doing.  To win in that series, you’re just going to have to be ruthless when it comes down to the wire.  You’re going to have to race smart and the long runs are going to be crucial in some of these big races.  You’re never going to show up to that track where there’s a short amount of competition, so you’re going to have to be really tough against those guys and know how to fight them when it counts.”

 

-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo

‘Mr. Close’ Hungry for First Pro Late Model Win