The fourth annual North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville has become one of the biggest Super Late Model events in the southeast. For the second straight year, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series, and the CARS Response Energy Super Late Model Tour will combine to put on a 100-lap event for the top stars of each series. As we get closer to Saturday’s race in the Music City, the entry list has been released for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge.
Topping the entry list is two-time defending North/South Super Late Model Challenge winner Casey Roderick. One year ago, Roderick charged from his 20th starting position to take the lead from NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver and Big-Block Modified ace Stewart Friesen with less than ten laps to go to take the win.
Roderick is joined by 2018 champions from three other series. ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock will make the haul from Corbin, KY after top five finishes in each of the last two years. Defending CARS Super Late Model Tour champion Jared Fryar will continue his title defense leading the CARS Tour contingent, while three-time defending PASS South champion Matt Craig looks to make his first North/South Super Late Model Challenge start after competing in the All-American 400 in 2017.
Other drivers competing with the Southern Super Series include SpeedFest winner Connor Okrzesik, 2017 third-place finisher Kyle Plott, Florida drivers Kyle Bryant, Jett Noland, and Anthony Sergi, veterans Chris Davidson and Allen Karnes, and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Pro Late Model regular Kyle Ivey.
Three-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Johnny VanDoorn is entered for the North/South Super Late Model challenge after a third place finish last year. Other former series champions joining him are 2017 champion Logan Runyon and 2004 champion and former All-American 400 winner Chuck Barnes Jr., who will make his Super Late Model return with Richie Wauters Motorsports. They are joined by series regulars Austin Kunert and Greg Van Alst, Wisconsin driver Dennis Prunty, and two-time track champion Cole Williams.
The CARS Super Late Model Tour has eleven cars represented for their second year tri-sanctioning the North/South Super Late Model Challenge. Joining defending champion Fryar are Matt Craig, former PASS South champion Tate Fogleman, reigning Redeye 100 winner Ryan Moore, Washington driver Molly Helmuth, North Carolina’s Dan Speeney, Mike Speeney and Lee Tissot, Virginia’s Colin Garrett, and Missouri’s Nolan Pope.
As of right now, none of the points leaders from the three series are officially entered. Current ARCA/CRA Super Series points leader Travis Braden will be at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville as part of the ARCA Menards Series Music City 200, while Southern Super Series points leader Giovanni Bromante has said he is competing in the series full-time. Bubba Pollard leads the CARS Super Late Model Tour points after winning both series races.
Speed51 will provide coverage of the North-South Super Late Model Challenge. Stay tuned to Speed51 for more information in the coming days.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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