With one race to go in what has been a break out season for 19-year-old Jackson Boone at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, the Franklin, Tennessee young gun was just hoping for a solid qualifying run on Saturday afternoon. In the end, he went above and beyond, claiming the pole position for the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Models season finale on Sunday afternoon.
Entering the weekend as the points leader, Boone entered the day feeling confident about his racecar, but even he was surprised by how fast he was able to wheel it on the Nashville high banks.
“I couldn’t say I was expecting that, it’s such a tight field. All the glory to God first off, my mom and dad, my sponsors, and everybody back at the shop,” Boone told Speed51. “Everyone has put in such a heck of a piece. We have pieced together something different for this weekend. Sure enough, it worked. I stuck it in there the first lap, didn’t know if it was going to feel good or not, but it gripped and it hooked. I’m thrilled.”
Heading into Sunday trying to close out his first Fairgrounds PLM title, Boone admits that emotions are running high. The plan for the No. 7 team is quite simple: stick to the plan.
“Going into tomorrow we’re still nervous, but there’s a lot of good things going in our direction. We just got to let play out and hope things go our way. Play our regular strategy and hopefully once it’s all said and done, we’ll be in victory lane.”
Clocking in second on the chart, 2018 Nashville PLM champion Michael House was also surprised by his qualifying performance after everything was said and done.
“I didn’t really feel like we had a qualifying run car that was going to be worthy of being on the front row,” House said. “I thought Bubba laid down a really good lap. I knew Jackson was going to lay down a good lap. To roll off P2, I’m really thankful I would say.”
This weekend, House is one of many doing double-duty in both the Pro Late Models and the Super Late Model All American 400. It is not something the No. 1 team has much experience with, and it is taking the camp to their limit.
“Happy just to be here running two cars. It’s really spread my crew thin, so I’m thankful that Jonathan Brown, my car owner, allowed me to do this and that my crew has stuck it out with me. It took away a little from both cars to do this deal, but here we are.”
Another former Nashville PLM champion, Cole Williams did not fair quite as well in Saturday qualifying, with a fast lap good enough only for ninth being disallowed after an inspection violation, bumping him back to 15th on the grid.
“I think it’s going to be alright. It stinks with that crap deal with tech being a sixteenth off on the roof height. But, the car is running good. We added some cross weight which bit us in the center, but it’s not an impound race, so we’ll be able to fix that. I think we’ll have to ride at the beginning, but I know we can get up there. We know how it races, and we know we can win with it.”
The Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Models lead off the racing lineup Sunday with their 100-lap season finale, that will lead into the 35th All American 400 for the Super Late Models.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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