Pro Late Model Season Opener – Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) – 4/2/17

Last updated: April 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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PLM - Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville - Willie Allen - Car - Victory Lane - 4-2-17

Willie Allen’s car is parked in victory lane at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville after Saturday’s 100-lap season opener. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Notebook: 29 cars started the 100-lap feature after 27 cars took time trials… The top six starting positions were decided via a redraw… Fast-time award winner Casey Roderick start fifth after the redraw… Dylan Fetcho was fifth-fastest in time trials but started from the pole position with Dillon Oliver to his outside… Roderick worked from fifth to the lead by lap 22… Roderick led until Willie Allen took the lead with about 30 laps to go… Allen took the victory over Roderick, Chandler SmithCole Williams and Justin Ashburn.

 

What Won the Race: Willie Allen outlasted Casey Roderick on the longer runs to run away with the season opening victory in the Pro Late Model division.

 

The Finish: 

Pos # Driver
1 26A Willie Allen
2 18 Casey Roderick
3 26C Chandler Smith
4 46 Cole Williams
5 98A Justin Ashburn
6 17X Josh Brock
7 09 Daniel Bolden
8 89 Dylan Fetcho
9 25 William Hale
10 17 Casey Atwood
11 55 Benny Hamlett
12 14 Davey Coble
13 12 Brandon Brilliant
14 98 Giovanni Bromante
15 9 Michael Bolden
16 116 Zach Johnson
17 27M Hal Musler
18 114 Sterling Marlin
19 02 Jeffrey Belt
20 11 Stacey Crain
21 15 Chaz Chaffin
22 88 Wayne White
23 53 Kyle Ivey
24 33 Dillon Oliver
25 29 Preston Bores
26 16 Austin Brawley
27 8 Mark Day
28 27C Charles Spencer
29 86 Troy Hall

 

The Skinny: After setting fast time, Casey Roderick was forced to start from the fifth position after a top-six redraw. Roderick quickly moved his way through the top five and into the lead by the 20th lap of the race. Roderick led the next 50 laps before Willie Allen chased Roderick down and moved into the lead. From there, it was all Willie Allen as he drove away from Roderick and the rest of the field. Young Chandler Smith was able to move by Justin Ashburn to get onto the podium with about 10 laps to go.

 

Winning Quote: “It’s always good to start the season off with a win,” said Willie Allen.

 

On the Move: Cole Williams +19 positions (Started 23rd, finished fourth)

 

Biggest Loser: Dillon Olliver -22 positions (Started second, finished 24th)

 

Next Series Race: The Pro Late Models are off for the next couple of weeks, but the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is back in action on Saturday, April 8th when the ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series run a co-sanctioned 100-lap event.

 

Starting Lineup:

Pos # Driver
1 89 Dylan Fetcho
2 33 Dillon Oliver
3 26A Willie Allen
4 53 Kyle Ivey
5 18 Casey Roderick
6 114 Sterling Marlin
7 09 Daniel Bolden
8 11 Stacey Crain
9 98A Justin Ashburn
10 25 William Hale
11 26C Chandler Smith
12 29 Preston Bores
13 12 Brandon Brilliant
14 17 Casey Atwood
15 15 Chaz Chaffin
16 17X Josh Brock
17 9 Michael Bolden
18 14 Davey Coble
19 98 Giovanni Bromante
20 55 Benny Hamlett
21 88 Wayne White
22 16 Austin Brawley
23 46 Cole Williams
24 86 Troy Hall
25 27M Hal Musler
26 8 Mark Day
27 116 Zach Johnson
28 02 Jeffrey Belt
29 27C Charles Spencer

 

 

 

Time Trial Results: 

Pos # Driver Time
1 18 Casey Roderick 19.146
2 53 Kyle Ivey 19.184
3 26A Willie Allen 19.193
4 33 Dillon Oliver 19.211
5 89 Dylan Fetcho 19.218
6 114 Sterling Marlin 19.235
7 09 Daniel Bolden 19.271
8 11 Stacey Crain 19.338
9 98A Justin Ashburn 19.350
10 25 William Hale 19.352
11 26C Chandler Smith 19.369
12 46 Cole Williams 19.430
13 8 Mark Day 19.447
14 29 Preston Bores 19.451
15 02 Jeffrey Belt 19.474
16 17 Casey Atwood 19.475
17 12 Brandon Brilliant 19.527
18 15 Chaz Chaffin 19.546
19 17X Josh Brock 19.577
20 14 Davey Coble 19.595
21 9 Michael Bolden 19.614
22 98 Giovanni Bromante 19.631
23 55 Benny Hamlett 19.673
24 16 Austin Brawley 19.759
25 86 Troy Hall 19.879
26 88 Wayne White 20.090
27 27M Hal Musler 21.032

 

Event Schedule: (Subject to Change)

Noon CT: Grandstand Gates Open

12:05pm: Qualifying Begins (2 Laps for PLM and Pro Truck)

1:05pm: Pre-race Ceremonies/National Anthem

1:30pm: Racing Begins

– 20 Lap Legends

– 25 Lap Pro Mods

– 25 Lap Front Runners

– 25 Lap Pure Stock

– 30 Lap Super Street

– 35 Lap Sportsmen

Intermission/Easter Egg Hunt

– 100 Lap Pro Late Models

– 50 Lap Pro Trucks

 

The Track: The legendary race track is kicking off its 60th season of racing today. Legendary drivers such as Darrell Waltrip have won here in the past on the high-banked 5/8-mile oval just outside of the heart of Music City.

 

Weather: So far it is a cool day with temperatures in the high 50’s, but the air is expected to heat up into the high 70’s as the day goes on. There’s almost no clouds in the sky, making it a perfect day for some short track racing.

 

Who to Watch For: Plenty of stars in Pro Late Model racing have come out to the Fairgrounds for the season opener. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Sterling Marlin can still get the job done. Casey Roderick has four PLM victories in five starts in 2017 and just added a victory to his resume two nights ago at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Former track champion Willie Allen is always tough to beat at Nashville, as well as young gun Cole Williams.

 

Title Fight: This is the season-opener at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

 

Qualifying Format: The Pro Late Models will qualify via a traditional single car, two-lap time trial format.

 

Car Count: 27 Pro Late Models have signed in for the season opener here in Nashville.

 

Entry List: 

18 Casey Roderick
53 Kyle Ivey
26A Willie Allen
33 Dillon Oliver
89 Dylan Fetcho
114 Sterling Marlin
09 Daniel Bolden
11 Stacey Crain
98A Justin Ashburn
25 William Hale
26C Chandler Smith
46 Cole Williams
8 Mark Day
29 Preston Bores
02 Jeffrey Belt
17 Casey Atwood
12 Brandon Brilliant
15 Chaz Chaffin
17x Josh Brock
14 Davey Coble
9 Michael Bolden
98 Giovanni Bromante
55 Benny Hamlett
16 Austin Brawley
86 Troy Hall
88 Wayne White
27M Hal Musler

 

Speed Central: Allen Beats Roderick in Nashville PLM Season Opener