Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With a big Super Late Model race taking place this weekend in Nashville, our staff has been challenged once again.

 

This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville?”

 

The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was defending All American 400 winner Donnie Wilson named the favorite to win the tri-sanctioned (CRA, CARS Tour & Southern Super Series) race.  Overall, six different drivers received votes from our panel of 21 experts.

 

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Check out our full list of staff picks for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge below.

 

Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Central NY & PA)

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Wilson has the Nashville Fairgrounds figured out and I think this weekend will be no different than All American 400 weekend last year.  The Oklahoma veteran will play another tune navigating the Tennessee highbanks and earn another guitar.

 

Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Announcer

Pick: Casey Roderick

Roderick will win his second straight guitar in the North-South Super Late Model Challenge 100 presented by Team Construction.  Roderick has turned a ton of laps at the Fairgrounds, won many races, and even last year’s championship.

 

Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Raphael Lessard
The young KBM hot shoe drove it like he stole the No.51 machine at the Rattler 250 his last time out. If he didn’t get penalized for passing the pace car under caution he very well could have dominated the second half of the race. Look for the KBM cars to be strong again this weekend with Lessard taking home the trophy in the Music City.

 

Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Brian Campbell

Since the majority of our staff picked Donnie Wilson, who I was going to pick, I’m going to mix it up. Although the University of Michigan men’s basketball team may have lost in the national championship game, I believe the State of Michigan will get some redemption this weekend with Brian Campbell conquering Nashville. He has an impressive resume in his 10 starts at Nashville and we know that the No. 47 is always fast.

 

Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Noah Gragson

As our staff made their picks this week, I was truly amazed that nobody picked Noah Gragson. Driving the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Super Late Model, I believe Gragson will have the car behind him and the ability behind the wheel to capture a guitar this weekend. He’ll also be racing in the ARCA Racing Series feature, so he’ll have a leg up on the competition when it comes to the amount of time on the race track. Plus, I can only imagine that he’d have some fun with the trophy in victory lane.

 

Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Raphael Lessard

In his first three outings with Kyle Busch Motorsports, Lessard has been a contender in each race. Nashville has also become a favorite track of his, a point that was proven in 2016 when he started in the rear of the All American 400 and came through to nearly win. If the No. 51 team is fast off the truck once again, look for this to be Lessard’s breakout weekend.

 

Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent

Pick: Brian Campbell

In a stacked entry list full of possible winners, I am going with Brian Campbell. The Michigan native is fast at any track he competes at, and he’s a former All American 400 winner in the Pro Late Model portion in 2008. He was running in the top five before a wreck in this race last year, so he will be looking to finish the job on Saturday.

 

Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Wilson might not be the favorite to win (Editor’s Note: he is), but he already has a Nashville victory guitar and would love to add another. Keep your eyes on No. 2W this weekend.

 

Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Donnie Wilson

The defending All American 400 winner will get his season started off right at Nashville. The Fairgrounds at Nashville has been his playground and 2018 will be no different. He will add another guitar to his collection.

 

Evan Canfield, Speed51.com Photographer

Pick: Stewart Friesen

Although Friesen is new to the pavement Super Late Model ranks, winning is something that comes naturally to the Canadian driver. Look for “Mr. Freeze” to turn some heads against some of the best in the business in his debut.

 

Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com West Coast Correspondent

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Over the past few years Wilson has been adding a lot of Nashville trophy guitars to his collection. Wilson will continue to play the victory song on a new guitar with a win this weekend. Plus, he drives the No. 2W car and I’m going for my second straight win. I’ll take my the 2w for two wins in a row.

 

Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent 

Pick: Casey Roderick

Roderick is on a roll after sweeping the Gulf Coast Pro Late Model doubleheader last weekend. His new No. 18 Super Late Model is bound to bring more speed this weekend as he looks to defend his win from one year ago.

 

Kevin Peters, Speed51.com West Coast Correspondent 

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Wilson has three big wins at Nashville in the last four years, including an All American 400 victory. Look for Wilson to get his season off to a great start with another up-front finish at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

 

Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Casey Roderick

Roderick is due for a big Super Late Model win early in his season and he’s going to be the one bringing a guitar home this weekend.

 

Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Casey Roderick

My pick is, not surprisingly, Casey Roderick. Nashville was the lone Super Late Model win for him during his stellar 2017 season. He has a new car and seemed to be getting it dialed in nicely at Opp (AL) before a loose oil fitting sidelined him. Now with some much needed momentum after sweeping the Gulf Coast in the Pro, combined with 100% of their attention focused solely on the Super Late this weekend, I believe he will be tough to beat en route to becoming the first repeat winner of this event in just it’s third running.

 

Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Raphael Lessard

Ever since joining Kyle Busch Motorsport’s Super Late Model program for the 2018 season, Raphael Lessard has been on the brink of victory. His stats, two top-fives and one top 10, tell me that the 16-year-old Canadian may be strumming guitar strings this weekend in the Music City.

 

Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Regional Editor (IN, MI & OH)

Pick: Raphael Lessard

Lessard has shown some strong runs early with the KBM team, and I am looking for him to contend in Nashville this weekend.

 

Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Wilson put a picture of his Nashville guitar collection on Facebook the other day. That picture made me confident this is the right pick.

 

Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Donnie Wilson

There must be something about the initials D.W. that help racers get around the Fairgrounds. Darrell Waltrip is the all-time wins leader at the speedway, and Donnie Wilson is the best today. Wilson is the defending All American 400 winner and has a total of three Nashville guitars in his trophy room in Oklahoma. When Wilson wins his fourth on Saturday — after a rough start to the 2018 campaign — the celebration on Lower Broadway will carry in to the wee hours of Sunday morning, guaranteed.

 

Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Donnie Wilson

He is a multi-time winner at Nashville and has a great collection of guitars. I think he’ll add to it this weekend.

 

Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Donnie Wilson

The defending champion of the All American 400, Donnie Wilson has always had a strong record at the Fairgrounds, including a pair of Southern Super Series wins.

 

-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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