Saturday night’s Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Model feature at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville came down to a pair of 19-year-olds duking it out for the win. Jackson Boone took the lead from fellow Tennessee native Dylan Fetcho with five laps to go to win his second straight Pro Late Model race at the historic 5/8ths mile track.
The move came after Boone’s first attempt at passing Fetcho nearly ended in a wreck 10 laps earlier. With six laps to go, slight contact between the two drivers sent Fetcho up the track in turns one and two. Boone was able to slip inside and take off with the lead.
“With about 15 to go my crew was telling me it was time to go,” Boone told Speed51.com. “Me and him (Fetcho) were just about as loose as each other there at the end, we were very evenly matched. To be honest I was going up there to test him and we went for the same piece of real estate and we collided. It’s part of racing up front, that’s what makes it fun and interesting for sure.”
Fetcho started on the pole after a four-car invert from qualifying and led the first 94 laps of the race before ultimately settling for a second place finish. He was disappointed in the final outcome after a dominating run but was satisfied with a clean battle for the win and an improvement from the previous race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
“We had a good race. Jackson’s good, me and him raced hard,” Fetcho said. “He raced me clean, I raced him clean, it was just a good race and he just had a little bit more than I did. It kind of hurts but at the same time we improved and that’s all what matters.”
After finishing second five times in 2019 prior to his first career win on August 10, Boone has now won two straight Pro Late Model races at Nashville and has extended his points lead over Fetcho with just two races left in the 2019 season. He says going back-to-back gives his team a major boost as he closes in on his first track championship.
“It’s so humbling, I thank God for the opportunity,” he said. “I can’t even put it into words how this feels and how this will impact me for the rest of the year. I have no words, really.
“It really helps out a lot, it makes a big difference for sure,” he continued. “We can carry a lot more momentum into the last two races that we probably wouldn’t have if we had been a couple positions back. We’ll try to keep it up and try to keep that momentum going, but with all things considered I’d say we’re sitting in a pretty good spot right now.”
Fast qualifier Austin Brawley would finish third, while 2019 race winner Davey Coble and two-time track champion Cole Williams rounded out the top five.
The next race on the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville calendar will be on October 5th for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. It will serve as the penultimate race of the 2019 season, followed by All American 400 weekend on November 2nd and 3rd.
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville – Pro Late Model Results:
- Jackson Boone
- Dylan Fetcho
- Austin Brawley
- Davey Coble
- Cole Williams
- Bennie Hamlett
- Austin Wilson
- Hunter Wright
- Chaz Chaffin
- Zach Johnston
- Billy Sisco
- Hal Musler
- Daniel Bolden
- Tanner Arms
- Stacey Crain
- Michael House
- Michael Bolden
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com