7:12
Thanks again to Hamner Racing Engines for being today’s presenting sponsor of Trackside Now. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight. 
7:09
That wraps up the our coverage from Nashville for this optional practice day for the Southern Super Series. We will be back on tomorrow morning to start shortly after the 8am hour CST. 
7:07
We expect that more Late Models will be on thegrounds tomorrow pushing our total up into the 70’s. 
7:05
Practice has come to an end for the Southern Super Series & Pro Late Models. 
6:59
Popsicle sticks out for practice. 
6:57
Five to in practice. 
6:48
We have just received word that all engines must be off by 7 p.m. CST, or.in about 13 minutes. 
6:46
Garvey, Bolden. Benjamin, Nemechek, Letson, Mingus and Reaid on track now. 
6:45
Stephen Nasse works the high lane. (Speed51.com photo)
6:40
We spoke to Mike Gavey about his 2013 plans and he will be running in the Super Late Models only.  Garvey was really strong in the Pro Late Model a year ago and is looking to rent the ride in 2013.  If you are interested check in with Garvey at track or during the week. 
6:33
Alexander, Garvey, Robbins, Mingus. VanderLey, Miles, Speer, Campbell, Grill, Artuso all on track now. 
6:31
Legends are done for the day, and Late Models will be back up for the final session of the day. 
6:29
Side-by-side action in Legends practice. (Speed51.com photo)
6:23
Legends are on track for their final session of the day. 
6:13
The Super Street division is on the quarter-mile track. 
6:09
Billy Melvin was the runner-up in Mod points here last season. (Speed51.com photo)
6:01
Willie Allen is working with Bobby Knox Jr. today and might have a ride lined up tomorrow, but for now he’s a spectator on Saturday. 
6:00
Modifieds will be up at the conclusion of this session. 
5:59
Five laps to go for the Limited Late Models. 
5:59
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5:57
It comes as no surprise that Kyle Benjamin’s crew chief knows his way around Nashville. He is a former pole sitter at the track, per the program. (Speed51.com photo)
5:56
Limited Lates are track now. 
5:53
A long look at Nashville. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:50
Red flag falls on Late Model practice. Drivers and teams will one last chance a little later to perfect their machines. 
5:50
Daniel Hemric is in a brand new Carswell Motorsports number 98. He had a hard crash at the Snowball Derby last year. 
5:48
Anderson Bowen, Bubba Pollard and Jeff Choquette are done for this round. 
5:47
With a new-found excitement, the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series will continue its 2013 past the Dillon season opener April 6 with the Catawba Valley 250 on April 20 at Hickory Motor Speedway . The legendary North Carolina facility will host the Pro Cup stars in one of the most anticipated events of the Pro Cup Season. Check out www.x1rprocup.com for more details on this event or any others on the 2013 Pro Cup schedule. 
5:45
Cody Coughlin at speed. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:42
Augie Grill at speed. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:40
Late Model practice action. (Speed51.com photo)
5:37
Mark Day is looking for a sweep this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:36
The Bolden brothers will have a little family rivalry this weekend. Daniel will pilot his familiar No. 09 machine in the Pro Late Model event against his brother, Michael.

Daniel will also attempt his first Super Late Model event this weekend as well. 

5:32
Kyle Benjamin, Jeff Choquette, and Spencer Davis are making hot laps now. 
5:31
Daniel Bolden is here this weekend with two cars, and it appears he will attempt both the Pro and Super Late Model races. 
5:30
Donnie Wilson likes these high speed tracks. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:29
Wilson. Robbins, Crain. Grill, Coughlin, Letson and Garvey are just a few of the cars on track now. 
5:29
2010 All American 400 winner TJ Reiad is among the faster cars here according to crew stop watches. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:28
Lots of cars taking advantage of this session, as it might be the final time today they get to practice. 
5:28
Bubba Pollard roars out of turn two. (Speed51.com photo)
5:25
Never before in history have the ARCA CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour competed together in the same race at the same track. That all changes in a big way in 2013 when both tours battle it out together and side-by-side at Toledo Speedway (OH) on April 20 in the “Border Wars” 7-Up 150. Race fans can save $5 per ticket if purchased prior to race day by calling the Toledo track office at 419-727-1100 or downloading the 2013 ticket order form at www.toledospeedway.com, located under forms. The order can be electronically mailed to the track.

Toledo Speedway is located at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on Benore Road at the Michigan-Ohio border. For more information, visit www.toledospeedway.com.

5:22
Stephen Nasse making laps. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:20
Track is hot, and drivers come up through the gear box. 
5:20
The UARA-STARS Late Model Series and the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals (FKSSN) will join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine April 12, 13 and 14. UARA and FKSSN will be competing on Saturday, April 13 in the Fast Track High Performance Driving School 175 , with qualifying on Friday, April 12. The NCWTS will practice on Saturday with qualifying and racing on Sunday, April 14. For tickets and more information, visit www.rockinghamspeedway.com
5:20
Kyle Benjamin and his 71 machine. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:20
Cars on the speedway, but once again begin the session in a green/yellow condition. 
5:18
This Late Model session will have 15 cars on the track at a time. 
5:17
Late Models at the ready. (Speed51.com photo)
5:15
Five laps to go for the local division practice. Jerry Artuso, Anderson Bowen and Austin Theriault will be the first drivers out in Late Model practice. 
5:12
We can add another driver to the Southern Super Series entry list, Trautman, North Carolina’s Jeff Fultz is on the property with his No. 54. 
5:12
Two local division cars make laps on the 1/4 mile, while the Late Models get staged in turn four. 
5:08
We chatted with Bubba Pollard and he says saving tires is going to be key here this weekend. Teams will get two at the lap 75 break. 
5:07
The second round of the inaugural Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season comes Saturday, April 27 on the high banks of Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia. The top short track stars in the Southeast and beyond will be on hand at the fast half-mile GMP for the Racing Radios 125 presented by Schoenfeld Headers. For more details on this event, visit www.southernsuperseries.com and www.racegmp.com
5:06
This weekend is the inaugural Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event, but make your plans to head to Gresham Motorsports Park in a a couple of weeks for the next race. 
5:03
Brian Campbell tries to avoid the sun. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:02
After the Legends, the Frontrunner division will take to the 1/4 mile, then followed by Pro/Super Late Models. 
5:01
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4:58
Dan Spence just informed the teams that Pro and Super Late Models will once again practice together. Officials want to maximize track time for both divisions. 
4:56
Legends are on the 1/4 mile next. 
4:55
Sunoco is the title sponsor for the new Southern Super Series. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:44
Lonnie Sommerville chats before his next trip on track. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:42
Jeff Choquette has not run here since 2008. He won the pole that night and led Laos early. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:41
Once the Mods conclude, the track will shift its attention to the 1/4 mile track for local division practice. 
4:40
The Mods that are here this weekend are the style known as “Gulf Coast” or “Florida ” Mods. They can be seen at tracks across the Deep South. 
4:40
Comment From Jesse 

What kind of Modifieds? NASCAR or IMCA? 

4:39
No transponders on the cars today, therefore we are unable to provide any times or speeds. 
4:39
Comment From Tg 

Any practice times on supers 

4:38
It’s the first major Outlaw Super Late Model race of the 2013 season…it’s the Intimidator 100 at historic Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Some of the top names in Outlaw Super Late Model racing will converge on one of the tracks best known for these sleek-bodied machines on opening night for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Kalamazoo. Also on the card will be Kalamazoo’s Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks and Cyber Stocks. For more details, visit www.kalamazoospeedway.com
4:37
While Super Late Models are center stage here at Nashville, one of the biggest Outlaw Late Model events in the country is just around the corner… 
4:35
Track falls silent as the Mods come in. They still have time remaining though. 
4:34
Cody Couglin is working with Nick Easton for the first time this weekend. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:32
Three Modifieds are on track, with the No. 07, that Bubba Pollard is climbing in to as we speak, sits on the infield. 
4:28
Practice is in the books for the Limiteds. Mods are on track now. 
4:25
It’s the most prestigious Outlaw Super Late Model event in the country and it’s back for a 21st time at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway…it’s the Kalamazoo Klash! The Klash brings in the best Outlaw talents from the Midwest plus invaders from all around the country to battle in the event that annually packs the Kalamazoo Speedway grandstands. For more on the Kalamazoo Klash XXI, visit www.kalamazoospeedway.com
4:24
Mike Garvey told us the track is a little slippery, but he likes his car. The two-time All America 400 winner hopes for anther big win. 
4:23
Five minutes remain in the Limited Late Model practice. Modifieds are up next. 
4:20
Three Limited Late Models are on track currently. 
4:19
For Steven Nasse this was his first time out at Nashville. He likes speed, but was surprised how bumpy the track was. 
4:18
The DJ VanderLey crew looks under the hood after practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:16
Red flag is out and the session has come to an end. The Limited Late Models are up next for a practice session. 
4:12
The flag man is giving the field the “Five to go” signal for this first practice. 
4:11
In June of 1953, Herb Thomas spoiled a dominant effort by Lee Petty to win a race in the series now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at a newly-opened Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

Now nearly 60 years later, NASCAR racing will be back at Five Flags.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first-ever NASCAR event held at Five Flags, the legendary half-mile track will see the debut of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at the track April 12 and 13. See all the rising stars of NASCAR racing at Five Flags for the first time ever in the NAPA 150. Advanced reserved tickets are now available by calling the Five Flags Speedway box office at 850-944-8400 and more information can be found on www.5flagsspeedway.com

4:09
Donnie Wilson hits the track for the first time today. 
4:09
Five minutes remain in the first Late Model practice of the day. 
4:08
VanderLey, Grill, Davis. Crain, Karnes, Day and Miles on track currently. 
4:02
Young fans watching here at Nashville. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:01
We are now showing 25 or so Pro Late Models on the grounds. 
3:55
Race director Dan Spence keeps an eye on practice from the tower. (Speed51.com photo)
3:52
Comment From Lenny 

Goood luck to Garvey,Hemric,Mingus,Nasse,and Pollard 

3:52
Dennis Reno, Jr., Daniel Bolden, Damon Ecoff, Mike Garvey, Anderson Bowen and Mark Day are the next round of cars to take to the track. 
3:48
Campbell, Grill, Day, Reaid, Miles and Nasse on track currently. 
3:46
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3:45
Pro Late Models are now taking laps with the Super Late Models.  We have no transponders for today’s practice. 
3:44
Augie Grill is coming out on the track for the first time today. Grill won the Cracker 200 a few weeks back at New Smyrna. 
3:43
We ran into Brian Campbell on the way to the drivers meeting and he told us his dad, Fred was stuck on a airplane that had not yet taken off and his crew chief was not planning to make the trip. Brian was still all smiles before he rolled out before practice. 
3:42
Tyler Speer, John Hunter Nemechek, Mason Massey, Mason Mingus, Spencer Davis and TW Fisher are on track. 
3:36
Spencer Davis is running two races tomorrow. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:33
We are still working on a Pro Late Model list. 
3:32
Sommerville, Mingus, Benjamin and Pollard on track now. 
3:32
Cars on the Grounds for Super Late Models (Still Checking for More) 29 Total
26 Bubba Pollard
2 Donnie Wilson
15 Damon Ecoff
29 Jeff Choquette
29 Anderson Bowen
18 Hunter Robbins
811 Mason Mingus
1 Mike Garvey
2 DJ VanderLey
47 Allen Karnes
60 Tyler Speer
129 Spencer Davis
40 Michael House
51 Stephen Nasse
71 Kyle Benjamin
98 Daniel Hemric
8 John Hunter Nemechek
29 Austin Theriault
140 Tyler Miles
20 Brian Campbell
112 Augie Grill
19 Lonnie Sommerville
26 Willie Allen
41 TJ Reaid
8 Mark Day
84 Clay Alexander
15 Mason Massey
43 Dennis Schoenfeld
09 Daniel Bolden
3:30
Green flag is out, and cars come up to speed. 
3:29
Kyle Benjamin, Damon Ecoff, Mason Mingus and Tyler Miles are on track. 
3:28
Cars are on the speedway making laps, but under the caution flag. 
3:22
Track officials wanted to advise the drivers to take it easy in the first session. It rained very heavily in Nashville last night, and officials warned the drivers that weepers may pop up. The first few laps of the session will be under the yellow. 
3:19
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3:14
Officials are calling all Southern Super Series drivers to the inside of the 1/4 mile track for a brief drivers meeting. 51 will be on hand. 
3:11
Practice is set to begin soon. We are having a small delay. 
3:07
Short guess is we have over 50 cars counting Pro Late Models and Super Late Models. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:56
Race director Dan Spence is on the way up to the tower, and we are set to get practice underway very shortly. 
2:55
Cars everywhere. (Speed51.com photo)
2:49
Lots of history here at Nashville. (Speed51.com Photo)
2:49
We observed Augie Grill’s GARC labeled rig just pulled in and went to the turn three end of the speedway. Space is getting tight in the primary Super Late Model parking area. 
2:41
Dozens of Pro Late Models are unloading. (Speed51.com photo)
2:40
Add another as Mark Day is unloading two cars. 
2:38
Spencer Davis and Tyler Miles will attempt both races. There may be more as the rigs continue to pull in. 
2:38
Comment From Darrell Palmore 

How many double duty drivers this weekend? 

2:37
As of this moment, we have confirmed 24 Super Late Models on the grounds. 
2:36
Comment From Darrell Palmore 

So glad to the Nashville get back some of the old glory! both Pro and Super late model races! Just picked my tickets up, fun to watch the haulers squeezing in 

2:25
From out vantage point in the tower, we can see about 20 Super Late Models in the pit area. We are working on gathering a full list and will update as we get them. 
2:24
Pro Late Models will be pitted in the north end end of the speedway, inside of turns three and four. Supers will be on the opposite end of the speedway. 
2:18
Tyler Speer (60) and Mason Mingus (811) get ready for the event. (Speed51.com photo)
2:15
The pits are filling up from both the turn one side and the turn two tunnel. 
2:15
Comment From Jesse 

I’ve been waiting a LONG time for this one! 

2:08
Two you guns, Spencer Davis (29) and Cody Coughlin (1) unload in the put area. (Speed51.com photo)
2:04
Today’s Speed51.com Trackside Now coverage is presented by Hamner Racing Engines of Harpersville, Alabama.

Hamner Racing Engines are built and maintained by short track racers and for short track racers, concentrating in the race-intensive Southeast. HRE builds and prepare motors for Super Late Model Series country-wide; Pro All Star Series (PASS), Rev-Oil Pro Cup, Blizzard Series, Viper Series, ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series and many others. Our short-track motors are Ford and Chevy engines. Longtime racer and engine builder Jeff Hamner has built the powerplants that have won the Snowball Derby with drivers such as Johanna Long and Kyle Busch.

The staff at HRE are ready to serve customers looking to get an edge on the competition with their short track racecar. Call Hamner Racing Engines at 205-672-8883 and visit www.hamnerracingengines.com

2:01
Rigs are filing in to the infield currently and practice is set to begin at 3 p.m. CST. The pre-entry list shows 35 Super Late Models and approximately 40 Pro Late Models  entered.

We will have a full list of cars on the grounds as they unload.

1:57
Welcome to Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage of practice day for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee. 
1:55
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Trackside Now: Southern Super Series Practice Day – Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) – 4/5/13