Willie Allen owned the night at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), taking the checkered flag in the Pro Late Model 100-lap feature ahead of W.A.R. Racing Development driver Jackson Boone for a 1-2 finish out of Allen’s stable.
Allen was quickest in final Pro Late Model Practice and set fast time in qualifying. A three-car invert relegated the Bon Aqua, Tennessee native to the second row for the start, but he soon worked his way back to the point and led the rest of the way.
With the strong run coming in Allen’s first race with a new car, there is plenty of reason for excitement.
“It was a new car for us, a new Fury car,” Allen told Speed51. “I felt like the car was where I wanted it to be, but until I got a full race on it, I wasn’t really sure.
“It drove great the entire race, I’m really excited about the car and the whole team for the rest of the season,” added Allen. “I just wanted to come out, tune on the car, make sure where our program was it. I feel like we had a good day.”
Not only did Allen have a good day, but his team car, driven by Jackson Boone, finished second.
“So proud of Jackson Boone and the whole W.A.R. crew,” said Allen. “It was an awesome job. So glad to be able to come back from California and get to race. I haven’t gotten to race much this year, between the rainouts or always something happening. I’m just really proud of the guys.”
While Boone came away with the second-place finish to his boss, he was still left yearning the checkered flag at night’s end.
“It’s a bittersweet thing,” admitted Boone. “Finishing second is always good, you want to come home in one piece. You want to be there at the end. Then again, if you’re there at the end, you want to be at the point you can win.
“It’s frustrating,” added Boone. “I’ll probably have nightmares about seeing that 26 car in front of me tonight. That’s the rough part about it, but we get to go home and make it faster.”
Still, Boone tipped his cap to Allen on the win and left satisfied with his own run.
“He is very good,” Boone said of Allen. “He’s raced about every different car under the sun. He knows what he’s doing. Very thankful to be out here and thankful to be running second to him, for sure.”
Austin Brawley finished third, with Casey Roderick and Cole Williams rounding out the top five.
Race fans who missed Saturday’s Pro Late Model 100 can watch highlights of the eventnow on the Speed51 Network.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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