Another big name in Super Late Model racing has accepted an invite to race in the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 8. That name is Donnie Wilson, the winner of the 2017 All-American 400 at the legendary Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN).
Wilson earned his invitation by winning the All-American 400 last year. By accepting, he will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the race, free entry into the race and one free set of tires to use during the race.
“I think that’ll be a cool event,” Wilson told Speed51.com. “I think we need something like that in Late Model racing. You get the best drivers out there competing together in our sport and it’s a one-race deal, but it’ll be pretty cool. Obviously we all know week-in and week-out whether we race against them or in another series who are the ones to beat so it’ll be pretty cool to get them all together.”
Pollard was the most recent driver before Wilson to accept his invitation. Pollard has never run a race at Lucas Oil Raceway, but that is not the case for Wilson.
“We went to Indy last year and had a little bit of luck and finished second to Travis Braden so we’re a little bit familiar with the place,” Wilson explained.
Even though he had a second-place run at the 0.686-mile flat oval last year, Wilson’s luck since the start of October last year has not been great.
“Ever since we won the All-American 400 I’ve had crappy luck,” Wilson said with a laugh. “Winchester 400 we had a distributor issue. Bad luck. We go to the Derby and we didn’t qualify well, got on that tire strategy and got run over. It happens. We go to Greenville and just got collected. Then this past weekend at Nashville, I call it driver error. My tires weren’t hot enough or something. I flat lost it coming off of four. I take the blame on that one. It’s just been a rough stretch for me but you just have to drive through it and hope for better days.”
Wilson is hoping those better days come soon, but he’d especially like one of those better days to be at the Super Select in September. The Oklahoma native said that winning the inaugural Speed51 Super Select would be an honor.
“I think number one it’s a huge honor for anyone just to be invited. I think number two you have to put it up there if you are fortunate enough to win. You beat the best in our sport.”
Throughout the 2018 season more drivers will earn invites to the race and have the chance to compete against an all-star field.
The Speed51 Super Select will be hosted by Track Enterprises and sanctioned by the Champion Racing Association (CRA). A pair of features will be contested that evening, one for the Super Late Models and a 100-lap race for the USAC Silver Crown Series. The winner of the Super Late Model race will have a chance to win at least $10,000.
There will also be a 50-lap Super Late Model race that will be open to all drivers to compete in. That race will transfer more drivers into the Super Select field.
Stay tuned to Speed51.com for more details on the event. Additional information can also be found by visiting www.trackenterprises.com.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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