The last time the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco raced at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee it was John Hunter Nemechek who crossed the finish line first, but it was Donnie Wilson who scored the win.
Wilson didn’t a lead a single lap, but he went home with the trophy Nashville guitar after Nemechek was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. The win set Wilson off on a streak that saw him finish no lower than fourth in 10 straight Southern Super Series events. That type of performance is something Wilson is looking to replicate as the SSS returns to the Music City for the first time since his win one year ago.
“That’s what we’re shooting for,” Wilson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “A bunch of top fives is our main goal. Of course we want to win, but if you run in the top five you have a pretty good shot at winning. That’s how we’re going about it.”
The win at Nashville last year was the first in a Super Late Model since 2005 for the veteran driver from Oklahoma, and it catapulted him to three total wins in SSS competition in 2014. That’s a big reason why he’s so confident heading into the race on April 11.
“A lot of us are excited to head back to Nashville because we didn’t get to go back for the All American 400,” said Wilson. “I think there will be a good car count and we’ll put on a good show.”
One thing Wilson has to improve upon is qualifying, and that’s something he’s fully aware of heading into the second SSS race of the new season. Wilson qualified 10th or worse in at least five races last season. In 2013, Wilson qualified 10th or worse in at least seven of the 13 races.
He’s also looking to rebound from a finish in the season opener that he admits wasn’t a good run by his standards. Wilson finished 12th in season-opening Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway on March 15.
“We didn’t have the best showing at the Rattler but I think we’ll rebound okay,” he said. “I’m not real good at the 3/8-mile tracks like Opp and Cordele. They just don’t get along with me or I don’t get along with them. I don’t know what the deal is, but we don’t have any problems at the rest of them.”
Fortunately for Wilson, the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is not a 3/8-mile flat track. It’s a fast .569-mile track with 18 degrees of banking, and Wilson said it suits his driving style perfectly.
“The way I look at Nashville is it’s almost like a Winchester with the high banks, which I seem to run pretty well at,” he said. “I like the faster tracks.”
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