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Chastain, Berry Martins headline NASCAR infused Pro race at Nashville

The Thursday race takes advantage of NASCAR coming to town

Before the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Craftsman Truck Series hits the track at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee, the CRA JEGS Tour Pro Late Models take to Nashville Fairgrounds with a trio of national touring regulars in the field as well.

There are 19 cars on the provisional entry list, which is light but makes sense given that the ASA Southern Super Series is racing at Five Flags Speedway on Friday but also a Pro Late Model show at UARA affiliated Cordele Motor Speedway as well.

By text message, Bob Sargent, who promotes the Nashville Fairgrounds but also has a strategic relationship with the Southern Super Series ‘we will do a better job of scheduling next year’ so that a NASCAR companion event can draw additional entries.

Regardless, it’s still a cool show when considering that the Battle of Broadway will feature Josh Berry making his big track debut after spending his formative years running Legends and Four Cylinders on the infield quarter mile.

Berry, who currently drives the No. 4 for Stewart-Haas Racing, is driving a car owned by track mainstay Scott Fetcho, whose son Dylan has won races and a championship at Nashville and across the region.

“It’s really cool,” Berry told Short Track Scene earlier in the month. “This is something that has always been on my bucket list and this just made a lot of sense with it being the Thursday before the Cup race. Excited to put that together with Scott and Dylan.

“It’s going to be a really good opportunity and (sponsor) Harrison’s (Workwear) was on board so that’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Chastain is going to enter the race for Rackley WAR, a relationship that was first formed in January when the Cup winner entered Speedfest at Cordele in a Pro Late Model, making this a natural fit given Rackley Roofing’s investment in the track and co-owner Willie Allen’s success at his home track.

Chastain also drives for Trackhouse Racing in the Cup Series, which is owned by Nashville resident Justin Marks and they are the defending winners of the Ally 400 at the big track.

“It’s never easy (to add races outside the Cup schedule), but to be able to race in Nashville where Trackhouse’s brain trust is and it being a home race makes it worth it,” Chastain said. “Any excuse I can have to come to Nashville, get a little bit of work done early, and enjoy it is good. We might even enjoy a cold Busch Light on Lower Broadway. We’ll see.”

Sargent and his staff, led by race director Scott Menlen worked diligently to get drivers from both NASCAR and short track racing on board, despite the hiccup with Pensacola.

“Bob Sargent is another reason I’m coming,” Chastain said. “He runs the series and we talked and I got to know him and he told me they were going to have this on the weekend of the Cup race and it sounded like something I wanted to be a part of.”

Tommy Joe Martins, who co-owns the Alpha Prime Racing Xfinity Series team, spent his formative years racing Pros at Nashville and has entered the race too.

Dawson Sutton, the son of Rackley Roofing owner Curtis Sutton, leads the Nashville track standings but also has a Truck Series start on his resume at North Wilkesboro Speedway. He will also race on Friday night at the big track.

This race counts for points in both the CRA JEGS Tour and Nashville’s monthly championship.

The Battle of Broadway 150 pays $10,000 to win and racing starts at 7:30 for the Pro Late Model main event following a local Street Stock race. It will air live on Racing America and the entry list can be found below.

Ross Chastain
Austin Wilson
Josh Berry
Brett Robinson
Michael Bolden
Daniel Bolden
Stacey Crain
Quinn Davis
Corey Deuser
Trey Craig
Chase Johnson
Dawson Sutton
Hunter Wright
Tommy Joe Martins
Cole Williams
George Phillips
Boston Oliver
Jim Wall
Bennie Hamlett

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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