Willie Allen posted the fastest time in All American 400 qualifying and then drew the short end of the figurative stick with the positional redraw.
The co-owner of Rackley WAR posted a fast time of 18.288 and then drew the eighth starting position while eighth fastest qualifier, Winchester 400 winner Gio Ruggiero, drew the pole for what is now a 300-lap main event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
The time set by Allen, the 2015 track champion, was a full tenth ahead of former All American 400 winner Matt Craig with Cole Butcher, Derek Thorn and Michael House competing the top-5 in time trials.
“Honestly, our goal is to just finish,” Allen said. “This is often a track position deal at the end and I feel like, if we can just keep our nose and fender clear; stay on top of the track and make the right adjustments but got to be there at the end.”
By qualifying in third, Cole Butcher gained three points on Ty Majeski for the ASA STARS points battle, with Majeski posting just the 13th quickest time. Majeski now has just a five point lead going into the season finale on Sunday.
Racing begins at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 5 for the All American 400 at Nashville, where the inaugural ASA STARS National Tour champion will be crowned. Fans unable to attend the race can watch live on Racing America starting at Noon CT/1 p.m. ET.
All American 400
|1||26A||Willie Allen (8)||18.288|
|2||54||Matt Craig (4)||18.388|
|3||28B||Cole Butcher (2)||18.400|
|4||7T||Derek Thorn (6)||18.428|
|5||1||Michael House (7)||18.444|
|6||51N||Stephen Nasse (5)||18.490|
|7||7B||Jackson Boone (3)||18.492|
|8||22||Gio Ruggiero (1)||18.518|
|34||44D||Jeremy Doss||No Time|
*Dylan Fetcho qualified for Tommy Joe Martins, who was in Phoenix competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Martins will compete in the car in Sunday’s race.