Trackside Now:  Spring Clash Weekend at Nashville
Nick Neville, Andy Ponstein and Burt Myers Set Fast Times
Saturday, 9:52am CT - It's a bright and sunny day here in Music City, Nashville, TN.  The forecast is for increasing cloudiness throughout the day, but precipitation is not expected until overnight.  The CRA Super Series Super Late Models and ASA Late Model Challenge Series teams are going through inspection in preparation for their first practice sessions of the weekend later this morning.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour rigs are lining up in the parking lot and they will be allowed into the backstretch pit area at 11am.  Their first practice session is not scheduled until 3pm.  The CRA and ASA cars will begin rotating practice sessions at 11am.

All three divisions will qualify this afternoon before the ASA Challenge Series takes center stage for their 200-lap feature.  The Southern Mods and CRA SLM's will have their feature events on Sunday.

There is already a bit of controversy in the ASA Late Model pit area.  Jack Smith, who has been penalized, fined and suspended by ASA numerous times in recent seasons for the doctoring of his car's body, was once again kicked out of ASA racing this morning for a similar infraction.  Smith had been suspended last year and was allowed back at the start of this season, but he will not race this weekend according to ASA officials.  Speed51.com is tracking down the story and will have an update as soon as one is available.
CRA Super Series Entry List
Sean Matthuis
Steven Davis
Josh Krug
Kenny Tweedy
Eddie Hoffman
Jeff Lane
Sammy Sanders
Tom Knippenberg
Chris Gabehart
Hunter Robbins
Jason Dunn
Bobby Parsley
JR Roahrig
Eddie Van Meter
Rick Turner
Jeff Berg
Dave Mader
Josh Vadnais
Josh Hamner
Dennis Schoenfeld
Stanley Smith
Boris Jurkovic
Tim Rothe
Greg Boone
Ray Mooi
Jeff Fultz
Johnny Brazier
Scott Hantz
Eddie Mercer
Martin Pierce
Donnie Wilson
Nick Baran
Tony Ponkauskas
Rich Segvich
Heath Hindman
Jason Hogan
A.J. Ganino
Russell Fleeman
Jason Shively
Andy Ponstein
Augie Grill
John Van Doorn
Benny Van Cleve
Teddy Musgrave Jr.
Nathan Haseleu

The Music City pits are packed with Super Late Models and ASA cars, with the Southern Mods rolling in shortly. (51 Photo)
ASA Challenge Series Entry List
Alec Carll
Bill Tomlinson
Derek Thorn
Andy Hanson
Eddie Hoffman
John Wes Townley
Peter Cozzolino
Michael Annett
Charlie Menard
Brent Seeley
Colt James
Kris Stump
Austin Seibert
Terry VanHaitsma
Jack Smith
Sean Murphy
Ryan Durst
Bo Miller
Bryan Clauson
Jason Taghikhani
Richard Johns
Nick Beinlich
Michael Simko
Chris Fontain
Alison Quick
Nick Neville
Chris Archer
Danny Ouderkirk
Brian Campbell
Jesse Smith
Travis Dassow
Ellis Gardner
Derek Neville
Tyler Townsend
Jim Ross
Nolan Wilson
Ryan Lawler

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Entry List
Larry Glessner
George Brunnhoelzi III
Frank Fleming
Junior Miller
Jamie Tomaino
Greg Butcher
Brian Loftin
Brad Robbins
Ryan Preece
L.W. Miller
Chuck Hossfeld
Brian King
Bobby Hutchens
Gene Pack
Tim Brown
Jason Trinchere
Brandon Ward
Buddy Emory
Burt Myers
Jason Myers
Andy Seuss


Saturday, 2:30pm CT - In the first rounds of CRA Super Series practice sessions, names that are no strangers to speed in Nashville were atop the charts.  Dave Mader, III, Eddie Hoffman and Nathan Haseleu have all been fast at Music City Motorplex over the years, and the same holds true this weekend. 

In final ASA Chalenge Series practice after the first rounds for the CRA cars, Kris Stump set the fastest time of any ASA car thus far with a lap of 19.471.

There are 19 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour teams in the backstretch pit area of the track ready for their practice session that is scheduled to begin at 3pm local time, after the final rounds of CRA practice which are on track now.
ASA Challenge First Practice
1.  Keeton Hanks 19.504
2.  Derek Thorn 19.544
3.  Michael Annett 19.567
4.  Andy Hanson 19.611
5.  Nick Neville 19. 684
6.  Bill Tomlinson 19.747
7.  Colt James 19.767
8.  Charlie Menard 19.805
9.  Kris Stump 19.813
10.  Ryan Lawler 19.814
11.  Bryan Clauson 19.869
12.  Michael Simko 19.875
13.  Peter Cozzolino 19.882
14.  Brian Campbell 19.885
15.  Travis Dassow 19.974
16.  John Wes Townley 19.976
17.  Nick Beinlich 20.050
18.  Alec Carli 20.265
19.  Eddie Hoffman 20.066
20.  Bo Miller 20.074
21.  Tyler Townsend 20.079
22.  Tom Smith 20.088
23.  Daniel Oderkirk 20.088
24.  Austin Siebert 20.105
25.  Jesse Smith 20.105
26.  Richard Johns 20.186
27.  Alison Quick 20.201
28.  Chris Archer 20.229
29.  Sean Murphy 20.250
30.  Ryan Durst 20.250
31.  Greg Boone 20.296
32.  Terry VanHaitsma 20.308
33.  Ellis Gardner 20.378
34.  Dakota Stroup 20.435
35.  Derek Neville 20.453
36.  Chris Fontaine 20.473
37. Brent Seeley 20.620
38.  Jack Smith – No Time
39.  Jason Taghikhani – No Time
40.  Zach Taylor – No Time

Bryan Clauson had a strong showing in the first ASA practice.
Jack Smith and his team, after getting thrown out of the ASA portion of the weekend, started putting their car together for the CRA event.
Saturday, 11:57am CT - The first practice of the Spring Clash weekend is in the record books for the ASA Late Model Challenge Series.  Allen-Hock Motorsports driver Keeton Hanks set fast time at his home track of Music City Motorplex.  Hanks is a past track champion at Music City and he put that experience to good use in the first of two pre-qualifying practice rounds for the ASA competitors.  Californian Derek Thorn, who like Hanks nearly won the ASA portion of the All American 400 weekend last November, was second quick in first practice and was also the fast timer in Friday night's ASA practice.  Michael Annett, Andy Hanson and Nick Neville rounded out the top-five in first practice Saturday.

Eddie Hoffman, who swept the ASA Challenge Series races at Music City last year, was 19th quick, while Chip Ganassi Racing Development Driver Bryan Clauson was 11th quick.

As an update to the Jack Smith saga, ASA officials have disqualified Smith from this weekend's activities.  Smith told Speed51.com that he will attempt to compete in the CRA Super Late Model race instead with his crate motor-powered ASA car.  The infractions that got Smith got kicked out for were body-related, but Smith maintains that his car fit all of the ASA-mandated templates, but other body modifications were what the officials deemed inappropriate.  Speed51.com is awaiting a statement from ASA Late Model owner Ron Varney on the situation.  Stay tuned.
CRA Practice 1
1. Dave Mader 18.747
2. Josh Vadnais 18.845
3. Eddie Mercer 18.943
4. Josh Hamner 19.039
5. Russell Fleeman 19.042
6. Chris Gabehart 19.111
7. Nathan Haseleu 19.113
8. John Van Doom 19.177
9. Jason Shively 19.230
10. Kenny Tweedy 19.243
11. JR Roahrig 19.290
12. Jeff Letson 19.308
13. Eddie Van Meter 19.396
14. Stanley Smith 19.410
15. Rick Turner 19.416
16. Dennis Schoenfeld 19.421
17. Benny Van Cleve 19.444
18. Eddie Hoffman 19.471
19. Jason Hogan 19.472
20. Jeff Lane 19.502
21. Tim Rothe 19.505
22. AJ Ganino 19.552
23. Ray Mooi 19.570
24. Steven Davis 19.577
25. Hunter Robbins 19.593
26. Boris Jurkovic 19.634
27. Bobby Parsley 19.638
28. Scott Hantz 19.719
29. Andy Ponstein 19.848
30. Teddy Musgrave 19.885
31. Sean Matthuis 20.096
32. Tom Knippentier 20.160
33. Nick Baran 20.358


CRA Practice 2
1. Eddie Hoffman 19.004
2. Eddie Mercer 19.010
3. Andy Ponstein 19.049
4. Josh Vadnais 19.104
5. Nathan Haseleu 19.125
6. Josh Krug 19.142
7. John Van Doorn 19.155
8. Steven Davis 19.181
9. Josh Hamner 19.204
10. Jason Hogan 19.233
11. Jeff Letson 19.241
12. Chris Gabehart 19.270
13. Johnny Brazier 19.271
14. Russell Fleeman 19.282
15. Dennis Schoenfeld 19.308
16. JR Roahrig 19.317
17.  Jason Shively 19.348
18. Hunter Robbins 19.349
19. Benny Van Cleve 19.372
20. Rick Turner 19.398
21. Sean Matthuis 19.404
22. Teddy Musgrave 19.453
23. Ray Mooi 19.488
24. Stanley Smith 19.491
25. Boris Jurkovic 19.500
26. Greg Boone 19.578
27. Eddie Van Meter 19.610
28. Scott Hantz 19.645
29. Bobby Parsley 19.697
30. Tim Rothe 19.699
31. Jeff Fultz 19.712
32. Jeff Lane 19.782
33. AJ Ganino 19.790
34. Nick Baran 20.161
CRA Practice 3
1. Nathan Haseleu 18.893
2. Eddie Mercer 18.943
3. Dave Mader III 18.990
4. Eddie Hoffman 19.001
5. Josh Vadnais 19.043
6. Andy Ponstein 19.132
7. John Van Doom 19.183
8. Josh Krug 19.224
9. Steven Davis 19.240
10. Chris Gabehart 19.240
11. Josh Hamner 19.304
12. Russell Fleeman 19.341
13. JR Roahrig 19.344
14. Benny Van Cleve 19.390
15. Stanley Smith 19.411
16. Teddy Musgrave 19.425
17. Jason Hogan 19.427
18. Dennis Schoenfeld 19.451
19. Johnny Brazier 19.457
20. Hunter Robbins 19.478
21. Scott Hantz 19.503
22. Bobby Parsley 19.514
23. Rick Turner 19.517
24. Eddie Van Meter 19.535
25. Boris Jurkovic 19.542
26. Ray Mooi 19.581
27. Jeff Lane 19.594
28. Greg Boone 19.604
29. Tim Rothe 19.619
30. Jeff Fultz 19.622
31. Sammy Sanders 19.790
32. Tom Knippenber 20.445

ASA Practice 2
1. Travis Dassow 19.520
2. Ryan Lawler 19.579
3. Colt James 19.601
4. Michael Annett 19.615
5. Bryan Clauson 19.656
6. Keeton Hanks 19.678
7. Nick Neville 19.708
8. Peter Cozzolino 19.713
9. Sean Murphy 19.731
10. Eddie Hoffman 19.781
11. Derek Thorn 19.785
12. Andy Hanson 19.785
13. Charlie Menard 19.793
14. Derek Neville 19.840
15. Alec Carll 19.894
16. Kris Stump 19.903
17. Richard Johns 19.949
18. Ryan Durst 19.967
19. Brian Campbell 19.996
20. Bo Miller 20.003
21. Tyler Townsend 20.033
22. Michael Simko 20.057
23. Alison Quick 20.094
24. Bill Tomlinson 20.107
25. Jesse Smith 20.116
26. Zach Taylor 20.121
27. John Wes Townley 20.138
28. Tom Smith 20.146
29. Chris Fontaine 20.158
30. Terry VanHaitsma 20.162
31. Daniel Ouderkirk 20.296
32. Ellis Gardner 20.396
33. Nick Beinlich 20.397
34. Greg Boone 20.438
35. Chris Archer 20.492
36. Austin Siebert 20.580
37. Dakota Stroup 20.632
38. Brent Seeley 20.802

Short track veteran Dave Mader has been fast in CRA practice
ASA Practice 3
1. Kris Stump 19.471
2. Brian Campbell 19.607
3. Travis Dassow 19.607
4. Keeton Hanks 19.669
5. Peter Cozzolino 19.697
6. Nick Neville 19.713
7. Richard Johns 19.761
8. Eddie Hoffman 19.770
9. John Wes Townley 19.779
10. Jesse Smith 19.822
11. Charlie Menard 19.826
12. Andy Hanson 19.840
13. Derek Neville 19.855
14. Derek Thorn 19.885
15. Sean Murphy 19.963
16. Bryan Clauson 20.011
17. Michael Simko 20.088
18. Ryan Durst 20.120
19. Terry VanHaitsma 20.128
20. Bo Miller 20.193
21. Nick Beinlich 20.203
22. Chris Fontaine 20.249
23. Tom Smith 20.257
24. Dakota Stroup 20.270
25. Austin Siebert 20.286
26. Alison Quick 20.288
27. Greg Boone 20.551
28. Brent Seely 20.766

Saturday, 6:45pm CT - Andy Ponstein was the fast timer for tomorrow afternoon's CRA Super Series feature.  He out-timed Chris Gabehart, Eddie Mercer and Eddie Hoffman for the pole.  Ponstein will start 10th after the 10-car invert that he drew out of the hat post-qualifying.

All 40 CRA Super Series cars will start the feature, meaning there will not be a last-chance event on Sunday afternoon.  ASA Officials added two additional starting spots to tonight's feature and will be awarded to the first two finisher's in tonight's Shootout last-chance event that originally was not going to transfer any cars.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour cars are on the track now for their time trials.

Saturday, 5:20pm CT - Nick Neville won the pole for tonight's ASA Late Model Challenge Series race.  Neville narrowly beat out Derek Thorn and John Wes Townley for the pole.  The top 33 drivers all were in the 19-second bracket, making it a very close field for the 200-lap feature tonight. 

Neville drew an "eight" pill, meaning that the top-eight qualifiers will be inverted, putting Charlie Menard and Colt James on the pole for tonight's race.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour are on track for their final practice session, followed by pole qualifing for the CRA Super Series Super Late Models.
CRA Practice 4
1. Chris Gabehart 18.738
2. Andy Ponstein 18.772
3. Josh Vadnais 18.916
4. Eddie Mercer 18.927
5. Dennis Schoenfeld 18.953
6. Dave Mader, III 18.967
7. JR Roahrig 18.970
8. Eddie Hoffman 18.973
9. Steven Davis 18.985
10. John Van Doorm 19.013
11.Boris Jurkovic 19.039
12. Jeff Lane 19.106
13.  Josh Hamner 19.107
14. Russell Fleeman 19.128
15. Jason Hogan 19.131
16. Josh Krug 19.150
17. Sammy Sanders 19.150
18. Bobby Parsley 19.159
19. Benny Van Cleve 19.160
20. Nathan Haseleu 19.165
21. Jason Shively 19.184
22. Jeff Letson 19.189
23. Scott Hantz 19.217
24. Tim Rothe 19.223
25. Kenny Tweedy 19.229
26. Johnny Brazier 19.233
27. Hunter Robbins 19.261
28. Stanley Smith 19.296
29. Heath Hindman 19.299
30. Rick Turner 19.302
31. Jeff Fultz 19.383
32. Sean Matthuis 19.396
33. AJ Ganino 19.465
34. Ray Mooi 19.600
35. Eddie Van meter 19.648
36. Greg boone 19.693
37. Tom Knippenber 19.944
38. Nick Baran 20.163
39. Teddy Musgrave 20.906
Earl Baker (far right) assesses the damage to his #30 Modified after hitting the wall in practice.
Chris Gabehart, who has always had a fast car in practice in Nashville in recent years, was again quick in the fourth and final CRA practice before qualifying.
Saturday, 4:00pm CT - The ASA Late Model Challenge Series is currently time trialing for tonight's 200-lap feature event.  The field will be set by time and provisionals based on points, with seven drivers failing to make the event, thus going into the 25-lap non-qualifiers race later tonight. 

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour have had their first of two practice sessions, but because the series is not utlizing a transponder system, no practice speeds will be available.  There was one casualty in SMT practice, when Earl Baker received damage in an incident on the backstretch late in the session.  It appears to be only minor cosmetic damage and the Baker team is currently repairing the car for the second SMT practice session after ASA qualifying.


Nick Neville was all smiles after winning the ASA pole.
CRA Qualifying (Top 10 inverted for start
1. Andy Ponstein 18.288
2. Chris Gabehart 18. 370
3. Eddie Mercer 18.392
4. Eddie Hoffman 18.455
5. Josh Vadnais 18.456
6. Jeff Letson 18.516
7. Steven Davis 18.522
8. Dave madder III 18.546
9. Russell Fleeman 18.559
10. Nathan Haseleu 18.566
11. Bobby Parsley 18.588
12. Jeff Fultz 18.621
13. Benny Van Cleve 18.622
14. Kenny Tweedy 18.626
15. Jason Hogan 18.628
16. Scott Hantz 18.638
17. Boris Jurkovic 18.673
18. Josh Krug 18.682
19. Rick Turner 18.685
20. Heath Hindman 18.712
21. Jason Shively 18.713
22. JR Roahrig 18.733
23. John Van Doorn 18.735
24. Sammy Sanders 18.742
25. Jeff Lane 18.789
26. Teddy Musgrave 18.805
27. Greg Boone 18.812
28. Eddie Van meter 18.813
29. Johnny Brazier 18.816
30. Dennis Shcoenfeld 18.830
31. Josh Hamner 18.852
32. Sean Matthuis 18.864
33. Stanley Smith 18.885
34. Hunter Robbins 18.886
35. Tim Rothe 18.928
36. Ray Mooi 18.973
37. AJ Ganino 19.229
38. Nick Baran 19.380
39. Jack Smith 19.503
40. Tom Knippenber 19.637

ASA Pole Qualifying (top-eight
inverted for start)
1. Nick Neville 19.207
2. Derek Thron 19.244
3. John Wes Townley 19.273
4. Andy Hanson 10.312
5. Michael Annett 19.332
6. Keeton Hanks 19.341
7. Colt James 19.349
8. Charlie Menard 19.356
9. Ryan Lawler 19.370
10. Peter Cozzolino 19.377
11. Bryan Clauson 19.407
12. Bo Miller 19.412
13. Travis Dassow 19.440
14. Derek Neville 19.444
15. Brian Campbell 19.446
16. Kris Stump 19.500
17. Eddie Hoffman 19.502
18. Ryan Durst 19.548
19. Alison Quick 19.549
20. Tom Smith 19.583
21. Tyler Townsend 19.586
22. Michael Simko 19.610
23. Sean Murphy 19.627
24. Jesse Smith 19.649
25. Zach Taylor 19.709
26. Chris Archer 19.731
27. Richard Johns 19.746
28. Terry VanHaitsma 19.768
29. Austin Siebert 19.826
30. Nick Beinlich 19.851
31. Alec Carll 19.856
32. Daniel Ouderkirk 19.925
33. Bill Tomlinson 19.954
34. Chris Fontaine 20.062
35. Ellis Gardner 20.076
Saturday, 9:09pm CT - It's lap 101 for the ASA Late Model Challenge Series competitors, which means a 10-minute halfway break.  Colt James currently shows the way in front of Charlie Menard and Derek Thorn.  The top three were waging a back-and-forth battle for the top spot when the competition yellow flew at halfway.  Michael Annett and Keeton Hanks round out the top-five.

Saturday, 8:28pm CT - The ASA Late Model Challenge Series feature is underway.  Colt James has held the lead since the drop of the green flag ahead of Charlie Menard.

Fast qualifier Nick Neville has hit the inside frontstretch wall hard to bring out the second caution on lap 25.  The first caution came out on lap 13 and involved several cars, but Ryan Lawler so far is the only one that has not come back on the track.

Saturday, 7:59pm CT - Richard Johns and Austin Siebert transferred into the 200-lap ASALM Challenge Series feature later tonight by finishing one-two in the last-chance Shootout.

After a brief break for those two last qualifiers, the ASA feature will take the green flag shortly.

Saturday, 7:45pm CT - The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour cars were about a half dozen cars short of finishing pole qualifying when a brief shower sprinkled on Music City Motorplex.  The rain was only around for about 20 minutes, and the track crew got the track dried in rapid time to finish qualifying. 

Burt Myers scored the pole for the second-straight SMT pole to start the season, as he also set fast time at Caraway (NC) last week.

Former UARA-Stars Late Model Stock Champion Brendan Ward did not take time in his #42 machine due to a post-practice engine change.  He will start at the rear of the field tomorrow night.

The 15-lap last-chance ASA Challenge Series feature is on track now with six cars taking the green and two making the transfer to tonight's 200-lap feature.
Andy Ponstein put his sleek #00 on the CRA pole.
Southern Mod Tour Qualifying
1.  Burt Myers 18.467
2.  Andrew Seuss 18.501
3.  L.W. Miller 18.599
4.  Brian Loftin 18.698
5.  Brian King 18.766
6.  George Brunnhoelzl 18.806
7.  Bobby Hutchens 18.826
8.  Tim Brown 18.844
9.  Jason Myers 18.860
10.  Wesley Swartout 18.873
11.  Brian Pack 18.901
12.  Chuck Hossfeld 18.901
13.  Frank Fleming 19.042
14.  Junior Miller  19.048
15.  Gene Pack  19.423
16.  Earl Baker 19.443
17.  Greg Butcher 19.629
18.  Rich Kuiken, Jr. 20.056
19.  Brandon Ward - No Time
SMT Starting Lineup (after re-draw)
1.  L.W. Miller
2.  Jason Myers
3.  Brian King
4.  Tim Brown
5.  Andy Seuss
6.  George Brunnhoelzl III
7.  Wesley Swartout
8.  Bobby Hutchens
9.  Burt Myers
10.  Brian Loftin
11.  Brian Pack 18.901
12.  Chuck Hossfeld 18.901
13.  Frank Fleming 19.042
14.  Junior Miller  19.048
15.  Gene Pack  19.423
16.  Earl Baker 19.443
17.  Greg Butcher 19.629
18.  Rich Kuiken, Jr. 20.056
19.  Brandon Ward - No Time
Burt Myers (in car) tells his brother Jason (right) what made him so fast to win the SMT pole.
Saturday, 10:29pm CT - Derek Thorn made a daring move to the high side of Charlie Menard on lap 138 for the lead and the 20-year-old Californian never looked back. After he made the pass using the top groove off the second turn and completed it off the fourth, Thorn's #5 machine was on cruise control and hoisted the famed Nashville Guitar in victory lane. 

Behind him, Menard was never able to mount a comeback and settled for second. Keeton Hanks, after running in the top-five all night, finished third.  Travis Dassow recovered from an early rough driving penalty to finish fourth, while Eddie Hoffman, who swept the ASA Challenge Series features in Nashville last year, could only muster up fifth with a sour racecar.

Colt James, who led much of the early part of the 200-lap feature, had a motor go bad late in the race, but he was able to hold on for seventh.

That's it for the night.  There are twin 150-lap features for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the CRA Super Series Super Late Models tomorrow afternoon.  The first on-track action takes place at 11am CST for warmup sessions for both the CRA and SMT cars, followed by the Southern Mod feature.
ASA Unofficial Finish
1.  Derek Thorn
2.  Charlie Menard
3.  Keeton Hanks
4.  Travis Dassow
5.  Eddie Hoffman
6.  John Wes Townley
7.  Colt James
8.  Michael Annett
9.  Peter Cozzolino
10.  Jesse Smith
11.  Derek Neville
12.  Andy Hanson
13.  Brian Campbell
14.  Richard Johns
15.  Tom Smith
16.  Tyler Townsend
17.  Bill Tomlinson
18.  Austin Siebert
19.  Ryan Durst
20.  Kris Stump
21.  Bo Miller
22.  Sean Murphy
23.  Michael Simko
24.  Chris Fontaine
25.  Alison Quick
26.  Zach Taylor
27.  Chris Archer
28.  Nick Neville
29.  Bryan Clauson
30.  Ryan Lawler
Derek Thorn crosses beneath the checkered flag for his first-ever Nashville win.