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Michael Pannell Scores Perfect CRA Street Stocks Win at Nashville Fairgrounds

A borrowed motor didn’t slow the Portland, TN driver’s pace one bit in the CRA Street Stock feature at Nashville.


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When the checkered flag waved after the 100-lap CRA Street Stocks event on Saturday night, Michael Pannell claimed victory in a perfect dominating fashion.

Sunny skies greeted fans in the stands and stars in the cars at the famed Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. After a caution-free first half, Pannell let the other 20 drivers know the No. 07 was the one to beat after leading every lap. During the halfway break, teams took the time to make adjustments.

Once the race restarted, Pannell repeated his earlier performance by leading every lap in the final 50 laps, as well. A borrowed motor, lap traffic and lack of cautions didn’t slow the Portland, TN driver’s pace one bit.

“This is a dream come true and biggest win of my career,” Pannell said in Victory Lane, holding his guitar trophy. “We blew a motor at Bristol (Motor Speedway) in qualifying a few weeks ago and really wanted to make this race. Kenneth Baird loaned us a motor, so shout out to him.

“Big thanks to my dad, he’s the one who puts the blood, sweat and tears into this to make it happen. I couldn’t do this without all of our great sponsors. My spotter, Luke Harrison, jumped on last minute to spot for us and did and incredible job of keeping my focused and calm in the car.”

Following Pannell across the stripe was the No. 44 of Chuck Barnes, Jr., No. 20 of Dalton Conner, No. 03 driven by Dillon Oliver and Brett Hudson rounded out the top-five finishers in his No. 00.

After the aforementioned first half of the race, teams made tire pressure and chassis adjustments to ready themselves for the final 50 laps. Once the race restarted, it didn’t take Pannell long to continue his dominating lead bolting out in front of Connor.

With 20 laps remaining, Pannell had a 2.2-second lead over second place. Behind the leader, Conner and Barnes started to slug it out for second and third place.

As the pace of the race wore on, the back ends of several Street Stocks started to get sideways out of Turns 2 and 4. Oliver in his No. 3 took advantage of that and started to gain on the top-five runners running smoothly through the turns. Following him into the fray was Hudson to gain a top-five finish.

Even as he worked his way through lap traffic in the final 15 laps, nobody was even close to catching Pennell. He hit his marks, kept the competition at bay and made his way to a huge hit in Music City leading every circuit around NFS.

-Story by: Tim Packman
-Photo credit: 4racingmedia/Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway


107Michael Pannell100---
244Chuck Barnes, Jr.1001.396
320Dalton Conner1001.594
403Dillon Oliver1002.851
500HBrett Hudson1003.134
619Cole Baxter1003.465
721Jeff Lane1007.535
884Gus Moody10012.027
905Blaine Akin10012.459
103CChad Chaffin10013.305
1173Colby Lane10015.216
1258Danny Smith10015.226
134Michael Neidert991 Lap
14282Phillip McCord991 Lap
15357Tyler Hagan8614 Laps
1629Austin Maynard8416 Laps
1799Brian Bayer8218 Laps
1825Tyler Nicely7624 Laps
1997James Swan5644 Laps
203ATravis Arms5050 Laps
2164Kenny Vetetoe496 Laps
2200EMarcus Elliott