Michael Pannell Scores Perfect CRA Street Stocks Win at Nashville Fairgrounds

by Tim Packman / RacingAmerica

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.


1 07 Michael Pannell 100
2 44 Chuck Barnes, Jr. 100 1.396
3 20 Dalton Conner 100 1.594
4 03 Dillon Oliver 100 2.851
5 00H Brett Hudson 100 3.134
6 19 Cole Baxter 100 3.465
7 21 Jeff Lane 100 7.535
8 84 Gus Moody 100 12.027
9 05 Blaine Akin 100 12.459
10 3C Chad Chaffin 100 13.305
11 73 Colby Lane 100 15.216
12 58 Danny Smith 100 15.226
13 4 Michael Neidert 99 1 Lap
14 282 Phillip McCord 99 1 Lap
15 357 Tyler Hagan 86 14 Laps
16 29 Austin Maynard 84 16 Laps
17 99 Brian Bayer 82 18 Laps
18 25 Tyler Nicely 76 24 Laps
19 97 James Swan 56 44 Laps
20 3A Travis Arms 50 50 Laps
21 64 Kenny Vetetoe 4 96 Laps
22 00E Marcus Elliott