HALL MAKES A TOP-TEN DEBUT AT NASHVILLE Tuesday, November 07, 2006 (Leesburg, GA) - Prior to leaving his Leesburg, GA residence and making the trek to the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN, Devan Hall felt he had a good car and the chance at...
HALL MAKES A TOP-TEN DEBUT AT NASHVILLE
Tuesday, November 07, 2006 (Leesburg, GA) - Prior to leaving his Leesburg, GA residence and making the trek to the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN, Devan Hall felt he had a good car and the chance at a good finish in the ASA Late Model Series All-American 200. The positive attitude and the hard work paid off as the 17-year-old driver took home a 10th place finish in his first visit to the historical 5/8 mile oval.
"We left for Nashville with a very open mind Thursday afternoon," Hall stated. "I was really looking forward to making some laps on this track since it was the biggest track I have been to."
Hall spent Friday and Saturday battling a tight race car. "We were left scratching our heads in concern especially since we knew that we need a super lap just to get in the race with a high car count," Hall commented. After consulting with chassis builder Robert Hamke and Jeff Sandt from Pro Shocks, Hall went out as the 59th car out of a total of 61 to qualify. His time of 19.150 seconds put him 14th in time and a guaranteed spot into the All-American 200 on Sunday.
Hall started 14th in the 200-lap feature event on Sunday. For the first half of the race, he stayed in the top 15 while avoiding wrecks and battling with a tight race car. "We had advanced to 12th by the competition yellow on lap 100."
Hall felt they had made the wrong gear selection, since he was not able to get the jump on the re-starts as the others. "We lost track position on restarts due to this but we were able to pick up positions on long green flag runs," Hall stated.
During the second half of the race, Hall's car would get faster during long green flag runs. "Our car was very slow on cold tires," Hall explained. "But if we could get a long green flag run, our car would get better and we could make some progress on long runs."
Hall was running ninth until the final caution flew with 10 laps to go. "I got passed by 2 cars and got one of the spots back and finished tenth." Hall was one of twelve cars to finish on the lead lap behind winner Eddie Hoffman.
For the first time appearance at the facility that started the careers of Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Bobby Hamilton and many more, Devan Hall will someday be another driver to be added to that list. "I believe we had a better car than where we finished," Hall stated after the race. "But I was very satisfied with 10th place since this was my first attempt at the All-American 400 weekend and was my first ever race at the Music City Motorplex."