17 Year Old Keeton Hanks Shines In His First All American 400 Start (Auburn, KY) Keeton Hanks proved to have a very impressive run in his first attempt of the All American 400 at the highly-famed Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN. The team...
17 Year Old Keeton Hanks Shines In His First All American 400 Start
(Auburn, KY) Keeton Hanks proved to have a very impressive run in his first attempt of the All American 400 at the highly-famed Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN. The team started the weekend off with an all day open practice on Friday comparing their race car against the others. Hanks unloaded with a very fast car and was pleased with its handling. With over 60 cars on hand just for the running of the ASA Late Model Series portion of the event, it was going to be tough to make it into the stellar field of cars.
"I was really happy with the handling of my car in the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday both, but I still knew we had some competition for sure. We never worked on qualifying so I was a little worried about that until the warm up lap in qualifying," stated Hanks.
The top 20 cars would be locked into Sunday's starting line-up, so it was very important to get into the top 20. Hanks qualified his #90 US Bank Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in the 4th position.
"I had no idea we would have a good enough car to qualify in the top 5 with the cometition as tough as it was, but the car stuck so I kept the pedal down and it paid off," Hanks explained about his top 5 starting spot.
Hanks would catch the inversion of 7 and would start the race from the outside of the 2nd row. Keeton was going to run the first 100 laps with patience and then go for it at the end of the race. Coming into the lap 100 mandatory yellow, Hanks was setting in the 5th position and experiencing a very loose race car. The team made some adjustments to the car and got him back out with a much better handling car. The top 5 cars stayed nose to tail with all drivers waiting on one another to mess up. Keeton held off the cars behind him and it would turn into the top 5 cars breaking away from the rest of the field. Hanks made many attempts to gain a few positions as the laps were winding down. Coming to the checkered flag, the top 5 cars, nose to tail were still racing hard but Hanks would run out of time and end the day in the 5th position.
"I am pleased with how our weekend went. You can never be disappointed with a top 5 with the field of cars that were in that race. The All American 400 race itself has always meant alot to me and it would have been great to be able to win it, but I guess you have to lose one before you can win one. I am really looking forward to making many more starts in the All American 400," Hanks, happily explained his weekend.
The next race for team Keeton Hanks Racing will be on December 1st-4th at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL for the Snowflake 100.