The G-Force Grand National Series powered by the JuiceBox Podcast took to the banks of Nashville Superspeedway for their season opener Tuesday night. In a caution filled race, green flag laps were hard to come by. 18 cautions for 90 laps flew in total. When it was all said and done, Jacob Putman was the quickest survivor, taking the lead on the last lap for the win.
Jeff Green led the first 35 laps of the event, eventually losing the lead to Blaine Akin that led a race high 97 laps. With the abundance of cautions, these two led over 85% of the race. Other leaders included Hank Steinmiller for 5 laps on some pit strategy and Gerald Campbell led 11 laps after a restart early. All three drivers would be caught in a late wreck that saw them finish out of or toward the back end of the top 10.
The high speed, tight turn corners proved to be deadly for a lot of the back half of the field. A plethora of self spins and loose racecars created calamity that never really saw the drivers get in a green flag rhythm. With a mix of new drivers and old, this was a recipe for disaster. Pit strategy was thrown out the window and track position proved to be king.
In the end, the normal players found their way to the front with Akin leading coming to the white flag. A little too hard on the gas out of turn 4, Akin looped the car around going into turn 1, giving Putman the win. Jake Hounshell took second, and Chris Morse Jr rounded out the podium.
Next week the series takes to the Legacy version of Charlotte Motor Speedway for 100 laps. Catch all the action on Flatout Racing Network on YouTube starting at 9 pm with single car qualifying. Full results of the Nashville Race can be found below.