The 64th season of asphalt racing at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway kicks off Saturday. Before another action-packed night of racing at the historic Tennessee venue, here are 10 Things to Know about the upcoming race and season.
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1 – The 2021 season gets underway at Nashville with the feature division Pro Late Models getting set for a 100-lap FEATURE on Saturday night. In addition, Super Trucks, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Front Runners, Legends and Bandoleros will be racing at the Fairgrounds Speedway.
2 – In the past six seasons there have been six different Pro Late Model track champions. Dylan Fetcho took the honors in 2020 after starting the year off with a third-place run and adding a win in October. Jackson Boone, Michael House, Casey Roderick, Cole Williams, and Willie Allens have been the champions for the last six years.
There have been six different Pro Late Model track champions in the last six years at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
3 – Strong finishes will be key right of the gate for the Pro Late Models. The championship came down to seven points a year ago, and the top rookie honors were separated by just three points.
4 – Another marquee event this season will be the ARCA Menards East Series combo with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour. The North/South Super Late Model Challenge will be a huge build-up race to the All American 400 weekend.
5 – Nashville will be one of the tracks to feature the new Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) on July 17. The race will be held in conjunction with the Masters of the Pros event for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. That will be a big weekend for race fans in the Nashville area with two marquee events.
On July 17, SRX will visit Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in a highly-anticipated event. They will be joined by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models for the Masters of the Pros.
6 – All roads lead to the All American 400 weekend in October, one of the crown jewels of the Super Late Model world. A year ago, it was Casey Roderick winning the race for the first time in his career to add to his legacy.
7 – The Pro Late Model race will be 100 laps on Saturday night in Nashville. All of the track’s Pro Late Model events this year are slated to be run at that distance.
8 – Track history shows us that the first feature division (Late Model) champion was in 1958 ,with Bob Reuther taking the honor. Since then, names like Coo Coo Marlin, Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Mike Alexander, Alton Jones, Bobby Hamilton and Jimmy Means have taken the prize as track champion. Coo Coo Marlin and Joe Buford each have four track titles.
Track champions at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway include Coo Coo Marlin, Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Mike Alexander, Alton Jones, Bobby Hamilton and Jimmy Means
9 – There are nine race dates scheduled leading up to the All American 400 weekend on Sunday, October 31st. The Fairgrounds at Nashville will be a busy place in 2021.
10 – Speed51.TV will be the place to see the action live this weekend and during the season leading up to the All American 400 weekend in October.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
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