The 36th All American 400 kicks off Friday, October 30 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, building towards Sunday’s crown jewel Super Late Model showdown in Music City. To prepare you for all of the action this weekend, here are 10 Things to Know about this year’s All American 400.
1 – The race on Sunday will be 300 laps. In years past, it had been 400 laps, but stress on equipment was a concern, as well as the costs for teams to run a long race like this. At 0.596 miles, the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is longer then the others that host 300 and 400 lap events.
2 – The first All American 400 was run back in 1981 and was won by Butch Lindley. That day he led 207 of the 400 laps and beat Mark Martin for the win. Those two drivers led 369 laps in that race.
3 – Fairgrounds Speedway started operation in 1904 as a horse track. In 1958, the track moved to its current configuration, a half-mile track with a quarter-mile track in the infield. In 1969 the track banking was increased to 35 degrees. The banking was reduced to 18 degrees in 1972 which is the current configuration. The track was also lengthened to 0.596-mile at that time.
4 – Jeff Purvis is the only three-time winner of the All American 400. He was a dominant force in the 90s, winning the race three times in a five year span.
5 – Remember who won the last big Super Late Model race in Tennessee? It was Trevor Noles at Bristol Motor Speedway one month ago. Look for him to be strong at Nashville on the high speed track.
6 – Bubba Pollard, Donnie Wilson and Boris Jurkovic are the only three former All American 400 winners in the field this weekend. Mason Mingus, who won the last running of the All American 400, will run the Pro Late Model race.
7 – Trever McCoy, Stephen Nasse, and Derek Thorn will be doing double duty this weekend between the Pro Late Model race and the Super Late Model race.
8 – More than 70 Late Models between the two classes are expected to be on hand.
9 – Speed51.TV presented by Haney Lifestyle and HMS Motorsport will be the place to watch all of the action this weekend. All three days of the All American 400 will be available on Speed51.TV. Racing begins on Friday, October 30, with the crowning of many of Nashville’s track champions in local divisions. For more info, click here.
10 – Carson Hocevar looks to win the All American 400 and the Winchester 400 in the same season. That’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2012, when Ross Kenseth pulled it off. It had only been done once prior, with Butch Miller in 1989.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo