The Masters of the Pros roars into Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, July 18, with one of the richest Pro Late Model events in North America taking place at one of the country’s most historic tracks.
To preview Saturday’s race, here are 10 Things to Know about the Masters of the Pros.
1 – No one has ever won three Masters events in a row. That applies to the Masters of the Pros as well as the Masters Tournament golfing major which inspired it. Bubba Pollard will look to end that with a third-straight win in the Master of the Pros on Saturday. Pollard has two wins, as does John Hunter Nemechek. They are the only two drivers who have won the race twice.
2 – The winner of the race receives a green jacket much like the winner of the famous Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Ironically, of the prior seven runnings of the event, four have been won by Peach State drivers.
3 – In the 150-lap main event for the Masters of the Pros, teams will be allowed eight tires.
4 – This is the fourth different venue for the Masters of the Pros event in its history. It was run in Memphis, Tennessee a year ago when Bubba Pollard beat Willie Allen. The event has also taken place at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) and Birch Run Speedway (MI).
5 – 14 drivers of the 37 on the entry list are from the Volunteer state of Tennessee. The race venue of the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway favors the locals who compete there on a weekly basis, much like the events that were run at I-44 Speedway (MO) in the first few years.
6 – For fans looking to see a full night of racing, Saturday’s card will feature five features with over 250 laps of action at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
7 – Keep an eye on former track champions of Cole Williams, Michael House and Jackson Boone. Williams is a past winner of the Masters of the Pros, and Boone is the defending track champion and has been running well, finishing second at Montgomery last week in the Southern Super Series.
8 – If you are looking to attend this race, tickets are $20.00 with senior and military prices at $18.00. Kids 6-12 are $5.00 and 5 and under a re free. Contact the track nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing for more information.
9 – The Fairgrounds Speedway opened in 1904 with it’s first motorsports event being held. It was not until 1958 when cars began racing of a decade pavement track. The turns are banked at 18 degrees with the length at 0.596 making it one of the biggest and fastest tracks that Pro Late Models race on in the entire country.
10 – If you can’t make this show, then perhaps you can be at Nashville in August with races on August 8th and August 29th. This, of course, all leads up to the All American 400 in November 1st. You can also watch Saturday’s race live on Speed51 by clicking here.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo