Three of the nation’s premier Super Late Model touring series will come together in the Music City this Saturday for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The race is part of a big race weekend at the historic Nashville facility. We get you ready with 10 things to know about the event.
1) The Music City 200 weekend will feature a total of five touring series in one day. Three Super Late Model series — the Southern Super Series, CRA Super Series and the CARS Tour Super Late Models — will combine for a 100-lap race, while the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will fire off for a 100-lap event as well. The final race will be a 200-lap ARCA Menards Series East event.
2) The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race might be the most anticipated race of the weekend. With local hotshots mixing it up with the Midwest invaders, it’s going to be an exciting show to see who can get the job done. Thirty-four cars are scheduled to race with Nashville regulars like Dylan Fetcho, Cole Williams, Michael House and others going up against Stephen Nasse, Cody Coughlin and former All American 400 winner Mason Mingus.
3) The longest race of the night will be the 200-lap ARCA East Series event. The series will have a quick turnaround as they run in Dover, Delaware the following week.
4) After parting ways with Jett Motorsports, Stephen Nasse enters the weekend with his own team as the Southern Super Series point leader. Nasse will start a new chapter with his crew chief Chris Cater. Nasse won last November in a Pro Late Model at Nashville.
5) Late Model drivers Cody Coughlin, Michael House, and Stephen Nasse are set to race both the Pro and Super Late Model events this weekend. That will total 200 laps of racing for these drivers. We will see if someone can string together two strong finishes.
6) Sammy Smith will be doing a double dip of his own. Smith will run the Super Late Model race for Donnie Wilson Racing and then switch over to a Joe Gibbs Racing ride for the ARCA East event. Smith won the last race at Five Flags Speedway and is the current ARCA East points leader.
7) This will be the first and only Super Late Model race held at Nashvlle prior to the prestigious All American 400 in October.
8) Three-time Oxford 250 winner Travis Benjamin will head south with GoFas Racing to run the Nashville high banks for the first time. Check out our story here: https://speed51.com/three-time-oxford-250-winner-making-nashville-debut/
9) This is the first race for the Southern Super Series since the April 10 race at Greenville Pickens Speedway. They will return to action on June 4 at Five Flags Speedway for the Blizzard Series opener. That is the first part of a doubleheader that weekend, as they will have the Rumble by the River event on June 5 at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
10) Speed51.TV is the place to watch the Late Model events. Both the Pro and Super Late Model shows will be broadcast to monthly and yearly subscribers on Speed51.TV: https://www.speed51.tv/live/videos/live-north-south-slm-challenge-at-nashville-may-8-2021
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Statistician – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo credit: Speed51