Super Late Model racers from all across the country will make their way to “Music City” this weekend for the 32nd Annual All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN). Since it’s a race with a lot of history and tradition, we decided to take a look at the race “by the numbers.”
3: Jeff Purvis holds the record for the most wins in the All American 400. Purvis won in 1991, 1992 and 1995. There has not been a repeat winner since Eddie Hoffman, who won the Pro Late Model portion in 2006.
7: Number of support divisions running on Saturday night at Nashville. It will be a total of 220 laps.
8: Butch Miller is the all-time leader in top five runs at the All American 400. He has eight total top fives in 10 starts. He has two wins a second and a third.
27: The number of winners in 34 All American 400’s since the first running of the event in 1981. Previous winners of the race include: Butch Lindley, Bob Senneker, Jim Sauter, Gary Balough (2), Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Butch Miller (2), Gary St. Amant, Jeff Purvis (3), Mike Garvey (2), Bobby Gill, Wayne Anderson (2), Freddie Query (2), Brian Hoppe, Chuck Barnes, Jr., Jason Hogan, Eddie Hoffman (2), Boris Jurkovic, Johnny Vandoorn, Chris Gabehart, Brian Campbell, T.J. Reaid, Dillon Oliver, Ross Kenseth, Chase Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Daniel Hemric.
26: Betting on a 26 car could be a safe bet this weekend. You have rookie Chandler Smith who has been running well, you have track ace Willie Allen and you have Bubba Pollard who has been the runner-up in the All American 400 on two different occasions.
31: The number of years the race has run. This is the 32nd Annual All American 400 weekend; however, from 2006 to 2010 the race was split into two events, one for Super Late Models and one for Pro Late Models. Most times it was an even 200 and 200 split for each division. This year it’s back to 400 for the Super Late Models.
42: Number of entries received for the 32nd running of the All American 400 and the total is climbing.
294: John Hunter Nemechek led 294 laps two year ago on his way to win the All American 400. Now he will look to pull off the feat in a Super Late Model
100: There will be a Pro Late Model race which will be 100 laps leading up to the main event.
675: The number of drivers to compete in the All American 400 since 1981.
1981: Was the year of the first All American 400. Butch Lindley won the race over NASCAR legend Mark Martin. 40 cars started the race that took over three hours to run.
$16,000: The winner’s share of the All American 400 will be a 16K for 400 laps.
Big Race Money: Keep an eye on Casey Roderick who is cash money in big races. The former Rattler 250 winner has also won a World Crown 300 and those extra distance races tend to play into his favor. Watch the 7 car.
Overdue: Donnie Wilson has led 175 laps at the All American 400. Bubba Pollard has been second a couple of times. Willie Allen has been sixth and second. These are three names that have waited for that big Nashville guitar and they hope to get it this weekend.
Last from Rocky Top: Jeff Purvis was the last driver from the state of Tennessee to win the All American 400 and defend his home turf. Purvis won his third and final AA 400 in 1995.
My Old Kentucky Home: The Bluegrass state has three different winners of the All American 400. Those three are Dillon Oliver, Chuck Barnes, Jr. and Chris Gabehart.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Contributor
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