The richest Pro Late Model race in the United States will be held Sunday afternoon at Memphis International Raceway. We get you caught up on the Masters of the Pros in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
0: As of the latest entry list, there are no former winners of the Masters of the Pros event in the field.
2: Matt Wallace has two podium runs in the Master of the Pros race after a third in 2014 and a second in 2015.
4: Dan Leeck will be making his fourth start in this race. Leeck has two top 10 runs.
10: Some 10 years back, Tennessee driver Dillon Oliver won a 300-lap ASA Late Model Challenge Series race at Memphis. Willie Allen ran in that race and is on the entry list for this weekend.
28: The starting field is scheduled to be 28 cars with positions 1-20 coming from Qualifying, positions 21-24 from CRA Owner Points, and portions 25-28 from the last chance race.
112: Augie Grill has always been a Pro Late Model specialist as he has won countless Alabama 200’s and three Snowflake 100’s at Five Flags Speedway. Look for the 112 machine to be strong at Memphis.
125: The race will be 125-laps on the Memphis track.
2013: The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour ran a non-points counting race at Memphis in 2013, which was won by Alabama driver Justin South.
$1,000: There will be some extra money on the line for each driver who comes to Memphis to race. There will be a $1,000 cash bonus to the highest finishing driver in the Masters of the Pros 125 who has never raced in the Masters of the Pro’s event prior to 2019. There will be a $1,000 cash bonus to the highest finisher that has raced with the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour this year and a $1,000 cash bonus to the highest finisher that has not raced with the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour this year.
$10,000: The winner’s share of the Masters of the Pros will be $10,000. This makes this one of the richest Pro Late Model races in North America.
History Lesson: The first known Late Model series race at Memphis was the Slim Jim All Pro Series in 1998. Hal Goodson beat veterans Bobby Gill and Freddie Query for the win.
History Lesson II: The name “Masters of the Pros” was started with this event at I-44 Speedway in which the driver is awarded a green jacket much like the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Ironically three of the first six races were won by drivers from the Peach State. There are two Georgia drivers entered in this weekend’s race: Ryan Herbert and Jake Garcia.
Former Masters of the Pros Winners
2018 Bubba Pollard
2017 Cole Williams
2016 John Hunter Nemechek
2015 John Hunter Nemechek
2014 Anderson Bowen
2013 Chase Elliott
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Stat Boy
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