Pro Late Model racers from all across the country will make their way to “Music City” this weekend for the 30th 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 of 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 Friday night at Nashville. It will be a total of 250 laps.
9: The number-nine ride of Chase Elliott will be in the house seeking a second All American 400 win. Elliott has a win and a second-place finish in the All American 400. He will look to add to those numbers on Sunday.
26: 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 and John Hunter Nemechek.
26: Betting on a 26 car could be a safe bet this weekend. Track champion Willie Allen had a fine season with several wins. He’s one of the drivers sporting the number. The other will be Bubba Pollard who won last year’s Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway, as well as many other big Pro Late Model races throughout the Southeast.
31: The number of the years the race has run. This is the 30th 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.
40: Number of entries received for the 31st running of the All American 400 and the total is climbing. Over 50 drivers earned points this season running in the Pro Late Model division at Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway.
100: The drivers outside the top 28 in time trials will go into a 100-lap Last Chance Race on Saturday night. The top six will advance to the main event on Sunday afternoon.
294: John Hunter Nemechek led 294 laps a year ago on his way to win the All American 400. Fresh off of his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, Nemechek will be in Las Vegas to race in that series this weekend. That means that there will not be a repeat winner in this year’s event.
300: The Pro Late Model race will be 300 laps broke into three segments. A pair of 125 lap segments will be the tune up for the final 50 lap segment to decide the winner of the prestigious event.
666: 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.
$12,500: The winner’s share of the All American 400 will be one of the richest in Pro Late Model history.
Not So Fast: For a long time, winning the pole for the All American 400 was bad luck. Now the last two races have been won from the pole. John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Elliott have pulled off the task The only other winners from the pole include Gary Balough in 1984, Freddie Query in 1997, Chuck Barnes, Jr. in 2004 and Eddie Hoffman in 2006. That’s six winners from the pole position in 34 races.
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 four different winners of the All American 400. Most notably Darrell Waltrip is in the group with Dillon Oliver, Chuck Barnes, Jr. and Chris Gabehart.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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