With an open day from his NASCAR schedule which happened to coincide with one of the most prestigious short track races in the country, Chase Elliott found an opportunity to race that he couldn’t pass up.
Elliott, the 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, is throwing his hat back in the short track ring on October 4 at the All American 400 at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The 2013 winner of the All American 400, Elliott already has one of the track’s famed guitar trophies to his credit and will be making the trip to Nashville from the NASCAR XFINITY event in Dover, Delaware that weekend in search of a second.
“Nashville is a super-cool track,” Elliott told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s a unique facility. We’ve been fortunate enough to go up there a couple times and won the 400 back in 2013.
“We race on Saturday in Dover (in the XFINITY Series) and I just saw an opportunity to go. I know that moving forward to next year that Sunday may not be open with the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup race being on Sunday, so this may be my last opportunity to do that race for a little while.”
Elliott has competed in the All American 400 on two previous occasions, finishing second in the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the event in 2010 and winning the 2013 Southern Super Series AA400. This will be the first time that Elliott will compete in a Pro Late Model version of the AA400 and victory remains his main objective.
“It definitely is about going and having fun and having an opportunity to go short track racing, but being a racer you want to go win,” said Elliott. “The main goal is to try to win the race. Nashville is known for giving out the guitar and I think that’s one of the coolest trophies you can have. I’d love to go back and get one.”
Logistically, Elliott already has plans to venture from Dover to Nashville in time for the October 4 race day, but he will need a little bit of help from another racer to get his No. 9 Pro Late Model dialed in and qualified.
“I’m trying to find somebody to practice and qualify the car while I’m in Dover,” added Elliott. “Hopefully whoever will be driving the car can get it good and close for Sunday so we can go out there and have a good day. We’ll try to make the right decisions to put a good weekend together.”
Elliott will take on the top Pro Late Model drivers in the nation in the 31st Annual All American 400 on Sunday October 4 at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee.
The All American 400 weekend kicks off on Friday, October 2 with an optional afternoon full of practice for the AA400 Late Models and the track’s local divisions that will be competing throughout the weekend.
On-track activity officially kicks off on Saturday, October 3 with practice and Pro Late Model AA400 qualifying. The 28 fastest drivers in qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s feature, while the rest will attempt to qualify for the race through Saturday night’s AA400 100-lap Last Chance Race. Adding to the excitement for Saturday night is a 40-lap Limited Late Model feature as well.
Then on Sunday, the 31st Annual All American 400 will take the green flag at 1pm CT.
For ticket and entry information, visit www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com.
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