Fans can watch Sunday’s 36th All American 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Speed51.TV presented by Haney Lifestyle and HMS Motorsport, and win prizes while doing it. Fans can draft their own fantasy racing lineup for the All American 400 on DirtDraft.com.
Through a partnership between Dirt Draft and Speed51, a 51 Fantasy contest will be held Sunday, November 1 for the All American 400.
With Dirt Draft, fans utilize $100,000 in fictional currency to assemble a team of five drivers in races such as the All American 400. Your roster then goes against those of other fans, competing for points which can be redeemed for souvenirs, event tickets, a Speed51 pay-per-view broadcast and more.
While joining Dirt Draft is as simple as clicking this link, determining who will make your starting five can be much more challenging. Here is a look at some potential names to consider as you fill out your roster.
Adding to the Collection: Winning the All American 400 means taking home the signature guitar trophy from Music City. Three former All American 400 winners are in this weekend’s field, all with different expectations according to the Dirt Draft rankings.
Near the top of the price charts at $25,800, 2016 race winner Bubba Pollard is among the favorites wherever he goes and this weekend is no exception. Only Stephen Nasse ($26,900) and Matt Craig ($26,400) will cost you more. If you like to ensure you will have a driver among the top finishers and are willing to bargain hunt to complete your roster, it’s hard to find safer bets than these guys.
If you’re looking for a little more balance on your roster, 2017 All American 400 winner Donnie Wilson checks in $22,700. His performance in this race has been hit or miss in recent years, but there is no questioning the strength of the Wilson Motorsports team right now on the high-banked speed plants. Trevor Noles ($22,200) won the U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Chandler Smith ($24,400) was one of the fastest drivers all weekend and finished 10th at the Winchester 400.
A sneaky addition to your roster could be Boris Jurkovic. The 2006 All American 400 winner went more than a decade without participating in the race, but returned last year and finished third. Jurkovic also showed plenty of speed throughout Friday practice – and he will only cost you $19,600.
Local Heroes: Nashville may be known as Music City, but it also has a healthy and thriving racing community, showcased throughout the season during its weekly racing programs. While Pro Late Models are the headlining class, veterans and current standouts alike often make their presence known during the All American 400. Look no further than last year, when Brentwood’s Mason Mingus took home the victory.
So who could repeat Mingus’ feat in 2020? The favorite among the locals is Bon Aqua’s Willie Allen at $21,600, the 2015 Pro Late Model track champion. Allen has two top-10 finishes in the All American 400 to his credit, and should be among the front-runners if he can survive 300 grueling laps around Nashville.
If you’re one of those who grabbed a top-tier driver early in your roster and you are grappling to stay under budget, Johnny Brazier is worth a close look. While not from Tennessee, the veteran from Alabama has turned more than his fair share of laps around Nashville over the years and has a knack for getting to the end of this marathon race. As a result, he has five top-10 finishes in the event, including a ninth-place run last year.
Riding the Hot Hand: When previewing the Winchester 400, we mentioned Carson Hocevar as someone still under the radar at $22,400 despite his incredible Super Late Model performances in 2020. Winning that race removed any such discount, and this weekend he checks in at $25,000. He is looking to become the first driver since Ross Kenseth in 2012 to win the Winchester 400 and All American 400 in the same year.
A similarly hot driver to consider might be California’s Derek Thorn. Thorn has been all but unstoppable on the SRL Southwest Tour, winning six of its seven races. Thorn also has a pair of runner-up finishes in the All American 400 despite just four starts in the event. Thorn will cost you $23,800, but showed plenty of speed during Friday practice and has a proven track record at Nashville.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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