Race fans and race teams can find pertinent information about this weekend’s third North/South SLM Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) in 51’s Fast Facts below. 


Dates: April 7


Track: Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (5/8-mile oval)


Location: 625 Smith Ave. Nashville, TN 37204


Sanction: CRA, Southern Super Series and CARS Tour; Event promoted by Track Enterprises


Purse: $26,200 ($5,000 to Win)


Last Year’s Winner: Casey Roderick


Speed51.com Coverage: Speed51.com will provide a live pay-per-view video stream for $14.99.  Video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.


Tickets: Advanced Tickets – $25 ($5 off), Day of Tickets – $30, Children 12 and Under – $10


Pit Passes: $40


Track Enterprises Phone: (217) 764-3200


Track Enterprises Website: www.trackenterprises.com


Series Websites: www.cra-racing.com, www.southernsuperseries.com, www.carsracingtour.com


Fast Facts: Drivers from 18 different states and Canadian provinces are represented on the current entry list, making this event a true battle of North vs. South.  2016 North/South SLM Challenge and 2017 All American 400 winner Donnie Wilson has experienced loads of success at Nashville and will be a driver to keep an eye on. Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Noah Gragson will enjoy his week off from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit by strapping into a Super Late Model. Gragson will be teammates with Quebec teenager Raphael Lessard, who will be looking for his first SLM victory with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Steve Wallace is another driver who has experienced success at Nashville in the past, and he’ll be looking to breakthrough for his first victory of the 2018 season. Dirt Modified ace and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen will make his first asphalt Super Late Model start this weekend. Midwest racers Brian Campbell and Johnny VanDoorn will be among the favorites representing the north in the North/South SLM Challenge. The race will be run under Southern Super Series race procedures.


Former North/South SLM Challenge Winners: 

2017 – Casey Roderick

2016 – Donnie Wilson


North/South SLM Challenge Entry List:

(As of April 2, 2018)

Car # Driver
00 Anthony Cataldi
1 Jon Beach
2 Darrell Gilchrist
2W Donnie Wilson
5 Mason Mingus
6 Logan Runyon
6W Matt Wallace
7 Paul Shafer, Jr.
07 Corey LaJoie
12 David Green
14 Carson Hocevar
14F Jared Fryar
14X Connor Okrzesik
15 Joey Miller
16 Molly Helmuth
17 Josh Brock
18 Casey Roderick
18G Noah Gragson
26 Bubba Pollard
26A Willie Allen
29 Austin Kunert
41 Hunter Jack
46 Cole Williams
47 Brian Campbell
47K Allen Karnes
51 Raphael Lessard
51N Stephen Nasse
53 Boris Jurkovic
58 Tyler Ankrum
66 Logan Bearden
66W Steve Wallace
71 Johnny VanDoorn
71F Harold Fair, Jr.
78 Corey Heim
81 Tristan VanWieringen
98 Justin Ashburn
112 Stewart Friesen
114 Preston Bores

Weekend Schedule: 

Friday, April 6 (All Times Local)

1 p.m. – Pits Open for Hauler Parking & Pit Stall Selection

3:15 p.m. – Super Late Model Driver’s Meeting

4 – 7 p.m. – Super Late Model Practice

8 p.m. – Track Closes


Saturday, April 7 (All Times Local)

8 a.m. – Pits Open

10 a.m. – Race Tire Selection Begins

11 a.m. – ARCA Racing Series Driver’s Meeting

11:15 a.m. – Super Late Model Driver’s Meeting

11:30 a.m. – Grandstands Open

12 p.m. – Super Late Model Practice

1:15 p.m. – ARCA Racing Series Practice

3 p.m. Super Late Model Qualifying

4:15 p.m. – ARCA Racing Series Qualifying

5:45 p.m. – North/South SLM Challenge (100 Laps)

8 p.m. – ARCA Racing Series (200 Laps)


-Text by Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Fast Facts: North/South SLM Challenge at Nashville (TN)