Trevor Cristiani’s first appearance east of the Mississippi will come in a big way. The defending Northwest Super Late Model Series champion will make the 1,900 mile trek from Boise, Idaho to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for this weekend’s All American 400.
It will be the biggest start of Cristiani’s Super Late Model career, but he has taken wins in other marquee events outside of a Late Model. He kicked off the 2019 season with a win in the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series portion of the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park. However, he says nothing has compared to what is about to be his All American 400 debut this weekend.
“It’s very exciting knowing their history and everyone that’s come out of that racetrack, it’s a pretty nice honor to go get to do it. I’m hoping to represent Idaho really well the best I can,” Cristiani told Speed51.
“It’s one of our first really big shows like this, it’s going to be something we’ll learn and take to make ourselves better for the next events to come and hopefully we can do a lot more of it.”
Cristiani has spent most of the 2020 season competing in his home state, while also adding an ARCA/CRA Super Series appearance at Lebanon I-44 Speedway Labor Day weekend. He is currently batting over .500 in his limited starts this season, giving him momentum heading into this weekend’s All American 400.
“It’s actually gone really well for the most part. We’ve had a little bit of ups and downs but our ups have been very good and the downs haven’t been terrible, but it’s definitely not where we’ve been wanting to be. I can’t really be complaining too much about that. Overall, five or six wins in nine starts we’ve had, I’m pretty happy with that.”
It’s been a busy time for Cristiani and his team preparing for the All American 400, both at and away from the shop. His longest race to date was a 200-lapper at Stateline Speedway in the Idaho 200 on two occasions. His best finish in that event was a sixth in 2016.
After one final comb-over through his car, he has his sights set on the historic high banks.
“I did some research when we were first deciding on what big races we were going to do. I go and watch videos on YouTube and see in-car cameras and angles of people who are running, try to hear where they’re lifting and braking and doing all that stuff.
“Just the preparation side, you change everything. You change your brake package, you change everything you typically do for a Saturday show or even a touring race back there,” he added. “Just for these big races that are 300 laps, you just wear stuff out so much more. We’ve gone really deep into making sure we’re able to make it all 300 laps without any issues and to be able to perform to our maximum ability.”
Even with his limited experience in extended-distance races and a top-notch field expected for the All American 400, Cristiani believes he can be up there competing with the best come Sunday afternoon. With the eyes of the Super Late Model world watching, he wants to see where his team stacks up with the country’s best.
“I feel like we are a winning team, we’ve never stacked up to a field like this as talented as it is before so we’re really looking forward to seeing how we stack with that. I feel like we’re a top-ten car. I keep my views pretty high on the weekend, I believe in our team and if I didn’t think we could do well, we wouldn’t come here. That’s where we’re going to try to stay at and hopefully it works out for us.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Trevor Cristiani Racing Facebook