A pair of Wisconsin drivers are packing their bags for the All American 400 this weekend in Nashville, TN. Derek Kraus and Dennis Prunty will add the prestigious race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to their racing resume for the first time as they look to follow in the footsteps of fellow Wisconsin driver Ty Majeski and bring a guitar back to their home state.
“It’s a race I never have been in. To me it's like the snowball derby but without the live pit stops,” Prunty told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I never liked the live pit stops. I want to win a race like this, I want it bad.”
“This is a race that has a long history of drawing drivers from the North and South,” said Kraus. “Racing against the drivers down south is different because you don't necessary know how they will run you in different situations, but it is exciting to drive against the best from a different part of the country.”
While this marks both drivers’ All American 400 debut, they are no stranger to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The Wisconsin drivers both competed there earlier in the year for the North South Super Late Model Challenge in April and bring some track knowledge with them for this weekend.
“You need patience, it is a long race,” said Kraus. “I learned that the track is rough on turn two and you need to qualify good and stay out of trouble.”
“We felt our set up was close by the time we had to race in spring,” said Prunty. “We will start with that and make adjustments based on how the car is and use some of the stuff we have learned through-out the season.”
Back in April, Prunty started fourth and had a fast car, but mechanical issues forced him to retire early. Meanwhile, Kraus put together a strong tenth place run. However, both drivers look for better results in what will be the longest race of their career.
“I feel I do well with long races, I just think, save, save, save. The only uncertainty is the tires, I have never raced on F-50's on all 4 corners. Hopefully I don't save too much and get blown away,” said Prunty. “A top five would make me proud but I won't give up, I want to win. We have a lot of help going with us, three guys from Pathfinder Chassis will be in my pit.”
“My mindset is to stay focused as much as possible, it is the longest race i have run all year,” said Kraus. I want to stay on the lead lap and try and finish in the top five.”
The 32nd Annual All American 400 takes place on Sunday, October 2, and can be seen live on Speed51 TV’s pay-per-view broadcast by clicking here.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
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