It's about to get a little "Rowdy" in the city of Nashville. 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle "Rowdy" Busch has filed an entry to compete in the 34th Annual All American 400 on April 14 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN).
"The All American 400 is one of just a few Super Late Model marquee events that I’d like to check off my personal bucket list, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go to the historic Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville and try to add a win in that race to my resume," Busch said.
"We are very excited to have Kyle back to the Fairgrounds to run the All American," said Claire Formosa, Vice President of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. "Kyle has been a huge advocate and voice for the short track industry, especially the Fairgrounds. I know this race is still on his bucket list of races he wants to win. I am excited to see what he can do in April."
In recent years, Busch hasn't been able to compete in the race due to his obligations with Joe Gibbs Racing on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit. However, with the 2018 All American 400 being postponed to April 13-14, 2019, the opportunity for him to compete in the race presented itself.
"The last few years the race has been held the same day as events on the Cup Series schedule, so I haven’t been able to go, but with last year’s event getting washed out and now being rescheduled for the Sunday after the Richmond Cup race in April it works out for me to go and race," Busch stated.
Busch has one previous start in the All American 400 back in 2012 when he led 52 laps before being involved in an accident. He will return to the Music City looking to add the coveted guitar trophy to a trophy case that already includes hardware from victories in the Oxford 250, Snowball Derby, Winchester 400 and Winter Showdown.
"I had a really fast car the last time I raced in the event in 2012, led a bunch of laps and had the lead towards the end when it started to rain and they kept the field on the track while under a caution-green scenario. While we were making laps trying to help keep the track dry, I must have run over something and when they went back green had a tire go down as we were going through turns three and four and I ended up crashing into the outside wall," Busch explained. "We had good speed that day and as an organization we always seem to have fast cars at that track. Raphael (Lessard) was fast in practice and captured the pole before last year’s raced got washed out, so we have a really good notebook for Nashville now we just have to go put it all together."
Although this will be just his second All American 400 attempt, the Kyle Busch Motorsports cars have competed in the race on a regular basis in recent years. In fact, KBM won the All American 400 in 2010 with driver TJ Reaid.
"KBM’s only win in the All American came with TJ Reaid back in 2010 when they split the event into 200 laps each for the Pros and Supers, so in addition to winning it for my personal bucket list there is kind of an asterisk on KBM’s only win in the event," Busch commented. "This one is going to be just shortened to 300 laps, so maybe it’ll have an asterisk as well if we’re able to win and then Chandler Smith can go and win the 400-lap event for us in November and then we can say we’ve won it when it was 200, 300 and 400 laps."
The 34th Annual All American 400 (reduced to 300 laps) will be contested on April 13-14, 2019 and will serve as the make-up date for last year's postponed event. The 35th Annual All American 400 will be held November 2-3, 2019 and run at the normal 400-lap distance.
More information on both of this year's All American 400's at Nashville can be found by visiting www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com.
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