Unique trophies are just as common as the music in Nashville, Tennessee.  Race car drivers make their way to the “Music City” each year knowing there’s going to be an awesome trophy on the line, and usually it’s a guitar.  Sometimes it’s an electric guitar that ends up smashed into little pieces by Kyle Busch, but most of the time it’s a sweet acoustic guitar given out at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.


This weekend at the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at the Fairgrounds Speedway, there will still be a guitar for Saturday night’s winner but Friday’s winners will recieve a mini jukebox from Crosley.  Racers from the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS will be chasing both of the unique trophies.


graphic nashville north-stouth slm challengeNow, when we say “mini,” in reference to the jukebox, that can be a bit misleading.  It’s not a full-sized jukebox, but it’s still about four feet tall.


The jukeboxes have an auxiliary port, so a phone or MP3 player can be plugged in and the user can choose their favorite songs to play.


That means that these drivers need to start thinking about what songs they’re going to play if they win one of these things on Friday or Saturday in Nashville.


“I guess I’d have to play country because I’m a big country fan,” said Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell.


Okay, Bell knows what genre to play, but what artist or song?  Some Brantley Gilbert, perhaps? Or maybe some Brad Paisley?  Who will it be, Bell?


“That’s hard to say,” said Bell.  “I don’t know you’ve kind of got me stumped there.  I like a lot of different songs so it’s hard to pick out one as my favorite.”


The more drivers we talked to, the more it became apparent that we weren’t going to get a specific answer on songs or artists that will be bumping out of the jukebox.


But what was clear was just how much these drivers want to pick up one of these mini jukeboxes this weekend.


“It would be awesome,” said Bell’s teammate William Byron.  “To get a jukebox and win at Nashville would be amazing.  My sister goes to college right near there at Vanderbilt, so it would be cool to get a victory there for that reason and also because of that trophy.  So that’s what we want to do is get that trophy.”


Quinnton Bear said he wants the jukebox badly, but not because of any music that he wants to play.  Bear wants that jukebox because of what it represents.


“It’d be the biggest win of my career if I could win that (jukebox), no doubt,” said Bear.  “Obviously being the North/South Challenge, with the best drivers from the north and the south, would make it even more of an accomplishment.  To be known as beating the best of the best in Super Late Model racing would mean the world.”


Race fans that cannot make it out to Nashville this weekend don’t have to worry about missing the races.  Speed51.com will carry the action from both days of racing with a live video stream beginning with qualifying on Friday.


Live video tickets for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge are now available for purchase on Speed51.com.


Fans can purchase individual video tickets for both Friday and Saturday for $19.99 or enjoy a savings by purchasing a two-day ticket for $34.99.


Yearly subscribers of the Speed51 Network will also receive an additional 10% off the purchase price.


More information on the North/South Super Late Model Challenge can be found by visiting www.trackenterprises.com.


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SLM Drivers Eyeing Unique Trophies at Nashville Event