The 35th running of the All American 400 will be held Sunday afternoon at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. While preparing for the big event, we decided to rank the field based on past performances in the All American 400, as well as in Late Model racing.
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#1) Bubba Pollard – When Bubba Pollard shows up to a Late Model race anywhere in North America, he is instantly amongst the list of favorites. Add in the fact that he’s a former All American 400 winner, and it’s hard to argue that he isn’t the favorite to win Sunday’s race.
#2) Ty Majeski – If Bubba Pollard is No. 1 in America, Ty Majeski is No. 2. The Wisconsin driver doesn’t have as much experience at Nashville, but he’s one of the best Late Model racers in America.
#3) Donnie Wilson – Wilson hasn’t been behind the wheel as much lately while focusing on his duties as team owner, but he’s had a lot of speed in his limited starts. Wilson is also the last driver to win the All American 400, so he has that going for him.
#4) Chandler Smith – Smith was lights out in the ARCA Menards Series in 2019, winning five races in just 11 starts. Now, he hops in the lethal Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 that has seen tons of success in recent years.
#5) Stephen Nasse – Nasse put on arguably the most dominating performance in SLM history when he led 392 of 400 laps on his way to the Winchester 400 win last month. This weekend also sees a 400-lap race at a big, high-banked race track similar to Winchester.
#6) Casey Roderick – While Roderick has yet to go to victory lane in a Super Late Model, he’s a two-time North/South SLM Challenge winner and is coming off a second-consecutive Southern Super Series championship. He has also been fast since joining forces with Donnie Wilson earlier this year.
#7) Cole Butcher – Butcher was part of an all-Canadian front row in last year’s All American 400 before it was rained out. He has been fast already this weekend in practice in a third effort for Wilson Motorsports.
#8) Derek Thorn – It’s been three years since Thorn has competed in the All American 400, but in his three previous attempts in the race he has finished second twice. The multi-time SRL champion is scheduled to pull double-duty and has made himself a threat to win in both races so far this weekend.
#9) Travis Braden – The former Winchester 400 winner last competed at Nashville in a Super Late Model in 2017, where he drove through the field after an early-race spin to finish fourth in the North/South SLM Challenge. Braden has finished second five times in Super Late Model action so far in 2019.
#10) Willie Allen – Allen has done about everything there is to do at Nashville, except win the All American 400. The driver from nearby Bon Aqua looks to check that off on Sunday.
#11) Carson Hocevar – It seems like an eternity ago that Hocevar was winning a Late Model feature at Berlin Raceway at just 13 years old. Now 16, the Michigan native is one of the brightest young stars in racing.
#12) Austin Nason – Nason has finished runner-up in the ARCA Midwest Tour standing two years in a row. He is making his All American 400 debut this weekend.
#13) Dalton Zehr – The 2018 Midwest Tour champion has mainly spent 2019 as Crew Chief to John Beale, but with racing season over in the Midwest he is venturing out to crown jewel races to cap off 2019.
#14) Cole Williams – Though he has limited Super Late Model experience and is driver for a team who hasn’t been on-track in two years, Williams is a two-time Nashville track champion.
#15) Josh Brock – The 2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series champion won the North/South SLM Challenge back in April.
#16) Michael House – The defending PLM champion at Nashville has shown speed all weekend to this point.
#17) Boris Jurkovic – The former All American 400 winner has enjoyed a strong year at Berlin Raceway, winning the Battle at Berlin 251 among other big races at the tricky 7/16-mile oval.
#18) Brandon Watson – The other Canadian entered for Sunday’s race, he is coming off a top-five run in the Winchester 400 last month.
#19) Jake Garcia – The 14-year-old is making his first start in a Super Late Model on Sunday with veteran Crew Chief Ricky Turner at the helm.
#20) Mason Mingus – The local favorite finished in the top five in the last All American 400 ran back in 2017, but this is his first start in a race car this year after a last-minute deal with Richie Wauters.
#21) Eddie MacDonald – The Northeast ace has ventured out of the region with the Pathfinder Chassis house car in 2019, which includes his maiden All American 400 attempt this weekend.
#22) John DeAngelis, Jr. – DeAngelis has been Wisconsin’s breakthrough driver ever since qualifying in the top ten in last year’s Snowball Derby, also having earned second-place runs in the Dixieland 250 and Howie Lettow Classic, and a third in the Slinger Nationals.
#23) Dennis Prunty – The former Slinger Nationals champion heads south to Nashville annually for the spring Super Late Model race, but this will be only his second start in the crown jewel.
#24) Jonathan Eilen – Elien has found success in the All American 400 in the past, but his last start came all the way back in 2008 in the Pro Late Model portion of the event.
#25) Ricky Baker – The two-time ARCA Midwest Tour winner is venturing outside the upper Midwest for the first time in this weekend’s All American 400.
#26) Greg Van Alst – Van Alst pulled off arguably the unlikeliest championship in Late Model history by winning the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship by a car-length despite finishing in the top five just once during the season.
#27) Michael Simko – The long-time ARCA competitor is perhaps most well-known for making national headlines when he dropkicked through Don St.Denis’s windshield at Toledo Speedway during the 2006 Glass City 200. Coming out of retirement last season, he makes his All American 400 debut on Sunday.
#28) Kyle Neveau – Neveau made the long trip from California for his first appearance in the All American 400 this weekend.
#29) Mike Marlar – The ‘Winfield Warrior’ is one of the best on dirt, but his only other asphalt experience has come in a Pro Late Model weekly show at Lebanon I-44 Speedway and a single lap in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
#30) Johnny Brazier – Braxier doesn’t climb behind the wheel of a race car often anymore, but he is a former Nashville track champion.
#31) Albert Francis – The Ohio teenager eared his first Outlaw Super Late Model win back in June at Toledo Speedway.
-Story by: Speed51 Staff
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