Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With one of the Super Late Model racing’s crown jewel events being held Sunday at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, we decided to challenge our staff once again.

 

This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the 34th Annual All American 400?”

 

The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Bubba Pollard, Casey Roderick and Donnie Wilson (four votes) who were named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, six different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.

 

Check out our full list of staff picks for the All American 400 below.

 

Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Going with the ‘obvious’ pick for this one. Pollard continues to show that he has what it takes to get the job done in these major races, and he will be the one taking home the guitar once again.

 

Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Stephen Nasse

Big ole “Mo” is on his side after his win this past weekend at Mobile. Stephen Nasse will be the lead gladiator taking center stage in Nashville.

 

Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Donnie has the speed at Nashville and the know-how to get it done again. He’ll bring another guitar back to Oklahoma.

 

Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Casey Roderick

Casey Roderick is known as one of the most successful Late Model racers in the country, but he still lacks a win in one of Super Late Model racing’s crown jewel events. If he’s going to get one, I think this will be his best opportunity. He’s enjoyed tons of success at Nashville and has the team behind him to make sure he makes it all 400 laps around the historic oval.

 

Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Casey Roderick

Whether it’s the Fairgrounds Pro Late Model championship or the North/South Super Late Model challenge, Roderick finds a way to win at Nashville. With Ronnie Sanders Racing still at the top of their game, this seems like it could very well be Roderick’s time to get that big 400 win.

 

Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Stephen Nasse

Nasse finally got the monkey off his back last week by winning the Mobile 300. Pair that and a fourth-place finish in the Winchester 400 three weeks ago, and you have yourself a driver with a lot of momentum going into this weekend’s All American 400.

 

Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Jeff Choquette

Hot off a victory in the Winchester 400 and with teammate Stephen Nasse just picking up a victory at Mobile, Choquette has to be one of the favorites going into the All-American 400.

 

Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Chandler Smith

The youngster is performing like a veteran. After nearly picking up a victory at Winchester, he’s going to be even more focused on bringing home the trophy guitar this weekend.

 

Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Wilson has a knack for leading lap and logging laps. Nashville has been his playground in recent years, and I expect him to capture another guitar this weekend.

 

Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Casey Roderick

With a star-studded field, it’s hard to pick one guy to take home the win in the All American 400. But who knows winning at Nashville better than Casey Roderick? Look for the No. 18 to take home another guitar this weekend.

 

Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Donnie Wilson

Sometimes drivers just match up well with certain tracks and that’s the case with Donnie Wilson at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Wilson is the defending race winner and has always ran well in Nashville. It’s going to be some Oklahoma outlaw country music being played this weekend in Nashville when Wilson scores another guitar.

 

Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Trying to go for the most wins in this competition, I can’t give anything back to my knowledgeable combatants. That is why I am going with Bubba Pollard. He was the 2016 winner, as well as the 2015 runner-up finisher. Despite a seventh-place effort last year, his 2018 stats are just too hard to pass up. Bubba will be playing the guitar again, and the tune will be sweet.

 

Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Pollard likely learned a valuable lesson after coming up short at Mobile. You can only keep Bubba Pollard down for so long. I expect him to bounce back in a big way at Nashville.

 

Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Casey Roderick

Roderick has seen a lot of recent success at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, winning the North/South Shootout the previous two years. I expect his team will be able to keep the luck rolling in Nashville and claim the All-American 400.

 

Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Chandler Smith

He came within just a few feet of winning a different 400-lap race earlier this month. Chandler has plenty of experience at the Fairgrounds from racing there in Pro Late Models a few years ago. I think that his experience at the track, combined with the speed that his team has had all year and the maturity that Smith has shown this year will all add up to a Nashville guitar for Chandler Smith.

 

Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Donnie Wilson

DW was wicked fast last weekend at Mobile, and more than likely would have been in victory lane if not for a bad strategy call. Wilson has a handful of guitars already, including the big one from last year’s All American. Look out Lower Broadway, the Sooners are coming to party Saturday night.

 

Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Bubba Pollard

I am picking Bubba to win the All American 400. The all-american boy out of Georgia has had a fantastic year and he will get it done on Sunday in the Music City.

 

-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Picks: Who Will Win the All American 400?