October 31, 2019
This week’s must-see race is The All American 400, at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, TN.
This week is one of the biggest race weekends in all of short track racing, the All American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. 2019 marks the 35th running of The All American which is one of the famed events of the Crown Jewel events in the Super Late Model world.
This year’s event will encompass three-days, with Friday being practice for both the super late models and the pro late models. On Saturday the racing action starts with Fairgrounds Speedway Championship night with the opening race being the Pest Doctor Front Runners with 25 laps, followed by the BH Holmes Construction Legends battle it out for 25 laps, also going 25 laps will be the Street Modifieds. The TN Speed Sport Pure Stocks are up next with 30 laps, and the last race before the intermission will be the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models battling it out for 40 laps.
The track will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event during the intermission where they will also be a costume contest. Following the intermission will be the Big Machine Records Super Trucks finishing their season in a 35 lap duel for the championship. The night of racing will be capped off with two super late model last chance races of 20 laps with the top five in each race locking themselves in the big race on Sunday, and then if needed there will be a last chance race for the Pro Late Models which would also be 20 laps. The winners of the track championship will be announced and crowned at the end of a full night of racing.
Sunday will be a day of 500 hard-fought laps, but before the racing starts there will be a driver’s autograph session at noon until the green flag drops at 1PM.
The first race will be the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Models going to war for 100 laps. The championship battle for the Pro Lates is a close battle as Jackson Boone leads Dylan Fetcho by 32 points and Davey Coble is in third just 55 points behind Boone. Boone who is fighting for his first championship since moving up from the quarter midgets level where he won four championships is not concerned about the event being three days. When asked if it would be a concern he said “Not really, considering everyone else will be there for three days too, we’ll all be facing the same conditions.”
Boone also enjoys the events stating “I have been in a lot of multiple days events. They are super fun and add more excitement for a driver. I think they are good for the sport.”
The race is stacked with out of town competition that will bring more excitement to the race with drivers entered such as Mandy Chick, Bubba Pollard, Mason Keller, and Stephan Nasse. When asked about if there is any added pressure with the out of towners and the racing being the same day as the All American, Boone said “It is a very intense deal. (The) pressure is a privilege so I enjoy being a part of this. It’s a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity. Yes, I do think there is some added intensity on the fact that there will be way more cars here than usual. It will probably make things more difficult. That’s part of it though. You have to be prepared as a driver to go through these situations.” Following that race, the track will crown the series’ track champions for Saturday’s events.
The 35th All American 400 is sure to be a helluva show this year with some of the best short track Super Late Model racers from across the country and even out of the country, including Dalton Armstrong, Austin Nason, Connor Okrzesik, Carson Hocevar, Josh Brock, Casey Roderick, Bubba Pollard, Travis Braden, and Donnie Wilson. Wilson, when asked about running three cars this weekend, said “ Well I might be nuts but I already had Cole Butcher and me coming again this year then when Casey’s (Roderick) deal went away I stepped in and helped him out and we were building a third car so we made a deal and here we are. I think three cars will be a really good thing. Number one helps the car count plus I agree -I think the information will be definitely beneficial for all three of us, I think more so for Cole and Casey. Their driving styles are very similar, mine is obviously different, but still, I think we can all feed off each other.” Wilson’s additional thoughts on the event include “Honestly we aren’t testing like others but I have had a good record at Nashville, ran good in the past and the earlier race there this year gives me a lot of confidence going back. Cole ran really good when we were there last year in the rain out.”
Another driver who is entered in the All American is Ty Majeski. Majeski, when asked about building on his past experiences at the Fairgrounds said that at his first attempt at the 400 they did not run well and then found an issue with the rear end of the car, but they just need to be better. He talked about the high level of competition in the race and what a win would mean. Ty said that with it being a crown jewel race it is very important to win and that the race ranks up with winning the Snowball Derby. He would love to bring home a win for his car owner who’s father used to sponsor Dick Trickle and wants to get him a win in a race that they have attempted to win but never had success.
This weekend will be sure to be an exciting weekend of racing with the local drivers and the all-stars from across the country come together for the crown jewel race weekend of the All American 400. Tickets are still available for the event with Saturday tickets being $10 and kids $5, Sunday tickets are $15 and kids $5, or passes for both days are available for $20 and only $10 for kids. If you can’t make it to the track in person, be sure to catch the event on Speed51!