A total of 28 driver-team combinations have entered this weekend’s All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Often called the Civil War of Wheels due to its centralized location and propensity of drawing the best drivers from both the north and south, the 2018 entry list for the longest endurance event in Super Late Model competition reflects it.
The list is headlined by defending winner Donnie Wilson from Oklahoma City and also features Super Late Model superstars Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse, Steven Wallace and Casey Roderick.
“We have a good car prepared to go there, hoping to do what we did last year,” Wilson said.
A deeper look at the entry list reveals the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion in Tyler Ankrum, two-time Snowball Derby winner Augie Grill and local champions Willie Allen and Cole Williams.
Raphael Lessard brings with him the 2016 CARS Tour Super Late Model championship and a high-powered entry from Kyle Busch Motorsports. Johnny VanDoorn carries with him three CRA Super Series championships to the Music.
Meanwhile, it’s Nasse who might be the early favorite to earn a guitar trophy, having won the Mobile 300 last weekend with the car he’s bringing to Nashville.
“We are really excited for it after winning with it,” Nasse said. “It’s going to be a lot of laps for the car, 300 and then 400, and this car is the one I ran at the Winchester 400 just a couple weeks ago too.
“We’ve got a lot of laps on it but we feel good about it, the motor was fresh. We ran it there earlier in he season and we were running up front and actually we were leading and the gleason went bad or something, the rear end had problems, but had a really fast piece and really wanted to take this one back.”
After finishing second to Nasse in his hometown race last weekend, Connor Okrzesik is also bringing momentum eight hours north to the Music City.
“I want redemption from last time we went there,” Okresik said. “Last time we went there, we had the sway bar break on us, and I want to run good there.”
Roderick has a Pro Late Model championship at the Fairgrounds, and already has a couple of guitars as a result but is still seeking the one that matters the most.
“I always look forward to going to Nashville, anytime we get to race there, we run good up there,” Roderick said. “Going into the weekend I feel pretty good about it, just have to get up there, get in a rhythm and see what we got.”
The complete known entry list entering the weekend can be viewed below.
Car No. | Driver | Car Owner | Hometown | Sponsor
2W Donnie Wilson Larry Wilson OKC, Ok OKC Auto Works, Wilson Ford Parts
26 Willie Allen Wendell Mobley/Willie Allen Nashville, Tn NAPA, Zipfiz
46 Cole Williams Williams Racing Borden, In Cardinal Services, Bordeau Metals
18 Casey Roderick Ronnie Sanders Lawrenceville, Ga Phoenix Construction, Pitboxes.com
26C Chandler Smith Mike Smith Jaspher, Ga Smith General Contracting Inc.
51 Raphael Lessard Kyle Busch St. Joseph, QC Canada Mobile 1
14 Carson Hocevar Scott’s Racing Portage, MI KBR Development, MEP, Applebee’s
114 Kyle Ivey Sterling Marlin Nashville, TN SMR / Metropolitan Properties
81 Chase Purdy Anthony Campi Racing Meridian, Ms Bama Burgers
71 Johnny VanDoorn Tom Kmall Coopersville, Mi Lisa Thomas Salon
51 Stephen Nasse Jeff Nasse Pinellas Park, Fl All American Concrete
5M Mason Mingus Richard Wauters Nashville, Tn Team Construction, 811 Call Before You Dig
47 Allen Karnes Allen Karnes Sharpsburg, Ga Pocket Book
112 Augie Grill Frank Grill Hayden, Al Husler Hedders
17 Josh Brock Josh Brock Corbin, KY Stream Restoration Specialists
26 Bubba Pollard Bubba Pollard Senioa, GA Harisons WorkWear.com
71 Johnny Braizer Johnny Braizer Lickskillet, AL Space & Rocket Auto Sales, Mr. Roof, Lasater Farms
78 Corey Heim Raymond Heim Marietta, GA FAB Specialties
12 Brad Kossow Brad Kossow Union Grove, WI Oscar Mike, Eldorado Trailers, KBR Performance
43 Devin O’Connell Devin O’Connell Madison, CT Chatham Highlander Motel, Bilstein Shock Absorbers
66 Steven Wallace Rusty Wallace Racing, LLC Mooresville, NC Jet Tools
54 Matt Craig Jeff Craig Kannapolis, NC C & C Boiler Sales & Service
14 Connor Okrzesik Connor Okrzesik Grand Bay, AL Metro Glass
29 Spencer Davis Scott Davis Statesville, NC Horton Ave Material
24 Mason Diaz Michael Diaz Manassas, VA
53 Cole Butcher Donnie Wilson Porters Lake, NS Atlantic Tiltload
41 Hunter Jack Brent & Dennis Jack Auburn, IN Won New Stars Race at Winchester
58 Tyler Ankrum Rick Ankrum Colton, CA Modern Meat Co.