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Masters of the Pros moves to Memphis International Raceway in 2019

This is the third location for the Pro Late Model race in seven years …

The richest Pro Late Model race in the United States has a new home.

After spending the first five years of its existence at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri and last year at Birch Run Speedway in Michigan, the $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start Masters of the Pros will now move to Memphis International Raceway (TN) on July 21, 2019.

The change was secured by new track president Tim Packman.

“One of my first tasks after coming to MIR was to bring more action to our three-quarter mile oval,” Packman said. “Being able to announce a CRA event of this magnitude is a big step in that direction. That fact we are hosting the ‘Master of the Pros’ Late Model race is even better.

“We look forward to some incredible racing from the drivers and teams who will make their way to Memphis. Even more so, we look forward to economic impact of Late Model fans traveling from out of state for this race. It’s a great opportunity for the Memphis business community to join us for this prestigious event. Memphis is the place to rock, and now it is the place to race.”

There will be an open practice on Saturday, July 20. That evening, after the practice session, there will be a driver meet and greet for fans on the historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Time Trials and the main event will take place on Sunday, July 21.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitor Chase Elliott won the inaugural Masters of the Pros event in 2013. Anderson Bowen won the 2014 follow-up. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek, son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, won both the 2015 and 2016 events. Cole Williams won the 2017 Masters of the Pros.

Bubba Pollard won the race in its only year at Birch Run.

“We are excited to take the Masters of the Pros to a great race track in a great city,” said CRA managing partner RJ Scott. “Tim Packman and his team are going to put on a great event both on and off the race track. Too many times we pop into a town and get out of town and don’t get to experience everything a city has to offer.

“The Masters of the Pros has already been a great event for Pro Late Model Racing with an incredible list of former winners including: Chase Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Bubba Pollard. Now, it’s just been taken to the next level by being hosted at Memphis International Raceway.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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