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Purse increased for All-American 400 weekend

This will be the first All-American 400 weekend in two years

Barry Cantrell

The All-American 400 weekend just got more lucrative for the Pro Late Model portion of the signature event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

The Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Model is the top monthly division at the track and will crown its season-long champion on November 2-3 with a 100-lapper that will now pay $6,500 to the winner. When including lap led and pole award bonuses, a winner could take up to $7,500 — equivalent to many regional Super Late Model prizes.

The race was originally set to pay $5,000 but track vice president Claire Formosa and her sponsors decided to richen the pot for those who support the track each week.

“Five thousand dollars to win the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Model 100 Lap Race is definitely a nice pay day for anyone to take home,” Formosa said. “However, we felt like the Pro Late Model guys deserved a big race as well. We are so excited to add an additional $1,500 to win.

“With lap money included, there is a chance for someone to take home $7,500 for a 100 Lap Race.  The All-American 400 is a prestigious event on its own and we want the Pro Late Model drivers who support us all season to feel like they’re getting a big race as well.”

Meanwhile, the 400-lap Super Late Model portion will pay $22,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start. Both the Super Late and Pro Late races will take place on Sunday, November 3 with practice and qualifying scheduled for November 2.

There will be a last chance race for both divisions, if necessary, if more than 36 cars are entered into the event.

This will be the first All-American 400 weekend since October 2017 as the 2018 race was twice postponed and ultimately canceled by rain when the race was pushed back from November to March of this year.

Donnie Wilson won the last All-American 400 over Spencer Davis and Christian Eckes.

“After the last two attempts of the All American 400 have been rained out, I am more eager than ever to get the Super Late Models back to Nashville,” Formosa said. “The All-American 400 is hands-down my favorite race that we do. I take a lot of pride in this event and work extremely hard to make this event successful.

“I am hopeful that with the help of Speed51, Short Track Alliance members and just the cabin fever of this event having not taken place since 2017, this year will be bigger than ever.”

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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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kay Stinson

    September 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Can we use our tickets from last year

  2. Matt Weaver

    September 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Yes.

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