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IndyCar Driver Josef Newgarden Open to All-American 400 Start

Verizon IndyCar Series contender and Music City USA native Josef Newgarden suggested on Wednesday that he would be open to running a Super Late Model at Fairground Speedway Nashville for a race like the All-American 400 if he was able to secure a suitable ride.

Newgarden will be featured on Thursday night’s episode of Ray Evernham’s AmeriCarna on the VELOCITY Network. A promotional image from the television show features Newgarden, Evernham and Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta standing in front of a retro Marty Robbins Late Model at the legendary Tennessee short track.

Cdrz6F_WIAQQ49aBorchetta has sponsored the Fairgrounds’ Pro Late Model division since 2014 and has been a major advocate of both the speedway and motorsports in general.

Surely, a handful of the elite teams in Super Late Model racing would be open to putting a IndyCar Series championship contender into an entry for his hometown race.


After all, David Gilliland Racing previously tested Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham in a Late Model Stock back in 2015, while Bubba Pollard has offered to field a car for Kenny Schrader in the Snowball Derby.

In 68 IndyCar Series starts, the 25-year-old Newgarden has posted two wins and six podiums. He finished seventh in the championship standings last year in what was considered his breakout campaign.

The All-American 400 is scheduled for October 1 and 2 a few weeks after the conclusion of the IndyCar Series season.


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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