At least 20 of the biggest names in Super Late Model racing have accepted their invitation to compete in the Speed51.com Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana on September 7 — the Saturday night before the Brickyard 400.
The Super Select has one of the more unique formats in Super Late Model racing. It’s a winner-take-all showdown, paying $10,000-to-win with the rest of the field leaving empty-handed and wishing they had made it to Victory Lane.
To receive an invite, drivers must have won a major race or championship over the past calendar year. With their invite comes a free entry into the event and four free tires to compete in the 75-lap all-star main event.
Additionally, there will be a 30-lap open preliminary for anyone to enter, with the top two finishers racing their way into the Super Select.
So, who has already been invited?
Naturally, Bubba Pollard received an invite. The de facto face of the discipline was invited due to his 2018 Oxford 250 victory.
“I like it, it throws a little bit of a mix into things,” Pollard said of the race. “I’m excited to try different things, new things, new formats and race against some of the best. You’re racing against some of the best that have been invited to this deal that have won big races and championships throughout the country.”
“I’ve never raced there so that’s a good opportunity for us to go. You always hear about the history and it’s racing on Brickyard 400 weekend. “That will be cool, you’ll get a lot of those guys that come over there and watch the race. It’s got a lot of history and I think it will be awesome. I’ve never been there, but looking forward to it.”
2018 Rattler 250 winner Harrison Burton has accepted his invitation as well.
Three championship leaders from across the country will take part in the main event with Casey Roderick (Southern Super Series,) Austin Nason (Midwest Tour) and Josh Brock (CRA Super Series) having accepted their opportunities due to early season victories in their respective territories.
Although the race is a winner-take-all affair, there will be contingency bonuses announced leading up to the event.
The race will be broken down into three 25-lap segments, with inverts after the first two segments. The starting lineup will be determined by traditional time trials. The race is being promoted by Speed51.com and will be sanctioned (non-points) by the Champion Racing Association.
The Super Late Models will also be joined by the ARCA Racing Series and the USAC Silver Crown division that weekend at the track known as ‘IRP.’
Pits open for the at noon eastern on Saturday. Grandstands open at 3 p.m. The USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45 p.m. with the Super Late Model main event to follow.
The race will air live on Speed51.com.
The results of Friday can practice are as follows:
1. Matt Craig 21.471
2. Stephen Nasse 21.673
3. Casey Roderick 21.693
4. Raphael Lessard 21.703
5. Jack Dossey III 21.866
6. Harrison Burton 22.138
7. Bubba Pollard 22.175
8. Brian Campbell 22.250
9. Josh Brock 22.312
10. Austin Nason 22.364
11. Brett Yackey 22.514
12. Gus Dean 22.768
13. Casey Johnson 23.420
The list of known invitees can be viewed below.
- Dalton Armstrong – Former Redbud Winner
- Travis Benjamin – 2019 Oxford 250
- Brian Bergakker – 2019 Level Pebble 200
- Travis Braden – 2018 Speed51 Super Select Invitee
- Josh Brock – 2019 North/South SLM Challenge
- Giovanni Bromante – 2019 Rattler 250
- Harrison Burton – 2018 Rattler 250
- Kyle Busch – 2018 SRL Winter Showdown
- Cole Butcher – Two Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Wins
- Brian Campbell – 2019 Money in the Bank 150
- Jeff Choquette – 2018 Winchester 400
- Cassius Clark – 2019 IWK 250
- Matt Craig – SSS Rumble by the River 125
- Kyle Crump – 2019 Kalamazoo Klash (SLM)
- Gus Dean – 2018 Speed51 Super Select Invitee
- Jack Dossey, III – 2019 ARCA/CRA Super Series at Anderson
- Noah Gragson – 2018 Snowball Derby
- Derek Griffith – 2019 Orange Blossom 100/PASS Wins
- Augie Grill – Alabama 200 Winner
- Mike Hopkins – 2019 PASS Commonwealth Classic (Crates)
- Casey Johnson – Two ARCA Midwest Tour Wins
- Boris Jurkovic – 2019 Battle at Berlin 251
- Matt Kenseth – 2019 Slinger Nationals
- Carson Kvapil – 2018 Midwest Tour Winner
- Patrick Laperle – 2019 Bacon Bowl 200
- Raphael Lessard – Bristol & Redbud Winner
- Eddie MacDonald – 2019 New England Short Track Showdown
- Ty Majeski – 2019 SRL Winter Showdown
- Cole Moore – SRL Spears Southwest Tour Points Leader
- Austin Nason – 2019 Father’s Day 100 at Milwaukee
- Stephen Nasse – 2019 Short Track U.S. Nationals
- Trevor Noles – 2019 Mid-Atlantic Classic
- Connor Okrzesik – 2019 CRA SpeedFest
- Preston Peltier – 2019 Summer Showdown
- Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. – 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series at Hudson
- Bubba Pollard – 2018 Oxford 250
- Dennis Prunty – Slinger 100 Winne
- Austin Reed – PASS Winner at Richmond
- Owen Riddle – 2019 Montana 200
- Casey Roderick – 2019 Show Me the Money Winner
- Paul Shafer, Jr. – 2018 Midwest Tour Winner
- D.J. Shaw – Three PASS North Wins
- Gabe Sommers – 2019 Midwest Tour Winner
- Derek Thorn – 2019 SRL Wins at Las Vegas and Madera
- Johnny VanDoorn – 2019 Redbud 400
- Brandon Watson – 2019 APC Winner
- Linny White – 2019 SRL at Kern County
- Brett Yackey – 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program Champion
- Dalton Zehr – 2018 Midwest Tour Champion