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Jul 6, 2022
The Superstar Racing Experience won't be the only show in town Saturday night at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN). Accompanying the Camping World SRX Series will be the Masters of the Pros 150, a crown jewel Pro Late Model event for $10,000 and the coveted green jacket. Ahead of Saturday's event, here are 10 Things to Know about the Masters of the Pros.
- This will be the 10th running of the Masters of the Pros event for the Pro Late Model type car. The first race was held in 2013 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) where Chase Elliott scored the win in front of a capacity crowd. The next year, fellow Georgia driver Anderson Bowen took home the green jacket at the same track.
- Bubba Pollard and John Hunter Nemechek have each won this event twice. Ironically, they have both won the All American 400, but not the Masters of the Pros race at Nashville. Their wins came at other venues.
- Georgia drivers have four wins in this race between Chase Elliott, Anderson Bowen and Bubba Pollard. They are not racing in Nashville this weekend, and there are no Georgia drivers scheduled to be there at this time.
- This weekend will be a tale of two races, as the first 100 laps will be run at 5 pm CT ahead of the SRX broadcast. The second segment of 50 laps will be run at 9:30 pm CT. The difference in track conditions will literally be night and day, and the added rubber of the SRX race could make things interesting.
- While the Super Late Models are the main race for the All American 400 weekend in October, the Pro Late Models are a big part of that too with a 100-lap contest on the same day as the Super Late Model race. That will end the season for the Pros in October.
- A slew of Pro Late Model track champions will be in the mix on Saturday trying to get a win in front of the big crowd. Michael House, Dylan Fetcho, and Jackson Boone will all be looking to add the Masters of the Pros to their racing resume.
- There are 31 drivers entered for the Masters of the Pros race. 17 of those entries come from Tennessee.
- Willie Allen was the winner of the race a year ago after leading 143 of the 150 laps. It was a huge win for Allen, who seems to be snake bit in the bigger events, and he’d finished second before at the Masters event.
- Matt Craig was fourth in the 2021 Masters of the Pros race after winning the race in 2020. He’ll look to rebound and pick up his second win in this race at Nashville. Craig, of course, won the All American 400 last fall to make up for the fourth-place finish in the Masters race.
- RacingAmerica.TV will be the home for the Masters of the Pros event, but not the SRX event which will be live on CBS Sports. Be sure to check out both events if you can’t be in Nashville for the race.