10 Things to Know: North-South SLM Challenge at Nashville

Top Late Model stars head to the historic Nashville Fairgrounds this weekend.


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Top Late Model drivers from all over are headed to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway this weekend for the North-South Super Late Model Challenge. Before this weekend's big race, here are 10 Things to Know.

- The ARCA/CRA Super Series / Southern Super Series race will be 100 laps for Super Late Models. The Pro Late Model race will also be 100 laps, with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and Nashville's local Pro Late Model division.

- Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) is a track loaded with history. The NASCAR Cup Series ran the track for several seasons until the 1980s before switching to other venues. Plans are in the works to get NASCAR to return to the NASCAR track in some fashion.

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- The following drivers are slated to run both races this weekend: Cody Coughlin, Jackson Boone, Dylan Fetcho, Michael Hinde, Albert Francis, and Casey Roderick.

- At one time, the track had banking of 35 degrees in the corners. The super-high banks only lasted one season and it was too fast and hard on cars. It was then reduced to its current 18 degrees.

- Bubba Pollard enters the weekend as the Southern Super Series points leader after four point races, a win and four top five runs. Pollard did not run Nashville during the 2021 season so this will be his first race there since the 2020 All American 400.

- The Nashville Pro Late Model / JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour race is shaping up to be a barn burner. 35 cars are scheduled to be there for the 100-lap event.

- The field is the clash of the giants in the region as the last two All American 400 winners, Matt Craig and Casey Roderick, will be in action. 2021 Snowball Derby winner Chandler Smith will be looking for some Nashville magic, William Byron is continuing his Super Late Model roundup tour and looking for a fourth win on the season, and 2021 Florida Governor’s Cup winner Sammy Smith rounds out an impressive cast.

- The Super Late Model event is a tune up for the All American 400 weekend that will be run in October. The Super Late Models will run 300 laps while the Pro Late Models will run 100 laps that weekend.

- 21 of the 35 Pro Late Model entries hail from the state of Tennessee. There is a good chance the trophy will stay in the Volunteer State.

- You can watch all the Late Model races live on Racing America this weekend. All local action will be covered other than the ARCA Menards Series East event.

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