Nashville, TN (Saturday, October 31, 2020) – The Friday night portion of the 36th Running of the All American 400 featured Local Racing on the quarter-mile for six of Nashville’s regular divisions. Contested Track Championship battles awaited the drivers on the final night of the season.
The first Championship handed out on the night was also the first-ever champion crowned in the Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros. Aiden Potter and Taylor Corum came into the night as the drivers to beat for the title. Corum had mechanical problems early in the 20 lap feature and was forced to pull to pit road. Austin Harrison won the race, while a very excited Potter won the Track Championship.
Next, Street Stocks rolled to the Speedway next for their 20 lap contest. Larry Cunningham and Brian Frazier had an impressive battle set to unfold for the championship, but mechanical woes again found the driver sitting in the runner up position. Frazier was forced to pit road early with a drivetrain issue. Despite being involved in a midrace accident, Cunningham drove home to a fifth-place finish and the 2020 Track Championship. Robert Forsythe picked up his first win of the season.
The Championship battle for the Pest Doctor Front Runners was pretty straightforward, with something dramatic needing to happen for a shakeup in the top spot. Matt Hamlett jumped to the early lead and worked his way through traffic to collect his second win in a row. Daniel Harper, who finished in fourth wrapped up the Track Championship.
The Pure Stocks took to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for their Track Championship finale as Joshua Hood looked to lock down the title. Following the theme of the night, Dustin Williams was parked just 13 laps into the contest, while Hood picked up his second win of the season and his first Pure Stock Championship.
Then on to the BH Holmes and Construction Legends for their final race of the season. The Championship battle was Bryson Shaffer’s to lose with Justin Maxwell and Dylan Fetcho within striking distance. Shaffer kept Fetcho close, finishing runner up to Fetcho securing the Championship. For Fetcho, the win was his first on the 2020 campaign.
The final event of the evening was the 50 lap finale for the Limited Late Models; a division where the points battle featured Jeffery Belt, Kevin Rollins, and Johnathan Dishman. Less than 10 points were shared between the three drivers. After qualifying, Rollins started the race with a single point advantage over Belt, while Dishman had seven points to try and erase. The three Championship drivers made a point to settle the championship race on their own terms, breaking away from the field for a three-car battle at the front. Dishman showed the way for a majority of the race, while Belt and Rollins swapped the second spot on multiple occasions. The most memorable night of the evening came after a caution on the final lap sent the race into overtime with a green-white-checkered finish.
Dishman led the field back to the green, with Belt and Rollins directly behind him on the inside line. Dishman again jumped out to a comfortable lead, but the battle for second and the championship was on. Belt had the second spot coming to the white flag and Rollins was applying the pressure from third. Down the backstretch, Rollins bumper laid into Belt’s, and stayed there through turns three and four. On the exit of turn four, Belt’s car suddenly made a hard left turn, directly into the side of Thomas Pannell’s number 41. Belt continued to spin off the nose of Pannell, while Rollins checked up and went by the crashing Belt and Pannell to cross the line in second. The race wasn’t official with that finish, as Belt’s car didn’t actually cross the finish line. After a lengthy review of the accident, Rollins was penalized for rough driving and moved to the end of the lead lap in 6th place. As for Belt, he would get credit for the 7th place one lap down. As a result, Dishman was not only crowned winner of the race, but also collected his first Limited Late Model Champion.
The Pro Late Models for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will settle their Championship on Sunday as part of the 36th Runnin of the All American 400. Former Track Champion, Cole Williams comes into Sunday’s event with just a four-point lead over Dylan Fetcho. Sunday’s All American 400 begins with Pre-Race Ceremonies at 12:00pm.
On Saturday, the starting line-up will be set for the All American 400 with Pro and Super Late Model Qualifying and Showdown Features. Plus, full shows for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks and Vores Compact Touring Series. Gates open at 3:30 pm and the show begins with Super Late Model Qualifying at 5:30 pm.
For tickets or more information on the All American 400 weekend, log on to www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing/allamerican400. Find Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.
Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway