Hogan and Jurkovic Hope for Repeat All-American 400 Victories
Former Winners Lead Strong Field In This Weekend's Nashville Battle
Jason Hogan rocked out with his new guitar after winning the 2005 AA400 (51 Photo)
Former All American winners Jason Hogan and Boris Jurkovic lead a very talented group of late model drivers entered for this weekend’s Adam Petty Memorial All American 400, CRA Super Series sanctioned event at the famed Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. All the drivers have one goal in mind, win the All American event in Nashville and claim the legendary winners Copley Guitar Trophy along with the $10,000 first place check. The All American 400 has always been one of the most prestigious racing events in the country bringing the best late model drivers from both the North and the South to compete at one of the best short-tracks in the country.
2005 winner Jason Hogan from Cleveland, Georgia and 2006 winner Boris Jurkovic from Joilet, Illinois have both entered to try and claim there second guitar, but they will have to battle over 50 other competitors already entered for this weekends events. To date 53 drivers have already pre-entered from thirteen different states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. There are 31 Northern drivers entered and 22 Southern drivers entered, ready to do battle on the 5/8’s mile high banked oval.
Besides Jurkovic, the North is lead by CRA Super Series 2007 Champion Chris Gabehart who leads a strong group of series regulars entered that also includes 2007 Rookie Of The Year and Triple Crown points leader John Van Doorn, 2006 series Champion Scott Hantz, 1998 Champion Brian Rievley, Rick Turner, Jeff Lane, Jack Smith, JR Roahrig, Jason Dietsch, A.J. Ganino and Robert Maynor. Other notable Northern drivers entered include 2006 ASA Late Model Series All American winner Eddie Hoffman, 2007 ASA Midwest Series and Wisconsin Challenge Champion Nathan Haseleu, winner of the Spring Clash 150 CRA event at Nashville in March, and former ASA Series competitor Robbie Pyle.
The North is also represented by former NASCAR Elite Series Champion Tim Schendel, fellow Wisconsin driver Chris Wimmer, younger brother of NASCAR competitor Scott Wimmer, 2007 Salem Speedway Late Model Champion Will Kimmel, nephew of nine time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel, multi-time Salem Speedway Champion Keith Gardner, Minnesota hot shoes Josh Vadnais, runner up to Haseleu in the Spring Clash 150, along with Andy Hanson and Jonathan Eilen, Illinois veterans Larry Schuler and David Finney, Kentucky drivers Greg Boone, Jeff Berg and Gary Pedley, Michigan’s Any Ponstein, Ohio veteran Jeep Pflum, and Wisconsin veteran Tony Srupp.
Boris Jurkovic returns to defend his AA400 victory.
The South has a who’s who of names representing it including Hogan, multi-time Music City Motorplex Champion Mark Day, veteran Alabama drivers Dave Mader III, Stanley Smith, Johnny Brazier along with Alabama youngsters Hunter Robbins and Grant Enfinger, also North Carolina veterans Jeff Fultz, a multi-time NASCAR Elite Series Champion and Dennis Schoenfeld, along with Mobile Speedway Late Model Series Champion Casey Smith and fellow Texas hot shoe Ryan Lawler, currently leading the PASS South Series points and winner of the Winchester 400.
The South is also represented by Tennessee drivers Gary Helton, Heath Hindman and Tony Pankauskas, GAS Series Champion Russell Fleeman who finished third in the Spring Clash 150, along with fellow Georgia driver Ryan Sieg. A strong group of Florida drivers is also entered for this years All American event lead by Pensacola’s “Fast” Eddie Mercer, winner of the 2005 CRA Spring Clash event at Nashville, hot shoe’s Justin Drawdy, Jay Middleton, and Sean Murphy who is coached by former two time All American 400 winner Butch Miller. The Florida group also includes Five Flags Speedway veteran Donald Long and young Kurt Jett.
Action at the Music City Motorplex will begin on Friday with an open practice for the CRA Super Series and ASA Late Model Series from 2 until 7pm Central Time. On Saturday both divisions will practice and qualify, the ASA Late Models will run a 25 lap GM Performance Shoot-out and their All American 200 lap event that evening. Sunday’s events will start with an on track autograph session at 11:30am. The Blue-Gray 100 to determined the last five starters in the Adam Petty Memorial All American 300 will take the green flag at 1pm and will be followed by the Adam Petty Memorial All American 300. More information on the Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 Weekend including a detailed schedule of events and purchasing advanced tickets at www.musiccitymotorplex.com. More information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.