ASA STARS National Tour and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway officials are proud to announce that three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip will be the Grand Marshal for the Curb Records/Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers All American 400 Presented by US Tank and Cryogenic Equipment.
Waltrip’s NASCAR career was among the greatest of all-time. Three NASCAR Cup Series championships, 84 victories (fourth all-time), and a 1989 Daytona 500 win are just a few of the accolades that Waltrip can claim. He was induced into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the 2012 class.
He was a two-time Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway track champion in 1970 and 1973. He won his first-career NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville in 1975 in the Music City USA 420. He won the 1987 All American 400 after passing fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin coming to the white flag.
Waltrip was also a frequent competitor with the ASA National Tour, winning seven races in 38 starts, two of which came at Nashville. One of those wins include the first-ever race contested under the ASA National Tour banner in November 1972 at Salem Speedway. The Midwest 300 featured three 100 lap segments, the last of which Waltrip drove from 32nd to the lead in just 44 laps before darkness ended the race on lap 80. That win came after the transmission went out on lap 19 of the first segment and missing the entire second segment fixing the car.
“ASA and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway have such rich histories in short track racing,” said Waltrip. “I am looking forward to getting back to the track I called home for many years for the All American 400 and the return of ASA to Nashville.”
Sunday’s Curb Records/Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers All American 400 presented by US Tank and Cryogenic Equipment is part of a full weekend of action featuring Super and Pro Late Model practice and 1/4-mile racing action on Friday night; All American 400 qualifying and races for the Vore’s Compact Touring Series, CRA Street Stocks, and JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour on the 5/8-mile Saturday; and culminating with the season-ending ASA STARS National Tour All American 400 on Sunday afternoon.
The ASA STARS National Tour heads to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday, November 5 for the season finale, the All American 400. Special discounted three-day tickets are available here.
The ASA STARS National Tour opened the ten race, six-state schedule at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on March 11. Gio Ruggiero is the most recent winner, claiming the victory in the Winchester 400 on October 15.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
ASA STARS National Tour
The ASA STARS National Tour debuted in March 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America. Announced in October 2022, many of the best drivers in America will compete in the ten-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000.
The ASA STARS National Tour is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner – the ASA/CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.
The Team Construction Winner’s Circle program has been announced as a part of the ASA STARS National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance. The program provides additional financial incentives to those teams who support the series.
Track Enterprises, a racing promotions company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour. It announced the acquisition of Champion Racing Association (CRA) in January 2022 and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series, which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.