Mingus Survives Wild All American 400

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Mason Mingus collected the victory in Sunday's All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. (David Sink Photo)
Mason Mingus collected the victory in Sunday's All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. (David Sink Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mason Mingus emerged as the winner of a wild All American 400 on Sunday evening at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

Mingus found himself in position to secure the victory after a battle between race leaders Stephen Nasse and Chandler Smith in the final 100 laps of the 400-lap event for asphalt super late models.

A restart on lap 370 saw Smith leading Nasse and the two engaged in a heated battle for the lead. However, heading down the backstretch the two made contact and Nasse got turned nose first into the outside wall, ending his day.

With Nasse and Smith involved in the incident, Mingus suddenly found himself in the race lead. The race resumed with 19 laps left and Mingus held serve, but another caution with 11 laps left for Smith losing the hood off his car forced one more restart to settle the All American 400.

With so few cars on the lead lap, Smith’s Kyle Busch Motorsports team was able to return the hood to his car and get him back out on track to battle for the win. However, instead of racing Mingus for the win he found himself battling Casey Roderick, who was multiple laps down.

With Roderick serving as an unintended blocker, Mingus was able to sneak away and beat Smith to the checkered flag to win the All American 400 for the first time.

Boris Jurkovic finished third, followed by Brandon Watson and Carson Hocevar.

Bubba Pollard won the 100-lap pro late model feature run earlier in the day. He also competed in the 400-lap main event, but finished 21st in the 27-car field.

The finish:

Mason Mingus, Chandler Smith, Boris Jurkovic, Brandon Watson, Carson Hocevar, Dennis Prunty, Casey Roderick, Kyle Neveau, Johnny Brazier, Dalton Zehr, Stephen Nasse, Donnie Wilson, Austin Nason, Greg Van Alst, Eddie MacDonald, Willie Allen, Derek Thorn, Michael House, Albert Francis, Cole Williams, Bubba Pollard, Ty Majeski, Michael Simko, John DeAngelis Jr., Josh Brock, Travis Braden, Jonathan Eilen.