Chase Elliott Wins All American 400; Daniel Hemric is the Southern Super Series Champion

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Hemric Ekes Out Inaugural Series Title by One Point

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NASHVILLE, TN (November 3, 2013) – Saturday night, Super Late Model drivers Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric added to the long and storied racing history of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.  The historic track in Tennessee’s capital city has seen some of stock car racing’s greatest achieve success in the past.  By winning the All American 400 Saturday in Nashville, Chase Elliott cemented his place as one of the greatest short track racers of all time, while Daniel Hemric made history of another kind in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.

 

Elliott won the 300-lap Southern Super Series All American 400 to complete the sweep of four of Super Late Model racing’s most prestigious events, adding to his Snowball Derby, Winchester 400 and World Crown 300 victories in recent seasons.  Hemric eked out the Southern Super Series championship in the final race of the series’ inaugural season by just one point after point leader Bubba Pollard was involved in a late-race crash.

 

It was a historic night that will forever be a part of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville’s lore.

 

“I don’t know what to say,” said a humbled Elliott, 17, in victory lane at Nashville.   “A big thanks to everyone who has helped me get this far.  This means a lot.”

 

Elliott, the son of NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, was close to winning the All American 400 back in 2010, but finished second to TJ Reaid.  Saturday night, he got his redemption by charging to the front in the final 70 laps of the race with fresh tires.

 

“We were so close back in 2010 and we had a really good race with TJ, but we just came up a little bit short.  To come back and get the job done means a ton to me and my family.  We put so much effort into this and it’s great for it to pay off.”

 

Hemric finished second to Elliott on the track, then had to wait as Southern Super Series officials crunched the numbers that decided the championship.  When the green flag fell to start the race, Hemric was 53 points behind point leader Bubba Pollard.  The two traded the championship lead throughout the race with one having time up front when the other was at the back of the pack.

 

On lap 283, Pollard was involved in a crash in turn one that took out several other frontrunners, including Eddie Hoffman, Erik Jones and Kyle Benjamin.  Pollard’s night was done, leaving the title up for grabs.  Hemric made a late pit stop for fresh tires that allowed him to climb up to second at the checkered flag, while Pollard was scored 20th.  That gap earned Hemric, a 22-year-old from Kannapolis, North Carolina, the inaugural Southern Super Series championship.

 

“I never thought it would turn out like it did,” said Hemric.  “I hated to see Bubba Pollard get taken out like that.  It’s horrible and heartbreaking for everyone on that team.  That’s kind of how his year went.  He was really good, but he had a lot of bad luck.  I hate to win it like that, but we were just in the right place at the right time all season.  That’s key to running for the championship.  We were able to do that throughout the whole series.

 

“It’s hard to say that I’m disappointed in winning the championship and running second, but I just really wanted to win that All American 400 and hold that guitar trophy.  Still, the championship is pretty sweet.”

 

For Pollard, his turn-one incident not only sealed his fate on his championship efforts, it also closed a roller-coaster Southern Super Series season.

 

“I guess it wasn’t meant to be.  I just hate it for my guys that worked hard all year.  We’ve gone through a lot this year and had to make some changes.  It’s been an up and down year, but they were the ones that put in the hard work and stuck behind me.  They get more out of this than I do.  He’s a good driver and he’s as good as they get.  He deserves it.  Congratulations to him.  We just had too many problems this year.”

 

Hunter Robbins, Johnny VanDoorn and Augie Grill followed Elliott across the stripe to finish the All American 400.

 

Series officials are currently assembling the 2014 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco schedule.  Dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com.  The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries.  For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives.  For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via [email protected].

 

SOUTHERN SUPER SERIES
29TH ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN 400
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee
November 2, 2013
Official Results
(Position – Car # – Name – Laps Completed)

1

9E

Chase Elliott 300

2

98H

Daniel Hemric 300

3

18R

Hunter Robbins 300

4

61

Johnny VanDoorn 300

5

112

Augie Grill 300

6

25K

Ross Kenseth 300

7

26P

Preston Peltier 300

8

42

Chad Finley 300

9

47M

Trey Mitchell 300

10

2W

Donnie Wilson 300

11

23V

Eddie Van Meter 300

12

51N

Stephen Nasse 300

13

1C

Cody Coughlin 300

14

41

TJ Reaid 300

15

9K

Mark Kraus 300

16

51J

Erik Jones 300

17

71

Kyle Benjamin 300

18

121

Joseph Meyer 300

19

8H

Eddie Hoffman 289

20

26

Bubba Pollard 283

21

98M

Mason Mingus 283

22

29B

Anderson Bowen 283

23

60

Tyler Speer 278

24

47S

Jordan Sims 272

25

26S

Willie Allen 249

26

47

Allen Karnes 232

27

29T

Austin Theriault 220

28

8N

John Hunter Nemechek 199

29

7

Casey Roderick 190

30

129

Spencer Davis 148

31

11

Stacey Crain 114

32

71B

Johnny Brazier 98

33

40H

Michael House 92

34

43

Dennis Schoenfeld 73

35

1G

Mike Garvey 60

36

19

Lonnie Sommerville 24

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