Predictions: Southern Super Series/ ARCA CRA All-American 400

Bubba Pollard is the most recent winner at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville - Matt Weaver

The storied tradition of the All-American 400 Super Late Model race continues on Saturday night at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Here are the top-four statistical bets to win the race and take home an authentic Gibson Guitar Nashville trophy.

NASHVILLE -- While technically a co-sanctioned event by the Southern Super Series and ARCA CRA Super Series, the All-American 400 will act as a standalone event for many of the competitors entered into Saturday night's Super Late Model race.

The CRA has already crowned its season champion, Travis Braden, while the Southern Super Series has come down to two -- Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric -- separated by 48 points.

So outside of the two championship contenders, this weekend is purely about picking up an authentic Nashville Gibson guitar, the traditional trophy for the All-American 400.

With that in mind, we've compiled a shortlist of likely winners for the ‘Civil War on Wheels' below:

Erik Jones, Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51

The 16-year-old from Byron, Mich. continues to have the winning hand in major Super Late Model races this season. It began in December when Jones out-dueled Kyle Busch to win the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla.

Impressed with the youngster, Busch gave Jones a part-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and select starts in the Super Late Model that he had defeated in December.

Jones has made the most of his opportunity, scoring four top-10s in his four Truck Series starts and winning the Winchester 400 last month in his debut in Busch's personal Super Late Model.

That car is now undefeated this season as Busch scored victories in a PASS (Pro All Stars Series) race in Canada as well as the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Jones'  has repeatedly said that he wants to keep the car undefeated and plans on racing the chassis at Nashville and a follow-up start in this year's Snowball Derby. He's also won in the ARCA Racing Series this season (at Berlin) in addition to making his NASCAR debut.

All told, Jones is the undisputed favorite to capture his first victory in the All-American 400 on Saturday night.


Chase Elliott, Bill Elliott Motorsports No. 9

Chase Elliott has all but turned his attention to NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series and it shows as the 17-year-old scored first victories in both tours this season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Pocono Raceway respectively.

But Elliott remains a supporter of short track Late Model racing and has promised to stay in the discipline as long as his schedule will allow. And making that claim is easier when there are still races -- like the All-American 400 -- that he still has yet to conquer.

A conflict in the NASCAR Pro Series East schedule forced him to miss last year's 400 and it may have cost him his best shot to win yet. The 2011-12 seasons were the highlight of his Late Model career but Elliott hasn't quite been as competitive this year.

Elliott admitted in August after the World Crown 300 in Jefferson, Ga. that the NASCAR operation has received most of the attention in Dawsonville -- and rightfully so.

But judging from the Winchester 400 and Elliott's spirited duel with Erik Jones, the No. 9 team will be prepared to take the fight to their rivals and score Elliott's first victory in the Civil War on Wheels.


Bubba Pollard, Pollard Motorsports No. 26

After a somewhat sluggish start to the season, the winningest driver in Super Late Model competition over the past three seasons has really started to hit his stride with a victory at Pensacola and a top-10 at Winchester in the 400.

In his two most recent starts at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Pollard has finished second (2012 All-American) and won in the spring in the inaugural Southern Super Series event. Pollard is still racing for a championship, is looking to score his first Super Series championship and has plenty of incentive to qualify up front and stay there over the course of 300 laps.


Daniel Hemric, Carswell Motorsports No. 98

While most known for his success in Legend cars, Hemric is also the defending JEGS Tour Pro Late Model champion and is fresh off making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

His debut ended in disaster as Hemric suffered a mechanical failure by the third lap and did not make it to the finish.

But Hemric is still in Southern Super Series championship contention and with a field of over 40 cars set to race in the All-American 400, the Kannapolis, N.C. native has everything to gain with a victory on Saturday night. That and his strong run at Nashville in the spring suggests that he will be a player in the closing stages of the race.


Past winners Mike Garvey, Ross Kenseth, T.J. Reaid, Johnny VanDoorn and Eddie Hoffman are also entered into the race as is ARCA Racing Series winner Kyle Benjamin. Who is your pick to win the All-American 400?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Complete All-American 400 coverage can be found on SB Nation's Ranting and Raving Short Track Blog.

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