When Dick Trickle won the inaugural World Crown 300 in 1983, it began a tradition that has now lasted for 30 years. The race has continued to fit within the standards he established as the 2013 race is expected to reward ambition, determination and grit -- attributes he championed throughout his entire career.
Considered one of the Grand Slam of Super Late Model racing events, the World Crown has been chased and captured by some of stock car racing's best champions.
The other so-called Grand Slam events include the Winchester 400, All-American 400 and the Snowball Derby.
Past winners include Darrell Waltrip, Rick Crawford, and Rich Bickle. The entry list from over the years reveals even more legends, including Rusty Wallace, Alan Kulwicki, Bobby and Davey Allison -- it's that kind of race.
The legend is sure to grow on Saturday night as the World Crown is now sanctioned by the Southern Super Series and including some of its top stars like Bubba Pollard, Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek and Mike Garvey. Defending race winner Chase Elliott will also headline an a-list of stock car prospects like ARCA Racing Series driver Kyle Benjamin and Stephen Nasse.
Beyond that, most every driver in the field has a compelling story and a snapshot can be seen below. The World Crown 300 will not have radio this season so updates will be provided by Speed 51 as well as exclusive commentary from yours truly on Twitter at @MattWeaverSBN.
Southern Super Series Pocket primer:
Chase Elliott -- NASCAR Truck Series driver and son of Bill Elliott
John Hunter Nemechek -- Son of Front Row Joe and Super Series title contender, occasional NASCAR Pro Series East driver started outside pole of 2012 Snowball Derby
Mike Garvey -- Long-time NASCAR competitor and 1990 All-Pro Series champion
Bubba Pollard -- Georgia native and winningest Super Late Model driver since 2011
Kyle Benjamin -- 15-year-old ARCA Racing Series driver for Venturini Motorsports
Daniel Hemric -- Current Southern Super Series points leader
Spencer Davis -- 14 year-old Dawsonville prospect, fast but unseasoned
Donnie Wilson -- Contender at nearly every Southern Super Series event but fallen on bad luck in 2014, fails to finish many races
Austin Theriault -- 19-year-old Brad Keselowski Racing development driver
Cody Coughlin -- 17-year-old son of NHRA racer John Coughlin, first of family to chase stock car racing
T.J. Reaid -- Former Kyle Busch development driver, winner of May Super Series race at Pensacola
Stephen Nasse -- Recently recovered from battle with pneumonia, World Crown is one of his first races back since