Posted: Tuesday, August 26th 2014 at 12:00pm
Cain set for Pro Late Model return for All American 400
By Brandon Reed Staff
After a nine year absence from the Pro Late Model ranks, former World Crown 300 winner Micky Cain will climb back behind the wheel for November's All American 400 at Fairground Speedway Nashville. / Photo: Brandon Reed
JEFFERSON, GA - The recent announcement by Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to move the famed All American 400 to a Pro Late Model format has inspired one veteran driver to take a chance at winning the legendary guitar trophy for the event.
Micky Cain of Jefferson, GA, recently announced he will be coming out of semi-retirement to compete in the November classic.
Cain will pilot a Dodge Challenger owned by Dawsonville, GA’s Scott Davis, which was most recently piloted by his son, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified driver Spencer Davis.
With the exception of two Outlaw Late Model features in 2012 at Watermelon Capital Speedway, which he won, Cain hasn’t been in a Late Model event in some nine years.
“I guess you could say racing is addictive, to say the least,” said Cain. “You don't ever get it out of your system.”
The 2000 winner of the World Crown 300, who currently works as Facility Director at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA, said the inspiration to return to the cockpit for the All American came from Nathaniel “Boo” Carlisle, the Testing Director at GMP.
“He said see if (Scott Davis) will let you drive it,” Cain said. “I called and Scott and Spencer was all about it, so we'll go see what happens.”
Cain said he’s not worried about his long layoff from driving going into the All American. His plan to get race ready is pretty simple.
“Show up and race. Quit eating so much,” he said. “We work in the heat ever day, so that's not a big concern. Race cars drive a little easier now than they did 20 years ago. I think we'll be all right. We're gonna shed a few pounds between now and then, make sure the fire suit still fits.”
Despite all the wins and the championships Cain had over the years, the opportunity to race on the high banks at Nashville never came up. He said that is one contributing factor to crawling back behind the wheel of a race car in November.
“That was one show, just Nashville in general, that I always wanted to run back when I was winning everything around here,” he said. “But it was always a Super Late Model race, and the last year me and David (Grogan, car owner) were together, we had a Super motor, but as good as our Pro stuff was, we never took the opportunity to go. I know the cars Spencer has pretty well, so I believe we'll be okay.”
He should know the cars. Cain spent 2013 working as crew chief for Davis, and was instrumental in the building and preparation of the team’s Dodge Challenger, which Davis piloted to Victory Lane and the SpeedWeeks Pro Late Model championship at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL back in February, as well as a victory at in a PASS Series event at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC.
Cain feels good about taking the Dodge to the high speed, high banked 5/8 mile in the Music City.
“People that know me know that old black Dodge I used to run around here wasn't a slouch,” he said. “I've got a pretty good liking for those old Dodges. I think we'll do okay.”
Cain is continuing to prepare for the All American, and that includes searching for sponsors to help the team to not only make their way to Nashville, but to also help make a run at putting the No. 30 Dodge in Victory Lane.
And that, said Cain, is the point of going.
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