CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2020) – Podium eSports has announced that it has secured the media rights to the inaugural running of the All-American eSports 400, to run the weekend of Oct. 23-25, in partnership with the Southeastern eSports Association and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The Podium eSports Twitch Channel (twitch.tv/podiumesports) will have coverage of all three days of action from the virtual Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway within iRacing.

The All-American eSports 400 is the official esports version of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway’s All-American 400, the flagship event of the track. Since 1981, the All-American 400 has been the largest event each year at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, and one of the largest short track races in the United States. Former winners of the race include NASCAR Hall of Famers Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip, as well as Jeff Purvis, Chris Gabehardt, Chase Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric and Bubba Pollard. 

The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway made its debut on iRacing, the world’s premier online racing game, on Sept. 8. The All-American eSports 400 will not only be the first official esports event for the Speedway, but will also be the first major event in iRacing to use the Speedway after its release.

Promoting the All-American eSports 400 is the owner of the Southeastern eSports Association, William Hale. Hale is a lifelong native of the Nashville area and races at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in real life.

“I have been coming to the Fairgrounds since I was three, and sim racing since I was 13,” said Hale. “To see the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway finally arrive on iRacing is a dream come true for me, and I am excited to combine my passion for both the track and sim racing with the All-American eSports 400. Our goal is to bring as much of the real-life event to iRacing as possible – in that way, we will create an event as prestigious as the real-life All-American 400 and a special event that will become a mainstay on the iRacing calendar.”

“To bring our biggest event to the sim racing world represents a tremendous opportunity for all of us at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway,” said GM Scott Menlen. “Having the Speedway on iRacing opens our doors to the next generation of race fans and there is no better way to announce the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway’s entrance into sim racing than with the official virtual version of our biggest event.”

More information about the All-American eSports 400, including rules and registration, is available on the Southeastern eSports Association’s website. For more information about the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, visit nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing. For more information about the Southeastern eSports Association, visit southeastern-esports.com. For more information about Podium eSports, visit www.podiumesports.com.

About Podium eSports
Podium eSports, home of the best broadcasts in sim racing, launched in January 2019. Podium eSports uses the iRacing.com Motorsports Simulation to deliver the most entertaining broadcasts on the service. In March 2020, Podium eSports produced the Replacements 100 from Atlanta Motor Speedway, which averaged over 20,000 live views and set a new record for viewership of an independently-produced iRacing broadcast. In its first year, Podium eSports earned over 40,000 views from 300+ hours of content. Podium eSports is partnered with the Sim 500 eSports Racing League, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Anthony Alfredo, the CARS Tour and the Porsche Club of America. Podium eSports races are broadcast live on the Podium eSports Twitch Channel, which can be found at twitch.tv/podiumesports. For more information, visit www.podiumesports.com.