Officials from the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville gave a valiant effort, twice, but the 34th All American 400 for Super Late Models at the Tennessee track was just not meant to be.
A dismal weather forecast, with rain expected to saturate much of the southeast this weekend, has forced the cancelation of the famed Super Late Model race for the second time in less than six months. Mother Nature, last fall, forced the original postponement of the event. This Sunday’s date was scheduled to be the 34th running of the historic Late Model race.
Several other divisions, including Pro Late Models, were scheduled to race this weekend as well. Those events have been rescheduled as part of Big Machine Record Family Night to Saturday, April 20. Local divisions, as well as a 100-lap event for the Pro Late Models will serve as the season opener for the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
“The forecast is awful for this weekend and we don’t want the racers and fans to have to spend the money in travel costs to come here for nothing,” said Claire Formosa, VP of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. “Many of the drivers were coming from a long way, so we wanted to do this early to help them out. We are now going to focus on our regular season opener next Saturday and get prepared for the 35th All American 400 this year.”
A strong field of drivers, from all over America and Canada, made plans to be in the Volunteer State this weekend. The entry fees and pre-paid pit passes for all of those drivers will be refunded by track management.
Drivers who were in Nashville for the original attempt at the All American 400 last fall were scheduled to receive several incentives upon their return this coming weekend. Officials ensure us those incentives will remain in tact for this year’s race.
“Everything we intended to honored this weekend we will honor in November for the team’s that were here last November,” added Formosa. “We are also working with our staff, the racers and other industry people to get ideas for other incentives for the 35th All American 400 to make it even more attractive than ever before.”
The 35th All American 400 is slated for November 2-3, 2019. Entry forms and a weekend schedule for the event will be available on May 4. Official entry lists for the event will be reset and not reflect the order from the 34th edition of the event which has been officially canceled.
For more information on this event or others please visit https://www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com.
Story by: Bob Dillner - President, Speed51 - Twitter: @bobdillner
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