Due to persistent rain showers, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville officials have postponed the 34th Annual All American 400 until April 13-14, 2019. The rain started to fall 25 laps into the 100-lap Pro Late Model race and did not let up during the remainder of the afternoon.
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Vice President Claire Formosa cited how the forecast looked over the next few days, as well as the scheduled events going on at the Fairgrounds, as reasons for the postponement until April 2019.
In addition, there are a number other Super Late Model events scheduled for the next few weeks including the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), the Snowball Derby Preview (test day) and the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL).
“The race will now be run on April 13th and 14th, our first weekend of the year,” Formosa told Speed51.com. “The Pro race is done, they all agreed on a certain amount of money and that’s what we’re going to do. The Super guys will get a free set of tires and we’ll waive the entry fee and they’re guaranteed a starting spot in the race. For the fans, if they mail in the Sunday tickets, I will mail them a check.”
With the 2018 All American 400 Pro Late Model race considered complete, the purse was distributed evenly amongst the teams present for Sunday’s scheduled race.
All entries from this weekend’s Super Late Model race are good for the April date and all drivers will received a guaranteed starting spot for the race.
Raphael Lessard and Cole Butcher were scheduled to lead the field to the green flag for the 34th Annual All American 400; however, teams will re-qualify for the event when they return in April.
Despite the 34th running of the event being postponed to the next calendar year, the 35th All American 400 will be still be held in November 2019 as planned.
Race fans can find on-demand coverage of Sunday's festivities at Nashville by visiting Speed51.com's Trackside Now.
-Story by Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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