With fingers crossed for a turn-around in luck with Mother Nature, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) officials confirmed with Speed51.com that the 2016 All American 400 will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2.
The full 2016 Fairgrounds schedule has yet to be announced, but track operator Tony Formosa, Jr. told 51 on Friday that the All American 400 date has been set. The hope is now focused on improved weather after three-straight years of bad weather impacting some, if not all, of the originally-scheduled All American 400 events.
“The weather has just bit me completely in the butt on the All American 400 the last three years,” Formosa told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’ve just had horrible weather. It was really bad in November so that’s why we changed it to October last year. Where we’re at, it’s a no-brainer that the weather is going to be better in October than it is in November. Last year, we moved the race from November to October and it rained for eight straight days around our date.”
The 2015 edition of the All American 400 was originally scheduled on October 3 and 4, but was postponed two weeks due to rain.
The All American 400 date for this year conflicted with an already-announced Southern Super Series event scheduled for October 1 at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. According to Formosa, however, there just weren’t enough dates available for and the Southern Super Series agreed to change the date of their finale.
“My track is owned by the government and there’s nothing fair about government. There’s not a politician out there who knows a thing about stock car racing. I don’t have the dates like I’d like to have. I can’t just change things easily. I have to take my dates and have them approved by a government board.
“The Fair board started scheduling things in August; whatever’s left is what I get. There’s so many people doing things that time of year. You’ve got (the Southern Super Series) race. You’ve got the (ARCA/CRA Super Series) Winchester 400 the following week, but I’m just tired of getting my brains beat out by bad weather. It’s rough and it could be a whole lot better, but it is what it is and we have to do what we have to do and make the best of it.”
Formosa also told 51 that he is in the process of finalizing the complete 2016 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville schedule and hopes to have it announced in the coming weeks.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield
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