After Pro Late Models held center stage of the All American 400 weekend at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for the past two years of the event’s 33-year history, fans who have been clamoring for a return of Super Late Models to the prestigious event are getting their wish.
Fairgrounds Speedway Vice President Claire Formosa confirmed with Speed51.com powered by JEGS that the All American 400 will return as a Super Late Model race in 2016. While additional details regarding the race format and a pinpoint date are forthcoming, fans have made their voices heard by track management.
“Over the past few years we have received a lot of comments and feedback from our loyal fans that have all said they want to see the Supers back,” Formosa told 51. “We’re all about trying to pleasing our fans so we’re going to give them their wish.
“We understand that this event has to be a Super Late Model race because that is what it has traditionally been. We wanted to give our local guys a chance to run a big event like the All American 400 when we made it a Pro Late Model race, but the fans have told us they want it to be a Super Late Model race again.”
Since its inaugural running in 1981, the All American 400 has seen a number of sanctioning bodies involved, types of Late Models as its headlining division and race distances. The event has been held under sanction from ASA, American-Canadian Tour, All Pro, CRA and the Southern Super Series as a Super Late Model event over the years, but track officials told 51 that they have not determined whether the race will be under the sanction of a series or held as an independent track event as it has been since 2014.
“Our goal is to have, by the Snowball Derby (held the first weekend of December at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway), more information on the date, the format and the rules package for the Supers,” added Formosa.
Chase Elliott won the most recent Super Late Model All American 400 as a Southern Super Series race in 2013. John Hunter Nemechek (2014) and Daniel Hemric (2015) won the most recent AA400 events, held as Pro Late Model features.
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