Officials at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) have elected to condense this weekend’s Thanksgiving Classic to a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30.
With an unfavorable forecast on the horizon for Sunday, December 1, track owner Michael Diaz said it was important to make the necessary changes for the Thanksgiving weekend tradition at the Lucama, North Carolina venue before drivers, teams and fans embarked on holiday plans and offer them time to adjust accommodations.
“With the best interest of the fans and the drivers, we have decided to condense the show to two days with the impending rain that is most likely going to occur on Sunday,” Diaz told Speed51. “We did our best to wait it out as long as we could, but I felt since it is a Holiday weekend that it would be best to announce the schedule change today. We hope that the fans and drivers feel this is the best thing to do as well.”
With the condensed schedule, fans will now be treated to two action-packed days of racing at the 4/10-mile high-banked oval, with 15 feature races scheduled over the two days.
“This year’s Classic is going to be epic. Squeezed into two days, the fans are going to get their money’s worth. We hope everyone can still make it out to both days and we look forward to seeing everyone this weekend with full bellies ready to watch some great racing.”
With the schedule change, the Super Trucks have been scratched from the weekend program. Also, the UCAR and Any Car divisions will be combined for a 25-lap feature race on Saturday’s racing card.
Along with the 150-lap Late Model Stock feature, the PRA Tours Super Late Models will compete for 125 laps to close out Saturday’s show. Other divisions in action Saturday include the Southern Lightning Modifieds, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, Legends, Mini Stocks and Bandoleros.
Friday’s racing program will include Bandoleros, the Mini Cup cars of the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series and the Virginia Mini Cup Racing Association, Legends, Mod 4’s and Chargers.
Racing will begin at 8:15 p.m. Friday night and 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. For a detailed look at the updated schedule, click here.
Speed51 will provide coverage of the Thanksgiving Classic from Southern National Motorsports Park. Stay tuned to Speed51 for more details regarding coverage of this year’s event.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 photos