Due to persistent rainfall at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC), the 2019 Thanksgiving Classic has been postponed to Sunday, March 1.
The race was initially scheduled to run from Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1, but forecasts of rain for Sunday led track officials to condense the event into a two-day show. The projected rain arrived sooner than anticipated however, dashing the chances of competition this weekend at the Lucama, North Carolina 4/10-mile oval.
“It’s been a hard decision all week,” said Southern National Motorsports Park owner Michael Diaz. “We watched the weather extensively, made the decision to move it from a three-day show to a two-day show because it’s the Classic and we’ve got to get it in. The weather wasn’t supposed to come in until 11:00 p.m. or midnight. With moving the show up on Saturday, I thought for sure we’d get it in.
“I think the decision to move it to March 1 is the best decision I could come up with. It will be Supers and Late Model Stocks on March 1. It will be the PRA opener for next year. For the Late Model Stocks, it will be a four-tire race instead of an eight-tire race, we will probably change the lap count.”
With the washout, Kodie Conner has officially been crowned the inaugural PRA Tours Super Late Model Series champion. Conner entered the intended finale with a 57-point cushion over Toby Grynewicz. NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Buschhad also drawn attention by entering the event, which would have marked his second Super Late Model appearance of 2019 after competing in CRA SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) in January.
This also concludes the 2019 season for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock racers, as the Thanksgiving Classic is traditionally the season-ending marquee event for racers of that discipline following the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC).
Stay tuned to Speed51 for more details regarding the postponement.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 photo