A man who has been around the short track racing ranks for quite some time will be leading the technical inspection process for one of Super Late Model racing’s crown jewel events this April. Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville track operator Tony Formosa confirmed with Speed51.com Wednesday afternoon that veteran tech director Micky Cain will step into that role for the 34th Annual All American 400 on Sunday, April 14.
Throughout his years in the sport, Cain has been involved in various roles including driver, crew chief and tech director. He has previously served as the Director of Competition for the Georgia Asphalt Racing Series and Head of Race Operations for the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, among other positions he’s held.
Speaking to Speed51.com, Formosa believes that Cain’s experience in various roles makes him the perfect person to do the job right in two weeks when Super Late Models make their way to Nashville for the All American 400.
“Micky Cain and mine’s relationship goes back a long ways,” Formosa began. “He was the tech guy back when I was racing and he was always really fair and really easy to work with. He was fun to work with.
“He’s been on both sides of the fence. He raced for a long time and he teched for a long time. He understands racers, he understands rules and he understands how to enforce them. The good thing about a tech guy that has been a racer is that he knows what to expect and what to look for and whatnot.”
Although Cain has been away from the sport in recent years, he has taken a step back from his previous involvement. Most recently, he’s played the role of crew chief for Super Late Model racer Spencer Davis. While doing so, he’s stayed well connected to the game and many of the players involved, including fellow Super Late Model tech inspector Ricky Brooks.
“Me and Ricky still talk to each other a lot,” Cain said. “I give him my two cents worth every so often. It’s not like I’ve been totally out of the loop. It kind of makes you feel good that not everybody in the world has forgotten about you. This race is one of the big three of the south. You’ve got the All American, what used to be the World Crown and the (Snowball) Derby. It’s a pretty good deal.”
Throughout the race weekend, Cain plans to work closely with Formosa and the technical inspection staff to ensure that racers on a level playing field to compete for the $16,000 check.
“Tony told me the rules he wants to use, how he wants to be enforced and it’s my job to do it the way he wants it done,” Cain stated. “As far as him stepping in and making any sort of decisions and stuff like that, we’ll both look at what happened. But I’m going to do it the way he wants it done and that’s what we’re going to do.”
As part of the rulebook for the 34th Annual All American 400, the Hamner Racing Engines spec engine will be allowed to run as is without a restrictor plate.
“I’m not part of the S.E.A.L. program but I do respect the S.E.A.L. program and I do respect Super Late Model racing,” Formosa commented. “We have one Super Late Model race a year and this year we’re having two Super Late Model races. I’ve got to do what I think is best for my speedway.”
The 34th Annual All American 400, which will be contested as a 300-lap race in an attempt to save racers money, will be contested April 13-14, 2019 after the event was postponed due to weather in 2018.
The originally scheduled 35th Annual All American 400 will be contested at the traditional 400-lap distance on November 2-3, 2019.
It is not etched in stone yet, however, Formosa believes there’s a good chance that Cain will be leading the technical inspection team for that event as well.
“Micky and I have talked a little bit about him possibly coming to the Fairgrounds and being involved with our local program. I think there’s a possibility of that. I think that he’d do a great job and we’ll see how it plays out.”
Speed51 will have additional stories and information about the 34th Annual All American 400 in the coming days.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul
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