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Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville pushes All-American 400 to November

Barry Cantrell

Due to a myriad of factors, the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will now take place a month later than anticipated.

Originally scheduled for October 5-7, the annual Super Late Model major will now take place on November 2-4.

The reasons were multi-fold: The event needed to replace technical inspector Ricky Brooks, the track was short on staffing and also received an underwhelming amount of pre-entries with drivers committing to other events around the country.

“It’s like I said in a different interview, the timing was just tough,” Formosa told Short Track Scene. “It’s complicated because we have to go to the Fair Board to get everything approved. And in this case, it’s because we’re adding a race.”

Since making the announcement on Tuesday, Formosa said she has already received eight entries from drivers who previously couldn’t make the October date, including Bubba Pollard and Steven Wallace.

The new date also allows CRA Super Series technical director Eddie Chew to manage tech for the prestigious event.

The only drawback to the new date is that it places the All-American on the same date as the CARS Tour finale at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. In addition to the Late Model Stock tour, that event also features the Super Late Models, creating a conflict for the likes of championship contenders Raphael Lessard and Jared Fryar.

“I really really want to extend my apologies to them,” Formosa said of the CARS Tour conflict. There’s only so many dates and we have to work with the Fair Board. I don’t like having to do that and I know that it creates a conflict for the teams.”

What was the original All-American 400 weekend will now become an additional points-paying event for local divisions. That includes a 100-lap Pro Late Model main event.

“This isn’t the way we would have done it but sometimes it’s out of our control,” Formosa said.

The new schedule can be found below.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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