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Rain postpones 2018 All-American 400 to April 2019

The 2018 All-American 400 will take place in 2019

Matt Weaver | STS

The 2018 All-American 400 will take place in 2019.

Due to persistent rain showers on Sunday afternoon, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville has opted to postpone the prestigious Super Late Model race to April 13-14, 2019. That means there will be two All-American 400 weekends in the same calendar year.

The rain came 25 laps into the 100-lap Pro Late Model race and continued throughout the evening

The rain started to fall 25 laps into the 100-lap Pro Late Model race and did not let up during the remainder of the afternoon. The storm started at 3:30 CT and a driver’s only meeting was called at roughly 5:45.

Ultimately, the decision was made to declare the finish to the Pro Late Model race as official with 100 percent of the purse evenly distributed across the 34-driver field. The Super Late Model race was postponed to the sprint with teams keeping their tires and their entries will carry over to the new date.

“The race will now be run on April 13th and 14th, our first weekend of the year,” Formosa said. “The Pro race is done, they all agreed on a certain amount of money and that’s what we’re going to do.  The Super guys will get a free set of tires and we’ll waive the entry fee and they’re guaranteed a starting spot in the race. For the fans, if they mail in the Sunday tickets, I will mail them a check.”

Raphael Lessard and Cole Butcher were scheduled to lead the field to green. The teams will re-qualify upon returning in April and new entries are welcome. Lessard’s Kyle Busch Motorsports team actually loaded-up before the race was called because their hauler was needed at Phoenix International Raceway for the Truck Series race this week.

There was no realistic way for the race to take place in 2018. Sunday night and Monday night suffered from a poor forecast. Next weekend is the Florida Govenor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway. The weekend after that is the Snowball Derby Test Day. The Snowball Derby is the weekend after that. The Performance Racing Industry trade show is the weekend after that.

A race cannot realistically be contested at Nashville in January due to the climate.

Bubba Pollard said the Formosa’s made the best out of a scenario they couldn’t control.

“It was tough to make everyone happy in this kind of deal,” Pollard said. “But racing is a gamble no matter what you do. We could have crashed on lap one and been out altogether. Promoters take a gamble on what they do too. And it’s even more complicated for them because they have to run everything by the fair board.

“So, it’s just unfortunate that it played out this way.”

The originally scheduled 2019 All-American 400 is still scheduled for next November.

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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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