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Southern National postpones Thanksgiving Classic

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Rain arrived sooner than expected, prompting Southern National Motorsports Park to call off Saturday's on-track activity.  The race has been moved to March 1 —  a week before the CARS Tour season opener at Southern National.


"It was a hard decision," track owner Mike Diaz stated.  "We decided to make this a two-day show instead of a three day show just to get everything in and I thought for sure that we would, but then, all of a sudden, the weather changed again.  I don't want to keep these guys here all day as I've been in their position before.  There's nothing easy about what happened today.  Everyone lost."


The forecast had called all week for rain to approach the area on Saturday night and race all day and night on Sunday.  Then, things changed, and rain began falling at 9:40 a.m. Saturday and is forecast to continue falling through Sunday afternoon — followed by bitter cold temperatures Sunday night.


Diaz told drivers in the driver's meeting the race would be rescheduled to March 1 and the purse would remain the same, but the race format could be tweaked.


There had been a considerable amount of anticipation for the race, as it is the final race of the year for Late Model Stock Car racing, and because two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was going to compete in the Prestoria Race Alliance Super Late Model feature.


Busch, the two-time and most recent champion in the Monster Energy Cup Series, had planned to race in the PRA Super Late Model feature of the Solid Rock Carriers Thanksgiving Classic — his first start of any kind as a driver at Southern National Motorsports Park.

The 34-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, has fielded cars as an owner at Southern National.  His cars have won races in the CARS Super Late Model Tour with drivers Christopher Bell, who will also compete in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, and Raphael Lessard.  Busch himself was on hand at the inaugural CARS Tour race, which was held at Southern National in March 2015, after being injured in an accident earlier in the year at the Daytona International Speedway.

While Busch is known most for his NASCAR success, which includes 208 wins across the upper echelons of NASCAR racing, he is also one of the most successful drivers in Super Late Model racing.  Busch has won the Snowball Derby twice and has won numerous times in CRA competition, which includes a victory in the Slinger Nationals in Wisconsin.

The PRA Super Late Model race was to have been the nightcap of Saturday’s portion of the Thanksgiving Classic, which had racing for nine different divisions.