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Southern National releases Thanksgiving Classic schedule

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Southern National Motorsports Park has released the schedule for the 17th running of the Thanksgiving Classic, which will be contested over three days on Thanksgiving weekend.

The Thanksgiving Classic race weekend begins on November 24 and will once again be headlined by a 200-lap, $20,000-to-win Late Model Stock Car race on Sunday, November 26. The three-day event will feature 795 laps of racing across 11 different divisions.

Track owner and promoter Michael Diaz says diversity of schedule is what makes the Classic such a compelling weekend.

“We’ve got an action-packed schedule this year with divisions ranging from our ever growing Any Car class to the Late Models and Super Late Models that’ll fill any fans desire for racing,” Diaz said. “This year’s Thanksgiving Classic is going to be a stepping stone to making this event even bigger in the future and I think it starts with our $20,000 to win Late Model Stock Car race which is drawing a ton of interest.”

The first night of the Thanksgiving Classic will feature racing for the Bandolero, Charger and Legends divisions as well as a 40-lap Limited Late Model Dash for Cash.

The Limited Late Model race will feature a unique format for the racers. The drivers must run two scuff tires from the track but can run two scuff tires they bring with them from their home track. The Limited Late Models, along with the Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars, will run multiple races during the Thanksgiving Classic.

Saturday, November 25 will feature seven different divisions of racing as well as qualifying which will set the field for Sunday’s Super Late Model race and set the top-15 for the Late Model Stock Car race.

Saturday evening’s racing program is headlined by a 75 lap, $2,500-to-win Limited Late Model feature. In addition to the Limited Late Models, the Bandoleros, Legends, Southern Lightning Modifieds, Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Street Stocks and Any Cars will all be in action.

The main events will get underway shortly after noon on Sunday, Nov. 26, starting with the Last Chance Qualifier for the Late Model Stock Car portion of the Thanksgiving Classic which will set the remainder of the starting lineup from 16th on back. That will be followed by the 125 lap Super Late Model event, a 15-lap Any Car race and the 200 lap, $20,000-to-win Thanksgiving Classic Late Model Stock Car race.

The complete schedule can be viewed below. 

Friday, November 24TH:

7:30 AM REGISTRATION OPENS

7:45 AM PIT GATE OPENS / TRACKSIDE OPENS

9:00 AM TIRE BUILDING OPENS

ALL LMSC / SLM OPTIONAL TECH ON FRIDAY TO GO OVER CAR AND GET SAFETY DECAL

CAN NOT GET ON TRACK ON SATURDAY FOR ANY PRACTICE WITHOUT IT

HIGHLY SUGGESTED TO TECH ON FRIDAY TO GET YOU AS MUCH PRACTICE TIME POSSIBLE

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PRACTICE (LMSC, Super Late Model, Limited Only)

(OPTIONAL INSPECTION ON FRIDAY AFTER PRACTICE FOR SUPER LATE MODEL, LATE MODEL, LIMITED LATE MODEL)

12:00 PM BREAK

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM FINAL LMSC PRACTCE FOR THE DAY

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM FINAL SLM PRACTICE FOR THE DAY

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 7 MIN ROUNDS FOR ALL DIVISONS

ROTATING PRACTICE FOR ALL WEEKEND RACING DIVISIONS

LLM, UCAR, BANDO, LEGENDS, SL MOD, SEMST, BOMBER,  STREET STOCK, CHARGER

5:00 PIT GATE OPENS TO CLEAR TRACK AND LET TRAILERS IN

6:30 PM CHARGER TIRES & LLM TIRES RELEASED

6:30 PM  GRANDSTANDS OPEN

6:30 PM – 7:45 PM LOCAL DIVISION PRACTICE                                           

8:00 PM LOCAL DIVISION RACING

Saturday, November 25TH:

7:30 AM REGISTRATION OPENS

8:00 AM PIT GATE OPENS / TRACKSIDE OPENS

8:30 AM DRIVER/CREW CHIEF/SPOTTER (LMSC & SUPER LATE ONLY)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM LMSC / SLM PRACTICE   (INSPECTION DECAL MUST BE ON CAR)

10:10 AM – 12:30 PM LOCAL DIVISION PRACTICE

 

11:05 – 11:15 AM LMSC PRACTICE

11:15 – 11:25 AM SLM PRACTICE

11:30 – 12:30 LOCAL DIVISION QUALIFYING

 

1:00 PM  GRANDSTANDS OPEN

1:20 PM QUALIFYING BEGINS GROUP

1ST LLM, 2ND SL MOD, 3RD MINI STOCK. 4TH LEGENDS, 5TH UCAR, 6th STREET STOCKS

2:30 PM  LMSC SINGLE CAR QUALIFYING – (GREEN, WHITE, CHECKER)

TOP 15 ARE LOCKED IN AND THE REMAINING WILL RUN A LAST CHANCE RACE ON SUNDAY

SLM SINGLE CAR QUALIFYING – (GREEN, WHITE, CHECKER)

IF NEEDED DUE TO TEMPERATURE DEAD LAP WILL BE ADDED TO QUALIFYING

ALL LMSC / SLM IMPOUNDED AND TECHED AFTER QUALIFYING

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM PRE RACE CEREMONIES – Register at Guest Services                                      

4:30 PM LOCAL DIVISION RACING

Sunday, November 26TH:

8:30 AM PIT GATE OPENS / TRACKSIDE OPENS

9:00 AM DRIVERS MEETING / SPOTTERS MEETING (TECH BUILDING)

STAGE CARS FOR AUTOGRAPH SESSION

9:45 AM CHAPEL SERVICE / GRANDSTANDS OPEN

10:15 AM – 11:30AM  AUTOGRAPH SESSION (ALL DIVISIONS REQUIRED)

11:45 PM – 12:00 PM PRE-RACE CEREMONIES – Register at Guest Services

11:45 PM PEDAL KART RACES

12:00 PM LMSC LAST CHANCE RACE (25 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW: SUPER LATE MODEL (125 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW: ANY CAR (15 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW: LMSC (200 LAPS)

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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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