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Smoky Mountain Speedway Mourns the Loss of Dustin Dunlap

(December 1, 2021) Dustin Dunlap, age 38 of Walland, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, unexpectedly at home. He was a faithful member and treasurer of Keebles Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed by Lazydays RV where he was the business office manager. He also was the assistant manager and promoter at Smoky Mountain Speedway and was a former assistant manager at Food City. Dustin was an avid race fan and UT Sports fan. He was a strong Christian and was always saying a good word for Jesus. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Preceded in death by: grandparents, Cledith Martin and Virgil and Selva Lou Dunlap; aunt and uncle, Glenda Bryant and Kenny Dunlap. Survived by: parents, Ronnie & Sylvia Dunlap; grandfather, Wade Martin; aunts and uncle, Missy Martin, Yvonne & Mike Dunlap; special cousins, Janet (Jason) Hutsell, Lindsey (Wesley) Huskey, April Bryant, Robbie (Heather) Bryant, Caleb (Emily) Compton, Isabella & Kamden Hutsell, Jackson, Martin & Marlee Huskey, Hunner & Kortnie Bryant, Levi & Clint Compton; best friends, Casey, Robby, and Conor Moses. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Friday, December 3, 2021 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will be at 7:00 PM with Rev. Tim Martin officiating. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.

'22 Tennessee Tip-Off Classic at Smoky Mountain Scheduled for March 5

(November 12, 2021) The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series is pleased to announce an addition to the 2022 Southern Series schedule as the tour, along with the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, will co-sanction the 9th Annual Tennessee Tip-Off Classic at America’s Special Event Late Model Track, Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN, on Saturday March 5, 2022. The event will pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start and will see 24 cars start the event!

Prior to the 9th Annual Tennessee Tip-Off Classic on Saturday March 5, 2022, the track will host an Open Practice on Friday evening March 4. Other divisions that will be competition at the event will be 604 Crate Late Models and KMSA Mini Stocks while gate times, start times, and prices for the practice on March 4 and Tennessee Tip-Off Classic event on March 5 will be released at a later date. A discounted pre entry form, amount and info will be released along with the purse very soon.

Previous Tennessee Tip-Off Classic Champions:
2014- Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC)
2015- Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA)
2016- Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)
2017- Event Not Held
2018- Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC), Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)
2019- Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)
2020- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
2021- Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC)

Cory Hedgecock Dominates for $5,000 All-Star Win

(October 16, 2021) Cory Hedgecock dominated in every fashion to win Saturday’s American Pro Late Model All-Stars race. Hedgecock set fast time, won the fast car dash, and led all 40 laps to win the $5,000 first place prize.

Hedgecock took the lead in the first turn of the first lap over Cameron Weaver. Logan Roberson, Dillon Brown, and Mack McCarter battled hard for the third position. Near the halfway point of the race, Weaver was able to move to the rear bumper of Hedgecock as the leader caught slower traffic. Hedgecock showed patience picking his way through the slower cars, then pulled away from Weaver.

The second place running Weaver brought out a caution on lap 34. That set up a big battle among Roberson, McCarter, and Brown for second place. McCarter would take second from Roberson on the restart. Following a caution on lap 36, Brown got by Roberson for third. Roberson’s fourth place finish sealed the series title for the Virginia driver. | full story

Torrential Rain Cancels Mountain Moonshine Classic at SMS

(October 7, 2021) Due to the torrential rain currently falling and an unfavorable forecast for Friday, Smoky Mountain Speedway and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials have canceled the Mountain Moonshine Classic. The event will not be made up. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to Smoky Mountain Speedway in 2022.

For those who have General Admission tickets and Pit Passes, you can mail tickets and/or wristbands back to the speedway for a refund within 30 days, including any holidays, from today's date. Any tickets and/or wristbands mailed back and not postmarked within 30 days, including any holidays, from today's date will not be honored for a refund.

Please mail tickets and/or wristbands including a self-addressed stamped envelope with contact phone number on the inside flap of envelope to receive a refund.

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The events at the Red Clay at Woodstock - Historic Dixie Speedway on Saturday, October 9th and Rome International Speedway on Sunday, October 10th are still on as scheduled.

Dale McDowell Dominant in King of the Mountain Win

(September 25, 2021) Dale McDowell has been a frequent visitor to victory lane during Southern All-Stars competition at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He backed that up with a dominating win in Saturday’s King of the Mountain Fall Classic. Payton Freeman and Ricky Weiss were the front row starters for the 50-lap race. Each driver was the fast time qualifier in their respective heats. (MRM Racing Photos)

Freeman quickly shot to the lead going into turn 1. The series points leader went up high in front of Weiss. That move allowed McDowell to quickly move into second. Freeman was quickly under fire from McDowell. The lead duo raced side-by-side for several laps until McDowell secured the lead on lap 5. Freeman tagged along in second as the lead pair pulled away from the rest of the field.

Dalton Cook, Eli Beets, and Zack Mitchell spent much of the race battling for third place, swapping spots back and forth throughout much of the race. Back up front McDowell sliced through traffic as he pulled away from Freeman. McDowell lapped up the 5th place until the race’s first caution came out on lap 40. Mitchell had to fight off Beets and Cook on the restart. Mitchell held onto the position as Beets and Dalton battle for fourth. Beets and Cook made contact on lap 46 that sent Cook into the turn 1 wall. On the final restart, Beets made a late pass to take third as McDowell cruised to victory and Freeman finishing second. | full story

Cory Hedgecock Holds On for Summer Showdown Win

(August 7, 2021) Smoky Mountain Speedway roared back into action by welcoming the American Pro Late Model All-Stars for a $10,000 to win event. Thirty-three drivers from across the region signed in. Following a wild fast car dash, Cory Hedgecock earned the pole position for the 60-lap race. Hedgecock would lead the field to the green flag and quickly jumped to the lead over Matt Henderson. Mack McCarter and Zach Sise would battle for third behind the front duo. (MRM Racing Photos)

Henderson stayed locked onto the rear of Hedgecock's machine. Henderson eventually challenged Hedgecock for the lead. Hedgecock used the momentum of the outside line to hold off Henderson until a caution on lap 18. On the restart, Henderson had to fight off McCarter to maintain second. Hedgecock put some distance between himself and Henderson until the pair caught heavy, slower traffic.

Following a caution on lap 40, Henderson again had to fight off McCarter for second. McCarter made contact with the backstretch wall that ended his night. This moved Eli Beets up to third. Beets battled Henderson for second on the next restart, but Henderson quickly maintained the spot and set his sights on Henderson. In the closing laps, Henderson made several challenges for the lead. Henderson could not get far enough even with Hedgecock to wrestle away the lead. Hedgecock held on to win the Summer Showdown. | full story

Hudson O'Neal Powers his Way to Iron-Man Classic Victory

(June 19, 2021) Hudson O’Neal used a slide job on a restart to win Saturday’s Iron Man Classic for the Valvoline Iron Man Late Models. O’Neal joins his father, Don, as an Iron Man Classic winner. (MRM Racing Photos)

Ross Bailes set fast time in group A qualifying to win the pole position for the 40-lap race. He was joined on the front how by Spencer Hughes who was the fastest qualifier in group B. As the green flag waved, Hughes used the outside line to quickly grab the lead. Bailes was immediately under fire from Mike Marlar in a battle for second. A series of quick cautions in the first 7 laps slowed the pace of the field. After each restart, Hughes would maintain his lead as a battle for second took place between Marlar, Bailes, and O’Neal. Bailes eventually fell out of the race and left the battle for second to be fought between Marlar and O’Neal.

Following a caution on lap 12, Marlar chose the outside line which put O’Neal on the inside line for the restart. When the green waved, O’Neal dove to the bottom of the track and pulled his huge slide job in front of Hughes and Marlar. Hughes tried to power back up to retake the lead, but O’Neal was already on the gas and maintained the lead. | full story

King and Henderson Win on a Night of Mayhem

(May 29, 2021) The 3rd annual Memorial Day Mayhem in the Mountains lived up to the billing on another night of racing at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The first feature of the night was the Topless Outlaw series where 25 drivers were signed in for the $3,000 to win race. Skip Arp and Matt Henderson were fast time qualifiers in their respective groups. (MRM Racing Photos)

Henderson took the lead over Arp as the field came out of turn 2. Cory Hedgecock settled into third as Chase King and Ronnie Johnson battle for fourth. Hedgecock passed Arp for second a few laps later and pressured Henderson for the lead. As the field caught slower traffic, Arp reeled in the top 2. Hedgecock dove under Henderson on lap 10 coming out of turn 4. Hedgecock tried to maneuver around a slower car, then was collected by Henderson that sent all three cars spinning going into turn 1. Hedgecock rolled up to Henderson’s car and began a yelling match. Hedgecock would be disqualified from the race due to verbal threats to Henderson and track officials.

Arp inherited the lead and looked to be on cruise control as King and Johnson battled for second. Johnson briefly gained second and tried to dive under Arp for the lead. King would move past Johnson only to see the hall of famer retake the position before a lap 32 caution. King got a tremendous jump on the restart to take second behind Arp. As the checkered flag waved, Arp would cross the line in first. But Arp was light at the scales and King collected the win. | full story

Jimmy Owens Dominates Smoky Mountain Spring Shootout

(May 8, 2021) Jimmy Owens won the Spring Shootout Spring Nationals race in dominating fashion on Saturday night. Owens led flag-to-flag and lapped up to 7th place in securing the win. (MRM Racing Photos)

Owens led the field to green over Dale McDowell. Owens quickly sprinted to the lead with McDowell and Brandon Overton to battle for second. After a pair of early cautions, Owens remained in control with Overton remaining in his tracks by a few car lengths. The pair left the rest of the field behind as they maneuvered through slower traffic. Meanwhile, McDowell, Donald McIntosh, and Mike Marlar battled for third.

As the lead duo was sorting through lapped traffic, Overton would close up to a couple of car lengths behind Owens. But Owens was untouchable in scoring the win worth $10,053. | full story

Jensen Ford Powers to Southern All-Stars Victory!

(April 17, 2021) Jensen Ford picked up his first Southern All-Stars victory by fending off some of the best dirt late model drivers in the sport. Ford began the night by capturing the pole position for the 40-lap race by setting fast time in group A qualifying. He was joined on the front row by Dale McDowell who lead group B qualifying. (MRM Racing Photos)

Ford and McDowell battled for the lead on the opening lap. Ford was able to wrestle away the lead and the field went into turn 3. Ricky Weiss grabbed the third spot over Sam Seawright. As the leaders caught slower traffic, Ford stretched out his lead over McDowell. Cory Hedgecock took fourth from Seawright.

A caution on lap 14 slowed the field for a restart. Ford maintained his lead when the race went back to green. Weiss would use the outside line to take second away from McDowell. Weiss would close in on Ford in the closing laps. Ford had no problem in negotiating lapped traffic to take the win over Weiss. Hedgecock finished third. McDowell edged Seawright for fourth. | full story

Chris Madden Earns Redeeming Tennessee Tipoff Win!

(March 6, 2021) Everything in racing can be going right until the unexpected creates heartbreak. Flashback to one year ago, when Chris “Smokey” Madden was leading at Smoky Mountain Speedway. That’s when power steering issues sidelined him for the night on Lap 25. One year later, he got his redemption, leading every lap of Saturday night’s Tennessee Tipoff en route to his 29th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Feature win, and second at Smoky Mountain. (MRM Racing Photos)

The win makes Madden only the second driver in World of Outlaws history to win multiple Feature events at the track. While leading all 50 laps seemed like a dominant performance, Madden held off challenges from last year’s winner Mike Marlar, and Jonathan Davenport in heavy lap traffic, to take home the $12,000 prize. Madden got the jump at the initial green flag, powering to the number one spot outside of Davenport in Turn 2. He would hold that position easily through the only two cautions of the race, the first for debris on Lap 5, the other for a collision between Cade Dillard and Sam Seawright on Lap 7.

After the final re-start, Madden had to fight through a long green flag run and heavy lap traffic. The driver of the Drydene #44 machine caught the tail end of the field on Lap 16, and five laps later, he’d face his first challenge from Marlar. The 2018 Series champion consistently got a run on Madden into the corner and poked his nose under him each corner. That’s when Madden made a switch to the bottom of the racetrack, blocking Marlar’s runs low line runs. | full story

 


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