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Local Joker on Tap at Smoky Mountain Speedway on April 1

(March 22, 2023) Smoky Mountain Speedway hosts a new event that will now be the start of the 2023 season. The Local Joker will showcase some of the best local racers on Saturday, April 1. Four exciting divisions of racing will take to the newly configured 3/8-mile track. Sportsman late models will be racing for $1,000 to win. Street stocks will make their return for a $700 to win race. Classic cars will race for $600 to win and front wheel drive cars will race for $500 to win. All divisions will qualify and heat race for their starting positions for each feature race.

There will also be plenty of activities for the kids throughout the evening. There will be a cardboard race car design. Kids will have the opportunity to design their own race cars made only out of a cardboard box. Materials on hand to design a car or kids may bring your own materials. Kids will have the chance to touch a race car before it hits the track. A number of cars set up in the concourse area for kids to be able to get an up-close look at, take their photo with and meet a few of the awesome drivers.

Bike races. Back by popular demand, Kids 7 and up will race their bikes on our front stretch during intermission. Kids 6 and under will race power wheels as well. All gates will open at 2:00. The drivers meeting will take place at 6:00 followed by hot laps and racing at 6:30. Grandstand ticket prices are $10 for adults, kids 11 and under are $5. Tier parking tickets are $25 for adults, kids 11 and under are $5. Pit passes are $25 for adults, kids 11 and under are $5.

Smoky Mountain Speedway is located 12 miles south of Maryville, Tennessee. From Maryville, take Highway 411 south for 10 miles and turn left onto Brick Mill Road. Follow Brick Mill Road for approximately 2 miles, the racetrack is on the right. The first entrance is for grandstand parking. The second entrance is tier parking and campground access. The pit entrance is the third right on Crye Road.

Freezing, Wet Weather Cancels Boyd's Events... & Smoky Mountain

(March 15, 2023) Precision Weather Service (PWS) has cited an outlook of below freezing temperatures, including wind chills in the 20s, together with heavy rain and thunderstorms this weekend throughout northern Georgia. After consulting with PWS, World of Outlaws and Boyd’s Speedway officials decided in the best interest of fans and competitors to cancel this weekend’s event.

Also, with the already rescheduled Smoky Mountain Speedway race on Thursday only viable for competitors while paired with the Boyd’s Speedway weekend, World of Outlaws and track officials decided to cancel the event as Series officials continue to create multi-day, destination events. A one-day show with no other event in reasonable traveling distance for teams and fans is cost-prohibitive and no longer practical.

Neither event will be made up. All tickets for the Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain will be refunded through MyRacePass. With the cancellation of the WoO event Thursday night, March 16, we have considered all options. Running two support classes alone isn’t feasible. With such a short notice, it would be asking a lot of our racers to try and add additional classes. With that being said, we will instead be having an open practice.

Practice will be held from 6:00PM- 9:00PM. Pit Gate ONLY. Pit Gate will open at 5:00PM. $10.00 per person, $20.00 per driver. Limited concessions will be available. Please be respectful and help us keep trash cleaned up!

Pit Gate: $10.00 per person, 11 & under Free
Drivers: $20.00 (includes transponder)
Gate opens at 5:00PM
Practice 6:00-9:00PM

All Star Monster Trucks Invade Smoky Mountain on April 28-29

(March 3, 2023) All new for 2023, The ALL STAR Monster Trucks invade Smoky Mountain Speedway on Friday and Saturday Night April 28th and 29th. The All Star Monster Truck Tour is an East Tennessee based family owned and operated company that pride themselves on not only bringing nationally recognized monster trucks on huge exciting courses all across the country, but also prides themselves on keeping ticket prices, concessions and other items as affordable as possible.

All Star Monster Trucks featuring VELOCIRAPTOR, ICE CREAM MAN, HOLESHOT the Monster ATV and more plus Quad Warrior Racing, Monster Truck Rides, a pre-show Fun Zone ($5 fun zone admission gets ALL the attractions) and much more.

Discount tickets are on sale now at www.KnoxvilleMonsterTrucks.com.

Unstable Forecast Postpones Tennessee Tipoff to March 16

(March 1, 2023) With the thoughts of traveling fans and drivers in mind, an unstable weekend forecast, including the potential for thunderstorms, high winds, and the possibility of heavy rains at Smoky Mountain Speedway, has forced World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series and track officials to postpone this weekend’s annual Tennessee Tipoff.

The event at Smoky Mountain will now be a one-night show on Thursday, March 16, paying $10,000-to-win, joining the Shamrock 100 at Boyd’s Speedway March 17-18 as part of an epic Southeast tripleheader weekend.

All tickets for the event will be refunded through MyRacePass. Fans can repurchase tickets for the March 16 event by CLICKING HERE.

Smoky Mountain Speedway Announces 2023 Schedule

(January 13, 2023) Smoky Mountain Speedway has announced the 2023 schedule loaded with a variety of special events. The 2023 season will mark the first season under the new 3/8-mile configuration. The historic speedway was shortened from the previous 4/10-mile configuration. Fans and racers have shown excitement for the new layout. The season starts with a doubleheader with the “Tennessee Tip-Off” World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series on March 3 and 4. A $10,000 to win program will take place on Friday, March 3 and a $15,000 to win race caps off the weekend on Saturday, March 4.

Local divisions will have their own night to showcase their talents with the “Local Joker Night” on Saturday, April 1. Sportsman late models, street stocks, classic cars, and front wheel drive cars will all be racing on the new configuration. The annual “Rockin’ with the Stars” event will take place on Saturday, April 22 highlighted by a $5,000 to win Steel Block Bandits. Sportsman late models and front wheel drive cars will also be racing. The All-Star Monster Truck Tour will visit on April 28-29. The monster truck shows at Smoky Mountain Speedway have been fan favorites for several years.

On the following weekend of May 5-6, the Smoky Mountain Rodeo presented by Danny Hedrick will take place. Racing returns on Saturday, May 27 for the annual “Mayhem at the Mountain” highlighted by the American Pro Late Models. The Cumberland Plateau Open Wheels will make their first appearance at SMS along with TSCRA front wheel drive cars and TSCRA Juniors. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns for the Mountain Moonshine Classic on June 16-17. Twin $5,000 to win races will take place on Friday, June 16. The $50,000 to win main event is on Saturday, June 17.

The Vision Wheel Topless Outlaws will return on Saturday, July 8 for a $3,000 to win race. The Carolina Sprints and the Tennessee Mini Late Models will also be racing. On August 25-26, the TNT Truck and Tractor Pull will take place. Fans, old and young, will be thrilled by the high horsepower machines. The schedule is subject to change. For more information on these events or to pre-order tickets, visit the track’s web site at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com. | full schedule

Reserve Your Campsite For Our Big 2023 Events!!!

(December 5, 2022) Campsite reservations for our World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series weekends can now be made by calling Liz Walker at 865-257-1515!

World of Outlaws Late Model Event / March 3-4
Lucas Oil Late Model Event / June 16-17

Reserved Weekend Camping (Campers/RV): $40.00
Reserved Weekend Camping (Tent): $20.00
ATV/Golf Cart Weekend Pass: $20.00

To reserve camping spots, please call:
865-257-1515 or email dirteater22@gmail.com.

Make Weekend Camping, ATV/Golf Cart Passes payable to: Smoky Mountain Speedway & mail to:
Liz Walker
c/o Smoky Mountain Speedway
6719 Alkinson Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931

A New Era for Smoky Mountain Speedway Begins in 2023!

(November 1, 2022) Smoky Mountain Speedway will start a new chapter for its 59th season of racing in 2023. The track will be converted to a 3/8-mile speedway when the season tips off in March. Smoky Mountain Speedway owner Roger Sellers decided to shorten the track, in an effort to provide better racing and bring in more divisions for the upcoming seasons. The current configuration of just over 4/10-mile will be changed to a 3/8-mile configuration with progressive banking. Aside from the progressive banking, the size and layout will be similar to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Mississippi.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about since I took over as sole owner a few years ago,” Sellers said. “Being a car owner, I’ve traveled all across the country and have seen racing on tracks of all shapes and sizes. What I have noticed is tracks around 3/8-mile in size usually have the best racing.”

“I know a lot of people have said the track surface should be better before we shorten the track. I understand that. We are going to address that as well. We ask people to be patient as we progress.”

“The cars today are so aero dependent, it’s hard to get good racing on a bigger track these days. Plus, we’d like to get the open wheels and street stocks to come back and race with us. The track size is one thing those guys have complained about the most when they would come here.”

The existing banking for turns 3 and 4 will be taken down and most of that will be used to build the new turns. By reconfiguring the track, this will be the track’s fourth configuration. The original layout was a ½-mile dirt track when the speedway opened in 1964. The track became a ½-mile asphalt track in 1967, then returned to a ½-mile dirt track in 1978. The track was shortened to its most recent configuration in the late 80’s when turns 1 and 2 were brought in to their current location.

Work on the new layout should be completed over the next couple of weeks. Additional work is to take place on the track. “We’re going to put down some fresh clay over the whole track,” Sellers added. “The track itself is in need of it and we may have an open practice to let drivers try it out and give us some feedback. We know we’ll have to do some tweaking before we start racing next year.” Though the 2023 race schedule has not been announced, the new layout for Smoky Mountain Speedway will debut the first weekend of March with the annual Tennessee Tip-Off event.




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