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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Returns June 14-15

Click to Enlarge!(June 5, 2024) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Smoky Mountain Speedway for the Mountain Moonshine Classic presented by East Tennessee Auto Outlet and FK Rod Ends on June 14-15. The doubleheader could net one driver $60,000 for the weekend. Ricky Thorton Jr. is the defending winner of the Mountain Moonshine Classic and leads the current point standing for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Jonathan Davenport is just 85 points behind. Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Garrett Albertson, Daulton Wilson, Jimmy Owens, Max Blair, Ross Robinson, Clay Harris, Brenden Smith, and Carson Ferguson are series regulars expected for the Mountain Moonshine Classic.

Other expected drivers include Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton, Cory Hedgecock, Sam Seawright, Garrett Smith, Tanner English, Donald McIntosh, and many others. Racing begins on Friday, June 14 with a full program for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series that will see time trials, heat races, B-mains, and a 40-lap main event for $10,000 to win. Also racing on June 14 will be front wheel drive cars for $500 to win and Crown Vics for $500 to win.

Racing continues Saturday, June 15 with another full racing program for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Time trials, heat races, B-mains, and the 60-lap feature for $50,000 to win will all take place June 15. Sportsman late models will also be racing for $800 to win and street stocks for $700 to win. All gates will open at noon on both days. The driver’s meeting will take place at 6:30 followed by hot laps at 7:00 each night. On Saturday, June 14, Dirt Racing Outreach will hold a service at the track pavilion starting at 3:30. There will also be a driver’s autograph session from 5:30 until 6:15 in the concourse.

Grandstand ticket prices for Friday, June 14 are $30 for adults for general admission. Reserved grandstand tickets are $35, children reserved tickets are $10. Tier parking tickets and pit passes are $40 for adults. Pit reserved tickets are $45. Tickets for kids 11 and under are $5 everywhere except reserved seating. Grandstand ticket prices for Saturday, June 15 are $40 for adults for general admission. Reserved grandstand tickets are $45, children reserved tickets are $10. Tier parking tickets and pit passes are $50 for adults. Pit reserved tickets are $55. Tickets for kids 11 and under are $5 everywhere except reserved seating. Media credentials application can be found at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com. The deadline to submit a request is Wednesday, June 12. Due to demand, established media members will only be issued credentials for this event.

Courtney and Clark Claim Wins Before Rain Hits

(June 1, 2024) The next round of the Saturday Night Shootout was to take place with racing in six divisions. The weather had other plans. Michael Courtney won the modified mini feature. Courtney battled Derik Duggan at the start of the race to take the lead. Nathan Davis would take second from Duggan and Hayston Collett charged from the 14th starting spot to finish third.

David Clark dominated the street stock feature in the Michael Lewis owned #51. Bradley Lee came from 4th to finish second and Greg Huskey came from 5th to finish third.

With off and on mist, followed by a more persistent rain, the decision was made to postpone the remainder of the event with 4 divisions remaining and the curfew getting closer. A decision will be made soon on when the remaining features will be completed. Everyone is asked to hold on to their ticket stubs and armbands. | full results

Round Two of Saturday Night Shootout Nixed by Rain

(May 25, 2024) Smoky Mountain Speedway officials have made the disappointing decision to cancel tonight’s event scheduled for Saturday, May 25. We’ve received an incredible amount of rain in a short period of time and it’s made a mess of everything. We assure you, we wanted to race just as badly as you did, but it just isn’t meant to happen today.

We hope to see you NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 1 for another Saturday Night Shootout PLUS the Cumberland Plateau Mod Mini's. More details to come on that show later in the week!

Ryan Gustin Reaps $15,000 Hunt the Front Win!

(April 27, 2024) Ryan Gustin held off a mid-race challenge from Brandon Overton to win the Hunt The Front King of the Mountain feature. Gustin drew the pole position for the heat race winner to start the 50-lap race from the pole. Dale McDowell started alongside Gustin on the front row. Gustin took the early lead before a caution waved after the first lap when Scott Bloomquist jumped the cushion in turn 3 and slide down the banking off the track. The field went back to green with Overton getting second from McDowell. The top 3 cars distanced themselves from the rest of the field as the next 41 laps were run under green. (MRM Racing Photo)

Overton challenged Gustin for the lead around the midway point of the race as the leader dealt with slower traffic. Gustin fought off the challenge and maintained the lead. Following a lap 42 caution, McDowell took second from Overton and tried to chase down Gustin. But Gustin was too strong and won the race. McDowell and Overton rounded out the top 3 with Chris Ferguson came from 11th to finish 4th and Donald McIntosh was fifth. | full results

Russell Erwin Dominates for Steel Block Bandits Win

(April 13, 2024) Russell Erwin dominated the Rockin’ With The Stars Vision Wheel Steel Block Bandits race on Saturday night. Erwin took the initial lead from pole sitter Blake Craft. Craft gave chase to Erwin before Erwin pulled away for a sizeable lead. Rusty Ballenger would take second from Craft past the halfway point of the race. As the leader got into slower traffic, Ballenger tracked down Erwin. Ballenger cut the lead to car lengths as Erwin got caught behind two cars racing for position at the end of the lead lap. Ballenger could not take advantage as Erwin stretched the lead back out to five car lengths at the finish line. Craft held off Tyler Bare for third and Tyler Arrington finished fifth. (MRM Racing Photo)

The sportsman late model feature got off to a rowdy start. It took three attempts to get the feature under way. One of the attempted starts saw pole sitter Dustin Ward and Jake Whitehead made contact on turn 2. Others were involved with Ward receiving significant body damage. Both Ward and Whitehead were able to continue. Once under way, Ward shot out to the lead over Whitehead. On a lap 5 restart, Whitehead made a bid for the lead only to see Ward hold onto the lead on the back straightaway. Whitehead took advantage of a lap 15 restart to finally pull alongside Ward for the lead. Whitehead took the lead as the field raced into turn 3. Whitehead went on for the win. Michael Courtney finished second, Tyler Price rallied for 8th starting spot to finish third. Ward fell to fourth and Chandler Hickman finished fifth. | full results

Skip Arp Among Opening Night Winners

(March 30, 2024) Skip Arp came from the outside front row to win the Mountain Late Model feature on opening night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Arp took the lead over Layne Clifton to win the 25-lap feature. Terry Poore came from the 5th starting spot to finish third. (Travis Haston Photo)

Michael Courtney got the lead over Colby Horner to win the sportsman late model feature. Adam Mitchell would get by Horner to finish second. Austin Atkins outdueled Robby Comer to get the street stock win. Eric Hughes passed Comer to finish second. Comer finished third.

Dustin Duncan dominated the front wheel drive feature. Travis Weeks grabbed second while Travis Taylor could come home in third. Johnny Grooms came from 4th starting spot to win the crown vic feature. Grooms took the lead from Troy Davenport in getting the win. Coby Scott was the third place finisher. The next race at Smoky Mountain Speedway will be Saturday, April 13 when the Vision Wheel Steel Block Bandits visit for the $3,000 to win race. Sportsman late models, street stocks, and front wheel drives will also be racing. | full results

Reserve Your Camping Spot for Mountain Moonshine

Camping(December 19, 2023) Reserved camping is now available for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Mountain Moonshine” - June 14 & 15. You can check in to your site as early as Wednesday, June 12th at 9:00AM and stay through the weekend. NO HOOKUPS, Dry Camping only!

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series $10,000 to win (6/14/2024)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series $50,000 to win (6/15/2024)
Reserved Weekend Camping (Campers/RV): $50.00
Reserved Weekend Camping (Tent): $30.00
ATV/Golf Cart Weekend Pass: $25.00

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 Alkison Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931




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