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Outside Groove Racing Show this Weekend!

(February 22, 2024) Smoky Mountain Speedway is proud to be an attendee at the 2024 Outside Groove Racing Show. The Outside Groove Racing Show is a very informative program that has vendors from all across the country within the motorsports industry and it is right here in our area. Come see us this Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24! More information at www.outsidegrooveracingshow.com.

2024 Schedule for Smoky Mountain Speedway Released

(December 30, 2023) With 2024 just hours away, we wanted to give you the first look at the 2024 Smoky Mountain Speedway schedule. More information on classes, purses, tickets prices, and other details are being finalized and we’ll have those official details released in the coming days. Mark these dates on your calendar and come see us at The Mountain in 2024!

March 2nd & 3rd - Monster Trucks
March 16th - Test & Tune
March 23rd - Test & Tune
March 30th - Season Opening Saturday Night Shootout
April 13th - Steel Block Bandit Late Models
April 27th - Hunt the Front Super Late Models $15,000 to win
May 3rd & 4th - Rodeo
May 11th - Mothers Day Weekend Special; Ladies Night at the Races
May 25th - Saturday Night Shootout + Cumberland Plateau Open Wheels
June 1st - Saturday Night Shootout
June 14th - Lucas Oil Late Models $10,000 to win
June 15th - Lucas Oil Late Models $50,000 to win
June 29th - Car Load Night (Load up the car and come to the races!)
July 20th - Topless Outlaw Late Models
July 27th - Saturday Night Shootout
August 24th - Saturday Night Shootout
August 31st - Saturday Night Shootout + Cumberland Plateau Open Wheel Modified Series
September 14th - Season Finale/Hall of Fame & 60th Anniversary Race

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

Hall of Famer Skip Arp Wins on Hall of Fame Night

(September 23, 2023) Skip Arp of Georgetown, Tenn. cruised to his third straight Topless Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series presented by Stanley Best Heating & Air feature win in as many events on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (MRM Racing Photo)

On a beautiful sunny Saturday, the first day of fall - thirty-seven Topless Late Models, representing five states checked in at Smoky Mountain Speedway to compete for the $3,000 to win event. Thirty two had previously checked in on the original date of July 8th before heavy rains cancelled the show. Only twenty-three of those original cars showed back up which means fourteen additional drivers came to compete on Saturday.

Arp proved to be the fastest car in PPM Racing Products time trials, Group-A with a blistering lap of 14.405 which would’ve been the second overall fastest time in the Carolina Sprints (14.274) which was also in action on Saturday at SMS. Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tenn. clocked the fastest time in Group-B with a 14.821. | full results

Rain Date for July 8 Show Announced

(July 13, 2023) The Topless Outlaws event rained out on July 8 has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 23. The Topless Outlaws Late Model Series, Carolina Sprint Tour, and Tennessee Mini Late Models will all return. Ticket stubs and arm bands from July 8 will be good for the new date. Those must be presented at the time of entry. Since the race is being rescheduled, there will be no refunds. Tickets will still be available on September 23.

In addition to the racing program, it will be the track’s annual Hall of Fame Night. Charles “Red” Farmer, Steve Smith, Tony Stewart, Dave Bilbrey, Greg Collins, and B.J. Parker will all be inducted into the track’s Hall of Fame during the intermission. The new inductees will receive letters in the coming weeks with information about the ceremony. An autograph session is being planned and details will be announced closer to the event.

The next scheduled event at Smoky Mountain Speedway will be the TNT Truck and Tractor Pull. Details on that event will be posted soon on the track’s web site www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com and the track’s Facebook page.

Ricky Thornton, Jr. Shines in Dominant Performance

(June 17, 2023) Ricky Thornton Jr. showed why he has been the hottest driver with a dominating performance in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Mountain Moonshine Classic presented by FK Rod Ends and East Tennessee Auto Outlet. (MRM Racing Photo)

Spencer Hughes started the 60-lap race from the pole position after winning the fast car dash that featured the top 3 finishers from Friday’s features. Chris Ferguson joined Hughes on the front row. It was Ferguson that took the initial lead on the opening lap. Hughes tucked in behind Ferguson. Thornton wasted no time in taking over the third spot.

Ferguson looked dialed in as the early laps clicked off. When Thornton got past Hughes for second, the driver of the 20RT machine ran down Ferguson. Thornton looked under Ferguson for the lead on lap 22, but Ferguson kept his momentum off turn 2 to maintain the lead. As Ferguson hugged the bottom, Thornton looked to the outside of Ferguson and eventually took the lead on lap 26. From there, Thornton pulled away to finish over 6 seconds ahead of Hudson O’Neal, who took second from Ferguson in the closing laps. Thornton's win was worth $50,000. | full results

Fergy and RTJ Win Twin Mountain Moonshine Classic Prelims

(June 16, 2023) Ferguson started alongside his cousin, Carson Ferguson, in the first feature. Ferguson sent his car deep into turn 1 on the first lap to take the lead. Ferguson looked to be in control of the 30-lap race until sustaining some nose damage halfway through the race. Carson Ferguson began to knock on the door for the lead until a caution on lap 17. Chris Ferguson pulled away on the restart and held on for the win. (MRM Racing Photo)

Feature 2 saw Kyle Strickler take the lead over Ricky Thorton Jr. Those two were the class of the field as they pulled away from third place runner Spencer Hughes. All things pointed in Strickler favor until he got stuck behind a slower car on lap 18. Thorton Jr. seized the opportunity to take the lead and the win.

Saturday will see a six-car, six-lap dash for the top 3 finishers in both features to see the first 3 rows for the main event. The remainder of the cars will compete in heat races and b-mains to set the rest of the field. | full results

Hayden Cardwell Takes Mayhem in the Mountains

(May 27, 2023) Hayden Cardwell came from the third starting spot to win Saturday’s Mayhem in the Mountains. Cardwell collected $3,000 for the defending series champion in the American All-Stars Pro Late Models. Bradley Lewelling captured the pole for the 40-lap main event by winning the fast car dash. He was joined on the front row by Phillip Thompson. (MRM Racing Photo)

Lewelling quickly took the lead when the race started. Cardwell and Thompson battled for second as the field completed lap 1. Cardwell took the spot from Thompson and set his sights on Lewelling. Following a quick caution on lap 6, Cardwell and Thompson resumed their battle for second. Thompson took the position just before another caution on lap 7.

When the race continued, Lewelling maintained the lead as Thompson and Cardwell continued fighting for second. Thompson briefly held second before overtaking Thompson. Cardwell chased down Lewelling who was having trouble with slower traffic. Cardwell saw an opening on lap 22 and got past Lewelling for the lead. Thompson would take second following a restart on lap 28. Thompson could not run down Cardwell who took the checkers for his first series win of the season. | full results

Skip Arp Rides Away with Steel Block Bandits Win

(April 22, 2023) Hall of Famer Skip Arp added another series win to his collection by winning Saturday’s Rockin' with the Stars Steel Block Bandits race. Forty-seven cars signed in vying for the $5,000 first place prize. (ZSK Photography)

By winning his heat race, Arp started along side Jordan Roadabaugh on the front row for the 50-lap main event. Arp quickly took the lead and was never seriously challenged until the leader caught slower traffic that were racing two-wide in front of the leaders. Arp finally powered his way past the slower traffic to stretch out to a comfortable lead. A caution on lap 47 slowed the field to give Roadabaugh one last shot at Arp. But Arp was too strong and easily picked up the win.

Mack McCarter was one of the big gainers finishing third after starting seventh. McCarter made late race passes on Jason Manley and and Ronnie Johnson to get the third place finish. | full results

Price, Clark, Lockhart, & Duncan Collect Local Joker Wins

(April 1, 2023) Smoky Mountain Speedway finally kicked off the 2023 season with the Local Joker on Saturday night. It was the first time for competitive laps on the new 3/8-mile layout. (MRM Racing Photos)

Thirty-five sportsman late models were on hand vying for the $1,000 first place prize. Tyler Price set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 14.769 seconds. But it was Adam Mitchell that won the first heat race to earn the pole for the feature. Wes Tilley won the second heat race to earn the other front row starting spot.

Mitchell took the lead over Tilley going into the first turn of the main event. Mitchell would maintain that lead through numerous cautions that plagued the race. With only a handful of laps to go, Mitchell’s car slow on a restart. Several cars collected Mitchell in turn 2. Price would inherit the lead and hold off a charging Darren Goins to take the win. | full results




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