Classic Next Event for Smoky Mountain Speedway
10, 2021) The 17th annual Iron Man Classic is the next
event at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday, June 19. The event
is co-headlined by the Valvoline Iron Man Late Model Series and
the Brucebilt Iron Man Open Wheel Modified Series.
Jensen Ford leads the Valvoline Iron Man’s south division
heading into the $5,000 to win race at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
Donald McIntosh, Tommy Kerr, Michael Chilton, Robby Moses, David
Crabtree, and others are expected for the Iron Man Classic.
The Brucebilt Open Wheel Modified Series will see some of the
area’s top open wheelers on hand for this $1,200 to win
Also racing on June 19 with be the limited late models for $1,500
to win and the 602 late models for $800 to win. The 602 late models
will be racing under the Red Clay Series rules.
During the intermission, there will be a backward race for street
legal cars. The cars will go around Smoky Mountain Speedway in
reverse for 3 laps. The winner will get $500 courtesy Garner’s
Automotive in Maryville. Entrants may pre-enter on the track’s
Facebook page or at the track the night of the event.
Pit gates will open at 2:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates
will open at 3:00. The drivers meeting is set for 6:00. Hot laps,
time trials, and racing action will begin at 6:30.
Grandstand ticket prices are $20 for adults, kids 11 and under
are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 11 and
under are free. Pit passes are $35 for adults, kids 11 and under
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Henderson Win on a Night of Mayhem
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
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
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Dominates Smoky Mountain Spring Shootout
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
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.
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Ford Powers to Southern All-Stars Victory!
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
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.
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Earns Redeeming Tennessee Tipoff Win!
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
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. |
Additional Details Regarding 2021 Schedule!
26, 2021) As January 2021 comes to a close, the staff
at Smoky Mountain Speedway begins to prepare for an action packed
2021 racing season filled with major events for both national
touring series (World of Outlaws in March & Lucas Oil in July)
- as well as - annual events that have become tradition at SMS
with our Rockin' with the Stars event in April & the King
of the Mountain event in September. We have also added a variety
of new adventures planned with first time visits for the Cash
Money Limited Late Models ($5,000 to win in April) and the Red
Clay 602 Late Model Series in July. (Heath
Exciting return visits from the American All Star Series ($10,000
to win in August) and Brucebilt Iron-Man Modified Series on multiple
occasions. Support classes that will be featured in 2021 include
Limited Late Models, 604 Late Models, Sportsman Late Models, 602
Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, & Front Wheel Drives. Details
and rules are outlined below. Thanks so much for your past support
and we look forward to kicking off 2021 in a few short weeks!
RULES for 2021 will be posted to the track website very soon!
* Limited Late Models will use the same rules as the Topless Outlaws.
* 604 Late Models will use the same rules as the American All
* Sportsman Late Models rules will be the same as 2020.
* 602 Late Models, Open Wheel Modifeds, & Front Wheel Drives
will be the same rules that are used at 411 Motor Speedway.
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Speedway Releases Schedule for 2021 Season!
28, 2020) Plans are coming together for the 2021 racing
season at Smoky Mountain Speedway! Lots of exciting things are
planned including a massive amount of money on the line for our
national and regional racing stars with the biggest weekend in
the history of Smoky Mountain in July 2021 when the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series comes to town competing for over $125,000
in two nights, plus a $10,000 to win event in August for the American
Crate All Stars Series, also the largest purse offered for 604
crate late models in the history of the speedway. (Heath
The 2021 schedule features 10 scheduled events with visits by
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, World of Outlaws Late Model
Series, Southern All Stars, Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals, Iron-Man
Championship Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds, American Crate
All Stars, Topless Outlaws, Kajun Mini Stocks, and more!! Complete
details regarding support divisions and rules for 2021 will be
posted soon! Thanks for your past support of Smoky Mountain Speedway
and we look forward to seeing everyone in a few months.
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