J.T. Kerr

Thoughts and Prayers go out to Family and Friends of this wonderful man, may God bless the family during this time… May his legacy live on.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Smith Mortuary, 1402 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville, TN 37803. The funeral service for J.T. Kerr will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Smith Mortuary.


J. T. Kerr, age 81, of Rockford passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Blount Memorial Hospital. J.T. – as he was known to his family and friends – lived a full and productive life devoted to his family and his passion for automobiles. He was a real entrepreneur who always saw challenges as opportunities. After serving in the US Navy for 7 years he drove a truck for a local dairy and later worked as a machinist at Rockford Manufacturing plant. He also worked part-time as a mechanic. His mechanic work was so rewarding that he bought some land in 1964 and opened an auto salvage business called Kerr Auto Parts. His entire family worked in the business. Many of his customers were local stock car racers, and J.T. became actively involved in racing. He changed his business to J T Kerr Racing Equipment which soon became the largest business of this type in the region. He was very successful both in the racing business and as a driver winning numerous races and track championships. He was the 1969 Nascar Whelen All American Series State Champion and in 1993 he was the runner-up in the Nascar Mid-America Point Series. He drove the #40 car and was always a track favorite. J. T. inspired many new racers and helped them start their careers – including his grandson Tommy, who is still racing. J. T. lived by the motto “be good to the sport and the sport will be good to you.” In 1992 he was inducted into the Atomic Speedway Hall of Fame, and in 2010 J.T. was inducted into the 411 Speedway Hall of Legends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Murr Kerr and his son, Tommy “Big Un” Kerr. Survivors include granddaughter, Lacretia Kerr Holbert and husband, Travis of Rockford; grandson, Tommy Kerr and wife, Kelly of Maryville; son, Roger Kerr and wife, Mickie of Rockford; daughter, Cynthia Kerr of Maryville; grandson, Ritchie Kerr of Rockford; great grandchildren, Hunter, Justin, Katie, Jakob, Logan and Kaylee; brothers, Howard Kerr and William Kerr both of Maryville; caregivers, Reba Kerr and Melissa Click. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service in Maryville. Funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Smith Trinity Chapel with Rev. Barry Woods and Rev. Fred Murr officiating, eulogy by Howard Kerr and special reading by Tommy Kerr. A private family interment will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Blount County Boys and Girls Club, 241 Currie Road, Maryville, TN 37804. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000.

Memorials: Memorial donations may be made to the Blount County Boys and Girls Club, 241 Currie Road, Maryville, TN 37804.


Hill Climbs to the Top in SRRS Finale

Hill climbs to the top of Smoky Mountain in SRRS finale

By admin | October 16, 2011


By Richard Allen



It had been three years since Vic Hill had last raced at the Smoky Mountain Speedway but on Saturday night in the Southern Regional Racing Series season finale he looked as if he was on his home track. In the process, the Mosheim, Tennessee driver took home $3,000 for the win as well as a $500 bonus for scoring the most combined points from last night’s race at the Boyd’s Speedway and this event.

Both of those races made up the “Tearin’ The Tops Off” mini-series in which cars ran without their roofs attached.

Hill established himself as a serious threat for the victory immediately when he posted a qualifying lap of 15.882 seconds in qualifying. That proved to be fastest of all 26 cars to time-trial on the 4/10 mile clay oval located just outside Maryville, Tennessee.

The SRRS locks in two cars from each of the two groups to attempt qualifying. Tommy Kerr and Chad Ogle were fastest in Group A while Hill and Mark Douglas were quickest in Group B.

Jacob Grizzle and Chad Winkles won the two heat races held on Saturday night.

At the start of the 35 lap feature, Hill shot to the lead from his inside front row starting spot and was never really challenged from that point on. But behind the leader there was some intense racing. In particular, teammates Tommy Kerr and Billy Ogle, Jr. spent at least ten laps in the race’s early going disputing the 3rd spot. Finally, at lap 15 Ogle wrested the position away from Kerr and continued his march forward from his 9th starting place.

Skip Arp and Mark Douglas also found themselves in the middle of battles within the top-5. Multiple cautions within the race’s first 23 laps allowed for a good deal of shuffling among the 2nd through 5th positions.

With 15 laps to go, Ogle had made his way up to 2nd and looked to renew his battle from the previous night at Boyd’s when he and Hill comprised the top-2 in that SRRS event. However, Douglas suffered a problem on lap 23 as he and Arp raced for 3rd. That caused officials to display the final yellow flag of the night when the #52D car came to a halt in turn four.

On the ensuing Delaware double-file restart, Ogle chose the inside line as he and Arp lined up side by side behind Hill. When the green flag dropped, Hill again bolted to the lead and Arp was able to beat Ogle through turns one and two.

From that point, the race ran caution free as Hill powered to a big lead and the eventual victory. Arp held Ogle off for 2nd with Kerr and Chad Ogle rounding out the top-5.

Josh Putnam’s 9th place finish secured for him the SRRS season championship.

“It’s great to be back here at Smoky Mountain,” Hill declared. “It’s a big, fast race track and I damn sure like this kind of track.”

Meanwhile, Billy Ogle, Jr. lamented his lane choice on the final restart. “I wish I could’ve held on to second,” he said. “I chose the inside on the last restart and Skip got a good run on the outside.”

That choice allowed Hill to collect the $500 bonus as his finishes of 2nd and 1st over the two night double header bested Ogle’s runs of 1st and 3rd. Ogle did pick up a $300 addition for scoring the second most points in the two races.

In the $2,000 to win Crate Late Model race, Greg Martin led all 30 laps for the second race in a row at Smoky Mountain. His closest calls came in lapped traffic and only briefly after a couple of restarts. Jake Teague, Mark Vineyard, Chris Wilson and Scott Sexton followed the Eric Jacobsen crew member to the finish.

Warren McMahan outran Mitchell Childress and Bradley Lewelling in the $1,200 to win Modified Street feature.


Triple Crown Results

Everyone at Smoky Mountain Speedway would like thank all the driver’s and fans that made the Triple Crown a success!

Crate Late Model
1) Greg Martin #24
2) Jake Teague #117 (Fast Qualifier)
3) Mark Vineyard #4
4) Chris Wilson #10
5) Scott Sexton #30
6) Jason Welshan #129
7) David Crabtree #c5
8) Boone Fullwood #b20
9) Jason Trammel #97
10) Danny Gibson #7
11) Roger Best #89
12) Kayne Hickman #A1
13) James Kelso #49
14) Fred Flatt #76
15) David Young #5
16) Pierce McCarter #71
17) Wes Tilley #42
18) Stone Fuller #4

Modified Street
1) Warren McMahan #33
2) Mitch Childress #2
3) Bradley Lewellen #10 (Fast Qualifier)
4) David Price #4
5) Chad McLemore #j3
6) Kevin Birchfield #94
7) Bill Webb #4
8) Calvin Gulett #15
9) Lamar Hughes #01
10) Dale Reed # 52
11) Jonathan Simms #44
12) Jeff McLemore #e21
13) Jame Price #1
14) Scott Braun #368
15) Isaac Boring #00

SRRS Topless SLM
1) Vic Hill #1 (Fast Qualifier)
2) Skip Arp #31
3) Billy Ogle jr. #201
4) Tommy Kerr #4T
5) Chad Ogle #10
6) Jacob Grizzle #99
7) Steve Smith #3
8) Jeff Watson #11
9) Josh Putmam #212
10) Riley Hickman #1
11) Ellery Leake #34
12) Terry Wolfenbarger #14
13) Dale Huskey #2
14) David Crabtree #97
15) Mark Douglas #52
16) Hunter Best #007
17) Chad Winkles #12
18) Robby Moses #7
19) Dusty Carver #9
20) Ryan King #30
21) Mike Weeks #22
22) Mark Vineyard #4
23) Sammy Russell #F4
24) Ross White #0
DNS-  Scott Shelton, Bobby Giffin

Saturdays Schedule

Here is Saturday’s schedule:

Gates open – 2pm

Driver’s meeting – 5pm

Hotlaps – 5:20
Modified Street

Crates – Fast 4 Trophy Dash – 4 laps
Modified Street – Fast 4 Trophy Dash – 4 laps

Feature Events
Crates – 30 laps
Modified Street – 20 laps
SRRS – 35 laps

I’ll have to say, the track looks the best that I have ever seen it. Saturday’s race should be one to watch!

Crate Tire Rule Adjustment

For Saturday’s Triple Crown the Crate Tire Rule will be as follows:

Any Hoosier 55, 1600, 21, 1350, or FT200, FT400, FT600.

Hopefully, this should help everyone a little bit on tire budget.