Volunteer Racing Series

Volunteer STARS Racing Series announced yesterday that they have ceased operations effective immediately. We will still be hosting the Southern Regional Racing Series on June 30th as well as 3 others, however June 30th will no longer be co-sanctioned with VSTARS. You can read the press release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Volunteer STARS and Bluegrass STARS/MDRL shut down operations immediately

SOMERSET, KY (December 28, 2011)—After careful consideration, the Volunteer STARS Racing Series (after two seasons) and the Bluegrass STARS Racing Series (after one season) under MDRL banner will cease operations immediately.

‘It was a difficult decision on my part but felt it best’ stated Series Director Chris Tilley. ‘With all of the events being held by tracks in both areas for 2012, it should substantiate good purses for the drivers,’ stated Tilley again.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Carl Short of STARS for lending us his awesome name which still means a lot to me and the racing community. I also want to thank Gerald Newton of Arizona Sport Shirts for all his help and friendship as well over the years as well as Gar Dickson and Timmy Millwood for their support during the first VRS season.

I want to take this time to thank the drivers who participated in events held, as well as the tracks and their employees, series officials for all their hard work and dedication and most of all the great race fans who showed support of both series.

I will still continue with Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series as their announcer for the 2012 season.

The Banquets scheduled for each series (Volunteer January 7th) and MDRL (January 14th) will continue as scheduled and small points fund monies promised will be paid as promised but drivers must attend Banquets to receive their monies.

Any information may be regarded to Chris Tilley at 606-219-1723 or tilleyracing@hotmail.com .

SMS/ 411 combo in NeSmith Chevrolet WRS

CARTERSVILLE, GA – The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series has signed 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for the 2012 season.  The two East Tennessee dirt tracks have agreed to work together next season in scheduling, rules, and the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series for the Crate Late Model Division.

The agreement was made on Saturday during a meeting among 411 Motor Speedway officials, Smoky Mountain Speedway officials, the Crate Late Model drivers at both tracks, and NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Competition Director Tim Sims.

The drivers were enthusiastic about the technical support and public relations the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series offers them, and competing for the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point fund that will pay $10,000 to the 2012 Champion.  Drivers at both tracks will compete against drivers at other series tracks across the country through a points system.

“We felt like the future growth of the Crate Late Model Division at 411 Motor Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway needed consistent guidelines and rules to attract competitors from both the local area and outside the local area,” 411 Motor Speedway Owner/Promoter Mitch McCarter said.  “The officials and the competitors were in agreement that the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series would give us a level playing field and the knowledge that to race under this sanction, that everyone’s stuff better be right.”

In addition to the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National point fund, drivers at 411 Motor Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway will compete for a combined track point fund.  The two tracks will work together in scheduling.  411 Motor Speedway will operate on Saturday nights in 2012, but will take the night off when Smoky Mountain Speedway schedules a Saturday night event.

“With 411 Motor Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway working together in 2012, the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series was a good fit,” McCarter said.  “Many of the Crate Late Model competitors in the area made an investment to compete over the past two seasons at Smoky Mountain Speedway under the NeSmith Weekly Racing Series sanction.”

Smoky Mountain Speedway will operate on a limited schedule in 2012, and when they have a Saturday night schedule, 411 Motor Speedway will run on another night during the week.  411 Motor Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway are still working out the details of their 2012 schedules.

“We think this is going to be a good thing for the Crate Late Model drivers at Smoky Mountain Speedway and 411 Motor Speedway,” Smoky Mountain Speedway Track Manager Casey Moses said.  “We asked the drivers what they wanted, and they said they wanted the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series sanction because they were the best at monitoring the rules.”

One date set on the 2011 411 Motor Speedway schedule will be a $2,500-to-win 50-lap NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring event on Saturday night, June 2.  McCarter’s son Pierce McCarter of Sevierville, TN also announced at the meeting that he will run for the 2012 VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Award with the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Tour.

“I took my two sons Pierce and Mack down to race in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring race at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL earlier this month, and we really enjoyed it,” McCarter said.  “It was a great atmosphere among the competitors, and the series puts on a good professional show.  I think our fans at 411 Motor Speedway will really enjoy the Touring Series when it comes to 411 Motor Speedway on June 2.”

According to Moses, Smoky Mountain Speedway officials are still putting the finishing touches on their 2012 schedule of events, and are looking to find a date for a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring event this upcoming season.

“The past NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring events that have been held in the past at Smoky Mountain Speedway have been very popular,” Moses said.  “We haven’t ruled out scheduling a NeSmith Touring race for 2012, but we need to find the right date that works everyone involved.”

The 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Tour begins with the first three events of the season on February 2, 3, and 4 at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL.

“East Tennessee has historically been a hotbed of dirt late model racing, but the down economy and high engine costs have hurt this division in recent years,” NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Director Roby Helm said.  “The affordable nature of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series with the GM Performance Crate Engine has opened the door for dirt late models to make a comeback on a weekly basis.  411 Motor Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway working together just accelerates this growth.”

Drivers at 411 Motor Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway will compete against drivers at other NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series tracks throughout the country each weekend during a 27-week season from April 6, 2012 through October 7, 2012 through a points system.  A competitor’s best 14 weekly point totals will count towards their National point total.

Drivers can compete in multiple races each week with their highest single event point total counting for that week.  A driver can also earn up to 100 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points that will be added to their best 14 week point total.  A driver can earn as much as 800 points that represents 14 50-point wins and 100 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points.

Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points can be earned in two different ways.  A driver can earn 25 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points by competing in four straight events at a single track.  A driver can also earn 25 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points by competing in a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring event during the Weekly Racing Series season.

The dirt late model race cars in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series are powered by the economical GM Performance Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications.  There are two engines to choose from, the 400 horsepower aluminum-head 604 engine and the 350 horsepower steel-head 602 engine that gets a 150-pound weight break.

These engines are in stock and ready for free next day delivery anywhere in the Southeast from NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA.  The GM Performance 604 Crate Engine is on sale for $5,095 and the GM Performance 602 Crate Engine is on sale for $3,195 at NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA.  To place an order call Tim Bland at 1-877-497-3624.

411 Motor Speedway is located one-mile south of U.S. Highway 441 on U.S. Highway 411, 13 miles south of Knoxville, TN and 13 miles east of Maryville, TN.  For more information call 865-257-7223, or visit the track web site at www.411motorspeedway.net.

Smoky Mountain Speedway is located six miles south of Maryville, TN off U.S. Highway 411 on Brick Mill Road.  For more information about Smoky Mountain Speedway call 865-856-8989, or visit the track web site at www.smokymountainspeedway.com.

For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing.  Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month.

NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.  NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain Dealer four years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast.  GM Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.  Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.  VP Racing Fuel is the Official Racing Fuel of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.  Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor.  Old Man’s Garage (OMG) is the sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series East Region.  NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2011 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, QA 1 Precision Products, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, Integra Racing Shocks, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Cofields Racing Starters, Kinser Air Filters, Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, and Stinger Race Cars.

Smoky Mountain Speedway and 411 Motor Speedway form partnership, release 2012 schedule

Smoky Mountain Speedway and 411 Motor Speedway form partnership, release 2012 schedule
By Michael Moats – MRM Media Services
December 19, 2011

Maryville, Tennessee – Two Tennessee racetracks have formed a unique partnership for the 2012 race season with the goal of improving racing in East Tennessee.

Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville and 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour have announced a partnership for 2012. The partnership was announced last week but details were announced today as both racetracks look to an improved future of dirt racing in East Tennessee.

The Mitch McCarter-owned 411 Motor Speedway will continue to run a weekly racing program, but have also added several super late model special events. A number of the super late model programs will be a doubleheader with Smoky Mountain Speedway. 411 Motor Speedway will kick off the 2012 season on January 1 with the 2nd annual “Hangover”. Weekly racing beings on March 30 and concludes on October 27 with the Steelhead Championship.

Smoky Mountain Speedway will be hosting twelve events in 2012. The first race will be a Southern All-Stars sanctioned event on April 14. The Southern All-Stars will return on June 16 and September 22. The Southern Regional Racing Series has three dates in 2012. And new to the Smoky Mountain Speedway schedule in 2012 will be Ray Cook’s Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals on Tuesday, July 17 and a pair of Ultimate Racing Series events May 26 and July 7.

Both tracks are also working together with the crate late model class in 2012. The crates will run under NeSmith sanctioning and will compete at both tracks for the NeSmith points fund. And both tracks will host NeSmith national touring races throughout the season. Other classes will also be shared by the two tracks throughout the season.

Having two tracks take on a cooperative effort such as this is something many area fans and drivers have asked for going back a number of years.

“This is a good deal for both tracks,” said Roger Sellers, one of the co-owners of Smoky Mountain Speedway. “Mitch has been really easy to work with. we have developed a good relationship between both tracks. We think we have put together a program that will greatly benefit both racetracks and the fans and drivers. We’re really looking forward to an exciting season.”

The schedules and additional information can be found on each track’s web site. The web home of 411 Motor Speedway can be found atwww.411motorspeedway.net and Smoky Mountain Speedway’s web home is www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY
DATE:   EVENT
APRIL 14, 2012   SEASON OPENER $5000 TO WIN SAS
POINTS RACE
NESMITH CRATE LM
STREET STOCK
MOD. MINI

MAY 4, 2012   $1500 TO WIN STEEL HEAD
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

MAY 26, 2012   $4000 TO WIN ULTIMATE SLM
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

JUNE 16, 2012   $5000 TO WIN SAS POINTS RACE
NESMITH CRATE LM
STREET STOCK
MOD MINI

JUNE 30, 2012   $3000 TO WIN SRRS
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

JULY 7, 2012   $5000 TO WIN ULTIMATE SLM
NESMITH CRATE LM
STREET STOCK
MOD MINI

JULY 17, 2012   $3500 TO WIN RAY COOK
SOUTHERN NATIONALS
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

AUGUST 4, 2012   N/A

AUGUST 11, 2012   $5000 TO WIN SRRS
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

AUGUST 31, 2012   $1500 TO WIN STEEL HEAD
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012   $5000 TO WIN SAS POINTS RACE
NESMITH CRATE LM
STREET STOCK
MOD. MINI

OCTOBER 7, 2012   FALL BRAWL
LIMITED LM
STREET STOCK

OCTOBER 20, 2012   $3000 TO WIN SRRS
NESMITH CRATE LM
STREET STOCK
MOD. MINI

OCTOBER 27, 2012   CROWNING OF CHAMPIONS @ 411

411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY
DATE:                EVENT
JANUARY 1, 2012   “THE HANGOVER”
LIMITED LM
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
CLASSICS
MINI STOCK

FEBRUARY 25, 2012   PRACTICE

MARCH 10, 2012   PRACTICE

MARCH 31, 2012   SEASON OPENER FIRST POINTS
ALL CLASSES

APRIL 7, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

APRIL 14, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
LIMITED LM
TOPLESS
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
MINI STOCK
CLASSIC

APRIL 21, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

APRIL 28, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES
MAY 4, 2012

MAY 5, 2012   $1500 TO WIN STEEL HEAD
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

MAY 12, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

MAY 19, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

MAY 25, 2012   $4000 TO WIN ULTIMATE SLM
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

MAY 26, 2012

JUNE 2, 2012   $2500 TO WIN NESMITH
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

JUNE 9, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

JUNE 12, 2012   TUESDAY NIGHT TANGO
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

JUNE 16, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
LIMITED LM
TOPLESS
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
MINI STOCK
CLASSIC

JUNE 23, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

JUNE 30, 2012

JULY 1, 2012   $3000 TO WIN SRRS
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

JULY 7, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
LIMITIED LM
TOPLESS
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
MINI STOCK
CLASSIC

JULY 14, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

JULY 17, 2012

JULY 21, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

JULY 26, 2012   TBA

JULY 28, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS
ALL CLASSES

AUGUST 4, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

AUGUST 10, 2012   $3000 TO WIN SRRS
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

AUGUST 11, 2012

AUGUST 18, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

AUGUST 25, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

AUGUST 31, 2012

SEPTEMBER 1, 2012   $1500 TO WIN STEEL HEAD
SUPPORT CLASSES TBA

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
LIMITED LM
TOPLESS
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
MINI STOCK
CLASSIC

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

OCTOBER 5, 2012   FALL BRAWL
LIMITED LM
STREET STOCK

OCTOBER 7, 2012

OCTOBER 13, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
ALL CLASSES

OCTOBER 20, 2012   WEEKLY RACE POINTS RACE
LIMITED LM
TOPLESS
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
MINI STOCK
CLASSIC

OCTOBER 27, 2012   STEEL HEAD NATIONALS
CROWNING OF CHAMPIONS

NeSmith Sanction

After meeting with NeSmith’s competition director Tim Sims and many of the area Crate LM drivers at 411 Motorspeedway earlier today, SMS and 411 have decided to go under the NeSmith sanction for the 2012 season. NeSmith Crate LMs will be alternating between the two tracks for a combined points championship.
More details to be announced at a later date.

Schedule Update

411 Motorspeedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway met again last night and were able to complete the 2012 Schedule… we are awaiting a few series confirmations which should be finalized over the weekend. Both Schedules are set to be released Monday, December 19th.

With this being said…What do you think/hope to see in the upcoming schedule? What classes or series’ are most of you looking for?