Greg Martin, Travis Reno show the way in Smoky Mountain features

Greg Martin, Travis Reno show the way in Smoky Mountain features

By admin | April 15, 2012

By Richard Allen


Greg Martin has established himself as one of the east Tennessee region’s top Crate Late Model drivers and his performance on Saturday night at the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee further established that.

Justin Summers set fast time in qualifying on the 4/10 mile track with a lap of 16.996 seconds in time trials. But much like he did two weeks ago at the 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee, Martin started from the outside of the front row and wasted no time in putting his Bloomquist Race Car out front. And once in the lead, the #24 was hardly threatened.

Summers settled into the 2nd spot and kept Martin in sight for most of the race but never mounted a serious challenge for the lead. However, the racing from 3rd on back through the field was much more intense.

Anthony White charged from his 5th starting spot to take 3rd almost immediately. David Crabtree, Corey Hedgecock, Mack McCarter and Ryan King all gave chase and exchanged positions in the process.

However, at lap 14 things took a dramatic turn when White found himself tangled up with the lapped car of Danny Yoder on the front stretch. As the two machines raced into turn one, Yoder spun nose first into the outside wall as White limped back to the pit area with what appeared to be a flat left front tire.

On that ensuing restart, Hedgecock’s car appeared not to turn at all as he slammed the wall in turn one bringing out another caution. Although his car appeared to be heavily damaged, Hedgecock seemed unhurt in the accident.

After the final restart of the race, Martin again sailed away from the pack. Meanwhile, McCarter moved around Crabtree to claim the 3rd position.

At the finish, it was Martin winning over Summers, McCarter, Crabtree and Hunter Best.

Perhaps the race of the night came in the street stock class. Travis Reno got out the lead at the start but was shadowed all the way by Dale Watson and Bradley Lewelling. Those two drivers raced side by side for virtually the entire distance of the 15 lap feature event.

Reno laid claim to the victory with Watson edging Lewelling for 2nd while David Price came home 4th.

“I’ve had a lot of bad luck,” an emotional Reno said in victory lane. “It’s been a long time coming. This was for my dad.”


Vic Hill class of field during Southern All Stars stop at Smoky Mountain Speedway


Vic Hill class of field during Southern All Stars stop at Smoky Mountain Speedway

By Chris Tilley

(Maryville, TN)—Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN led all 50 laps to claim the $5,000 prize during the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series-sanctioned WIMZ Classic Rock 103.5 ‘Racing with the Stars’ event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on Saturday Night April 14, 2012.

On a nice spring evening, and with grandstands and tier parking nearly full, the SAS Late Models rolled into Smoky Mountain for their 12th ever event and Vic Hill would dominate the event setting fast time to claiming his second career SAS win, which was his first series victory since October 18, 2003 at Volunteer (TN) Speedway.

Before the green was set to wave and as the field was forming on the front chute, Ronnie Johnson, who was in Sanford Goddard’s Warrior house car had to be pushed back to the pits for engine woes and would not compete in the 50-lapper. Then as the field of 24 came down to take the green, a caution would be called and another try as the leaders jumped a bit early. While half the field had come around turns one and two, a five car mangle back in the pack would take a few extra moments to clean up before veteran starter Darrell Watson could wave his green flag again.

The first of only two yellows would come on lap 23 as Robby Moses spun in turn two. The second yellow flag would wave on lap 42 as Chad Ogle slowed in turn two with a right rear flat tire.

Hill would stretch out his lead during the long green flag runs and hold on for the win while driving the Landair Transport, Pilot Travel Centers, Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky, Outlaw Race Parts and VP Racing Fuels sponsored Vic Hill Racing Engines powered Warrior Race Car. While running third on the final lap, Randy Weaver had some engine problems and slowly made his way back to finish seventh and slowly roll under the checkered.

The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series will be off a few weeks before making the first of four visits to the Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL paying $3,500 to win during the NASCAR Weekend event.

Official Summary of Results

Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series
Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN
April 14, 2012

Feature Finish: Vic Hill, Billy Ogle Jr., Tommy Kerr, Ray Cook, Mark Douglas, Mike Weeks, Randy Weaver, Dusty Carver, Chad Ogle, Mike Marlar, Josh Henry, Bobby Giffin, Ross White, Mark Vineyard, Robby Moses, Jeff Wolfenbarger, David Crabtree, David Crabtree, Skip Arp, Riley Hickman, Kayne Hickman, Jensen Ford, Brett Miller, Ronnie Johnson, Shan Smith

Last Chance Race # 1 Finish: Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Giffin, Jeff Wolfenbarger, David Crabtree, Robby Moses, Shan Smith, Terry Wolfenbarger, Jeff Franklin, Weston Gantte, James Kelso

Last Chance Race #2 Finish: Dusty Carver, Skip Arp, Jenson Ford, Brett Miller, Mark Vineyard, Josh Henry, Ross White, Ellery Leake, Kayne Hickman, Jay Allen

Series Provisionals: Ross White and Kayne Hickman

Entries: 30
Fast Time: Vic Hill-15:689 seconds
Cautions:  Two (laps 23 and 42)
Red Flags: One (lap 0)
Time of Race: 31 minutes 48 seconds

Current Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Championship Points: (after April 14)
1. Billy Ogle Jr.-190 (Knoxville, TN)
2. Vic Hill-186 (Mosheim, TN)
3. Randy Weaver-174 (Crossville, TN)
4. Mike Marlar-164 (Winfield, TN)
5. Chad Ogle-156 (Sevierville, TN)
5. Ray Cook-156 (Brasstown, NC)
7. Tommy Kerr-150 (Maryville, TN)
8. Ross White-146 (Knoxville, TN)
8. Mike Weeks-146 (Friendsville, TN)
10. Mark Vineyard-134 (Powell, TN)

Upcoming Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series events:
May 5-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$3,500 to win
May 12-Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN-$3,500 to win
May 26-Whynot Motorsports Park-Meridian, MS-$5,000 to win
May 27-Magnolia Motor Speedway-Columbus, MS-$5,000 to win

April 14th Rockin with the Stars Story & Results

Smoky Mountain Speedway​​CONTACT:​​​NATHAN KRUG

MARYVILLE, Tennessee-Vic Hill claimed the checkered flag on Saturday night for the Southern All-Stars Late Model Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Hill, started on the front row and never looked back as he led all 50 laps of Saturday nights A-Feature in front of a near capacity crowd.  Hill had to hold off Billy Ogle Jr after a late caution had come out but had no problem on the restarts. “ It can be frustrating at times to have a late caution but when your car is working as well as it was you just learn to cope with it,” said Hill.
​Greg Martin claimed the A-feature in the Crate Late Model class following the All-Stars. Martin started on the outside of row one and went on to lead every lap. Martin had to battle Justin Summers in the early stages of the race but took the lead on lap one and never looked back.
​Travis Reno got his first victory of the year in the Street Stock A-Feature at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Starting on the front row Reno never looked back as he got his first win since last years season opener. As Reno drove away from the field
early on the battle for second place began to heat up. Dale Watson had to hold off Bradley Llewellen for most of the race.
​The final feature of the night saw Michael Courtney take home the win in the Modified Mini A-Feature. In a race that saw half of the starting eight cars leave the field, Courtney was able to hold on for a comfortable victory.
​Smoky Mountain Speedway will be in action again on May 4th as the United Sprint Car Series visits the speedway for the first time ever. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
​​​Southern All Stars
1. Vic Hill #1
2. Billy Ogle Jr #201
3. Tommy Kerr #4T
4. Ray Cook #53
5. Mark Douglas #52D
6. Mike Weeks #22W
7. Randy Weaver #116
8. Dusty Carver #9
9. Chad Ogle #10
10. Mike Marlar 5B
11. Josh Henry #B00
12. Bobby Giffin #97
13. Ross White #0
14. Mark Vineyard #4
15. Robby Moses #7
16. Jeff Wolfenbarger #28
17. David Crabtree #c5
18. Skip Arp #31
19. Riley Hickman #R1
20. Kayne Hickman #H3
21. Jensen Ford #25
22.  Brett Miller #47
23. Ronnie Johnson #1G
24. Shan Smith #99
DID NOT Qualify: Jeff Franklin # J12, Terry Wolfenbarger #14T, Weston Ganette #14, James Kelso #49, Jay Allen #111
​​​NeSmith Crates
1. Greg Martin #24
2. Justin Summers #40
3. Mack McCarter #51M
4. David Crabtree #c5
5. Hunter Best #007
6. Trevor Sise #73
7. Marty Calloway #79C
8. Wes Tilley #42
9. Stone Fuller #169
10. Tom Smith #14
11. Kendall White #98
12. Jed Emert #51
13. Tony Lindsey #19
14. Jarrison Martin #7
15. Ryan King #30
16. Cory Hedgecock #23X
17. Anthony White #2X
18. Danny Yoder #2
19. James Cole #5
20. Brad Seagle #31
21. Tyler Jenkins #88
​​​​​Street Stock
1. Travis Reno #77
2. Dale Watson #11
3. Bradley Llewellin #10B
4. David Price #4
5. Tim Kilby #J3
6. Jeremy Hershner #10
7. Brandon Jarnigan #86
8.  Issac Boring #00
9. Dale Jackson #99
​​​​​Mod Minis
1. Michael Courtney #C11
2. Chuck McMahan #99
3. Rocky McNabb #01
4. Greg Muse #44
5. Jason Carter # 39
6. Marty Phillips # 5M
7. Kevin Burchfield #8

Schedule & Pricing

April 14th’s Season Opener THIS SATURDAY
“Rocking with the Stars” Sponsored by 103.5 WIMZ Classic Rock

Pits Open @ 3
Grandstand and Tier Open @ 5
Drivers Meeting @ 6:30
Hot Laps After

Pit Pass is $35- $15 (12 and under)
Tier Parking is $20- $10 (6-12)- 5& Under Free
Grandstand is $15- $5 (6-12)- 5& Under Free

Chris Tilley to serve as Southern All Stars race director at Smoky Mountain

Chris Tilley to serve as Southern All Stars race director at Smoky Mountain

By admin | April 12, 2012

By Richard Allen


Chris Tilley has worked in and around dirt late model racing for much of his adult life. Most recently, he served as the head of the STARS Volunteer Racing Series and the STARS Midwest Dirt Racing League. Those two series’ had to be shut down before the 2012 season began due to financial considerations.

This Saturday at the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee, Tilley will resume working in the sport he loves so much. He will serve as the race director for the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series $5,000 to win show on that 4/10 mile banked clay oval.

This will be the headliner for the season opening of the Smoky Mountain Speedway and will be the second race for the series. Last week, Jimmy Owens took home a $10,000 first prize when he won the SAS Shamrock 50 at the Cleveland Speedway.

“I couldn’t be at the Cleveland race due to a previously planned family trip to Destin, Florida,” Tilley explained. “But Lynn Acklin(of SAS) called me and needs some help this weekend. It may be for the rest of the year after we see how this weekend goes.”

Tilley also handles announcing duties for the Ray Cook promoted Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series which takes place over a two week span each July.