As if the temperature in Wheel Tennessee at Duck River Speedway wasn’t  hot enough, it just got hotter. With the  thermometer already hovering around 100 degrees, the temperature moved up a few notches last night as 36 Super Late Models entered into competition qualifying for a position in front of a house full of fans.  Duck River Speedway hosted  the first leg of the SRRS 5 Town Showdown and also stepped up to host the second leg as well tonight. With our fans and drivers in mind as the weatherman predicts record high temperatures for the weekend SMS has made the decision to push back the start up time an additional 30 minutes for our heat races and qualifying. With qualifying original set for 7:00PM it is now scheduled for 7:30PM. If all goes as scheduled this change should still have us out by our mandated curfew as well as giving all of our racers and fans a more enjoyable climate. So come prepared to enjoy what promises to be one of our biggest events of the season.

And…while your there have a bottle of ice cold water on SMS and Stanley Best Heating & Air! clap

4 Nights Remain of the SRRS Showdown
Tonight- Duck River Raceway
Saturday at SMS Grandstands & Tier Open at 5
Monday at 411 Motor Speedway ALL Gates open at 4
Tuesday at Wartburg Speedway

Looks like Duck River Speedway picked up Fridays SRRS

Just got a Tweet from SRRS Confirming Thursday & Friday will be $3,000 to win SRRS at Duck River Speedway.. Looks like they picked up Boyds original Friday night!


Thursday, June 28th- Duck River Speedway
Friday, June 29th- Duck River Speedway
Saturday, June 30th- Smoky Mountain Speedway
July 2nd- Monday, 411 Motor Speedway
July 3rd- Tuesday, Wartburg Speedway

Topless Modified


June 30th- Can I get at least 8 of you all confirmed? confused

At 411 Motor Speedway
June 2- 9 Topless
June 9- 9 Topless
June 16- 8 Topless
June 19- 7 Topless

Trevor Bayne Hits SMS for some practice laps Wednesday afternoon


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Knoxville driver Trevor Bayne, left, and Tony Stewart talk in the pit area before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., last Saturday.


Carlos Osorio/Associated Press Knoxville driver Trevor Bayne, left, and Tony Stewart talk in the pit area before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., last Saturday.

MARYVILLE — Trevor Bayne roared around Smoky Mountain Raceway late Wednesday afternoon with a flume of red dust trailing his car.

Bayne had a blast in his first time driving a late-model dirt car — even though it was just a few practice laps.

The 2011 Daytona 500 winner from Knoxville may have found the perfect hobby while he’s not driving NASCAR’s top two circuits.

There’s nothing like driving a fast car on dirt.

“That thing is awesome, man,” Bayne said after climbing out of the car. “I didn’t expect to get it going that quick. I’m just glad the right side’s still on it. I had a lot of fun. It’s definitely something I want to do a lot more of and I think it will help me even with the pavement stuff just because of the car control that you’ve got to have here.”

Bayne was driving a car that is co-owned by Maryville’s Larry Garner while getting tips from the car’s driver, Tommy Kerr, a veteran of dirt track racing.

“I was happy to give him a chance,” Garner said. “I was impressed that he took enough time to not go out there and try to hot-dog it, but when he got comfortable with it, he was impressive. He was real impressive.”

Bayne improved his time throughout each of his first two 10-lap runs around the dirt track, which is four-tenths of a mile.

One of his first laps was turned in 18.5 seconds – an average speed of 77.84 miles per hour.

Later, Bayne made a lap in 17.8 seconds — an average of 80.9 mph.

Bayne hit speeds of almost 120 mph before making the turns.

“These things are just so fun because you can manipulate ’em as a driver,” Bayne said. “You can change it with a throttle and the brake and the steer

ing wheel, whereas our cars (in Sprint Cup and Nationwide), when they’re tight, they’re tight, when they’re loose, they’re loose.

“These (dirt cars) you can still move around. I’m sure in a race somebody’s car might be better than yours and you might get frustrated, but out here just running by yourself, there’s a lot you can do behind the wheel and you can really have a lot of fun with it.”

It’s certainly a lot more fun than being a spectator while he’s idle without sponsorship.

Bayne is scheduled to run 10 more Cup races this season in the Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Ford and probably only one more Nationwide race (at Bristol Motor Speedway) with Roush Fenway Racing.

Bayne doesn’t expect much more to develop sponsorship-wise this season. He finished 43rd in Sunday’s Sprint race in Brooklyn, Mich., after having engine troubles. It was his fifth Sprint race of the season.

“I don’t think there’s much going on for the rest of this year,” he said. “It’s going to take some time to get deals going and get it put together, so in the meantime, I’ll just be hanging out doing some of this stuff.”

By that he mean dirt-track racing.

Bayne, who now lives in Charlotte, N.C., didn’t give details or specifics about his dirt-track plans.

“I’m just wanting to have some fun out here, so I’m going to do this and maybe run some (dirt-track) races this year, but I don’t have a schedule or anything like that put together yet,” Bayne said.

While Bayne is new to running dirt cars, he’s not new to the dirt tracks. He raced go-carts on dirt when he was about 11 years old before going to pavement.

“I understand the concept of dirt racing, and car control is car control, and you’ve got to figure it out,” Bayne said. “I did expect to do a little bit worse, to be honest.”

Dave Link is a freelance contributor.

Five Town Showdown June 30th- who wants to race?

Five Town Showdown June 30th at Smoky Mountain Speedway

June 28th-  Duck River Speedway
June 29th- Boyd’s Speedway
June 30th- Smoky Mountain Speedway – Presented by Stanley Best Heating & Air
July 1st- 411 Motor Speedway
July 3rd- Wartburg Speedway

SRRS Five Town Showdown Points Fund: ( Must run ALL 5 )
1st- $2,000
2nd- $1,250
3rd- $800
4th- $650
5th- $500

Saturday, June 30th 
SRRS Super Late Models $3,000 to win
NeSmith Crate Late Models

Lets open this topic- Who else wants to be on the schedule? Fans, who do you want to see race?
Schedule will be released by Friday- Need opinions soon if you want to race!