Prayers for Mark Leach and Family

Our heart breaks for the Leach Family, Please send prayers up for strength and healing for this family, as Heaven Gained a sweet Angel, Izzy.

Words can not express our sadness for Mark and the Family at this time.

Mark runs in the Limited LM Division at Smoky Mountain and several other area tracks


Sexton, Denton headline 2014 SMS Hall of Fame class

facebooktwitterAfter being idle for 4 years, the Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame has resumed and named its members for the 2014 class. Induction ceremony for the new members will take place at the speedway on September 20.

The newest members inducted into the SMS HOF are Scott Sexton, Billy Palmer, Dewey Floyd, Jim Hunter, and Bobby Denton.

Sexton was a force in a dirt late model racing in East Tennessee from the mid 80′s until he had to step away from driving a few years ago due to health issues. Sexton earned the nickname “Superman” for his daring moves on the racetrack. Sexton passed away in early 2013.

Scott Sexton at Atomic Speedway in 2002.

Billy Palmer has seen success in both dirt late models and open wheel modifieds. Palmer was a regular fixture in Smoky Mountain Speedway’s victory lane from the mid 80′s to the early 90′s. Palmer also garnered a number of wins at Atomic Speedway in the open wheel modified division.

Dewey Floyd won a number of features and track championships in the modified street division at SMS. Floyd was a regular at SMS, then moved to the late model division when the modified street division was phased out. He has a number of late model wins to his credit as well.

A new category for the Hall of Fame is the induction of one member from the asphalt era of the speedway. The category is for area racers that saw success at SMS during its asphalt days in the late 60′s until the late 70′s. This year’s asphalt era inductee is Jim Hunter. Hunter was teammates with Joe Neubert where the pair won numerous races at SMS. Hunter won the pole for a NASCAR Grand National race in 1967 and posted two top 5 finishes in NASCAR action at SMS. Hunter passed away in 2010.

The contributor category inductee is Bobby Denton. Many know Denton as the public address announcer for the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. But Denton was the PA announcer at Maryville Dragstrip before becoming the PA announcer at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Denton later became the announcer at Talladega Super Speedway when former SMS general manager Don Naman hired him in the early 70′s. Denton passed away earlier this year.

Bobby Denton (left) interviews Richard Petty at Smoky Mountain Raceway in 1971.

The hall of fame induction ceremony takes place on Saturday, September 20 at Smoky Mountain Speedway during intermission for the Southern All-Stars program.

Southern Nationals Series Starts Monday for Ultra-Busy Slate of Races


Southern Nationals Series Starts Monday for Ultra-Busy Slate of Races

By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist

BRASSTOWN, NC (July 17, 2014)—Two of the busiest weeks of racing in the Southeast gets kicked off on Monday July 21st with the running of the Tenth Annual Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Old Man’s Garage.

The two week mini-tour kicks off Monday July 21st at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Va. paying $3,500-to-win. The Super Street, Modifieds, Pro-Mini and U-Car divisions will all be on the racing card and racing action is set to begin at 8:00 pm on Monday Night. Last year’s event winner at Wythe Raceway was Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C.

411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn. will be one of two new venues on this year’s schedule as the series will roll into the beautiful Smoky Mountains on Tuesday Night July 22nd paying $3,500 to win. The Sportsman, Street Stock and Mini Stock classes will all be on the racing card. Action will kick off at 7:30 on Tuesday Night.

Modoc Raceway in Modoc, S.C. returns to the schedule for the first time on Thursday Night July 24th paying $3,500-to-win since the track hosted the first-ever series race back in July of 2005. The Crate Late Models and Super Street will join in the racing program that night with action kicking off at 7:00 pm.

On Friday Night July 25th the Southern Nationals competitors travel to Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway for Round # 4 of the tour paying $5,300-to-win while the Crate Late Models, Super Street, Mini Stock, Road Warriors and 440’s will all be on the racing card for the evening’s events. Action will get started with 7:00 pm Hot Laps. Last year at Swainsboro, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga. rolled from his fourth place starting spot to claim the event victory.

Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. will host the series on Saturday Night July 26th paying $5,300 to win during the 15th annual Rebel Yell event. The Crate Late Models, Super Street and Pure Street divisions will all be on tap for the night’s events. Action will kick off with 7:00 pm Hot Laps.

At Modoc Raceway, Swainsboro Raceway and Screven Motor Speedway there will be added purses and bonuses for the Crate Late Model and Super Street divisions. Read about all that information on the track’s websites.

On Sunday Night July 27th, Round # 6 of the series will bring action to the Rome Speedway in Rome, Ga. paying $5,300-to-win. The Steel Head Late Model, Crate Late Model, Econo Bombers, Super Bombers, Pony Stocks and Street Cruisers will all be in action as cars will hit the track around 7:00 for action. William Thomas of Phenix City, Ala. claimed last year’s event victory.

Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. will host Round # 7 of the tour for the first-time as the SNS competitors will be competing for the $3,500 top prize during NASCAR Night at the track featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Austin Dillon and his younger brother NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ty Dillon. The Crate Late Models, A Hobby, B Hobby and Pony divisions will all be on tap for the night’s events as action will start around 7:00 pm.

On Thursday Night July 31st the series will roll into Duck River Raceway Park for Round # 8 on the tour paying $3,500-to-win. The 2-Barrel Late Models, Crate Late Models, Street Stocks and Pure Pony divisions will share the stage during the track’s Thursday Night special event. Action will kick off around 7:00 pm Central Time. Eric Jacobsen of Rio Del Mar, Cal. claimed last year’s thrilling victory after charging from ninth spot to do battle with eventual runner-up Billy Ogle Jr. and Chris Madden.

Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. will host Round # 9 of the tour presented this year by Food City on Friday Night August 1st. This will mark the series’ third appearance to the track located just minutes from Knoxville. The event pays $5,300-to-win while the Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models and Classic Cars will all be in action. Action will kick off with 7:00 pm hot laps. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C. charged from his sixth place starting spot to claim last year’s top prize.

On Saturday Night August 2nd the tour will finish the ten race journey with a $5,300-to-win event at the Gary Hall owned high-banked oval. The Late Model Sportsman, Modified Street, Pure Street, Four Cylinders and Classic Cars will all be on the racing card with action set to begin at around 7:30 pm. Jonathan Davenport went on to claim his second series championship with the event victory last season at the track known as the ‘Bad Fast Taz’. Tazewell has been the only track on the tour that has hosted the finale every season.

Eleven drivers have given intentions on trying to complete the entire tour. Those drivers include: Stacy Boles of Clinton, Tenn., Anthony Burroughs of Minden, La., Kenny Collins of Colbert, Ga., Vic Hill of Mosheim, Tenn., Eric Jacobsen of Rio Del Mar, Cal., Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., Pierce McCarter of Gatlinburg, Tenn., Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. and Austin Smith of Cedartown, Ga.

Each Night, the tour will feature a complete show of Practice, FK Rod Ends Qualifying, B-Mains and the Main events (either 35 or 53 laps in distance). A $100 entry fee will be charged each night and transponders will be available for rent at each event. At the first series event, provisional starting spots will be based on one from last year’s Southern Nationals Series points and this year’s final Spring Nationals Series points if needed.

The Southern Nationals Series will feature a points fund in excess of $15,000 with $5,053 going to the Series Champion, second place receives $2,553, third place receives $2,053, fourth place receives $1,553, fifth place receives $1,053, sixth place receives $753, seventh place receives $653 and eighth place in series points will receive $553 along with all other prefect attendance drivers. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA is the defending series champion. Purses in excess of $200,000 will go out the door in just ten days of racing.

In addition to the Southern Nationals and Spring Nationals Series point funds, the series has announced a Combined Bonus for the top five drivers who finish the highest with both tours. The overall top driver from each series will receive $5,053, with second place receiving $2,553, third place receiving $2,053, fourth place receiving $1,553 and fifth place receiving $1,053.

A possible $15,000+ could be won by Billy Ogle Jr. this season if he wins the Spring and Southern Nationals with points fund monies from both tours and the Combined Bonus Money. Also, if a driver was to at least run fifth in both tours, he could receive $3,159 with point funds and the combined bonus.

The highest finishing CT525 engine or Spec engine in the A-Main each night will receive a $200 cash bonus. Also, the highest finishing Steel Headed engine Late Model will receive a $200 cash bonus. If a 525/Spec or Steel head engine wins the race, then the $200 bonus will be given to the highest finishing open engine super late model.

Also, the highest finishing CT525 and/or Spec engine driver along with the Steel Head driver will be brought to Victory Lane each night and will be joining the top three feature drivers and will be given an award as well. If a 525/Spec or Steel head engine wins the race, then they will join the other drivers in Victory Lane each night.

For more information on the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Old Man’s Garage please call Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353, Series Publicist Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or log on . Be a follower of the Southern Nationals on Twitter by following @SoNationals.

2014 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
Monday July 21-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Tuesday July 22-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Thursday July 24-Modoc Raceway-Modoc, SC-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Friday July 25-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Saturday July 26-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Sunday July 27-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Tuesday July 29-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Thursday July 31-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Friday August 1-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Saturday August 2-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$5,300 to win/53 laps

$3,500 to Win Event Purse:
1) $3,500, 2) $2,000, 3) $1,200, 4) $800, 5) $600, 6) $580, 7) $570, 8) $560, 9) $550, 10) $540, 11) $530, 12) $520, 13) $510, 14) $500, 15) $490, 16) $480, 17) $475, 18) $470, 19) $465, 20) $460, 21) $455, 22) $450 — $16,705 TOTAL

$5,300 to Win Event Purse:
1) $5,300, 2) $2,500, 3) $1,500, 4) $1,000, 5) $900, 6) $800, 7) $750, 8) $725, 9) $700, 10) $675, 11) $650, 12) $630, 13) $620, 14) $610, 15) $600, 16) $590, 17) $580, 18) $570, 19) $560, 20) $550, 21) $540, 22) $530 — $21,880 TOTAL

Series Tire Rule for Wythe, Modoc, Swainsboro, Screven, Boyd’s, Smoky Mtn. & Tazewell:
Hoosier Racing Tire: 1300, 1350, 1600, LM 40, Crate 21.
American Racer: 44, 48, 56.

Series Tire Rule for 411, Rome & Duck River:
Hoosier Racing Tire: 1350, 1600, LM 40, Crate 21.
American Racer: 48, 56.

Special Thanks to the following Southern Nationals Series Supporters: Schaeffer’s Oil, Old Man’s Garage, Tennessee R.V. Sales & Service Super Center, American Race Tires, AR Bodies, Barry Wright Race Cars, Delph Communications, Dyer’s Top Rods, FK Rod Ends, Graphic Impressions, GW Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars, Ohlins Shocks, Performance Rod & Custom, Racing Radios, The Joie of Seating, Vic Hill Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Will Kinzer Foundation and Wilwood Engineering.

411 Motor Speedway
632 Maryville Highway
Seymour, TN 37865
PH: (865) 257-7223
Promoter: Mitch McCarter

Boyd’s Speedway
1481 Scruggs Road
Ringgold, GA 30736
PH: (706) 891-6803
Promoters: David Duplissey & Dale McDowell

Duck River Raceway Park
1100 Haskins Chapel Road
Lewisburg, TN 37091
PH: (931) 684-8200
Promoter: Bob Harris
**NOTE** Track operates in Central Time Zone

Modoc Raceway
1133 Washington School Road
Modoc, SC 29838
PH: (706) 825-9870
Promoter: Jim Cushman

Rome Speedway
1933 Chulio Road
Rome, GA
PH: (706) 235-2541
Promoter: Mickey Swims

Screven Motor Speedway
6118 Savannah Highway
Sylvania, GA 30467
PH: (912) 857-4884
Promoter: James “Redd” Griffin

Smoky Mountain Speedway
809 Brickmill Road
Maryville, TN 37801
PH: (865) 856-8989
Promoter: Casey Moses

Swainsboro Raceway
586 Modoc Road
Swainsboro, GA 30401
PH: (478) 252-1300
Promoter: Paul Purvis

Tazewell Speedway
1400 Bacchus Road
Tazewell, TN 37879
PH: (423) 626-2222
Promoter: Gary Hall

Wythe Raceway
164 Race Track Road
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
PH: (276) 686-4261
Promoters: Fred & Susan Brown


Smoky Mountain Speedway
Maryville, TN

Friday, July 11th 

Ultimate Firecracker 500
presented by Tennessee RV Sales & Service Supercenter


1.  Randy Weaver # 116
2.  Casey Roberts # 101
3.  Vic Hill # 1
4.  Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
5.  Dennis “Rambo” Franklin # 2
6.  Tommy Kerr # 4t
7.  Bobby Giffin # 97
8.  Anthony Burroughs # 1
9.  Mark Vineyard # 4
10.  Jeff Smith # 00
11.  Jonathan Edwards # 32
12.  Brian Ledbetter # 07
13.  Kenny Compton, Jr. # 10
14.  Skip Arp # 31
15.  Jason Welshan # 1g
16.  Dusty Carver # 9
17.  Doug Sanders # 42
18.  Chad Ogle # 10
19.  Chris Ferguson # 22
20.  Cory Hedgecock # 23
21.  Aaron Ridley # 81
22.  David Payne # 8
23.  Danny Yoder # 2
24.  Mark Douglas # 52d

Did Not Qualify:  Hunter Best (00), Robby Moses (7), Stacy Boles (11b), Benji Shaw (18), Jaylon Shannon (22), Ellery Leake (34), Brad Hall (47), Kevin Wilson (618)


1.  Jason Welshan # 29
2.  Brandon Williams # 95
3.  Adam Beeler # 66
4.  Greg Martin # 24
5.  Justin Summers # 99
6.  Tanner Works # T35
7.  Warren McMahan # 33
8.  Robert Edwards # 3r
9.  Greg Huskey # 32
10.  Brian Courtney # 71
11.  Chad Beeler # 10
12.  Todd Brooks # T1
13.  Brett Wyatt # 17
14.  Deke Waters # 66
15.  Hunter Best # 007
16.  Anthony White # 2x
17.  Brad Seagle # 31

Did Not Start:  Jed Emert (98), Matt Henderson (417)


1.  Jordan Horton # 56h
2.  Terry Poore # 2
3.  Chase King # 44
4.  Zach Shannon # Z1
5.  Tony Shannon # 78
6.  Ryan Carey # 555
7.  James Kelso # 49
8.  Joe Crabtree # 114
9.  Joe Freels # 5x
10.  Tony Lindsey # 42
11.  Leigh Ann Bivens # 1
12.  Josh Beal # 12
13.  Chris Whitted # 14w
14.  Justin Beeler # 25
15.  Brianna Kyle # 124


1.  Nick Perry # 19
2.  Kyle Courtney # 171
3.  Jacob Sharp # 1
4.  William Tallent # 18
5.  Frankie Huskey # 32
6.  Nathan Adams # 93
7.  Bobby Reichert # 22
8.  Allen Collins # 1a
9.  Debbie Singleton # 5
10.  Bryant Idles # BA2
11.  Nicholas Shelton # 21
12.  Michael Herron # 01
13.  Gavin Murphy # 18
14.  Marty Phillips # 5m
15.  Ray Simpson # 134

Did Not Start:  Anthony Raper (8), Chris Johnston (9)