Smoky Mountain Speedway Hosts 10th Annual Ironman Classic on Saturday August 16


Smoky Mountain Speedway Hosts 10th Annual Ironman Classic on Saturday August 16

By: Michael Despain
Southern Nationals Bonus Series

Maryville, TN-August 6, 2014- The Southern Nationals Bonus Series returns to action in a big way on Saturday August 16 as the track continues its tradition of big money Super Late Model events with the 10th Annual CT Promotions Ironman Classic presented by Stanley Best Heating and Air on Saturday August 16.

The Saturday August 16 event at Smoky Mountain Speedway will feature the 10th Annual CT Promotions Ironman Classic presented by Stanley Best Heating and Air and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, time trials, B-Mains, and the 40-lap, $5,010-to-win Ironman Classic A-Main.  Joining the Southern Nationals Bonus Series Super Late Models in action at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday August 16 will be the track’s Limited Late Model division (paying $1,500 to win) and Street Stock division (paying $500 to win).

Southern Nationals Bonus Series 10th Annual Ironman Classic Smoky Mountain Speedway A-Main Payout (40 Laps): 1) $5,010, 2) $2.500, 3) $1,200, 4) $1,000, 5) $800, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $580, 9) $560, 10) $540, 11) $520, 12) $510, 13) $500, 14) $475, 15) $450, 16) $450, 17) $450, 18) $450, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450.

In addition to the payout, there will be a $250 bonus to the highest finishing driver from the state of Kentucky.  This is being done since the Ironman Classic, the brainchild of Chris Tilley, was started in the state of the Kentucky and has been contested in the Bluegrass State in eight of the nine previous events and will reward racers from the state of Kentucky that venture south of the Mason-Dixon line for the event.

The Super Late Model portion of the event will carry a $100 entry fee and the tire rule for the event will be as follows:  Hoosier 1350 and 1600; American Racer 48 and 56.  These will be the only tires allowed and tires will be checked and tire samples will be taken and sent to lab to insure tire meet the proper compound benchmarks.

Activities for the 10th Annual CT Promotions Ironman Classic presented by Stanley Best Heating and Air will see the pit area open at 3:00 p.m., while the general admission area and tier parking area opens at 4:00 p.m.  The drivers meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., with practice laps set to begin at 6:50 p.m., followed immediately by time trials and green flag racing.  Ticket prices in the general admission area will be $15 for adults (children ages 6 to 11 will be $5 and children ages 5 and under will be free) and tier parking it will be $20 for adults, while a pit pass will be $35.

The CT Promotions Ironman Classic started at Mountain Motor Speedway in Isom, KY in 2004 and Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY won the inaugural event.  The event fell to Mother Nature in 2005 and was not rescheduled, but returned once again in 2006 and Chris Combs of Isom, KY would take the win and would follow it up by claiming victory in the 2007 event (both of those events were also contested at Mountain Motor Speedway).  The 2008 version of the event would be held at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, KY and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN would claim the race victory, with the event returning to Mountain Motor Speedway in 2009 and Josh McGuire of Grayson, KY scoring the win.  Shannon Thornsberry of Martin, KY would take the victory at Mountain Motor in 2010, with Jackie Boggs returning to victory lane in the contest in 2011 at Southern Ohio Speedway in Wheelersburg, OH.  Michael Chilton of Salvisa, KY has won the last two Ironman events, sweeping a doubleheader of action in 2012 at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, KY and winning the 2013 event at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY.  The 2014 edition of the Ironman Classic will mark the sixth different venue that has hosted the event and will be contested for the first time ever in the state of Tennessee.

Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.

Racing action for Smoky Mountain Speedway includes the hosting of other special events throughout the 2014 season including: Ray Cook’s Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series, Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, American Modified Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, United Sprint Car Series, Ultimate Super Late Model Series, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, National Dirt Racing League and the Southern All Stars Series.

Southern Nationals Bonus Race Winners:
March 1-Jason Hiett (Cherokee Speedway) $3,000
March 2-Jonathan Davenport (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000
May 25-Mike Marlar (Duck River Raceway Park) $5,000
July 4-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $3,000
July 5-Ray Cook (Tazewell Speedway) $5,000

Southern Nationals Bonus Races/Upcoming Events:
Saturday August 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,010 to win/40 laps
Friday October 3-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$4,053 to win/53 laps
Friday October 24-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$5,000 to win
Saturday October 25-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win
Fri/Sat Nov. 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$11,000 to win

There have been six Super Late Model events held already at Smoky Mountain Speedway with five different winners gracing victory lane as Dale McDowell picked up the $7,500 NDRL-sanctioned win on March 7 then Chris Madden picked up the night two victory worth $12,500 on March 8. Billy Ogle Jr. scored the $6,000 prize in the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned event win on April 5th while Ogle again took the payday, this time $5,000 during the SAS-Rockin’ with the Stars event on April 26th. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. would claim $10,000 during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Ole Smoky Moonshine Classic event on June 21st. On Friday July 11th Randy Weaver went on to claim the Ultimate Super Late Model Series-sanctioned $5,000-to-win event. Chris Madden won his second feature of the season at Smoky Mountain on Friday Night August 1st pocketing $5,300 with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series.

Smoky Mountain Speedway would like to thank the following track partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts, Blount Excavating , Bobcat of Knoxville, CDE Electrical Contracting , East Tennessee Auto Outlet, FireAde, Food City, Hoosier Dirt Tire South, Hooters, Insane Cane Media,, Jet’s Pizza, MRM Racing Photos, Napa Auto Parts, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Outdoor Life R.V., Stanley Best Heating & Air,, Tennessee R.V. Sales & Service,, Wells Racing Photography, WIMZ Classic Rock 103.5 FM.

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Smoky Mountain Speedway
Maryville, TN

Friday, August 1st

Ray Cook’s Southern Nationals
presented by Food City


1. Chris Madden # 44
2. Mike Marlar # 157
3. Randy Weaver # 116
4. Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
5. Vic Hill # 1
6. Mack McCarter # 71c
7. Eric Jacobsen # 5
8. Donald McIntosh # 7
9. Anthony Burroughs # 1
10. Ryan King # 30
11. Austin Smith # 11
12. Craig Vosbergen # 8
13. Jason Welshan # 29
14. Chris Wilson # 10
15. Riley Hickman # R1
16. Mark Douglas # 91
17. Josh Putnam # 212
18. David Crabtree # C5
19. Skip Arp # 31
20. Tommy Kerr # 01
21. Bo Eaton # 3x
22. Mark Vineyard # 4
23. Stacy Boles # 11b

Did Not Qualify: Robby Moses (7), Ross White (7), Chad Ogle (10), Ellery Leake (34)


1. Cory Hedgecock # 23
2. Josh Henry # B00
3. Bobby Giffin # 97
4. Matt Henderson # 17
5. Jaylon Shannon # 22
6. Brad Lowe # 16
7. Weston Gantte # 14
8. Tony Martin # 35
9. Heath Hindman # 9
10. Reuben Mayfield # 00
11. David Kerr # 14
12. Hunter Best # 00
13. Charlie Parker # 27
14. Butch Bayless # B2
15. Doug Smith # 45
16. Drew Kennedy # K37

Did Not Start: Mitchell Childress (2), Sammie Russell (F4), Dakotah Knuckles (21k)


1. Jason Welshan # 29
2. Jimmy Elliott # J39
3. Jacob Grizzle # 16
4. Hunter Best # 007
5. Brett Wyatt # 17
6. Justin Summers # 99
7. David Crabtree # 88
8. Chris Mullinax # 57
9. Warren McMahan # 33
10. Robert Edwards # 3r
11. Adam Mitchell # 50
12. Dewayne Powell # 99


1. Cameron Skinner # 33x
2. Ritchie Overholser # 88
3. Charlie Tharp # 59
4. Bart Baxter # 7
5. Josh Chesney # XXX
6. Adam Presley # 07a
7. Eli Keck # 8
8. Joel Wolfenbarger # 13j
9. Scott Lacy # 24


Saturday, August 16th

10th Annual Ironman Classic
Southern Nationals Bonus Race
presented by Stanley Best Heating & Air

Super Late Models – $5,010 to win
Limited Late Models – $1,500 to win
Street Stocks – $500 to win

Chris Madden finally finds Victory Lane in Southern Nationals Smoky Mountain Stop



Chris Madden finally finds Victory Lane in Southern Nationals Smoky Mountain Stop


By Chris Tilley

Series Publicist


MARYVILLE, TN (August 1, 2014)—It took him nine events to get the job done but Chris Madden finally got to Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series victory lane.


The Gray Court, S.C. competitor led flag-to-flag for the $5,300 victory at the Smoky Mountain Speedway on FridayNight August 1st. Madden, who had not finished outside of the top-ten and had four podium finishes in the first eight races, finally got the job done in front of a great crowd.


Madden took his Century Plastics, Henderson Amusement, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Cushman Paint & Body and Penske Shocks-sponsored Clements Racing Engines-powered Bloomquist Race Car to victory lane for the 24thcareer time in series history.


Madden and Randy Weaver would bring the field of 23 to the start for the 53-lapper with Madden jumping to the outside and the commanding lead early on. Madden lapped up to the sixth place car before the end of the main event. The four time series champion was never challenged for the lead after the last restart that took place after the final yellow on lap 13.


Two cautions closed the main event. The first yellow flag came as the field went into turn one on the initial start and Vic Hill spun around setting the field up for another start. The next yellow would wave on lap 13 as eighth running Tommy Kerr got his bumper locked into the right-rear quarter panel of Bo Eaton, sending both cars to the pits for the night with heavy damage.


The series moves to Tazewell (TN) Speedway on Saturday Night for the $5,300-to-win finale event.


Official Summary of Results

Round # 9 of Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series by Old Man’s Garage

Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN

Friday Night August 1, 2014


A-Main Finish:

1. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.

2. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.

3. Randy Weaver-Crossville, Tenn.

4. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.

5. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.

6. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.

7. Eric Jacobsen-Rio Del Mar, Cal.

8. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.

9. Anthony Burroughs-Minden, La.

10. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.

11. Austin Smith-Cedartown, Ga.

12. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, Australia

13. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.

14. Chris Wilson-Crossville, Tenn.

15. Riley Hickman-Cleveland, Tenn.

16. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, Tenn.

17. Josh Putnam-Florence, Ala.

18. David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.

19. Skip Arp-Georgetown, Tenn.

20. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.

21. Bo Eaton-Blue Ridge, Ga.

22. Mark Vineyard-Powell, Tenn.

23. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.


Time of Race: 26 minutes, 24 seconds

Margin of Victory: 04.457 seconds

Yellow Flags: Two (laps 0, 13)

Red Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Madden (1-53)

Provisional Starters: Stacy Boles, Riley Hickman, Bo Eaton

Entries: 27

FK Rod Ends Fastest Qualifier: Randy Weaver-15.394 seconds Dash for Cash (4 laps): Chris Madden, Randy Weaver, Mike Marlar, Billy Ogle Jr.


B-Main No. 1 Finish (8 laps, top 6 transfer): Vic Hill, Jason Welshan, Mack McCarter, Donald McIntosh, Anthony Burroughs, Mark Douglas, David Crabtree, Josh Putnam, Ellery Leake, Riley Hickman, Stacy Boles (DNS), Chad Ogle (DNS).


B-Main No. 2 Finish (8 laps, top 6 transfer): Skip Arp, Austin Smith, Tommy Kerr, Ryan King, Eric Jacobsen, Mark Vineyard, Craig Vosbergen, Chris Wilson, Ross White, Robby Moses, Bo Eaton.


Series Championship Points (after August 1):

1. Chris Madden-1,729

2. Eric Jacobsen-1,681

3. Billy Ogle Jr.-1,644

4. Vic Hill-1,632

5. Donald McIntosh-1,626

6. Craig Vosbergen-1,582

6. Austin Smith-1,582

8. Stacy Boles-1,547

9. Anthony Burroughs-1,445

10. Tony Knowles-1,038


AR Bodies Rookie of the Year Points (after August 1):

1. Craig Vosbergen-1,582

1. Austin Smith-1,582

Friday, August 1st Schedule

Friday, August 1st
Ray Cook’s Southern Nationals
3pm – Pit Gates open
4pm – Grandstands/Tier Parking open
6:30pm – Drivers Meeting @ Pit Concession
Crate Late Models
Super Late Models
Limited Late Models
Classic Cars
Crate LM 2 Laps
Super LM 2 Laps
Limited LM 2 Laps
Classic Cars 1 Lap
Super LM Fast Dash 4 Laps
Super LM B-Mains 10 Laps
Crate LM 20 Laps
Super LM 53 Laps
Limited LM 25 Laps
Classic Cars 15 Laps

Intermission for Izzi Details

pink balloonsFANS AND DRIVERS:
We have changed the normal schedule around a bit in order to assure daylight and have adequate time to honor Izzi.

We will tentatively be having Intermission AFTER Qualifying. During this time we will ask drivers to take up a Helmet collection for the Leach Family. Ray Cook will then take us into Prayer/ Devotion and drivers will lead a Balloon release on the front stretch Grandstand area.

SMS and 411 have stickers available for drivers to display on their cars for the weekend. Both tracks will also be selling Izzi window stickers made by Fellow racer Jason Trammell. All proceeds collected by Window sticker sales will also be donated to the Leach family.

Smoky Mountain Speedway wants to thank all Drivers, Fans, and Followers for all the love and support you have show for the Leach Family during this time.

See you tonight!!

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