CLASS CHANGE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 31ST EVENT:
Smoky Mountain Speedway has made the decision to remove the Crate LM Class from the Friday, July 31st Schedule.This decision was made based on the UCRA (Crate Alliance Series) having a points Event Saturday, August 1st at North Georgia. Earlier in the year we tried giving the Crate LM’s a double header weekend by pairing with a UCRA Event. We Found that most Drivers in the Crate Division that are running for the UCRA Points would rather take off the night before a UCRA Event to make sure they were ready for the next day.
With this said: Crate LM’s that had plans to race at next Fridays Event at SMS will have the opportunity to run with the LLM Division. We will pay an extra bonus to the top 3 Finishing Crate Cars in the LLM Division.
Bonus Structure will be as follows:
Thank you to all Drivers and fans for your understanding in this matter, We try to do whats best for our Drivers and to make sure our fans see a great show in each class. We feel this is the Best decision for Friday Nights Event.
Smoky Mountain Speedway has announced the hall of fame class for 2016.
The Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame picked up where the Atomic Speedway Hall of Fame left off in 2006. Anyone from either of those tracks were under consideration by the voting committee.
As in the past, nominees were broken down into three different categories: drivers, contributors, and those from the track’s asphalt era.
This year’s class for the driver category is Lamar Winkle, Marion Tipton, and Snook Defoor. There were an unusually high number of nominees in the contributor category, so two nominees were elected. Those are Connie Boring and Larry Jones. The asphalt era inductee is Randy Bethea.
Each one will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, September 19 during the intermission of the Southern All-Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Each new inductee will shortly receive a letter acknowledging their induction and information about the ceremony on Sept. 19.
Plans are also in the works to have a number of past inductees at the track to meet and greet fans. More details on the ceremony will be released leading up to the event.
USCS Outlaw Thunder presented by K&N Filters winged sprint cars headline “Thunder in the Smokies” racing card at Smoky Mountain Speedway this Thursday (July 16th)
July 13, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – The United Sprint Car Series “Outlaw Thunder” Tour presented by K&N Filters www.uscsracing.com winged sprint cars will headline this Thursday night’s “Thunder in the Smokies” racing program at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. The event is the one and only visit scheduled during the 2015 season for the USCS winged sprint cars to the speedway. This special week night event is expected to bring top winged sprint cars and drivers from at least six states to the track. The exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning, 700 horsepower open wheel cars weight just 1,300 pounds, and are pound for pound the World’s most powerful short track race cars.
The race will award USCS National championship points as well as points in both the USCS Mid South Thunder and USCS Southern Thunder regional series title chases. The USCS Mid South Thunder regional series consists of races scheduled in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The Southern Thunder regional series consists of races in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and both Carolinas. Drivers from each regional series will go head to head for cash and glory for the East Tennessee race fans.
Twenty-two year female sprint car hot-shoe Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee currently leads both the USCS National sprint car standings and the USCS Mid South Thunder Tour regional series standings as well. Turpen came into the 2015 season as the top ranked female sprint car driver in North America.
Currently, eleven-time and defending USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee trails her in the USCS National point standings in 2nd. Place coming into the Smoky Mountain Speedway event.
Thursday night entries also include May, 2014 USCS winner at “the Mountain’, Anthony Nicholson from Millington, Tennessee and 2013 USCS National Champion Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas. Hagar won the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour main event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in May of 2013.
Another potent entry and USCS series point’s leader, twenty year old, Eric Riggins, Jr, from Charlotte, North Carolina leads the USCS Southern regional series team of drivers into this two region\ “Showdown”. Riggins is a three-time 3025 USCS feature winner.
On Thursday night USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour sprint car action will feature a full program of racing that kicks off with test and tune hot laps. Hot laps will be followed by the Hoosier Speed Dash that showcases the top six cars from the previous USCS main event in an edge-of-your-seat six-car shootout. The qualifying heat races will be next on the racing card. The evening’s grand finale will be the USCS presented by K&N Filters A-main event.
In addition to the winged sprint cars, Thursday’s special events include some of the area’s top Limited Late Models who will be racing for a $2000 top prize and Street Stocks will be awarded a $750 pay check.
The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brick Mill Road, Maryville, Tennessee 37801. The Smoky Mountain Speedway official website is www.smokymountainspeedway.com and the track phone number is 865-856-8989. For USCS rules and info, please visit the Official USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com or call 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097..
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United Sprint Car Series National point’s leader Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee leads a strong contingent of USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint car drivers into the 2015 “Thunder in the Smokies” at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on Thursday night @7pm. (Chris Seelman file photo)
Smoky Mountain Speedway
Thursday, July 16th
Thursday Night Thunder in the Smokies
USCS Sprint Cars
Limited Late Models – $2,000 to win
Street Stocks – $750 to win
** support class purses based on 12 car minimum **
Pit Gates open at 3pm
Grandstands / Tier Parking open at 4pm
Driver’s Meeting scheduled for 6:30pm
Adults – $15
Children – ages 6-11 – $5
Children – ages 5 & under – FREE
Tier Parking Admission
Adults – $20
Children – ages 6-11 – $10
Children – ages 5 & under – FREE
Adults – $35
Children – ages 11 & under – $15
Make your plans to join us for another great night of racing at THE MOUNTAIN!