Johnson, Estes, Thomas head 2018 class for Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame
The Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame is excited to announce the 2018 class that will be inducted on Saturday, August 25 at the speedway.
Committee members recently met to discuss numerous candidates in three categories: drivers, contributors, and asphalt driver. The committee received numerous public nominations as well as making their own nominations at the meeting.
Ronnie Johnson and Rocky Estes are the two that were selected under the driver’s category. Johnson is already in a number of halls of fame. He cut his teeth racing at Cleveland Speedway and later made numerous visits to Atomic Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway racking up many wins at both tracks.
Estes followed in his dad’s footsteps, the late Herb “Tootle” Estes, into dirt late model racing. Estes made a name for himself with numerous wins at both Smoky Mountain Speedway and Atomic Speedway. He will join his father in the hall of fame.
Bill Breeden is the selection for the driver from Smoky Mountain’s asphalt era. Breeden was a fixture in the six-cylinder division known as the Hobby class at Smoky Mountain Speedway where he racked up many wins. Breeden went on to race on dirt as well.
Jimmy “Pup” Thomas and Roger Kerr were selected as contributors to the sport. Thomas is well known for his work with Hoosier racing tires throughout the years. Thomas has also helped many drivers and has been involved in countless fundraisers for injured drivers, crew members, and even track officials.
Kerr is the son of the late J.T. Kerr that helped his dad build the Stinger racing chassis. Kerr also helped run the family parts business and later started his own business. Kerr has also been a car owner for several drivers. In addition to joining his father in the hall of fame, he will also join his brother, the late Tommy “Big Un” Kerr.
The induction ceremony will take place at the speedway on Saturday, August 25 during the intermission of the night’s racing program. Each new member will receive a letter stating their selection into the hall of fame and information about the ceremony. Details will also be posted on the track’s web site at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com. Plans are to have a number of current hall of fame members as well as some special guests to be on hand for an autograph session for the fans.
Due to substantial rainfall in the Maryville, Tenn. area overnight, Saturday night’s event @smokymtnspeed has been postponed.
Series and Speedway officials are working to find a suitable make-up date, later in 2018.
We have been working all morning to try and allow the track to dry and clean up muddy areas.. rain continues to fall.. and parts of the track are still standing in water.
We still haven’t saw a glimpse of the Today.
WEATHER UPDATE: The Maryville Area including Smoky Mountain Speedway has received substantial rainfall this evening. The Rain has slacked up, but still continues to fall. In an effort to allow adequate drying time ALL GATES will now open at 3 PM.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Smoky Mountain Speedway on July 7
July 2, 2018
For immediate release
Maryville, Tennessee – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday, July 9 for the 5th annual Mountain Moonshine Classic presented by NAPA Auto Parts. The $12,000 to win program will draw some of the sport’s biggest stars for this one night event.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series program will consist of time trials, heat races, B-main races, and the 50-lap A-main for $12,000.
Jonathan Davenport leads a stacked group of drivers into Smoky Mountain Speedway as the series’ points leader. Scott Bloomquist and defending series champion Josh Richards is just behind Davenport in the series standings. Earl Pearson Jr., Bobby Pierce, Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, Don O’Neal, defending race winner Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Gregg Satterlee, Dennis Erb Jr., and rookie contenders Kyle Bronson and Mason Zeigler are all expected for this event. Regional favorites Dale McDowell, Casey Roberts, Tommy Kerr, Shanon Buckingham, Vic Hill, Stacy Boles, Robby Moses, Michael Chilton, Dakotah Knuckles, and more are also expected.
The UCRA crate late models will make their first appearance of the season at Smoky Mountain Speedway for a $2,000 to win race. The UCRA 602 Sportsman division will make their first visit for a $1,000 to win race. The Kajun Mini Stocks will also be on hand for a $1,200 to win race.
Pit gates open at 12:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 3:00. The driver’s meeting is set for 7:00 followed by hot laps and qualifying at 7:30.
Grandstand tickets are $30 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $15. Minors 18 and under must submit a Minor Release and Waiver of Liability form signed by parent/legal guardian. If form is not signed in the presence of an Smoky Mountain Speedway official, it must be notarized. The form can be downloaded from the track’s web site atwww.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.
Chairs will only be allowed on the concrete areas of the grandstands. Small seatbacks and cushions are permitted elsewhere. We ask that fans that are using large chairs use the top rows to prevent blocking others view. Anyone wanting a seat on the concrete bleachers are asked to get to the track early. The grandstands can withhold large crowds, however, seating may become limited.
Smoky Mountain Speedway is located 12 miles south of Maryville, Tennessee. From Maryville, take Highway 411 south for 10 miles and turn left onto Brick Mill Road. Follow Brick Mill Road for approximately 2 miles, the racetrack is on the right. The first entrance is for grandstand parking. The second entrance is for tier parking and campground access. The pit entrance is the next right on Crye Road.
For additional information, contact the speedway at 865-856-8989 or visit www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com. For series information, visit the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series web site at www.lucasdirt.com, the UCRA Series web site atwww.ucraracing.com, or the Kajun Mini Stocks at www.KajunMiniStocks.com.