Can Jimmy Owens Top Outlaws at Newly Reconfigured Smoky Mountain Speedway?

Can Jimmy Owens Top Outlaws at Newly Reconfigured Smoky Mountain Speedway?

Can Jimmy Owens Top Outlaws at Newly Reconfigured Smoky Mountain Speedway?

MARYVILLE, TN – Feb. 27, 2019 – The results of a major improvement project at Smoky Mountain Speedway will greet fans and racers on Saturday, March 9, and everybody from track ownership to local hero Jimmy Owens is excited to see what happens when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series rolls into town.

As part of a two-day, double-header weekend in Tennessee, the Outlaws will make their return to Smoky Mountain for the sixth annual Tennessee Tipoff. This year, the pot is a bit sweeter as $12,000 awaits the winner of a 60-lap battle around the newly resurfaced and slightly reconfigured 1/2-mile. Track personnel couldn’t be happier to kick off its racing season with “The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet,” and its home-state drivers are ready to do well in front of their loyal fans.

Improvements to the entire facility have been building steadily, with an updated scoring system, scoreboard and scale house installed individually over the past several years. More recently, a new grandstand concession building and track tower were constructed for the start of the 2017 season. Still in the plans for this season are new spectator restrooms and a pavilion area.

The Smoky Mountain surface might be the most impressive and challenging undertaking the track crew was able to improve. Formerly a high-banked and narrow-cornered course, track owner Roger Sellers oversaw a resurfacing that de-banked the corners by roughly six degrees and widened them out in an effort to create “better, hopefully, side-by-side racing.”

In previous seasons, all traffic entered and exited the racing surface through a single on/off gate in turn one. This year, a second gate in turn two has been added, acting as an on-ramp to compliment turn one’s new off-ramp duties, in an effort to speed up the show.

All-new heavy equipment has also been added to the list of tools at their disposal, including two new tractors, rollerblades, a new water truck, box rake and sheepsfoot roller. All things considered, the track will be firing on all cylinders come race day.

For a track that does not host weekly racing competition, no expense has been spared in the effort to improve both the fans’ and the drivers’ experience at any of the races on the special event-based schedule. Many of whom have been giving suggestions from their perspectives.

“We’ve got fans and drivers alike giving us ideas,” said track GM Casey Moses. “We’re taking all those into our notes. Little by little, we’re doing a lot.”

Sellers had previously owned Tennessee RV, the state’s largest RV dealership, before selling the company to Lazydays RV of Knoxville in December. Now at the helm of his racetrack ownership, Roger said he’s just looking to improve both the fans’ and drivers’ experience when they come to his place to race.

On the subject of the race itself, the competition will be fierce again this year, as multiple regional and other national drivers are expected to come into town to do battle against the Outlaws, including Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Chris Ferguson, Shannon Buckingham, Donald McIntosh and Vic Hill, among others. One outsider in particular, home-state hero Jimmy Owens, is also ready to get back into the groove, just one-and-a-half hours away from his hometown of Newport, Tennessee.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Owens said. “It means a lot when these track owners and promoters invest their time and money into something to make it just a whole lot better facility, so we can put on a lot better show for the fans.”

When asked about the pressure of performing well in front of a home-state crowd, some drivers would say it has no effect on their composure or the way they approach things on race day. But “The O-Show” actually wasn’t ashamed to admit he feels a bit of added pressure to do well in front of his friends and family that make the trip out to see him race so close to home.

“I feel like it’s a little more pressure in front of all my hometown guys,” Owens said. “Lots of friends and family coming to watch because we’re so close and you really want to perform well for those guys, so it’s way more nerve-wracking running at home than it is at Eldora, for example.”

Owens also joked about the luxury of not having to worry about points standings for the weekend, saying “Oh heck yeah, I’d give anything not to have to points race anymore.”

“Just running local, picking and choosing, being home an hour and a half later after the race is always good to do,” Owens continued. “But that whole getting done after the races and having to drive six or seven hours to get back home, that gets pretty old after a few years.”

Come and see “The Newport Nightmare” and all of the Outlaws next weekend, or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision with your Late Model Fast Pass!

Things will get underway on Saturday with pit gates opening at 2 p.m., tier parking and grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. and a drivers meeting set for 6 p.m. Hot laps, time trials, and racing action will begin at 6:30. Grandstand ticket prices are $30 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $20.

For additional information, contact Smoky Mountain Speedway at (865) 856-8989 or visit the track homepage

World of Outlaws return to Smoky Mountain Speedway March 23

World of Outlaws return to Smoky Mountain Speedway March 23

World of Outlaws return to Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 9

February 21, 2019
UPDATED March 6, 2019

For immediate release

 

Maryville, Tennessee – Smoky Mountain Speedway will get its 55th season of racing started when the World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series visits on Saturday, March 23rd. The 6th annual Tennessee Tipoff is expected to draw some of the biggest names in racing vying for the $12,000 winner’s purse.

 

Current World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series points leader Brandon Sheppard will bring his hot streak to the historic 4/10-mile oval. Series regulars Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Darrell Lanigan, Chase Junghans, Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb Jr., Brent Larson, Boom Briggs, Kyle Hardy, and defending series champion Mike Marlar are expected for the first race on the new configuration at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

 

Other national and regional drivers expected include Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens, Chris Ferguson, Shanon Buckingham, Donald McIntosh, Vic Hill, and many others.

 

Also racing on March 23 will be the limited late models for $1,500 to win and the Kajun Mini Stock Association for $1,500 to win.

 

The pit gates will open at 2:00. Tier parking and grandstand gates will open at 4:00. The drivers meeting is set for 6:00. Hot laps, time trials, and racing action will begin at 6:30.

 

Grandstand ticket prices are $30 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $20.

 

This will be the first event held at the newly configured Smoky Mountain Speedway. The turns have been made wider. A new pit exit in turn 2 and the construction of a new restroom building are just some of the changes being made under the ownership of Roger Sellers.

 

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 World of Outlaws web site atwww.woolms.com or the Kajun Mini Stocks at www.KajunMiniStocks.com.

 

There will be an open practice on Friday, March 22 from 6:00 until 9:00 for all classes except super late models. Tier parking and pit gates will open at 4:00. The grandstands will not be open. Tier parking admission is free while pit passes are $20 per person for ages 12 and up. Kids 11 and under are $10 for the pits.

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