Smoky Mountain Speedway held an open practice session on Wednesday night to get feedback from race teams on the new configuration. The feedback was very positive.
Over 30 race teams attended the impromptu practice session. Drivers from several classes attended the practice to get a feel for the layout that now sees wider turns and less banking in the turns. This was the first chance for multiple cars to turns laps on the “new” 4/10-mile track.
“Excellent,” was the response from one driver. “Fun to drive,” was a response from another driver. Every driver that offered an opinion gave positive responses following the three-hour test session.
“We wanted to get more cars on the track to see if we need to iron out anything,” said Smoky Mountain Speedway owner Roger Sellers. “All the feedback we got from the drivers was extremely positive. I think we’re in great shape for next week.”
Next week will see another open practice session for any division, except for the super late models, on Friday, March 22. The practice will take place 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.
Then the first race of the season takes place on Saturday, March 23 when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series visits for the 6th annual Tennessee Tip-Off for $12,000 to win. The limited late models and KSMA mini stocks will also be racing for $1,500 to win each. Information can be found on the events page.
The 6th annual Tennessee Tip-Off World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Smoky Mountain Speedway has been postponed. The weather forecast for the upcoming weekend does not look favorable and the decision was made to reschedule the race. The Tennessee Tip-Off has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 23. The $12,000 to win race will still be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. The limited late models and the Kajun mini stocks will also remain on the schedule for March 23, each running for $1,500 to win. Ticket prices and other event information can be found at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.
“We hated to make this decision,” stated Casey Moses, promoter at Smoky Mountain Speedway. “We’ve put a lot of work into the track the last few months and have been excited for everyone to see what we’ve done. But the weather doesn’t look as though it’s going to cooperate. We’re hoping things will be better in two weeks for the drivers and the fans.”
The open practice scheduled for Friday, March 8 has also been rescheduled for Friday, March 22.
Duck River, Smoky Mountain Events Shift to March 22-23
CONCORD, NC — March 6, 2019 — Inclement weather in Tennessee has forced World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and track officials to reschedule this weekend’s events. The new date for Duck River Raceway Park will be Friday, March 22, and the new date for Smoky Mountain Speedway will be Saturday, March 23, keeping the two-step tour through Tennessee together.
While both tracks have made every effort to prepare their facilities to welcome the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the country, the challenging weather conditions ahead this weekend will make it impossible for racing.
“All of us were geared up to resume the season this weekend, but Mother Nature is not going to cooperate,” World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Director Casey Shuman said. “We made the decision to move the weekend to March 22 and 23 in the best interest of the fan and competitor experience. We can’t wait to fire back up with big car counts and big crowds.”
For more information on the event at Duck River Raceway Park go to www.DuckRiverRacewayPark.com, and for updates from Smoky Mountain click www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.