Southern Nationals visit Smoky Mountain Speedway Tuesday, July 16

Southern Nationals visit Smoky Mountain Speedway Tuesday, July 16

Southern Nationals visit Smoky Mountain Speedway Tuesday, July 16

The 15th edition of the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals makes its way to Smoky Mountain Speedway on Tuesday, July 16. The $3,500 to win race is stop number 3 of a 11-race in 15 days schedule that travels across the Southeast.

The Southern Nationals visit at Smoky Mountain Speedway will be the first Tennessee stop of 2019. Drivers such as Brandon Overton, Donald McIntosh, Ross Bailes, Vic Hill, Cla Knight, and Tanner English are just some of the drivers that intend to run the entire Southern Nationals schedule. Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, Cory Hedgecock, Ryan King, David Crabtree, and many other super late model drivers are expected at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Also racing will be the limited late models for $1,200 to win and the sportsman late models for $800 to win.

The July 16 program will consists of time trials, heat races, and the 35-lap feature for the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals. Time trials and feature racing only will take place for the limited late models and sportsman late models. Every effort will be made to get the entire program finished in a timely manner.

Pit gates will open at 4:00. Grandstand gates and tier parking gates will open at 5:00. The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 6:40 with hot laps beginning at 7:00.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, children 5 and under are free. Tier parking is $20 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 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. Forms can be downloaded from the track’s web site.

One lucky fan will win a VIP experience to the August 16 Fall Nationals race at Smoky Mountain Speedway. All fans that purchase a grandstand ticket for July 16 will automatically be entered for the random drawing that will take place prior to the start of the Southern Nationals feature.

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.

Purvis and Standridge highlight 2019 Hall of Fame class

Purvis and Standridge highlight 2019 Hall of Fame class

Purvis and Standridge highlight 2019 Hall of Fame class

 

The 2019 class of the Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame has been selected. The scope of candidates was widened to make it more like the early years of the hall of fame at Atomic Speedway to include more people across East Tennessee.

 

The drivers in the 2019 class are Jeff Purvis, Tony Pressley, and Joey Standridge. The contributors in the 2019 class are Sam Giles and Roy Gibson.

 

Jeff Purvis is best know for his two NDRA championships, back-to-back World 100 wins, and his time as a NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup series driver. Purvis was also the 1986 Southern All-Stars champion.

 

Tony Pressley was one of the dominant drivers of Atomic’s B-Class. Pressley won numerous races and championships at Atomic.

 

Joey Standridge is a veteran racer that has been racing for nearly 40 years. Along with his 90+ wins, Standridge won numerous track championships at Atomic Speedway in several divisions. He was the 2018 Iron Man Late Models series champion.

 

Sam Giles was a car owner and engine builder. Most of his success as a car owner was fielding cars for Gary Hall and Jeff Treece.

 

Roy Gibson started as a racer but is best know for his years as a car owner. Gibson won track championships with 4 different drivers. He also sponsored a number of other drivers in Tennessee and across the Southeast.

 

The five newest members will be inducted on Saturday, September 28 at the track during the intermission of the Southern All-Stars program. Each new inductee will soon be receiving a letter and other information about their selection and the induction ceremony.

 

The hall of fame committee decided after last year’s meeting to expand the hall of fame to include more drivers and contributors from across the area.

 

“The hall of fame used to induct people from all across the area that were successful in dirt racing,” said Michael Moats, director of the Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame. “It used to be a who’s who of racing, but got more political over the years and really took away from the hall of fame should be about. We decided to get the hall of fame more like it was in the 80’s. We will still look at people that had success at Atomic and Smoky Mountain, but we aren’t limiting ourselves to just those two tracks.”

 

Congratulations to the 2019 class of the Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame.