World of Outlaws Gear Up for Two Huge Nights at Smoky Mountain Speedway
Tennessee Tipoff features two $10,000-to-win complete shows
MARYVILLE, TN – Feb. 20, 2018 – The Tennessee Tipoff on March 9-10 at Smoky Mountain Speedway is definitely going to be “two” big to miss. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will lead an expected huge field of star drivers into two, complete $10,000-to-win events.
The Outlaws are coming off four consecutive nights of DIRTcar Nationals action in Florida where four different drivers found their way to Victory Lane, including Tim McCreadie (Feb. 14), Dale McDowell (Feb. 15), Scott Bloomquist (Feb. 16), and defending series champion Brandon Sheppard (Feb. 17). The battle for the crown is as close as ever with racers setting their sights on Smoky Mountain to stake their claim to the championship lead.
Tennessee native Mike Marlar is especially excited to return home from Florida in February and Volusia’s tricky, high-speed half-mile oval. Joining the tour full-time in 2018, Marlar is eager to take on the 4/10-mile just south of Knoxville, TN, as the competition ratchets up for the Outlaws’ first back-to-back shootouts at Smoky Mountain with more than $100,000 on the line over the two nights.
“The Tennessee Tipoff is a pretty big event and the racetrack and facility at Smoky Mountain is a really awesome place,” said Marlar, who had 11 top-five’s in 16 starts with the Outlaws in 2017. “It’s the first time at home that you’re going to see all of the guys that are heavy-hitters come out and race.”
Marlar is hoping his Tennessee roots will give him an advantage, but he knows the Volunteer State is loaded with superstars all looking to Smoky Mountain to pocket some of the big money on the line.
“You know, living in Tennessee, it’s hard to be the best guy from Tennessee,” Marlar said. “There’s some pretty good guys from right around the area. For starters, Scott [Bloomquist] has probably ran more laps [at Smoky Mountain] than anyone. Then Jimmy [Owens], it’s close to home for him, too. Billy Ogle has won races there and Dale [McDowell] is pretty much from Chattanooga, so he’s right there too. Some of the best guys in the country are in a three-hour radius [from Smoky Mountain]. … If can race in Tennessee with these guys, I know I have just as good of a shot winning anywhere.”
Many of the top late model drivers from around the country will invade for the Tennessee Tipoff, including Brandon Overton, the 2015 Rookie of the Year who won last year’s one-day Outlaw event at Smoky Mountain. After his win in 2017 Overton attributed his success to his Randy Weaver Dream Team based in Crossville, TN.
“I suck here so bad most of the time and I’ve watched every Dirt on Dirt video of this place I can and the whole time I was out there I was thinking about everything that Randy [Weaver] told me,” Overton said in Smoky Mountain Speedway’s Victory Lane on May 13, 2017. “Obviously, he’s won a lot of races over here and knows how to get around this place so every time I would make a mistake, I’d make sure not to do it again.”
Additional drivers who have entered into the Tennessee Tipoff in the past include Bloomquist, who is the only two-time Outlaw winner (2015 and 2016). Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, has already proved to be one of the most consistent drivers on tour, collecting the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship with his new Barry Wright Race Cars team. Defending series champion Sheppard is back on top heading to Smoky Mountain, but he’ll be challenged by the likes of former series champions Shane Clanton and Rick Eckert, plus last year’s top rookie Devin Moran! In all, drivers representing at least 16 different states are expected to roll into the pits for this year’s event, making it one of the biggest races in the track history.
A night of practice on March 8 will lead up to two nights of action featuring qualifying, heat races, consolation races and 50-lap Craftsman Club Feature events each night. Joining the Outlaws will be the NeSmith Chevrolet Late Models and the Kajun Mini Stocks.
Advanced tickets are on sale now, including the special tiered parking area overlooking the backstretch. A three-day package is only $50. Buy your tickets today at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX.
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Smoky Mountain Speedway Harvest Festival Features Lots of Excitement on Saturday September 23rd
By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist
MARYVILLE, TN (September 16, 2017)-The Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. will feature lots of entertainment for all ages during the Saturday September 23rd event dubbed the Slingin’ Dirt for Vicky event and the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. Three racing series will converge on the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains for a thrilling night of action.
On Saturday September 23rd starting at 2:00 pm, an all day events for the kids begins. There will be games, inflatables, face painting, pumpkin painting, giveaways, hot dogs, popcorn, funnel cakes, snow cones plus the Greenback Fire Department and the Blount County Sheriff K9 Unit will also have a Meet-N-Greet with driver autographs and a photo time with the race fans’ favorite drivers. All this will happen in the main concourse area on Saturday September 23rd starting at 2:00 pm. In addition, Southern Steel will be performing Live in the grandstand area from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. All kids 11 and under will be admitted free into the grandstands for this event.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV and Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Late Model Championship Series will co-sanction the Slingin’ Dirt for Vicki event, which honors long-time race fan and Smoky Mountain Speedway supporter Vicki Duck of Rutledge, Tenn. who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 but still manages to attend races every weekend and is a strong supporter of Billy Ogle, Jr., but she enjoys all the drivers and all the races. The event will see the Super Late Models in a full program of practice, time trails, heat races, and the 40 lap, $5,000 to win/$450 to start. Billy Ogle Jr. will also carry the American Flag during the National Anthem in honor of Vicki Duck.
Also in competition will be the Sportsman Late Models racing for $1,000-to-win and the Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Series racing for $1,500-to-win and $150-to-start.
As part of the Slingin’ Dirt for Vicki event, all race fans and race teams are encouraged to wear pink to show support for Vicki and there will be also be event shirts made for this event to show support for Vicki and her battle and those pink shirts can be purchased for $20. There will also be decals for the drivers’ race cars and other novelty items will also be available for purchase.
On the Southern Nationals Bonus Series, Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. leads the pack of Bonus Series competitors into Smoky Mountain Speedway leading the points over David Payne of Murphy, N.C. and Joey Standridge of Tellico Plains, Tenn. On the Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Series, youngster Carder Miller of Salem, Va. leads the drivers into Smoky Mountain in the series point standings over Joey Standridge, Levi Ashby of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn. and Jeff Neubert of Rockford, Tenn. The Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series has a very tight points battle going on with their tours racing Friday at Crossville, TN before heading to Smoky Mountain Speedway Saturday Night. Shon Flanary of Surgoinsville, Tenn. leads the points by a mere four markers over teenage Modified sensation Blake Brown of Corbin, Ky. Chris Kirk of Clay City Ky. is third in the points followed by Zach Powers of Taylorsville, Ky. fourth and veteran racer Billy Palmer of Knoxville, Tenn. fifth.
Some bonuses have been posted for the weekend’s Modified Series action. The highest finisher of the two nights racing will receive a $300 bonus courtesy of Smoky Mountain Speedway. Also, a long haul award has been posted worth $100 to any driver that attends both events and is from the furthest distance.
On Saturday Night September 23rd, the grandstand gates will open at 2:00 pm with activities beginning at 2:00 pm, the pit and tier parking gates will open at 3:00 pm, the drivers meeting will be at 6:00 pm and hot laps will roll out around 6:30 pm. Adult general admission for persons 12 and up will be $15.00 while children 11 and under will be admitted for free. Adult tier parking admission is $20.00 for persons 12 and up. Adult pit passes are $35.00.
The entry fee for the Brucebilt Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified division will be $50 and the tire rule will be as follows: Front- Medium, A40S, M-30s, A40, Hard, H40, & M-60 (siping allowed on front due to carry-over from 2016 season); Rear- Hoosier A40S, M-30S, A40, Hard, H40, M-60 and American Racer Hard and Extra Hard with no grooving allowed. The only tires that can be siped on the rear is the Hoosier M-60 and American Racer Extra Hard.
The Late Model car and driver weight rules for this event will be as follows: 2350 lbs. for an Open Motor, 2300 lbs. for a Steel Block/Aluminum Head – Spec Motor Only (8″ spoiler allowed, 12″ sides), 2250 lbs. for a CT525 Motor (8″ spoiler allowed) and 2250 lbs. for an all Steel Motor or Crate Motor (8″ spoiler allowed, 12″ sides). There will be a pound per lap burnoff plus 5 lbs. in Heats, Last Chance races and in the Feature. The Late Model Series entry fee will be $100.
Late Model Series Purse (40 laps): 1) $5,000, 2) $2,500, 3) $1,600, 4) $1,200, 5) $900, 6) $700, 7) $675, 8) $650, 9) $625, 10) $600, 11) $580, 12) $560, 13) $540, 14) $520, 15) $500, 16) $480, 17) $470, 18) $460, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450.
Modified Series Purse (20 laps): 1) $1,500, 2) $600, 3) $400, 4) $350, 5) $300, 6) $250, 7) $225, 8) $200, 9) $180, 10) $170, 11) $160, 12) $155, 13) $150, 14) $150, 15) $150, 16) $150, 17) $150, 18) $150, 19) $150, 20) $150, 21) $150, 22) $150.
The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on to www.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.
Further information on the Iron-Man Championship Super Late Model & Modified Series can be obtained by calling series promoter/race director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.CTPROMOTIONS.org.
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after 9/3)
1. Donald McIntosh-1,460
2. David Payne-1,254
3. Joey Standridge-781
4. Brandon Overton-744
5. Jamie Oliver-680
6. Billy Ogle Jr.-613
7. Mike Marlar-594
8. Dale McDowell-584
9. Michael Page-560
10. Shanon Buckingham-560
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series Points (after 9/3)
1. Carder Miller-1,614
2. Joey Standridge-1,463
3. Levi Ashby-1,295
4. Jeff Neubert-1,214
5. Billy Ogle Jr.-1,096
Current Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series Points (after 9/9/17)
1. Shon Flanary-1,738
2. Blake Brown-1,734
3. Chris Kirk-1,119
4. Zach Powers-1,072
5. Billy Palmer-904
This Friday and Saturday.
**Four points** separate Shon Flanary and Blake Brown in an epic points battle for the top “Iron-Man” be there this Friday at Crossville (TN) Speedway and Saturday at Smoky Mountain (TN) Speedway as these two Modified titans clash with the East Tennessee Mod Squad as the Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series invades racing for $1,200 to win Friday and $1,500 to win Saturday. A $300 Bonus to the highest finisher is available Saturday night from the weekend plus $100 Custom Suspension Fast Time Awards both nights. Possible $3,000 to win this weekend!