Dale McDowell takes NDRL field at Smoky Mountain Speedway to school during Tip-Off Opener




Dale McDowell takes NDRL field at Smoky Mountain Speedway to school during Tip-Off Opener

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing


MARYVILLE, TN (March 7, 2014)—Dale McDowell may hold driving schools when he’s not behind the wheel of his # 17M Super Late Model, but on Friday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, he took the field to school during the Nationals Dirt Racing League-sanctioned Tennessee Tip-Off Classic.


The Chickamauga, GA driver claimed $7,500 for the event win after leading all 40 circuits, which ran caution free, for his first NDRL victory. McDowell came to victory lane while driving the Team Dillon Racing, Klotz Synthetics, National Boiler Service, Bad Boy Buggy and Cometic Gaskets sponsored ERC-powered Warrior Race Car.


Runner-up Chris Madden passed polesitter Ray Cook on the 17th lap and went on to finish second behind McDowell in the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney and Cushman Paint & Body sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered Bloomquist Team Zero Race Car. Cook finished third while driving the Tommy Pope Construction, A+ Moving & Storage sponsored Jay Dickens powered MasterSbilt Race Car.


The NDRL Late Models ($12,500 to win), along with the Crate Late Models and Sportsman hit the track on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway for Night # 2 of the Tennessee Tip-Off Classic.


Official Summary of Results


National Dirt Racing League

Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN

Friday Night March 7, 2014


Super Late Model Feature Finish:

1. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA

2. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC

3. Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC

4. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN

5. Kent Robinson-Bloomington, IN

6. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, TN

7. Don O’Neal-Martinsville, IN

8. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA

9. John Blankenship-Williamson, WV

10. Chris Ferguson-Mt. Holly, NC

11. Billy Moyer Jr.-Batesville, AR

12. Davey Johnson-Latrobe, PA

13. Shane Clanton-Zebulon, GA

14. William Thomas-Phenix City, AL

15. Rick Eckert-York, PA

16. Ryan King-Seymour, TN

17. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN

18. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA

19. Steve Francis-Ashland, KY

20. Max Blair-Titusville, PA

21. Bub McCool-Vicksburg, MS

22. Chase Junghans-Manhattan, KS

23. Dennis Erb Jr.-Carpentersville, IL

24. Mason Zeigler-Chalk Hill, PA

25. Billy Moyer-Batesville, AR

26. Tim Fuller-Watertown, NY

27. Mike Marlar-Winfield, TN

28. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN


Race Statistics:

Entries: 40

Fast Time: Mike Marlar-15:881 (Group A & Overall); Billy Ogle Jr.-15:962 (Group B)

Heat Winners: Dale McDowell, Kent Robinson, Chris Madden, Ray Cook

Consey Winners: William Thomas, Shane Clanton

Series Provisionals: Billy Moyer & Dennis Erb Jr. (2013 Points); Tim Fuller & Mason Zeigler (Winter Extreme Points); Steve Francis & Bub McCool (Emergency Provisionals)

Lap Leaders: McDowell (1-40)

Lead Changes: None

Cautions: None

Red Flags: None

Time of Race: 12 minutes, 30 seconds


Limited Late Model Feature Finish: Cory Hedgecock ($1,200), Ethan Hunter, Mack McCarter, Jason Manley, Tony Martin, Dan Tipton, Charles Parker, Andy Morris, Drew Kennedy, Ross White, Derrek Rogers, Jason Ogle, Warren McMahan, Brad Coffey, Roger Best, Brad Lowe


Classic Cars Finish: Phillip Thompson, Bart Baxter, Garrick Kelly, Joe Keck, Bobby Pressley, Shane Lockart, Joel Wolfenbarger

(PHOTO CUTLINE)–Dale McDowell in Victory Lane after winning the NDRL Tip-Off Classic Night # 1 at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Tommy Yates Photo.

Madden Masters NDRL-Tennessee Tip Off Night #2 at Smoky Mountain


Madden Masters NDRL-Tennessee Tip Off Night #2 at Smoky Mountain

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing

MARYVILLE, TN (March 8, 2014)–Chris Madden likes Saturday night racing with the NDRL.

The Gray Court, SC driver took the lead from Billy Moyer Jr. on lap 44 to go on to win the National Dirt Racing League-sanctioned Tip Off Classic and $12,500 for the victory at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN a week after he won the Bama Bash at East Alabama. Madden drove the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney sponsored Clements powered Bloomquist Team Zero race car to the victory over hard-charging Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN who started tenth.

One caution flag slowed the race as Casey Roberts slowed on lap 13 in turn two.

Pole sitter Moyer Jr and Jonathan Davenport brought the field of 25 to life for the start of the 60-lapper with Moyer Jr jumping to the early lead. On the 14th lap Madden would take the second spot away from Davenport and take Scott Bloomquist with him for third. Davenport would drop to fourth after that restart.

Madden would look underneath Moyer for several laps but would become the factor and grab the lead away on the 44th circuit. Tenth starting Mike Marlar became the factor for second spot and would grab it away from Scott Bloomquist with five laps remaining. Lapped traffic would be enough to keep Marlar away from Madden as he went on to win his second NDRL event of the season picking up $29,517 in win money in less than a week.


NDRL FEATURE FINISH: Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., Dale McDowell, Don O’Neal, Kent Robinson, Tommy Kerr, Skip Arp, Max Blair, Mason Zeigler, William Thomas, Chris Ferguson, Ray Cook, Steve Francis, Bub McCool, John Blankenship, Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Benedum, Tim Fuller, Billy Ogle Jr., Vic Hill, Casey Roberts, Billy Moyer

Entries: 38
Overall Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist-15:904 seconds
Heat Winners: Billy Moyer Jr., Dale McDowell, Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport
Consey Winners: Ray Cook, William Thomas
Provisional Starters: Dennis Erb Jr., Bub McCool and Mike Benedum

CRATE LATE MODEL FINISH: Jimmy Elliott, Chris Wilson, Corey Hedge(not a nice word)(not a nice word)(not a nice word)(not a nice word), Adam Beeler, Jason Welshan, Craig Reese, Pierce McCarter, Brett Wyatt, Matt Henderson, Jason Deal, Robby Moses, Bryan Pritchard, Heath Alvey, Tom Smith, Warren McMahan, Greg Huskey, Michael Barnett, Derek Rogers, Brad Coffey, Greg Martin, Skimp Henry, Dustin Golden

SPORTSMAN: Heath Alvey, Drew Kennedy, Justin Beeler, Kip Sawyer, Tim Cooper, Austin Atkins, Joe Freels, Jonathan Sims, Jerry Hux, Brian Hooks, Josh Beal, James Kelso

Smoky Mountain Speedway, Next Race: Saturday March 29, 2014-Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series $6,000 to win plus American Modified Series $3,000 to win

NDRL weekend LLM Tire Rule


Due to the Short notice in tire change for this seasons Hoosier only rule, SMS has made an exception for this upcoming weekend ONLY to Allow American Racers.

For Friday, March 7th Tire Rule will be as follows:
Front Tires Open.
Rear Tires: Hoosier 1600 or 55/ American Racer 56: Must punch 55 or harder

LLM Rules update for 2014 Season

LLM Rules update for 2014 Season


The Rules for the Limited Late Model Class have been updated for the 2014 year, We are a Hoosier ONLY track. We allowed AR’s here and there in this class last year due to the fact we only had LLM’s a handful of times, We intend to run this class more for the 2014 Season.

*Rules have been updated allowing several different motors to compete in this class

These Rules will be in effect for our NDRL Friday, March 7th Event



Any Questions Please call our Race Director, Steve Epling at 865-919-6041 or 865-856-8989