Maryville, Tennessee –
The ownership group met and decided to cancel the event following a tough 2017 season at the historic 4/10-mile speedway located south of Maryville, Tennessee.
“It has been a tough year for us,” said Roger Sellers, co-owner of Smoky Mountain Speedway. “The weather got us the first race of the year when we were snowed out. That put us behind and we never got caught up. Some of our other events that we have done well with in the past weren’t as good for us this year. It’s been a frustrating year.”
“We tried all kinds of things this year and nothing we did worked for us. The frustrating part is we had a similar schedule last year and had our best year since Larry (Garner), Stanley (Best), and I have operated the track. We’ll sit down in the next few weeks and evaluate where we are, how we do things, and try to get back where we were for 2018.”
Additionally, track promoter Casey Moses and her husband, Robby, have been dedicating much of their time to their newborn son, who is in the NICU unit at UT Hospital. Their son arrived sooner than expected and has remained in the hospital since birth. They hope to bring their son home with them very soon and begin adjusting to life as a bigger family.
With the cancellation of the Southern All-Stars race, that concludes the 2017 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The hall of fame induction ceremony scheduled for October 7 will now be held next spring at a date to be announced. The new hall of fame inductees will be notified of the schedule change.
Smoky Mountain Speedway is already working on the 2018 schedule with the first event to take place in March. The track’s schedule will be announced around the time of the PRI show in December. Fans and teams can keep tabs on the schedule and other news at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.
Smoky Mountain Speedway would like to thank all fans and drivers that came out this season.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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!
Romines, Merritt highlight 2017 Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame class
The newest class for the Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame was recently announced.
The Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame picked up where the Atomic Speedway Hall of Fame left off in 2006. Anyone from either of those tracks were under consideration by the voting committee, as a number of deserving people from Atomic Speedway have not been inducted since the track’s closing. Those people, along with those from the asphalt era at Smoky Mountain Speedway, will continue to be inducted as long as those that are deserving remain eligible for induction.
As in the past, nominees were broken down into three different categories: drivers, contributors, and those from the track’s asphalt era.
This year’s class for the driver category is Ronnie Romines and Guy Merritt. The contributor class has two inductees for 2017. Those new members are Gerald “Peg Leg” Laws and Ray Dedrick. The asphalt era inductee is Darrell Parrott.
Each one will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, October 7 during the intermission of the Southern All-Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Each new inductee will receive a letter acknowledging their induction and information about the ceremony on Oct. 7.
Plans are also in the works to have a number of past inductees at the track to meet and greet fans. More details on the ceremony will be released leading up to the event.