Sellers offers big vision for Smoky Mountain Speedway

Sellers offers big vision for Smoky Mountain Speedway

Michael Moats 

January 17, 2019

Following two years of struggles, there is renewed optimism at Smoky Mountain Speedway thanks to a slight ownership change and big plans for the future.

The last race of the 2018 season was the start of another new beginning for the 4/10-mile track located just south of Maryville, Tennessee. After several years of a partnership between Stanley Best, Larry Garner, and Roger Sellers, Sellers bought out the other two owners to become the sole owner of the historic speedway prior to the October 6 season finale.

Sellers was in the processing of retiring from his Tennessee RV business and selling it to Lazydays RV. Sellers decided to become sole owner of Smoky Mountain and invest some of his time and money into making it one of the area’s top dirt tracks.

“I bought the track from Stanley and Larry, knowing I had the dealership sold,” Sellers stated. “I knew the deal would close pretty quickly and would give me the cash flow necessary to buy the track outright and make the changes I wanted to make.”

 

The final race of 2018 was Seller’s first as an owner. Many of those in attendance offered their support to Sellers the night of that race.

“It turned out to be a really good race,” Sellers said. “People seemed to be real positive and the flow went really good. It seemed to work out really well.”

Shortly after the final race, Sellers began purchasing new equipment for the track to get the track’s surface back into shape. Sellers has tapped Derek Blair to be in charge of the track preparation for the upcoming season. Blair had assisted Ricky Herron when Herron was in charge of track prep at SMS, Atomic, and other tracks.

After Sellers took over the speedway, he received numerous questions about his plans for the configuration of the track. Many have called for the track to be shortened, something Sellers looked into early in the process. Instead, he and his crew has worked on widening the corners in hopes of producing more side-by-side racing.

“A lot of people have been wondering what I’m going to do with the track,” Sellers said. “I looked at it. I asked a lot of races what they thought about it. I talked to Jimmy Owens, I talked to (Jonathan) Davenport, and (Mike) Marlar. I talked to (Randy) Weaver, I talked to a lot of guys and they said they like the track, but realize it can be one-lane and kind of tough.”

“I talked to them about different configurations. And what I come up with, instead of physically going in and trying to shorten the track, I’m going to shorten it by widening it. That should also bring down the speeds some.”

Sellers discovered the turns were much narrower than anticipated. The usable groove on the straightaways came out around 55 feet. The turns measured 48 feet, making corner entry difficult for side-by-side racing.

Sellers’ crew began widening the turns. In the process, the banking has also been reduced. Prior to the changes, banking in the turns was 22 degrees. Sellers says it will be close to 16 degrees once the work is completed.

A new entry from the pit area onto the race track is also in the plans. An opening will be placed in turn two to help speed up the racing program. Sellers hopes that work will also be completed by the season opener on March 9.

New restrooms, a pavilion area, more gravel for the pit area and tier parking are just some of the changes that should be in place for the first race or soon thereafter.

“We have submitted plans for a new restroom building,” Sellers said. “We’re waiting on approval from the county. It will be nice when it’s finished. In the meantime, we’re leaving up the existing restrooms in case we’re not finished by the first race and will bring in some porta-potties.”

With the changes to the track and the overall facility, Sellers senses an renewed enthusiasm for the speedway.

“There’s a lot of energy going on right now,” Sellers exclaimed.” People are excited about it, people are expecting big things, and I want to show them big things.”

“We’re throwing everything at it this year to see what it will bring us. Honestly, I think we’ll continue to see it grow.”

Sellers’ long-range goal is to make Smoky Mountain Speedway one of the top racing facilities in the country. He has talked to the two national touring series about hosting a huge event in the future.

“I talked to Matt Curl, when he was still with World of Outlaws, and I talked to Rick Schwallie with Lucas about hosting some type of a big event, a crown jewel-type event. I’d like to work my way up the ladder and maybe have a $20,000 to win event, a $30,000 to win event, or maybe a $50,000 to win event at some point in time.”

A change of local interest is adding several races for the limited late models and sportsman late models to this year’s schedule. Bigger purses and a points fund are being offered for a small number of races compared to running a full season.

“With our schedule for the steelheads and the sportsman, you can spend time with your family, go to other tracks, go to the beach or lake, and still win a championship,” Sellers stated.

Sellers said he hopes to have an open practice sometime in February to let drivers try out the track and give any feedback of the new configuration. A meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 for limited late model and sportsman drivers looking to race during the upcoming season.

Sellers noted his daughter, Casey Moses, and Dustin Dunlap will continue with promoting the race track.

Smoky Mountain Announces Point Fund for 2019

Smoky Mountain Announces Point Fund for 2019

Smoky Mountain Speedway announces points fund for 2019

January 15, 2019

Smoky Mountain Speedway has issued details on the limited late model and sportsman late model divisions that will be competing in 2019.

In addition to racing at select events for added purse money, SMS will also pay a points fund in both divisions. The limited late model champion will earn $2,000 plus a trophy and other prizes. The sportsman late model champion will receive $1,200 plus a trophy and other prizes. The top 3 in each division will receive points money, a trophy, and a souvenir check for their efforts. Each division will pay through 10th place in points, something rarely seen for a track that runs a limited schedule. To be eligible for the points money, drivers must compete in all the scheduled races in 2019, six races for limited late models and seven for sportsman late models.

The points fund for each division is as follows:

Limited LM

Position

Pay

1

$2,000

2

$1,000

3

$500

4

$475

5

$450

6

$425

7

$400

8

$375

9

$350

10

$325


Sportsman LM

Position

Pay

1

$1,200

2

$600

3

$350

4

$325

5

$300

6

$275

7

$250

8

$225

9

$200

10

$190

Rules for each division will be released later this week. A meeting is scheduled for each division at the racetrack for Saturday, January 26. Sportsman drivers will meet at 2:00 followed by limited late model drivers. The new technical inspector will be introduced at the meeting to answer questions along with race director Chris Corum.

Smoky Mountain Speedway unveils exciting 2019 schedule

Smoky Mountain Speedway unveils exciting 2019 schedule

Smoky Mountain Speedway unveils exciting 2019 schedule
Monday, December 10, 2018

For immediate release

Maryville, Tennessee – Smoky Mountain Speedway has announced the 2019 schedule of events. Under the sole ownership of Roger Sellers, the 4/10-mile dirt oval will host ten total events in 2019 with bigger purses and more variety added to the schedule.

In addition to a number of national and regional racing series visiting the Maryville, Tennessee track, Smoky Mountain Speedway will also host a mini-series for limited late models and for the sportsman late models. Rules and specific details for those will be released soon.

The 2019 season kicks off with the 6th annual Tennessee Tip-Off on Saturday, March 9 when the World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns for a one-day, $12,000 to win race. The limited late models and the Kajun Mini Stocks will also race for $1,500 to win each.

A busy month of April starts off with the return of Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals for the $10,000 to win Smoky Mountain Spring Showdown. The Southern All-Stars and the USCS sprint cars will visit on Friday, April 26.

For motorcycle fans, the Harley Hooligan race presented by Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson will be at Smoky Mountain Speedway on May 3 and 4. Practice takes place on Friday, May 3 and the Hooligan racing takes place on Saturday, May 4.

The annual stop for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway is on Saturday, June 15 for the Big Daddy 75. This year’s race will pay $15,000 to win. Limited late models for $1,200 to win and sportsman late models for $800 to win will accompany the LOLMDS.

Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals will make its annual visit on Tuesday, July 16 for a $3,500 to win race. Smoky Mountain Speedway will host the debut race for the Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals on Friday, August 16 for $4,000 to win.

The 2019 season will cap off on Saturday, September 28 with the King of the Mountain Fall Classic. The Southern All-Stars highlight the racing activity with a $7,500 to win race. Kajun Mini Stocks, limited late models, and sportsman late models will also be racing.

The 2019 schedule is just part of an exciting season and future for Smoky Mountain Speedway. More speedway announcements will be coming in the weeks ahead. Visit our web site atwww.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com or follow us on our Facebook page for upcoming news and information. All events can be seen below.

Smoky Mountain Speedway 2019 Schedule

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)


Friday, March 8th

Test-n-tune for all divisions (except super late models)

Saturday, March 9th

6th Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic

$12,000 to win World of Outlaws Late Models

$1,500 to win Kajun Mini Stocks

$1,500 Limited Late Models


Saturday, April 13th

Smoky Mountain Spring Showdown

$10,000 to win Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals

$2,000 to win American Crate All Star Series

$800 Sportsmen Late Model


Friday, April 26th

Rockin’ with the Stars

$5,000 to win SAS Super Late Models

$2,000 to win USCS Sprint Cars

$800 Sportsmen Late Model


May 3rd & 4th

Harley Hooligan race presented by Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson
Friday, May 3 – Hooligan practice
Saturday, May 4 – Hooligan race


Friday, May 24th

Memorial Day Mayhem in the Mountains

$2,000 to win American Crate All Star Series

$2,000 Limited Late Models

$1,200 Sportsmen Late Model


Saturday, June 15th

Big Daddy 75

$15,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

$1,200 Limited Late Models

$800 Sportsmen Late Model


Saturday, June 29th

Mountain Moonshine Classic

$3,000 to win Schaeffer Oil Iron-Man Late Models

$2,500 to win Durrence Layne Crate Late Models

$2,000 to win BruceBilt Iron-Man Modifieds


Tuesday, July 16th

Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals

$3,500 to win Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals

$1,200 Limited Late Models

$800 Sportsmen Late Model


Friday, August 16th

Schaeffer Oil Fall Nationals

$4,000 to win Schaeffer Oil Fall Nationals

$2,000 to win Durrence Layne Crate Late Models

$1,200 Limited Late Models

$800 Sportsmen Late Model


Saturday, September 28th

King of the Mountain Fall Classic

$7,500 to win SAS Super Late Models

$1,500 to win Kajun Mini Stocks

$1,200 Limited Late Models

$800 Sportsmen Late Model

King of the Mountain Fall Classic wraps up 2018 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway

King of the Mountain Fall Classic wraps up 2018 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway

King of the Mountain Fall Classic wraps up 2018 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway

October 1, 2018

Maryville, Tennessee – The final event of the 2018 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway takes place on Saturday, October 6 with the King of the Mountain Fall Classic presented by East Tennessee Auto Outlet. An open practice will also take place on Friday. October 5.

Three big money races are all part of Saturday’s King of the Mountain Fall Classic. The Southern All-Stars return for a $7,500 to win race for the super late models. The Durrance Layne Dirt Late Model Series will race for a $4,000 to win prize for the crate late models. And the Kajun Mini Stock Association is back for a $1,500 to win race.

Jay Scott leads the SAS point standings heading into Saturday’s race. Tommy Kerr and Michael Chilton won earlier SAS races at SMS in 2018. National and regional drivers such as Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, Shane Clanton, Casey Roberts, Shanon Buckingham, Vic Hill, Cory Hedgecock, Dakotah Knuckles, and more are just some of the expected drivers.

Cory Hedgecock leads the Durrance Layne DLMS point standings. Drivers such as Jake Knowles, Ashton Winger, Ronnie Johnson, Jensen Ford, Jake Teague, Greg Martin, and Jimmy Elliott are just some of drivers expected for this event.

An open practice session will take place on Friday, October 5 from 6:00 until 9:00. Pit gates will open at 5:00. The grandstand and tier parking gates will not be open for the practice session. Pit passes are $20 for adults. Kids and under are $10.

The pit area will be cleared at 2:00 on October 6 and will reopen at 3:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 4:00. The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 6:00 followed by hot laps and time trials at 6:30.

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults. Kids 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking admission is $25 for adults. Kids 6-11 are $10 and kids 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. The form can be downloaded from the track’s web site at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

Anyone with a ticket stub or an arm band from the July 27 rain out may use them for admittance to this event.

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 more information, visit www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com or call (865) 856-8989.

Smoky Mountain Speedway’s 2018 sponsors are American Medical Response, Blount Excavating, CDE Electrical Contracting, East Tennessee Auto Outlet, Food City. NAPA Auto Parts, Smoky View and Garner Brothers NAPA Auto Parts, RockAuto.com, Stanley Best Heating & Air, Tennessee RV Supercenter, Tyler Brothers Farm Equipment, West Chevrolet, WIMZ 103.5, InsideDirtRacing.com, and MRM Racing Photos.

Season Finale Schedule Adjustment- October 5th and 6th

Season Finale Schedule Adjustment- October 5th and 6th

Smoky Mountain Speedway revises final weekend of racing September 19, 2019 Maryville, Tennessee – Officials with Smoky Mountain Speedway have announced a schedule adjustment for the final weekend of racing in 2018. The night of racing on Friday, October 5 has been removed from the schedule to avoid conflicts with area high school football games. The open practice originally scheduled for Thursday, October 4 has been moved to October 5. Pit gates will open at 5:00 and the practice will go from 6:00-9:00. Pit admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 11 and under. The grandstand and tier parking will not be open for the practice session. The King of the Mountain Fall Classic scheduled for Saturday, October 6 is still on as scheduled with some purse changes. The Southern All-Stars will still be racing for $7,500 top prize. The Durrance Layne Late Model Series will be racing for $4,000 to win and $300 to start. The Kajun Mini Stock Association will now be racing for $1,500 to win and $200 to start. The pit area will be cleared at 2:00 on October 6 and will reopen at 3:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 4:00. The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 6:00 followed by hot laps and time trials at 6:30. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults. Kids 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking admission is $25 for adults. Kids 6-11 are $10 and kids 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. The form can be downloaded from the track’s web site at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com. Anyone with a ticket stub or an arm band from the July 27 rain out may use them for admittance to this event. 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 more information, visit www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com or call (865) 856-8989.Smoky Mountain Speedway appreciates everyone’s support for the final event of 2018.
Big night of racing plus Hall of Fame ceremony at Smoky Mountain Speedway on August 25

Big night of racing plus Hall of Fame ceremony at Smoky Mountain Speedway on August 25

Big night of racing plus Hall of Fame ceremony at Smoky Mountain Speedway on August 25
August 20, 2018
For immediate release

Maryville, Tennessee – Smoky Mountain Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, August 25 with a big night of racing plus a special night for some racing legends.

The Southern All-Stars presented by Classic Rock 103.5 WIMZ will be the headliner with a 40-lap, $5,000 to win race. Tommy Kerr won the June SAS event at SMS. Jay Scott is the series’ points leader heading into Smoky Mountain. They will be joined by drivers such as Casey Roberts, Shanon Buckingham, Brad Skinner, Vic Hill, Dakotah Knuckles, David Crabtree, Ryan King, Riley Hickman, Robby Moses, Kenny Collins, Bobby Giffin, and more.

Also racing on August 25 will be the United Crate Racing Alliance for $2,000 to win, the UCRA 602 Sportsman series for $1,000 to win, and Kajun Mini Stock Association for a $1,200 to win race.

Pit gates open at 3:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 4:00. The driver’s meeting is set for 6:30 followed by hot laps and qualifying at 7:00.

It will also be Hall of Fame Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway as the newest members of the track’s hall of fame will be inducted. Ronnie Johnson, Rocky Estes, Bill Breeden, Roger Kerr, and Jimmy “Pup” Thomas will be inducted during the intermission of the racing program. There will also be a number of current hall of fame inductees that will be signing autographs and meeting fans from 6:00 until 7:00. Herman Goddard, Randy Bethea, L.D. Ottinger, and others are expected for the meet and greet. A limited number of autograph cards will be provided. Fans may bring their own items to be signed.

Grandstand ticket prices are $20 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking is $25 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and kids 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. The form can be downloaded from the track’s web site atwww.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

Anyone with a ticket stub or an arm band from the July 27 rain out may use them for admittance to this event.

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 more information, visit www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com or call (865) 856-8989.