Smoky Mountain Speedway Rained Out May 31, Ultimate Returns Friday July 11th



Smoky Mountain Speedway Rained Out May 31, Ultimate Returns Friday July 11th


By Chris Tilley


MARYVILLE, TN (May 31, 2014)—After the first session of Limited Late Models were taking to the track for their practice, the first of two bands of rain showers rolled into the area forcing Smoky Mountain Speedway track officials to cancel the Ultimate Super Late Model Series-sanctioned Tearin’ the Tops Off event for May 31st. A second rain shower passed over the track just as officials had cancelled the night’s event. With a posted track curfew, officials didn’t feel there was enough time to properly dry the track and have racing completed in a timely manner before the curfew.


The Ultimate tour will return to Smoky Mountain on Friday Night July 11 paying $5,000-to-win. Tickets and arm bands from the May 31 rainout can be used for this event or any other remaining season event in 2014. The ticket holder must pay the balance if the value is less than the current event’s ticket price.


Twenty-three Ultimate Super Late Models had entered the night’s action including: Kenny Collins, Cody King, Bobby Mays, David Payne, Hunter Best, Jeff Smith, Robby Moses, Dennis Franklin, Tommy Kerr, Stacy Boles, Jason Welshan, Danny Yoder, Brian Ledbetter, Doug Sanders, Casey Roberts, Doug Smith, Skylar Marlar, Ellery Leake, Chris Madden, Billy Ogle Jr., Skip Arp, Riley Hickman and Trevor Sise.


Thirteen Limited Late Models checked in for the night including: Tony Martin, Jason Trammell, Trevor Sise, Drew Kennedy, Bobby Giffin, Butch Bayless, Billy Ogle Jr., Cory Hedgecock, Jason Welshan, Hunter Best, Brett Wyatt, Dakota Knuckles and Charlie Parker.


Eight Classic Cars had signed in for the night’s action including: Cameron Skinner, Richie Overholser, Scott Lacy, Matt Tharp, Bart Baxter, Eli Keck, Joe Keck and Joel Wolfenbarger.


The Smoky Mountain Speedway returns to action on Saturday Night June 21st as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes their first-ever appearance paying $10,000-to-win presented by FireAde. The Crate Late Models and Street Stocks will also be in action that night. Ticket information can be obtained by viewing the track’s official website located at or more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series can be obtained by clicking on .


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 . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.


Upcoming Smoky Mountain Speedway Events:

Saturday June 21-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/$10,000 to win

Friday July 11-Ultimate Super Late Model Series/Firecracker 5000/$5,000 to win


Smoky Mountain Speedway would like to thank the following track partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts, Blount Excavating , Bobcat of Knoxville, CDE Electrical Contracting , East Tennessee Auto Outlet, FireAde, Food City, Hoosier Dirt Tire South, Hooters, Insane Cane Media,, Jet’s Pizza, MRM Racing Photos, Napa Auto Parts, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Outdoor Life R.V., Stanley Best Heating & Air,, Tennessee R.V. Sales & Service,, Wells Racing Photography, WIMZ Classic Rock 103.5 FM.

NEXT EVENT INFO: Saturday, May 17th: World of Outlaw Late Models $10,000 to win

Smoky Mountain Speedway
809 Brick Mill Rd.
Maryville, TN 37801
Date: Saturday, May 17th

Ole Smoky Moonshine Mountain Outlaw 50
presented by Ole Smoky Moonshine

World of Outlaws Late Model Series – $10,000 to win
Crate Late Models – $1,500 to win
Street Stocks – $500 to win

Pit Gates open at 12pm
Grandstands / Tier Parking open at 3pm
Drivers Meeting scheduled for 7pm
Hot Laps: 7:30
Feature Racing around 9pm

Grandstand Admission
Adults – $25
Children – ages 6-11 – $5
Children – 5 & under – FREE

Tier Parking Admission
Adults – $30
Children – ages 6-11 – $10
Children – 5 & under – FREE

Pit Passes
Adults – $40
Children – 11 & under – $15

Blankets and seat cushions are permitted in the Grandstands, Chairs are also permitted but only on the concrete bleachers; If you have high back seat please make sure to set as far up  so you don’t block the view of fans behind you. * Certain Larger chairs may not be allowed and you may be asked to move them if they do interfere with other fans.

Coolers are NOT permitted in the Grandstand area, however you can walk in with a few snacks and a drink.

Tier Parking is where vehicles can “tailgate” in their parking spot. Only one spot is allowed per vehicle. Coolers and small grills are permitted in this area. Concessions and restrooms are provided in this area as well.

Beer or any alcohol beverage will not be sold at this event.

We do have Handicap Parking and seating. Handicap seating is located as soon as you walk through the Grandstand Gates on the top few rows of the concrete bleachers.

Four Wheelers and ATV’s are only permitted with an All Access Pass of $40 Per Person. Please do not park theses anywhere you could block someone in.

Over Night Camping will be allowed for a $30 Charge for the Weekend, no hookups available, dry camping only. Camping Area is located in Tier Parking. (This is the second entrance off of Brick Mill Rd)

We do have a connection with a local Hotel on Alcoa Hwy for $89 Per night, they may be full now.. they were filling up pretty quick when I last spoke to them. The Hotel is Knoxville Airport Hilton

Pit Area for Drivers, Crew Members, and anyone seeking an All Access Pass; is located at the 3rd entrance off of Brick Mill Rd. (This is an actual Rd. Crye Rd)


Thank You for you Support and Please make plans to join us for some great racing at THE MOUNTAIN!!

USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour expected and confirmed drivers

USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour sprint confirmed and expected entries list for:

411 Motor Speedway & Smoky Mountain Speedway events – Friday & Saturday, May 2 & 3, 2014

No….Car#…Driver / Hometown

  1. 1a Lee Moore Tuscaloosa, AL – (2007 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year)
  2. 1x Eddie Gallagher, Olive Branch, MS – Past USCS National Champion –Eddie Gallagher won 2000 USCS feature at 411 Motor Speedway when it was paved oval. 
  3. 4 Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH – 8x World of Outlaws Feature Winner (a real outlaw racer)
  4. 07 Johnny Bridges, Cherryville, NC – two time 2014 USCS Feature Winner (1998 USCS ROY)
  5. 10 Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN – 10-time USCS National Champion (80+ USCS wins)- Current USCS National points leader.
  6. 10m Morgan Turpen, Cordova, TN – 4th 2013 National points  (2010 USCS Nat. Rookie of the Year)- April 26, 2014 USCS Feature Winner Southern Nat. Motorsports Park has 5 career USCS wins.
  7.  11 Jake Roach, Sardis, TN – 2014 Rookie of the Year contender
  8. 12m Greg Merritt, Nesbit, MS currently in USCS Mid South regional series top five
  9. 12p Don Ryder, Knoxville, TN
  10. 13 Taylor Tidmore, Hernando, MS – 2014 Rookie of the Year contender
  11. 16 Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN – 4th place 2013 standings (2008 USCS Rookie of the Year)
  12. 21 Aubrey Black, Lookout Mtn., GA – veteran USCS sprint car driver
  13. 21b Brandon McLain, Indian Trail, NC Currently 4th place USCS Southern Thunder regional series
  14. 22 Shawn Murray, Jacksonville, FL
  15. 23 Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC – April 12, 2014 USCS Feature Winner Lancaster (SC) Speedway
  16. 25 Ray Bugg, Iuka, MS – Finished 5th in the 2013 USCS National standings – 55 years racing
  17.  28 Jeff Willingham, Ripley, MS – 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year
  18.  29 Kyle Amerson, Matthews, AL USCS Rookie of the Year contender
  19. 33 Joe Larkin, Suwannee, GA – USCS sprint car veteran
  20. 43 Terry Witherspoon, Jacksonville, FL – Top ten 2013 USCS Southern Thunder regional points
  21.  47 Eric Riggins, Jr., Charlotte, NC – 18 year-old 5 time USCS Feature winner
  22. 51 Jay Dunham, Augusta, GA – 2014 Rookie of the Year contender
  23. 67 Brian Thomas, Pendergrass, GA – USCS sprint car veteran
  24.  67 Jake McLain, Indian Trail, NC – 2008 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year)
  25. 83 Bob Auld, Largo, FL – USCS sprint car veteran
  26. 116 Nicholas Snyder, Marco Island, FL – 2013 Florida Mini Sprint Assoc. Champion and 2014 USCS Rookie of the Year contender

USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint car racing headlines “Thunder in the Smokies” Round #2 racing action at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday night (5/03/14)


USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint car racing headlines “Thunder in the Smokies” Round #2 racing action at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday night (5/03/14)

USCS Action Gray ROCK 6.24.11

April 27, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing will headline the racing program at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday, May 3rd at 7pm. The K&N Filters sponsored United Sprint Car Series “Outlaw Thunder” Tour winged sprint cars will roar into the super fast 4/10-mile high-banked red clay oval for the 3rd annual “Thunder in the Smokies” Round #2 event, The event is race number nine on the 18th anniversary schedule for the Nationally touring USCS drivers. 


This is the one and only visit scheduled during the 2014 season for the USCS presented by K&N Filters winged sprint cars to Smoky Mountain Speedway. The race will award USCS presented by K&N Filters National points as well as points in the USCS Mid South Thunder and USCS Southern Thunder regional series title chases. The USCS Mid South Thunder regional series consists of races scheduled in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The Southern Thunder regional series consists of races in Eastern Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and both Carolinas.


This special event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least six states to the track seeking a visit to the USCS Victory Lane at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning, 700 horsepower open wheel cars weight just 1,300 pounds, and are pound for pound the World’s most powerful short track race cars.  The cars will literally fly around the track surface at speeds in excess of 130 M.P.H.  It is not uncommon to see the USCS sprint cars popping “wheelies” or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 17-inch wide rear Hoosier racing tires.


Saturday night’s USCS Outlaw sprint car action will feature a full program of racing in the Outlaw type sprint cars that kicks off with test and tune hot laps. Hot laps will be followed by the Hoosier Speed Dash that showcases the top six cars from the previous USCS main event in an edge-of-your-seat six-car shootout.  The qualifying heat races are next on the racing card. The evening’s grand finale will be the USCS presented by K&N Filters A-main event.


In addition to the winged sprint cars, the Crate Late Model and Mini Stock racing divisions will join the action-packed racing program with special events of their own. Another fan favorite on the entertaining program will be the night’s concluding event the Smashin’ in the Smokies Outlaw Demolition Derby. The Crate Late Model division will be racing for a $1500 top prize. The Mini Stocks will do battle with $300 to the winner.


Ten-time USCS National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee, heads the USCS entry list for the Smoky Mountain Speedway event.  Gray currently leads the USCS National point standings. He is also among the top twenty-five drivers in the Nation in feature wins over the past 5 years with over 85 feature wins. Gray has consistently been ranked in the top ten 360 sprint car drivers in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame annual driver poll. Over 3000 sprint car drivers are considered for ranking in the NSCHOF poll.


Additionally entered are a number of 2013 and 2014 USCS main event winners looking for another visit to the USCS Victory Lane. Those include past USCS regional Champion, Johnny Bridges from Cherryville, North Carolina and his racing cousin Lance Moss from trhe same home town. Bridges has two wins already in 2014. He won the Southern Thunder regional opener at Carolina Speedway on . April 11th. On the following night Moss collected the win at Lancaster Speedway on April 12th. Another North Carolina driver, 18 year-old Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte captured three USCS wins during the 2013 season and came out blazing in 2014 just to have bad luck keep him out of victory lane so far. Riggins has five career USCS wins and was the 2010 USCS Southern thunder Tour regional series Rookie of the Year. He additionally placed in third place in the final 2013 USCS Southern Thunder standings.


Another top competitor is twenty-one year-old female sprint car hot-shoe, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee. Turpen, who was the runner-up in the 2010 National title chase. Turpen was named 2010 USCS National Rookie of the Year and has finished no worse than fourth place in the previous four seasons in the final USCS National point standings. She additionally has won five times during United Sprint Car Series main events. Her most recent visit to the USCS Victory Lane came last Saturday night (April 26th) in the USCS Road to Atlanta Round #2 paved oval contest at Southern National Motorsport Park in Kenly, North Carolina.


Other out of state entries include: World of Outlaws veteran and Midwest racer Danny Smith from Chillicothe, Ohio. Several drivers from the State of Mississippi are entered including the 2013 USCS Rookie of the Year Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi, ageless and timeless Ray Bugg from Iuka, Mississippi who finished in fifth place in the 2013 final National standings. Also entered is veteran USCS racer Greg Merritt from Nesbit, Mississippi who ranks fifth in the Mid South Thunder regional series standings and looking to move up with good finishes in the “Thunder in the Smokies” competition.  Also entered are three current Rookie of the Year contenders including fifteen year-olds Taylor Tidmore from Hernando, Mississippi and Nicholas Snyder from Marco Island, Florida and Kyle Amerson from Matthews, Alabama.


Also entered are brothers 2008 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year, Jake McLain from Indian Trail, North Carolina and Brandon McLain also from Indian Trail.  A contingent of four Georgia drivers including  Jay Dunham from Augusta, Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Brian Thomas from Pendergrass and Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain, Georgia are entered are is Bob Auld from Largo, Florida and Terry Witherspoon from Jacksonville, Florida. Also expected to race is local sprint car veteran driver Don Ryder from Knoxville, Tennessee.


Pits open at 2, grandstands and tier parking open at 4, drivers meeting is at 6, with hot laps directly after
Pits :$35, kids 11 & under are $15
Tier: $20, kids 6-11 $10, 5 and under are free
Grandstands: $15, kids 6-11 $5, 5 and under free


Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brick Mill Rd., Maryville, Tennessee 37801. The track phone number is 865-856-8989  and the Official website is   For USCS rules and info, please visit the Official USCS web site at  or call 770-460-7223.