Dirt Track Owners Temporarily Suspend Operations
(March 18, 2020) Mitch McCarter (411 Motor Speedway),
Roger Sellers (Smoky Mountain Speedway), Gary Hall (Tazewell Speedway),
and Landon Stallard (Volunteer Speedway) have collectively decided
to suspend operations for at least 30 days in response to the
COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The group will closely monitor
the situation in coordination with federal, state, local, and
public health officials along with information that is based on
guidelines from the CDC.
Race schedules at the tracks must be altered due to recommendations
to limit crowd sizes to stem the spread of the virus during the
National State of Emergency. The tracks will tentatively plan
to return to racing no earlier than Friday, April 17th with the
exception of the Bill Corum Memorial event at Tazewell Speedway
currently scheduled for Saturday, April 11th. A decision on this
event will be made on April 1st.
The national and regional touring series events that are scheduled
at each facility during this time period will be evaluated by
each track and series involved to find a suitable reschedule date
if available. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at 411
originally scheduled for Friday, April 3rd has already been moved
to Friday, June 26th.
Madness; Tennessean Slides Weiss to Win at Smoky Mountain!
7, 2020) Just like on the college basketball court, Saturday
night’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
race featured two of the best in the sport up against each other
with the pressure on the line and a big trophy awaiting the winner.
By the time 60 laps around Smoky Mountain Speedway were complete,
the packed grandstands had been treated to an incredible race
that saw home-state hero Mike Marlar regain the lead after a late
restart and bring it back to the checkered flag for his first
ever Tennessee Tipoff victory. (MRM
The 2018 Series champion made the winning move on 2019 Rookie
of the Year Ricky Weiss in a big slidejob for the lead with just
over two laps remaining to secure the victory, Weiss settling
for the runner-up spot. Josh Richards crossed in third after a
climb from 10th and strong presence inside the top-five all race
Polesitter Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, led the field to
the drop of the green with Brandon Sheppard and Marlar, from Winfield,
TN, on his heels as he pulled away to a nice gap before suffering
a reported power steering issue on lap 25, ending his night early.
By then, Weiss had made his way to the runner-up position from
eighth, picking off cars one at a time down low before inheriting
the lead from Madden’s misfortune under the caution.
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2020 Plans for Support Classes!
18, 2020) The support class program at Smoky Mountain
in 2019 was well received by drivers and owners alike so we have
made a few minor adjustments and plan on duplicating that in 2020.
Drivers were very appreciative of our investment in the local
racing scene. We were able to offer a points championship for
running a limited amount of races instead of investing an entire
season. Thanks to our great partners, we awarded perfect attendance
drivers with not only cash, but great contingency awards. Our
champions (Chase King - LLM and Jed Emert - Sportsman) also received
trophies, big checks, custom designed championship t-shirts, and
Hoosier Racing embroidered jackets. (Heath
Limited Late Models and Sportsman Late Models will compete at
all SMS events in 2020. A total of 8 races, however one change
from 2019, Each driver will be able to drop one race at the end
of the season. The best 7 finishes will determine the champions
in 2020. The race dates and purse structures are posted at the
end of this press release. |
full press release
Launched; Season Opener on March 7
17, 2020) Track owner Roger Sellers, General Manager
Casey Moses, and the staff at Smoky Mountain Speedway, along with
web developer Delph Communications, welcome you to the brand-new
www.SmokyMtnSpeed.com! With only three weeks before the exciting
2020 season launches at the historic Maryville, Tennessee facility,
the new site will give drivers and fans all the information they
need for each of our special events this year.
The track is getting ready to host the 7th Annual 'Tennessee
Tipoff' on Saturday evening, March 7. Following a practice session
on Friday, the cars and stars of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series will roar into Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday
to vie for a $12,000 top prize. Limited Late Models and Sportsman
Late Models are also on the race card for the season lid lifter
on March 7. Click on the SCHEDULE
page of the website to view our entire schedule, along with start
times and ticket prices!