SAS and USCS headline next Smoky Mountain Speedway event on April 26

SAS and USCS headline next Smoky Mountain Speedway event on April 26

SAS and USCS headline next Smoky Mountain Speedway event on April 26

April 22, 2019

For immediate release

Maryville, Tennessee – Smoky Mountain Speedway roars back into action of Friday, April 26 with the Rockin’ With The Stars presented by Classic Rock 103.5 WIMZ featuring the Southern All-Stars, the USCS winged sprint cars, and the sportsman late models.

The Southern All-Stars will be making their first appearance of the 2019 season at SMS with a $5,000 to win program. Two-time series champion Riley Hickman leads the current Southern All-Stars point standings. David Breazeale is second in the SAS standings followed by rookie contender Zach Leonhardi. defending series champion Jay Scott, and other rookie contenders Andrew Littleton and Billy Franklin.

Other drivers expected include Vic Hill, Mark Dodson, Donald McIntosh, Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, and more.

The USCS winged outlaw sprint cars will be marking their return to Smoky Mountain Speedway. The alcohol breathing sprint cars will take the 4/10-mile speedway with blazing speeds and incredible side-by-side racing. Morgan Turpin, Derek Hagar, Jordan Mallett, and Terry Gray are just a few of the names that are expected for the sprint car event.

Also racing will be the sportsman late models for $800 to win in their second points race of the season.

During the intermission, there will be Coin and Candy Toss for the kids where they can win candy, money, and more.

The Classic Rock 103.5 Rock Babes will be present to sign autographs on their newest calendar.

Pit gates open at 4:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates will each open at 5:00. The drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:30 and hot laps are set to being at 7:00.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, kids 11 and under are free. Tier parking admission is $30 for adults, kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for adults, kids 11 and under are $15.

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 additional information, contact the speedway at 865-856-8989 or visit www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

The Return of Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals on Saturday, April 13.

The Return of Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals on Saturday, April 13.

Smoky Mountain Speedway hosts the return of Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals on Saturday, April 13. The Smoky Mountain Spring Showdown will showcase the super late models racing for $10,000 to win in a one-night show.

 

The Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals is a min-series that runs through the spring months across the Southeast. Dale McDowell currently leads the series point standings over Donald McIntosh. Ashton Winger sits third in points followed by Michael Page and John Henderson.

 

Other expected drivers include Chris Ferguson, Vic Hill, Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, David Crabtree, Bobby Giffin, Michael Chilton, Chicky Barton, and more.

 

The American Crate All-Stars Series will make their Smoky Mountain Speedway debut for a $2,000 to win race on April 13. Also on the program is a sportsman late model race for $800 to win.

 

During the intermission, there will be wheelbarrow races for the fans on the track’s front straightaway. Competitors will consist of a two-person team, one person pushing and the other person riding in the wheelbarrow. There will be heat races to narrow down the teams for the final race. The winning team will receive $200, second place will get $100, and the third place team will get $50. The track will provide wheelbarrows.

 

Pit gates open at 2:00 and all other gates open at 4:00. The drivers meeting is set for 6:00 with hot laps beginning at 6:30.

 

Grandstand tickets are $25 for adults. Kids and under are free. Tier parking is $30 for adults. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35, kids 11 and under are $15.

 

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.

 

Smoky Mountain Speedway Purse (50 laps):
1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,100, 7) $1,000, 8) $950, 9) $900, 10) $850, 11) $800, 12) $750, 13) $650, 14) $600, 15) $550, 16) $530, 17) $520, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500.

 

Current Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals Series Points (after Round Four on March 30)
1. Dale McDowell-786
2. Donald McIntosh-760
3. Ashton Winger-744
4. Michael Page-732
5. John Henderson-694
6. Austin Horton-554
7. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr.-542
8. Casey Roberts-540
9. Tyler Millwood-508
10. Jimmy Owens-384

 

For additional information, contact the speedway at 865-856-8989 or visit www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

Smoky Mountain Speedway held an open practice session on Wednesday night to get feedback from race teams on the new configuration. The feedback was very positive.

Smoky Mountain Speedway held an open practice session on Wednesday night to get feedback from race teams on the new configuration. The feedback was very positive.

Smoky Mountain Speedway held an open practice session on Wednesday night to get feedback from race teams on the new configuration. The feedback was very positive.

Over 30 race teams attended the impromptu practice session. Drivers from several classes attended the practice to get a feel for the layout that now sees wider turns and less banking in the turns. This was the first chance for multiple cars to turns laps on the “new” 4/10-mile track.

“Excellent,” was the response from one driver. “Fun to drive,” was a response from another driver. Every driver that offered an opinion gave positive responses following the three-hour test session.

“We wanted to get more cars on the track to see if we need to iron out anything,” said Smoky Mountain Speedway owner Roger Sellers. “All the feedback we got from the drivers was extremely positive. I think we’re in great shape for next week.”

Next week will see another open practice session for any division, except for the super late models, on Friday, March 22. The practice will take place from 6:00 until 9:00 for all classes except super late models. Tier parking and pit gates will open at 4:00. The grandstands will not be open. Tier parking admission is free while pit passes are $20 per person for ages 12 and up. Kids 11 and under are $10 for the pits.

Then the first race of the season takes place on Saturday, March 23 when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series visits for the 6th annual Tennessee Tip-Off for $12,000 to win. The limited late models and KSMA mini stocks will also be racing for $1,500 to win each. Information can be found on the events page.

Weather Forces Tipoff to Shift to March 23rd

Weather Forces Tipoff to Shift to March 23rd

The 6th annual Tennessee Tip-Off World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Smoky Mountain Speedway has been postponed. The weather forecast for the upcoming weekend does not look favorable and the decision was made to reschedule the race. The Tennessee Tip-Off has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 23. The $12,000 to win race will still be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. The limited late models and the Kajun mini stocks will also remain on the schedule for March 23, each running for $1,500 to win. Ticket prices and other event information can be found at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

“We hated to make this decision,” stated Casey Moses, promoter at Smoky Mountain Speedway. “We’ve put a lot of work into the track the last few months and have been excited for everyone to see what we’ve done. But the weather doesn’t look as though it’s going to cooperate. We’re hoping things will be better in two weeks for the drivers and the fans.”

The open practice scheduled for Friday, March 8 has also been rescheduled for Friday, March 22.

Duck River, Smoky Mountain Events Shift to March 22-23

Duck River, Smoky Mountain Events Shift to March 22-23

Duck River, Smoky Mountain Events Shift to March 22-23

CONCORD, NC — March 6, 2019 — Inclement weather in Tennessee has forced World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and track officials to reschedule this weekend’s events. The new date for Duck River Raceway Park will be Friday, March 22, and the new date for Smoky Mountain Speedway will be Saturday, March 23, keeping the two-step tour through Tennessee together.

While both tracks have made every effort to prepare their facilities to welcome the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the country, the challenging weather conditions ahead this weekend will make it impossible for racing.

“All of us were geared up to resume the season this weekend, but Mother Nature is not going to cooperate,” World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Director Casey Shuman said. “We made the decision to move the weekend to March 22 and 23 in the best interest of the fan and competitor experience. We can’t wait to fire back up with big car counts and big crowds.”

For more information on the event at Duck River Raceway Park go to www.DuckRiverRacewayPark.com, and for updates from Smoky Mountain click www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com.

Can Jimmy Owens Top Outlaws at Newly Reconfigured Smoky Mountain Speedway?

Can Jimmy Owens Top Outlaws at Newly Reconfigured Smoky Mountain Speedway?

Can Jimmy Owens Top Outlaws at Newly Reconfigured Smoky Mountain Speedway?

MARYVILLE, TN – Feb. 27, 2019 – The results of a major improvement project at Smoky Mountain Speedway will greet fans and racers on Saturday, March 9, and everybody from track ownership to local hero Jimmy Owens is excited to see what happens when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series rolls into town.

As part of a two-day, double-header weekend in Tennessee, the Outlaws will make their return to Smoky Mountain for the sixth annual Tennessee Tipoff. This year, the pot is a bit sweeter as $12,000 awaits the winner of a 60-lap battle around the newly resurfaced and slightly reconfigured 1/2-mile. Track personnel couldn’t be happier to kick off its racing season with “The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet,” and its home-state drivers are ready to do well in front of their loyal fans.

Improvements to the entire facility have been building steadily, with an updated scoring system, scoreboard and scale house installed individually over the past several years. More recently, a new grandstand concession building and track tower were constructed for the start of the 2017 season. Still in the plans for this season are new spectator restrooms and a pavilion area.

The Smoky Mountain surface might be the most impressive and challenging undertaking the track crew was able to improve. Formerly a high-banked and narrow-cornered course, track owner Roger Sellers oversaw a resurfacing that de-banked the corners by roughly six degrees and widened them out in an effort to create “better, hopefully, side-by-side racing.”

In previous seasons, all traffic entered and exited the racing surface through a single on/off gate in turn one. This year, a second gate in turn two has been added, acting as an on-ramp to compliment turn one’s new off-ramp duties, in an effort to speed up the show.

All-new heavy equipment has also been added to the list of tools at their disposal, including two new tractors, rollerblades, a new water truck, box rake and sheepsfoot roller. All things considered, the track will be firing on all cylinders come race day.

For a track that does not host weekly racing competition, no expense has been spared in the effort to improve both the fans’ and the drivers’ experience at any of the races on the special event-based schedule. Many of whom have been giving suggestions from their perspectives.

“We’ve got fans and drivers alike giving us ideas,” said track GM Casey Moses. “We’re taking all those into our notes. Little by little, we’re doing a lot.”

Sellers had previously owned Tennessee RV, the state’s largest RV dealership, before selling the company to Lazydays RV of Knoxville in December. Now at the helm of his racetrack ownership, Roger said he’s just looking to improve both the fans’ and drivers’ experience when they come to his place to race.

On the subject of the race itself, the competition will be fierce again this year, as multiple regional and other national drivers are expected to come into town to do battle against the Outlaws, including Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Chris Ferguson, Shannon Buckingham, Donald McIntosh and Vic Hill, among others. One outsider in particular, home-state hero Jimmy Owens, is also ready to get back into the groove, just one-and-a-half hours away from his hometown of Newport, Tennessee.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Owens said. “It means a lot when these track owners and promoters invest their time and money into something to make it just a whole lot better facility, so we can put on a lot better show for the fans.”

When asked about the pressure of performing well in front of a home-state crowd, some drivers would say it has no effect on their composure or the way they approach things on race day. But “The O-Show” actually wasn’t ashamed to admit he feels a bit of added pressure to do well in front of his friends and family that make the trip out to see him race so close to home.

“I feel like it’s a little more pressure in front of all my hometown guys,” Owens said. “Lots of friends and family coming to watch because we’re so close and you really want to perform well for those guys, so it’s way more nerve-wracking running at home than it is at Eldora, for example.”

Owens also joked about the luxury of not having to worry about points standings for the weekend, saying “Oh heck yeah, I’d give anything not to have to points race anymore.”

“Just running local, picking and choosing, being home an hour and a half later after the race is always good to do,” Owens continued. “But that whole getting done after the races and having to drive six or seven hours to get back home, that gets pretty old after a few years.”

Come and see “The Newport Nightmare” and all of the Outlaws next weekend, or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision with your Late Model Fast Pass!

Things will get underway on Saturday with pit gates opening at 2 p.m., tier parking and grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. and a drivers meeting set for 6 p.m. Hot laps, time trials, and racing action will begin at 6:30. Grandstand ticket prices are $30 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $20.

For additional information, contact Smoky Mountain Speedway at (865) 856-8989 or visit the track homepage