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, and for updates from Smoky Mountain click

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

World of Outlaws return to Smoky Mountain Speedway March 23

World of Outlaws return to Smoky Mountain Speedway March 23

World of Outlaws return to Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 9

February 21, 2019
UPDATED March 6, 2019

For immediate release


Maryville, Tennessee – Smoky Mountain Speedway will get its 55th season of racing started when the World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series visits on Saturday, March 23rd. The 6th annual Tennessee Tipoff is expected to draw some of the biggest names in racing vying for the $12,000 winner’s purse.


Current World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series points leader Brandon Sheppard will bring his hot streak to the historic 4/10-mile oval. Series regulars Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Darrell Lanigan, Chase Junghans, Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb Jr., Brent Larson, Boom Briggs, Kyle Hardy, and defending series champion Mike Marlar are expected for the first race on the new configuration at Smoky Mountain Speedway.


Other national and regional drivers expected include Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens, Chris Ferguson, Shanon Buckingham, Donald McIntosh, Vic Hill, and many others.


Also racing on March 23 will be the limited late models for $1,500 to win and the Kajun Mini Stock Association for $1,500 to win.


The pit gates will open at 2:00. Tier parking and grandstand gates will open at 4:00. The drivers meeting is set for 6:00. 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.


This will be the first event held at the newly configured Smoky Mountain Speedway. The turns have been made wider. A new pit exit in turn 2 and the construction of a new restroom building are just some of the changes being made under the ownership of Roger Sellers.


Chairs will only be allowed on the concrete areas of the grandstands. Small seatbacks and cushions are permitted elsewhere. We ask that fans that are using large chairs use the top rows to prevent blocking others view. Anyone wanting a seat on the concrete bleachers are asked to get to the track early. The grandstands can withhold large crowds, however, seating may become limited.


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 For series information, visit the World of Outlaws web site or the Kajun Mini Stocks at


There will be an open practice on Friday, March 22 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.

Drivers W-9 Form

Drivers W-9 Form

Drivers W-9 Form is REQUIRED to get PAID

Drivers a legible W-9 Form will be required from EVERY driver BEFORE payout will be issued. If you plan to race with us for the upcoming season, you can save time at the track by filling out the W-9 Form now. Feel free to scan and e-mail it back to or bring it to your first race with us!

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Sportsman Rules Updated (Final Version)

Sportsman Rules Updated (Final Version)

2019 Sportsman LM

Sportsman Rules can be found going forward by selecting Drivers> Rules> 2019 Sportsman LM

by  | Updated Jan 31, 2019

This division is intended to be an entry level, affordable Late Model Division.

Body Rule: Lucas Oil Series Body Rules

Engine A: 604 or 602 GM Crate

Must remain stock as they came from GM.

Must remain as listed in GM technical manual p.n. 38958668.

Fastrack and Durrence Layne specs are legal. Rebuilt motors are allowed. Seals not required.

Weight: 604- 2350lbs minimum

602- 2250lbs minimum

Engine B: 362 max cubic inch

Weight: 2400lbs minimum

Block: GM Cast Steel Block. No aftermarket blocks.

One or two piece rear seal, no block lighting, no splayed main caps

All Components must remain in stock location

No raised or oversized cam journals

No oversized lifters. (.842)

Max bore 4.065

Stock stroke 3.480


Any Steel GM 23 degree head

Steel aftermarket heads allowed- add 25 lbs.

Angle milling allowed, not to exceed 1 degree

All heads must remain as cast

Steel valves only – no titanium or other materials

Undercut stems allowed – no hollow stem

Max valve size 2.02/1.60

Must remain 11/32 stem diam.

60cc minimum limit on combustion chamber– 195cc max limit on intake runner

No porting, polishing, grinding excessive deburring in any breathing area

No shot peening, no media blasting

Heads may be deburred on outside areas only

Valve spring pockets may be machined– Max spring pressure 105lbs at seat

Multi-Angle valve job permitted machine cut only

Max .900 below seat measurement to start at bottom of second angle or 45 degrees

No hand blending allowed

All angles must remain concentric with valve guide

May be machine for push rod clearance

No shaft style rockers, stud style only

No raised runners

Intake Manifold:

Intake must be cast aluminum

Porting or polishing not allowed

Two piece manifolds not allowed

Intake manifold must be cast with no spacer plates between the head and the manifold itself.  No fabricated intakes.

Rods: Steel Rods – 5.700 Length only

I-Beam Style – Press fit pins or floated rods

No titanium or aluminum

Piston Flat Top 2 or 4 valve pocket style

Oiling Systems:

No dry sump

No vacuum pumps

No external pumps

Crankshaft: Steel – stock stroke (3.480)

Minimum weight 48lbs. with key & front timing gear

Balancing o.k.

Cam – Lifter:

Hydraulic Only Max Valve Lift .460″– checked at push rod

0.842 lifter diameter only

No mushroom lifter

No ceramic lifter

No roller lifter

Cam bearing journals must be OEM (1.868)

Timing chain only, no gear drive, no belt drive



One 4-barrel 4150 style, gas or E-85.


Any ignition

No traction control

No crank triggers

Electronic boxes buy rule $300


No “Tri-y” style allowed. All headers must be standard 4 into 1 style. No stainless headers. Header buy rule – $300


103” wheelbase minimum – 1” tolerance

Stock front clip cars will receive 50lb weight break

All pumps and pulleys must be mounted in the standard location on the engine.

No bell housing mounted pulleys. No electric fans.

No adjustable suspension devices mounted in the driver’s compartment. Brake adjusters are permitted.


Oil or gas, must be non-adjustable, no external reservoirs permitted, shocks may be steel or aluminum. Any shock may be claimed for $200 coil over kit not included.

Any drive shaft – must be painted white

Standard steel axles only, no titanium axles. Axles may be solid or gun drilled.

Hubs must be standard style aluminum or steel. No light weight hubs. No magnesium or liquid filled hubs permitted.

Brake rotors must be steel. No lightened or cut rotors. Brake rotors can be solid or drilled.

All suspension components must be made of steel or aluminum, no titanium or carbon fiber parts

Rear radius bars must be solid, no spring rods.

Transmissions must be steel or aluminum. Must have working forward and reverse. Ball-spline trans –  add 25lbs.

Tire Rule:

Front Tire – Any

Both Rear Tires must durometer minimum 55 before qualifying and feature race.

Wheels – 14” wide maximum – Steel or Aluminum only.

No treating or soaking of tires in order to alter the compound of the tire is permitted.

FUEL BURN OFF 1lb per lap with 10lb total tolerance allowed.

General Rules:

1. Tires must have all numbers and name on the tire. No grinding off numbers or names.

2. Engine set back will be 6 inches from center of top ball joint to the most forward spark plug – ½” tolerance

3. Weight may be added at the discretion of track officials

4. Any gasoline will be allowed. No alcohol. E 85 gasoline will be allowed.

5. Weight and motor must be posted on right side A pillar (example, B-2400#, 602-2250#,etc.) *Claiming of incorrect weight/motor combination will result in immediate disqualification.

*Drivers who have won a feature event in SLM or LLM competition at Smoky Mountain Speedway in the past two seasons are not eligible to compete in the Sportsman division. A driver is allowed to race in more than 1 class on the same night with different cars but must purchase an armband for each class.

Time limit on tear down must be done in a timely manner. Track official will monitor this. If the official declares that this has not been done in a timely manner, the track official reserves the right to dis-allow protest. Visual protest cannot be made after feature event.

The track reserves the right to confiscate any suspension or engine component to prove it’s legality.

The track reserves the right to amend, delete or change rules in the interest of competition.