East Tennessee tracks ready for busy 2011 season

By admin | March 28, 2011

By Richard Allen
Race tracks around the Knoxville area are set to offer plenty of excitement in the coming months. With the weather starting to warm, the action is certain to heat up soon at facilities such as 411 Motor Speedway, Smoky Mountain Speedway, Volunteer Speedway and Tazewell Speedway.
The 411 Motor Speedway will begin operations for 2011 this Saturday, April 2nd with a full slate of racing featuring the track’s regular classes in a double points night opener. Late models will headline six different divisions on the banked, clay oval in Seymour.
Aside from the typical weekly racing that will take place every Saturday night, promoter Chris Corum and owner Mitch McCarter have scheduled a pair of $2,500 to win super late model events for later in the year as well as a couple Tuesday night races set for the summer months.
Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville has already begun its racing schedule for this season. Local fans may also note that this historic tracks has returned to the use of its more familiar name after having been called ‘The Mountain’ for the past several years.
In the off-season area businessmen Larry Garner, Stanley Best and Roger Sellers purchased controlling interest of the facility from previous owner Kevin Coffey, who will remain as a minority owner.
NeSmith Crate late models will serve as the feature class at the track each Saturday night along with four other regularly competing divisions. Also, the track will host touring dirt series races such as the Southern All Stars and the Southern Regional Racing Series and others throughout the year.
The Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap has also held an event already. The track has developed a reputation for hosting big events and this year will prove to be no different. Overall, there are fourteen races scheduled for 2011 on the high banked raceway, including visits by the national touring Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series just prior to the NASCAR races in Bristol this August and other regional series’.
Track owners Joe and Phyllis Loven are offering big purse money to entice super late model drivers from the area and the region to race at their track. Each race date held at the track will feature an SLM race as well as other classes.
The high banked Tazewell Speedway looks to host major events and regular weekly racing throughout 2011 as well. The biggest event in the track’s history will take place in early July when the World of Outlaws Late Model Series comes to Tazewell for a $20,000 to win race. Other touring series’ will visit the track throughout 2011.
This track will also begin operation on April 2nd and will race on Saturday nights. Aside from the touring series stops, owner Gary Hall’s track will conduct racing in the late model class along with four other divisions.
It promises to be a season filled with excitement and good times throughout east Tennessee in 2011. With very affordable prices, a trip to any of these tracks will prove worthwhile to area motorsports fans.