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.