Davenport lays claim to Smoky Mountain Speedway while taking second-straight SAS win

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Davenport lays claim to Smoky Mountain Speedway while taking second-straight SAS win

 

By Chris Tilley

 

MARYVILLE, TN (March 23, 2013)—Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA has become the only repeat winner in four races during the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series-sanctioned 103.5 WIMZ Rockin’ with the Stars event on Saturday Night March 23rd at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

 

This was Davenport’s second-straight SAS win as he picked up the $5,000 payday while driving the AES Racing, Mega Plumbing, EnCompass Solutions sponsored Clement’s Racing Engines powered Barry Wright Race Car. Davenport is now tied with Billy Ogle Jr., Randle Chupp and Jack Pennington on the all-time winner’s list with eight career victories.

 

Davenport, who lowered the current track record, started alongside Ray Cook for the start of the 40 lapper with Cook gaining the momentum on the start taking to the high side and the lead for the first eight circuits. Davenport would stay right with Cook then grab the lead coming to the ninth lap on the back chute underneath where Cook had gotten trapped behind a lapped car. As the laps were winding down in the main, Cook had begun to reel in Davenport and would have a great run going into turn three allowing him to get up behind him but the final yellow with just two laps to go wouldn’t be enough as Davenport pulled away on the single-file restart to claim the win.

 

The first of four yellows would come out on lap 20 as David Crabtree would slow his mount in turn one. The next yellow flag would wave on lap 22 as Mike Weeks was spun by Tommy Kerr in turn four and sent to the tail. The lap 25 caution would see Scott James slamming the wall in turn two ending his night. The final yellow would come on lap 38 as David Payne slowed in turn three with engine woes.

 

The next Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series event is on Saturday April 6th as the SAS gang heads to the high-banks of the ‘Bad Fast Taz’ the Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN for the 50-lap Fourth Annual Charles Trammell Memorial paying $5,000 to win / $300 to start. For more information visit www.tazewellspeedway.net .

 

Further information on the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series can be obtained by calling General Manager Lynn Acklin at (256) 924-4546 or PR/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or you can log on to the official series website atwww.sasdirt.com . Also, LIKE the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series on Facebook or be a FOLLOWER on Twitter @SASDIRT.

 

Official Summary of Results

Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN

Round #4 of 2013 Season (March 23, 2013)

Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Late Models

 

Feature Finish:

1. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA

2. Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC

3. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, IN

4. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA

5. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN

6. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, TN

7. Jason Hiett-Oxford, AL

8. Riley Hickman-Chattanooga, TN

9. Mike Weeks-Friendsville, TN

10. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, TN

11. Stacy Boles-Claxton, TN

12. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN

13. Brett Miller-Greeneville, TN

14. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN

15. Josh Collins-Knoxville, TN

16. Mark Rosner-Rockford, TN

17. Bobby Giffin-Maryville, TN

18. Bret Holmes-Munford, AL

19. David Payne-Murphy, NC

20. Scott James-Bright, IN

21. David Crabtree-Maryville, TN

22. Brad Hall-Knoxville, TN

23. Hunter Peacock-Gray, GA

24. Bo Shirley-Gadsden, AL

25. Randy Weaver-Crossville, TN (Did Not Start)

 

Yellow Flags:  Four (laps 20, 22, 25, 38)

Red Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Cook (1-8); Davenport (9-40)

Fast Time: Jonathan Davenport-14:932 seconds (New Track Record)

Series Provisionals: Hunter Peacock (Series), Bo Shirley (Series), Vic Hill (Track)

Entries: 32

JT Kerr Racing Equipment Hard Charger of the Race: Vic Hill (advanced 11 positions)

 

PPM Racing Products Last Chance Showdown #1 Finish (Top-7 Transfer): Billy Ogle Jr., Mike Weeks, Mark Rosner, Mark Vineyard, Josh Collins, Bobby Giffin, Bret Holmes, Robby Moses, Sammie Russell, Vic Hill, George Mashburn (DNS), Chris Ferguson (DNS)

 

PPM Racing Products Last Chance Showdown #2 Finish (Top-7 Finish): Brett Miller, Tommy Kerr, Stacy Boles, Scott James, David Crabtree, Brad Hall, Randy Weaver, Hunter Peacock, Bo Shirley, Chuck Laney, Dusty Carver, Matt Henderson (DNS)

 

Current Southern All Stars Championship Points (after March 23rd)

1. Jonathan Davenport-372 (Blairsville, GA)

2. Riley Hickman-328 (Chattanooga, TN)

3. Jason Hiett-314 (Oxford, AL)

4. Mike Weeks-294 (Friendsville, TN)

5. Mark Rosner-276 (Rockford, TN)

6. Bret Holmes-234 (Munford, AL)

7. Randy Weaver-214 (Crossville, TN)

8. Billy Ogle Jr.-184 (Knoxville, TN)

9. Dale McDowell-184 (Chickamauga, GA)

10. Ray Cook-184 (Brasstown, NC)

 

Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Event Winners:

#1-Jared Landers-Batesville, AR (Cherokee Speedway) March 3rd

#2-Randy Weaver-Crossville, TN (Cleveland Speedway) March 9th

#3-Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA (East AL Motor Speedway) March 16th

#4-Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA (Smoky Mountain Speedway) March 23rd

 

Upcoming Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series events:

Apr. 6 Saturday Tazewell Speedway/Tazewell, TN $5,000 to win 50 laps

May 4 Saturday Talladega Short Track/Eastaboga, AL $4,000 to win 40 laps

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:

*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

*VP Racing Fuels “The Official Fuel” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

*Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Supporters Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Cruise with the Champions, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp Racing Systems, JT Kerr Racing Equipment, MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil by Ed Lowe, The Joie of Seating, WhitePerformance.com.

Complete Results – March 23, 2013

Smoky Mountain Speedway

Rockin’ With The Stars presented by WIMZ 103.5 FM
March 23, 2013

S.A.S. Super Late Models

1.  Jonathan Davenport # 49  (NEW TRACK RECORD – 14.932 seconds)
2.  Ray Cook # 53
3.  Steve Casebolt, Jr. # C9
4.  Dale McDowell # 17m
5.  Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
6.  Mark Douglas # 52d
7.  Jason Hiett # 1
8.  Riley Hickman # R1
9.  Mike Weeks # 22
10.  Tommy Kerr # 4t
11.  Stacy Boles #11b
12.  Mark Vineyard # 4
13.  Brett Miller # 47
14.  Vic Hill # 1
15.  Josh Collins # 63
16.  Mark Rosner # 17
17.  Bobby Giffin # 97
18.  Bret Holmes # H2
19.  David Payne # 8
20.  Scott James # 1g
21.  David Crabtree # C5
22.  Brad Hall # 23
23.  Hunter Peacock # 12
24.  Bo Shirley # 111

Did Not Start:  Randy Weaver # 116

Failed To Qualify:  Sammie Russell (F4), Robby Moses (7), Dusty Carver (9), George Mashburn (13), Matt Henderson (17), Chris Ferguson (21), Chuck Laney (91)

CRATE LATE MODELS

1.  Chris Wilson # 10
2.  David Crabtree # C5
3.  Patrick Duggan # 28
4.  Hunter Best # 007
5.  Roger Best # 5
6.  Cory Hedgecock # 23
7.  James Kelso # 49
8.  James Cole # 5
9.  Jason McCall # 98
10.  Adam Beeler # 66
11.  Ryan King # 30
12.  Rusty Webb # 22
13.  Matt Murphy # 01

STREET STOCK

1.  Jeff McLemore # J3
2.  Greg Humphrey # 9
3.  David Price # 1
4.  Walter Walsh # 3rd
5.  Scott Brown # 368

Thanks to everyone that came out for our season opener.  A good crowd on hand despite the cool weather and a rainy forecast.  We will be back in action on Saturday, April 13th for Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals ($6,000 to win for Super Late Models), American Modified Series ($3,000 to win) in their first visit to Smoky Mountain, along with Street Stock and Mini Stock/FWD divisions.  Thanks again fans, drivers, crews, and track workers!!!  We couldn’t do this without each and every one of you!

Also, NEW for 2013…  Smoky Mountain Speedway t-shirts featuring the entire 2013 event schedule.  These will be available at each event through out the season.  We have short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and hoodies ranging in sizes from youth small through adult 4XL.  Be sure to pick one up before you leave the track on your next visit!!

All Systems a go for Saturday March 23rd

Looking closely at the weather over the pasts 48 hours and speaking with Owners, Officials, and SAS Series Director. We fill Saturdays threatening weather looks to be moving away from the Maryville Area. We are going to give every attempt to get this Season Opener in, but in the event weather is not on our side a rain date has been scheduled for Saturday, March 30th. We will revisit and make a final decision tomorrow morning at 9am. But as of 1pm on Friday “Rockin with the Stars” SAS Season Opener is a GO!! Please help us by passing the word along!

Start times adjusted for this weekend’s (March 23rd) SAS event at Smoky Mtn.

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Rockin’ with the Stars will open busy 2013 Schedule for Smoky Mountain on March 23rd

 

By Chris Tilley

 

HUNTSVILLE, AL (March 14, 2013)—The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series will open a busy slate on the Smoky Mountain Speedway schedule during the running of the WIMZ 103.5 Rockin’ with the Stars 40 paying $5,000 to win for the SAS Late Models on Saturday evening March 23rd.

 

There will be a complete program of Practice, A & B Group Time Trials, PPM Racing Products Last Chance Showdowns and the 40-lap $5,000 to win / $300 to start main event. Also in action will be the Crate Late Models paying $1,000 to win while the Street Stocks will race for $300 to win.

 

During the series’ visits in 2012, Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN picked up two of the three series stops on April 14thand June 16th while Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN picked up the September 22nd event win.

 

Expected from the SAS stable of cars include defending series champion Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN; defending SRRS Champion Riley Hickman of Chattanooga, TN; second generation driver Bret Holmes of Munford, AL, Jason Hiett of Oxford, AL; Mark Rosner of Rockford, TN; defending series Rookie of the Year Mike Weeks of Friendsville, TN along with a strong contingent of local talent including 2011 series champion Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; David Crabtree of Maryville, TN; Mark Vineyard of Powell, TN; Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN; Mark Douglas of Knoxville, TN; Robby Moses of Friendsville, TN; Jeff Neubert of Rockford, TN; Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN; Tommy Kerr of Maryville, TN along with other regional hot-shoes.

 

On Saturday March 23rd the Pit gates will swing open at 3:00 pm and Grandstand/Tier Parking gates opening at 4:00 pm with Driver’s Meeting slated for around 6:30 pm. Adult General Admission is $15.00 with Tier Parking $20.00 and Pit Passes being $35.00.

 

The March 23rd event opens a strong season of racing action for Smoky Mountain Speedway as the track will host other special events throughout the 2013 season including: Southern All Stars, Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series, Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, American Modified Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, United Sprint Car Series, Southern Regional Racing Series and the Ultimate Late Models.

 

The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on towww.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.

 

Further information on the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series can be obtained by calling General Manager Lynn Acklin at (256) 924-4546 or PR/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or you can log on to the official series website at www.sasdirt.com . Also, LIKE the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series on Facebook or be a FOLLOWER on Twitter @SASDIRT.

 

SAS $5,000 to win Purse: 1) $5000, 2) $2500, 3) $1200, 4) $1000, 5) $800, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $550, 9) $500, 10) $475, 11) $450, 12) $400, 13) $350, 14) $300, 15) $300, 16) $300, 17) $300, 18) $300, 19) $300, 20) $300, 21) $300, 22) $300, 23) $300, 24) $300.

 

Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Championship Points (after March 9th)

1. Randy Weaver-194 (Crossville, TN)

2. Jonathan Davenport-172 (Blairsville, GA)

3. Riley Hickman-154 (Chattanooga, TN)

4. Jason Hiett-144 (Oxford, AL)

5. Mark Rosner-140 (Rockford, TN)

6. Mike Weeks-132 (Friendsville, TN)

7. Chris Madden-130 (Gray Court, SC)

8. Jared Landers-100 (Batesville, AR)

9. Steve Francis-96 (Ashland, KY)

9. Mike Marlar-96 (Winfield, TN)

11. Bret Holmes-94 (Munford, AL)

11. Billy Ogle Jr.-94 (Knoxville, TN)

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Event Winners:

# 1-Jared Landers-Batesville, AR (Cherokee Speedway) March 3rd

# 2-Randy Weaver-Crossville, TN (Cleveland Speedway) March 9th

 

Upcoming Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series events:

Mar. 16 Saturday East Alabama Motor Speedway/Phenix City, AL $4,000 40 laps

Mar. 23 Saturday Smoky Mountain Speedway/Maryville, TN $5,000 40 laps

Apr. 6 Saturday Tazewell Speedway/Tazewell, TN $5,000 50 laps

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:

*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

*VP Racing Fuels “The Official Fuel” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

*Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Supporters Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Cruise with the Champions, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp Racing Systems, JT Kerr Racing Equipment, MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil by Ed Lowe, The Joie of Seating, WhitePerformance.com

Rockin’ with the Stars will open busy 2013 Schedule for Smoky Mountain on March 23rd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Rockin’ with the Stars will open busy 2013 Schedule for Smoky Mountain on March 23rd

 

By Chris Tilley

 

HUNTSVILLE, AL (March 14, 2013)—The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series will open a busy slate on the Smoky Mountain Speedway schedule during the running of the WIMZ 103.5 Rockin’ with the Stars 40 paying $5,000 to win for the SAS Late Models on Saturday evening March 23rd.

 

There will be a complete program of Practice, A & B Group Time Trials, PPM Racing Products Last Chance Showdowns and the 40-lap $5,000 to win / $300 to start main event. Also in action will be the Crate Late Models paying $1,000 to win while the Street Stocks will race for $300 to win.

 

During the series’ visits in 2012, Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN picked up two of the three series stops on April 14th and June 16th while Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN picked up the September 22nd event win.

 

Expected from the SAS stable of cars include defending series champion Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN; defending SRRS Champion Riley Hickman of Chattanooga, TN; second generation driver Bret Holmes of Munford, AL, Jason Hiett of Oxford, AL; Mark Rosner of Rockford, TN; defending series Rookie of the Year Mike Weeks of Friendsville, TN along with a strong contingent of local talent including 2011 series champion Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; David Crabtree of Maryville, TN; Mark Vineyard of Powell, TN; Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN; Mark Douglas of Knoxville, TN; Robby Moses of Friendsville, TN; Jeff Neubert of Rockford, TN; Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN; Tommy Kerr of Maryville, TN along with other regional hot-shoes.

 

On Saturday March 23rd the Pit gates will swing open at 1:00 pm and Grandstand/Tier Parking gates opening at 2:00 pm with Driver’s Meeting slated for around 4:00 pm. Adult General Admission is $15.00 with Tier Parking $20.00 and Pit Passes being $35.00.

 

The March 23rd event opens a strong season of racing action for Smoky Mountain Speedway as the track will host other special events throughout the 2013 season including: Southern All Stars, Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series, Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, American Modified Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, United Sprint Car Series, Southern Regional Racing Series and the Ultimate Late Models.

 

The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is(865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on towww.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.

 

Further information on the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series can be obtained by calling General Manager Lynn Acklin at (256) 924-4546 or PR/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or you can log on to the official series website at www.sasdirt.com . Also, LIKE the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series on Facebook or be a FOLLOWER on Twitter @SASDIRT.

 

SAS $5,000 to win Purse: 1) $5000, 2) $2500, 3) $1200, 4) $1000, 5) $800, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $550, 9) $500, 10) $475, 11) $450, 12) $400, 13) $350, 14) $300, 15) $300, 16) $300, 17) $300, 18) $300, 19) $300, 20) $300, 21) $300, 22) $300, 23) $300, 24) $300.

 

Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Championship Points (after March 9th)

1. Randy Weaver-194 (Crossville, TN)

2. Jonathan Davenport-172 (Blairsville, GA)

3. Riley Hickman-154 (Chattanooga, TN)

4. Jason Hiett-144 (Oxford, AL)

5. Mark Rosner-140 (Rockford, TN)

6. Mike Weeks-132 (Friendsville, TN)

7. Chris Madden-130 (Gray Court, SC)

8. Jared Landers-100 (Batesville, AR)

9. Steve Francis-96 (Ashland, KY)

9. Mike Marlar-96 (Winfield, TN)

11. Bret Holmes-94 (Munford, AL)

11. Billy Ogle Jr.-94 (Knoxville, TN)

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Event Winners:

# 1-Jared Landers-Batesville, AR (Cherokee Speedway) March 3rd

# 2-Randy Weaver-Crossville, TN (Cleveland Speedway) March 9th

 

Upcoming Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series events:

Mar. 16 Saturday East Alabama Motor Speedway/Phenix City, AL $4,000 40 laps

Mar. 23 Saturday Smoky Mountain Speedway/Maryville, TN $5,000 40 laps

Apr. 6 Saturday Tazewell Speedway/Tazewell, TN $5,000 50 laps

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:

*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

*VP Racing Fuels “The Official Fuel” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

*Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

 

2013 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Supporters Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Cruise with the Champions, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp Racing Systems, JT Kerr Racing Equipment, MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil by Ed Lowe, The Joie of Seating, WhitePerformance.com