Smoky Mountain Speedway
Friday, April 24th
Rockin’ with The Stars
presented by WIMZ 103.5 FM
SAS SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Randy Weaver # 116
2. Dale McDowell # 17m
3. Mike Marlar # 157
4. Casey Roberts # 101
5. Chris Madden # 44
6. Tommy Kerr # 4t
7. Stacy Boles # 11b
8. Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
9. Riley Hickman # R1
10. Skylar Marlar # 11
11. Jason Welshan # 29
12. Roger Best # 007
13. Chris Wilson # 10
14. Jeff Neubert # 86
15. Jeff Wolfenbarger # 28
16. Donald McIntosh # 7
17. Todd Morrow # T1
18. Skip Arp # 31
19. Chad Ogle # 10
20. Mark Dotson # 85d
21. Dillon Tidmore # 38
22. Vic Hill # 1
23. Steve Smith # 3
24. Mark Douglas # 52d
DID NOT QUALIFY: Mark Vineyard (4), Robby Moses (7), Ryan King (30), Ellery Leake (34), John Minon (74)
LIMITED LATE MODELS
1. Billy Ogle, Jr. # K37
2. Jason Manley # 32
3. Trevor Sise # 73
4. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k
5. David Crabtree # C5
6. Ross White # 0
7. Josh Collins # 63
8. Greg Martin # 24
9. Jason Welshan # 29
10. Brad Hall # 47
11. Matt Henderson # H2
12. Bobby Giffin # 97
13. Jason Cardwell # 07
14. Eddie King, Jr. # 39
15. Jesse Lowe # 5
16. Drew Kennedy # K37
17. Ruben Mayfield # 00
18. James Kelso # 41
19. Sammie Russell # F4
20. Butch Bayless # B2
21. Andy Ogle # 68
22. Anthony White # 2x
23. Pierce McCarter # 71
DID NOT START: Brian Ownby (00)
SPORTSMAN LATE MODELS
1. Rex Coffey # 3
2. Kip Sawyer # 11
3. Clyde Overholt # 4
4. David Clark # 1
5. Wayne Rader # 01
6. Zach Shannon # Z1
7. Terry Poore # 2
8. Jesse Helton # 57
9. Darren Goins # D2
10. Kelvin White # 00
11. Heath Alvey # 7
12. Gary Blanken # 05
13. Zach Stringfellow # 20
14. Ryan Carey # 555
15. Issac Boring # 00
16. Wade Howerton # 15
17. Aaron Guinn # 97
18. Adam Mitchell # 50
19. Michael Boyd # 03
DID NOT START: Clyde Stanton (C11), Tony Shannon (122)
Weaver led all the way to collect his sixth win of 2015
Randy Weaver came into Friday night’s Southern All Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway sporting a perfect five-for-five record in the Dirt Late Model races he had entered so far in 2015. That record now stands at six-for-six after a dominating performance that netted the Crossville, Tenn. driver $5,000 on the the first night of a scheduled doubleheader weekend at the Maryville, Tenn. facility.
Weaver began the night on both a positive and negative note when he ripped off the fastest time in Group A qualifying and overall by posting a lap of 15.318 seconds around the 4/10 mile clay oval. However, the No. 116 machine tagged the outside wall in turn one on its second circuit, causing minor damage to the right rear of the car. Also locking into the feature from that group were Dale McDowell, Chad Ogle, Mark Douglas and Skylar Marlar.
Mike Marlar led the way in Group B qualifying when he turned a lap of 15.522 seconds. Joining him in earning guaranteed starting spot in the feature from that group were Casey Roberts, Skip Arp, Stacy Boles and Billy Ogle, Jr.
Blount Motorsports drivers Tommy Kerr and Donald McIntosh won the two consolation races used to set the remainder of the starting lineup for the main event.
From the start of the 40-lap feature it was obvious that Weaver had the car to beat. Despite and number of early cautions, the Longhorn Chassis driver was able to continuously jump out to big leads at the drop of each green flag. Even on short runs, the red and white machine would build leads of a half straightaway or more in an instant.
Meanwhile, however, there was tremendous racing behind the leader as McDowell, Marlar, Roberts and Arp traded positions within the top-5 during the early going.
On lap 16, one of those contenders was lost when Arp banged the turn two wall while running in the third spot. At that same time, the 13th starting Chris Madden was making his way up through the field and seized a place in the top-5 after Arp’s misfortune.
The top-10 running McIntosh brought out the night’s final yellow flag on lap 25 when he encountered the turn one wall and came to a stop on the track.
During the second half of the feature, Marlar and Madden tried to make the bottom groove work on a track that had been top-side dominant for much of the night. Their efforts would pay off to some degree as Marlar took third away from Roberts with fewer than ten laps remaining.
No one ever seriously threatened Weaver over the closing laps as he cruised to his third consecutive Southern All Stars win in the process.
Feature Finish: 1. Randy Weaver, 2. Dale McDowell, 3. Mike Marlar, 4. Casey Roberts, 5. Chris Madden, 6. Tommy Kerr, 7. Stacy Boles, 8. Billy Ogle, Jr., 9. Riley Hickman, 10. Skylar Marlar, 11. Jason Welshan, 12. Roger Best, 13. Chris Wilson, 14. Jeff Neubert, 15. Donald McIntosh, 16. Todd Morrow, 17. Skip Arp, 18. Chad Ogle, 19. Mark Dotson, 20 Dillon Tidmore, 21. Vic Hill, 22. Steve Smith, 23. Mark Douglas
Smoky Mountain Speedway is set to host the Ray Cook promoted Spring Nationals on Saturday night in a $6,000-to-win race.
Beautiful Day at SMS, be sure to join us for Ray Vooks Spring Nationals “Tennessee Tipoff Classic” $6,000 to win. Crates and Street Stocks also on tap this evening!! Pits, Grandstands, and Tier are all open!!
Cory Hedgecock admitted that the 2015 Dirt Late Model season had not gotten off to the start he had been hoping for. However, the Loudon, Tenn. driver did a lot to change his impression of the current campaign when he picked up a pair of victories in the Mountain All Star Showdown at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Friday night.
The Crate Late Models were the featured class as their main event would pay no less than $3,000-to-win with the potential for extra bonus cash as well.
Riley Hickman scored the first bonus of the night when he set fast time in Crate Late Model qualifying with a lap of 16.680 seconds around the 4/10 mile oval. Also earning their way into a dash race that would set the starting lineup for the first three rows of the feature race were Hedgecock, Jason Welshan, Greg Martin, Forrest Trent and Brett Wyatt.
Welshan was awarded the pole position for the main event after he won the dash race ahead of Trent, Wyatt, Martin, Hickman and Hedgecock. The remainder of the starting grid for the 19 car field was determined by time-trials as no heat races were held.
The initial start of the feature was marred by a multi-car incident that began when the starters on the outside rows appeared to jam up going into turn one. When all was said and done, six cars were involved. Front runners Trent and Martin were among those to sustain damage in the melee. All involved would ultimately continue with varying degrees of damage.
Once the feature got underway, it looked as if Welshan intended to make this race resemble so many from last season. The winner of 34 features in 2014 got out to the early lead as Trent, Wyatt, Hickman and Hedgecock battled within the top-5.
Hickman and Hedgecock had the two fastest cars in qualifying but had been relegated to the third row at the start due to the results of the dash race. But it didn’t take long for the two to begin flexing their muscles. On lap 5 they each moved around Wyatt to claim 3rd and 4th respectively. Then on lap 14 they each sailed passed Trent to take 2nd and 3rd in the running order.
After a lap 17 restart, Hedgecock got by Hickman to claim the runner-up position and immediately set his sights on Welshan. Finally, Hedgecock worked his way around Welshan to claim the top spot on the leader board at lap 23.
A mandatory caution on lap 25 allowed teams a 10-minute break in which they could work on their cars. Also, a pill draw inverted the top-2 runners at the time, which put Welshan back in front and moved Hedgecock to second.
However, it did not take long for the No. 23 car to reassert itself at the front of the field once the action resumed. Just behind the leader, Hickman bolted around Welshan to grab third.
It was at that point when the race settled into a bit of a rhythm with Hedgecock leading Hickman, Welshan, Trent, Wyatt, Martin and Justin Summers. At times, the lead grew to as much as a full straightaway.
A second mandatory caution came out on lap 50. This time, there was no invert and crews were allowed five minutes in which to work on their cars.
At the drop of the green flag for the final 10-lap dash to the finish, Hedgecock set the pace and went essentially unchallenged.
Feature Finish: 1. Cory Hedgecock, 2. Riley Hickman, 3. Jason Welshan, 4. Brett Wyatt, 5. Forrest Trent, 6. Greg Martin, 7. Brad Coffey, 8. Chase King, 9. Jordon Horton, 10. Warren McMahan
In the Limited Late Model class, Hedgecock proved to be more dominate than he had been in the Crate Late Models. He started things off for that division by winning the pole with a qualifying time of 16.177 seconds. That lap proved to be almost a half-second faster than second qualifier David Crabtree.
The entire starting lineup was established by time-trials which put Jason Trammell and Brad Hall in the second row just ahead of Drew Kennedy and Bobby Giffin.
Once the feature took the green flag, it was all Hedgecock as he pulled out to a big lead of Crabtree. The best battle on the speedway was that for third between Hall and Manley with Trammell trailing just behind.
The 25-lap feature ran caution free and Hedgecock was never challenged on his way to the $1,200 payday
Feature finish: 1. Cory Hedgecock, 2. David Crabtree, 3. Brad Hall, 4. Jason Manley, 5. Jason Trammell, 6. Bobby Gifin, 7. Drew Kennedy, 8. Hunter Best
Gary Blanken and Chris Rickett won the two Street Stock heat races and it would be those two who battled for the win. Blanken led all the way to finish ahead of Rickett, Kurt Owens, Tony Horton and Charles Devine.
As of 10:30 AM Racing is STILL ON for tonight. We are monitoring the weather and hoping the rain is over and the sun with dry the track up!
The system looks like it has moved in and out faster than expected. We will make a final decision by early afternoon!
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Bring out the sunshine and let’s go racing!!!