Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series @ – Runs July 16th through July 30th

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Runs July 16th through July 30th

Contact: Chris Tilley
Southern Nationals Series P.R. Coordinator
828-361-5981 |

BRASSTOWN, NC. – July 8, 2016 –The busiest weeks of dirt track racing in the Southeast kick off on Saturday July 16th with the running of the Twelfth Annual Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Old Man’s Garage.

The 11-race mini-tour kicks off Saturday Night July 16th at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Va. paying $10,000-to-win. Last year’s event winner at Wythe Raceway was Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.

At Wythe Raceway on July 16th, drivers must meet the following criteria for being eligible to race in the feature event where Promoter Fred Brown has announced all cars that attend the event will be allowed to qualify for the feature event paying $10,000-to-win and $500-to-start. All cars will qualify and heat race. No cars will be locked in through qualifying. The only drivers past the 22-car starting field will be the ones who meet the following criteria: 1) Qualifying lap times must be within 1.5 seconds (max) from the fifth overall fastest driver at the end of qualifying. 2) Legitimate all-aluminum engines will only be permitted. 3) Driver must have raced at least twice in 2016.

Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. will host Round 2 on Sunday Night July 17thpaying $3,500-to-win. Volunteer Speedway returns to the schedule for the first time since 2013. Vic Hill won the series’ last visit to Bulls Gap.

411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn. will again be on this year’s schedule as the series will roll into the beautiful Smoky Mountains on Tuesday Night July 19th paying $3,500 to win. Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn. won the inaugural visit in 2014 and Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. won the 2015 series visit.

On Thursday Night July 21st the series will roll into Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC for Round # 4 on the tour paying $3,500-to-win. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C. won the 2007 race appearance at Tri-County while Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. won the 2015 visit.

On Friday Night July 22nd the Southern Nationals competitors travel to Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway for Round # 5 of the tour paying $5,300-to-win. Last year at Swainsboro, Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. claimed the event victory.

Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. will host the series on Saturday Night July 23rd paying $5,300 to win during the 17th annual Rebel Yell event. Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, S.C. claimed the 2014 and 2015 series visits.

On Sunday Night July 26th, Round # 7 of the series will bring action to the Rome Speedway in Rome, Ga. paying $5,300-to-win. Randy Weaver won in 2014 while last year’s tour appearance was claimed by rain at the famed Rome Speedway.

Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. will host Round # 8 of the tour for the third time on Tuesday Night July 28th as the SNS competitors will be competing for the $3,500 top prize during NASCAR Night at the track tentatively featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Austin Dillon and his younger brother and NASCAR driver Ty Dillon. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. won in 2015 at Boyd’s.

On Thursday Night July 28th the tour will roll into Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway for the first time since 2009 for a 35-lap $3,500-to-win show and Round # 9 of the tour. Chris Madden won the series’ last two visits to Crossville in 2008 and 2009.

Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. will host Round # 10 of the tour on Friday Night July 29th. This will mark the series’ fifth appearance to the track located just minutes from Knoxville. The event pays $5,300-to-win. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C. claimed the 2014 series visit while Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn. won in 2015.

On Saturday Night July 30th the tour will finish the ten race journey with a $10,000-to-win event at the Gary Hall owned high-banked oval. Eric Jacobsen of Rio Del Mar, Cal. won the 2014 series visit while Vic Hill won the 2015 series visit to the Bad Fast Taz. Tazewell has been the only track on the tour that has hosted the finale every season.

Fifteen drivers have given intentions on trying to complete the entire tour. Those drivers include: Stacy Boles of Clinton, Tenn., Chris Brown of Spring, Texas; Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, Tenn., Derek Ellis of Chatsworth, Ga., Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., Vic Hill of Mosheim, Tenn., Gavin Landers of Batesville, Ark., Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., Pierce McCarter of Gatlinburg, Tenn., Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., Robby Moses of Maryville, Tenn., Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., Austin Smith of Senoia, Ga., Craig Vosbergen of Perth, Western Australia. & Ricky Weiss of Headingly, Manitoba, Canada.

Each Night, the tour will feature a complete show of Practice, FK Rod Ends Qualifying, B-Mains and the Main events (either 35 or 53 laps in distance). A $100 entry fee will be charged each night and transponders will be available for rent at each event. At the first series event, provisional starting spots will be based on one from last year’s Southern Nationals Series points and this year’s final Spring Nationals Series points if needed.

The Southern Nationals Series will feature a points fund in excess of $15,000 with $5,053 going to the Series Champion, second place receives $2,553, third place receives $2,053, fourth place receives $1,553, fifth place receives $1,053, sixth place receives $753, seventh place receives $653 and eighth place in series points will receive $553 along with all other prefect attendance drivers. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. is the defending series champion. Race purses in excess of $245,000 will go out the door in just eleven days of racing. The top AR Bodies Rookie of the Year for the tour will receive a $1,000 cash award. The top-five drivers in points after the first event will be guaranteed to leave each race with $600 minimum if they make the feature race and $300 minimum if they don’t make the feature race.

One driver will collect an additional $5,053 if he is the overall champion of the Spring, Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series.

At each Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals, Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series event in 2016, the highest finishing CT525 engine in the main event will receive a $200 bonus and the highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC engine will also receive a $200 bonus.

Former Southern Nationals Series Champions include: Jeff Cooke (2005), Anthony White (2006), Chris Madden (2007/2008/2011/2012/2014), Tommy Kerr (2009), Jonathan Davenport (2010/2013), Casey Roberts (2015).

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at .

2016 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
Saturday July 16-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win/53 laps
Sunday July 17-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Tuesday July 19-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Thursday July 21-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Friday July 22-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Saturday July 23-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Sunday July 24-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Tuesday July 26-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Thursday July 28-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Friday July 29-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Saturday July 30-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win/53 laps

$3,500 to Win Event Purse:
1) $3,500, 2) $2,000, 3) $1,500, 4) $1,200, 5) $900, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $550, 9) $525, 10) $500, 11) $480, 12) $470, 13) $460, 14) $450, 15) $440, 16) $430, 17) $420,
18) $410, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400

$5,300 to Win Event Purse:
1) $5,300, 2) $2,600, 3) $1,800, 4) $1,400, 5) $1,100, 6) $850, 7) $750, 8) $725,
9) $700, 10) $675, 11) $650, 12) $625, 13) $600, 14) $580, 15) $570, 16) $560,
17) $550, 18) $540, 19) $530, 20) $530, 21) $530, 22) $530

$10,000 to Win Event Purse:
1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,100, 7) $1,000, 8) $950,
9) $900, 10) $850, 11) $800, 12) $750, 13) $650, 14) $600, 15) $550, 16) $530,
17) $520, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500

Tire Rule for Tri-County, Swainsboro, Screven:
Hoosier Racing Tire: 1300, 1350, 1600, LM 40, Crate 21. (Lucas equivalent allowed)
American Racer: 44, 48, 56.

Tire Rule for Wythe, Volunteer, 411, Rome, Boyd’s, Crossville, Smoky, Tazewell:
Hoosier Racing Tire: 1350, 1600, LM 40, Crate 21. (Lucas equivalent allowed)
American Racer: 48, 56.

Special Thanks to the following Southern Nationals Series Supporters: Schaeffer’s Oil, Old Man’s Garage, Tennessee R.V. Sales & Service Super Center, Arizona Sport Shirts, Gotta Race, American Race Tires, AR Bodies, Collins Signs, Delph Communications,, Dyer’s Top Rods, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars, Capital Race Cars,, Sunoco Race Fuels (Official Series Fuel), Vic Hill Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, Wiles Driveshafts.

411 Motor Speedway
632 Maryville Highway
Seymour, TN 37865
PH: (865) 257-7223
Promoter: Mitch McCarter

Boyd’s Speedway
1481 Scruggs Road
Ringgold, GA 30736
PH: (706) 891-6803
Promoters: David Duplissey & Dale McDowell

Crossville Speedway
5434 U.S. 70
Crossville, TN 38571
PH: (931) 510-1482 or (931) 544-4055
Owners: Perry Delaney and Lewis Jackson
Promoters: Scott Shelton and Michael Luna

Rome Speedway
1933 Chulio Road
Rome, GA 30161
PH: (706) 235-2541
Promoter: Mickey Swims

Screven Motor Speedway
6118 Savannah Highway
Sylvania, GA 30467
PH: (912) 857-4884
Promoter: James “Redd” Griffin

Smoky Mountain Speedway
809 Brickmill Road
Maryville, TN 37801
PH: (865) 856-8989
Promoter: Casey Moses

Swainsboro Raceway
586 Modoc Road
Swainsboro, GA 30401
PH: (478) 252-1300
Promoter: Paul Purvis

Tazewell Speedway
1400 Bacchus Road
Tazewell, TN 37879
PH: (423) 626-2222
Promoters: Gary Hall

Tri-County Race Track
10456 Old U.S. 64
Brasstown, NC 28902
PH: (828) 837-3815
Promoter: Ray Cook

Volunteer Speedway
14095 W. Andrew Johnson Highway
Bulls Gap, TN 37711
PH: (423) 235-5020
Promoters: Joe & Phyllis Loven
7/16 Event Promoters: Vic Hill, Ray Cook and Chris Tilley

Wythe Raceway
164 Race Track Road
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
PH: (276) 686-4261
Promoters: Fred & Susan Brown


Smoky Mountain Speedway
Maryville, TN

Saturday, July 9th
Mountain Moonshine Classic


1. Dale McDowell # 17m
2. Jared Landers # 777
3. Scott Bloomquist # 0
4. Tim McCreadie # 39
5. Steve Francis # 15
6. Brandon Sheppard # B5
7. Earl Pearson, Jr. # 1
8. Derek Ellis # 99
9. Donald McIntosh # 7
10. Darrell Lanigan # 15
11. Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
12. Colton Flinner # 75
13. Craig Vosbergen # 8
14. Don O’Neal # 5
15. Dennis Erb, Jr. # 28
16. Mike Marlar # 157
17. Jonathan Davenport # 6
18. Casey Roberts # 101
19. Chris Madden # 44
20. Jimmy Owens # 20
21. Skylar Marlar # 11
22. Kayne Hickman # H3
23. Skip Arp # 128
24. Chad Ogle # 10

DID NOT QUALIFY: Ryan King (1g), Mark Vineyard (4), Tommy Kerr (4t), Robby Moses (21), Shanon Buckingham (50), Bobby Giffin (97)


1. Jed Emert # 98
2. Warren McMahan # 33
3. Brad Seagle # 31
4. Andy Ogle # 68
5. Gary Crittenden # 18
6. Levi Hicks # 4h
7. David Kerr # 14
8. Terry Poore # 2
9. James Kelso # 41
10. Michael Boyd # 3
11. David Clark # 1
12. JD Shannon # 22
13. Adam Mitchell # 50
14. Wade Howerton # 15
15. Joe Freels # 5x
16. Bradley Lewelling # 101b
17. Christian Hanger # 29
18. Rocky McNabb # 22
19. Chris Johnston # C9
20. Raymond Shepard # 11
21. Nick Perry # 19
22. Vann Lester # 50
23. Rex Coffey # 2
24. Brandon Gardner # 26

DID NOT START: Zach Shannon (Z1)
DID NOT QUALIFY: David Crabtree (C5), Bryan Cooper (15), Mike Moore (17), Richard Bailey (41), Chad Beeler (44), Joshua Sneed (79), Ryan Carey (555)


1. Chris Rickett # 36
2. Austin Neely # 3
3. Brad Davis # 88
4. Cody Thompson # 83
5. Tim Kilby # 11k
6. Westley Lester # 06
7. Jeff McLemore # J3
8. Jeff Ferguson # 24
9. Robbie Comer # 42

DID NOT START: Chad McLemore (3), Tony Wilson (7), Bo Allison (9), Tony Horton (56)



Dale McDowell rides new chassis to Lucas victory at Smoky Mountain


Smoky Mountain Speedway is proud to announce its Hall of Fame class for 2016.

Smoky Mountain Speedway is proud to announce its Hall of Fame class for 2016.


The Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame picked up where the Atomic Speedway Hall of Fame left off in 2006. Anyone from either of those tracks were under consideration by the voting committee, as a number of deserving people from Atomic Speedway have not been inducted since the track’s closing. Those people, along with those from the asphalt era at Smoky Mountain Speedway, will continue to be inducted as long as those that are deserving remain eligible for induction.

As in the past, nominees were broken down into three different categories: drivers, contributors, and those from the track’s asphalt era.

This year’s class for the driver category is Jimmy Monroe, Danny Glass, and Bud Lunsford. The inductee in the contributor is former Atomic Speedway pit steward Harley “Fuzzy” Orange. The asphalt era inductee is Paul Lewis.

Each one will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, September 17 during the intermission of the Southern All-Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Each new inductee will receive a letter acknowledging their induction and information about the ceremony on Sept. 17.

Plans are also in the works to have a number of past inductees at the track to meet and greet fans. More details on the ceremony will be released leading up to the event.

Lucas Oil “Mountain Moonshine Classic” $12,000 to win; Saturday July 9th


For those of you that are unfamiliar with our track layout, below is a description.

Grandstand Gate is the FIRST Entrance coming From Hwy 411 South to Brick Mill Rd.

Tier Parking/ Camping is the SECOND Entrance

Pit Gate is the THIRD Entrance and is actually Crye Rd.

Tier Parking is a Tailgate atmosphere, where coolers and small grills are allowed. Parking is first come first serve and cannot be reserved. Please limit the use of tents and canopy’s unless you are on the back row.


A few notes regarding SATURDAYS Lucas Oil Event, July 9th:

Huge Crowd is expected this weekend.

SMS accepts Cash only

Pit Gates will be locked & will open at 12PM

Grandstands and Tier Parking open at 3PM, but chances are gates will open earlier. We can not allow traffic to block the road.

Tier Parking is a tailgate atmosphere, where you can park and watch from your vehicle, in the bed of your truck, or in a lawn chair.

Coolers and Small grills are allowed in tier parking.

Canopies are allowed in Tier Parking until cars hit the track, you can keep them up if you are on the very back row. (Not blocking views)

Camping is allowed in Tier Parking for $20 plus tickets

Oversized Vehicles in Tier will be $20 plus tickets

Arrive hungry, SMS offers full concessions at all gates, plus several food vendors will be onsite.

T-Shirts and Apparel will be available in the Grandstand Area

Fans please remember that 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.

If you are wanting a seat on the concrete bleachers please get to the track early.
Our stands can withhold large crowds, however, Seating may become limited

ABSOLUTELY no coolers or Large Bags in the grandstand area!

Pit passes will be available at each Gate, no one will be allowed in the pits without an armband!

There is a walking path from Tier to Pits

Pit Bikes are not allowed in the pits

Last but not least, have fun, bring a friend, and get ready to see an awesome show!
Thank you for your support and for choosing Smoky Mountain Speedway to spend your Saturday Night!

June 18th, 2016 Results- McIntosh captures drama filled Ultimate feature at SMS

Smoky Mountain Speedway
Maryville, TN

Saturday, June 18th


1. Donald McIntosh # 7
2. Ricky Weiss # 7
3. Casey Roberts # 101
4. Tommy Kerr # 4t
5. Kenny Collins # 1c
6. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin # 2
7. Derek Fisher # 38
8. Ross Bailes # 87
9. Anthony Sanders # 421
10. Bobby Giffin # 97
11. Skip Arp # 128
12. Johnny Pursley # 09
13. Roger Best # 007
14. Ray Cook # 53
15. Mark Douglas # 52d
16. David Crabtree # C5
17. Glenn Elliott # 5
18. Robby Moses # 21
19. Shanon Buckingham # 50
20. Skylar Marlar # 11
21. Jeremy Hines # 5h
22. Stacy Boles # 11b
23. Chris Ferguson # 22
24. Dusty Carver # 9
25. Mark Vineyard # 4

DID NOT QUALIFY: Brian Ligon (4), Sammie Russell (F4), Jeff Wolfenbarger (28), Tim Rucker (47)


1. Terry Poore # 2
2. Kelvin White # 00
3. Hunter Best # 007
4. Vann Lester # 50
5. Warren McMahan # 33
6. Chris Johnston # C9
7. Bryan Cooper # 15
8. Mike Moore # 17
9. Jed Emert # 98
10. Derek Blair # 82
11. Hunter Kerr # 4h
12. Adam Mitchell # 50
13. Phillip Thompson # 24


1. Chris Rickett # 36
2. Austin Neely # 3
3. Jeff McLemore # J3
4. Brady Lee # 31
5. Sam Burgess # 88
6. Travis Reno # 411
7. Tony Horton # 56
8. Chad McLemore # 3
9. Ben Sexton # 6
10. Robbie Comer # 42
11. Dale Jackson # 99

DID NOT START: Jon Cook (0z), Ty Crisp (T11)


Donald McIntosh captures drama filled Ultimate feature at Smoky Mountain

McIntosh began the night by setting fast time in qualifying when he posted a lap of 16.980 seconds around the 4/10 mile clay oval located just south of Maryville, Tenn. Chris Ferguson, Ray Cook, Ricky Weiss, Skip Arp, Kenny Collins, Anthony Sanders, Dennis Franklin, Casey Roberts and David Crabtree joined the pole winner in being locked into the starting lineup based on they efforts in time-trials.Donald McIntosh cruised to the Ultimate win at SMS

Donald McIntosh cruised to the Ultimate win at SMS

If someone simply took a look at the race summary of the Ultimate Super Late Models event at the Smoky Mountain Speedway they might see that the driver who qualified on the pole led the majority of the laps and went on to win the race and thus assume that it was not a particularly event show. That assumption would be wrong as Donald McIntosh did win the $5,000 feature on Saturday night but the evening was filled with dramatic moments.

Mark Douglas and Bobby Giffin won the two B-main races used to set the remainder of the starting lineup for the main event.

The first bit of drama occurred as the cars were rolling onto the front straightaway to line up for the feature race. The machine driven by Ferguson, who was considered one of the pre-race favorites, became the focus of attention. With the car leaking fuel, crew members began to work under the hood. Initially, it looked as if there was little hope of making repairs in time to take the green flag as the car was pushed to the infield. However, spare parts from the team hauler arrived just in time to get the popular driver on track and back into his outside front row starting position before the start of the race.

At the start of the 40-lap feature it was Ferguson who went to the early lead after a lap long side-by-side battle with McIntosh on the race’s initial circuit. Weiss, Cook and Arp followed the lead duo during the early stages of the event.

However, the complexion of the race changed on the seventh lap when Ferguson began waving his arm out the window of his racer as the cars roared down the front stretch to alert his fellow competitors that he was pulling off the track. The early leader was done for the night and the race lead was handed to McIntosh.

A spin by Roger Best brought out the race’s second caution on lap 15 and set the stage for the most dramatic moment of the event. On the ensuing restart, Weiss attempted to move around Cook on the low side to take the second position. Upon completing the pass, Weiss slide up the track and into Cook’s lane. The two cars came together, sending Cook bouncing off the outside wall and then back into the path of oncoming traffic.

That melee collected at least six cars, most with enough damage to be retired from the race.

From that point, the race ran caution free, allowing McIntosh to drive away and then cruise to the checkered flag. However, there was intense racing behind the leader as the likes of Roberts, Collins, Franklin and 18th starting Tommy Kerr battled for positions within the top-5 during much of the race’s second half.

With just two laps remaining, the third running machine of Arp slowed and coasted into the pit area with the checkered flag almost in sight.

McIntosh scored his second Ultimate/Battle of Bluegrass win of the season at Smoky Mountain.

Feature Finish: 1. Donald McIntosh, 2. Ricky Weiss, 3. Casey Roberts, 4. Tommy Kerr, 5. Kenny Collins, 6. Dennis Franklin, 7. Derek Fisher, 8. Ross Bailes, 9. Anthony Sanders, 10. Bobby Giffin, 11. Skip Arp, 12. Johnny Pursley, 13. Ray Cook, 14. Mark Douglas, 15. David Crabtree, 16. Glenn Elliott, 17. Robby Moses, 18. Shanon Buckingham, 19. Skylar Marlar, 20. Jeremy Hines, 21. Stacy Boles, 22. Chris Ferguson, 23. Dusty Carver, 24. Mark Vineyard