Cory Hedgecock doubles up on Late Model wins at Smoky Mountain

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.

Cory Hedgecock won the Crate Late Model portion of the All Star Showdown.

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

Cory Hedgecock's winning Limited Late Model.

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 was the Street Stock winner

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.

10:30AM Racing Still On, Monitoring Weather..

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!

Keep an eye on facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Bring out the sunshine and let’s go racing!!!

Mountain All Star Shootout #1, Highlighting Crate Late Models Will Be At Smoky Mountain Speedway on April 10th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Mountain All Star Shootout #1, Highlighting Crate Late Models Will Be At Smoky Mountain Speedway on April 10th

 

By: Thomas Montgomery

 

Maryville, TN (April 4, 2015) – Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN will host the first of 3 “Mountain All Star Showdowns” on Friday night April 10th. The Crate Late Models will be the star attraction on this night, as they will be racing a 60-lap, $3,000 to win feature, with a possibility of the winner taking home $4,500. The Limited Late Models ($1,200 to win), and the Street Stocks ($500 to win) will also be in action.

The race format for the Crate Late Models will be a 60 lap feature with 2 pit stops, some inversion redraws, and a final 10 lap “Shootout” for $3,000 cash. One driver could also walk away with $1,000 cash if they are able to grab all of the added bonuses; such as being the race leader on laps 25, 50, and 60. That same driver could also take home $500 more if they are able to set the fast time for the night in qualifying, making it $4,500 up for grabs for one Crate Late Model driver. Depending on the car count, Smoky Mountain Speedway is also considering letting 28 “Crates” take the green flag, also the race will pay $225 to start; with positions 25-28 getting $125/$100 to start money respectively.

 

The updated format is as follows:

Breakdown:
Hot Laps, Qualifying (Lock in 6-12), Fast Car Dash (6 Cars), Heats (2-4), 60 Lap Feature, (All depending on car count)
CAUTION: At the beginning of Lap 25 there will be a pit stop
Top 6 cars will be drawn for possible Inversion, Leader at The End of Lap 24 will be given a Bonus. Lap 25 Restart
All cars lineup as they finished except Top 6 inversions
CAUTION:
At the beginning of Lap 50 LAST pit stop
(Make final changes for 10 Lap Shootout)
Leader at the End of Lap 49 will be given a Bonus.
Lap 60 Checkered Flag; Winner gets $3,000 to win
Bonuses:
If one Driver wins Lap 24 Bonus, Lap 49 Bonus, and Lap 60 There will be an additional Bonus Paid.

If that same driver is also Fast Qualifier there will be another Bonus paid.
$100 Hard Charger Bonus for Laps 1-24
$100 Hard Charger Bonus for Laps 25-49

 

Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brick Mill 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.

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Admission for the event will be $15 for the grandstands, $20 for tier parking, and $35 for the pits. Children 6-11 will be $5 for the grandstands, $10 in tier parking, and it will be $15 for kids 11 and under to enter the pits. Kids 5 and under are admitted free in the grandstands and tier parking.

 

Pit gates will open at 3, grandstand and tier will open at 4, and the drivers meeting will be at 6.

 

Smoky Mountain Speedway would like to thank the following track partners including: Tennessee RV Sales & Service, Stanley Best Heating & Air, Blount Excavating, West Haven Auto Parts, CDE Electrical Contracting, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, East Tennessee Auto Outlet, Food City, NAPA Auto Parts, Turner Industrial Supply Incorporated, Allied Glass Company, and Hardee’s.

2015--04-10-CRATE-SHOOTOUT

UPDATED APRIL 10TH CRATE FORMAT

FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH- CRATE SHOOTOUT FORMAT: (UPDATED)
60 Laps $3,000 to win
Breakdown:
Hot Laps, Qualifying (Lock in 6-12), Fast Car Dash (6 Cars), Heats (2-4), 60 Lap Feature
(All depending on car count)
CAUTION:
At the beginning of Lap 25 there will be a pit stop
Top 6 cars will be drawn for possible Inversion
Leader at The End of Lap 24 will be given a Bonus.
Lap 25 Restart
All cars lineup as they finished except Top 6 inversions
CAUTION:
At the beginning of Lap 50 LAST pit stop
(Make final changes for 10 Lap Shootout)
Leader at the End of Lap 49 will be given a Bonus.
Lap 60 Checkered Flag; Winner gets $3,000 to win
Bonuses:
If one Driver wins Lap 24 Bonus, Lap 49 Bonus, and Lap 60 There will be an additional Bonus Paid.
If that same driver is also Fast Qualifier there will be another Bonus paid.
$100 Hard Charger Bonus for Laps 1-24
$100 Hard Charger Bonus for Laps 25-49
$100 Fast Qualifier Bonus

MARCH 28TH, 2015 RESULTS- ULTIMATE SPRING NATIONALS

Smoky Mountain Speedway
Maryville, TN

Saturday, March 28th

Ultimate Spring Nationals
presented by Tennessee RV Sales & Service

ULTIMATE SUPER LATE MODELS

1.  Randy Weaver # 116
2.  Dennis “Rambo” Franklin # 2
3.  Mike Marlar # 157
4.  Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
5.  Skip Arp # 31
6.  Derek Ellis # 99
7.  David Crabtree # C5
8.  Dustin Mitchell # D8
9.  Dusty Carver # 9
10.  Chad Ogle # 10
11.  Jeff Smith # 00
12.  Sammie Russell # F4
13.  Donald McIntosh # 7
14.  Eric Wells # 18
15.  Ray Cook # 53
16.  Chris Wilson # 10
17.  Kenny Collins # 1c
18.  Stacy Boles # 11b
19.  Mark Douglas # 52d
20.  Mack McCarter # 51
21.  Mark Vineyard # 4
22.  Casey Roberts # 101
23.  Tommy Kerr # 4t
24.  Robby Moses # 7

Did Not Qualify:  Jimmy Owens (20), Cory Hedgecock (23)

AMERICAN MODIFIED SERIES

1.  Nick Stroupe # 45
2.  Clayton Miller # 15
3.  Keith Smith # 1s
4.  Tyler Nicely # 25
5.  Paul Miles # 88
6.  Amos Bunch # 50
7.  Cody Smith # 11s
8.  Ricky Tinch # T92
9.  Josh Harris # 16c
10.  Mark Lamont # 7
11.  Billy Palmer # 36
12.  Matt Cooper # 18
13.  Tony Spoon # 07
14.  Blake Terry # 89

Did Not Start:  Brian Shaw (1s)

STREET STOCKS

1.  Chris Rickett # 36
2.  Gary Blanken # 5
3.  Tony Horton # 56
4.  Dale Watson # 11
5.  Travis Reno # 77
6.  Jeff Ferguson # 24
7.  Westley Lester # 06
8.  Jeff McLemore # J3
9.  Tony Simonic # 42
10.  Brad Davis # 88
11.  Rodney Murphy # 411
12.  Charles Toomey # 17
13.  Jon Cook # 0z
14.  Kurt Owens # 14

Did Not Start:  Ty Crisp (T11), Charlie Bates (27)