FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scott Bloomquist Shines in Spring Nationals Series Tennessee Tipoff Classic at Smoky Mountain
Contact: Chris Tilley
Spring Nationals Series P.R. Coordinator
606-219-1723 | firstname.lastname@example.org
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Mar. 12, 2016 – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. rolled to his first-career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series victory while also becoming the 17th different tour winner on Saturday Night during the Tennessee Tipoff Classic presented by Hard Rock Café of Pigeon Forge at the Smoky Mountain Speedway.
Bloomquist and pole-sitter Randy Weaver swapped the lead multiple times during the mid-race point of the 75-lapper with Bloomquist going on to win the $15,000 first place prize. Bloomquist drove the Reece Monuments, Mark Martin Automotive, Crop Production Services, Dyna-Gro, Allstar Performance, Sorbea Chiropractic, Horton Oil, Base Race Fuels, Hawkeye Trucking, Hoosier Racing Tire, Lucas Oil Products, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Sweet Manufacturing and Wels Wheels-sponsored Andy Durham Racing Engines-powered Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars to the victory.
Three caution flags slowed the event. On lap 38, an inadvertent caution came out, on lap 58 the next yellow came out as Tommy Kerr stopped in turn four and the final yellow flew on lap 39 as Robby Moses slowed on the front-chute with a right-front flat tire.
The next Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil events are on Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26 at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway paying $4,000-to-win and $6,000-to-win respectively.
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 www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results of “Tennessee Tipoff Classic” at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. on March 12, 2016:
1. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, Tenn.
2. Randy Weaver-Crossville, Tenn.
3. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
4. Darrell Lanigan-Union, Ky.
5. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
6. Jimmy Owens-Newport, Tenn.
7. Don O’Neal-Martinsville, Ind.
8. Jared Landers-Batesville, Ark.
9. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
10. Earl Pearson Jr.-Jacksonville, Fla.
11. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
12. Joey Coulter-Concord, N.C.
13. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
14. Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, Tenn.
15. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
16. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
17. Kyle Pierce-Statesville, N.C.
18. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.
19. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
20. Greg Johnson-Bedford, Ind.
21. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
22. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
23. Bobby Giffin-Maryville, Tenn.
Time of Race: 34 minutes, 46 seconds
Margin of Victory: 08.579 seconds
Yellow Flags: Three (laps 38, 58, 59)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Weaver (1-34), Bloomquist (35-36), Weaver (37), Bloomquist (38-75)
FK Rod Ends Overall Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist-14.901 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Shannon Buckingham
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: Stacy Boles, Bobby Giffin, Kyle Pierce
Heat-One Finish: Randy Weaver, Darrell Lanigan, Shanon Buckingham, Vic Hill, Cory Hedgecock, David Payne, Stacy Boles.
Heat-Two Finish: Joey Coulter, Dale McDowell, Robby Moses, Ryan King, Tommy Kerr, Bobby Giffin, Kyle Pierce.
Heat-Three Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, Jason Welshan, Mack McCarter, Mark Douglas, Chris Madden (DQ’ed).
Heat-Four Finish: Mike Marlar, Donald McIntosh, Earl Pearson Jr., Don O’Neal, Greg Johnson, Steve Smith.
Consolation Race Finish: Cory Hedgecock, Tommy Kerr, Greg Johnson, David Payne, Bobby Giffin, Stacy Boles, Kyle Pierce, Mack McCarter, Steve Smith (DNS), Mark Douglas (DNS).
Current Spring Nationals Series Points (after March 12, 2016)
1. Scott Bloomquist-200
2. Randy Weaver-196
3. Mike Marlar-194
4. Darrell Lanigan-192
5. Dale McDowell-190
6. Jimmy Owens-188
7. Don O’Neal-186
8. Jared Landers-184
9. Donald McIntosh-182
10. Earl Pearson Jr.-180
Due to illness in the family of Smoky Mountain Speedway ownership, we have made the decision to cancel the open practice scheduled for Saturday, March 5th.
We will re-schedule the open practice for Thursday evening, March 10th leading into the Tennessee Tipoff Classic weekend. Pit gates will open at 5pm. Practice will run from 6pm-9pm. Pit admission will be $20 per person.
Thanks for your understanding and please remember the Sellers family in your thoughts and prayers.
Smoky Mountain Speedway prepares for 2016 Season Opener!
Officials with Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee have released details concerning the 2016 season opening event scheduled for Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th at the historic East Tennessee facility.
The season opening mega event will boast the largest payday of the season at Smoky Mountain with the 75-lap feature for super late models paying a whopping $15,000 to win. The event will be sanctioned by the Ray Cook promoted Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals series.
Some outstanding drivers have already made their intentions known that they will be at Smoky Mountain Speedway for this event!! Just to name a few… Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN), Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN), Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), Skip Arp (Georgetown, TN), Billy Ogle, Jr. (Knoxville, TN), Randy Weaver (Crossville, TN), Tommy Kerr (Maryville, TN), Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA), Bobby Giffin (Maryville, TN), Shanon Buckingham (Morristown, TN) Robby Moses (Maryville, TN), Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL), Stacy Boles (Claxton, TN), Dylan Ames (Harvest, AL), Tyler Millwood (Kingston, GA), and many others will announce their plans after Florida/Georgia Speedweeks.
Details for the weekend are summarized below:
Friday, March 11th
Pit gates will open at 2pm.
Grandstands and Tier Parking will open at 4pm.
Driver’s Meeting scheduled for 6:30pm.
Adults – $15 / Kids (ages 6-11) – $5 / Kids (5 & under) FREE
Tier Parking Admission
Adults – $20 / Kids (ages 6-11) – $10 / Kids (5 & under) FREE
Adults – $30 Kids (ages 11 & under) – $15
TWO-DAY PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS IN THE GRANDSTANDS & TIER PARKING.
2-day grandstand $40 – must be purchased on Friday 3/11
2-day tier parking $50 – must be purchased on Friday 3/11
Super Late Models – hot laps, 2-laps for time trial qualifying, 10 Lap Heat Races
Sportsman Late Models – hot laps, time trial qualifying, heat races, & 25-lap feature paying $2,000 to win / $125 to start
*** car count minimums will apply ***
Electronic Transponder Scoring will be used for Sportsman.
There will be a $50 entry fee, which will include your transponder rental.
Saturday, March 12th
The pit area will be cleared and secured at 1pm.
Pit gates will re-open at 2pm.
Grandstands and Tier Parking will open at 4pm.
Driver’s Meeting scheduled for 6pm.
Adults – $30 / Kids (ages 6-11) $5 / Kids (5 & under) FREE
Tier Parking Admission
Adults – $35 / Kids (ages 6-11)- $10 / Kids (5 & under) FREE
Adults – $40 Kids (ages 11 & under) – $15
Super Late Models
B-MAIN(S) – (12 LAPS)
$15,000 TO WIN 75 LAP FEATURE
Also, just added to the program. If 40 or more super late models sign in for action, there will be a non-qualifier race for cars that have not transferred in to the feature event. The non-qualifier race will be 15-laps and will have an interesting twist. The 1st and 2nd place finishers in the non-qualifier event will have a choice to make. The winner can choose to take $1,000 for the win (and call it a night) OR start 23rd in the main event to go for the big money! The 2nd place finisher will also have a choice to take $750 for the finish or start 24th in the main event! All drivers attempting to start the non-qualifiers event will receive $100.
Street Stocks – hot laps, time trial qualifying, heat races, & 25-lap feature paying $2,000 to win / $125 to start.
*** car count minimums will apply ***
Electronic Transponder Scoring will be used for Street Stocks.
There will be a $40 entry fee, which will include your transponder rental.
MAKE YOUR PLANS TO JOIN US AT THE MOUNTAIN!!!
Friday, March 11th & Saturday, March 12th
TENNESSEE TIPOFF CLASSIC
Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals – $15,000 to win
Sportsman – $2,000 to win
Street Stocks – $2,000 to win
Smoky Mountain Speedway
Saturday, September 19th
King of the Mountain Fall Classic
presented by East Tennessee Auto Outlet
SOUTHERN ALL STARS SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Chris Madden # 44
2. Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
3. Randy Weaver # 116
4. Mark Douglas # 52d
5. Riley Hickman # R1
6. David Payne # 8
7. Derek Ellis # 99
8. Bo Shirley # 111
9. Tommy Kerr # 4t
10. Dylan Ames # 77a
11. Bobby Giffin # 97
12. Hunter Best # 007
13. David Crabtree # C5
14. Dillon Tidmore # 38
15. Roger Best # 007
16. Skip Arp # 31
17. Tim Rucker # 47
STREET STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Jason Savage # 84
2. Jeff McLemore # J3
3. Westley Lester # 06
4. Robbie Buchanan # P21
5. Jon Cook # 0z
6. Kurt Owens # 14
7. Austin Neely # 3
8. Chris Rickett # 36
9. Pete Wright # 51
10. Eric Griffith # 155
11. Rodney Murphy # 411
12. Shannon Emery # M2
13. Marlin Gunter # 91
14. Steve Clark # 5
15. Jeff Ferguson # 24
16. Brady Lee # 31
Did Not Start: Brad Davis (88)
1. Brad Seagle # 31
2. Jed Emert # 98
3. David Kerr # 14
4. Bradley Lewelling # 07
5. Terry Poore # 2
6. Kip Sawyer # 11
7. Bryan Cooper # 99
8. Adam Mitchell # 50
9. Matt Tharp # 4
10. Gary Blanken # 05
11. Mitchell Burke # 54
12. David Clark # 1
13. Brandon Gardner # 26
14. Brian Courtney # 71
15. Issac Boring # 39
16. Kelvin White # 00
17. Jonathan Miracle # 50
Hall of Fame Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway this Saturday
Smoky Mountain Speedway is proud to announce a special night of racing this Saturday, September 19. In addition to the Southern All-Stars King of the Mountain Fall Classic taking place, it will also be Hall of Fame Night at the historic 4/10-mile facility.
Smoky Mountain Speedway has a long history of racing in the East Tennessee area. From the early dirt days to the NASCAR and asphalt era to the modern day racing, Smoky Mountain Speedway will honor that history with a special Hall of Fame Night.
Prior to racing getting started, former Hall of Famers will be on hand to meet and greet fans. Former hall of famers such as H.E. Vineyard, “Little” Bill Corum, Melvin Corum, Skip Arp, and original Atomic Speedway owner Bob Martin are some of the legends that will be available to meet fans from 5:30 until 7:00. There will be a limited number of special cards available for fans to get signed by these legends.
During the intermission of the racing program, the 2015 class of the Smoky Mountain Speedway will be inducted. Drivers Lamar Winkle, Marion Tipton, and Snooks Defoor,contributors Connie Boring and Larry Jones, and asphalt legend Randy Bethea will be inducted as the newest members of the Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame.
Lamar Winkle was a force at Atomic Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway for many year. Marion Tipton was a fixture in the area who was one of Atomic Speedway’s first champions. Georgia driver Snooks Defoor was as successful in East Tennessee as he was in his home state. Connie Boring helped many racers from her years working at Hoosier Tire South and scorer at Smoky Mountain and Atomic. Larry Jones was a successful engine builder who helped many racers through the years. Randy Bethea was a successful driver during SMS’ NASCAR era as well as being one of the first African-American drivers from this area.
The induction ceremony will take place sometime around 8:30.
Pit gates will open at 3:00. Grandstand gates and tier parking will open at 4:00. Grandstand tickets are just $15 for adults. Children 6-11 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Tier parking admission is $20 for adults, children 6-11 are $10, and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for adults, children 11 and under are $15.
Hot laps and qualifying for the Southern All-Stars, sportsman, and street stocks will start at 6:45 followed by B-main action, the intermission with Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and capped off with feature racing action.
SCHEDULE CHANGE for Upcoming September 19th Event:
SPORTSMAN ADDED TO 9-20 EVENT
King of the Mountain “Fall Classic”
Southern All Stars $5,000 to win
Street Stock $2,000 to win (Min. Car Count will Apply)
Sportsman $750 to win
Drivers Meeting at 6 PM
Hot Laps 6:45
Hall of Fame Ceremony During Intermission.
Look for more information to be posted soon; Including Purse, Race Format, Entry’s, and Transponder Rental.