FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Randy Weaver Dominates 100th Birthday Race for Southern Nationals at Smoky Mountain
By Chris Tilley, P.R. Coordinator
MARYVILLE, TN (July 31, 2015)-Randy Weaver keeps putting exclamation points on his 2015 racing season. The Crossville, Tenn. driver sailed to his seventh career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series by Old Man’s Garage at Smoky Mountain Speedway Friday Night and picked up the $5,300 payday.
Weaver drove the Outlaw Racing Southeast, A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services, Stone Land Clearing, Mission Transport, Bailey Company and VP Racing Fuels sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Longhorn Chassis to the victory.
Weaver and Billy Ogle Jr. led the field of 22 to Darrell Watson’s green flag. Weaver took to the lead the opening circuits with Ogle and Weaver in hot pursuit. McDowell and Ogle would battle for the second spot and Ogle would hold the highline and the spot as Weaver would stretch his lead out to ten car lengths. By lap eight, Craig Vosbergen would work his way into the fifth position passing Donald McIntosh. Lapped traffic on lap 18 would slow Weaver momentarily but after he got around the slower traffic he again came alive and stretched out his lead and would go on for the victory in dominating fashion over Ogle, Casey Roberts, Austin Smith and Craig Vosbergen.
Four yellow flags slowed the 53-lap main event. The first yellow came on lap four as Ross White slowed in turn two with a flat tire. The lap seven caution came out for Skip Arp who slowed on the front-chute. The next yellow fell on lap 31 for Stacy Boles slowing in turn two and the final caution would come out on the 49th lap as second place runner Dale McDowell slowed coming off the fourth turn.
The tight points battle between Casey Roberts and Billy Ogle Jr. and the rest of the Southern Nationals Series regulars heads to the final points race at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway on Saturday Night paying $10,050-to-win. Roberts leads Ogle by eight points while Austin Smith, Donald McIntosh and a tie between Vic Hill and Craig Vosbergen round out the top five in series points.
Feature Results of “Food City 53” Southern Nationals Series Round # 8 at Smoky Mountain Speedway:
1. Randy Weaver-Crossville, Tenn.
2. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
4. Austin Smith-Cedartown, Ga.
5. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, Western Australia
6. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, S.C.
7. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
8. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
9. Derek Ellis-Chatsworth, Ga.
10. Pierce McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.
11. Robby Moses-Friendsville, Tenn.
12. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
13. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, Tenn.
14. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.
15. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
16. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
17. Skip Arp-Georgetown, Tenn.
18. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, Tenn.
19. Mark Whitener-Middleburg, Fla.
20. Roger Best-Greenback, Tenn.
21. Ross White-Knoxville, Tenn.
22. Mark Dotson-Cameron, Mo.
Time of Race: 29 minutes, 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: 02.007 seconds
Yellow Flags: Four (laps 4, 7, 31, 49)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Weaver (1-53)
Overall Fast Qualifier: Randy Weaver-15.254 seconds
DirtonDirt.com Dash for Cash ($100 to winner): Randy Weaver, Billy Ogle Jr., Dale McDowell, Casey Roberts.
Arizona Sport Shirts Last Chance Race One Finish (8 Laps/Top-8 advance): Mar Douglas, Skip Arp, Austin Smith, Dennis Franklin, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Stacy Boles, Mark Whitener, Roger Best, Ellery Leake, Vic Hill.
Tennessee RV Last Chance Race Two Finish (8 Laps/Top-8 advance): Donald McIntosh, Pierce McCarter, Craig Vosbergen, Ross White, Derek Ellis, Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, Jason Welshan, Bo Eaton.
Southern Nationals Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
FK Rod Ends ($100 certificate to fast qualifier): Randy Weaver
Willwood Engineering “Tough Brake Award” ($100 certificate): Mark Dotson
GW Performance ($50 certificate to 12th place finisher in A-Main): Dale McDowell
Fast Shafts ($50 certificate to Hard Charger in A-Main): Vic Hill
Barry Wright Race Cars ($100 certificate to highest finishing BWRC in A-Main): Mark Whitener
Southern Nationals Series ($200 cash to highest finishing CT525 in A-Main): None
Southern Nationals Series ($200 cash to highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC in A-Main): None
Current Series Points (after July 31):
1. Casey Roberts-1,419
2. Billy Ogle Jr.-1,411
3. Austin Smith-1,385
4. Donald McIntosh-1,381
5. Vic Hill-1,359
5. Craig Vosbergen-1,359
7. Mark Dotson-1,307
8. Stacy Boles-1,275
9. Dennis Franklin-853
10. Mark Whitener-777
Smoky Mountain Speedway
Friday, July 31st
Ray Cook’s Southern Nationals
presented by Food City
SOUTHERN NATIONALS SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Randy Weaver # 116
2. Billy Ogle, Jr. # 201
3. Casey Roberts # 101
4. Austin Smith # 11
5. Craig Vosbergen # 8
6. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin # 2
7. Vic Hill # 1
8. Donald McIntosh # 7
9. Derek Ellis # 99
10. Pierce McCarter # 51
11. Robby Moses # 7
12. Dale McDowell # 17m
13. Mark Douglas # 52d
14. Tommy Kerr # 4t
15. Stacy Boles # 11b
16. Jason Welshan # 29
17. Skip Arp # 31
18. Jeff Wolfenbarger # 28
19. Mark Whitener # 58
20. Roger Best # 007
21. Ross White # 0
22. Mark Dotson # 85d
DID NOT QUALIFY: Bo Eaton (3x), Ellery Leake (34)
LIMITED LATE MODELS
1. Jason Manley # 32
2. Brad Hall # 47
3. Dan Tipton # 12t
4. Bobby Giffin # 97
5. Brad Coffey# 88
6. Cruz Skinner # 11
7. Kenny Ford # 61
8. D.J. Hayes # 393
9. Jason Trammell # 90j
10. Hunter Best # 007
11. Chase King # 44
12. Drew Kennedy # K37
DID NOT START: Scottie Covington (27)
1. Chris Rickett # 36
2. Brad Davis # 88
3. Adam Engel # 88
4. Kurt Owens # 14
5. Westley Lester # 06
6. Jeff McLemore # J3
7. Tim Kilby # T11
8. Austin Atkins # 14
CLASS CHANGE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 31ST EVENT:
Smoky Mountain Speedway has made the decision to remove the Crate LM Class from the Friday, July 31st Schedule.This decision was made based on the UCRA (Crate Alliance Series) having a points Event Saturday, August 1st at North Georgia. Earlier in the year we tried giving the Crate LM’s a double header weekend by pairing with a UCRA Event. We Found that most Drivers in the Crate Division that are running for the UCRA Points would rather take off the night before a UCRA Event to make sure they were ready for the next day.
With this said: Crate LM’s that had plans to race at next Fridays Event at SMS will have the opportunity to run with the LLM Division. We will pay an extra bonus to the top 3 Finishing Crate Cars in the LLM Division.
Bonus Structure will be as follows:
Thank you to all Drivers and fans for your understanding in this matter, We try to do whats best for our Drivers and to make sure our fans see a great show in each class. We feel this is the Best decision for Friday Nights Event.
Smoky Mountain Speedway has announced the 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 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 Lamar Winkle, Marion Tipton, and Snook Defoor. There were an unusually high number of nominees in the contributor category, so two nominees were elected. Those are Connie Boring and Larry Jones. The asphalt era inductee is Randy Bethea.
Each one will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, September 19 during the intermission of the Southern All-Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Each new inductee will shortly receive a letter acknowledging their induction and information about the ceremony on Sept. 19.
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.
USCS Outlaw Thunder presented by K&N Filters winged sprint cars headline “Thunder in the Smokies” racing card at Smoky Mountain Speedway this Thursday (July 16th)
July 13, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – The United Sprint Car Series “Outlaw Thunder” Tour presented by K&N Filters www.uscsracing.com winged sprint cars will headline this Thursday night’s “Thunder in the Smokies” racing program at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. The event is the one and only visit scheduled during the 2015 season for the USCS winged sprint cars to the speedway. This special week night event is expected to bring top winged sprint cars and drivers from at least six states to the track. The exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning, 700 horsepower open wheel cars weight just 1,300 pounds, and are pound for pound the World’s most powerful short track race cars.
The race will award USCS National championship points as well as points in both the USCS Mid South Thunder and USCS Southern Thunder regional series title chases. The USCS Mid South Thunder regional series consists of races scheduled in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The Southern Thunder regional series consists of races in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and both Carolinas. Drivers from each regional series will go head to head for cash and glory for the East Tennessee race fans.
Twenty-two year female sprint car hot-shoe Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee currently leads both the USCS National sprint car standings and the USCS Mid South Thunder Tour regional series standings as well. Turpen came into the 2015 season as the top ranked female sprint car driver in North America.
Currently, eleven-time and defending USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee trails her in the USCS National point standings in 2nd. Place coming into the Smoky Mountain Speedway event.
Thursday night entries also include May, 2014 USCS winner at “the Mountain’, Anthony Nicholson from Millington, Tennessee and 2013 USCS National Champion Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas. Hagar won the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour main event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in May of 2013.
Another potent entry and USCS series point’s leader, twenty year old, Eric Riggins, Jr, from Charlotte, North Carolina leads the USCS Southern regional series team of drivers into this two region\ “Showdown”. Riggins is a three-time 3025 USCS feature winner.
On Thursday night USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour sprint car action will feature a full program of racing that kicks off with test and tune hot laps. Hot laps will be followed by the Hoosier Speed Dash that showcases the top six cars from the previous USCS main event in an edge-of-your-seat six-car shootout. The qualifying heat races will be next on the racing card. The evening’s grand finale will be the USCS presented by K&N Filters A-main event.
In addition to the winged sprint cars, Thursday’s special events include some of the area’s top Limited Late Models who will be racing for a $2000 top prize and Street Stocks will be awarded a $750 pay check.
The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brick Mill Road, Maryville, Tennessee 37801. The Smoky Mountain Speedway official website is www.smokymountainspeedway.com and the track phone number is 865-856-8989. For USCS rules and info, please visit the Official USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com or call 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097..
Photo / Caption #10m:
United Sprint Car Series National point’s leader Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee leads a strong contingent of USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint car drivers into the 2015 “Thunder in the Smokies” at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on Thursday night @7pm. (Chris Seelman file photo)
Smoky Mountain Speedway
Thursday, July 16th
Thursday Night Thunder in the Smokies
USCS Sprint Cars
Limited Late Models – $2,000 to win
Street Stocks – $750 to win
** support class purses based on 12 car minimum **
Pit Gates open at 3pm
Grandstands / Tier Parking open at 4pm
Driver’s Meeting scheduled for 6:30pm
Adults – $15
Children – ages 6-11 – $5
Children – ages 5 & under – FREE
Tier Parking Admission
Adults – $20
Children – ages 6-11 – $10
Children – ages 5 & under – FREE
Adults – $35
Children – ages 11 & under – $15
Make your plans to join us for another great night of racing at THE MOUNTAIN!
Smoky Mountain Speedway
Friday, July 10th
presented by Stanley Best Heating & Air
ULTIMATE SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Randy Weaver # 116
2. Casey Roberts # 101
3. Donald McIntosh # 7
4. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin # 2
5. Dustin Mitchell # 51
6. Austin Smith # 11
7. Mark Douglas # 52d
8. Jeff Smith # 00
9. Chad Ogle # 10
10. Tommy Bailey # 11
11. Dustin Linville # D8
12. Ray Cook # 53
13. Skylar Marlar # 11
14. Tommy Kerr # 4t
15. Tim Allen # 17
16. Skip Arp # 31
17. Ashton Winger # 12
18. Kenny Collins # 1c
19. Jeff Wolfenbarger # 28
20. David Crabtree # C5
21. Chris Ferguson # 22
22. Robby Moses # 7
23. Dale McDowell # 17m
24. Cory Hedgecock # 23
DID NOT QUALIFY: Ross White (0), Tim Rucker (47), Randy Dillard (51)
LIMITED LATE MODELS
1. Cory Hedgecock # 23
2. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k
3. Drew Kennedy # K37
4. Dan Tipton # 12t
5. Bobby Giffin # 97
6. Brad Seagle # 31
7. Brandon Gardner # 26
8. Bradley Lewelling # 07
9. Jason Manley # 32
10. Brad Hall # 47
11. Joey Standridge # 6
12. Joe Freels # 5x
13. Brian Ownby # 00
14. Jaylon Shannon # K37
DID NOT START: Jenson Ford (83)
1. Terry Poore # 2
2. Rex Coffey # 3
3. David Clark # 1
4. Adam Mitchell # 50
5. Bryan Cooper # 99
6. Brian Courtney # 71
7. Jesse Helton # 57
8. David Sims # 97
DISQUALIFIED: Cody Gloyne (tires), Marvin Romines (tires)
1. Kurt Owens # 14
2. Austin Atkins # 14
3. Brady Lee # 31
4. Jon Cook # 0z
5. Rocky Nichols # 33
6. Ty Crisp # T11
7. Dale Watson # 11
8. Ben Sexton # 6
9. Adam Engel # 88
10. Jeff McLemore # J3
DID NOT START: Bryan McDaniel (59), Dale Jackson (99)
Racing Action Continues this FRIDAY Night July 10th:
Ultimate Super Late Model Series $5,000 to win
Limited LM $1,200 to win
Sportsman $750 to win
Street Stock $500 to win
Pits open at 2PM
Grandstands and Tier open at 4PM
Drivers Meeting 6:30PM
Hot Laps 7:00PM
Pit Pass: $35/ $15
Tier Parking: $20/ $10
Grandstands: $15/ $5
Kids 5 and under are admitted Free in the Stands and Tier Parking. All Kids in the Stands are $15