By admin | July 1, 2011
By Richard Allen
After being relieved of his duties as promoter at the 411 Motor Speedway, Chris Corum has hardly had any off time. The former racer turned event organizer took on the role of staging a Southern All Stars race at the temporarily closed Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. That contest proved to be an enormous success as it was a great race that played out in front of a packed grandstand.
“Right now, I’m working in much the same role I had at 411 for the Macon Speedway in Illinois,” Corum said in a telephone interview on Friday. “And tonight I’ll be helping out with the ‘Hell Tour’ race at the track in Paducah.”
The Macon Speedway in in Macon, Illinois is co-owned by Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader and Bob Sargent. The track is a 1/5mile dirt track that features late model races as well as other classes. This past Tuesday the track held a ‘NASCAR Night’ promotion that was highlighted by a modified match race between Stewart and Knoxville Native and Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne.
Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Kentucky is co-owned by Sargent, Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The track has overcome a devastating flood but is ready to host the famed Midwestern Summer Nationals tour on Friday that will pay $12,000 to the winner.
“I’m going to be working up here for Mr. Sargent at Macon through July but after that I’ll be returning to Smoky Mountain for the SRRS race on August 13th,” Corum declared. “We would have liked to hold a race in July there but we really need to make sure everything is done right and that we keep the momentum we gained from the Southern All Stars race.
“The track can’t afford to stumble right here,” Corum went on. “It’s important to make sure everything is done right on a race by race basis. The SRRS race will give us a chance to host another Super Late Model race and really make it into an event and not just a car race.
“The owners of the track have been really understanding and patient in that they aren’t jumping into something the track might not be ready for just yet,” he added.
Corum stressed the historic background of Smoky Mountain and stated his belief that the track is well suited for bigger events. After the August race, the tentative plan is for one event each month, possibly running into November. On more than one occasion through the conversation the promoter said that the facility must focus on one race at a time and make sure all bases are covered so that the track’s image can be changed for the better.
“I’m learning a lot from working here at Macon and enjoying my time up here but I’m really looking forward to getting back home and working toward another great race at Smoky Mountain,” Corum concluded. “After that I guess I’ll have some deciding to do.”