HISTORIC MARYVILLE, TN TRACK RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS IN 2011 WITH THE NeSMITH CHEVROLET WRS
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CARTERSVILLE, GA – A historic race track in Maryville, TN will return in 2011 with a name from the past, a new look, and the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models as its top Division. Mountain Raceway Park is going back to its old name, Smoky Mountain Speedway, and there is a new fresh atmosphere in store for next season.
Smoky Mountain Speedway will feature the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models for the third straight season, but as the premier Division for 2011 paying $700-to-win each week, a move that has been well-received by competitors at the 4/10-mile clay oval according to Track Promoter Kevin Coffey.
“The move to make the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models the top Division at Smoky Mountain Speedway has been well-received by both competitors returning from the last two seasons, and those that ran last year in the Sportsman Division,” Coffey said. “We looked at the numbers from last year, both car count and purse-wise, and we’re confident this move is in the best interest for everyone involved with the track.”
The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series dirt late models are powered by the economical GM Performance Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to avoid any expensive modifications. Competitors that compete in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series will also be eligible to compete for a track point fund, and a $5,000-to-win Regional point fund that pays back ten places.
There are two GM Performance Crate Engines available for NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competitors. The 400 horsepower aluminum-head GM Performance 604 Crate Engine is available for free next day delivery anywhere in the Southeast with a special instant rebate through December 31, 2010 for $4,995 from NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA.
The 350 horsepower steel-head GM Performance 602 Crate Engine is available for free next day delivery anywhere in the Southeast with a special instant rebate through December 31, 2010 for $3,095 from NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA. To place an order call Tim Bland at NeSmith Chevrolet toll-free at 1-877-497-3624, or visit them online at www.nesmithnow.com.
“Already this week, five of our Sportsman competitors from last year have bought Crate engines,” Coffey said. “They all told me how surprised they were that in less than 24 hours after they ordered their Crate Engines from NeSmith Chevrolet, the new engine was sitting at their door step. These guys were used to waiting for months to have an engine built for four times the money.”
In addition to Smoky Mountain Speedway sanctioning with the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series, the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour will make at least two appearances at the track in 2011 with $2,500-to-win events. The first event during the 2011 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway for the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS National Tour will be on March 19.
“Any dirt late model racer in East Tennessee that doesn’t have a GM Performance Crate Engine will be missing out on something special in 2011,” Coffey said. “Drivers in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division at Smoky Mountain Speedway will be racing for $700-to-win each week, they’ll be competing for a track point fund at the end of the season, and they will also be put on the National stage by competing for a $5,000-to-win Regional point fund against drivers at other NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series tracks in Georgia and Alabama.”
The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series has a new restructured point system for 2011 that will enable drivers that choose to compete at just one track an equal opportunity to compete for the $5,000-to-win Regional Championship as drivers that compete at more than one track during a week of competition.
A driver’s highest event point total for the week will count towards their Regional point total for up to 16 races. Once a driver reaches the 16-race mark, they will begin netting points by replacing the lowest event point total among their best 16 with a higher one. Drivers in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series will also have two ways to earn up to 150 bonus points that will be added to their best 16 point total.
A driver can earn 25 bonus point for having four weeks of perfect attendance at a NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Track, and they can also earn 25 bonus points for competing in a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Touring event during the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series season that runs from April 1, 2011 through October 2, 2011.
“Kevin Coffey and his new partners at Smoky Mountain Speedway have seen the new trend for weekly race tracks throughout the Southeast and have become the first weekly dirt track in East Tennessee to make the NeSmith Weekly Racing Series Division their top division,” NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Director Roby Helm said. “Several tracks in the Southeast have done this over the past five seasons with successful results.”
As the National economy has struggled in recent years, so has weekly Sportsman and Super Late Model racing. A Sportsman engine can cost up to $20,000 and a competitive Super Late Model engine goes for $30,000 and up. Weekly tracks were hard to find an economic balance to come up with fair ticket price for the fans and a fair purse for those late models and still stay in business.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series gives weekly dirt track operators an opportunity to give their fans dirt late model racing on a weekly basis for a fair ticket price and competitors a fair purse without breaking the bank.
“The Crate Engine concept for dirt late models is not about putting super late model racing and engine builders out of business, as there will always be super late model racing as a special event,” Helm said. “From what Kevin has said, there will be super late model racing at Smoky Mountain Speedway in 2011 as special events.”
Both Helm and Coffey agree that there are three big reasons that dirt late models powered by the GM Performance Crate Engines have been good for the sport.
“Dirt late models powered by the economical GM Performance Crate Engines have kept many weekly dirt tracks in business by giving them a better economic balance with ticket prices and purses, they have kept many competitors in the sport, and they giving many young drivers an affordable way to move into dirt late model competition,” Helm said. “Over the past few years crate late models have extended the careers Hall of Fame drivers like Jeff Purvis, Ronnie Johnson, Jerry Inmon, Red Farmer, Jack Pennington and Buck Simmons. They have kept former super late model drivers like Johnny Virden, Johnny Stokes, Larry Boutwell and David Earl Gentry in active competition winning late model races. They have also given young drivers like two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion 19-year-old Eric Cooley and the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series East Region Champion 17-year-old Chase Edge an opportunity to move up from a Street Stock, get into a dirt late model, and have successful results on the National stage.”
Coffey added that by having the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway will keep the competition fair and will also give the drivers an opportunity to receive the recognition they deserve.
“We have seen what making the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models the top weekly division has done for tracks like Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS, East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL, Penton Raceway in Penton, AL, Hattiesburg Motorsports Park in Hattiesburg, MS and Flomaton Speedway in Flomaton, AL,” Coffey said. “They have made the move, and their top competitors and fan favorites have moved into the division with successful results. The technical and public relations support from the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series have kept the competition fair and the drivers have received great national, regional and local recognition in the media.”
Like Whynot Motorsports Park and East Alabama Motor Speedway, Smoky Mountain Speedway has a long and great tradition in the sport of auto racing. Through the years, some of the most legendary names in racing have walked through the pit gate at “The Mountain.” The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series has become a part of the tradition at WMP and EAMS, just as it will at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
For more information about Smoky Mountain Speedway visit their new web site at www.smokymountainspeedway.com, or their Facebook page at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com <http://www.nesmithracing.com/> , or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month.
NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain Dealer four years running, and is also the nation’s number one volume dealer of Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC cars, trucks, SUVs and vans with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. GM Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and Hard Charger Award sponsor. Hoosier Race Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. VP Racing Fuel is the Official Racing Fuel of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2010 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, Joe Gibbs Driven, Maximum Signs and Graphics, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Warrior Race Cars, Trak-Star Race Cars, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, and Rocket Chassis.