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Maryville, TN (4/7/11) Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee will come alive with excitement on Saturday, April 16th with the running of the Smoky Mountain Spring 50 featuring the cars and stars of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series.

 

The fifty-lap main event will pay $5,000 to win and $300 to start with an overall purse of $20,000. Many local, regional and nationally known drivers from several states are expected to embark on Smoky Mountain Speedway for this very rare event.

 

The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series; in it’s twenty-ninth season, is America’s longest running Dirt Late Model touring series featuring events in several states throughout the south. The series was founded by famed promoter BJ Parker out of Grayville, Alabama who lost his four year battle with cancer just last week; so the series contingent of drivers will be with heavy hearts as they embrace the fans of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday April 16th.

 

The SAS Super Late Models will kick off the action with two laps of qualifying each in VP Racing Fuels Run For The Pole Time Trials. The top ten will be locked into the fifty-lap main event with the remainder of the twenty-four car starting field being set through Hoosier Tire South B-Mainsincluding two series points provisionals (one based on 2010 and one based off of 2011 points) The series will utilize the Delaware Double File Re-Starts format.

 

Series contenders Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN, David Payne of Murphy, NC, Todd Morrow of East Ridge, TN, Tony Knowles of Tyrone, GA, local favorite Tommy Kerr of Maryville, William Thomas of Alabama, Doug Smith of Somerset, KY, Riley Hickman and Kayne of Soddy Daisy, TN and many others are expected to battle local contenders like Steve Smith, Stacy Boles, David Crabtree and regional hot shoes like Ronnie Johnson, Skip Arp and a host of heavy hitters from throughout the south for the title of Smoky Mountain Spring 50 Champion.

 

Local divisions in action include the Nesmith Crate Late Models, who will be running for $900 to win. Open Wheel Modified, Modified Street, Mini Stock and Pure Mini divisions will be competing for double points and all local divisions will be running for trophies in addition to their usual prize money

 

Pit gates will open at 2:00pm on April 16th with tier parking and grandstands opening at 3:00pm. Adult grandstand admission will be $20; tier parking will be $25 with children between the ages of 6 and 12 admitted for $5 and children 5 and under will be admitted free. Adult pit passes will be $35 with all kids pit pass admitted for $15 each.

 

For more information on the Southern All Stars, visit their website at:www.SouthernAllStarsRacibngSeries.com; or contact Series Director Brad Byrd at (865) 919-5550. Smoky Mountain’s website is located at: www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com or the track phone is: (865) 856-8989.

 

For out-of-towners using GPS, the track’s address is: 809 Brickmill Road, Maryville, TN 37801.

 

The official host hotel of SMS is the Luxbury Inn in Maryville that will be offering discount rates during all special events. Fans should mention they are attending the raceway to get the special rate. The Hotel’s contact info is listed below:

 

Luxbury Inn

825 Foothills Mall Drive

Maryville, TN 37801

Phone: (865) 983-9839

Fax: (865) 738-0067

Web: www.LuxburyInn.com

 

 

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