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Mike Marlar Rolls to Schaeffer's Oil Fall Nationals Victory!

(September 5, 2020) Mike Marlar came to Smoky Mountain Speedway for a bit of a test run and came away as the winner in Saturday night's Rockin' With The Stars Schaeffer's Fall Nationals. Vic Hill started the race from the pole and quickly took the lead over Marlar. Dale McDowell passed Jensen Ford to take third. McDowell began to battle Marlar for second. Hill put some distance between the two cars as they swapped second place several times. The high side of the track came in for Marlar and pulled away from McDowell. Marlar ran down Hill and began pressuring him for the lead. Hill got into the cushion on lap 27 allowing Marlar and McDowell to get by. Marlar seemed to be on cruise control until Austin Kilpatrick chased down the leader. Marlar moved to the bottom to take away Kilpatrick's line and went on to grab the win. (MRM Racing Photos)

Chase King and Kyle Courtney led the limited late model feature to green from the front row. King took the early lead with close pressure from Courtney. Skip Arp and Aaron Guinn battled for third and the pair eventually caught Courtney. The trio battled for the second spot with Courtney coming out ahead of Arp. Arp continued to pressure Courtney for second. Meanwhile, King cruised to the win with Courtney and Arp finishing second and third respectively. | full story

McDowell, Arp, Emert, & Dalton Score Smoky Mountain Wins!

(August 8, 2020) The Schaeffer’s Iron Man Championship Series visited Smoky Mountain Speedway for the 16th annual Iron Man Classic. Dale McDowell came from 7th starting spot to win and claim the $5,000 top prize. Donald McIntosh and Cory Hedgecock were the quickest qualifiers in each respective group of qualifying and earned the front row for the 40-lap feature. McIntosh fought off Hedgecock to take the initial lead. By lap 2, McDowell was already in third place and was looking for more after a quick caution. Back under green, McIntosh pulled away from Hedgecock while McDowell maintained third. The front three cars stayed close to each other even as the lead trio negotiated slower traffic. (MRM Racing Photos)

Just after the halfway mark, McDowell passes Hedgecock for second. McDowell closed in on McIntosh and the two began swapping the lead back and forth. As the front two cars were trading the lead, Hedgecock used a burst of momentum to try to pass both McIntosh and McDowell. Hedgecock tried to pull a slider in a bid for the lead. But McIntosh and McDowell had their momentum and resumed their battle. McDowell finally grabbed the lead on lap 34 and went on to grab the win. McIntosh held off Hedgecock for second. | full story

Chris Madden Rockets to $10,053 Southern Nationals Win!

(July 10, 2020) It did not take long for Chris Madden to find victory lane in his new ride. Madden won his first time out in Friday's Schaeffer's Southern Nationals race with Millwood Motorsports. Ross Bailes shot out to the early lead of the 53-lap race. Madden wasted no time moving from the 5th starting spot into second by lap 2. Following a caution on lap 2, David Payne was involved in a rollover crash following the restart. Payne was uninjured. (MRM Racing Photos)

The race resumed and Madden pressured Bailes for the lead. Madden made the pass on lap 9 and set sail as the race went caution free following the two cautions on lap 2. Dale McDowell moved into second and tracked down Madden as the leaders navigated through slower traffic. McDowell moved beside Madden in a battle for the lead in the closing laps. Madden held off those challenges and won round 1 of the Schaeffer's Southern Nationals. | full story

Overton Wins Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway

(June 13, 2020) Brandon Overton held off several challenges in a furious finish to win the Mountain Moonshine Classic on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He earned the $15,000 payday for his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season in front of a record-setting crowd. Overton also became the sixth different winner in the six appearances by the series at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (MRM Racing Photos)

Overton had to hold off Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, and Josh Richards in the closing laps to win the 60-lap event. Earl Pearson Jr. completed the top five drivers.

Sheppard took the early lead of the race and held the point until Overton was able to mount a charge and catch him. Overton briefly cleared Sheppard heading down the backstretch, but Sheppard was able to get by Overton at the start-finish line. Overton was not finished, he squeezed by on the bottom to take the lead on lap 27. Meanwhile, Owens caught up to Sheppard and the two drivers ran side-by-side for the second spot. The last 30 laps were spectacular as Richards started making up distance on the top three. Overton began battling heavy traffic and things got interesting for the top position late in the race. As the laps wound down, Owens yielded the second spot to Sheppard who cut dramatically into Overton's lead with five laps to go. Overton was able to work enough distance between himself, Sheppard, and Owens to come home with the win. | full results

Randy Weaver Returns to Smoky Mountain Victory Lane!

(May 23, 2020) Randy Weaver made his way back to victory lane in taking Saturday’s American Crate All-Stars race. Cory Hedgecock took the lead from the pole position with Weaver quickly settling into second. Following a caution on lap 13, Weaver began to turn up the heat on Hedgecock. Weaver kept looking to the outside to make the pass. Hedgecock moved up to take away Weaver’s line. Weaver then dropped to the bottom to grab the lead before the halfway point of the race. Weaver held on to win over Hedgecock and Eli Beets. (MRM Racing Photos)

The Topless Outlaw Late Model Series made their first ever visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway. Cory Hedgecock and Jesse Lowe led the field to green. Hedgecock grabbed the lead over Lowe with Kyle Courtney close by. Hedgecock put some distance over the field in cruising to the win over a hard charging Chase King and Courtney. Travis Fultz took the Sportsman late model win. Fultz got the early lead over Jed Emert. Fultz eventually put distance between himself and Emert in cruising to the win. | full results

East TN Dirt Tracks Announce Revised Scheduling for 2020!

(April 22, 2020) East Tennessee dirt track owners, Mitch McCarter (411), Roger Sellers (Smoky Mountain), Gary Hall (Tazewell), and Landon Stallard (Volunteer) have recently held a series of meetings to discuss a variety of topics concerning dirt tracks in the East Tennessee area centering on a central theme of how we can all be better if we work together. Exciting progress has been made with the goal in the future of a common rulebook, combined points funds, among other items that will be discussed in detail going forward.

However, with the current situation that our country is facing in regards to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the main focus is getting all of the tracks back open and operational for our racers, fans, sponsors, and staff. A newly revised collective schedule for 2020 has been published at the end of this statement. The schedule has been developed with much input from all parties involved. Each track having its own schedule of special events and weekly events with as little overlap as possible with our neighboring track. Support classes for each date will be confirmed and published by each track as the opening date approaches. We hope that our fans and racers are as excited as we are for the future - let's go racing!!! | full press release

Smoky Mountain Speedway's Rockin' with the Stars Event Postponed

(April 1, 2020) Track officials with Smoky Mountain Speedway have announced that the annual Rockin' with the Stars event featuring the Southern All Stars Super Late Model Series scheduled for Friday, April 24th has been postponed. We are working with the series to find a suitable make-up date for both parties involved.

Unfortunately, our country is still going through unprecedented times with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We are going to strictly adhere to federal, state, local, and public health official guidelines regarding social distancing and limiting crowd sizes to stem the spread of the virus. Please stay safe and lets work together to defeat this invisible enemy. We look forward to getting back to racing and enjoying the sport that we all love so much.

The next scheduled event for Smoky Mountain Speedway is the Memorial Day Mayhem in the Mountains event on Saturday, May 23rd. It will feature the American Crate All Stars Series ($5000 to win), Topless Outlaws Late Model Series ($5000 to win), and Sportsman Late Models ($1200 to win).

Marlar Madness; Tennessean Slides Weiss to Win at Smoky Mountain!

(March 7, 2020) Just like on the college basketball court, Saturday night’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race featured two of the best in the sport up against each other with the pressure on the line and a big trophy awaiting the winner. By the time 60 laps around Smoky Mountain Speedway were complete, the packed grandstands had been treated to an incredible race that saw home-state hero Mike Marlar regain the lead after a late restart and bring it back to the checkered flag for his first ever Tennessee Tipoff victory. (MRM Racing Photos)

The 2018 Series champion made the winning move on 2019 Rookie of the Year Ricky Weiss in a big slidejob for the lead with just over two laps remaining to secure the victory, Weiss settling for the runner-up spot. Josh Richards crossed in third after a climb from 10th and strong presence inside the top-five all race long.

Polesitter Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, led the field to the drop of the green with Brandon Sheppard and Marlar, from Winfield, TN, on his heels as he pulled away to a nice gap before suffering a reported power steering issue on lap 25, ending his night early. By then, Weiss had made his way to the runner-up position from eighth, picking off cars one at a time down low before inheriting the lead from Madden’s misfortune under the caution. | full results

 

Track Announces 2020 Plans for Support Classes!

(February 18, 2020) The support class program at Smoky Mountain in 2019 was well received by drivers and owners alike so we have made a few minor adjustments and plan on duplicating that in 2020. Drivers were very appreciative of our investment in the local racing scene. We were able to offer a points championship for running a limited amount of races instead of investing an entire season. Thanks to our great partners, we awarded perfect attendance drivers with not only cash, but great contingency awards. Our champions (Chase King - LLM and Jed Emert - Sportsman) also received trophies, big checks, custom designed championship t-shirts, and Hoosier Racing embroidered jackets. (Heath Lawson Photo)

Limited Late Models and Sportsman Late Models will compete at all SMS events in 2020. A total of 8 races, however one change from 2019, Each driver will be able to drop one race at the end of the season. The best 7 finishes will determine the champions in 2020. The race dates and purse structures are posted at the end of this press release. | full press release

 


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