Mike Marlar Rolls
to Schaeffer's Oil Fall Nationals Victory!
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
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.
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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.
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.
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Madden Rockets to $10,053 Southern Nationals Win!
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.
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.
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Wins Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway
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
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.
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Weaver Returns to Smoky Mountain Victory Lane!
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
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
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Dirt Tracks Announce Revised Scheduling for 2020!
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
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!!! |
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Mountain Speedway's Rockin' with the Stars Event Postponed
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).
Madness; Tennessean Slides Weiss to Win at Smoky Mountain!
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
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
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.
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2020 Plans for Support Classes!
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
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. |
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