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A New Era for Smoky Mountain Speedway Begins in 2023!

(November 1, 2022) Smoky Mountain Speedway will start a new chapter for its 59th season of racing in 2023. The track will be converted to a 3/8-mile speedway when the season tips off in March. Smoky Mountain Speedway owner Roger Sellers decided to shorten the track, in an effort to provide better racing and bring in more divisions for the upcoming seasons. The current configuration of just over 4/10-mile will be changed to a 3/8-mile configuration with progressive banking. Aside from the progressive banking, the size and layout will be similar to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Mississippi.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about since I took over as sole owner a few years ago,” Sellers said. “Being a car owner, I’ve traveled all across the country and have seen racing on tracks of all shapes and sizes. What I have noticed is tracks around 3/8-mile in size usually have the best racing.”

“I know a lot of people have said the track surface should be better before we shorten the track. I understand that. We are going to address that as well. We ask people to be patient as we progress.”

“The cars today are so aero dependent, it’s hard to get good racing on a bigger track these days. Plus, we’d like to get the open wheels and street stocks to come back and race with us. The track size is one thing those guys have complained about the most when they would come here.”

The existing banking for turns 3 and 4 will be taken down and most of that will be used to build the new turns. By reconfiguring the track, this will be the track’s fourth configuration. The original layout was a ½-mile dirt track when the speedway opened in 1964. The track became a ½-mile asphalt track in 1967, then returned to a ½-mile dirt track in 1978. The track was shortened to its most recent configuration in the late 80’s when turns 1 and 2 were brought in to their current location.

Work on the new layout should be completed over the next couple of weeks. Additional work is to take place on the track. “We’re going to put down some fresh clay over the whole track,” Sellers added. “The track itself is in need of it and we may have an open practice to let drivers try it out and give us some feedback. We know we’ll have to do some tweaking before we start racing next year.” Though the 2023 race schedule has not been announced, the new layout for Smoky Mountain Speedway will debut the first weekend of March with the annual Tennessee Tip-Off event.

Michael Brown Outdeuls Jeremy Steele for Brick Mill Bash Win

(October 8, 2022) Smoky Mountain Speedway capped off the 2022 season with the Brick Mill Bash featuring the American Pro Late Models, Red Clay 602 Series, and the Enduro cars. The night produced three first time winners. (MRM Racing Photo)

Michael Brown took home the $10,000 prize by winning the American Pro Late Models feature. Sixty cars signed in for the race. Jeremy Steele and Brown started the race from the front row. Steele grabbed the early lead over Brown. Once the two leaders caught the back of the field, Brown seized the opportunity to take the lead from Steele. Both drivers swapped the lead several times before Brown retook the lead with a few laps to go. Ricky Weiss had ran down the lead duo and got by Steele for second. Weiss pulled alongside Brown on the final lap, but could not pull off the pass as Brown held on for the win. Mack McCarter took home fourth and new series champion Hayden Cardwell came from last to finish in 5th.

The Red Clay 602 Series saw 30 cars sign in for the $5,000 to win race. Booger Brooks not only clinched the championship, but also lead all 30 laps to get the win. While Brooks was unchallenged for most of the race, the action was fierce from second through fifth. Jake Geene, Brad Seagle, David Smith, and Blake Craft spent most of the 30 laps trading those positions. Craft got by Green and Seagle in the closing laps to finish second. Green, Seagle, and Smith rounded out the top 5. | full story

Owens Holds Off Challengers for Smoky Mountain Showdown Win!

(September 2, 2022) Jimmy Owens has been tough to be in World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series competition at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He held off some late challenges in a return trip to victory lane. (MRM Racing Photo)

Owens started the 40-lap race from the pole position by virtue of the redraw for the first 3 rows. Chris Ferguson would start alongside on the outside pole. As the race went green, Owens wasted no time in taking the lead. Shane Clanton battled Ferguson for second and would take the spot going down the backstretch.

Following a caution on lap 2, the battle for second through fifth continued as Clanton held off Ferguson to maintain second while Hudson O’Neal and Cory Hedgecock battled for fourth. O’Neal would take third, then track down Ferguson in a battle for third. O’Neal would take third a few laps later and Hedgecock tried to take fourth from Ferguson. | full story

Chris Madden Masterful in Mountain Moonshine Classic!

(June 18, 2022) Chris Madden survived a late-race scare en route a $50,000 victory on Saturday night in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, Mountain Moonshine Classic Presented by Lazydays RV.

Madden made heavy contact with the fourth turn wall which allowed Jonathan Davenport to close the gap heading into the final lap. However, Madden held on for the win despite severe damage to the right rear of his No. 44 entry - crossing the finish line .355 seconds ahead of the three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion. Brandon Overton took third at the stripe with Ricky Thornton Jr. and Mike Marlar rounding out the top-five finishers. (MRM Racing Photo)

Madden bolted from the pole position to grab the lead at the start of the 60-lap event. Davenport moved around Carson Ferguson on the second lap to take over the second position. Madden then began to put some distance between himself and the other contenders in lapped traffic. With 22 laps complete Davenport started to gain on Madden as he fought heavier lapped traffic before the second caution of the race flew just one lap later. | full story

Madden, Owens Pick Up Wins on Preliminary Night

(June 17, 2022) The annual Mountain Moonshine Classic kicked off Friday with a pair of feature winners.

Chris Madden won the first 30-lap feature. Madden used the outside line to his advantage to grab the early lead from pole sitter Mike Marlar. Madden never looked back and Marlar stayed firmly in control of second place. There was intense action from third on back through most of the race. Dale McDowell came from sixth starting spot to take third. Brandon Overton overcame a poor qualifying effort to finish fourth and Earl Pearson came from 10th to finish fifth. (MRM Racing Photo)

The second 30-lap feature saw Jimmy Owens hold off charges from Jonathan Davenport and Carson Ferguson to win the second A-main. Both Davenport and Ferguson took turns challenging Owens for the lead. As Owens held off those challenges, Davenport and Ferguson kept swapping second place. Davenport finally fought back Ferguson to finish in second. Ferguson was third with Vic Hill coming from 9th to finish fourth and Zack Mitchell finishing fifth. | full story

Ogle, Duggan, Rogers, Chapman, & Reed are '22 HOF Inductees

(June 7, 2022) The five newest inductees to the Smoky Mountain Speedway have been named for 2022. Billy Ogle Jr., Patrick Duggan, Rick Rogers, Barney Chapman, and Bill Reed are the newest inductees that will be inducted later this season at a date to be announced. Billy Ogle Jr. has many accomplishments that make him an obvious choice for the Hall of Fame. Ogle won 14 track championships at Atomic Speedway, Tazewell Speedway, and Wartburg Speedway. Ogle also won the Tennessee Thunder DirtCar championship in 2009 and the Southern All-Stars title in 2011. He was also the 2002 UDTRA Rookie of the Year and won feature races in the Hav-a-Tampa Dirt Racing Series, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and World of Outlaws Series.

Patrick Duggan also has won track championships at Atomic Speedway. The Lenoir City, Tennessee driver won nearly 200 features across several divisions and has 3 Southern All-Stars wins to his credit, including a $10,000 to win race at Atomic Speedway. Duggan was well on his way to being one of the area’s top drivers of his generation until a rare illness all but sidelined him following the 2005 season.

Rick Rogers, son of hall of famer Buddy Rogers, had his own storied racing career. Rogers won numerous feature races at Atomic Speedway, Tazewell Speedway, Volunteer Speedway, and other area tracks. The pinnacle of his racing career was winning the 2008 Tennessee Thunder DirtCar championship.

Barney Chapman has been a fixture in racing in East Tennessee for over five decades. Chapman was a driver winning a number of races across the area. He also competed in the 1977 ARCA race at Daytona. Chapman has been a successful car owner and has helped many drivers through the years.

Bill Reed has worn many hats in east Tennessee dirt racing. Reed raced for many years on both a local and regional level. During that time, Reed scored many wins and track championships. After his driving days, Reed became a car owner and fielded the car for Billy Ogle Jr. that won the 2002 UDTRA Rookie of the Year. Reed also served as a track official and other duties at Atomic Speedway and Smoky Mountain Speedway. Reed started Dirt Racing Outreach, a ministry dedicated to reaching dirt racers and fans across the country.

The date of the induction ceremony will be announced soon. Once the date has been announced, all new inductees will receive a letter with all the information about their selection and the ceremony.

Skip Arp and Justin Smith Take $3,000 Mayhem Wins

(May 28, 2022) Smoky Mountain Speedway held the 4th annual Memorial Day weekend event featuring the American All-Stars Series and the Topless Outlaw Late Model Series. Justin Smith was the surprise winner of the American All-Stars 40-lap race. Surprising because Smith had failed to make the field for his previous AASS attempts. The Kentucky driver served notice early he was the man to beat. After pacing the field in hot laps, Smith backed it up by setting fast time among the 22 entrants. Smith won the fast car dash to win the pole for the race. (MRM Racing Photo)

Smith wasted no time in jumping to the lead as the green flag waved over the field. Rusty Ballenger and Matt Henderson battled for second. Following a quick caution at the end of lap 1, the battle for second resumed between Ballenger and Henderson. As Trevor Sise held the fourth spot, Zach Sise and Brandon Miller spent a number of laps racing for fifth. Henderson grabbed second from Ballenger just before another caution waved on lap 6. Henderson had no luck in challenging Smith once the race resumed.

Another caution came out on lap 17. On the restart, Henderson was able to pull beside Smith for the lead. Henderson was unable to take the lead, but stalked Smith for several laps before Smith pulled away once again. As the laps wound down, Trevor Sise took second from Henderson. A few laps later, brother Zach Sise also passed Henderson to love up to third place. Smith easily wins the race as the Sise brothers finished second and third. | full story

Camaron Marlar Collects First Southern All-Stars Victory

(April 23, 2022) Camaron Marlar led all 40 laps to win his first Southern All-Stars race Saturday night. Marlar got a tremendous start when the green flag waved to start the race. Marlar quickly got out to a sizeable lead over pole sitter Vic Hill. Hill and Eli Beets battled for second which allowed Marlar to extend his lead to well over one second. Most of the action was between Hill, Beets, Garrett Smith, and Jensen Ford. That foursome raced hard in an effort to take second place. Beets finally took second as Hill had to fight off Ford and Smith. Smith grabbed third and ran down Beets. Smith would take the spot and brought Ford with him who took third from Beets. Meanwhile, Hill continued to fade as Dakotah Knuckles took over fifth. (MRM Racing Photo)

Marlar masterfully negotiated traffic to comfortably win in a caution-free affair.

Southern All-Stars Feature: 1. 99-Camaron Marlar[2]; 2. 10-Garrett Smith[7]; 3. 83-Jensen Ford[4]; 4. 109-Eli Beets[3]; 5. 21K-Dakotah Knuckles[5]; 6. 1-Vic Hill[1]; 7. 3N-Austin Neely[11]; 8. 18-Matt Dooley[12]; 9. 116-Cameron Weaver[9]; 10. 21M-Robby Moses[14]; 11. 23-John Blankenship[8]; 12. 17-Billy Franklin[18]; 13. 9-Jason Croft[13]; 14. 9C-Dusty Carver[19]; 15. 6-Josh Sneed[21]; 16. 14-Terry Wolfenbarger[16]; 17. 7G-Craig Greer[25]; 18. 3D-Dakota Smith[22]; 19. (DNF) 97-Michael Chilton[6]; 20. (DNF) 90J-Jason Trammell[17]; 21. (DNF) 21-Shay Miller[15]; 22. (DNF) 47-Tim Rucker[20]; 23. (DNF) C5-David Crabtree[10]; 24. (DNS) 49-James Kelso; 25. (DNS) 3-Steve Smith | full story

Brandon Overton Dominant in $12,000 Tennessee Tipoff Victory

(March 5, 2022) Brandon Overton had the field covered in winning the 9th annual Tennessee Tipoff. The co-sanctioned race between the Valvoline Iron Man Late Model Series and the Ultimate Super Late Model Series saw 37 cars sign in trying to the win the $12,000 first place money. But it was Overton’s night for the big money. (MRM Racing Photo)

Cameron Marlar was the pole sitter for the race and led the first 11 laps of the race. Overton got underneath Marlar to take the lead. Several laps later, Tim McCreadie and Mike Marlar both passed the younger Marlar to take over second and third respectively.

The first 51 laps of the 60-lap race went caution free as Overton lapped up to 10th place. A lap 51 caution bunched of the field and gave McCreadie and Marlar a crack at the lead. When the green flag waved over the field, Marlar used his low line to dive underneath Overton. But Overton was too strong on the outside and cruised to the win. Marlar held on for second and McCreadie finished third. | full story




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