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June 5th, 2016
TAZEWELL, TN – In a battle of two home-state Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rivals, Scott Bloomquist fought off all challenges by Jimmy Owens to win the Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway on Friday. Bloomquist led every lap; the only exception that his car was not in front of the pack is when Owens made a slide job in turn 2 with 12 laps-to-go to briefly take the lead. Owens could not make his car stick and Bloomquist went back around him to regain the top spot. Trailing Bloomquist and Owens to the checkers were 12th place starter Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., and Don O’Neal. O’Neal rallied after suffering a flat tire while running in fourth early in the race.
Bloomquist went to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fifth time this year and extended his all-time series win total to 67 victories. “We were just trying to be careful through traffic and then we went for it. Jimmy [Owens] did a little too much of a slide there and it took him a while to gather his momentum back up. We just turned under him and got back around him,” said the 52-year-old Hall of Famer. “The Sweet-Bloomquist car ran so well, the Andy Durham Engine ran great, and everything was pretty smooth tonight. We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted to. It was too tight. Beating Jimmy was big for us in that heat. We made some adjustments for the feature. Traffic wasn’t too big of a deal tonight because of all of the cautions. The race track was really good tonight. You could race two-wide without any issues.” Bloomquist also closed on point leader Jonathan Davenport, who failed to finish the event as he dropped out of the race with two laps remaining.
“I am glad that Mike Reece is here tonight. Thanks to all of our other sponsors, Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, Dyna-Gro Seed, Base Fuels, Penske Shocks, Lucas Oil, Petroff Towing, Horton Coal, and Sorbera Chiropractic.” Owens was looking for his second straight LOLMDS victory after last weekend’s Show-Me 100 victory. “We had a good car tonight, but Scott was just a tick better. I slid by him that one time, but I just couldn’t get it straightened back out quick enough and he got back around me. I want to thank everybody for coming out tonight. This R&W Motorsports Team is really clicking right now. Scott beat us in that heat race and that was a big difference. I felt like we had a car that could have won, but to finish second here we will take that and head to Florence tomorrow night,” said Owens.
Francis; in the Optima Batteries/Black Diamond entry; charged from the outside of the sixth row to finish third. “We lost our brakes out there. It is tough enough here with brakes to run where we did. But the car handled really well and to come up through the field against these guys, we earned that finish for sure.” “We had a good finish last week in the Show-Me and to carry the momentum over to tonight is a boost to our team. Thanks to Tim Logan and everybody who helps us out. We feel like we are building for a strong finish to the season.” Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Chad Ogle, Billy Ogle Jr., Brandon Sheppard and Donald McIntosh.
In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 25 entrants, with a lap of 11.380 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and Jonathan Davenport won their respective heat races.
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May 31st, 2015
TAZEWELL, TN – Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 35 from Scott Bloomquist and led the rest of the way to win the Toyota Knoxville 50 on Friday Night. It was Davenport’s third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, and came before a record crowd at Tazewell Speedway.
Davenport held off a hard charging Bloomquist in the closing laps to score a popular victory in the K&L Rumley, Longhorn Chassis. Defending series champion, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens completed the Top-5.
“That was pretty exciting, wasn’t it,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane as the crowd roared wildly in saluting his come from behind victory. “I just love running here! I couldn’t wait to get here today, and to top it off, my dad was here to watch us run. He rarely gets to come to the races, so it was great to get the win for Rumley and my dad.”
“That top groove came into it. We struggled for several laps to get going. I was below the line I wanted to run several times and finally got up against the wall and the car took off, there was plenty of grip up there. A lot of the guys seemed to stick to the bottom and middle and that left the door open for me. I figured we were turning lap times considerably quicker than anybody. This Longhorn Chassis was just unbelievable, what else can I say? This is the first time Kevin and LeRoy have been here. I want to thank TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.”
Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the feature and quickly bolted away from the field. A red-flag came out on lap five for Series Point Leader, Earl Pearson Jr. who flipped several times in turn number three. Pearson escaped uninjured from his car, but his brand-new Black Diamond Chassis was severely damaged.
When the race resumed, Bloomquist continued to show the way with Francis running in second. Shortly after, Francis later saw his teammate O’Neal sweep by him to take over second. All eyes quickly locked in on Davenport as he was rapidly picking multiple cars at a time.
Bloomquist, O’Neal, and Davenport waged had a tremendous battle for the lead with Davenport taking second just past the halfway mark. Davenport then tried for five laps to get by Bloomquist, finally completing the pass for the lead on lap 35.
“I don’t know where he came from,” said Bloomquist, referring to Davenport. “I could feel our line going away in the last half of the race, I should have moved up to the top quicker than I did. He [Davenport] was around me before I realized it.”
Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, and Donald McIntosh.
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 25 entrants, with a lap of 10.926 seconds. Chad Ogle set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 11.243 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Stacy Boles, Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races.
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May 31st, 2014
TAZEWELL, TN – In a classic battle between two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champions, Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist, Owens emerged victorious over Bloomquist Friday night at Tazewell Speedway. Owens passed Bloomquist on the 36th lap and then sailed away for his second series win of the season in front of a huge crowd at the Toyota Knoxville 50.
Bloomquist led the first 36 laps of the event until he got trapped behind a lapped car and Owens swept by him on the outside coming off of turn number four. Bloomquist then had to hold off hard-charging Chris Madden to finish second. Current series point’s leader, Don O’Neal came home fourth, followed by 2-time track champion, Billy Ogle, Jr.
“The car was just great all night,” said the driver of the Club 29 Chassis owned by Mike Reece. “”The race got off to a rough start; I think it was a little bit slimy down low there in one and two, and when I saw Scott catch the traffic, I figured I might as well go in harder in turns three and four up top. It worked out for us! It has been a long day, my mom had surgery this morning, and they may have to re-do it again tomorrow, so my thoughts are with her.”
“I have to thank Mike Reece for making my dream come true to race full-time! We have a great crew. Many thanks to all my sponsors: Reece Monument Company, Midwest Sheet Metal, Edge Services, Sunoco, Ohlins, Keyser, C&C Trucking, Cornett Engines, and FORD. It’s always great to come here and race close to home in front of the fans. We don’t get to do it often, but it’s really nice when we win,” said Owens after recording his 46th career LOLMDS win.
Bloomquist was happy with his performance, despite losing the lead late in the race. “Yes the car was really fast; we had a good lead there for a while. That long green flag run we had, plus the lap traffic, our car tightened up a little bit. Congratulations to Jimmy on the win, he ran a good race. On the move he made for the lead when you are the trailing you have the advantage of seeing ahead better. He made the right move. I went down low and it cost me. But still we are satisfied with our run,” said the driver of the Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Lucas Oil, Sweet-Bloomquist car.
Madden nearly took the runner-up spot in the closing laps as he pulled alongside Bloomquist. “We had a good run on Scott; I thought maybe I could get by. It’s tough to pass here sometimes. This is our first race in May, so it felt good to get back behind the wheel. We are looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jason Hughes, Earl Pearson Jr. and Jason Papich. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 11.150 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races.
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June 2nd, 2013
TAZEWELL, TN – John Blankenship took home his first ever win at Tazewell Speedway on Friday Night capturing the Toyota Knoxville 50. Blankenship picked up his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2013 after taking over the lead on lap nine, when race leader Scott Bloomquist went pitside. Blankenship then held off several challenges from Jimmy Owens as he pulled away at the end. Owens nursed a smoking car home in second followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr. and Steve Francis.
“Yes that was a tough race, Francis got me on the restart and then we were finally able to make it stick. I saw Jimmy’s nose a couple of times, I got a little excited, but we kept at it and it feels good to win so close to our race shop in Knoxville,” said the winner. “I am glad that Bobby’s (Pierce) ok, I saw Scott (Bloomquist) slide in there, he must have gotten a lot of damage, because I saw him pull out of the race.”
Blankenship inherited the lead with Owens, following closely in second. Blankenship and Owens put on a terrific battle for the lead for several circuits with Owens actually being credited with leading lap 20. Blankenship regained the top spot a lap later and went on to lead the rest of the way. Owens started fading in the final ten laps as smoke was pouring out of his car.
“I have to thank all of my sponsors, Coal, Todd Case Trucking, Bear Cove Village, VP, Integra, Cornett Racing Engines and Rocket Chassis. My crew has been outstanding lately; we came into this season looking to win the championship and with a win tonight it sure helps! Two wins out of the last three, so we hope to keep the momentum going at Florence tomorrow night, that’s a track we need to improve our performance at.”
Owens, with his second place finish, maintained his points lead. “We were just hanging on there at the end. I don’t know if it was an oil leak or what, fortunately we were far enough ahead of those other guys, but we will go through the car and get ready for Florence. The track was racy tonight, there must have been a full-moon or something, and I want to thank all the fans for coming out tonight.”
Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle, Jr., Jared Landers, Brad Neat and Billy Moyer, Jr. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 10.966 seconds. Jeff Wolfenbarger set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 11.109 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, and Steve Francis won their respective heat races.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to action tomorrow night, Saturday, June 1st, for the annual Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence Speedway in Florence, KY. The event will be packed with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap main event. The event will pay $800 to start the feature, and $10,000 to win. For more information, log onto www.florencespeedway.com.
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March 18th, 2013
After a long cold winter in East Tennessee, drivers and fans alike are eager to get back to racing. They will get that chance this Saturday night, March 23 as Tazewell Speedway opens the 2013 season. Tazewell Late Models will compete for $2000 to win in the Cabin Fever 35.
Debuting this Saturday night will be a new class at Tazewell Speedway. The Sportsman Class is aimed at up and coming and low budget late model drivers. Several Sportsman drivers were on hand for the recent practice and more are expected to join the new class.
Also in action will be our Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics and 4 Cylinder divisions. Pit gates will open at 4:00. Main grandstands will open at 5:00. General admission will be $12 with children 9 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Pit admission will be $30. For more information visit our website at TazewellSpeedway.net.
August 20th, 2012
Another Saturday night on the high banks arrived with a fast track and fast drivers. A full program was set to tame the “bad fast Taz” with the addition of open wheel modifieds. Crisp fall-like air would not deter a large crowd of fans or the number of drivers on hand.
Track prep was complete, hot laps were ran with several drivers looking exceptionally fast. Qualifying was next with all drivers hoping to be the fastest. Steve Smith, turning an 11.946 second lap, took the honors in the Tazewell Late Models. Brad Davis, the fastest modified street during time trials, had a 13.327 second lap. In open wheel modified, Stanley Donahoo took the top spot with a 12.652 second lap. Four cylinders would get a chance to qualify this week, and Wayne Dopson would claim the honor with a 14.952 second lap. Pure street was last to qualify with Jason Saylor flying around the track for a 14.892 second lap. James Collett and Jeremy Collins were winners of good fortune after a four car invert led the four cylinders to the green flag. Collett, on the inside, paced the field and set to be the trigger man. On the start, Collett jumped to the point with Bubby Braden following in second spot. Wayne Hopson began to apply pressure to
Braden as the top three distanced themselves. Collett looked to capitalize on the duel for second by furthering his lead on the field. James Collett lead flag to flag with Braden and Hopson taking home second and third.
In modified Street, a zero being drawn on the inversion lined up the field with fast qualifiers, Brad Davis and Gary Blanken on the front row. The green flag waved, gas petals were to the floor, and Blanken would win the always important battle in turn one. Davis and the rest of the pack ran nose to tail until lap four when a multiple car pile up in turn two stopped the action momentarily. On the restart, Blanken too the lead as Davis found the turn three wall. Robbie Buchanan would inherit second place doing his best to hold off Warren McMahan as the laps ticked away. A three way battle for second, as Jordan Horton added his machine into the mix, brought the grand stand crowd to their feet. McMahan took over second coming off turn two. Buchanan joined the end of the lead lap after spinning. Blanken was still in the hot seat with McMahan in pursuit when they took the checkered flag bumper to bumper. Jordan Horton, Robbie Buchanan, and David Clark would round out the top five.
Fast qualifier wasn’t the position to have if you were a Tazewell Late model driver this week. A four drawn on the inversion flipped the front two rows. Heath Alvey and Keith Chapman started the point. Thirteen cars made up the stellar field and it could have been anyone’s night. Alvey took the lead as the battle for second would fall to Steve Smith and Jason Trammel. The duo found themselves first and second as Alvey slowed and brought out caution to a awfully fast group of late models. A single file restart grouped up the field with Smith and Trammel running door to door for an entire lap. Trammell executed a perfect pass on the veteran, Smith. Greg Estes, looking for his chance at Smith, took over third from Jody Horton. Trammell threaded the needle by going between two cars to extend his already sizable lead. Caution on lap 24 set up a six lap shoot out to the finish. Trammell took the command on the restart and never looked back or slowed down until he pulled in to victory lane. A protest was raised against Trammell’s machine post race. He was found to be completely legal. Steve Smith, Greg Estes, Jody Horton, and Keith Chapman would round out the top five.
A fun treat, open wheel modifieds, took their turn on the high banks of the Taz. Stanley Donahoo found his way to the point on the start. By the half way mark of the twenty lap feature, Donahoo’s dominance was beginning to show with a half track lead over second, Nick Stroop. Leading flag to flag on cruise control, Donahoo put his 00 machine in the winner’s circle. Tyler James, Wayne James, and Chris Long would round out the top five.
Pure Street rounded out the night with their twenty lap feature. Buster Cupp and Jason Saylor shared row one as the field came to the green flag. Cupp put his machine into the lead, but not without pressure from behind. The field would slow for a runaway tire. Cupp, once again, showed the way on the restart as Aaron Guinn and Jason Saylor battled for second. Johnathan Miracle put his hat in the ring while looking for his chance at a top three spot. Buster Cupp took the checkered flag and added another win to his 2012 season. Jason Saylor, Aaron Guinn, Johnathan Miracle, and Dustin Eldrige would finish the top five spots.
Next week’s race will be on Friday, August 24, 2012. It will include a 35 lap, $1500 to win, limited late model feature. All other classes will be racing and standard admission rates apply. Also, another kid’s night will be sponsored by Petty’s Wrecker Service and Tazewell Speedway.
August 17th, 2012
A beautiful, East Tennessee sky greeted drivers and fans alike on a crisp, August evening. The kids, once again, were center stage with a candy and toy scramble and $1 hot dogs for all to enjoy. Cooler air, a fast, smooth race surface, and the draw inversion made up all the ingredients for a great night at the Taz. The track surface was prepped, proving to be “bad fast.”
Qualifying got under way with all the drivers looking for the top spot. Tazewell Late Models taking their turn first, with several drivers in the 11 second bracket. Brian Hendrix of Powell, TN charmed the top honor with 11.576. Modified Street drivers all shooting for the fast time, came out with Jason Sizemore on top with 13.282. Four cylinders received an opportunity to run time trials in their race machines. Josh Fields won those trials with 14.421. Pure Street wrapped up qualifying events with J.J. Greene taking the pole with 14.652. Opening ceremonies from Pizza Inn Victory Lane signaled the four cylinders to the front stretch. After the inversion was drawn, the field would remain in the original order. Josh Fields and Randy Dyke led a large group to the flag stand with the first attempt waved off. On the restart, Dyke took the point with Fields and Pressley ready to pounce. James Collett found the turn two wall, bunching up the field. The top three of Dyke, Fields, and Pressley would run nose to tail until lap 7. Fields and Pressley made the pass and began to pull away on the rest of the field. Josh Fields help off a fast Brad Pressley for the win.
The Modified Street class fell victim to the inversion draw. Clyde Overholt took over the pole from fast qualifier, Jason Sizemore, after the top two machines were inverted. Overholt, the trigger man, set to fire off a lightning fast pack of cars. Coming to the green, Sizemore seized the opportunity to put his ride into the top spot. The first yellow flag, caused by David Clark’s flat tire, set up the single file restart. Sizemore brought the star studded field to the green flag just before Warren McMahan overtook Tony Horton for second. On lap 10, Sizemore and McMahan took their duo duel away from the pack, setting a blistering pace. The checkered flag flew as Sizemore held off McMahan for the win with David Clark, Jordan Horton, and Robbie Buchanan rounding out the top five.
Brian Hendrix and Travis Fultz making up the front row in their lightning quick, Tazewell Late Models. Veteran racers and rookies alike watched for the chance to prove their skill as the field rolled to a green flag at the “Bad Fast Taz.” Side by side racing caused lap one to decide who would take the point. Travis Fultz in his Mopar powered T0 would find himself in front of a hard charging field. The caution on lap 9 brought about a single file restart as the field unleashed a high horsepower assault on the high banks. Jason Trammel in the third position began applying pressure to the rear of Hendrix. Fultz paced the field to the front stretch, holding off a low pass from Hendrix. On lap 25, using lap traffic for assistance, Hendrix would take over the lead from Fultz in one of the most exciting battles this season. Brian Hendrix was the driver in front at the most important time, when the checkers dropped. Hendrix gave a salute to his dad and credit to Fultz for a great race.
Pure Street action rounded out the action for the night. A two car invert moved Jason Long to the pole ahead of J.J. Greene. At the green flag, Green rocketed to the lead. On lap 6, the field regrouped and a single file restarted was put in place. Green, once again, put his machine in the wind. The top four machines ran nose to tail with anyone of them within striking distance. With ten laps in the books, Jason Saylor moved into fourth putting his name in the run for the top spot. J.J. Green and Jason Long began to pull away, out of reach of the pursuing field. Greene claimed the victory over Long with Dustin Eldridge, Jason Saylor and Jonathan Miracle making up the top five.
Tazewell Speedway would like to invite you to join us next week for a regular racing program with the addition of an open wheel modified feature. Written by Ernie Barker
August 14th, 2012
A beautiful, East Tennessee sky greeted drivers and fans alike on a crisp, August evening. The kids, once again, were center stage with a candy and toy scramble and $1 hot dogs for all to enjoy. Cooler air, a fast, smooth race surface, and the draw inversion made up all the ingredients for a great night at the Taz. The track surface was prepped, proving to be “bad fast.” Qualifying got under way with all the drivers looking for the top spot. Tazewell Late Models taking their turn first, with several drivers in the 11 second bracket. Brian Hendrix of Powell, TN charmed the top honor with 11.576. Modified Street drivers all shooting for the fast time, came out with Jason Sizemore on top with 13.282. Four cylinders received an opportunity to run time trials in their race machines. Josh Fields won those trials with 14.421. Pure Street wrapped up qualifying events with J.J. Greene taking the pole with 14.652.
Opening ceremonies from Pizza Inn Victory Lane signaled the four cylinders to the front stretch. After the inversion was drawn, the field would remain in the original order. Josh Fields and Randy Dyke led a large group to the flag stand with the first attempt waved off. On the restart, Dyke took the point with Fields and Pressley ready to pounce. James Collett found the turn two wall, bunching up the field. The top three of Dyke, Fields, and Pressley would run nose to tail until lap 7. Fields and Pressley made the pass and began to pull away on the rest of the field. Josh Fields help off a fast Brad Pressley for the win.
August 6th, 2012
On a night of looming threats from mother nature, track officials worked hard to bring the track to life. Home Federal Bank would be on hand as a sponsor of kids’ night by spreading 20,000 nickels on the front stretch. Track preparation had the track in good shape and slick for the night of the field inversion of the top four cars in each class. All conditions looked good for a great night of racing at the Taz.
Time trials would see Josh Henry take fast time in the Tazewell late models. Jordan Horton would win fast time in modified street. Robbie Sands Jr. was the fastest of the classics. Jason Long would take the top time in pure street. With the new top four inversion rule put in place by track officials, being the fastest qualifier doesn’t guarantee a win.
On the speedway first was the four cylinders. The green flag flew with a large field. Caution came on the first attempt. Mark Wallace took the lead showing the way through lap 5. The Brad Pressley would take over the lead with a slide on the bottom. Kurt Owens would begin to apply pressure as the caution flew on lap 7. The field would take the green flag with Brad Pressley leading the field once again with Owens in tow. The race to fill the top 5 was tight. Brad Pressley would take the checkered flag and dedicate his win to the passing of his father-in-law. In a later interview, Pressley stated that the track was good, it was a clean and fun race, and that he was glad to see a good car count. He also wanted to thank his sponsors which include Trammel Design & Sign, Carcare Muffler, Little Miracles Child Care, U Junk It, A+ racing, and his father, David Pressley.
The modified street class would then roll their machines to the front stretch. The invert would put Robbie Buchanan on the pole with Tony Horton along side in the front row. Robbie would be looking for a repeat win. The field would bunch up coming into the green with the first attempt being waved off. Tony Horton would take the point with his son, Jordan Horton, riding behind in second. A stiff battle between Buchanan and Jason Sizemore would begin for the 3rd spot. Caution would fly on lap 10 as Brad Davis took a spin in turn 1. Horton would show the way on the restart with pressure being applied by Jordan Horton in the runner up spot. Lap 15 would bring out the yellow flag for a spinning Gary Blanken. The field would come to the green flag in single file fashion with a hungry field looking for their opportunity. Once again, Tony Horton would lead the pack around the speedway on his way to the checkered flag. It was followed by a victory celebration on the front stretch.
After the modified street feature, Home Federal Bank would begin spreading nickels on the front stretch of the Tazewell Speedway. The first group of kids, 6 and under, would be accompanied by a parent to pick up nickels. The excitement could be seen on all faces. The other three age groups would be on their own to pick up nickels. A total of 20,000 nickels would be spread on the front stretch. The kid’s of Tazewell Speedway had a blast this week.
Tazewell Late Models
Tazewell late models would bring their cars to the track with the top 4 inversion making it anyone’s night. Keith Chapman would be the pole sitter sharing row 1 with Jason Trammel. Eighteen cars would make up the field with all drivers looking for the chance to put their machine in victory lane. Trammel would win the drag race to turn 1, leading the first circuit. A triangle of cars in turn 2 would slow the field as cars were separated. The field would reform with Trammel to trigger the restart. After several attempts to restart after cautions, the field would finally begin to find their groove and count away the laps. The top three of Trammel, Josh Henry, and Travis Fultz would begin to pull away on the restart with Trammel in charge. The crowd would come to their feet as the top two would bring it to turn 4 for a last ditch effort. Trammel would take the checkered by holding off a hard charging Josh Henry. This was Trammel’s first win in his new Bloomquist race chassis.
Classic cars would bring their show to the high banks. The green flag would fly followed by the yellow as Eli Keck would take a wild ride down the back stretch slamming the inside wall. Track officials would make the call to shorten the race to 12 laps for the remaining three cars. Robbie Sands would take over the top position and never look back. He would put his 17 in victory lane once more this season.
Rounding out the card for the night was pure street. Front row to start the feature would be Buster Cupp and Johnathan Miracle. Buster would take the holeshot and the lead. On lap 3, caution would bunch up the field. Cupp would let his experience lead the way to the green flag. The field would soon come to a stop for the red flag for Jason Long who rolled his machine in turn 3. Five cars would make up the field for the restart. Cupp would lead flag to flag for his second win of the season.
Tazewell speedway would like to thank all the drivers, sponsors, and fans for a great night of racing. Next week will be a regular line up with $1 hot dogs and kids’ toy scramble.
July 30th, 2012
TAZEWELL, Tenn. –A mild East Tennessee Summer evening brought a beautiful with no rain in the forecast, and also brought the Schaeffer Oil Ray Cook Southern Nationals Series back to Tazewell Speedway to hold its 8th annual season finale on the 1/3 mile high banks. Coming in to the evening, eight cars had followed the whole tour, with the event turning out a showing of 25 Super Late Models. Also on tap for the evening were the Modified Street, Pure Street, and Classic divisions. Time trial qualifying saw Chris Madden claim the pole for the Southern Nationals event with a lap of 11.448 seconds. Mike Marlar claimed the outside pole to make up row one for the 53 lap feature. Also, Tazewell Speedway officials placed a new rule into effect, in which the top 4 qualifiers from each division would be inverted in order to better the racing. After the inversions from qualifying, Gary Blanken, Matt Tharp, and Dustin Eldridge became pole winners for other divisions.
After qualifying took place for the Southern Nationals, the top eight drivers were locked into the show. Drivers 9th and back were lined up into one of two heat races. Heat race one saw Dale McDowell win, while heat two was claimed by Chris Combs. All cars from both heats transferred to the feature, due to mechanical issues for Jeff Maupin, Jason Trammell, and Josh Henry.
After all preliminary action had taken place, feature time rolled around with Modified Street taking the track 1st. Robbie Buchanan grabbed the lead from the outside of row one, while Gary Blanken settled into 2nd. Blanken pressured Buchanan throughout the entire event, while the Horton duo, Tony and Jordan, battled for 3rd. On lap 10, brief contact between the Horton duo resulted in flat tires for both cars, sending them to the pit area for new rubber. In the end, Buchanan held off Blanken for the win. Clyde Overholt, Jason Sizemore, and Jordan Horton rounded out the top 5.
After the conclusion of the Modified Street feature, the Super Late Models rolled to the speedway for their 53 lap event paying $5,300 to the winner. On the initial start, Madden jumped out to the lead. Marlar began to slide backwards early, losing positions to Brad Neat and Kenny Compton early in the going. The track was covered with two and three wide action until a lap 16 caution slowed the event for a slowing Daniel Baggerly. On the restart, Neat ran on Madden’s bumper, trying to find an opportunity to make a pass for the lead on the South Carolina hot shoe. The event’s final yellow drew on lap 26 for a spinning Kenny Compton. The remaining 27 circuits ran caution free. Madden pulled away from Neat, until he reached lapped traffic. Neat ran Madden down, but Madden was finally able to work his way around the traffic and pull away once again. Madden went on to take the checkered flag, and claim the 2012 Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series title.
After all the excitement from the championship conclusion subsided, Classic car action rolled to the speedway. Matt Tharp took the lead over Shane Lockhart going into turn one. Shortly after, Joe Keck claimed 2ndc from Lockhart. Keck began to challenge Tharp for the lead, while Logan Dukes and Robbie Sands battled each other and Shane Lockhart for 3rd. Dukes and Sands worked by Lockhart, and closed on Tharp and Keck making a four car battle for the lead. After a lap 16 caution, a restart shook things up a bit. Keck got a run on Tharp coming off of turn two for the lead. The duo made contact, and Keck took the lead. As a result, Dukes was also able to steal a spot from Tharp, moving him up to 2nd. In the end, Keck took the win over Dukes and Tharp.
Pure Street wrapped the night up. On the start, Buster Cupp grabbed the lead from Dustin Eldridge, while Johnathan Miracle took 2nd over from Eldridge thereafter. Steve Smith also worked by Eldridge, moving him to 3rd. However, it proved to be Cupp’s night as he drove the #28 El Camino to the win over Miracle and Smith.
Gary and Shirlene Hall wanted to continue to spread their gratitude for making Tazewell Speedway the most successful track in not only East Tennessee, but the tri-state area. As mentioned in the invocation earlier in the evening, long time Tazewell Speedway track official Rick Brooks has been facing some health issues lately, and was unable to attend the event. All of Tazewell Speedway would like to wish “Big Rick” a speedy recovery, and hopes for his return to the track very soon. Join us next Saturday night, August 4th, as Gary Hall hosts another edition of “Kidz Nite at the Taz”, featuring a 20,000 nickel toss on the front stretch for kids ages 14 and under. This event will be co-sponsored by Home Federal Bank of Tazewell, Tennessee. Also, our five weekly divisions will be in action, including Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.
July 22nd, 2012
TAZEWELL, Tenn. –Tazewell Speedway was able to dodge a major bullet from Mother Nature, and was able to successfully complete another round of the 2012 regular racing program. Heavy rains fell in the area all week, preventing the track from drying out. Brad Hall, the CEO of Tazewell Speedway Track Preparations Operations, discussed the track for the evening. “Due to the heavy rains this week, we only put two and a half loads of water on the track. We wanted to put more, but I’m glad we didn’t, because the track is wet enough, and doesn’t look to be drying out.” After some extra work on the track, the surface was ready for action. Qualifying sessions saw Steve Smith claim the Tazewell Late Model pole, Jordan Horton claim the Modified Street pole, Charlie Tharp claim the Classic pole, and Steve Smith claim the Pure Street pole.
The night’s action started off with a 15 lap feature for the 4 Cylinder division. Bubby Braden and Rufus Collett shared the front row, with Braden taking the lead on lap 1. By the 5th lap, Brad Pressley, who started on the tail end of the field, was up to 2nd and began to challenge Braden for the lead. 3 laps later, Pressley was able to overtake Braden in turn 1 to take the lead. He would lead the remainder of the event to claim his 1st victory of 2012 at Tazewell Speedway with Braden finishing 2nd and Wayne Hopson finishing 3rd.
Modified Street came to the speedway next for their 20 lap feature. Jordan Horton took the lead on the first lap, and led the event flag-to-flag in dominating fashion. Brad Davis brought his machine home in 2nd, with Tony Horton finishing 3rd. After the event, an infraction of a safety precaution involving a weight block resulted in track tech man Bill Curl disqualifying Jordan Horton. As a result, the win was given to Brad Davis.
The Tazewell Late Models rolled to the speedway next for their 30 lap feature. Steve Smith shared the front row with Jason Trammell for the start. For the 2nd week in a row, it appeared Trammell got a good jump on Smith, but with the high side advantage, Smith exited turn 2 as the leader. Smith, Trammell, and Phillip Nichols ran bumper to bumper, while working lapped traffic. Trammell made several attempts to pass Smith, but was unable. Smith took the win over Trammell and Fultz. Heath Alvey ran an impressive 4th, and Nichols took 5th after suffering a flat tire late in the event.
Classics took to the track next. Tharp pulled out to the lead over Logan Dukes, who has been out of action recently while working for Super Late Model hot shoe Ronnie Johnson. On lap 14, Dukes finally made his attempt to challenge for the lead. As a result, Tharp made contact with Dukes, and crashed into the inside wall on the front stretch, ending his night. Dukes would go on to win the event and claim his 1st win of 2012 over Joe Keck.
Pure Street wrapped up the night with a 20 lap feature. Steve Smith pulled out to the lead on lap 1. Smith led the event, but was unable to pull away from Buster Cupp. Cupp rode Smith’s bumper the whole race, but never was able to make a move on Smith. Smith took the win over Buster Cupp in one of the closest finishes of 2012.
Gary and Shirlene Hall would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Tazewell Speedway. Join Tazewell Speedway next Saturday night as we welcome back Ray Cook and the Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series with their series finale. The event will consist of a 53 lap feature for the Super Late Models and pay $5,300 to the winner.
July 16th, 2012
TAZEWELL, Tenn. – Tazewell Speedway exhibited several new features on a cloudy July night, featuring a couple of new drivers at the speedway, several 1st time fans, and even a pet monkey in the grandstands! However, things also got heated up with two new track record qualifying laps for the speedway. Overcast skies and a hard-working track crew can be credited for the amazing speeds sported by Steve Smith and Gary Blanken tonight claiming the track record laps. Brad Hall, the CEO of the Tazewell Speedway track preparation crew, made a statement about the track condition. “We worked hard as usual to prepare things just right for the drivers; however, the overcast skies certainly helped us tonight. Plus, with almost two weeks off, that allowed us some extra time to work on the speedway that we usually don’t have.” Qualifying saw Steve Smith break the Tazewell Late Model track record on both of his laps, with the better of the two laps being set at 11.511 seconds. Gary Blanken claimed the new Modified Street track record with a lap of 13.058 seconds. Robbie Sands and Jonathan Miracle claimed pole times for the Classic and Pure Street features.
The 4 Cylinders kicked the night’s action off with a 15 lap feature. Joey Allen and Bubby Braden battled through turns one and two, and down the back stretch before Allen finally took the lead. Allen continued to pull away from Braden, and drove the #A00 machine to his 1st feature win of the 2012 season. Braden made it home in 2nd, while Mark Wallace took 3rd.
Modified Street competitors brought their machines to life to battle in their 20 lap feature. Blanken took the lead going into turn one to claim the lead, while Clyde Overholt settled into 2nd, and Jordan Horton took over 3rd. Blanken led until the 6th circuit, when things changed drastically up front. As the top three began to tighten things up, Blanken slid high coming off of turn 2, and lost momentum heading down the back stretch. This allowed Overholt to capitalize and take the lead, but he and Blanken made contact, sending both cars into the wall. Both cars came to the pits to repair flat tires from the accident. This gave the lead over to 3rd place Jordan Horton, who’s already had a very successful 2012 season. Horton would lead the remainder of the event to claim the win over his father Tony, who finished 2nd. Blanken drove his #5 machine back up to finish 3rd, while Larry Burke held on for 4th. Mike Kelly, a visitor from neighboring dirt track Volunteer Speedway, made his visit worthwhile by claiming a 5th place finish.
Tazewell Late Model drivers roared to life for a 30 lap feature, with Steve Smith and Jason Trammell on row one. On the start, Trammell led at the flag stand, but a power move by Smith rocketed him into the lead on the high line in turns one and two. Trammell settled into 2nd. Several minor incident cautions slowed the event. After a caution on lap 15, Trammell began to grind on Smith, challenging several times for the lead, before a lap 25 caution slowed the event for the final time. On the restart, Smith rocketed away from Trammell and drove the #3 machine to the win over Trammell. Andy Wilder, Steve Rouse, and Daryl Gordon all capitalized by claiming their 1st top 5 runs of the season.
Classics lined up next for their 20 lap feature. An incident in turn 1 slowed things on the initial start, and relined the field for a complete restart. Sands grabbed the lead, and ran away from the field, claiming yet another victory in 2012. Charlie Tharp and Eli Keck rounded out the top three.
Pure Street action wrapped the night up with a 20 lap feature. Fast qualifier Johnathan Miracle took the lead over Buster Cupp on the start by using the high side. Cupp made several attempts to capture the lead from Miracle but was unsuccessful. Miracle took the win, leading flag-to-flag. Cupp settled for 2nd, with Eldridge claiming 3rd on a blown right rear tire.
Gary Hall and company would like to thank each and every driver and fan for their continued support of Tazewell Speedway. Tazewell Speedway will return to action next Saturday night, July 21st, for yet another edition of weekly racing on the high banks. Grandstand admission will be $10, with pit admission being $25. Classes in action will be Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.
July 6th, 2012
TAZEWELL, Tenn. – Tazewell Speedway kicked off the holiday week in a big way on Saturday, June 30th with the American Modified Series, and continued it on Tuesday night, featuring a $3,000 to win 50 lap feature for the Tazewell Late Models. The event also included a 30 lap, $1,000 to win feature for the Modified Street, and a $300 to win feature for the Pure Street. The event drew 21 Tazewell Late Models, 13 Modified Street, and 10 Pure Street.
The program kicked off with qualifying and heat race action in the Tazewell Late Model division. Steve Smith set fast time in Tazewell Late Model qualifying with a lap of 11.819 seconds. Greg Estes captured fast time in Modified Street qualifying with a lap of 13.429 seconds. Steve Smith smoked the Pure Street field with a qualifying lap of 14.720 seconds. In heat race action, Steve Smith won heat 1, with Jason Trammell taking heat 2. Both incidents ran caution free, aside of an incident on the initial start of heat 2.
Modified Street then took to the speedway for their 30 lap feature paying a cool $1,000 to the winner. Estes, who qualified fastest of the 13 competitors, jumped out to the lead, and never looked back leading all 30 laps to claim the win in dominating fashion. Warren McMahan won a hard fought battle over Robbie Comer for 2nd.
The Tazewell Late Models took to the track next for their 50 lap, $3,000 to win feature. Trammell got the jump on Smith going into turn 1 to take the lead. The top 5 ran solidly until lap 16 when 2nd place runner Steve Smith had problems. He restarted the event, but fell out due to overheating issues. Trammell continued to show the way until lap 27, when mechanical issues struck team Trammell, costing them the lead and the race. This gave the lead to Travis Fultz. Travis went on to lead the remaining 23 laps to score the largest payday of the season for the Tazewell Late Models pocketing a cool $3,000.
Pure Street ended the night win their 25 lap feature paying $300 to win. Steve Smith pulled out to the lead, and led the caution-free event flag-to-flag to earn the $300. Aaron Guinn drove a tough race to end up second over Jonathan Miracle, J.J. Green, and Buster Cupp.
Tazewell Speedway will be taking this coming Saturday night, July 7th, off for vacation. We will return to action on July 14th with our regular scheduled program featuring Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders. On behalf of Tazewell Speedway and Gary Hall, we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.
July 3rd, 2012
TAZEWELL, Tenn. – On a record setting, triple digit, scorching summer day, the American Modified Series rolled into town for their 1st of 2 appearances scheduled for the 2012 season. Along with them, The Southern Mod Lite Racing Series made their 1st ever appearance to the high banked oval. Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders also competed in the night’s agenda.
Things kicked off with heat races for the Southern Mod Lites and The American Modifieds. The Mod Lites held 2 heat races, with Shannon Buckingham and Carl Lovelace taking the wins. The American Modifieds competed in 3 heat races, with Tommy Bailey, Donnie Adams, and Nick Stroupe taking the wins.
4 Cylinders ran first on the agenda. Kurt Owens started 6th, and by the end of lap 1, brought the 7UP machine up to 2nd. A caution would slow the event with 1 lap in the books. On the restart, Owens took the lead from Bubby Braden going into turn 1. He would continue, and lead the remainder of the event to win.
Jordan Horton set fast time in qualifying to claim the pole of the 14 car field for Modified Street. However, things in the race would get very wild. Several cautions would prevent the race from getting underway, before a spin by David Clark would eventually collect several cars, forcing race director Rick Brooks to call for single file restarts. On lap 7, David Clark’s night would come to an end as he would hit the turn 2 wall, and collect Robbie Buchanan. Meanwhile, Jordan Horton, Warren McMahan, and Tony Horton would race bumper-to-bumper for the lead, but Jordan was able to hold on for yet another win in 2012.
The Mod Lites rolled to the track next for their feature. Carl Lovelace led the 1st couple of laps, before Shannon Buckingham took over the top spot. John Stout spun his #13 on lap 9, and was relegated to the rear, but his night wasn’t over. After a restart with 6 laps to go, something broke on Buckingham’s car, causing him to crash into the turn 1 fence and out of the race lead. In the last 5 laps, John Stout, who spun on lap 9, rallied back using the high side of the track to win the 20 lap feature over Eddie Rowland and Carl Lovelace.
The American Modified Series rolled to the track for their 40 lap, $3,000 to win affair. 2nd place starter Donnie Adams had starter problems, relegating point leader Trent Young to the front row for the start. Tommy Bailey took the lead over Trent Young going into turn 1. After a lap 2 yellow, Trent Young was able to take the lead over from Bailey. The race began to heat up before a bad crash in turn 4 changed everything. Bryan Barber made a move on Trent Young for the lead, but made contact with Tyler James, and collecting Joey Kramer, Jimmy Payne, Clayton Miller, and Shon Flanary. This left Trent Young leading over Bailey and Brad Hall. As the race progressed, Young and Bailey would pull away from Hall to make it a 2 car race. However, Bailey was unable to handle Young, and Young took the win, becoming the 1st repeat winner of the 2012 season.
Classic car action came to the speedway next to produce some wild action as well. Charlie Tharp and Joe Keck got things heated right off the bat by bumping and banging. Keck would assume the lead, and Adam Engel would take over second. Engel finally took his shot at the lead on Keck, but spun to bring out the yellow on lap 17. On the restart, Tharp would make contact with Keck, resulting in both cars spinning and both going to the rear. Bart Baxter assumed the lead. Bart led the last 3 laps, and went on to win over Engel and Eli Keck.
Pure Street was the final event of the night. Jonathan Miracle got out front of the field, and led the entire event to bring his #41 machine to victory lane. Buster Cupp would bring the 28 home in 2nd, with J.J. Green finishing 3rd.
Gary Hall and company would like to thank all the fans and drivers for making Tazewell Speedway a huge success. Don’t forget our Independence Day special on Tuesday, July 3rd, with the Tazewell Late Models going head to head for a 50 lap, $3,000 to win feature. Modified Street will compete in a $1,000 to win feature. Classics and Pure Street will compete in $300 to win features. Admission prices will be $15 for the grandstands, with pit admission being $30
June 25th, 2012
Perhaps one of the hottest days of the year thus far, June 23rd rolled around and produced yet another great edition of weekly racing at the “Bad Fast Taz”. With 5 classes on tap for the evening’s action, things got underway with qualifying. Qualifying turned out to be an absolute treat for the fans. Harrogate, Tennessee’s Travis Fultz turned the 1/3 mile speedway in 11.587 seconds in Tazewell Late Model qualifying, claiming a new track and becoming the 1st driver to turn a lap in the 11.5 second bracket. Modified Street qualifying saw Gary Blanken miss the track record by a mere tenth of a second, turning a lap of 13.239 seconds. Robbie Sands also missed his own set track record, with a lap of 14.004 seconds in Classic car qualifying, as did Steve Smith in Pure Street qualifying by turning a lap of 14.420 seconds. Brad Hall and crew worked hard all day to produce a great surface for the fans and drivers. “It’s been a long day, but the work sure has paid off”, stated Hall. After preliminary action, feature events rolled to the speedway.
4 Cylinders took to the track in their usual #1 spot of the night. James Collett Jr. shared the front row with Bubby Braden. In Collett’s 2nd ever start, he pulled out to the lead over Braden, and drove away from the field to claim his 1st ever win. After a long 10 lap hard-fought battle, Braden would prevail in taking 2nd over multi-time winner Chuck McMahan in the 99.
Modified Street drivers brought their engines to life for their 20 lap feature. Gary Blanken pulled to the lead over Brad Davis, who faded to 3rd as Jordan Horton rallied from the 4th starting spot to 2nd. The event’s 1st of 2 caution drew on the 11th lap for a broken wheel on 5th place running machine of Tony Horton, ending his night. The final caution drew on the 12th circuit as David Clark, who made his Modified Street debut, spun exiting turn 4. Horton made several attempts to pass Blanken over the course of the last 8 laps, but was unsuccessful as Blanken drove his #5 machine to the flag-to-flag victory over Horton, Davis, Sizemore, and Overholt.
Late models roared to life next for their 30 lap feature. Fultz and Trammell shared the front row, and Trammell got the advantage taking the lead from Fultz on the low side of the speedway. Things got bunched up going through turn 1 for the first time, resulting in 4th starting Phillip Nichols hitting the wall hard in turn 1 and 2, almost turning over. The red flag was displayed, and the rescue squad was brought to the speedway to tend to Nichols, who suffered a cut hand from the accident. On the restart, Trammell yet again got the better jump on Fultz from the low side, taking the lead. The event ran caution free for the 30 lap distance, with Trammell taking the win, and lapping all but Fultz, who finished 2nd, and Greg Estes, who rallied to finish 3rd. After the finish, J. Allan, who ran 5th, attempted to protest the new track record holder Travis Fultz, but was denied the privilege by track officials; due to track rules stating a protesting car must finish on the lead lap. The protest was cancelled, and Fultz was credited with 2nd.
Classic racing came to the speedway as the 4th feature of the night. Sands pulled out to the lead over Charlie Tharp, and the Keck duo, Eli and Joe. The event’s lone caution flew on lap 6 as 2nd place runner Charlie Tharp lost his engine going down the backstretch. Sands would lead the remaining 14 laps to claim the win, but was protested by Joe Keck after the event’s conclusion. During post-race inspection, track tech man found Sands’ #17 machine with an illegal intake modification, disqualifying him. As a result, Eli “Push Rod” Keck was granted with his 1st ever Tazewell Speedway victory over his father, Joe “Hot Rod” Keck.
Pure Street rounded out the night with a 20 lap feature. Smith pulled into turn 1 as the leader over Green. The field began to spread out as a lap 10 caution was displayed for Josh Chesney, who dropped fluid onto the track. After the restart, Smith pulled away, but the battle was for 2nd. Green and Aaron Guinn fought tooth and nail for the 2nd spot, with some minor contact between the two racers. With 3 laps to go, Guinn would prevail over Green, as would Buster Cupp to drop Green to 4th. On the last lap, Guinn’s 97 would lose it’s right rear wheel to end his night, as Smith went on to capture his 1st win of 2012. Cupp would come home 2nd, with Green 3rd. After the event, track tech man Bill Curl would check the top 3 in a post-race inspection. Everyone was declared legal.
Gary Hall and company would like to thank each and every driver, crew, and fan for their continued support of Tazewell Speedway. Also, Mr. Hall and the rest of the Tazewell Speedway staff would like to send out the get well wishes to David Maples, the long time grandstand gate track greeter. David always greets every fan and driver with a smile, but due to back surgery, that smile has been absent for most of the 2012 season. So get well soon David, and hurry back to the Taz. Also, Tazewell Speedway would like for everyone to join us for action on June 30th, featuring the American Modified Series coming to town out of Kentucky for a $3,000 to win open wheel modified event. Although not confirmed, it has been made known that NASCAR competitor Ken Schrader will be attempting to participate in the event. Mr. Schrader said he was hoping to return to the high banks for this event, depending on his schedule. However, if he isn’t able to attend this event, he wishes to attend the event on August 24th, on NASCAR’s Bristol weekend. Also, Tazewell Speedway will be in action on Tuesday night, July 3rd, featuring a $3,000 to win Limited Late Model event, as well as a $700 to win Modified Street event. Other events will include $300 to win features for the Classic and Pure Street divisions, along with a fireworks display! Don’t miss out on the great action rolling your way for this great upcoming 4th of July week!!!
June 18th, 2012
Although East Tennessee pop-up showers threatened the skies, Tazewell Speedway dodged a bullet from Mother Nature and was able to complete the June 16th edition of weekly racing at the famed 1/3 mile high-banked oval. The track crew led by Brad Hall worked hard all day long to get the track in great shape for some amazing racing.
The 4-Cylinder class came to the speedway as the 1st feature. Bubby Braden and Joey Allen brought the 9 car field to the green. On the start, Allen took the lead into turn 1. However, a familiar site directed the attention of the fans elsewhere. Kurt Owens, who started his 7UP machine in the 8th spot, crossed the start/finish line at the end of lap 1 battling for 2nd. He took the 2nd spot away from Chuck McMahan going into turn 1. A couple laps later, he got a good enough run on Allen to take the lead exiting turn 2. He went on to lead the remainder of the caution free event to claim the win.
Modified Street brought an 8 car field to the grid next for their 20 lap feature. As the green flag flew, the field began crash before making it to the flag stand. Contact between row 2 starters Tony Horton and Clyde Overholt initiated a 5 car pileup, bringing out the red flag. The biggest recipient of damage was Larry Burke, who ended up nose first into the inside front stretch wall. Burke’s night was over. Since no laps were completed, the field was relined for a complete double-file restart. On the 2nd attempt, an apparent retaliation move was made by Overholt, as he sent the 56 of Tony Horton spinning in turn 1, bringing out the yellow again. Overholt decided to call it a night with serious damage to the 4 machine. The 3rd time would be the charm, as the field got underway. Jordan Horton would capture the lead into turn 1, and blister the field to take the win over his father, Tony. Buchanan would finish 3rd, with Sizemore and Punk Henson rounding out the top 5. After the event, a protest was declared against the 56H of Horton, but track tech man Bill Curl deemed Horton legal.
The Tazewell Late Models roared to life for their 30 lap feature next. Steve Smith, who set fast time with a lap of 11.882 seconds, took the lead into turn 1 over Jason Trammell. Smith began to pull away from Trammell until about 10 laps to go. Trammell began to then reel the 3 in to challenge for the lead. On lap 26, with just 4 laps remaining, mechanical issued struck Smith forcing him to retire, and handing the lead to Trammell. Trammell would lead the remaining 4 laps to take the win over Steve Carr, Jody Horton, Keith Chapman, and J. Allan.
The classic cars took to the track next. Robby Sands started on the pole per qualifying with a lap of 14.380. On the start, a great battled ensued before contact between Charlie Tharp and Sands brought out the yellow. Tharp was granted with causing the caution and was sent to the tail of the field for the restart. Joe Keck got the jump on the restart over Sands to take the lead. Sands made many attempts to pass Keck, but he was unsuccessful and Keck took the win. After the Feature, Sands handed track owner Gary Hall enough cash to claim protest against the 8 of Keck. After tech inspection, Bill Curl found the 8 of Keck illegal, giving Sands the win.
Pure Street wrapped the night up with a 20 lap feature. Johnathan Miracle set fast time in qualifying, missing the track record by about 2/10 of a second, and turning a lap of 14.535. He pulled to the lead over J.J. Green on the start. Green began to close on Miracle, looking to challenge for the lead, before suffering mechanical problems on lap 13. Miracle went uncontested the remainder of the event claiming the victory.
Gary Hall would like to join all the fans and drivers for their continued support. Join us next Saturday night, June 23rd, for another edition of Tazewell Speedway’s weekly racing program, featuring the Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders. Gradnstand admission will be $10, with pit admission being $25.
June 12th, 2012
After the running of the annual Toyota Knoxville 50 featuring the yearly visit from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Tazewell Speedway returned for another edition of the speedway’s full weekly racing program, featuring the regular five divisions. Track official Brad Hall, son of track owner Gary Hall, worked hard all day long on the track surface. Hall declared that he, “…hopped in the water truck at high noon…” in order to prepare the track for the evening’s events. The hard work paid off as the surface proved to be fast and very racy.
The 4 Cylinders took to the track 1st as usual for their 15 lap feature. Bubby Braden and Jeromy Collins shared the 1st row for the start. Braden pulled ahead to take the lead on the start, while Chuck McMahan made quick work of Collins taking over 2nd. McMahan then took at try for the lead over Braden, in which the duo ran side-by-side for the first 2 laps, before McMahan made the successful pass on the bottom groove. The event ran caution free, with McMahan taking the win over Braden and James Hopson.
Modified Street cars rolled out next for their 20 lap feature. Jordan Horton set the pace in qualifying with a lap of 13.611 seconds. On the start, Horton pulled out to the lead with Jason Sizemore settling into 2nd. Horton ran the 56H to the victory in the caution free event, over Sizemore and his father Tony Horton. Clyde Overholt finished 4th, while Warren McMahan rallied from the back of the pack to claim a top 5 finish. Horton dedicated the win to his grandmother, who recently lost her home due to a fire. The Horton’s celebrated in style in victory lane, before Horton entered the stands to give away some driver apparel to fans and take a few photos.
The Tazewell Late Model feature took to the grid next. Steve Smith, who has been very fast and somewhat dominate in the season, set fast time in qualifying yet again, turning a lap of 11.804 seconds. He and Jason Trammell shared the front row to bring the 15 car field to the green flag. Smith pulled out to the lead, but the start was waved off after Michael Rutherford spun his #18 in turn 3, collecting Matthew Holt. On the complete restart, Smith pulled ahead of Trammell to take the lead. Smith looked to be dominating, before losing power under the hood on lap 7, bring out the caution again. As the old saying in racing goes, “Cautions bring cautions…” which proved itself true. Lap 14 quickly became the lap of destruction, with two separate incidents occurring on opposite ends of the track. Matthew Holt’s #22 lost an engine in turn 3, collecting several cars, including the leader, Jason Trammell. Chris Long’s #75 machine also ended up on top of the front stretch pit wall. Meanwhile, J. Allan and Josh Chesney made contact at the end of the front stretch blocking turn 1. Track officials were forced to red flag the event in order to clean up the carnage on both ends of the speedway. Things began to get very exciting up front at this point. During the caution for the crashes on lap 14, Travis Fultz began to overheat and was forced to relinquish the 2nd spot to add water to the car. Trammell’s damaged front end also required work during the caution. The field restarted, with Fultz barely making it back out on the track to stay on the lead lap. He caught a break 2 laps later when the 90J of Trammell suffered a flat tire, costing him the lead and bringing out a yellow. The lead was then turned over to the #77 of Steve Carr, making his first appearance of the season in a strong fashion. However, tragedy would strike him 1 lap after the restart as a broken right front suspension ended his night. With 13 laps to go, Jody Horton, looking for his 1st TLM win, found himself sitting in the lead, with Matt Tharp sitting in 2nd. Fultz, who restarted 5th, began to work towards the front. On lap 24, Fultz challenged Horton on the low side, capturing the lead. He led the remaining 6 laps to capture a very dramatic victory over Horton and Tharp who had very stellar runs. Trammell recuperated to finish 4th, while Allen Holt captured a top 5 finish.
Classics rolled to the speedway next for their feature. On the initial start, something broke on the pole sitter, Robbie Sands, #17 machine as he crashed to the bottom of turn 4, hitting the fence and ending his night early. This turn of events moved Joe Keck to the front row with Charlie Tharp. After several failed attempts, and flagman Bruce Caylor giving strong warnings, Joe Keck was replaced on the front row with his son, Eli. The event finally got underway; with Tharp claiming his 1st ever win in Classic car action. Eli Keck claimed a best 2nd place finish, with Joe Keck 3rd.
Pure Street took to the speedway as the final event of the night, sporting its largest showing of the 2012 season with a 12 car field. Luke Sharp topped the other 11 competitors in qualifying with a lap of 15.477 seconds. Guinn, who qualified 2nd, took the lead over Sharp on the start. The #01 of Sharp began to fade, as Buster Cupp made his way to 2nd, while Steve Smith worked his way up to 3rd. However, no one proved to be a match for Guinn as he claimed his 1st victory of 2012.\
Once again, Gary and Shirlene would like to thank all the drivers and fans for making Tazewell Speedway the best place in East Tennessee for dirt track racing, and for your continued support. Please join us next Saturday night, June 16th, as we continue the 2012 season with another edition of the weekly racing program, featuring the Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders. Grandstand admission will be $10 per person, with children ages 9 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Pit admission will be $25. Pit gates will open at 4PM, while grandstand gates will open at 5PM.
June 6th, 2012
TAZEWELL, TN – Two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN led all 50-laps of tonight’s Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway. Bloomquist completed a sweep of the night’s racing activities. He started out by setting a new track record in time trials, winning his heat, and taking his third LOLMDS win of the season. He earned $10,000 for the victory.
Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN gave chase to Bloomquist for most of the race as he wound up in second followed by Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV and Ear Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.
“The car was just phenomenal tonight,” said Bloomquist, who earned his 45th career win on the LOLMDS tour. “The Roush Yates Racing Engine ran perfect and the car handled so well, right from hot laps on. I want to thank my crew, sponsors, and everybody with my race team. Hopefully we can get on a roll again.”
“The traffic is always an issue here, we ran up on some cars and I backed off the throttle a little. I didn’t know how close Don (O’Neal) was, but I had to be careful. I want to thank Bob and Barb Miller, they are here tonight and they have been long supporters of us. I want to also thank Hawkeye Trucking, Base Racing Fuel, Lucas Oil Products, Optima Batteries, Sweet Mfg, Ohlins, Weld Racing, and Lane Automotive.”
Bloomquist held a good-sized lead for most of the race, as only two cautions slowed the event. On each restart, Bloomquist pulled away from the field. O’Neal tried to track Bloomquist down in the final laps but ran out of time. Ogle briefly held the second-spot after the first restart, but O’Neal eventually got him back, and chased down the leader.
Rounding out the top ten were; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set a blistering pace in Red Buck Cigars Time Trials and clocking a New Track Record, 10.822 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, and John Blankenship.
The series will take a couple weekends off and return to action on Friday and Saturday Night’s June 22nd and 23rd at Cherokee Speedway and Wythe Raceway. Both events will pay $10,000-to-win and feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heats, B-Mains, and 50-Lap Main Events. For more information, log onto www.cherokeespeedway.com and www.wytheraceway.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and be sure to follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.
June 2nd, 2012
Tazewell, TN – Tonight’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series “Toyota Knoxville 50″ at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN has been rescheduled. With heavy rains pounding the facility this morning, Tazewell Speedway and LOLMDS officials have decided to reschedule tonight’s events and notify the many loyal fans and racers as early as possible. The series will return to Tazewell Speedway on Sunday night June 3rd for the running of the Toyota Knoxville 50.
Next up, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will visit Florence Speedway in Union, KY on Saturday June 2nd for the Ralph Latham Memorial. Both Saturday and Sunday’s Toyota Knoxville 50 will pay $10,000 to win.
For more information about Tazewell Speedway and Florence Speedway visit their respective websites at www.tazewellspeedway.com and www.florencespeedway.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series’ website at www.lucasdirt.com.
Be sure to visit the series on our social media outlets as well at http://www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and http://twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.
June 1st, 2012
WAYCROSS, GA– The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series kicks off the month of June with two special events this weekend. On Friday Night, June 1st, the series visits Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN. Saturday night, June 2nd, the series makes its way to Florence Speedway in Union, KY.
There will be a complete show both nights for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, beginning with Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and then, capped off by $10,000 to win/$800 to start main events.
The visit to “The Taz” on Friday night will mark the eighth time the LOLMDS has raced at the ultra high banked Gary Hall-promoted facility. Jared Landers of Batesville, AR won last year’s Toyota Knoxville 50 event before a huge crowd. Another long-standing track on the LOLMDS schedule is Florence Speedway. Saturday night’s trip to the King Family-promoted racetrack will be the 13th time that the track has hosted the LOLMDS. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN won last year’s Ralph Latham Memorial Race at the racey ½ mile track.
Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN is coming off his 2nd consecutive victory in the 20th Annual DART Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com and will be joined by the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series this weekend at Tazewell and
Florence. Don O’Neal is currently second in the LOLMDS Championship Points Standings. Rounding out the Top-5 are Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.
Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA is currently sixth in points, followed by Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY. Davenport leads Hubbard by 140-points in the chase for the 2012 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year honors.
For more information on this weekends’ Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Tazewell and Florence, log on to each track’s respective websites at www.tazewellspeedway.net and www.florencespeedway.com. The official host hotel for Florence Speedway is the Holiday Inn – Cincinnati Airport. To book a room, call (859) 371-2233 and ask for the Florence Speedway rate.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, check out www.lucasdirt.com. Make sure to follow us at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt as well.
May 30th, 2012
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes their annual appearance to Tazewell Speedway on Friday, June 1. The Toyota of Knoxville 50 is one of a few events that has been on the series’ schedule since the first season in 2005.
This year’s edition will see some of the country’s hottest drivers at Tazewell Speedway as they battle for the $10,000 winner’s prize as well as for the top spot in series points. Defending series champion Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tennessee currently leads the series point standings. Owens has a 335-point lead over Indiana’s Don O’Neal. Owens won the two most recent series racse at Batesville, Arkansas and last week’s Show Me 100. O’Neal has won three of the last six series races. After getting off to a slow start, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee has rallied with two series wins to move into third place in the series standings. Steve Francis and Earl Pearson Jr. round out the top 5 in series points.
Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Reddick, defending race winner Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., and John Blankenship round out the top 10 in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points.
Other drivers expected for the Toyota of Knoxville 50 are Austin Hubbard, Eric Wells, Ray Cook, Chris Madden, Vic Hill, Billy Ogle Jr., Steve Smith, and other top local and regional drivers.
Also racing on Friday, June 1 will be the Tazewell (limited) late models for $1,200 to win. There is no entry fee. Modified streets and classic cars will also be racing. Rules for the Tazewell Late Model race will be as follows:
Tazewell motor rules 2250 BASE WEIGHT
411 motor rules 2400 BASE WEIGHT
ADD 50 LBS FOR ROLLER
ADD 25 LBS FOR TITANIUM VALVES
NO BIG BORE SHORT STROKE
Tickets for the Toyota of Knoxville 50 are $26 for adults, children 9 and under are free. Pit passes are $38. Pit gates open at 2:00 and grandstand gates open at 4:00. Hot laps are slated to begin around 8:00.
The Tazewell Motor Lodge is the official host hotel for Tazewell Speedway. Click here for their web site or call 423-626-7229 to make a reservation.
Tazewell Speedway is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell, Tennessee. Going north on US 25-E, turn right and then left onto Bacchus Rd, and then 1.8 miles north, then .8 miles west and the race track is located on the left. For additional information, visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net or call 423-626-2222. For more series information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, you can visit www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at 951-532-2503.
May 29th, 2012
Tazewell Speedway kicked the Memorial Day weekend off in a big way with a full racing program, featuring the first of two “Kidz Night at the Taz”, on a very hot May afternoon. The evening featured action in the five regular weekly divisions, along with kids’ foot races on the front stretch of the track.
4 Cylinder action kicked off the evening with a 15 lap feature. Jeromy Collins and Rufus Collett brought the seven car field to the green flag. Collins took the lead; with McMahan grabbing the second spot from row two going into turn one. Two laps later, McMahan took the lead over from Collins, while Bubby Braden began working his way toward the front. Braden battled by Collins for second, but ran short on laps and finished second as McMahan claimed the victory in the caution free event. Hayston brought the #007 home third, with Collins finishing fourth and Shane Taylor rounding out the top five.
Modified Street came to the grid next on tap for a twenty lap feature. Clyde Overholt set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.437 to claim the pole position. He shared the front row with the #88 of Brad Davis, making his first appearance of 2012. On the start, Overholt used the top side advantage to take the lead going into turn one, with Davis settling into second. As the race started to heat up, things were slowed on lap five for a spin by Larry Burke. On the restart, Overholt showed the way pulling away from Davis and the rest of the field. Several cars had mechanical issues over the course of the next ten laps, with Davis being one of them, ending his night. The race was slowed for the final time on lap 16, setting up a four lap dash. Robbie Buchanan worked the P21 machine up to second, but was unable to make a move on Overholt as he claimed the flag-to-flag victory.
After completing the second feature of the night, the track took intermission for the fireworks display and kids’ foot races. Four beautiful brand new bicycles were given to the winners in each of the four divisions. Winners by division were: Kristen Sizemore (Girls6-9), Olivia Robertson (Girls 10-13), Blaine Caylor (Boys 6-9), and Matthew Smith (Boys 10-13). The winners were also given a trophy, and all participants received a free Tazewell Speedway t-shirt! Gary Hall would like to personally thank each and every parent for bringing their children out to participate in the night’s events, and congratulations to all the winners.
After intermission, the Tazewell Late Models rolled out for their thirty lap feature. Jason Trammell set fast time in the #90J machine at 11.966 seconds. He and Fultz shared the first row, bringing the field to the green flag. Trammell grabbed the lead with Fultz settling into second. The yellow flag drew on lap two as Rex Coffey slowed down the front stretch in his first appearance of 2012. After the restart, things started to heat up in the battle between second and fifth. Steve Smith worked masterfully on the bottom to work his way up to second from the fourth starting spot, as Fultz faded from second to fourth. Estes also used the bottom groove on the speedway to climb his #31 machine to third. Debris brought out the event’s final caution, setting up a six lap dash. Although Trammell pulled away on the restart, things became very interesting in a very heated battle for second. Estes work Smith over on the bottom very hard, running most of the last six laps side-by-side. Trammell drove the 90J? to victory, with Smith holding Estes off for second, while Fultz and Jody Horton rounded out the top five.
Classics rolled out next for their twenty lap feature. Robbie Sands returned after missing the previous week in a big way to claim the pole for the feature, with Bart Baxter turning a rare Tazewell Speedway appearance into a first row start. Sands took the lead on lap one, with Baxter holding second running the low line. Joe Keck, back in his lime green #8 machine, took the second position over from Baxter, but got loose several laps later coming out of turn two, losing second to Baxter again. Sands continued picking up where he left off three weeks previously by grabbing the win over Baxter, Keck, Shockley, and Eli Keck.
Pure Street took to the speedway as the night’s final event for a twenty lap feature. Jason Long set fast time in qualifying, and took the lead on the first lap over J.J. Green. The event ran caution free, with Long picking up the win in dominating fashion over Green, Eldridge, Miracle, and Buster Cupp. However, after means of a post-race track inspection, Long and Green were disqualified, and Eldridge rolled the #94 machine into victory lane as the winner over Johnathan Miracle and Buster Cupp.
Once again, Gary and Shirlene Hall would like to thank all the fans and drivers for supporting Tazewell Speedway each and every night. Please join us at Tazewell Speedway this coming Friday night, June 1st, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns for the Toyota Knoxville 50 paying $10,000 to win in a 50 lap super late model event. Also on tap will be the Tazewell Late Models paying $1,200 to win, with Modified Street and Classics on the agenda as well. Pit gates open at 2:00 PM, with grandstand gates opening at 4:00 PM. Admission will be $26 for grandstands and $38 for pits. For questions and additional details, please call the track hotline at (423)-626-2
May 21st, 2012
Tazewell Speedway returned to action on May 19, 2012 with another edition of weekly program racing featuring action in the Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.
The first feature to take to the speedway of the night was the 4 Cylinders. Bubby Braden and Rufus Collett brought the field to the green flag on row one. Braden took the lead going into turn one, but shortly after lost the lead to Fields. By lap three, Kurt Owens had brought the famed 7UP machine from last to second, giving him twelve laps to charge up and catch Fields. It took Owens about five laps to run Fields down while McMahan and Joey Allen battled for 3rd. The race began to heat up between Owens and Fields when Kurt decided to make his move going into turn one on lap eleven. The two contenders made contact, causing Owens to lose a right rear wheel ending his night and bringing out the yellow. The caution set up a four lap dash to the finish, now with McMahan, who had successfully passed Allen, on Fields’ rear bumper. The finish came down to the wire in a side-by-side photo finish with Fields claiming his 1st win of the season in only his second race back in competition. McMahan would finish second, with Allen finishing 3rd in his return appearance.
The second feature of the night was the Modified Street, the bonus money class of the night. Gary Blanken set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.315 in his second appearance of the season. On the start, Blanken charged to the lead into turn one by Clyde Overholt, who competed in his father’s #14 machine after contact in hotlaps with the turn 4 wall ended his night in the #4 machine. A lap nine caution for Larry Burke’s broken right front suspension set up for the last eleven laps. No one proved to be a match for Blanken as he claimed his 1st victory of 2012.
The Tazewell Late Models took to the track 3rd on the slate. Steve Smith rocketed to the pole with a lap of 11.660 seconds, threatening to break his own track record. On the start, Smith got a good jump and took the lead over Phillip Nichols, who qualified 2nd, going into turn one. Smith was able to drive away from Nichols as he had his hands full defending 2nd place from Greg Estes in the #31. A lap 26 caution slowed things as 4th place running Michael Rutherford had a great showing ruined by a broke left rear wheel coming out of turn four. The final caution the next lap for J. Allan set up for a three lap dash to the finish, showing the #3 machine prevailing as Smith held on for the win. After the conclusion of the event, Nichols, who prevailed in finishing 2nd over Estes, protested the 3 of Smith. Smith also returned the favor by protesting the 33 of Nichols as well. After tech inspection concluded, both drivers were deemed legal giving the win to Smith. Nichols finished 2nd, Estes 3rd, with Matt Tharp and Andy Wilder claiming top five finishes on the evening.
Classics took to the high banks next. Phillip Shockley claimed the pole with a fast time of 14.478 seconds. On the start, Shockley pulled ahead of Charlie Tharp going into turn one. After several cautions slowed the event, as several attempts made by Tharp to pass the #34 machine, Shockley took the checkered driving his orange #34 to victory lane. Tharp finished second, with Daris Braden running third, Lockhart fourth, and Walton rounding out the top five.
The final feature of the night was the Pure Street division. Steve Smith claimed fast time with a lap of 14.519 seconds, but was unable to start the feature. Jason Long and J.J. Green shared row one for the start, with the first start being waved off. The second time around was more successful, with Long grabbing the lead. The race ran caution free, as Long claimed his first win of the season.
Despite a great night of action and fun, Tazewell Speedway operated tonight with heavy hearts. Jim Yeary, the owner of the famed “War Pig” #7 Classic car machine, recently piloted by Classic driver and regular Joe “Hotrod” Keck, lost his battle with cancer Saturday morning at the age of 40. Gary and Shirlene Hall, Rick Brooks, and all of the staff of Tazewell Speedway would like to send their most sincere condolences to the Yeary family in this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved Mr. Yeary, and he will be very deeply missed by all of his racing family at the Tazewell Speedway.
Tazewell Speedway will return to action once again next Saturday night, May 26, with another edition of regular racing featuring “KIDS NIGHT AT THE RACES.” Activities for this event will include foot races for kids ages 6-9 in one group, and ages 10-13 in the other group. Foot race winners will receive a free bicycle and a trophy, with all participants receiving a free Tazewell Speedway t-shirt!!! And as if this isn’t enough, Mr. and Mrs. Hall are also bringing back $1 hotdog night, and a free fireworks display! This is certainly going to be a night of family fun no one will want to miss!!! Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall would like to thank each and every fan for their continued support of Tazewell Speedway and hope each and every one joins us once again next week!
May 15th, 2012
Tazewell Speedway returned yet again to bring another action packed night of racing to the fans packing the stands. Drivers, crews, and spectators arrived to the track under overcast skies, showing threats of possibly raining the event out. However, the rain held off and the track played out to be a little bit tricky. Cloudy skies hid the sun from the track surface, producing a very slick surface and playing a major role in some of the night’s events. Hotlaps showed how slick the surface was. Although hotlaps went somewhat uneventful, the drivers struggled to get their machines up to full speed.
The first feature to take to the track tonight was the 4 Cylinders. Chuck McMahan showed up just a little before feature time to take a starting spot on the tail end of the field for the fifteen lap feature. On the start, Braden took the lead coming out of turn two. It didn’t take McMahan very long to work his way up to the third spot. McMahan and Collett battled furiously for several laps for the second spot, allowing Braden to pull away from the battling duo. Finally on lap ten, McMahan was able to take over the second spot, but with only five laps left, ran out of time. Braden’s half track advantage kept him out front to take the feature win over McMahan and Collett.
Modified Street came through once again to produce some of the great bullring action Tazewell Speedway fans are used to. Scott Johnson stunned fans and fellow competitors by capturing the fast time award in qualifying on the trickiest track of the year with a lap of 14.610 seconds. On the start, Johnson blasted out to a huge lead over four cars battling for second position including Clyde Overholt, Jason Sizemore, and the father and son duo, Tony and Jordan Horton. A spin by Robbie Buchanan on lap ten brought out the feature’s first caution. One lap after the restart, the drama began as Johnson’s dominate #1 machine blew a motor going down the backstretch. As a result of oil on the track, Austin Atkins and Danny Helton collected their #14 machines in turn three ending their nights. As a result, the race lead was turned over to Clyde Overholt, who fought furiously to hold off Sizemore and Jordan Horton to capture his 2nd feature win of the season.
Tazewell Late Models took to the track as the 3rd feature on tap. After false starting and spins, the event finally completed one lap and was underway. However, the second lap proved the second turn to be calamity corner as several cars piled up in the rear of the field, collecting the 3rd place running Jody Horton, who ran a career best 2nd place last week in the TLM division. He would continue, but would retire later in the event due to the damage received in the crash. After a brief red flag for cleanup, the event went back to green. Smith showed the way, with Fultz applying a lot of pressure by running the lower groove around the track. Trammell towed behind the duo in third, while Greg Estes, who debuted a brand new car tonight, worked on Josh Chesney in the XXX machine. Phillip Nichols spun his #33 in turn one after contact with 3rd place Trammell, bringing out a caution on lap twenty and setting up a ten lap dash to the finish. In the closing laps, Trammell was able to take over second from Fultz after a near disaster almost claimed some of the leaders while working lapped traffic. This allowed Smith to drive his #3 to the victory over Trammell, Fultz, Estes, and Chesney who claimed a careerbest top 5 in the TLM division.
Classics entertained the crowd by taking to the track as the 4th event of the night. Drama sparked on the first lap caused by contact with the #20 of Charlie Tharp making contact with the Fast qualifier Robbie Sands in the #17. Joe Keck was also collected in Jim Yeary’s “War Pig” #7Y machine. The incident ended Sands night, ending his 2012 winning streak. The event continued on the restart with Keck grabbing the lead despite damage received after crashing with Sands. Tharp settled the #20 into 2nd, attempting several time to challenge Keck for the lead. However, no one proved to be a match for Keck as he finally gained a victory for Jim Yeary Motorsports, in a very emotional manner due to Yeary’s suffering from cancer. Tharp brought his machine home in second, with Shockley running 3rd, Phillip Blackford running a strong 4th, and Shane Lockhart claiming his first top 5 finish of the year.
The final event of the evening was a special event for the Pure Street class, who performed as the Bonus class of the night. The event paid an extra $150 to the winner, making the first place prize $400 to win, and second place paying an extra $100. Luke Sharp claimed the pole position with a fast time of 15.332 seconds, claiming his first career pole by qualifying in his John Deere colored #01. However, problems forced him to miss the initial start, relocating him to the tail end of the field for the start. On the start, track official Buster Cupp in the #28 El Camino claimed the lead coming out of turn two. He pulled away from the main pack led by J.J. Green in the #12 machine. With two laps to go, Cupp was struck with terrible luck as his #28 blew a right rear tire, costing him the victory. J.J. Green was able to claim the lead coming to the white flag, while Cupp struggled to bring the El Camino to the finish. Green would capture the $400 victory, with Cupp barely holding on to finish 2nd over Dustin Eldridge in the 94.
Gary and Shirlene Hall would like to personally thank each and every driver and spectator who came out tonight to make racing possible at East Tennessee’s fastest high-banked dirt oval. Without the loyalty of the drivers and fans, nothing would be possible. Mr. and Mrs. Hall and the rest of the Tazewell Speedway staff would like to invite all fans to join us again on May 19th, as we return for another weekly program of racing, featuring a candy toss for all kids ages 6 and under. Regular admission will be $10 with children ages 10 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes will be $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under.
May 8th, 2012
After the World of Outlaws came to town for their only appearance of the 2011 season, Tazewell Speedway returned to regular racing action on May 5th with a program featuring the Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.
The evening began with action in the 4 Cylinder class. Kurt Owens took the lead on lap 2 and never looked back. The event drew one caution for Hayston Collett on lap 10. However, Owens rocketed into a big lead on the restart, leading the last 5 laps, en route to his victory in the 15 lap feature.
Up next on the lineup was the Modified Street class. Jason Sizemore set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.228 seconds, and continued his dominance into the feature. He grabbed the lead on the start, but was never able to pull away from the field. After losing a little ground, Clyde Overholt made up time and rode Sizemore’s bumper to make things interesting. However, Overholt was unable to do anything with Sizemore after catching him and Sizemore took the win leading flag to flag in the caution free, 20 lap event.
The Tazewell Late Models took to the high banks as the 3rd feature of the night. Steve Smith set fast time at 11.870 seconds, but was unable to take advantage on the start. Jason Trammell pulled into the lead into turn one from the bottom of row one. A multi-car crash occurred going into turn one involving Allen Holt, Matthew Holt, and Matt Tharp. Two other cautions for debris slowed the event leading to the final caution of the event on lap 21 for Steve Smith stopping in turn two. The last nine laps took Trammell to victory lane leading the 30 lap event flag to flag.
The Classic cars were the fourth event to take to the track. Sands set fast time in qualifying at 14.286 seconds. The event was slowed by 5 cautions, the most major being on the first lap when Daris Braden lost a wheel on the first lap. The events final caution drew on lap 16, setting up for a four lap shootout. However, Phillip Shockley was unable to make a move allowing Robbie Sands to claim his fourth victory in a row for 2012.
The final feature to hit the speedway for the night was the Pure Street class. J.J. Green set fast time with a lap of 14.866 to start on the pole. Green grabbed the lead on the first lap. Johnny Miller spun the 39 on lap 5 to draw the event’s first yellow, and the final yellow drew on lap 9 for oil on the track from the 42 of Jack England. Jason Long and Johnathan Miracle battled hard, but were unable to pass Green as he claimed his first ever Tazewell Speedway victory leading flag to flag, and blowing a motor after taking the checkered flag.
Tazewell Speedway track owner Gary Hall would once again like to thank each and every fan for their awesome support in creating the largest crowd in history for the WoO event on April 28th, and for their continued support. Join Tazewell Speedway again next Saturday night, May 12th, for another edition of the Tazewell Speedway weekly racing program featuring the Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.
May 2nd, 2012
Tazewell Speedway saw its first special super late model event on Saturday, April 28th, as the World of Outlaws Late Model Dirt Series came to town featuring a fifty feature paying $10,000 to the winner. The event drew thirty-two super late models from thirteen different states and featured some of the top names in the nation. Scott Bloomquist topped the other thirty-one competitors in qualifying by setting a lap of 11.599 seconds. The event displayed four action packed heat races with Scott Bloomquist, Eric Jacobsen, Bub McCool, and Chris Madden taking the wins. After the heats were completed, the famous WoO featured redraw format took place at the start finish line, with McCool drawing the pole position and Scott Bloomquist drawing the outside pole position to make up the first row of the feature. Consolation action came to the track and saw Clint Smith win the first consolation and Jack Sullivan winning the second consolation. As feature time rolled around, the WoO field assembled into the famous “four wide salute to the fans.” The field then reassembled into a side-by-side format twelve rows deep to make up the 24 car starting field. Bub McCool got the jump and grabbed the lead into turn one. On lap 6, Pat Doar would decide to retire from the event, as would Tim McCreadie on the 18th circuit. The fifty lap feature would stay green until the checkered flag flew with McCool taking the win leading every lap. The race was completed in less than 11 minutes total.
The 4 Cylinder class got the opportunity to qualify for their feature, and the 99 of Chuck McMahan broke the track qualifying record with a lap of 14.484 seconds. On the start of the feature, the C11 of Michael Courtney, who was also under the track qualifying record in time trials, took the lead into turn one. The events only caution drew at lap 8 for a hard crash in turn four for the 44J of Jeromy Collins, ending his night. Courtney would lead the last laps en route to his flag-to-flag victory.
Modified Street time trials wound up with the P21 of Robbie Buchanan setting fast time at 13.799 seconds. On the initial start, the second fast qualifier Larry Burke spun out of two. The field was lined back up for a complete restart. On the restart, Buchanan pulled into turn one first grabbing the lead from the high side. The feature ran twenty caution-free laps with Buchanan taking the flag-to-flag victory.
The final feature of the night was the Classics. Robbie Sands claimed fast time in time trials with a lap of 14.349 seconds. The event was slowed by two cautions, both by single car spin from Eli Keck and Jason Beeler. However, no one proved to be a match for Sands as he cruised to the victory. After some rule/protest debating, the protest was called off and Sands was declared the winner making that three in a row for the 17 crew.
Gary Hall would like to thank all the great fans for their support in forming the largest crowd ever in Tazewell Speedway history. Mr. Hall and the rest of the Tazewell Speedway crew would like to invite everyone back out this Saturday night as we return to our weekly racing program featuring the Tazewell Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, Classics, and 4 Cylinders.
April 24th, 2012
Tazewell Speedway welcomes the World of Outlaws Late Model Series presented by Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown for an exciting one-night racing program on Saturday. April 28. With $10,000 on the line, the race is expected to draw some of the nation’s best to the high banks of Tazewell Speedway.
Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky leads the WoOLMS point standings heading into Tazewell. Lanigan has already scored two wins on the young season. He leads Josh Richards by 36 points and defending series champion Rick Eckert by 54 points. Shane Clanton, 2010 Tazewell WoOLMS race winner, and Chub Frank round out the top five in series points. Tim McCreadie, Clint Smith, Vic Coffey, Bub McCool, Pat Doar, Mike Marlar, Brandon Sheppard, and John Lobb are other series regulars.
A number of top drivers from across the region and the nation will be trying to take the big money from the World of Outlaws regulars. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tennessee, Ray Cook, Dale McDowell, defending race winner Chris Madden, former Tazewell Speedway winner Brad Neat, Vic Hill, Billy Ogle Jr., track record holder Steve Smith, and others will make their way to Tazewell Speedway.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series presented by Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown event will consist of a full racing program including time trials, heat races, consolation races, and the 50-lap main event.
Also on the racing program for April 28 will be the modified streets for $500 to win, classic cars for $400 to win, and four cylinders for $350 to win.
Tickets for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series presented by Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia of Morristown are $26 for adults, children 9 and under are free. Pit passes are $38. Pit gates open at 2:00 and grandstand gates open at 4:00. Racing will begin at 7:30.
The Tazewell Motor Lodge is the official host hotel for Tazewell Speedway. Click here for their web site or call 423-626-7229 to make a reservation.
Tazewell Speedway is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell, Tennessee. Going north on US 25-E, turn right and then left onto Bacchus Rd, and then 1.8 miles north, then .8 miles west and the race track is located on the left. For additional information, visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net or call 865-626-2222. For more series information on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, you can visit www.woolms or call the series office at 1-704-795-RACE (7223).
December 9th, 2011
Tazewell, Tennessee – Tazewell Speedway has announced its schedule for the 2012 racing season. The schedule is jam-packed with events from April to October.
Following two open practice sessions on March 31 and April 7, the season gets under way on Saturday, April 14 with a full racing program featuring Tazewell Speedway’s five racing divisions – Tazewell (steelhead) Late Models, modified street, pure street, classic cars, and four cylinders. The highlights of the schedule are the visits by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Saturday, April 28 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday, June 1.
Other special events for the super late models include the finale for Ray Cook’s Shaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series on Saturday, July 28 and the 4th annual Buddy Rogers Memorial 44 on Sunday, September 2.
The Tazewell Late Models will get their own set of special events throughout the 2012 season. A $3,000 to win race is set for Tuesday, July 3. The 2nd annual Fall Rumble will pay $2,000 to the winner on Saturday, October 6.
The American Modified Series will make two visits to the 1/3-mile Tazewell Speedway. A pair of $3,000 to win races will take place on Saturday, June 30 and on Friday, August 26.
There are also several events and activities for the kids throughout the season along with one of the most exciting weekly racing programs in the area.
Visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net to see the entire schedule for the 2012 season.
October 10th, 2011
The high-banked, Tazewell speed plant opened its gates for the final event of the 2011 season. In a joint venture with 411 Speedway the track hosted the final night of a two race event. 411 hosted night one with Tazewell Speedway regular and up and coming driver Jordon Horton taking the win in Modified Street action. On the Limited Late Model side of things Brad Hall, son of Tazewell Speedway track owner Gary Hall took the win in that feature. It was setting up to be a great night of action as the cars traveled up the highway to compete in the Chris Collinsworth Memorial 77. Tonight’s program featured a 40-lap Late Model feature along with a 37-lap Modified Street feature. In support of these features the Classics were also added to the program. The weather was perfect, the crowd was in their seats and the program was ready to start.
Qualifications were the first order of business and the pole winning time in the Late Models belonged to Travis Fultz as he circled the Taz in 11.664 seconds. Greg Estes took the top time in Modified Street with his lap of 13.028 seconds. In the Classics division, “Rocket” Robbie Sands had the best lap at 14.320 seconds.
After qualifications heat racing began and in the first heat race for the Modified Street class Clyde Overholt took the win. In the second heat Jason Sizemore took the win. The fast qualifiers took the track next for a short hot lap session and then the track brought out the limited Late Models for their heats. Brad Lowe took the win in a very fun to watch first heat race. In a somewhat controversial heat two finish Steve Carr was allowed the win even after seeing the black flag for a heavily smoking car. Anthony White took the win in the third heat and the fastest three qualifiers was then able to hot lap their machines. At long last it was time for some much anticipated feature races.
The first feature of the night belonged to the Modified Street racers. Night one winner Jordon Horton just before the race began found a problem in a wheel bearing and effectively his night was over even before the race even started. There would be no sweep for “The Natural.” Greg Estes and Gary Blanken led the field to green with Warren McMahan and the disappointed Horton making up row two. Estes took control early and left McMahan, Sizemore and Clyde Overholt battling for second. This may have been the best racing action of the event as they stayed basically nose to tail and fender to fender throughout. The leaders withstood a couple of cautions including a bad break from Leonard Bray when his machine had rear end problems forcing him to exit from the race. McMahan would eventually pressure Estes for the lead on several occasions as the race was nearing its end but he would not able to make the pass without using his bumper to do so. With nine cars left to battle it out after incidents and attrition Estes would go on to finish just ahead of the hard charging McMahan to take home a cool two-thousand dollar paycheck. Sizemore, Overholt and Larry “Goatman” Burke rounded out the top five. Tim Hatfield also had a great run and stayed near the front all night to bring home a sixth place finish.
With thirty-seven of the seventy-seven lap Chris Collinsworth Memorial in the books it was now time to settle the other forty laps with the Limited Late Model feature. Fans have been ready for this one for weeks now and it did not disappoint. Greg Estes also climbed into his late model and began a drive to the front in this feature also. Travis Fultz and Jason Trammell started the race on row one and Estes would have to push his machine all night in the effort to reach the front runners. Jason Trammell had little problem staying at the front of this one even with a huge hole in the nose of his car. Chasing him in the first half of the race was Fultz, Steve Smith and Brad Hall. Just behind them was Brad Lowe who seemed to be just quietly hanging around the top six spots. On lap thirty-one Estes had made it up to challenge for the sixth spot. On lap thirty-five the leader’s race would change when he ran into a pile of cars that had spun in turn four. Although Trammell did a great job to lessen the contact it would still be his undoing. Steve Smith also had some issues and had to go pit side but he would recover to get a solid finish. On a lap thirty-five restart Trammell’s night ended due to the previous contact in turn four and Travis Fultz took over at the point. Hall had now moved into second with Lowe sliding up into third. On lap thirty-seven Hall’s night ended also with mechanical issues. Greg Estes had made it just behind the leaders when he contacted the wall on the front stretch and flipped his 31 on its top and slid down into turn one but thankfully was uninjured. Nearly at the same moment two more cars made contact and Phillip Nichols and Jason Welshan made hard contact with the inside wall. Both cars and drivers were able to continue. On the restart Fultz left the rest of the field to cross the line first and see the checkered flag but a great run by Lowe had him finishing second which later would prove to be very important. Protest money was presented to Race Director, Rick Brooks and Fultz was asked to move into the cage for inspection. After it was all over Brad Lowe had taken his first ever win at Tazewell Speedway. Finishing second was Walker Arthur who remained steady and also had a great ride. Welshan and Nichols both recovered from the earlier incident to finish fifth and sixth respectively. Lowe and his crew celebrated the win in victory lane by thanking both tracks for the great series of racing and thanked his sponsors and the fans. He then asked for that nice three-thousand dollar check.
One last feature race had to be ran and it was for the Classics. Reminiscent of the glory days of racing these drivers and machines always put on a great show. “Rocket “ Robbie Sands had other ideas on this night as he was simply on a rail. He started at the front and finished at the front with Charlie Tharp, Phillip Shockley, Scott Russell and Cameron Skinner rounding out the top five behind him.
Following the conclusion of the First Annual Fall Rumble the fans, crews and drivers all agreed that this was a start of something special that would be a great event for many years to come. Both Tazewell Speedway and 411 Speedway would like to thank all involved in making this a huge success. As far as Tazewell Speedway is concerned, Gary Hall and crew would like to once again thank the greatest fans in all of dirt racing. Tazewell Speedway fans are the best around and we will do our very best to continue to provide the best Saturday night of racing action possible. Tazewell Speedway has had its ups and downs throughout the year but when it came to Saturday night the track always had its fans in the seats. Once again thank you fans for a great 2011! See everyone in the spring of 2012.
October 8th, 2011
Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the speedway’s 2011 night of champions turned into Sunday’s “afternoon of champions” due to Mother Nature throwing some crisp, cold air and winds into town. Tazewell Speedway took a moment and recognized its champions, rookies of the year and the Anthony Burchett Courage Award winner while also having some great racing action in the sunlight of a beautiful fall afternoon. The top five points finishers in each class were:
First up on the high banks for racing action was the Tazewell Speedway Late Models B-Main for transfer spots; winner was Greg Estes and second went to Andy Wilder, both transferred to the feature.
Next on the track were the drivers and cars of the Modified Street class with pole sitter Greg Estes (14.199 seconds) leading them to the green flag. On lap 6 Estes spun moving up Warren McMahan to the lead. Jordon Horton was all over McMahan’s rear bumper on lap 10. Horton on lap 11 nearly cleared him coming off turn four but simply could not clear the red and black 33. The top three were now McMahan, Jordon Horton and Clyde Overholt. On the lap 13 restart, Brad Davis went pit side just before the field got the green with mechanical issues. Both drivers at the front showed great car control and managed to stay off each other as they went side by side and nose to tail for the remainder of the race with the 2011 Champion McMahan taking the checkers.
The Four Cylinders were next and David Creech and Ethan Hansard made up row one. By lap 2 Joey Allen had came from the second row to lead the race as action was happening all over the track. Allen moved to the rear of the field after his car stumbled on the track and made contact with the Creech. Creech, Hansard and Allen Holloway moved into the top three spots. A three wide race caused Holloway some problems as the 2011 Champion suffered heavy damage to the front of his car resulting in him leaving the race for repairs although he would continue on. It was a demolition derby of sorts all race long from that point on with Holloway leading the way until lap 5 officially was over and recorded in the books. Taking the point in just two laps was Kurt Owens who again came from the rear. Tim Ladd by lap 12 was looking for second but Holloway would prove to be a tough pass. Owens held off Holloway for the win with Holloway grabbing second and McMahan securing third.
Next on the track were the Tazewell Late Models and pole winner Steve Smith (12.656 seconds) brought the field to the green. Smith drove to the lead with Jason Trammel in second. Brad Hall moved to third when Travis Fultz slid back. By lap 9 Hall was trying to clear Trammell on the low side. Jason Welshan was losing ground to the front three by lap 13 but slowly started reeling them back in. Trammell, Welshan and Hall put on a great display of driving on lap 19 as they went through lap traffic full throttle. Smith had just enough speed to keep Trammel behind him to get the caution free win. It was his second win of the year. Trammell finished in the runner-up spot while Hall stayed in front of Welshan for third.
The Classics were next and the pole sitter was Robbie Sands (14.640 seconds). On the green Sands with Jim Yeary alongside went into turn one and Sands come out with the lead. There were a couple of spins early in this one that brought out the caution flag but Sands stayed in front of Yeary and Rocky Estes. Yeary battled for the lead on lap 4 but Sands found a way to remain at the point. A lap 10 yellow gave the field a shot at Sands but on lap 12 Estes got loose and allowed Charlie Tharp into third place. Sands needed to only keep it straight the last five laps to grab the win and was able to do just that. Finishing second was Yeary and Tharp finished third.
The last race of the afternoon was the Pure Street with pole sitter Aaron Guinn (14.906 seconds) and Jason Long on the front row. Guinn went to the front with Long and Gary Blanken just behind him. A lap later we had a new player in the third spot, Buster Cupp. It was only lap two at this point due to some spinning cars but it seemed like lap ten after a few caution laps. Finally the race made a few good laps but was interrupted on occasion by some more yellows for nothing more than innocent spins. On lap 12 it was Guinn, Long and Blanken. Guinn took the checkers and it was his second win at the Taz. Second place went to Jason Long and Blanken got third.
Next up for Tazewell Speedway and 411 Speedway is the first annual Fall Rumble. The race will be a two-part event with the opening night being held at 411 Speedway on Friday night, October 7th. Then on Saturday the 8th, Tazewell Speedway will host the second night of racing that is named the Chris Collinsworth Memorial 77. The Late Models will run a 40-lap feature while the Modified Street drivers will have a 37-lap feature. For information on this event and all things Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.
September 25th, 2011
After being rescheduled earlier in the season due to rain the National All Stars Racing Association was greeted with cool temperatures and a gusty fall wind. Last week ended the regular weekly points racing and after the points were totaled up the 2011 track champions were named and certified. In the Tazewell Late Model class Travis Fultz captured his second title in a row. In Modified Street, Warren McMahan grabbed his first points title at Tazewell Speedway. In the Four Cylinder class it was Allen Holloway edging out Bubby Braden for his second Tazewell Speedway title and in the Pure Street division Jonathan Miracle was the champ, also his second. The Tazewell Speedway Classics championship went to last years Anthony Burchett award winner, Jim Yeary. Congratulations to all the 2011 champions from Tazewell Speedway and its fans.
The track officials began the evening by working the track surface which had lots of moisture in it from earlier rains. After the track surface was ran it was time for hot laps followed by qualifying.
First to race were the drivers of the Four Cylinder class with Allen Holloway and Daris Braden making up row one. The leaders did not take the green flag at the same time and the caution flag was displayed just before the cars up front got together in turn three. Several were damaged but most returned for the restart except for the 1of Mark Wallace. Two and three wide racing then began with Holloway moving to the lead but Owens was coming hard to the front from the last position on the field. Marty Phillips got the lead on lap 5 but Owens was quickly on his rear quarter soon after. A lap 6 caution flag was thrown for Hayston Collett who went pit side after a brush with the wall. Phillips, Owens and Holloway were the top three on lap 6 restart. As Collett was able to rejoin the field the battle for first heated up. From lap 7 the two at the front raced side by side but Phillips got the win. It was Phillips first ever win at the high banked speed plant. Owens, Holloway, Bubby Braden and Daris Braden rounded out the top five.
The second feature of the night belonged to the Modified Street class with Greg Estes and Warren McMahan starting from row one. This race saw little passing early as Estes charged ahead of the field. McMahan tried to keep pace but on lap 7 the field was red flagged when Shannon Emery hit the wall and took a wild ride ending in a few flames but thankfully Emery would walk away uninjured. On the lap 7 restart it was Estes, McMahan and Clyde Overholt. Estes was by far the class of the field and seemed to be faster all over the track. McMahan tried to stay with Estes but simply could not. A lap 11 caution gave the field one more shot at the leader but he simply drove away with McMahan and the field in tow. On lap 17 Jordon Horton had problems with his ride just as his dad Tony had before the race began and throughout. The caution flag flew again and the same top three took the green flag to resume the race after the field lined up and the track took care of some fluids that was on the racing surface. On the restart Robbie Buchanan had some bad luck and came pit side just as McMahan and Estes were bumper to bumper. Leonard Bray also fell off the pace and left the field. On the restart Estes took the win. McMahan, Clyde Overholt, Brad Davis and Allen Holt finished out the top five.
Next on the high banks was the NASRA super late models with new track record holder and Rayburn driver, Steve Smith leading the field to green. Early on the race belonged to Hill. On lap 11 just behind the leaders Bryan Hendrix tangled with Travis Fultz and the resulting contact send Fultz first into the outside wall and he then rolled over and back into the inside wall where the car came to rest on top of the wall. Fultz and crew was angry but luckily he was uninjured and walked away. On the restart the top 3 were Hill, Smith and Trammell. On this restart another driver took a wild ride. The 01 of Arnie Fields found himself in the outside wall of turn two and also flipped his car. He too was uninjured. The race was restarted and Hill moved out to a 4-second lead and found out his car could run in basically any groove he chose. Smith and Trammell at this point did well to just hang on. At lap 28 it still looked to belong to Hill as no one had really put up a challenge but the field was down to only ten as they restarted on lap 28 following a caution. Hendrix got third from trammell on lap 29 and set out after Smith. On lap 39 Hendrix tangled with a lapped car and the result was four more cars sustaining damage including Trammell and Terry Wolfenbarger who had been running in the top five most of the night. The cars were lined back up and then restarted on lap 39. The top three were Hill, Hendrix and Terry Wolfenbarer with only eight able to make the restart. Hill held them off and got yet another Tazewell Speedway victory. Hendrix, Smith, Bobby Wolter Jr. And Andy Galgoci rounded out the top five.
The Classics were next and Logan Dukes led them to the green flag with Robbie Sands alongside. It took a couple of attempts but Bruce Caylor finally got a good start. Dukes got the lead after some good side by side racing with Sands but the race got halted when the Eli Keck spun. The top three were Dukes, Sands and Joe Keck in Jim Yeary’s car. On lap three Sands got loose and let Keck move into second. On lap 6 Phillip Blackford had mechanical issues and left the track after dropping fluids on tonight’s fast clay surface. On the restart it was Dukes, Keck and Sands the top three. The top three closed in together on lap nine and Sands wanted his second place back. Keck kept second and pressured Dukes for the top spot. At the race’s end Keck settled for second behind Dukes and Sands fell back to third. Phillip Shockley grabbed fourth with Charlie Tharp finishing fifth.
The final race of the night was the Pure Sreet class and it was led to the green by Jonathan Miracle and Aaron Guinn. The initial start was good and Miracle went to the lead. By lap 8 Guinn was pressuring Miracle but he could not make a pass. Contact between Dustin Eldridge and Austin Atkins ended with both drivers in the pits; Eldridge with damage and Atkins for initiating the contact. Back at the front Miracle held off Guinn with Jason Long finishing second. Apaches Quinton finished fourth and Buster Cupp took home fifth.
On Saturday, October 1st Tazewell Speedway will have its 2011 points pay off. Along with the champions, the speedway will crown its rookies of the year as well as the sportsmanship award. Then on the 7th and 8th Tazewell Speedway and 411 Speedway will co-host the big limited and Modified street features. 411 will run on Friday and Tazewell on Saturday night. For more information log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.
September 19th, 2011
On a cool late Summer evening drivers, fans, crews and workers arrived at Tazewell Speedway with heavy hearts following the passing of a much loved competitor and friend, Chris Collinsworth. As heartbreaking as it was the racing community felt in their hearts that he would want us to kick the tires and light the fires and that’s exactly what Tazewell Speedway did. The program began with qualifications and the pole winners in each class were:
Before the racing action began Tazewell Speedway took a moment to give tribute to their missing family member. It was an emotional time for all involved but when the car cover came off the #77 Chevrolet it all was clear. This was what Chris loved and he wanted us to be happy tonight. Donnie Petty made a tribute lap in the 77 as the National Anthem played and tear drops fell but the healing had already began. Joining him on the lap was teammates Robbie Buchanan and Brad Davis. The speedway then called out the Tazewell Late Models for the consolation race and the racing action that Chris Collinsworth so loved began to heat up. Moving on to the feature from the consolation was Matt Tharpe and Mark Knight.
The Modified Street cars were the opening feature race of the night. Gary Blanken and Brad Davis led the field to the green flag. An ultra-fast Gary Blanken put lots of clay dirt between his car and Davis’ Camaro for the first 14 laps but his car began to slow a bit and on lap 15 the engine let go. Brad Davis moved into the top spot and on the restart he held off a hard charging Jordon Horton for the win. Behind Horton was Robbie Buchanan who very much wanted to be up at the front competing for the top spot but it just wasn’t meant to be. Horton secured second and Buchanan finished a strong third. Fourth went to Warren McMahan and Tony Horton rounded out the top five. Davis climbed up into the flag stand and thanked all that had helped him. He went on to talk about the win, “There’s no doubt that we had someone helping us from above tonight (referring to Collinsworth) and there was no way we were going to catch Gary tonight. He was fast. The only way I can explain it is that this was just meant to be.”
The 4-Cylinders took to the track next for the second feature of the night with a championship on the line. Allen Holloway and Bubby Braden were only 5-points apart when the race began. At first Braden looked to have Holloway covered but Holloway stormed back to eventually slide into the top spot securing both a win and a championship. David Creech finished third with Daris Braden and Mark Wallace getting the fourth and fifth spots respectively. In victory lane Holloway showed a rare bit of emotion by standing on his car with arms raised to he sky.
The Tazewell Late Models were up next and they were led to the green flag by Pierce McCarter and Greg Estes with Anthony Arnwine and Mark Leach coming out of row two. McCarter took the early lead but accidental contact with Keith Chapman as the caution flag was being displayed pushed the leader into the wall in between turns three and four ending McCarter’s great run. Estes moved into the top spot and held off Jason Trammell for his second Tazewell Speedway Late Model win of the season. Finishing third tonight was Steve Carr and fourth went to Travis Fultz. Rounding out the top five was Anthony Arnwine.
The Classics took the track next with Joe Keck and Jim Yeary fighting to the end for the championship. Keck drove to the win but was protested and found to be illegal giving the win to Logan Dukes and the championship to Jim Yeary. Charles Tharp finished second and Jim Yeary finished in the third spot just in front of Eli Keck and Robbie Sands.
The final race of the night was the drivers and cars of the Pure Street class. Apaches Quinton had the field covered but Steve Smith got close on a few occasions but could not complete a pass. Dustin Eldridge, Jonathan Miracle and Aaron Guinn finished out the top five.
Tazewell Speedway will return to action on Friday night, September 23rd. The rained out NASRA, Buddy Rogers 44 lap event will be ran. There will be a food drive on this night and fans are encouraged to bring in some canned food donations. Also the near famous Tazewell Speedway hotdogs will once again be only a dollar. Please log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net for more information on this and upcoming events. Once again thanks to the best fans in all of dirt racing. Without you the speedway could not remain open. Next week the points standings will be certified and the winners in each class announced.
August 29th, 2011
On a muggy late summer evening Tazewell Speedway opened its gates for a rare Friday night of racing. The American Modified Series came to town and brought Kenny Schrader along to battle the high banks in addition to the regular weekly racing action.
The first racing action of the night was the heats for the AMS open wheels. Heat one went to the 11 of Don Adams. Heat two was won by 77- Joey Kramer. The third heat went to 00- Stanley Donahoo. The final heat of the night for the AMS went to 10- Bryan Barber. After the prayer and National Anthem the Tazewell Late Model last chance consolation was next with Matt Tharp getting the win. Also transferring was the 7 of Heath Alvey.
The Four Cylinder class was the first to race their feature. On the front row was Kurt Owens And Chuck McMahan. Before the first lap was completed co-point leader Allen Holloway found the inside wall. He was damaged but continued on the restart. Owens took the lead on lap four from McMahan. On lap six the other co-point leader Bubby Braden made contact with a fellow drivers machine which left him spinning in turn two. On lap seven Braden and Mark Wallace touched with Braden spinning once again. Back at the front Owens looked to have a slightly better car than McMahan. Owens had to withstand a couple more restarts and one last challenge from McMahan before taking the checkered flag. Holloway, Braden and Brad Pressley rounded out the top five.
Up next was the Tazewell Late Models and the fans were ready to see another great race just like last week. On the front row tonight was Brian Smith and Steve Smith. Last weeks winner Greg Estes and Jason Trammell started in row two. Points leader Travis Fultz and Josh Henry made up row three as the race was started. Brian Smith led the first five laps with S. Smith and Estes just behind. Trammell and Fultz rounded out the top five as a caution flag flew. On the restart B. Smith got his car up in the high groove and was able to keep just ahead of S. Smith. A lap eleven caution brought the field up to the leader for another restart. Smith got the jump again but another caution was displayed this time for Matt Tharp in turn four and it bunched the field up yet again. After Brian Smith got it wound up again on the high side he drove away to the win. Steve Smith got second, Estes third with Trammell and Fultz remaining fourth and fifth. Heath Alvey transferred from the last chance race and drove the wheels off his car ending the night in ninth place. There was two and three-wide racing in this race and was a preview to the action the fans would see in the AMS feature.
The American Modified Series was next with Donahoo and Don Adams leading them to the green flag from row one. On the start things went wrong for several different drivers at different parts of the track with the 75 of Elliott Despain taking the worst of it and not being able to rejoin for the start. When the race resumed the field completed two laps with Donahoo out front. After a quick yellow they were turned loose again by flag man Bruce Caylor. Kenny Schrader moved into sixth place as Donahoo began to feel heat from Joey Kramer. On lap six the field was down to 17 cars. Kramer took the lead on this restart with one of his patented Tazewell slide job but only for a moment as Donohue recaptured it and led until a lap nine caution for fluids bunched up the field again. This restart saw four and five-wide racing but the 4 of Ricky Arms had a problem with a wheel coming off bringing out another caution. On this restart Kramer did not get his best start of the night and the leader got two car lengths on him but the field was once again lined back up after another yellow for a spin. Schrader would restart this time from the fifth spot as the green flag flew. Donahoo and Kramer up front drove away from third place and soon after started mixing it up with lapped cars. Kramer had tried the high line and the low line and even threw in a slide job or two to get around the leader but nothing seemed to work. After another spin on lap thirty-three the drivers saw the green flag once again and it was time to settle this one. The top five was now Donahoo, Kramer, Trent Young, Adams and Schader. Kramer finally cleared the leader on lap thirty-four but one lap later he was dealing with another restart due to a yellow for a spin in turn four. Kramer kept the top spot as the laps counted down. Behind him it was racing as good as it gets as they battled hard all over the track for a top five finishing spot. The top five was rounded out by Donahoo, Ed Shamhart, Young and John DeMoss. In victory lane Kramer spoke of his Tazewell AMS win, “Man I just love this place. There is something about this place. I want to thank all these fans, my sponsors and crew. I really love coming here.”
Next was the Modified Street class with row one consisting of Jordon Horton and Robbie Buchanan. On the start they fanned out like the open wheels and were racing all over for positions. At the front Horton left Buchanan and Welch behind to fight for second place. On lap three the big one happened with several cars getting involved. Nick Barnard and Leonard Bray took the worst of this incident. At least eight cars were involved and sustained some damage. The race was quickly restarted and Horton took no prisoners. By lap twelve he had nearly pulled away by a straight-away. The field had another shot at Horton on lap sixteen as another yellow bunched up the field. On this restart points leader Warren McMahan would not be there as he had to pull into the pits with mechanical issues. Horton made it look easy as he took his third win of the year. The rest of the top five was Buchanan, Rick Welch, Gary Blanken and Chris Collinsworth.
The Classics were on the track next and row one consisted of Logan Dukes and Cap’n America, Jay Eubanks. Dukes took the lead early until a spin in turn two slowed down the pace. On the restart he drove away from second by two car lengths but the yellow just kept being displayed and stopping the flow of the race. Eubanks gave Dukes a couple of looks but could not pass the fast twenty car. Third went to Bart Baxter with Scott Russell and Charlie Tharp rounding out the top five.
Justin James and Austin Atkins started on row one for the Pure Street feature. James retired early and Atkins nearly flipped his ride on the backstretch after contact with another machine sent him into the outside wall. Jonathan Miracle had moved up into first and was keeping the field just to his rear until a caution for Kevin Smith’s roll over in turn three brought out a yellow. Smith walked away unhurt. Miracle held off Dustin Eldridge on the restart and took the checkers. Steve Smith finished third with Atkins rebounding to fourth. Jason Long finished fifth.
Tazewell Speedway will not be in action next Saturday but instead will race on Sunday- September 4th for the CJ Rayburn- NASRA, Buddy Rogers Memorial 44 lap super late model program. Tazewell Speedway is scheduled to be off on September 10th with racing to resume on September17th for the final points race. Thanks again to all the speedway’s loyal fans !
August 22nd, 2011
Tazewell Speedway filled up with fans, crews and drivers ready for another fast regular weekly racing program with the added attraction of the open wheels getting in some action in preparation of next Friday’s open wheel race. Weather, as has been the case nearly every Saturday was once again an issue to consider and had everyone secretly watching the skies. Still the track surface was packed in and the cars took to it for hot laps and qualification runs.
Top qualifiers in each class were:
Tazewell Late Model- (7) Brian Smith 11.917
Modified Street- (56H) Jordon Horton 13.262
Classics- (17) Robbie Sands 14.151
Pure Street- (2) Steve Smith 14.316
The first feature of the night was the 4-cylinder class with Bubby Braden and Allen Holloway leading the field into turn one. Once again tagging on at the end of the field was Kurt Owens in the kid-favorite, green 7-UP machine. Bruce Caylor dropped the green flag and Allen Holloway grabbed the top spot. By lap 5 Owens had the lead leaving Braden and Holloway to fuss about second. Lap after lap, Braden stayed on the rear of Holloway’s A27 but could not get around him. Owens took the win, Holloway finished second and Braden third. Mark Wallace and Jeromy Collins rounded out the top five.
Next was a last chance race for six of the Tazewell Late Models with six quickly becoming four. David Guy tried to reel in Allen Holt but could not get it done and Holt won the heat race. David Guy also transferred to the feature.
The Modified Street feature was next with Jordon Horton and Warren McMahan leading the field to the green from the front row. Clyde Overholt and Chris Collinsworth made up row two as the field was allowed to push the go pedal. Horton came away with the early lead over McMahan and Collinsworth. Horton looked to be uncatchable on this night as he put nearly a half a straight on McMahan by lap 13. Collinsworth got a battle from Cylde Overholt but in the end the top five never changed. An emotional Horton grabbed some photos with his friends and family and perhaps his biggest fan Brady Stewart stood with him in victory lane.
The Tazewell Late Models were next with Brian Smith leading the field to green. Last weeks winner Steve Smith would be coming out of the fields second spot. On the start Brian Smith had trouble and the damage forced him pit side. He was done for the night. Greg Estes moved into second alongside Steve Smith on the restart. Three cars; Rex Coffey, Jimmy Calloway and Lynn Leach got tangled up in turn two bringing out a lap 3 caution. At the front it was Smith, Estes and Mark Leach the top three. Travis Fultz and Anthony Arnwine rounded out the top five on the restart. On lap five Leach slid up the track just when Estes had reached the rear quarter of the leader. It was two wide racing everywhere as the fans enjoyed watching Trammell blast to the front using the low side. On lap 14 a caution was displayed for Arnwine who found trouble in turn two. Now at the front was Smith, Estes, Leach, Trammell and Fultz. The race resumed and Smith again was able to put Estes behind him. Trammell had third cleared on lap 17. By lap 21 Steve Carr had moved into fourth while Smith was still holding off Estes at the front. A lap four crash left several of the front runners with some damage including the leader Smith. Thankfully all five at the front returned for some more side by side racing. On the restart Estes made a stong move into turn one and made some contact with Smith but went on to take the win. It was his first late model win ever. This feature was what racing at the Taz is all about. This was the most exciting race this season as the drivers found several grooves to race in and were two and three wide on many occasions. Trammell finished second and Carr third. Rounding out the top five were Travis Fultz and Jody Horton had a great run and finished fifth.
Next to take the track were the Classic cars and Robbie Sands simpy had the field covered. Bart Baxter was running in second with Jim Yeary coming to the front in a hurry. A lap 6 caution bunched up the field and forced a restart. The race resumed until Eli Keck went high in turn one bringing out another yellow. On this restart Sands again drove out to a nice lead and Yeary began working on second. Yeary lost traction in turn two and gave up third to Keck but it was Yeary’s best run to date. Sands was able take his second win in row. Baxter, Keck, Tharp and Ron Rudder rounded out the top five.
The last feature of the night was the Pure Street class and Steve Smith led the field to the green and into turn one. A caution was displayed when Jason Whitaker and Tim Stevens came together in turn two on the end of the first lap. The race quickly resumed but only for another lap as the caution flag flew again this time for another turn two spin. Once the race found its groove Smith began driving away from Jason Long and Appaches Quinton with Dustin Eldridge and Jonathan Miracle rounding out the top five. Smith once again with his hood waving at the crowd survived the caution plagued race to take the win over Long and Eldridge. Austin Atkins and Justin James survived late spins to finish fifth and seventh. Miracle finished fourth.
Next Friday night August 26th, the American Modified Series comes into town and will bring along with them auto racing star Kenny Schrader back to Tazewell Speedway for competition. Schrader raced at the Taz in 2006 in dirt late model action and finished second. He has won 14 races this year alone while driving his dirt open wheel modified race car. On September 4th the super late models and NASRA will return to the Taz for the Buddy Rogers Memorial 44.
As always Tazewell Speedway thanks its loyal fans for their support.
August 15th, 2011
On a hot and muggy evening Tazewell Speedway opened its gates up for another great weekly racing program. Before the racing action began the drivers hot-lapped and then qualified their cars. Pole winners included: Tazewell Late Model- (91) Jason Trammell 11.730, Modified Street- (88) Brad Davis 13.156. Classics- (17) Robbie Sands 13.895, Pure street- (2) Steve Smith. 14.453
The first feature race of the night was the Four-Cylinder class. On the front row was Hayston Collett and Allen Holloway. Holloway grabbed a short lived lead as Joey Allen quickly took the point away. Allen, Holloway and Bubby Braden settled into the top three spots. Holloway and Braden raced hard for second but Allen was fast enough to get the win. Finishing out the top five spots were Holloway, Braden, Collett and Jeremy Collins.
The Classics were next and Robbie Sands led the field to the green flag. His car was extremely fast tonight but the field looked to be up to the challenge. Jay Eubanks ran off with Sands early on as the field began to settle in. Eubanks had a good run on Sands on lap nine but a spin in turn two brought out the yellow. On the restart the front two got away from Joe Keck who was running in the third spot. Keck and Logan Dukes also battled hard for the third spot until the 18 of Eli Keck had problems in turn two and the caution flag flew again. On lap twelve Keck got tagged and the “big one happened” as several cars made contact. Also involved was Charlie Tharpe and Jim Yeary. Only five cars were left to restart. Sands rolled on away from Phillip Shockley and took the win. With only four cars on the track at the conclusion, third place went to Tom Conoway and in fourth was Joe Keck. Logan Dukes rounded out the top five.
The Tazewell Late Models were next and once again everyone was gunning for the ultra-fast Jason Trammell. He had Steve Smith’s Rayburn alongside him as the race went green. Trammell had all he wanted as a determined Smith went door to door with him but Trammell prevailed this time. A caution flag flew for Andy Wilder and his mechanical problem and gave Smith another shot at Trammell. Smith cleared Trammel this time and was actually pulling away from him until the caution flag flew for a spin. Eyes were now focused on Brad Hall as he found traction on the low side; however, on lap seven he was the victim of mechanical issues himself and pulled off the track as well as Jordon Horton. The top three were Smith, Trammell and Brian Smith. On lap twelve Trammell began closing in but by lap twenty they were both deep in lapped cars. Smith navigated the traffic well and kept Trammell at his rear. The race was slowed again on lap twenty-six for Jody Horton as he had trouble coming out of turn two. Horton was able to rejoin the race for the restart of lap twenty-six. Smith and the field got one lap in before fluids were dropped on the surface bringing out another yellow flag. Jody Horton’s night was over this time and he pulled his dirt late model into the pits. Smith was nearing the end of the race and all he had to do was keep Trammell behind him. He did just that and took a very popular win with the fans in the stands cheering. Trammell grabbed second with Brian Smith finishing in the third spot. Rounding out the top five spots were Travis Fultz and J. Allen.
Brad Davis and Rick Welch led the Modified Street class to the green flag. Davis took the lead but the race went yellow when Tony Horton was pinballed into the outside wall of turn three. Clyde Overholt also got some damage but rejoined for the restart. The field was reassembled and restarted without a lap being completed again when Gary Blanken was turned coming off turn four and Nick Barnard got a peice of it as well as a few other cars. The field was again sent off racing by Bruce Caylor and this time they went two laps before the caution flag had to be displayed. This time Jordon Horton spun in turn four after trying a move for position on the low side. Davis was now at the point and Welch had dropped back to fifth. Clyde Overholt was in second with Blanken third. Soon Warren McMahan bumped his machine into the third spot while Overholt was in second and looking for an opening should Davis slip. McMahan my have been faster than Overholt but he needed the line he was running to get around. Davis took the win with Overholt securing second. McMahan finished third with Blanken and Welch finishing out the top five.
The final event of the night was the Pure Street class. On the front row was Jason Long and Steve Smith. Smith got the lead on the start but Long was holding his own in second. Kevin Smith moved into third with Jonathan miracle and JJ Green rounding out the top five when Mike Boyd had a problem and slowed on lap four. Boyd was able to rejoin for now as the race was restarted but Dustin Eldridge was sent pit side for dropping fluids on the surface but was quickly cleared to return for more action. No laps were completed before another caution was displayed for an incident on the back stretch. On this restart the racing was excellent but soon Green fell back and Jonathan Miracle had issues with another car and went to the rear. The top three were Smith, Long and Kevin Smith. On lap fourteen the Dodge truck of Jason whitaker came to a stop in turn two and had to go pit side; his night was over. Back at the front it was still Steve Smith, Jason Long and now Aaron Guinn in position for the win. With his hood coming up and saluting the fans Steve Smith got the win over Jason Long and Aaron guinn. Dustin Eldridge made it back to fourth and Austin Atkins had a great run and finished fifth.
Tazewell Speedway will have one more regular weekly racing program on Saturday, August 20th before welcoming Kenny Schrader back to the high banks on Friday, August 26th. For information on all things Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net or check out the Tazewell Speedway Facebook page. As always, Tazewell Speedway would like to thank the best race fans in all of dirt racing for their continued support.
August 11th, 2011
Tazewell Speedway opened the gates for another great regular racing program that also featured a special treat for kids ages 14 and under. With the help of co-sponsor Home Federal of New Tazewell, track officials poured 20,000 nickels down on the high-banked front stretch for the kids to pick up. In just minutes not a single nickel could be seen. Also driver Tony Spoon gave away a family four pack of tickets to the Knoxville Fair to a few lucky kids.
As far as the racing action went the program began with qualifying and the pole winners in each class were;
Taking the track to open the feature racing tonight was the Four Cylinder class with the front row consisting of Allen Holloway and Bubby Braden. Holloway got the advantage on the start but coming quickly out of the fourth spot was Kurt Owens. By lap five he was in second and looking to take over the point. A lap seven restart put Owens on Holloway’s bumper. A wicked lap ten slide job in turn two gave Owens the point and he drove away to get his first Tazewell Speedway win of 2011.
The Classics raced next and Joe Keck led the field to the green with Phillip Shockley alongside. After one failed start attempt the drivers got the race underway. Keck motored away with Shockley and Darris Braden behind him. Jim Yeary was in fourth and Charlie Tharp rounded out the top five. Shockley by lap nine was in position to take the lead if Keck bobbled but on lap eleven Braden experienced trouble in turn four and Yeary moved into the third spot behind Keck and Shockley. Shockley got around Keck on the restart with a bit of door to door contact on a slide job and drove out to a few car lengths before taking the win. Jim Yeary had a shot at second but just missed on the overtake bid and finished third just behind Keck.
The next group of cars to take the track were the Tazewell Late Models. Jason Trammell led the pack into turn one after taking the green flag and with Steve Smith in tow the two attacked the clay. Trammell hit lap traffic around lap five and Smith tried his best to counter Trammell’s line with one of his own that would let him pass. He got close a couple of times but could not clear the 90J. A caution slowed the pace on lap seven and the field lined up behind Trammell for a restart. On lap fourteen the leader found the back of the pack which allowed Smith to close in. On lap nineteen the track opened up again for Trammell allowing him some much needed space but on lap twenty-four the caution flag flew again this time for a slight incident in turn two. Trammell once again had the field right behind him. Anthony Arnwine had moved into third and in fourth place was Billy Gordon with fifth place belonging to Travis Fultz. The race laps winded down and Trammell took the win. It was a good points night for the 90J as Travis Fultz did not start in his normal machine due to an incident during hot laps. He did however drive the 11 of Andy Wilder to a 5th place finish. Smith finished second. Anthony Arnwine had a great run and finished third. Billy Gordon secured the fourth spot.
The Modified Street class was next and was led to the green by Robbie Buchanan and Jordon Horton. Petty, Warren McMahan and Horton were the top three early on and looked to be tied together by a rope. On lap fifteen the caution flag displayed for Chris Collinsworth who was having overheating issue and for Clyde Overholt who also suffered mechanical problems. At the front Petty, McMahan and Horton were having to hold off Leonard Bray and Gary Blanken. Blanken got around Bray on lap eighteen but was tagged and collected an innocent Tony Horton. Brad Davis was now in fifth place as the race resumed. No one would keep Buchanan from the checkers tonight not even another charge from McMahan.
The final race was the Pure Street class and it was led to the green by Jason Long and Jonathan Miracle. On the first yellow, it was near disaster in turn two for several cars in the middle of the pack but somehow all continued for the restart. On lap six Jonathan Miracle was tagged and sent into the turn one wall. The contact with the wall sent the 41 wheels-up then down the banking. Miracle was unhurt but upset with the contact. On the restart Long was able to pull away from second place Kevin Smith and third place Dustin Eldridge and looked to have the field covered. On lap sixteen the field went under caution one last time when Tony Spoon’s Chevrolet broke in turn two and had to leave the race. Long went on to grab the checkered flag over Smith, Eldridge, Jason Whitaker and Gary Harville who completed the top five.
Next Saturday Tazewell Speedway had scheduled to welcome the Super Late models back to the high banks for the third annual Summer Sizzler Twins. This event has been changed to another date with details to come. On both August 13th and August 20th the speedway will return to regular weekly racing action and on Friday night, August 26th Kenny Schrader returns to compete at the Taz, this time in open wheel modified action. Thanks to all the parents for making this kids night another huge success. Tazewell Speedway has the greatest fans.
July 25th, 2011
On a hot Saturday afternoon the speedway filled up with the super late models of the Ray Cook promoted Southern Nationals. Chris Madden took the win the previous night at Bull’s Gap, TN and essentially had the championship all wrapped up but before being crowned the champ he and the rest of the drivers had to survive the high banks of the Taz. Last season’s finale was one of the best races witnessed all year with Madden and Jonathan Davenport racing side by side for the closing laps. Race fans hoped for the same tonight. The track surface was ran in and the night of racing began with hot-laps and qualifying. The visiting Southern Nationals took to the track first to battle the time clock and Vic Hill made the best of a challenging track surface and took the pole with a lap of 11.386 seconds.
The Modified Street class qualified next and out of the 15 cars to take a lap the 56H of Jordon Horton was the fastest with a time of 13.696 seconds.
Robbie Sands then took the Classics pole with his lap of 14.342 seconds.
The pole for the Pure Street division went to Appaches Quinton.
The feature event was next on the agenda and it would be started by Vic Hill with Tony Knowles beside him. The cars blasted into turn one and Vic Hill emerged as the leader but quickly got passed by Knowles as the leaders began to pass the tail end of the field. Madden followed the two and he was also trailed by Billy Ogle Jr. A lap 11 caution for an incident in between turns three and four brought the field together. At this point track officials were hurrying up the program due to weather moving in from the south. On lap 16 hill was right there and working the low side but three laps later Johnny Pursley found a rut in turn one and then contacted the outside wall bringing out the second caution. The top three were Madden, Hill and Ogle Jr. While Hill and Madden were battling for the top two spots Ogle had settled in at second and the fight was on for the remainder of the top five spots by Boles, Jacobsen and Kerr. The pace was slowed again on lap 36 for another incident which gave Hill another shot at the point. Madden got the jump again but three laps later he once again heard Hill on his rear quarter. Every time these two would hook up a caution flag would fly and on lap 43 it flew once again this time for the leader Madden who had a tire issue. With 43 out of 53 laps completed the race restarted and the pack was now chasing Hill. Ogle Jr. kept pace with Hill on the restart but three laps later the caution flew again and the pack had to be restarted. Madden was making a mad dash through the field to get back to the front but his charge fell short as he finished 6th with Hill taking the win and the check for 5,300 dollars. Ogle Jr. Made it up to second with Eric Jacobsen finishing in the third spot. Tommy Kerr fought hard to get the fourth spot with Mark Vineyard rounding out the top five. Hill went into victory lane and took home the check but the series title went to Chris Madden. Finishing second in the Southern Nationals points was Tony Knowles and third place in points went to Johnny Pursley. It was another great side-by-side finale for the series and fans are already looking forward to next year’s event.
The Four-Cylinders were next and Joey Allen held off Holloway and Braden for the win with Mark Wallace finishing fourth and Ethan Hansard fifth.
The Modified Street class was next to race with Jordon Horton leading them into turn one. He held the point until lap 12 when his machine fell off the pace yielding the lead to Warren McMahan. Chris Collinsworth was now second and Tony Horton third. McMahan stayed away from trouble and took the win. Collinsworth, Tony Horton, Gary Blanken and Robbie Buchanan rounded out the top five spots.
The Classics were next with Sands at the point with Joe Keck alongside. Sands had to hold off a charge from Keck to get the win and was able to do just that to capture the checkered flag; however, the results were unofficial until after the results of a protest against Sands were announced. Joe Keck was given the win after the 17-car of Sands was found to be illegal.
The Pure Street class raced last with Appaches Quinton and Jason Long leading the race early with Jonathan Miracle in third and Austin Atkins fourth. Miracle pressured Long at lap four but could not clear him. A lap 7 caution slowed the pace as fluids were dropping on the clay. The fluids were from the leader Quinton and he had tho leave the race giving the point to Long with Miracle and Atkins rounding out the top three. Tony Spoon and Jason Whitaker rounded out the top five for the restart. Miracle tried the low side on lap 8 but Long stayed ahead of the pack. The top three put on a great show for the remainder of the race with one caution slowing the pace and finally giving Miracle and Atkins one last shot at the win. In the end it was Long taking the checkers as the rain began to fall.
Once again Tazewell Speedway thanks the Southern National Series and its fans and drivers for coming back to the Taz and putting on another great show. Upcoming races on the Tazewell Speedway schedule include a July 30th regular racing program which will feature dollar hotdogs once again and on August 8th there will be another kids night with 20,000 nickels on the front stretch for them to pick up (ages 14 and under). Thanks to all the great fans that continue to support Tazewell Speedway on a weekly basis.
July 17th, 2011
The speedway sat idle last Saturday but this weekend the racers and fans got back to the exciting regular weekly racing program and left the Lucas Oil and World of Outlaw programs in their mirrors; however, the much anticipated Ray Cook, Southern National finale was only a week away. Rain was on the minds of everyone as they came through the gates as showers were all around the area. Track officials watered the surface and hoped for the best. The cars hit the track just before sundown to run-in the racing surface and to hot-lap followed quickly by qualifications. The Tazewell Late Model class took to the high banks first and when it was finished the fast time belonged to Jason Trammell with a lap of 11.967 seconds. Trammell’s was the only lap in the 11-second range. Second to qualify was the Modified Street class and the pole position went to Brad Davis with a lap of 13.539 seconds. Third on the track to battle the clock was the Tazewell Classics and the pole winning time went to Robbie Sands with a lap of 14.345 seconds. The Pure Street class hot-lapped next and then Daniel England handed the microphone over to Danny Sexton for a beautiful prayer and National Anthem.
It was now time for the Modified Street feature and Brad Davis would be leading the field to green with Chris Collinsworth alongside him. Petty Racing rounded out the top three spots with Robbie Buchanon starting from the third spot. Leonard Bray began tonight’s event from fourth. Before one lap was finished Buchanon took a wild ride after contact with another car sent him into the backstretch wall nearly turning over. The field was reassembled and restarted. Davis and Bray took off in the front of the field with Collinsworth behind them. On lap ten Jordon Horton and Warren McMahan got tangled up in turn two and brought out a caution. On the restart it was Davis, Bray, Collinsworth, Petty and Jordon Horton the top five. They raced hard once again until a lap fourteen caution for an incident in turn four left Clyde Overholt, Tony Horton and McMahan damaged. All would rejoin but McMahan for the restart. Davis took the win and Leonard Bray finished second with Collinsworth third. Finishing out the top five were Buchanon and Jordon Horton.
The Pure Street class qualified right after the finish of the Modified Street feature with the pole going to Appaches Quinton with a lap of 14.367 seconds.
The Four-Cylinder feature was next and Hayston Collett and Bubby Braden made up row one. Braden took the lead and began pulling away but Joey Allen quickly passed Collett for second. Braden’s three second lead slowly faded away lap by lap until a caution in turn three brought the field up directly behind him for the restart. The top three were Braden, Allen and Collett on the restart. When the pack was let loose it looked to be only a matter of time before Allen took over at the point but the purple #7 of Braden got wide on the final lap took the win in a side-by-side photo finish. Collett, Holloway and Mark Wallace rounded out the top five.
The Tazewell Late Model 30-lap feature was next with Jason Trammell leading the pack to the green flag with Steve Carr filling Jody Horton’s spot after engine problems kept him from starting. Trammell and Carr went door to door into turn one and Trammell drove away to a large lead with Carr, Travis Fultz and Greg Estes in a fierce battle behind him for the top four spots. On lap five the race was slowed for a caution giving the field a shot at the fast Trammell. On lap five Anthony Arnwine got the fifth spot from Freddie Brock. Estes and Fultz battled for third as the leader began finding lap machines. On lap seventeen Trammell found Billy Gordon’s G7 in turn two sliding sideways bringing out a caution. Trammell got the top spot back and the race resumed. Trammell had to withstand another close call on lap seventeen when Brock and Mike Rutherford spun and were stopped in turn two. Estes got third on lap eighteen and was now looking at the Back of Carr’s #77. Arnwine was all over Fultz until traction failed him in turn two and caused him to spin. Still, It was Arnwine’s best run of the season. Back at the front Trammell looked to have the field covered with the only scare coming from Carr running the low side. Mike Rutherford moved up into the fifth spot for the lap-24 restart. Trammell took the victory with Carr second and Estes third. Fultz and Rutherford rounded out the top five.
The Classics were next and were led to the green by Robbie Sands. The second place #59 of Charlie Tharpe had trouble bringing out a caution and subsequently had to go the back of the pack on the restart. Joe Keck and Phillip Shockley were running in the top three and had opened up nearly a half-track lead on the rest of the field. On lap ten Sands failed to complete the lap yeilding the point to Keck. Sands was put at the rear for the restart with Shockley moving up to second and Ron Rudder third. After a lap twelve caution the top three was Keck, Shockley and now Sands. In the final few laps Sands tried high and low looking for a way back to the front but his charge to the front ended at third place. Keck got win number three of the season. Shockley finished second and Sands third. Tharpe and Daris Breeding rounded out the top five respectively.
The final race but of no less importance was the Pure Street class. This class has consistently been a fan favorite and tonight’s race was led to green by Appaches Quinton and Jonathan Miracle. Quinton went to the point at the drop of the green with Miracle hanging right with him. Settling in the third spot was Steve Smith. Tony Spoon and Austin Atkins touched in turn two bringing out another caution on lap three. On the restart Miracle challenged for the lead but Gary Harville lost a left rear wheel while David Middleton was having problems with his hood blocking his field of view after folding over. The top three were still Quinton, Miracle and Jason Long. Quinton became the middle of a race car sandwich on lap eleven and his night was over due to the damages. Miracle now had the point with Long second and Dustin Eldridge third. Miracle finished at the front with Long, Eldridge, Atkins and Jason Whitaker rounding out the top five.
The night of racing ended at 11:36 and Tazewell Speedway as always thanks the fans for their continued and loyal support. Next Saturday the $ 5,300 to win Southern Nationals finale will take place for more information on ticket prices and all things Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.
July 6th, 2011
Tazewell Speedway created a national buzz when announcing that it would hold its biggest race ever on the weekend of the 4th of July. The World of Outlaws dirt racing series was chosen to be in the spotlight for the Summer Sizzler 101 with the racing action scheduled to take place over two days. Time and speed would determine who would take the $20,000 check on Sunday night. On Saturday’s opening night the WoO series were scheduled to hot-lap, qualify and run heat races while the Modified Street and Pure Street classes would run their race-10 features in support roles. Last weeks Modified Street race was won in exciting fashion as Brad Davis drove his Camaro around Gary Blanken’s blown-motor and subsequently crashed Chevrolet on the last lap. The Pure Street race last week also finished strong with Appaches Quinton taking a somewhat controversial win over Jonathan Miracle. After the WoO Super Late Models and Modified Street classes had hot lapped it was time to battle the stopwatch and leading the way for the Outlaws with a fast-lap of 11.162 seconds was Jonathan Davenport.
Directly following WoO qualifying the Modified Street class took to the track to battle the timer. Chris Collinsworth took the pole with a lap of 13.444 seconds. Eight of the thirteen cars that qualified had times in the thirteen second range.
Next on the track was the Modified Street Feature and it was being led to the green by Chris Collinsworth. Starting alongside him was Jordon Horton. Collinsworth cleared Horton on the start and a fast Greg Estes moved into second. Horton was third and Brad Davis fourth. On lap four Estes and Horton touched in turn four and the contact resulted in a caution. The spin put Estes in the rear and moved Horton and Davis both back into the top three. Collinsworth opened a two car-length advantage as Davis pressured Horton with Warren McMahan just behind him. By lap 14 Horton closed a little on the leader but on lap seventeen he drove in too deep and lost traction at the rear of his Chevrolet allowing the leader to pull away and get the victory. A happy Collinsworth in victory lane stated, “I just want to thank everybody.” He then thanked all of his sponsors.
Brad Davis finished second and McMahan third. Finishing out the top five were Horton and Leonard Bray.
The World of Outlaws ran their heats next and they had some great two and three wide racing action. Heat three was the best of the group as Clint Smith tore through the field trying to pass Chris Madden. Madden held him off to take the heat win.
The Pure Street division was next on the track for qualifications and the pole went to Jonathan Miracle with a time of 14.831 seconds. A few minutes later they lined up for their feature race. Steve Smith got the lead on the first lap with Jonathan Miracle in tow. Aaron Guinn was in third but was on his way to challenge the leader. On lap five a caution was displayed when Miracle had problems and ended up sliding in the infield with mechanical issues on the front of his ride. On the restart it was Smith, Guinn and Appaches Quinton. The race finished in that order with Jason Long and Dustin Eldridge rounding out the top five.
On Sunday night the track came alive once again and the World of Outlaws held their consolation races and the feature event, a 101-lap Summer Sizzler. Also adding to the fun were the Tazewell Late Models and the Classics.
June 29th, 2011
Heavy rains fell on Tazewell Speedway last weekend forcing cancellation of the program but June 25th was looking to be all systems go for a night of fast-paced racing action. It was kids night once again with all youngsters 12 years of age and under getting a free hotdog and Coke. Point leaders coming into this week’s event included; TLM- Travis Fultz, MS- Warren McMahan, CLS- Robbie Sands, PS- Jonathan Miracle and 4CYL- Allen Holloway.
Tazewell Speedway would be remiss not to mention the many families and businesses that have been affected by wind and flood damage as a result of the week long string of storms. All of us here have each of you in our thoughts and prayers.
After the speedway had filled with fans, workers, drivers and crews it was time to get the action underway with hotlaps and qualifying. The Tazewell Late Models qualified first and Steve Smith took the pole with a lap of 12.350 seconds. Travis Fultz was the second fastest and Jason Trammell was not present and enjoying a vacation with his family. The next to qualify was the Modified Street class and once again the only car in the thirteen second range belonged to Gary Blanken. His lap of 13.899 seconds took the pole. Next on the track to battle the clock were the Classics and Logan Dukes had the fastest lap at 15.029 seconds.
After the now nearly famous candy toss, the racing action began with the Modified Street class. Gary Blanken was looking for his sixth win in a row and had a 100-dollar bounty on him. Coming after him was the points leader Warren McMahan and the rest of the 15-car field. Beside Blanken at the start was Brad Davis needing a good finish. Blanken moved to the front on the start with Davis and Tony Horton in tow. A lap two incident left Robbie Buchanon and Rick Welch on the front stretch with heavy damage. Also involved was Jason Sizemore. At the same time Jordon Horton fell off the pace with rear end issues. The top three on the restart were Blanken, Davis and Tony Horton. McMahan worked on Horton for third as Blanken and Davis were pulling away. By lap twelve Davis was gaining on the leader but he had to push too hard and actually began to lose ground. McMahan and Horton had a good battle for third going until late. Blanken’s engine let go on the final lap and he got tagged by Tony Horton who took a run into the smoke and regretted it. Davis got the win. In victory lane Davis said, “I hate that happened to him. I hate to see anyone blow an engine. That’s the hardest I have ever driven.” Finishing second was Chris Collinsworth and third went to McMahan. Immediately following the conclusion of this one the Pure Street class took to the track for a hot lap session followed by the Four-Cylinder feature.
Allen Holloway and Bubby Braden started on row one with Kurt Owens starting in the rear to attempt his normal Tazewell Speedway drive through the field. By lap three Owens was already in third. Holloway slipped in turn four on lap five and Owens took second. Owens and Braden battled going into turn four and Owens did not come out of the turn but instead found the inside wall after contact with the leader. He did however return for another run at the front. The race resumed and Owens once again started from the rear and began passing cars. At the ten lap mark Owens was third again. Braden had the lead and Holloway was second. On lap eleven Owens moved around Holloway but Braden held Owens off and took the win. Finishing second was Owens and Holloway took third. Hayston Collett and Ethan Hansard rounded out the top five.
After the Four-Cylinder feature was completed the Pure Street Class qualified and Jonathan Miracle took the pole with a lap of 14.846 seconds. The Tazewell Late Model feature followed and Steve Smith started from the top spot with points leader Travis Fultz alongside. The top two got away with Brian Smith just behind. The pace became crazy as the leaders hit lap traffic. Steve Smith drove through the lap traffic efficiently but had a flat left front during the first caution sending him into the pits for repairs. Brian Smith took over the top spot while Fultz had to go to the rear due to having problems also. Greg Estes was now second and Steve Carr was third. Steve Smith got his flat fixed and rejoined at the rear of the lead lap cars. On lap fifteen Steve Smith went up in smoke and Greg Estes made contact with the wall in turn one nearly simultaneously. Only seconds later the red flag was displayed for an incident in turn four involving track official Buster Cupp. Cupp said he was alright but was taken to Claiborne Hospital for an additional and precautionary check up. It was later spoken over the public address system that Cupp was sore but had checked out ok. When the race resumed Brian Smith pulled away with Steve Carr and Anthony Burchett behind him. Burchett’s car was smoking heavily and it was uncertain if his ride would complete the race. On lap nineteen another caution flag was displayed this time for a five car pile-up in turn four leaving tempers a bit on edge to say the least. After a bit of an altercation the race resumed on lap 19 with Brian Smith still the leader. Carr closed in and challenged Smith for the lead but Smith powered away to secure the win. It was Smith’s second win in a row. Carr grabbed second and Anthony Burchett finished third. Fourth went to Fultz and Josh Chesney finished fifth.
Next to race was the Classics and this race was somewhat tamer when it finally got underway but before the start two Classic competitors let their emotions show and the field had to be reassembled. Joe Keck and Logan Dukes were racing hard up front with Dukes looking to take the point away. On lap nine the leaders touched but they kept their spots. Dukes cleared the Keck machine on lap fifteen but not without contact and sparks. Jim Yeary made a move that got him into the top five and nearly grabbed fourth at the finish. Dukes got the win. Keck took second and Charlie Tharp took home third. Conaway held off Yeary for fourth.
The final race of the night was the Pure Street feature and it was won by Appaches Quinton in a thrilling but somewhat controversial way. Jonathan Miracle looked to have the checkered flag in his grasp but after the contact and smoke had cleared it was Quinton holding the flag. Miracle finished second and Jason Long got third. Travis Helton and Jason Whitaker rounded out the top five.
On July second and third the World of Outlaw dirt-car series will take over the Taz for a two-night show ending on Sunday night with the 101-lap Summer Sizzler. This is the biggest race ever at Tazewell Speedway with the winner grabbing a cool $ 20,000 check. There will be fireworks both on and off the track. For more information on tickets and race schedule log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net or search Tazewell Speedway on Facebook.
June 15th, 2011
Last week the Lucas Oil Series filled the Tazewell Speedway stands with people coming in the gates representing over eight states but it was time once again to return to the regular weekly racing program. The focus was now on the Tazewell Late Model class once again following the announcement that there would be a five-hundred dollar bounty that could be earned if someone could beat just one of Tazewell’s big two; last years champion Travis Fultz and multi-time champ Jason Trammell. Just as in weeks before, the weather continued to be an issue to watch as high temperatures and the threat of a pop-up thundershower intended to spoil the night’s program. The weather allowed the weekly program to progress on and by sundown the cars were on the track for their hot lap sessions.
Around 8:45 the Tazewell Late Models took to the track for qualifying and looking to make a statement was the “big-two” of Trammell and Fultz and the pair did just that with times of 11.965 and 12.058 seconds respectively with Trammell’s lap securing the pole.
Fifteen Modified Street drivers tried for the pole next with four-in-a-row feature winner Gary Blanken grabbing fast time with a lap of 13.501 seconds.
Joe Keck was the fastest in Classics qualifying with a lap of 14.974 seconds.
The Pure Street Class took to the track next for hot laps with the Pure Street qualifying to follow after the prayer and National Anthem. Jason Long’s lap of 14.821 seconds took the pole and his lap was the only one in the fourteen second range out of the twelve that qualified.
The Modified Street Feature race was next with Blanken looking for his fifth win in a row. On the start the cars were uneven coming across the line so they were restarted. Blanken took the lead with Warren McMahan behind him. Robbie Buchanon was all over McMahan and looking to get the spot if he slipped any at all. On lap eight the pace slowed down due to a caution flag that erased Blanken’s advantage. The race was restarted and Blanken just kept rolling away as Jordon Horton, Clyde Overholt, Chris Collinsworth and Brad Davis fought for fourth, fifth and sixth. McMahan finished second and Horton was third. Blanken’s finish was unofficial as his car was protested. After the protest was completed Blanken was indeed confirmed as the official winner, his fifth in a row. It was announced after the race that a bounty will be placed on Blanken. For more information on the specifications log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.
The Four Cylinder feature was led by Hayston Collett over Allen Holloway and Bubby Braden for several laps but it looked like their bumpers were tied together. Collett held off a hard charging Holloway for the win. Collett also made a point to dedicate the win to breast cancer survivors and he even had pink ribbons painted on his car to represent people he knew that were affected by cancer and were signed by fans who also knew people that were touched by the terrible disease. It was a special night for the young man who not only took home his first feature win but he also did a great job at bringing awareness to the plight of so many.
Next was the Tazewell Late Model Feature and they were all gunning for the two that were on the first row, Trammell and Fultz. At the end of the first lap seven cars were left still in turn four causing a complete restart. Steve Carr was involved and left the track as well as the Earl Brimm machine. Jody Horton was involved also and could not return. On the restart Fultz looked to be fast enough to clear Trammell but the 90J was just strong enough to get to the lead before the end of the opening lap. They restarted after another yellow on lap three and Bryan Hendrix and Brian Smith were at it for third. By lap five Hendrix had the third place and set off after that extra five-hundred dollars. Hendrix pressured Fultz for second while Greg Estes and Brian Smith battled for fourth and fifth. A lap fifteen caution gave the field hope for getting around Trammell for the cash but it looked to be a Trammell kind of night until Hendrix blew below Fultz for second and made contact which sent Fultz into Trammell who had slowed when he went high in between turns one and two due to a flat right rear. By turn number three the big two were crashing with one climbing the wall and the other spinning sideways and stopping crossed-up in turn three. Fultz and Trammell took hard shots but both drivers were ok. Now the front looked different as Hendrix was at the point with Brian Smith and J. Allan third set to finish off the remaining laps and that was the unofficial finish pending protest. Fultz rebounded with a fourth place finish with Trammell finishing in the eighth spot. Andy Wilder finished fifth. This race had not been declared official as a protest of Hendrix was issued and he was later found to be illegal giving the win over to Brian Smith who had fought hard all race long after being involved in the earlier incident. Allan finished second and Fultz took home third place. Andy Wilder and Michael Rutherford rounded out the top fiive. With Fultz moved up to third after the protests were completed the bounty money was awarded to race winner, Brian Smith.
The Classics were next and Joe Keck and Phillip Shockley led them to the green and the checkers. Before one lap was finished the Charlie Tharpe machine had spun thus creating a complete restart. At the front Keck was just ahead of Shockley with some space between them and Tharpe, Robbie Sands, Jim Yeary and Daris Breeden. By the race’s end only four were running with Keck holding off Shockley, Sands and Yeary. .
The final race of the night belonged to the Pure Street Class where Jason Long led the field to the green. Steve Smith went by Long on lap seven and held on to take the checkers. Smith and Long were also protested and those engines were taken completely apart. After both were checked and deemed illegal by Tazewell Speedway officials the win was awarded to Jonathan Miracle with Daniel Carpenter finishing second and Dustin Eldridge taking third. Jason Whitaker and Tony Spoon rounded out the top five.
Tazewell Speedway would like to acknowledge its 2011 sponsors; Petty’s Wrecker Service, Danny England Motors, Doyle Caylor Heat and Cooling, Tires Etc, Torbett Auto Supply, Boone’s BP, Comunicomm, Royston, Enrichment Credit Union, Tazewell Motor Lodge, Tindell’s Building Supplies, Honda/Yamaha of Knoxville, Harley of Knoxville, Citizens Bank, Lance Cunningham Ford, CJ Rayburn, Rusty Wallace Honda-Kia-Toyota, Gary Hall Motors, Knoxville TVA Credit Union, Coca-Cola, Pizza Inn and Tri State Tire. A special thanks goes out to the Claiborne Progress. Most importantly, thanks again to the fans for your continued support.
June 7th, 2011
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was greeted with a packed house for the annual Toyota of Knoxville 75. What appeared as potential battle with the series front-runners turned into an exciting race for other series regulars looking to make their own mark.
Jared Landers of Batesville, AR led all the way in winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Toyota of Knoxville 75 on Friday Night at Tazewell Speedway. Landers earned $10,00 for his second career super late model victory in a hotly contested race. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA finished a close second followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; and 23rd starting Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN.
“I don’t know what to say, except that the car was strong all night long, thanks to my crew they did a great job. Tommy Grecco is now my new crew chief, and to win here at Tazewell is just unbelievable,” said the 30-year-old Landers, who currently leads the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year chase for the series.
There was a massive pileup on the first lap included Davenport, Ray Cook, Scott Bloomquist, Owens and Steve Casebolt resulted in a red flag. When the race resumed Landers grabbed the lead with Davenport in tow.
Mike Marlar followed in the third, being chased by Francis and John Blankenship. The top five remained the same until a caution came out on lap 24. Owens, who had to restart on the tail because he went to the pits, was up to ninth in the running
order. Landers maintained his lead as Davenport, Marlar and Francis all closed on him. Francis dove to the inside of Marlar in the race for third as the top three ran door-to-door Francis got caught behind Billy Ogle Jr. who was exiting the track,
causing Francis to loose several spots. With 25 laps to go Landers was still out in front with Davenport and Marlar putting
the heat on him. Owens had climbed inside the top five after getting around Tyler Reddick and was now hunting down the leaders.
Marlar, saw his night go up in smoke as his engine let go six laps from the finish. Marlar slowed on the front stretch, bringing out the final caution of the race. This set-up a shootout to the finish between Landers, Davenport, and Owens.
Landers managed to withstand several challenges from Davenport and Owens, but beat the duo to the line for his first series win of the year in the Lance Landers-owned Rocket Chassis Chevrolet powered by an ECR Racing Engine. Crawford Supply, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Mark Martin Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer Racing sponsor his car.
Bloomquist still holds the series points lead despite finishing three laps down with severe damage to his car. Owens is now just 15 points behind Bloomquist.
Rounding out the top ten were: Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Eric Wells of Hazard, KY; and Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY.
In preliminary events Jonathan Davenport was the Red Buck Cigar Fast Qualifier and also earned $300 from Martin Roofing. Heat race winners were Jared Landers, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, and Scott Bloomquist. The B-Mains were won by Tommy Kerr and Bub McCool.
(Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series story and results courtesy James Essex)
The modified street class ran the first feature of the night. Sixteen drivers were on hand to race in front of the big crowd. Jordan Horton set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.436 seconds.
Horton elected to start the race from the outside of the front row and moving Clyde Overholt to the inside. But on the initial start of the race, Horton was slow coming to the green flag. The outside line stacked up behind the slow-moving Horton. The
caution flag eventually waved for a spin by Leonard Bray in turn 2. Horton came to the pits for an ignition problem that would not go away. The field was lined back up with no laps on the board.
Gary Blanken moved up one row and was not on the outside of the front row. Blanken used Horton’s misfortunes to take the early lead on lap 1. Brad Davis quickly moved past Overholt for second. Another caution waved for Dustin Collins as he spun in
turn 2. Blanken pulled away from Davis on the restart and would do so for the next three cautions. Davis, Overholt, and Warren McMahan battled for second place. Just after the race’s halfway point, McMahan moved past a fading Overholt for third. McMahan began pressuring Davis for second. Following a caution for Josh Chesney’s engine problems on lap 15, Overholt’s night ended on the restart and parked his machine. McMahan continued to pressure Davis for second in the closing laps, but could not move past Davis for the spot. Up front, Blanken pulled away for the win. Davis, McMahan, Chris Collingsworth, and Tim Hatfield rounded out the top five.
The classic cars saw Robbie Sands return to victory lane. The feature ran caution free and Sands easily pulled away for the win. The battle of the night was for second as Phillip Shockley and Logan Dukes ran nose-to-tail for most of the race. With two laps to go, Dukes moved alongside Shockley. But Shockley had the preferred line and held the spot. Shockley held on to finish second behind Sands. Dukes was third, Adam Hicks and Tom Conaway rounded out the top five.
The final race of the night was the pure street feature. Dustin Eldridge paced the field in qualifying with a time of 14.759 seconds. At the start, Eldridge jumped out to the lead on the first lap. The battle for second was hotly contested as Appaches
Quinton moved from the fourth starting spot into second and getting past Jason Long. Quinton appeared to have something for Eldridge, but spun in turn 4 on lap 2. Jonathan Miracle moved around Long and into second. In the final laps, J.J. Green
got around Long for third. Eldridge went on to win the race over Miracle. Green finished third, Long settled for fourth, and Quinton rallied to finish fifth.
June 4th, 2011
TAZEWELL, TN – Jared Landers of Batesville, AR led all the way in winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Toyota of Knoxville 75 on Friday Night at Tazewell Speedway. Landers earned $10,00 for his second career super late model victory in a hotly contested race. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA finished a close second followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; and 23rd starting Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN.
“I don’t know what to say, except that the car was strong all night long, thanks to my crew they did a great job. Tommy Grecco is now my new crew chief, and to win here at Tazewell is just unbelievable,” said the 30-year-old Landers, who currently leads the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year chase for the series.
There was a massive pileup on the first lap included Davenport, Ray Cook, Scott Bloomquist, Owens and Steve Casebolt resulted in a red flag. When the race resumed Landers grabbed the lead with Davenport in tow.
Mike Marlar followed in the third, being chased by Francis and John Blankenship. The top five remained the same until a caution came out on lap 24. Owens, who had to restart on the tail because he went to the pits, was up to ninth in the running
Landers maintained his lead as Davenport, Marlar and Francis all closed on him. Francis dove to the inside of Marlar in the race for third as the top three ran door-to-door Francis got caught behind Billy Ogle Jr. who was exiting the track, causing Francis to loose several spots.
With 25 laps to go Landers was still out in front with Davenport and Marlar putting the heat on him. Owens had climbed inside the top five after getting around Tyler Reddick and was now hunting down the leaders.
Marlar, saw his night go up in smoke as his engine let go six laps from the finish. Marlar slowed on the front stretch, bringing out the final caution of the race. This set-up a shootout to the finish between Landers, Davenport, and Owens.
Landers managed to withstand several challenges from Davenport and Owens, but beat the duo to the line for his first series win of the year in the Lance Landers-owned Rocket Chassis Chevrolet powered by an ECR Racing Engine. Crawford Supply, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Mark Martin Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer Racing sponsor his car.
Bloomquist still holds the series points lead despite finishing three laps down with severe damage to his car. Owens is now just 15 points behind Bloomquist.
Rounding out the top ten were: Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Eric Wells of Hazard, KY; and Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY.
In preliminary events Jonathan Davenport was the Red Buck Cigar Fast Qualifier and also earned $300 from Martin Roofing. Heat race winners were Jared Landers, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, and Scott Bloomquist. The B-Mains were won by Tommy Kerr and Bub McCool.
The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be on Saturday Night, June 4th at Florence Speedway in Union, KY for the 25th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial paying $10,000 to win. For more information visit www.florencespeedway.com
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.
May 31st, 2011
On this May night, Tazewell Speedway held the first of many planned special events for the kids. There was fireworks, foot races for bikes where all the kids that ran got a t-shirt and it was also the second night of dollar hotdogs in addition to a full night of fast weekly racing action. Summer appeared to be here right on time with high temperatures awaiting race fans as they entered the gates but as the sun fell so did the temps. The first order of business was getting the track ran in and after that was completed, the hot lap practice sessions began.
The track then qualified the Tazewell Late Models first with Travis Fultz continuing his great year by adding another pole to his 2011 resume with a lap time of 12.376 seconds but Jason Trammell’s lap of 12.453 had him looking good for the feature as well. The Modified Street class was next to qualify and only one car was in the 13-second range and that was Gary Blanken with a lap of 13.775 seconds. Next to battle the clock were the Classics and Robbie Sands rocketed to the top spot with his lap of 14.649 seconds.
At 9:00 PM, the track officials were placing the Modified Street cars in order for their feature event. Gary Blanken and Brad Davis made up row one and took the pack hard into turn one. Blanken and Horton sped off with Clyde Overholt and Davis in tow. It was side by side racing all through the pack but Blanken was able to hold off Horton for his third win in a row. The race for third was a close one but in the end it was deemed by track officials that Clyde Overholt had gotten to the line before Brad Davis. Chris Collinsworth finished in the fifth spot.
The pure street class hot lapped and then it was time to foot-race the kids. The girls ages 6-9 went first and Jayda Woods took the win. Next up were the boys 6-9 race and Trent Carr took that win. The third foot race were the girls 10-12 and Amanda Kuipers took the win in that one. The last foot race were the boys 10-12 with Triston Johnson taking the win. All the winners took home new bikes and all that ran got a Tazewell Speedway t-shirt donated by Tazewell Speedway, TVA Knoxville Credit Union, Petty Wrecker Service of Tazewell, City Smoke Shop of Tazewell and Virgil L. DeFord C.P.A. of Knoxville. In memorial Day activities Jessie Bean and Glen Fee our two oldest veterans that were in attendance were awarded two tickets each to the upcoming Lucas Oil race as thanks for their outstanding service. Mallory Tucker sang America the Beautiful first and then the National Anthem as one car from each class presented our Nations’ colors. Also Blaine Caylor and Hailey Sexton led the Pledge of Allegiance.
It was once again time to make the mud fly and this time it would be by the rubber on the Tazewell Late Model cars with Fultz and Trammell making up the first row. On the start Jason Trammell was first into turn one and as the leader had not yet crossed the stripe completing the first lap the nine car of Darrell Saylor was left stalled in turn four after contact and brought out the first yellow creating a complete restart. All cars were able to get back on the track to continue. On that attempted start, the two leaders made contact and both cars were left stopped just out of turn two. The fans were anxious to see who could restart and as it were both continued. Trammell got to turn one first again with Fultz in tow. Bryan Hendrix and Steve Smith began a side by side battle for third. A third caution slowed the pace but soon enough the race was on again. Trammell took the lead again and the pack was still chasing his 90J. Smith was looking low to get the advantage on Hendrix but he was thus far able to stay in third. After another yellow for Billy Gordon’s spin in turn two the race restarted yet again. Fultz and Hendrix were losing ground to Trammell and by lap twelve Trammell held nearly a two second lead on Fultz. On lap seventeen another yellow was displayed for Phillip Nichols and Allen Holt who made contact with each other in turn two. Neither driver was able to continue at that point. The field got the green and Hendrix wanted second but couldn’t clear. Trammell had a three second lead on Fultz on lap twenty-four. Greg Estes’ night ended on lap twenty-seven due to mechanical issues setting up a dash to the checkers that was won by Trammell. Smith and Hendrix went door to door for third with Hendrix getting the spot and Fultz finishing in second. In victory lane Trammell took care of any rivalry issues by saying, “At the start of the race me and Travis got together but it wasn’t his fault. I pushed up and we just got together.” Trammell went on to thank the fans and wished them all a Happy Memorial Day.
Pure Street class qualified next with Apaches Quinton grabbing the pole with a lap of 14.578 seconds.
The Classics raced next and Logan Dukes and Robbie Sands led them to green with Sands taking the point. Phillip Shockley nearly grabbed second away from Dukes on lap five but was not able to complete the move. At the front Sands was rolling on away from Dukes and Shockley. Sands took the win after having to hold the field off one last time following a late caution.
The four cylinders were next on the clay and the race belonged to Chuck McMahan as he won again over Allen Holloway , Mark Wallace and Bubby Braden.
The final race of the night belonged to the Pure Street class. It was “double-fifteens” on the front row with Apaches Quinon and Jason Long. Aaron Guinn had a good run going until contact left him with a flat. His tough luck was Jonathan Miracles good luck as he moved into third. Guinn would make a strong run back through the pack. The top three had some great racing going until Justin James broke and put fluids down on the track bringing out a yellow. The top three were still Quinton, Long and Miracle on the restart and they finished in that order with J.J. Green and Aaron Guinn rounding out the top five.
This Friday night Tazewell Speedway welcomes the Lucas Oil Series for a $ 10,000 to win, 75-lap feature sponsored once again by Toyota Knoxville. For more information on this event and all things Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.
May 25th, 2011
Tazewell Speedway had a big night of racing action on the schedule which included nine feature races as the speedway tried to make up some of the features that were rained out two weeks ago. The day had a summer time feel to it as the speedway began to fill with track workers, fans, drivers, crews and their awesome dirt-racing machines. After the track was packed the hot laps began followed immediately by the qualification runs for the Tazewell Late Models. The fastest time was recorded by Travis Fultz with a lap of 12.195 seconds. The Modified Street class was next to race the clock and Jordon Horton fired off the quickest lap at 13.646 seconds. The Tazewell Classics were next and Logan Dukes took the pole with a lap of 14.455 seconds. The Pure Street class wrapped up qualifying and Kevin Smith took the pole with a lap of 14.427 seconds.
The speedway then lined up the Four-Cylinders for their make up race and feature number one of the night which was won by Allen Holloway with Bubby Braden and Mark Wallace finishing out the top three spots.
The Tazewell Classics were next with their make up feature and Logan Dukes battled Robbie Sands for the win with Dukes taking the checkers over Sands and Joe Keck.
The final make up race featured the Pure Street class. Dustin Eldridge took the early lead in this one and held off a hard-charging Jonathan Miracle for the win. Apaches Quinton finished third.
It was now time for Saturday’s regular racing program to begin and to start it off right the fan favorite Modified Street class took to the track. Jordon Horton and Rick Welch led the field to green but after it took four attempts to finish lap one the real action finally began. Horton ended up in the turn three wall and his night was over. The top three then were Welch, Gary Blanken and Robbie Buchanan. The race resumed and the top three raced hard. By lap five , Warren McMahan had joined the top three. On lap eleven Welch too was done for the night as his machine broke giving the lead over to Blanken. From that point on the race belonged to Blanken who held off Buchanan and McMahan.
Next to race was the Tazewell Late Models and they were led to the green by Travis Fultz and Greg Estes. Fultz and Estes stayed in front of Steve Carr and Jason Trammell until a lap sixteen caution flag for a flat tire on Phillip Nichols’ ride slowed the action. On the restart Fultz moved out to a nice lead that was erased by a lap nineteen caution. The race resumed and a four car pile up was the outcome. This one happened in turns three and four. The leaders managed to avoid the crash and the race restarted with the top three being Fultz, Estes and Carr. On the restart Carr went high in turn two and Trammell took third. Fultz held off Estes and Trammell for the win.
The visiting Hobby Stocks were next and Jamie Whitt jumped to the lead over Robbie Woods and Sue Curl but on lap four Woods had fell out of the race and Curl moved into second with Devin Helton now third. A second caution was displayed on lap seven but the top three spots were unchanged. On the restart the Shannon Davidson got by for third and set his sights on the leader. By lap thirteen Curl had gotten second back but Whitt was out front with little to no pressure as another caution was displayed. On the restart Whitt had no trouble taking it all the way to the checkers. It was his third win at Tazewell. Curl and Davidson rounded out the top three.
Pure street raced next with Kevin Smith taking the lead. Behind him were Miracle and Apaches Quinton. Steve Smith was pressuring Quinton for third by lap two as the leader, Smith was still looking formidable at the point. Miracle went after Smith’s lead and several times looked as if he would get the momentum to make a pass but was not able to complete the pass until lap nine only when Smith had mechanical issues and retired for the night. The top three was now Miracle, Quinton and Steve Smith. On the restart Miracle kept everyone behind him and took the win.
The Classics were next and Logan Dukes held off a very hard charging Robbie Sands for the win. Joe Keck finished third.
The final race of the night was the Four-Cylinder class and this one was won by last year’s Four-Cylinder champion, Joey Allen. Braden and Holloway rounded out the top three. After nine feature races the program had ended just before midnight.
On Saturday, May 28th Tazewell Speedway will hold the first kids night of the year. In addition to a full race program, fireworks and dollar hot dogs there will be foot races for kids ages 6-9 and 10-13 with bikes and trophies given away to the winners. Everyone that participates in the foot races will be given a free Tazewell Speedway T-shirt. Bring your kids on out and watch them have the time of their lives on the high banks of the Taz ! The Lucas Oil series will be back in town on Friday night, June 3rd so be making plans to come watch dirt racing’s finest challenge the high banks of the bad fast 1/3 mile speed plant. For more information on Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net or search for Tazewell Speedway on Facebook. Tazewell Speedway once again thanks its fans for all the support it is given on a weekly basis.
May 11th, 2011
Once again the people of Tazewell Speedway came through the gates with our neighbors in the middle of the country still suffering from the effects of epic flooding. Again with those people in our thoughts and prayers the racing action drew closer. A warm but partly clowdy day awaited race fans as they found their seats to watch the STARS Volunteer Late Models and a full Tazewell Speedway racing program. As usual track packing got underway first and hot laps came and went yielding to qualification runs. The Tazewell Late Models hit the track first with Travis Fultz setting the fast time at 11.978 seconds. Jason Trammell just missed tying his time by running a 11.979 first lap before breaking the center of a wheel out on the second lap.
Next to hit the clay, high-banks was the STARS super late models and Eric Jacobsen grabbed quick time with a scorching lap of 11.165 seconds which was getting dangerously close to Jeff Wolfenbarger’s record lap of 10.947 seconds.
Next to battle the clock was the modified street class and with a lap of 13.225 seconds Gary Blanken took the pole. The classics were next to battle the electronic timer and Logan Dukes was the fastest with a 14.478 second lap.
The next action on the track was the STARS consolation race and Steve Smith took the win just before the STARS “locked-in” cars were called back to the track for a short hot lap session.
The modified street cars were next on the surface to race their feature race and to begin a night of speed and thrills. Gary Blanken led the pack to the green and Warren McMahan was in his shadow. Jordon Horton was in third. Caution was displayed when Kenneth Holt spun his machine in turn four but the race quickly got back underway. Another yellow flag flew and the drivers restarted again. A car got crossed up coming off turn four and collected several others including Brad Davis, Chris Collinsworth, Larry Burke and Tony Horton. Davis and Horton restarted. Last Weeks winner, Jason Sizemore was making a mad dash through the field and was now fourth. On each restart Jordon Horton got close to passing Blanken in turns one and two but he kept holding off the young Horton. On lap eight Tony Horton went into the outside wall with heavy force but was ok; however, his car was done for the night. On the restart McMahan got shuffled back to fifth with Sizemore taking his spot. Horton pressured Blanken the remainder of the race but Blanken held him off for the win.
The STARS Volunteer Racing Series feature was next and Eric Jacobsen and Jason Trammell made up the first row. After the salute to the fans, it was race time. At the start of this one, eight cars got piled up going into turn one leaving tempers flaring and Jason Trammell and Vic Hill banged up physically. Hill looked to have an injury to his hand and Trammell was working a sore shoulder. After getting the cars untangled the pack was lined up again but in an unprecedented move the decision was made to race the Tazewell Speedway late model race and resume the STARS race immediately following its conclusion allowing repair on the wrecked cars.
The Tazewell Late models came out and Travis Fultz was on the front row with Jason Trammell supposedly alongside but it wasn’t clear if Trammell was going to able to run his TLM after the earlier incident. Trammell was able to mount his ride and the speedway dropped another green flag. This start was also interrupted when one engine let go and dropped fluids down on the surface. It was one of those nights when the feature events struggled to get going as we had a car spin in turn one this time. Still they lined up back up and we went racing. The third time wasn’t the charm as Trammell jumped the start and Bruce Caylor called for a restart and an even start at the line. This time the start was good and Fultz took the point. By lap 12 he was lapping cars and had a half a straight away advantage but on lap thirteen, three cars were piled up between turns one and two; Anthony Arnwine, Greg Estes and Chris Long. That caution gave the field a shot at Fultz. Trammell was still Second and Rick Rogers third. On lap fifteen Steve Smith was working on Rogers for third. Fultz was holding off Trammell as he drove around the lapped cars but Estes looped his machine in turn four while driving its wheels off racing with Steve Carr in the middle of the field. Fultz had to hold off Trammell for only a few laps and did just that for the win.
The track control went back over to the STARS series and the front row was now Eric Jacobsen and Jeff Maupin. Once again there was trouble on the start as Maupin ended up two-wheeling it on the turn three wall as a moderate rain began to fall. Jeff Wolfenbarger took Maupin’s place on the grid and we went racing again. After a good try at it the starter did not like that one and made them do it again. After the start Jacobsen moved out and got seven laps of dirt under his wheels before the caution flew. Jacobsen rolled away from vic Hill and Jeff Wolfenbarger as Billy Ogle Jr. battled hard to get Wolfenbarger’s third place. Lap cars helped Hill get to the rear of Jacobsen but by lap 24 the black five was pulling away again. Hill again started to challenge on lap 31 but Jacobsen took the win on lap thirty-eight in a rain shortened event. It was a fitting end to a strange night of racing.
Tazewell Speedway returns to its regular weekly racing schedule next week, May 14th. For more information on the schedule of events log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net or check out the tazewell Speedway page on Facebook.
May 3rd, 2011
It was finally another Saturday race night after the Taz sat idle for the Easter Holiday; however, Tazewell Speedway opened with our hearts and prayers still focused on the hundreds of our national friends who were affected by the severe storms and floods that swept through earlier in the week. Tazewell Speedway urges everyone to help your neighbors recover in any way possible. With that in mind we moved on to the third race of the 2011 season. The night began with the drivers meeting and then the cars took to the track to pack in the racing surface before the hot laps began. In hot laps several drivers attempted to knock down the wall between turns one and two but all failed. After that it was time to turn them loose against the clock. Qualifying first was the drivers and cars of the Modified Street class and Jordon Horton with white smoke pouring out of his Chevrolet grabbed the pole with a lap of 14.774 seconds. The Tazewell Late Models were next and Jason Trammell was hooked up to the tune of a 12.207 second lap to grab the pole for the 30-lap feature race. Next on the track was the Classics with Logan Dukes having the fastest time at 15.325.
The Modified Street feature was next with Gary Blanken leading the way into the first turn followed by Warren McMahan. Brad Davis quickly moved up into the third spot as Blanken left the racing surface along with Jordon and Tony Horton. The point was left to McMahan with Sizemore second. Tony Horton and Blanken both rejoined at the rear as the pack got the green to restart. McMahan was overpowering the field until a second caution on lap 5 slowed the pace. Robbie Buchanan had now moved into position to threaten Davis for his third spot. Blanken was already back up to eighth place on the restart. Buchanan got around Davis for third on lap 6 as Sizemore tried to stay with McMahan up front. On lap 10 the cars were back together due to a caution and were set loose again by flagman Bruce Caylor. On lap 14 McMahan clipped a lapped car and was sent into the turn one wall ending his hope for the win. Sizemore, Buchanan and Davis moved up into the top three spots with Chris Collinsworth and Blanken finishing out the top five. McMahan was able to restart. The race ended with no change in the top five but Buchanan had tried everything to get by Sizemore. It was Jason’s first win at the Taz. “I thank the fans, God, everybody!” said a happy Sizemore in victory lane.
The second race of the night was the Classics. Pole sitter, Logan Dukes was surprisingly not in the lead when going into turn one since Robbie Sands had gotten around him just after the start/finish line to take the point. Dukes caught a lap car just right and got the point back on lap 6. Dukes, Sands and Joe Keck finished in the top three.
The Tazewell Speedway Late Model feature was next and with the track still looking fast the fans were anxious for it to get underway. Jason Trammell tore into turn one’s clay banks with Rick Rogers right with him. It got worrisome early on for the leaders as they hit lap traffic on just the third lap. Trammell moved around them well but the field went under caution when Brian Smith’s car encountered trouble and was stopped in turn four. The top three on the lap five restart was Trammell, Rogers and Steve Carr. Trammell pulled away again but each time lapped cars would let Rogers back in the game. A lap 15 caution gave the field a shot at Trammell again. Carr had left the surface giving third up to Travis Fultz on the restart. Once again Trammell’s smooth sailing was interrupted by a caution on lap 19 which gave the pack yet another shot to get by. Running in fourth and fifth was Greg Estes and Anthony Burchett. It was more of the same on the restart as before but on lap 28 Rogers was right there. The charge was just too late as Trammell took the checkers.
The Four-Cylinders were next on the track and Allen Holloway grabbed the early lead and drove away until a lap 7 caution flag was displayed due to contact between Hayston Collett and Mark Wallace. Holloway would not be denied his win tonight as he took the checkered flag by four car-lengths over Wallace.
The final race of the night belonged to the Pure Street drivers and their racing machines. They were led to the green by Clyde Overholt and Jonathan Miracle. Overholt took the point and was driving away until the caution flag was displayed for the 93 car of Dustin Farmer which lost its wheel and stopped in turn two. The top three at the finish were Overholt, Miracle and Jason Long.
Tazewell Speedway awarded the best appearing cars tonight and the winners were: Tazewell Late Models- Travis Fultz. Modified Street- Gary Blanken. Classics- Joe Keck. Pure Street- Austin Atkins. Four Cylinder- Bubby Braden.
The STARS Volunteer Racing Series visits the Speedway on May 7th for the Spring Shootout, a Three-thousand to win event plus racing in all classes. For more information on all things Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net or search for Tazewell Speedway on Facebook.. Thanks to all the race fans that make Tazewell Speedway a success.
April 10th, 2011
The Tazewell Speedway crew fought Mother Nature and won on this night as the track went through a couple of storms that included hard rain, lightning and some light hail along with a rainbow. The night was for the Tazewell Late Models as they took to the track for the first time in 2011. After the cars ran the clay surface in the track looked to be ultra-fast and smooth with the exception of a small dip in turn one. The cars hot-lapped and then qualified with the best time in Tazewell Late Models going to Travis Fultz with a lap of 11.911 seconds. The second group of cars to qualify were the modified street. Warren McMahan grabbed the pole for this class with a lap of 13.766 seconds. The Tazewell Speedway Classics were next to battle the clock and Logan Dukes got the pole with a lap of 14.673 seconds. The drivers of the pure street class brought their cars to the high banks next with a fast lap of 15.847 seconds belonging to Steve Smith.
The modified street class opened the racing action up with Tony Horton and Warren McMahan on the front row. At 9:41 flagman Bruce Caylor turned the pack loose. McMahan with Tony Horton in tow circled the track with ease as the rest of the pack lost touch. Clyde Overholt found third place and settled in. McMahan got the win, Tony Horton second and Clyde Overholt third.
The feature event of the night was next and the Tazewell Speedway late models lined up on the frontstretch to battle the high banks and each other. Leading them to the green was Travis Fultz and Jason Trammell. Last season the two put on a great show as the points battle came down to the last few races. Tonight’s race also had multi-champion Rick Rogers driving the car usually piloted by Phillip Nichols. As the cars sped into turn one Fultz got a jump leaving the other thirteen behind him. Allen Holt and Rick Rogers were racing hard in the middle of the pack until a caution on lap six slowed the pace. On the restart it was Fultz, Trammell and Keith Chapman the top three. By lap eight Rogers was trying to overtake Chapman but needed to find a bit more speed to get it done. A lap eleven caution once again gave the field another shot as Anthony Burchett’s machine had trouble and left the race as well as Jody Horton. On the restart Fultz again powered out to a nice lead. Rogers went back to work on Chapman but this would prove to be a hard spot to gain. On lap 14 Rogers gently leaned on Chapman to take the spot. On lap eighteen Allen Holt’s night was over as he left the racing surface. With another shot at Fultz the top three seemed to be able to stay with the leader longer in the run but Fultz got away again. Rogers then lost traction in turn four and slipped back to fourth place. Fultz got the win, Trammel second and Chapman got his third place back from an aggressive driving Rick Rogers who finished fourth.
The Tazewell Speedway classics were next to race being led to the green by a front row consisting of Logan Dukes and Robbie Sands. Dukes got the advantage early but Sands did not lose contact with the leader. Last week’s winner Joe Keck settled in at third. The two out front split a lap car on lap eighteen and that was what Sands needed to get the win. Dukes finished second and Joe Keck grabbed third.
Pure street was next with Steve Smith and Jonathan Miracle in the front row. The two touched going into turn one with Miracle taking the point. Jason Long was now in second and Smith was off the track. On lap fourteen Apaches Quinton was left stopped in turn four victim of contact with another car. The race restarted with Miracle going on to take the checkers over Long and Quinton. Justin James finished fourth.
The final race of the night was the four-cylinder feature with the front row consisting of Allen Holloway and Bubby Braden. Chuch McMahan had came from fourth spot to grab the lead by the end of the second lap. He would drive on to the win, his second in a row over braden and Mark Wallace.
April 5th, 2011
For the second year in a row the National All Star Racing Association dirt late models rolled into Tazewell, Tennessee to open the season. The race was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday night but agonizingly slow track preparation due to a rainy week forced Gary Hall and staff to move it to Sunday afternoon. With the track ready and the sun shining Tazewell Speedway was ready to begin the second annual Charles Trammell Memorial race. After rolling the clay surface in on the 3/8 mile speed plant the hot laps and qualifications began. The NASRA dirt late models qualified first with Jason Trammell grabbing fast time with a 12.322 second lap around the Taz. Next to qualify was the modified street class with Jordon Horton grabbing the pole with a lap of 14.454. The classics took to the high banks next with Logan Dukes having the fastest lap time at 14.975 seconds. The NASRA heat racing was up next with Steve Smith surviving a crash filled heat. Tommy Kerr and Chris Streeval had a tougher time as both sustained damage. Kerr completed the heat the Streeval did not. Chip Brindle won the second heat and led it wire to wire. In heat three Michael Chilton had to withstand a charge from Billy Ogle Jr. to get the win. In heat four action Vic Hill stayed well in front of Ronnie Johnson to take the win.
The modified street cars took to the track to begin the feature racing for the afternoon. Leading them into turn one was Jordon Horton with his father Tony Horton alongside. Clyde Overholt moved into second early and set his sights on Horton’s 56H. The top three remained the same with Warren McMahan taking a look at third. A caution on lap 14 bunched the pack up for one more shot at Jordon Horton. On lap 16 contact between the cars of McMahan and a smoking Tony Horton left Horton parked on the front stretch. The race resumed and smoke began pouring out of the leaders machine. Both Horton cars somehow made it to the finish with Jordon holding off Overholt to get the win.
Up next was the classics with Logan Dukes and Joe Keck on the front row. Dukes got the early lead but mechanical problems put his machine in the pits giving the point to Keck. Phillip Shockley and Bart Baxter put on a show until lap seven. The race resumed without Baxter and had new second and third place; Phil Blackford and Jim Yeary. Keck stayed out front for the remainder and took the checkers.
The second annual Charles Trammell Memorial 40 was next and the NASRA dirt late models were ready to put on a show. Leading the 21-car pack to the green was Vic Hill and Chip Brindle. Hill blasted out to the point followed by Brindle and Steve Smith. On lap six the yellow flag was displayed after Chris Streevel made contact with the turn one outside wall nearly turning over. Jason Trammell was one of the few that was passing others early on as he began his attempted march to the front. When the race resumed lap thirteen saw Hill dealing with lap traffic. On lap 22 Brindle’s car began smoking and fell off the pace. Vic Hill held nearly a half lap on second place when the caution flag was displayed for an idle Brindle. Johnson, Chilton and Ogle Jr. were putting on a good battle for third through fifth that was also interrupted by the yellow. On the restart it was now Hill, Smith and Chilton the top three. On lap 28 Brian Smith had a problem in turn three and had to leave the racing action. Hill led the field of now eleven cars into turn one and once again ran away on the start and took home the feature win. Charles Trammel’s son and Tazewell Speedway legend Jack Trammell presented Vic Hill the winners check in victory lane.
The pure street division raced next and was led into turn one by Jason Long and Daniel Carpenter. On the start a big incident in turn two left several cars stopped on the track but all would return and the green flag was once again displayed. Travis Helton took control of this one and ended his drive in victory lane.
The final race of the night was the four-cylinder race and Chuck McMahan picked up where he left off last year and that was in the Tazewell Speedway, Toyota Knoxville, Harley Davidson, Pizza Inn victory lane.
The Tazewell Late Models will be in action on Saturday, April 9th and they will be racing for a $1,200 first place check. Log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net for schedule and other information. Thanks for supporting the Taz!
December 8th, 2010
(Tazewell, Tennessee) – Tazewell Speedway has released the 2011 racing schedule that is jam-packed with exciting racing action. An open practice session is scheduled on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00 until 6:00. The racing action gets started a week later on Saturday, April 2 with the 2nd annual Charles Trammell Memorial 50, a $3,000 to win race sanctioned by C.J. Rayburn’s NASRA series. The Tazewell Late Models will get a crack at some big money with a $2,000 to win race on April 9th.
Some of the other 2011 highlights include the Volunteer Racing Series will be making its first appearance at Tazewell Speedway on Saturday, May 7th in the Spring Shootout 50. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns again for the Toyota of Knoxville 75 on Friday, June 3rd. Then on July 2nd and 3rd, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will return to Tazewell Speedway for the biggest event in the track’s history. The Outlaw Sizzler 101 will pay $20,000 to the winner. Ray Cook’s Southern Nationals finale will be on Saturday, July 23 for $5,300 to win. August 13 will see the 3rd annual Summer Sizzler with a $2,000 to win race for super late models and $1,500 to win race for the Tazewell Late Models. The NASRA series returns on Sunday, September 4th for the 3rd annual Buddy Rogers Memorial 44. The Tazewell Late Models and the Modified Streets will each be competing for $2,000 to win on Saturday, October 8.
Lots of weekly racing action will take place in between these special events throughout the season, including several promotions just for the kids. The schedule and the 2011 rules are available online at www.TazewellSpeedway.net. Make plans now for another exciting season of racing at Tazewell Speedway.
September 13th, 2010
Tazewell Speedway to crown 2010 champions: On Saturday, September 18th Tazewell Speedway will host its final scheduled race of the 2010 season. The night will also feature the crowning of its champions in each division. A full racing program awaits the fans including another appearance from the hobby stocks. In addition to the night’s full program there will be a food drive to benefit the Claiborne Hunger Ministries. Each fan that brings in can food will receive a dollar off food an item in the concession stand. The 2010 Tazewell Speedway Champions are; Travis Fultz- Tazewell Late Models, Tony Horton- Modified Street, Joe Keck- Classics, Jason Long- Pure Street and Joey Allen- Four Cyinders.
September 4th, 2010
Tazewell, Tennessee – Tazewell Speedway is proud to announce the return of the National All-Stars Racing Association on Sunday, September 5. The Buddy Rogers Memorial 44 will pay $3,000 to the winner.
The C.J. Rayburn-founded NASRA series is made of up drivers from the south and midwest. Defending series champion Aaron Ridley leads the current point standings. Other series regulars include Skylar Marlar, Christian Rayburn, David Webb, Arnie Fields, and others. They will take on some of East Tennessee’s best including Rick Rogers, Vic Hill, Billy Ogle Jr., Mike Weeks, Steve Smith, and others.
Also racing on Saturday will be the modified streets, pure streets, four cylinders, and classic cars. General admission tickets are $16 for adults with kids 10 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes are $30. Pit gates open at 3:00 and grandstand gates open at 5:00. Racing will start at 7:30.
The Tazewell Motor Lodge is the official host hotel for Tazewell Speedway. Click http://tazewellmotorlodge.com/ to visit their web site or call 423-626-7299 to make a reservation.
Tazewell Speedway is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell, Tennessee. Going north on US 25-E, turn right and then left onto Bacchus Rd, and then 1.8 miles north, then .8 miles west and the race track is located on the left. For additional information, visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net or call 423-626-2222.
July 24th, 2010
Tazewell, Tennessee – Tazewell Speedway welcomes the Ray Cook’s Southern Nationals on Saturday, July 24, the mini-tour featuring 10 races in 13 nights. Tazewell Speedway has hosted the Southern Nationals finale every year since the series started six years ago. Some of the best drivers from the Southeast will be competing for the $5,300 winner’s check.
This year’s Southern Nationals is shaping up to be a tight battle to Saturday night’s championship race. There could be at least five drivers could have a shot at winning this year’s title at Tazewell Speedway.
Defending series champion Tommy Kerr of Maryville is one of the drivers in the championship mix. He finds himself chasing last year’s runner-up Jonathan Davenport. Tony Knowles, Vic Hill of Morristown, John Henderson, and Brian Booze are also in the title hunt.
All the drivers chasing points for the Southern Nationals will also have to do battle with some of the area’s top drivers. Former series champion Chris Madden, Billy Ogle Jr., Rick Rogers, Mike Weeks, Steve Smith, and others will also be looking to win and claim the $5,300 winner’s check.
Also racing on Saturday will be the modified streets, pure streets, four cylinders, and classic cars.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults with kids 10 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes are $30. Pit gates open at 3:00 and grandstand gates open at 5:00. Racing will start at 7:45.
The Tazewell Motor Lodge is the official host hotel for Tazewell Speedway. Call 423-626-7299 to make a reservation.
Tazewell Speedway is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell, Tennessee. Going north on US 25-E, turn right and then left onto Bacchus Rd, and then 1.8 miles north, then .8 miles west and the race track is located on the left. For additional information, visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net or call 865-626-2222.
August 21st, 2009
Tazewell, Tennessee – Tazewell Speedway is set for the return of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday, August 21. Some of the biggest names in dirt late model racing will be entered for the race presented by Toyota of Knoxville vying for the $10,000 winner’s purse.
Tazewell Speedway is just one of a handful of tracks that have hosted a Lucas Oil Late Model Series event every year since the series started almost 5 years ago. Fans can expect to see some exciting racing at Tazewell Speedway.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series brings an exciting format to the ultra high banks of Tazewell Speedway. Following PRC time trials, heat races and last chance races will determine the starting grid for the Toyota of Knoxville event. Drivers will see if they can break the current track record set by Jeff Wolfenbarer less than 3 weeks ago at 10.947 seconds during PRC time trials.
During last year’s Toyota of Knoxville, Joe Armes of Petros, Tennessee pulled off the upset by winning the event. Armes recently won his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at North Georgia Speedway and will be looking for a repeat win at Tazewell.
Scott Bloomquist leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings heading into this weekend’s racing action. Bloomquist was the former track record holder until it was broken less than 6 weeks ago and broken again 3 weeks ago. Defending series champion Earl Pearson Jr. has moved into second place in the series standings. Last weekend’s Topless 100 winner Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tennessee sits third and the series standings and Dale McDowell is fourth in the point standings. They will be joined by series regulars Ray Cook, Steve Casebolt, Don O’Neal, Brad Neat, Josh McGuire, and John Blankenship.
Other top regional and area drivers expected are Chris Madden, Dan Schlieper, Eric Jacobsen, Vic Hill, Billy Ogle Jr., Rick Rogers, Chad Ogle, Shon Flanary, Tommy Kerr, and others.
Also racing will be the modified streets, pure streets, and the classic cars.
Adult tickets are $25 for adults, children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Pit gates will open at 3:00 and grandstand gates will open at 4:00. Anyone with a ticket stub or armband from July 5 can use it for admittance on August 21.
Fans that plan to attend are asked to arrive early to allow plenty of time to get their tickets and through the gates. Hillside seating is available in turn 4. These areas are available on a first-come basis. Lawn chairs will not be allowed in the grandstand sections.
Tazewell Speedway is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell, Tennessee. Going north on US 25-E, turn right and then left onto Bacchus Rd, and then 1.8 miles north, then .8 miles west and the race track is located on the left. For additional information, visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net or call 865-626-2222. For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series you can visit www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at 951-532-2503