Outlaws Set to Kick Off Smoky Mountain Speedway’s 2018 Season
Tennessee Tipoff goes green Friday and Saturday, Thursday’s practice canceled
Story By: Kayla May/WoOLMs
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
MARYVILLE, TN– April 25, 2018– The Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway will kick off on Friday, April 27 and conclude on Saturday, April 28. With sun and 70-degree temperatures forecast for the weekend, excitement is high for the big event. Track officials have canceled Thursday’s open practice due to the passing thunderstorms.
The doubleheader weekend will consist of complete shootouts on both nights including qualifying, heat races, Last Chance Showdowns, and a 50-lap $10,000-to-win Craftsman Club Feature event. Special to Saturday’s show will be an autograph session on the midway for fans to meet the stars of the World of Outlaws. Both nights will also have a huge firework show.
Additionally, on Saturday, April 28, the 2017 Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Fame class will be recognized. Ronnie Romines, Guy Merritt, Darrell Parrott, Ray Dedrick, and Gerald “Peg Leg” Laws were previously inducted at a private ceremony in November. With this weekend being the season opener, it will be the first opportunity for the hall of fame class to be recognized at the track in front of fans and family. The ceremony will take place at 6:00.
Pit gates will open on Friday, April 27 at 2:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 4:00. If traffic begins to back up, tier parking will open sooner than the advertised time. Grandstand tickets are $30 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $20. The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 followed by racing action.
On Saturday, April 28, pit gates open at 2:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 3:00. If traffic begins to back up, tier parking will open sooner than the advertised time. Grandstand tickets are $30 for adults, kids 6-11 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $35 for adults, kids 6-11 are $10, and kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $20. The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 followed by racing action.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel) and DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, MSD, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes (Fast Time Award), QA1, QuarterMaster, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.
Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.