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Volunteer Speedway has special offer for this weekend

Jeff Birchfield • May 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM

The biggest racing weekend of the year is coming up with the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600, but the action will also be hot and heavy on the local tracks.

Kingsport Speedway, Volunteer Speedway, Bristol Dragway and Cherokee Raceway Park all have weekly racing programs scheduled for this weekend.

The three-eighths-mile concrete oval at Kingsport Speedway sat silent last Friday night with the Rusty Wallace Automotive Group Short Track U.S. Nationals taking place at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kingsport returns with a full program on Friday night.

Johnson City driver Zeke Shell leads the Late Model Stock points standings, 150-142 over Kres VanDyke of Abingdon.

Other points leaders are: Trey Lane (Mod Street), Kevin Canter (Mod 4), Bruce Crumbley (Pure 4) and Dave Strong (Pure Street).

CHEAP AS DIRT

Volunteer Speedway is featuring grandstand admission of only $5 for Saturday night’s racing program at the four-tenths-mile dirt track in Bulls Gap.

Besides a six-division program with the Steel Head Late Model, Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Classic and Street Stock divisions, there is a special meet-and-greet with the drivers.

Kids 12-and-under are admitted free. The meet-and-greet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by practice, qualifying and racing.

DOWN THE DRAGSTRIP

The DER Bracket Series has a test-and-tune at Bristol Dragway on Friday night, followed by racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Cherokee Raceway Park in Rogersville also has a test-and-tune on Friday night with racing to follow on Saturday.

MUDDY CREEK A MONTH AWAY

The sixth Red Bull Tennessee National is one month away on June 23. The fifth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship remains the only Lucas Oil Pro National in the South.

Eli Tomac is the defending 450 champion and Canadian rider Aaron Plessinger is the defending 250 champion. Defending 250 season champion Zach Osborne of Abingdon is scheduled to come back for his home race.

CAN DANICA WIN THE 500?

She made the fast nine cut then she qualified seventh for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, so can Danica Patrick win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing?”

Yes, although it’s a long shot.

She has a fast car with Ed Carpenter Racing, but the odds are stacked against her. That being said, she has good track record at Indianapolis and had far more success in IndyCars than stock cars.

Patrick has seven podium (top-three) finishes in 61 IndyCar races — the same number of top 10s she had in 191 NASCAR Cup Series races.

She has six top 10s in the Indy 500, finishing fourth in her debut in 2005 and third in 2009.

The cars have changed, but she seems to have adapted well.

WILL HARVICK BE HAPPY?

Kevin Harvick continued his dominant run last weekend in the All-Star race in Charlotte. He has already tied his career best for season victories, driving the No. 4 Ford to five wins in addition to his All-Star win. However, history is against him winning the Coca-Cola 600.

Darrell Waltrip won both the first All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 in 1985. Others to sweep both events were Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2003).

Harvick has one win in the Coca-Cola 600, in 2013 in the Richard Childress Racing No. 29 Chevrolet.

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