Johnson City drivers Brad Teague and Mike Potter will be racing cars that Potter owns. It will be the second event of the season each has entered, with Teague finishing sixth and Potter 10th at the series-opening race at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway on April 28.
Ben Ebeling, who was the 2017 South Division champion, finished third in that race in another Potter-owned car. Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Bob Schacht has been the man to beat so far this season, winning at Dominion and then sweeping races at Midvale, Ohio, two weeks ago.
However, much of the focus will be on the Johnson City racers.
Teague, 70, retired from major NASCAR competition in 2015. He returned to the driver’s seat last season in the Super Cup Series at Lonesome Pine Raceway, where he started on the pole before a number of mechanical problems with his car put him 16th out of the 18 drivers entered.
Over a five-decade career, Teague won 60 races — including a national championship Late Model Sportsman race at Kingsport in October 1980, when he beat NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram plus legendary short-track racers Butch Lindley and Sam Ard to the finish line.
Teague’s biggest career win came in 1987 in a Busch (now Xfinity) Series race at Martins-ville, where he beat future NASCAR Cup Series champion and Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett for the win. Overall, Teague made 294 career starts in NASCAR’s three major series, including 44 in the Cup Series.
Still operating his B&B Auto Repair Shop in Johnson City, Teague has been at Kingsport Speedway in recent weeks assisting his nephew, Darin Silver, who is running in the track’s Late Model Stock division.
Potter, 67, made 60 Cup starts from 1979-93 for several independent teams, including for former series pace car driver Elmo Langley. The son of pioneer NASCAR car owner Jess Potter, he also raced in the ARCA Series, highlighted by a second-place finish at Talladega in 1980.
He also finished seventh in an exhibition Cup race before the 1983 Daytona 500. Potter has been successful in his role as Super Car Series owner, with Ebeling winning back-to-back years at LPR in 2016-17.
Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. with racing to begin at 8 p.m.
Weekly racing divisions like Pure 4, Mod 4, Mod Street and Pure Street are also on the schedule.
MIND THE GAP
Volunteer Speedway has a five-division championship points racing program scheduled for Saturday.
Crate Late Model and Sportsman Late Model divisions headline the program with twin features for the Classic division and other features for the Modified Street and 602 Street Stock classes.
The drivers’ meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by hot laps, qualifying and racing.
MIGHT AS WELL JUMP
Tickets remain on sale for the June 23 AMA Red Bull Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway, the only Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race in the South.
Defending 250 series champion Zach Osborne of Abingdon will miss the race after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Jake Hillman of Jonesborough was among the young winners in last Saturday’s Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series at I-81 Motorsports Park.Hillman swept races in the 51cc (ages 4-6, stock) division.
Evan Hayworth of Piney Flats was the winner in two classes.