Besides crowning track champions in five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, the night will include a Fan Appreciation program and fireworks show.
Johnson City driver Zeke Shell is in good position to claim his first-ever track title, holding an 11-point lead over defending track champion Kres VanDyke of Abingdon in the featured Late Model Stock division.
Jonesborough driver Robbie Ferguson and Chuckey racer Nik Williams, the hottest driver of late with six wins this season, are battling for third in the standings. Wayne Hale of Piney Flats is looking to hold on to fifth with Joey Trent of Gray showing great consistency.
Trey Bayne, the 14-year-old brother of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne, is looking to wrap up rookie of the year honors for both the track and the state of Tennessee.
Kevin Canter, who leads all divisions with a track-best 11 wins this season, has already wrapped up the Mod 4 title.
Bruce Crumbley leads in the always competitive Pure 4 division, while Royce Peters looks to hold off rookie Chase Dixon in Mod Street. The Pure Street division is coming down to the wire with a battle between Jay Swecker and David Strong.
THE DIRTY PINE
The first truckload of dirt is scheduled to go down at Lonesome Pine Raceway today at 9 a.m., starting the transformation of the former three-eighths-mile NASCAR-sanctioned asphalt track to a dirt track.
Overall, the news has been met with a positive reaction after the track was closed for weekly racing this season. The Lonesome Pine layout would seem to be perfect for dirt cars, and the track located in Coeburn has always been a great place for spectators to watch a race.
Drew Kennedy of Wartburg pulled off the slide job over race leader Jordan Horton and then held off Barrett Lowe to win Saturday’s $3,000-to-win “Showdown at the Gap” Steel Head Late Model Shootout at Volunteer Speedway.
Kennedy started back in the pack in the 51-lap feature at the four-tenths-mile Bulls Gap dirt track. However, he made his way into the top five on lap 18. Just four circuits later, he passed Lowe for second place, two laps before his winning move.
A late-race caution on lap 48 prevented it from being a Kennedy romp, while Lowe and Horton engaged in a tough battle for second. Behind them, Chase King and Jason Manley rounded out the top five.
Zach Side of Knoxville won the 20-lap feature for the Sportsman Late Models and Brad Davis of Tazewell seized the 20-lap feature for the Modified Street division. Other winners were Josh Chesney of Maynardville in Classic and Rex Coffey of Morristown in 602 Street.
Volunteer Speedway is set to host the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Late Model $5,000-to-win Labor Day Classic on Saturday. There also is a $1,500-to-win Crate Late Model feature with no entry fee. The Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street and Classic divisions are also in action. Grandstands open at 3 p.m.
DOWN AT THE DRAG STRIPS
After hosting Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws,” there is a break in the action for Bristol Dragway before the strip hosts its Street Fights program on Saturday, Sept. 8. The lot between the dragway and the speedway will be the site of the East 10 Drift’s season finale. The DER Bracket Series returns to Bristol Dragway the weekend of Sept. 14-16.
Cherokee Race Park in Rogersville holds points race No. 10 for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries this Saturday. The racers are vying for track championships in Box, No Box and Junior Dragster, which earn them spots in the IHRA Summit World Finals in Memphis on Oct. 18-20.
Last season another East Tennessee racer, Travis Loy, representing Knoxville Dragway, made to the final round of the Box competition. IHRA World Champions win $20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment and a seven-night/eight-day vacation for two to Aruba, as well as a championship diamond ring and world championship trophy.