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Major season-enders on tap at Volunteer Speedway, Cherokee Race Park

Jeff Birchfield • Oct 30, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Although their track championships have been settled, Volunteer Speedway and Cherokee Race Park look to finish their seasons on high notes this weekend.

Volunteer Speedway concludes its 45th year of racing with the $3,000-to-win Crate Late Model National on Saturday at the four-tenths-mile dirt track in Bulls Gap.

Among the local drivers scheduled to compete are three-time track champion Tim Byrd of Jonesborough and Johnson City racers Tim Maupin and Jackie Hughes.

The main event is a 50-lap feature, which pays $3,000-to-win and $300 to start. Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Open Wheel Modified and Classic races are also on tap.

A drivers’ meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m., followed by hot laps, qualifying and racing.

The three-day Cherokee Showdown runs Friday through Sunday at Cherokee Race Park in Rogersville.

The Friday and Saturday purses include $2,500-to-win for the Pro (Box) division and $1,000-to-win for the No Box division. Double entries are allowed with $75 to enter for the Box racers and $50 to enter for the No Box division.

Saturday’s race is $5,000-to-win for the Box racers and $1,500-to-win in No Box. Entries for Box on Saturday are $100 for Box and $65 for No Box. Racers may also choose to do a three-day entry for $225 for Box and $140 for No Box.

Gates open at 10 a.m. each day and time trials begin at noon.

MORE DIRT

Testing has been going on on the newly installed dirt surface at Clay Valley Speedway, formerly Lonesome Pine Raceway. Drivers are raving about the racing surface and comments have been positive about the facility’s transformation.

Another open testing date is set for Saturday, Nov. 10.

MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONS

Madison Hensley raced to three wins and five second-place finishes this season to capture the Women’s division championship in the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series.

The 12-year-old rider was one of three Johnson City racers to win championships after last Saturday’s season finale at I-81 Motorsports Park was canceled because of rain.

Alton Clark, 19, won four races to capture the ATV Novice division crown over runner-up Quentin Wise of Jonesborough. Riley Cash scored two wins in claiming the 65cc Beginner class title.

Izayah Shipley of Gray finished the season with two wins to earn the 85cc Beginner title.

Alex Colley of Norton was the most prolific winner after earning titles in three divisions and a runner-up finish in a fourth. Laken Fields of Church Hill won two championships, and Jake Hillman of Jonesborough was champion in the 51cc 4-6 division and runner-up to Fields in 51cc Open.

Carson Eads of Kingsport also finished with one championship and one runner-up finish, and Cody Goode won the 65cc 10-11 title.

Johnson City’s Brent Cardwell, Kingsport’s Matthew Burke, Church Hill’s Seth Fields and Blountville’s Zack Doran all earned runner-up finishes.

BIG ACTION AT BRISTOL

Minnesota driver Cody Slowinski won a Bandit Big Rig Series 15-lap feature at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday.

The race was part of the Metro by T-Mobile Halloween Monster Mash, which also featured Monster Truck action. Mike Vaters Jr. of Hagerstown, Md., in the Overkill Evolution truck took the overall title.

The Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway racing season is over, and the venue is being prepared to host Speedway in Lights from Nov. 16 through Jan. 5, 2019.

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