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Monster Trucks, CARS Tour highlight weekend's action

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 11, 2018 at 12:40 AM

Monster Trucks invade Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday, while the CARS Tour comes to Kingsport Speedway.

Beef O’Brady’s Monster Truck Madness features some of the biggest-name trucks in the business. Some of the Monster Trucks entered in the event include Bigfoot, Jester, Stone Crusher and Nitro Hornet.

Always a favorite of the kids, the big trucks fly through the air before landing, often driving over and crushing cars.

The trucks race around a Bristol Motor Speedway infield course for two qualifying rounds. Racing eliminations begin after qualifying until a champion is crowned. After that comes the freestyle competition in which the drivers perform stunts for the crowd.

A fan-friendly event, drivers are available for autographs and photos during a pre-event pit party on the backstretch.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the pit party and fans have the opportunity to purchase $10 tickets for a ride in the Sasquatch monster bus.

Beef O’ Brady’s is providing coupons for a free kids meal, redeemable the following Tuesday.

Qualifying starts at 7:30 p.m. with exhibitions for the East Tennessee Drift and the Team FMX acrobatic motocross team.

The CARS Tour for Late Model Stock cars visits Kingsport Speedway this Saturday with the Food Country 125.

The single-car qualifying is followed by a 100-lap Late Model feature. There also are 30-lap features for the Modified Street and Pure 4 divisions scheduled.

Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. Late Model qualifying is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with a fan fest on the track at 6 p.m. The Late Model race is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

STREET OUTLAWS TO RETURN

The popular “Street Outlaws” returns to Bristol Dragway on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The Discovery Channel show’s biggest stars — Big Chief, Murder Nova, AZN and Farm Truck — along with 22 street racers from around the country are competing for a winner- take-all $200,000 prize, making it the largest payout in no-prep history.

The event is to be filmed for a show to air in 2019.

OTHER DRAG RACING

Cody Barnhart from Culllman, Ala., won Saturday’s $10,000-to-win BTE World Footbrake Challenge at Bristol Dragway.

The event was followed by a special Gambler’s Race in which Rodney Finchum beat his son Jake in the final round. Rain forced the cancellation of Friday’s race.

This weekend, Cherokee Raceway Park in Rogersville hosts a special Mopar vs. Ford event. There is a Saturday race open to all makes with gates opening at 3 p.m. and a special Ford vs. Mopar only race on Sunday when gates open at noon.

TWO-WHEEL ACTION

Local motocross racers found success last Saturday at I-81 Motorsports Park.

Chaez Maisonet of Erwin was a winner in 125cc, 2 stroke and was runner-up in the Schoolboy division. Carson Eads of Kingsport also had a win in Super Mini and a second-place finish in 85cc, 9-13.

Other winners were: Dylan Bowers of Elizabethton (450D), Hunter Ford of Church Hill (250D), Jake Hillman of Jonesborough (51cc beginner) and Evan Sprinkle of Piney Flats (65cc beginner).

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