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Ronnie Johnson claims his second J.T. Kerr Memorial 40 victory

Seymour, TN – It was another warm but beautiful Saturday afternoon at Tennessee’s Action Track. We would play host to the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, where the night kicked off with Qualifying for the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS. Jimmy Elliott would claim quick time honors with his lap of 14.553. Next up was heat races for the support divisions and B-Mains for the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS. Feature time rolled around, where Dale Watson was awarded what could be one of the final Thunder & Lightning checkered flags, after winner Dennis Barton was disqualified for having a soft tire. Next was Sportsman, where Terry Poore came from 6th to win. Street Stock was up next, where Bradly Lewelling appeared to be on his way to certain victory, until Jerry Hux made a power move entering turn 1 on the final lap to go on to claim the win. Next was Mini Stock, where Mike Townsend took the early lead, then came John Byers, who was pulling away to the certain victory until mechanical failure would send Byers to the infield, handing the lead to Nick Perry. Perry would hold off Townsend to claim the victory. Capping off the night was the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series 3rd Annual J.T. Kerr Memorial 40. The early leader in this one was Jimmy Elliott, but he had a mirror chocked full of “The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson. On the 22nd circuit, Johnson finally got the run he needed and quickly dispatched “The Mohawk Warrior” to the 2nd spot. Johnson would go on to claim his 2nd victory in the J.T. Kerr Memorial 40, becoming the first multiple time winner in the memorial race.

Join us this Saturday June 14th as we have a full night of championship points racing action in store for you! The future of the Thunder & Lightning division will be discussed at a meeting to be scheduled at a later date. On June 14th, we’ll have double features in Mini Stock, with more details to follow on this new format. See you all on Saturday fans!

Brad Lowe wins thriller in Limited Lates; Greg Martin holds off Jacob Anderson in NeSmith Lates

Seymour, TN – It was another thrilling night at the 411 Motor Speedway on Saturday May 31st, as we welcomed the stars and cars of the Limited Late Model division back in a special event! The night got kicked off with NeSmith Late Model Qualifying, where hometown hero Rusty Ballenger would take the fast time qualifier honors with his lap of 14.250. Next on the speedway was the Limited Late Model division for their qualifying, where Ruben Mayfield set the quickest lap after laying down a 14.294. The fields were set through heat races, then it was time for the NeSmith Late Model and Limited Late Model Fast Car Dashes, which were won by Adam Beeler and Josh Collins, respectively. Features were next, where the first feature was Sportsman. Their race would be cut short due to time, where Wayne Rader was the winner after 10 laps. Next was Street Stock, where it, too would be cut short to 11 laps, with Bradly Lewelling holding off Brad Davis for the win. Next was Limited Late Model, where the field would put on one of the best races seen this season. There were 3 different leaders over the course of 25 laps, with the first caution flying late in the race. Despite several advances of Ruben Mayfield, Josh Collins, and Brad Lowe, the first car under the flagstand with the checkers was none other than Brad Lowe. Next up was Mini Stock, where Michael Courtney picked up his 8th win of the season.

Join us this Saturday June 7th as the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series comes to town for the 3rd Annual J.T. Kerr Memorial 40 paying $4,000 to the winner. You’ll also see action in Sportsman, Thunder & Lightning, Street Stock, and Mini Stock. All gates open at 3:00p ET, drivers meeting at 6:00p ET, hotlaps 6:15p ET, and NeSmith qualifying around 7:00p ET. Adults in the grandstand $15, kids 12 & under free with paying adult. Adult Pit Passes $30, kids 12 & under $15. Be sure to tune in Tuesday evening at 7:00p ET for the NeSmith Race Report as they’ll talk about this upcoming event. It can be found by following this link: See you Saturday at Tennessee’s Action Track!

Kyle Courtney becomes youngest-ever feature winner

Seymour, TN – It was another beautiful day in East Tennessee, as fans and drivers alike came out to the 411 Motor Speedway by the numbers. A total of 54 cars signed in. Kicking the night off was Adam Beeler taking fast qualifier honors for the NeSmith Late Model division. He would draw a 3, placing him in the 3rd starting spot for the dash. Rusty Ballenger, last year’s Limited Late Model champion, took the checkers, and $100, in the Fast 4 Dash. Thunder & Lightning was the first feature, with Chase King taking his 4th win of the season. Next was Sportsman, where Wayne Rader would claim his 4th checkers of the season. Street Stock was the next feature, with Jerry Hux getting win #2. Mini Stock was won by 13-year-old Kyle Courtney, as he became the youngest-ever winner at 411 Motor Speedway. Closing the night out was Rusty Ballenger claiming the checkers in NeSmith Late Model.

Join us again this Saturday May 31st as we welcome back the cars & stars of the Limited Late Model division for a special event. They’ll race for $1,000, as will the NeSmith Late Model division. Also in action will be Sportsman, Street Stock, and Mini Stock. Thunder & Lightning will have a night off. Adult Grandstand admission will be $10, kids 12 & under free with paying adult in the grandstands. Adult Pit Passes are $25, with kids 11 & under $15 with signed minor release. Also, we’ve been in discussions with our insurance company, and we are pleased to announce that we will again offer a tier parking section. However, space will be VERY limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. This will require a pit pass. All gates will open at 3:00p ET, with the drivers meeting slated for 6:00p ET, hotlaps 6:15p ET, and NeSmith Qualifying at 7:00p ET. See you Saturday!

“Salute our Heroes” slated for this Saturday night

Seymour, TN – Join us this Saturday May 24th as we “Salute our Heroes” this Memorial Day Weekend. All former and active military members will receive FREE grandstand admission with proper ID. We will also have fireworks, a salute to our heroes, and much more. All drivers are asked to display our nation’s flag decal on their cars. So, bring a hero with us as we thank our service members this Saturday, and enjoy a great night of racing action, only at Tennessee’s Action Track!

Jordon Horton claims Sportsman win, while Jason Welshan wins in NeSmith

Seymour, TN – Mother Nature tried to spoil plans of the drivers, crew, and fans of the 411 Motor Speedway on Saturday night, but in typical 411 fashion, “The Show Must Go On!” Rain would move over the speedway just as heat race action was set to get underway. In fact, the first heat was lined up and ready to pull onto the speedway, when the rain would pick up. The rain shower would last until about 8:15p, when Mitch McCarter and Joe Byrd called for a second mandatory drivers meeting. McCarter and Byrd would tell the drivers that the track would be willing to continue the night, but with features only, but it was up to the drivers. McCarter and Byrd took a poll, and mostly all the drivers elected to race instead of load up and call it a night. Track prep would get underway, and the first feature would take the green flag at 9:51p. Claiming the first checkers would be Chase King in Thunder & Lightning. Next was Sportsman, where Jordon Horton took the win. Street Stock was next, where Bradly Lewelling took the victory. Mini Stock was the next feature, where Michael Courtney started his 7th feature of the 2014 season, and won for the 7th time. He will start dead last in his next feature attempt as he’s won 4 points-paying races in a row. The final feature of the night – the NeSmith Late Model feature – saw fireworks fly early and often, resulting in one popular driver uncharacteristically show his frustration under caution which resulted in a disqualification. At the end, it was Jason Welshan taking the win in NeSmith Late Model.

We’ll take this Saturday May 17th off, and return to action on Saturday May 24th with racing in NeSmith Late Model, Sportsman, Thunder & Lightning, Street Stock, and Mini Stock. Mark your calendars as the Limited Late Model division returns to action on May 31st in a $1,000-to-win feature race! On May 24th, gates will open at 3:00p ET, with the drivers meeting set for 6:00p ET. Adult Grandstand tickets will be $10, kids 12 & under free with paying adult. Adult pit passes are $25 with kids 11 & under $15 with signed minor release. As a reminder, tier parking has been permanently closed. We’ll see you all on May 24th!

URGENT: Tier parking permanently closed

After Tanya and I witnessed this past Friday for ourselves what could of happened and with further discussions with our safetyinsurance .We have decided changes must be made to protect our drivers, fans, Crew and officials. Starting Saturday, May 10th you will see our progress towards having a safer facility for all involved.That being said, changes will be made that will effect Tier Parking and Pit Side Stands/Seating.Tier Parking will no longer be available, because part of this area will be Closed Off.The Turn 4 Tier Stands will now become The Pit Side Stands.
No Alcohol Allowed in the Pits.
Tanya and I appreciate , and Thank You for your past and future business. We both regret any inconvenience this may cause, but we both are dedicated to the Safety of our Customers and Officials.

Special and important announcement regarding kids pricing

Effective IMMEDIATELY and through the REMAINDER of the 2014 racing season, ALL KIDS 12 AND UNDER WILL BE ADMITTED FREE INTO THE GRANDSTANDS WITH A PAYING ADULT!!! SHARE with your friends this WONDERFUL news, and let them all know that it’s NOW even MORE affordable to come and enjoy a GREAT night of racing!! Be sure to thank Mitch & Tanya McCarter for this super nice gesture!

Terry Gray blasts to USCS Thunder in the Smokies win

Seymour, TN – Under the bright skies of the Friday afternoon sun, fans, drivers, and their crew came out to the beautiful 411 Motor Speedway for Night 1 of the United Sprint Car Series “Thunder in the Smokies” event. Kicking off the night was NeSmith qualifying, where we saw Jerry Coffman surprise with the fast qualifier award, coming out 2nd from last in his quiet Boyd’s-Speedway prepped racer. Next up was the Hoosier Speed Dash for the USCS stars, with Terry Gray taking the victory. After that, heat races got underway to set the final starting lineups before features. A short intermission was next, followed by the first feature of the night, being Sportsman. Terry Poore would blast from the pole to claim his first Sportsman victory. Next was the cars and stars of the USCS Outlaw Thunder. This race was marred by an almost 30-minute red flag after at least 4 cars tangled into turn 3, with at least 2 being either upside down or on their side. Morgan Turpen was slightly injured in the crash as her car tangled with Lance Moss into turn 3, resulting in Turpen’s car flying into the catchfence in turn 3. She would emerge from her machine with knee pain, but otherwise OK. The 2nd scariest thing that happened during that crash, was Ray Bugg’s machine appeared to have a hung throttle and made at least 5 donuts in turn 4. It was discovered moments after that machine stopped, that Bugg had been briefly knocked unconscious. He would be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. When the race resumed, it saw Eric Riggins Jr your leader, but by lap 10, it was Terry Gray powering into the race lead. Gray, a teammate of Turpen’s and one of several USCS Sprint Car drivers who exited their cars to help extricate Turpen, would go onto claim the “Thunder in the Smokies” win. The next feature was NeSmith Late Model, where Ryan King jumped to the lead quickly in this time-shortened feature, as he crossed the line first on lap 20. Mini Stock was the final feature where Michael Courtney would go 6-for-6 in the features he’s started this season. He’s won 6 out of 7 features in Mini Stock this season.

Join us in one week under the lights on Saturday May 10th for Championship Points Race #5 with action in NeSmith Late Model, Sportsman, Thunder & Lightning, Street Stock, and Mini Stock! All gates will open as usual at 3:00p ET, with the drivers meeting at 6:00p ET. Adult Grandstand tickets $10, kids 6-11 $5 and those 5 and under are free. Tier parking will be $15 regardless of age. Adult Pit Passes are $25 with kids 11 & under admitted for $15 with signed minor release. See you next Saturday!

USCS Entry List announced

No….Car#…Driver / Hometown
1. 1a Lee Moore Tuscaloosa, AL – (2007 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year)
2. 1x Eddie Gallagher, Olive Branch, MS – Past USCS National Champion
Eddie Gallagher won 2000 USCS feature at 411 Motor Speedway when it was paved oval.
3. 4 Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH – 8x World of Outlaws Feature Winner (a real outlaw racer)
4. 07 Johnny Bridges, Cherryville, NC – two time 2014 USCS Feature Winner (1998 USCS ROY)
5. 10 Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN – 10-time USCS National Champion (80+ USCS wins)
Current USCS National points leader.
6. 10m Morgan Turpen, Cordova, TN – 4th 2013 National points (2010 USCS Nat. Rookie of the Year)
April 26, 2014 USCS Feature Winner Southern Nat. Motorsports Park has 5 career USCS wins.
7. 11 Jake Roach, Sardis, TN – 2014 Rookie of the Year contender
8. 12m Greg Merritt, Nesbit, MS currently in USCS Mid South regional series top five
9. 12p Don Ryder, Knoxville, TN
10. 13 Taylor Tidmore, Hernando, MS – 2014 Rookie of the Year contender
11. 16 Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN – 4th place 2013 standings (2008 USCS Rookie of the Year)
12. 21 Aubrey Black, Lookout Mtn., GA – veteran USCS sprint car driver
13. 21b Brandon McLain, Indian Trail, NC Currently 4th place USCS Southern Thunder regional series
14. 22 Shawn Murray, Jacksonville, FL
15. 23 Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC – April 12, 2014 USCS Feature Winner Lancaster (SC) Speedway
16. 25 Ray Bugg, Iuka, MS – Finished 5th in the 2013 USCS National standings – 55 years racing
17. 28 Jeff Willingham, Ripley, MS – 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year
18. 29 Kyle Amerson, Matthews, AL USCS Rookie of the Year contender
19. 33 Joe Larkin, Suwannee, GA – USCS sprint car veteran
20. 43 Terry Witherspoon, Jacksonville, FL – Top ten 2013 USCS Southern Thunder regional points
21. 47 Eric Riggins, Jr., Charlotte, NC – 18 year-old 5 time USCS Feature winner
22. 51 Jay Dunham, Augusta, GA – 2014 Rookie of the Year contender
23. 67 Brian Thomas, Pendergrass, GA – USCS sprint car veteran
24. 67 Jake McLain, Indian Trail, NC – 2008 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year)
25. 83 Bob Auld, Largo, FL – USCS sprint car veteran
26. 116 Nicholas Snyder, Marco Island, FL – 2013 Florida Mini Sprint Assoc. Champion and 2014 USCS Rookie of the Year contender


USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour invades 411 with “Thunder in the Smokies” Sprint Car special

April 27, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing will headline the racing program at 411 Motor Speedway on Friday, May 2nd at 7pm. The K&N Filters sponsored United Sprint Car Series “Outlaw Thunder” Tour winged sprint cars will roar into the fast 1/3-mile high-banked D-Shaped clay oval for the 3rd annual “Thunder in the Smokies” Round #1 event, The event is race number eight on the 18th anniversary schedule for the Nationally touring USCS drivers.

This is the one and only visit scheduled during the 2014 season for the USCS presented by K&N Filters winged sprint cars to 411 Motor Speedway. The race will award USCS presented by K&N Filters National points as well as points in the USCS Mid South Thunder and USCS Southern Thunder regional series title chases. The USCS Mid South Thunder regional series consists of races scheduled in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The Southern Thunder regional series consists of races in Eastern Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and both Carolinas.

This special event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least six states to the track seeking a visit to the USCS Victory Lane at 411 Motor Speedway. The exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning, 700 horsepower open wheel cars weight just 1,300 pounds, and are pound for pound the World’s most powerful short track race cars. The cars will literally fly around the track surface at speeds over 120 M.P.H. It is not uncommon to see the USCS sprint cars popping “wheelies” or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 17-inch wide rear Hoosier racing tires.

Friday night’s USCS Outlaw sprint car action will feature a full program of racing in the Outlaw type sprint cars that kicks off with test and tune hot laps. Hot laps will be followed by the Hoosier Speed Dash that showcases the top six cars from the previous USCS main event in an edge-of-your-seat six-car shootout. The qualifying heat races are next on the racing card. The evening’s grand finale will be the USCS presented by K&N Filters A-main event.

In addition to the winged sprint cars, the 411 Motor Speedway’s Nesmith Dirt Late Model, Sportsman and Mini Stock racing divisions will join the action-packed racing program with special events of their own. The Nesmith Dirt Late Model division will be racing for a $1000 top prize. Sportman are racing for $500 to win and the Mini Stocks do battle with $400 to the winner.

Ten-time USCS National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee, heads the USCS entry list for the 411 Motor Speedway event. Gray currently leads the USCS National point standings. He is also among the top twenty-five drivers in the Nation in feature wins over the past 5 years with over 85 feature wins. Gray has consistently been ranked in the top ten 360 sprint car drivers in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame annual driver poll. Over 3000 sprint car drivers are considered for ranking in the NSCHOF poll.

Additionally entered are a number of 2013 and 2014 USCS Main event winners looking for another visit to the USCS Victory Lane. Those include past USCS regional Champion, Johnny Bridges from Cherryville, North Carolina and his racing cousin Lance Moss from the same home town. Bridges has two wins already in 2014. He won the Southern Thunder regional opener at Carolina Speedway on . April 11th. On the following night Moss collected the win at Lancaster Speedway on April 12th. Another North Carolina driver, 18 year-old Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte captured three USCS wins during the 2013 season and came out blazing in 2014 just to have bad luck keep him out of victory lane so far. Riggins has five career USCS wins and was the 2010 USCS Southern thunder Tour regional series Rookie of the Year. He additionally placed in third place in the final 2013 USCS Southern Thunder standings.

Another top competitor is twenty-one year-old female sprint car hot-shoe, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee. Turpen, who was the runner-up in the 2010 National title chase. Turpen was named 2010 USCS National Rookie of the Year and has finished no worse than fourth place in the previous four seasons in the final USCS National point standings. She additionally has won five times during United Sprint Car Series main events. Her most recent visit to the USCS Victory Lane came last Saturday night (April 26th) in the USCS Road to Atlanta Round #2 paved oval contest at Southern National Motorsport Park in Kenly, North Carolina.

Other out of state entries include: World of Outlaws veteran and Midwest racer Danny Smith from Chillicothe, Ohio. Several drivers from the State of Mississippi are entered including the 2013 USCS Rookie of the Year Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi, ageless and timeless Ray Bugg from Iuka, Mississippi who finished in fifth place in the 2013 final National standings. Also entered is veteran USCS racer Greg Merritt from Nesbit, Mississippi who ranks fifth in the Mid South Thunder regional series standings and looking to move up with good finishes in the “Thunder in the Smokies” competition. Also entered are three current Rookie of the Year contenders including fifteen year-olds Taylor Tidmore from Hernando, Mississippi and Nicholas Snyder from Marco Island, Florida and Kyle Amerson from Matthews, Alabama.

Also entered are brothers 2008 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year, Jake McLain from Indian Trail, North Carolina and Brandon McLain also from Indian Trail. A contingent of four Georgia drivers including Jay Dunham from Augusta, Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Brian Thomas from Pendergrass and Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain, Georgia are entered are is Bob Auld from Largo, Florida and Terry Witherspoon from Jacksonville, Florida. Also expected to race is local sprint car veteran driver Don Ryder from Knoxville, Tennessee.

All gates will open on Friday May 2nd at 4:00p ET, with the drivers meeting scheduled for 6:00p ET and hot laps immediately following. Adult Grandstand tickets will be $15, with kids 6-11 $5 and 5 & under free. Tier parking will be $25 per person, regardless of age. Adult Pit Passes will be $35, with kids 11 & under $15 with signed waiver.

411 Motor Speedway is located at 632 Maryville Highway, Seymour, Tennessee 37865. The track phone number is 865-257-7223 and the Official website is For USCS rules and info, please visit the Official USCS web site at or call 770-460-7223.