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Fireworks fly on-and-off the track in Jack Henderson Memorial 35

Seymour, TN – On a beautiful Saturday afternoon under a blanket of blue skies, we would host the Jack Henderson Memorial 35 as we honored the memory of Jack Henderson. To help us commemorate the legacy of Jack Henderson properly, we enlisted the help of a familiar face, one Ray Dedrick, to share his words. When feature time rolled around, it was Chris Rickett taking the checkers in Street Stock. Sportsman was won by David Kerr as he picked up his 2nd win this season at 411, and first in Sportsman. NeSmith was up next, where Adam Beeler was the winner in the caution-free feature. Mini Stock was next, where John Byers crossed the line first, but was protested, refused teardown, and disqualified, making Michael Courtney the winner. Capping the night off was Limited Late Model, where the pace was slowed 9 times, but in the end, Jason Welshan was your winner, with Jason Manley coming home in 2nd.

Join us this Saturday July 12th as we welcome back the Thunder & Lightning division in hopes of having a strong car count in this division. We will also host the Sportsman Summer Sizzler 25, where the Sportsman drivers will qualify and feature race in this $600-to-win, $70-to-start, 25-lap feature event. Also in action will be NeSmith Late Model, Thunder & Lightning as we mentioned, Sportsman as mentioned, as well as Street Stock and Mini Stock. Regular event pricing will apply and can be seen on the Admission Pricing page under “The 4-1-1.” All gates open at 3:00p ET, with drivers meeting at 6:00p ET and hotlaps 6:15p ET.

Note to Sportsman competitors: If you want your hometown and sponsors mentioned during qualifying (the only real opportunity for us to do so), and you haven’t already (on or before July 5th) filled out an information sheet at the track or submitted an information form on the website, please do so as soon as possible. We want to make sure we mention who you are, where you’re from, and who supports you. So please take a few minutes to fill out an information form on our website before this Saturday (again, if you haven’t already turned in a sheet or submitted a form on or before July 5th) so that we may have information on you. Any information forms or sheets collected on Saturday July 12th, will not be received until following the features, so any information form or sheet turned in at any time on July 12th will not be used, regardless of if they’re turned in at the track or submitted online. You can find the form right here: http://411motorspeedway.net/links/driver-information-form.

Nick Perry & Michael Courtney split Mini Stock double feature wins

Seymour, TN – On another beautiful Saturday afternoon, the stars of the 411 Motor Speedway would come out in full force to give fans one heck of a night of on-track action. For the first time in a few years, we would host double features in one of our divisions who has had the best overall car count average for the 2nd year. Kicking the night off was Mini Stock Qualifying, where John Byers set a new Mini Stock qualifying record with his blazing lap of 16.896. NeSmith Late Model was next where Rusty Ballenger took fast qualifier honors with his lap of 14.173. The fields were set through heat race action, where we rolled into features. First was Mini Stock Feature 1, where the qualifying results were the starting lineup. Nick Perry would take the win. Street Stock was next, where Travis Reno returned to victory lane. Sportsman was dominated by Terry Poore. Mini Stock Feature 2 was next, where the drivers were brought to the infield, and based on how they finished the first feature, from winner to last place, each driver would re-draw for starting position. After the checkered flag fell in this time-shortened feature, Michael Courtney was sitting in victory lane – after starting 18th! Capping the night off was NeSmith Late Model where Ryan King dominated, leading all 30 laps en-route to his 3rd win of the season.

Join us this Tuesday June 17th as we host Open Practice, hopefully with no help from Mother Nature this time. Gates will open at 5:30 with practice from 6-9. Admission in the pits will be $15, with the grandstands open free to spectators. Then join us on Saturday June 21st as we host Championship Points Race #10. This will also be kids night! All kids are invited to bring their bicycles and helmets, or running shoes, and participate in Foot Races and bicycle races. As a friendly reminder, those participating in bicycle races are *required* to wear a helmet. We’ll have a candy toss as usual, as well as a coin toss! As always, kids 12 & under are free in the grandstands with a paying adult. The bicycles will be placed near the souvenir booth or can be left in vehicles. Listen for the call over the PA to get your bicycles, or be sure to have them ready as the kids night festivities will kick off immediately following the final heat race of the night. All gates open at 3:00p ET, with drivers meeting slated for 6:00p ET, hotlaps around 6:15p ET and qualifying getting underway around 7:00p ET. Adults in the grandstands $10, kids 12 & under free with paid adult. Adult Pit Passes $25, kids 12 & under $15 with signed minor release. See you Tuesday and Saturday nights!

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: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-nesmith-race-report. See you Saturday 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!

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!

Kip Sawyer muscles his way to Sportsman win

Seymour, TN – Mother Nature helped 411 Motor Speedway officials with track prep on Saturday night, albeit not requested. Rain showers moved over the track around 4:30p and finally tapered off around 6:00p. Track officials quickly got to work in sealing the track up, and did a magnificent job at that. By 7:15p we were underway with hotlaps. Kicking the night off was NeSmith Late Model qualifying, where Seymour, TN’s Ryan King in the Brian King Roofing machine would top the speed chart with his lap of 14.320. Following him along the front row was another Seymour, TN native of Rusty Ballenger with his lap of 14.592. In feature action, Mini Stock was first, with Michael Courtney taking win #5 on the season. Sportsman was next, and it was a dandy. Wayne Rader would show the way through the first 11 laps, but it was Kip Sawyer sneaking to Rader’s inside into turn 3 on the final lap, with Rader bouncing off the turn 4 wall and Sawyer taking his first feature win. Street Stock was next, where Bradly Lewelling stole the show. Thunder & Lightning saw David Miley check out until he dropped fluid and spun in 3 on lap 7. Jeffrey Wood would inherit the lead, but he was no match as Chase King took the lead on lap 10 to win. Rounding out the night was NeSmith Late Model, where Ryan King had checked out on the field, lapping cars left and right, until he got to the machine of Marty Calloway. King would go around in 2 on lap 28 and slide through the infield. Race control determined that Calloway would be charged with the caution, awarding King the race lead once again. He would survive a green, white, checker finish to win.

Join us this Saturday April 26th for another great night of racing action at Tennessee’s Action Track, it’s Championship Points Race #4 for the season. All gates open at 3:00p ET, drivers meeting at 6:00p ET, with hotlaps at 6:15p ET. $10 adults in the grandstands, kids 6-11 are just $5, and kids 5 & under are admitted free of charge. Tier parking is $15 for any age, and adult pit passes are $25 with kids 12 & under only $15.

Michael Courtney becomes only driver to start & win every feature in 2014

It was another beautiful Saturday night full of racing excitement at Tennessee’s Action Track, and we appreciate all the fans, drivers, and crew who made it possible, as well as our wonderful staff members! Congratulations to all our winners: Michael Courtney (Mini Stock), Wayne Rader (Sportsman), teammate Jerry Hux (Street Stock), David Miley (Thunder & Lightning), and Adam Beeler (NeSmith Late Model).

Join us this Saturday April 19th as we’ll have our annual Peter Cottontail race! All gates open at 3:00p ET, we’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids from 4:00-5:00p ET, and the drivers meeting is slated for 6:00p ET. Adults in the grandstand will be $10, with all kids 12 & under FREE with paying adult! Tier parking will be $15 regardless of age. Pit Passes will be $25 for adults, 11 & under $15 with signed waiver. Thanks for tuning in and reading the stories each week, and we’ll see you on Saturday night!

Photo Courtesy Wells Racing Photography

Jimmy Elliott takes Night 1 of the Ole Smoky Spring Nationals with last-lap pass

Night 1 of the Ole Smoky Spring Nationals are in the books, and it was a great – and at one point wild – night for the cars and stars of the 411 Motor Speedway and NeSmith Late Model Touring Series. Beginning the night, it was Michael Courtney and Jason Gregory battling for the lead, but it was eventually Courtney taking the win in Mini Stock. The 2nd feature of the night saw Heath Alvey taking the checkers, leading all 20 laps, but over the final 10 laps Jordon Horton would make some noise, but could only reel in Alvey to about a half car length. The final feature of the night was the Ole Smoky Moonshine 40, where we saw Cory Hedgecock set fast time with a New Divisional Record for NeSmith, with a lap of 13.826. Joining him on the front row was Jimmy Elliott. Hedgecock would show the way from lap 1 to lap 4, when Ryan King muscled his way around Hedgecock. On a lap 24 restart, Elliott was able to power back into the 2nd spot around Hedgecock. Elliott would ride in the 2nd spot and peek for the race lead from lap 24 through 39, when King, working lap traffic in his windshield, would leave just enough room for Elliott to power inside in turn 3 for the final time. The two would make contact, and it was Jimmy Elliott out of Cleveland, TN taking the last-lap win.

Join us again tonight (Saturday April 5th) for the Ole Smoky Moonshine 50 for the NeSmith Late Model Touring Series, Night 2 of the Ole Smoky Spring Nationals at 411 Motor Speedway. NeSmith will be gunning for $3,000 to win across 50 laps tonight. Street Stock and Thunder & Lightning will each have a 20-lap, $1,000 to win feature. If you have a 2-day Tier or Grandstand pass, or if you have a 3-day pit pass, you’re covered for tonight. If not, it’ll be Adults $15 in the stands, kids 6-11 $5, and 5 & under free. Tier will be $25 per person, regardless of age. Adults in the pits $35, kids 11 & under $15 with a signed waiver. We’ll have live updates all night long on Facebook and Twitter, with the webcam rolling and live commentary taking place on the webcam. Links to all services can be found under the “Links” tab across the top of our website.

Cory Hedgecock goes 2-for-2 for 2014 in Sweetheart 52

It was a mild and sunny Saturday afternoon in February as the 411 Motor Speedway hosted the 2nd Annual Sweetheart 52. Kicking off the night was Limited Late Model qualifying, as defending Sweetheart 52 champion, ironically driving the #52 machine, would set fast time with a lap of 14.495 with Cory Hedgecock in the 2nd and final locked starting position with a lap of 14.557. Next up was Heat Races, where Booger Brooks would take the lone heat race win in Thunder & Lightning. Next was the first of two heats for Street Stock, where Shannon Emery won the first and Lynn Philips won the second heat. Limited Late Model heats were next, where Rick Hixson won the first, and Josh Henry won the second. Next was Mini Stock heats, with Michael Courtney and Mike Townsend winning those. The final two heat races were in Sportsman, where Kip Sawyer and Jimmy York were the winners of those. For the features, Mini Stock was first, with Michael Courtney taking the win. Next was Street Stock, where they went caution-free, with Shannon Emery taking the checkers. Thunder & Lightning was next, with Booger Brooks taking the victory. Sportsman was next, with time expiring on a shortened feature, it was Heath Alvey taking the win after 15 of the scheduled 20 laps. Capping off the night was the Sweetheart 52, where Cory Hedgecock took the lead from the start, and kept it, for all 52 laps.

Join us Saturday March 15th for our first open practice of the 2014 season, going on from 12-5p. Also, mark your calendars as 411 Motor Speedway hosts the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series for a 3-night show March 27th, 28th, and 29th for the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Nationals. On Thursday March 27th will be an open practice from 5-9p. On Friday March 28th, it’ll be a $2,000-to-win NeSmith special running 40 laps. In addition, we’ll have Sportsman and Mini Stock. On Saturday March 29th, it’ll be a $3,000-to-win NeSmith special running 50 laps. In addition, we’ll have Street Stock and Thunder & Lightning a part of the program. Admission pricing for all that will be announced soon, so keep checking in!

Points champions celebrated as points season ends

Another great night of racing is completed here at the speedway! It was a chilly afternoon but that didn’t deter our die-hard fans and drivers from coming out and enjoying a night at the races! We’d like to congratulate our feature winners: Michael Courtney (Mini Stock), Shannon Emery (Street Stock), Mike Lewis (Modified), Robbie Comer (Thunder & Lightning), and Cory Hedgecock (Limited Late Model)

We’d also like to congratulate our 2013 Divisional Champions: Marvin Ray (Classic), Rocky McNabb (Mini Stock), David Price (Street Stock), Johnny Ridings (Modified), Robbie Comer (Thunder & Lightning), and Rusty Ballenger (Limited Late Model!)

Gates will open at 2:00p ET, with the drivers meeting scheduled for 4:00p ET, with hotlaps firing off at 4:15p ET. Adult Grandstand admission will be $15, kids 6-11 $5 and kids 5 & under free. Tier parking will be $20 per person, regardless of age. Pit Passes for adults will be $35, with kids 11 & under being $15 with a signed waiver. Clear your schedules and make your plans to join us Saturday November 9th!