March looks to be a busy month for racing in our region


My racing calendar is pretty full for the month of March

If you like Super Late Models, you’ll be able to find plenty of racing action to take in during the month of March in and around the east Tennessee region. Furthermore, if you like Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Sportsman Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and probably even another type of racing or two, you’ll be able to find something to suit your tastes somewhere close by if you live within and hour or so of Knoxville.

Whether you’re partial to taking in weekly racing shows at your favorite track or you prefer special events and watching the stars of the various touring series that crisscross throughout east Tennessee during the racing season, there will be something for you during March.

Volunteer Speedway opens the McCarter era this Saturday as the owners of 411 Motor Speedway have leased the facility located in Bulls Gap, Tennessee from Joe and Phyllis Loven for this year. The Wartburg Speedway will begin the Raymond Shepherd era of ownership in the coming days. Each of those two tracks will be in a time of transition in 2017.

Smoky Mountain Speedway, I-75 Raceway, Boyd’s Speedway and 411 Motor Speedway remain under the same ownership as before for this season and each will be racing at some point this month with either weekly races, special events, or both types of events.

Tazewell Speedway will continue to be owned by Gary Hall but will have a new general manager as Chris Corum- who has served in that same capacity at 411, Smoky Mountain and I-40 Raceway Park during the past decade- running the operations on those high banks. That upper east Tennessee facility will host a practice near the end of March and will stage its first official racing action on the first day of April.

And if taking a short road trip to see some great racing is your thing, jaunts to the North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA, the Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC, Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn. and the Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC will all be hosting special events in the near future.

The bottom line is that if you can’t find some type of racing to watch over the next 31 days, you might need to re-evaluate whether or not you are a racing fan.

Check the websites and social media accounts of each of the tracks mentioned above to find out what events they are hosting and pay a visit to those that intrigue you most. Or if you can’t make it to the track, make sure to keep up with all that’s going on across the east Tennessee region by checking on a regular basis.


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