NASCAR schedule move creates conflict with Scorcher event at Volunteer

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As reported by Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com, NASCAR has changed the date of its Camping World Truck Series race to be held at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Previously, that race had been scheduled for Wednesday night, August 15, 2018. Now, however, the truck racing series will contest the UNOH on Thursday night, August 16, 2018.

The issue that causes for racing fans in the east Tennessee region is a conflict with the traditional Scorcher event held at the Volunteer Speedway, which is also scheduled for August 16th. That Ultimate Super Late Model Series sanctioned race is set to pay $10,000 to the winner.

The Scorcher, which has in its past been sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, has been run on the Thursday night prior to the NASCAR weekend in Bristol for most of its fourteen year history. The Camping World Truck Series began racing on the concrete half-mile track located in upper east Tennessee as part of the August racing weekend back in 2003 and has typically been run on Wednesday night.

Regarding the schedule change, Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell stated that: “We have received a lot of feedback over the years suggesting this change and through a number of meetings with NASCAR, television and sponsor partners, we all agreed that this move was in the best interest of the fans.”

When asked via text if the NASCAR change would impact the Scorcher, Volunteer Speedway promoter Mitch McCarter replied: “Have no idea at this point. Have to look at other schedules and see how it all fits.”

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