Tazewell Speedway has released its 2018 schedule. There are some notable changes compared to years past.
Their season kicks off with the 9th annual Charles Trammell Memorial on March 24. The first notable change is the Spring Nationals making a visit on April 7 for a $10,000 to win race. Gone from the schedule is the Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Tazewell Speedway owner Gary Hall says the World of Outlaws being taken off the schedule is a temporary one.
“I wanted to move my Outlaws date back to April,” Hall said. “The only opening they had that would be against other races in this area was April 7 and I already had that date book with Ray (Cook). The only other openings they had goes against other races. We agreed not have a race this coming year, but we’ll look to get back on their schedule the following year.”
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns on Friday, May 4. This year’s race is a $12,000 to win race. All LOLMDS races on Fridays and Saturdays are now $12,000 to win affairs.
One of the most popular events on the Tazewell Speedway schedule sees the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals for its final race on Saturday, July 28. Once again, the race will pay $10,000 to the winner.
The entire Tazewell Speedway schedule can be seen on the track’s web site.
A staff change of note is Chris Corum will not be returning in 2018. Corum filled in for Hall in 2017 as Hall recovered from major back surgery. Hall will resume the week-to-week operations of the 1/3-mile track.
“When I had my back surgery about a year ago, the doctor told me I had to take it easy for one full year,” Hall stated. “I really couldn’t do much at the track. I brought in Chris to run things for me. The doctor told me I can get back to doing things and I plan on being more involved. I want to thank Chris and his whole family for all their help.”