The opening of the NASCAR Weekly Series at Kingsport Speedway is scheduled for Friday | Sports
“The Concrete Jungle” is about to roar again.
Kingsport Speedway has its opening of the weekly NASCAR Advance Auto Parts series, Food City Race Night, scheduled for Friday.
There will be five divisions – Late Model Stock, Sportsman, Mod 4, Pure 4 and Street Stock, which replaces the Pure Street division – racing the 3/8 mile concrete oval. It is hoped that the low cost Banshee/Enduro class which recently competed in a 100 lap race on March 16 will also gain a good following.
Like other tracks around the country, a persistent problem is tire shortages, especially for the upper classes. Kingsport Speedway places limits on new tires with information to be found on the track’s Facebook page and website.
The track champions for the 2021 season were: Nik Williams (Late Model Stock), Rusty Clendenin (Sportsman), Kevin Canter (Mod 4), Bruce Crumbley (Pure 4) and Billy Walters (Pure Street).
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with practice, qualifying and racing starting at 8:00 p.m.
MUDDY CREEK TRAIL
Johnson City’s Adam Britt won the 450 A/B All-Star race and finished second in the 250 A/B All-Star class to mark Sunday’s Thor Mega Series opener at the Blountville track. The race brought together all the KTM riders.
Johnson City rider Isaiah Osborne swept the motos in the VetMX Warrior class. Local runners-up included: Kingsport’s Logan McConnell in the 25+ race and Johnson City’s Haley Ball in the women’s division.
Limestone’s Austin Milhorn was the winner in the 85cc (9-15) and not to be outdone, Aiken Milhorn swept the 65ccD bikes (6-11). Alex Colley of Norton, Va. edged out 24 other racers in the amateur 125 2-stroke class.
This past Saturday, Muddy Creek Raceway hosted the season opener of the Hot Summer Nights Supercross series. Britt finished second in the Pro race and Ball finished second in the women’s race.
Model City was well represented as Yamaha rider Dawson Ball of Kingsport won the 450C and 250C races. Kingsport’s Kaleb Jobe was the Unlimited B winner and CollegeBoy Am class runner-up.
A pair of young Johnson City riders – Tianna Holsclaw in the girls division and Anson Osborne in Stacy C – placed second in their respective classes. Canaan Spears of Wise, Va. won the Beginner 85cc class, while Ryan Adkins of Wise won the 40+. Among the four-wheeler crowd, Jonesborough’s Chris Furches finished second in the ATV Amateur class.
Muddy Creek is hosting an AMA Monster Energy National Motorcross Championship Area Qualifier this weekend, April 8-10.
CHEROKEE RACE PARK
Joey Greene (Pro), Matt Lovett (No Box) and Brandon Nuttall (Junior Dragster) won the season-opening “Budget Races” at Cherokee Race Park.
The first International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries points races are scheduled for Saturday at the 1/8-mile drag strip in Rogersville.
The IHRA Summit SuperSeries is the largest and most prestigious national bracket racing championship with nearly 100 tracks in North America participating. The program crowns the world champions in Box, No Box, Sportsman and Junior Dragster.
An IHRA Member driver can qualify for the IHRA World Finals in October by winning the Track Championship in a Main Event class of the IHRA Summit Team Finals.
Qualifiers for the Cherokee Race Park IHRA World Finals in 2021 were: Dustin Light (Box), Corey Smith (No Box) and Rachel Williams (Junior). Light was also the track points champion, while others were: Randy Blazer (No Box) and Jada Davis (Junior).
BRAKES RETURN TO BRISTOL
The BRAKES-FREE National Teen Defensive Driving Program returns to Bristol Motor Speedway on April 23-24. It’s the week between the Food City Dirt Race and the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash.
BRAKES (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) was founded in 2008 by drag racing star Doug Herbert following the tragic car accident of his two sons. The program recently reached a milestone as more than 100,000 people – 50,000 teens and 53,000 parents – learned advanced driving skills through the program.
Herbert, who was inducted into the IHRA Hall of Fame in 2021, made a major impact as a runner in Bristol. The son of drag racing pioneer Chet Herbert beat Kim LaHaie for the Top Fuel final in 1992. He won the IHRA championship that season and three more from 1994 to 1996. He went on to win 10 NHRA national events .
The drag racer pointed out that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens.
BRAKES is a three-hour program that pairs you with a professional driving instructor. It offers parents the opportunity to follow the same courses. Cars are provided, but a $99 refundable deposit to reserve your seat is required as space is limited.
You can contact at [email protected] or call 704-720-3806.