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Southern All Stars At Smoky Mt Cancelled
MARYVILLE, TN- Smoky Mountain Speedway has announced the Southern All-Stars race scheduled for October 6 & 7 has been cancelled. The decision was made Tuesday afternoon.
The ownership group met and decided to cancel the event following a tough 2017 season at the historic 4/10-mile speedway located south of Maryville, Tennessee.
"It has been a tough year for us," said Roger Sellers, co-owner of Smoky Mountain Speedway. "The weather got us the first race of the year when we were snowed out. That put us behind and we never got caught up. Some of our other events that we have done well with in the past weren't as good for us this year. It's been a frustrating year."
"We tried all kinds of things this year and nothing we did worked for us. The frustrating part is we had a similar schedule last year and had our best year since Larry (Garner), Stanley (Best), and I have operated the track. We'll sit down in the next few weeks and evaluate where we are, how we do things, and try to get back where we were for 2018."
Additionally, track promoter Casey Moses and her husband, Robby, have been dedicating much of their time to their newborn son, who is in the NICU unit at UT Hospital. Their son arrived sooner than expected and has remained in the hospital since birth. They hope to bring their son home with them very soon and begin adjusting to life as a bigger family.
With the cancellation of the Southern All-Stars race, that concludes the 2017 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The hall of fame induction ceremony scheduled for October 7 will now be held next spring at a date to be announced. The new hall of fame inductees will be notified of the schedule change.
Smoky Mountain Speedway is already working on the 2018 schedule with the first event to take place in March. The track's schedule will be announced around the time of the PRI show in December. Fans and teams can keep tabs on the schedule and other news at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com
Smoky Mountain Speedway would like to thank all fans and drivers that came out this season.
The final event for the 2017 season will be the Annual NASCAR Weekend On Saturday night October 14th at the Talladega Short Track a 40 lap $4,000 to win event.
For more information concerning the Southern All Stars contact Lynn Acklin - General Manager: 256-924-4546 www.sasdirt.com
2017 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS: 1.Austin Horton 1090; 2.Tristan Sealy 962; 3.Eric Hickerson 936; 4. T J Reaid 816; 5.Brad Skinner 764; 6.Bo Shirley 466; 7.Casey Roberts 458; 8.Riley Hickman 418; 9.Clint Smith 402; 10.Josh Putnam 376;
2017 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Austin Horton 1090; 2.Tristan Sealy 962; 3. Eric Hickerson 936; 4.T J Reaid 816
2017 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Eric Hickerson 346; 2.Brad Skinner 263; 3.Josh Putnam 132; 4.Todd Morrow 123; 5.Brandon Overton 106; 6.Joseph Faulkner 58 7.Jason Walker 50; 8.Derek Ellis 35; 9.Mitch Thornton 35; 10.Jamie Perry 33; 11.Jeff Johns 30; 12.Jason Lyles 24; 13.David Brannon 19; 14.Ferrell Skelton 17; 15.Dean Carpenter 16; 15.John Minon 15; 17.Jim Gray 15
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
Oct 14th Talladega Short Track—Eastaboga, AL-$4,000
2017 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:
*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series *Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series *Sunoco Race Fuel “The Official Racing Fuel” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
2017 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Marketing Partners Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, , COR Suspensions, Cruise with the Champions, DirtonDirt.com, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, , MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, 36 Racing & Fabrication, Racecar Engineering, BrakeOMeter