Crossville Speedway August 25 preview

(Crossville, TN -- August 20, 2002) Major league short track racing action returns to Crossville Speedway this coming Sunday as the 1/3 mile high-banked oval plays host to a special 50 lap main event which offers over $5,000 to the winner. The ...

(Crossville, TN -- August 20, 2002) Major league short track racing action returns to Crossville Speedway this coming Sunday as the 1/3 mile high-banked oval plays host to a special 50 lap main event which offers over $5,000 to the winner. The feature event for Dirt Late Model competitors is expected to draw some of the biggest names in the world of dirt track racing to the exciting motorsports facility atop the Cumberland Plateau. After sitting idle for more than two racing seasons Crossville Speedway has been re-opened following a major renovation and facility improvement and has hosted two events so far in 2002. Each of the opening nights of racing have pleased the crowds in attendance with a return to high-speed racing excitement and fans from throughout the state of Tennessee and around the entire Southeastern United States are anxious for this coming Sunday's showdown.

Among drivers competing in the "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty" are 5-time Dirt Track World Champion (DTWC) Freddy Smith. Smith, a former major-event winner at Crossville Speedway championed the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series (HAT) in 1996 and is also a two-time winner of the $100,000 to win "Dream" race in Ohio. Also making an appearance at Crossville Speedway this Sunday will be Ronnie Johnson, a two-time DTWC winner and 3-time Southern All-Stars Series (SAS) champion. Johnson of Chattanooga, TN known by racing fans across the county as 'The Chattanooga Flash' has already posted a pair of top-five runs at Crossville in the track's opening weeks of action in 2002. Dale McDowell, 1999 HAT champion and 2-time SAS champion plans on making the Sunday journey to Crossville. Another of dirt late model racing's all-time winningest drivers Mike Head from Ellenwood, GA will be on the scene for Sunday's shootout. Head has an impressive winning record at Crossville Speedway over the years including wins in events of national magnitude.

When it comes to young drivers on their way to the top of the ranks Duayne Hommel of Newport, TN is one of the rising stars of the sport and currently is the championship points leader in SAS Series action. Hommel will be full-throttle on Sunday in his Miller Brothers Coal sponsored machine when the action gets underway at Crossville Speedway. Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville is a former multi-time track champion of Crossville Speedway and although Ogle is currently among those drivers competing on a national touring series he will be in action on Sunday at Crossville. Ogle is currently leading the way for the Rookie of the Year award on the UDTRA (United Dirt Track Racing Association). Randle Chupp, former Knoxville, TN resident will also wheel and deal at Crossville Sunday in the $5,000 to win affair.

Although the big guns of dirt racing will be a focal point of the action in Sunday's main event at Crossville Speedway, traveling drivers will most definitely have to contend with several Crossville natives in order to carry the winner's share of the purse outside of Cumberland County. Randy Weaver of Crossville is a former track champion at the ultra-competitive Crossville Speedway and has won the first two late model rumbles at the track this year. Weaver will have his Warrior Race Cars prepared Pontiac Grand Prix sitting on 'go' to take on all challengers for this weekend's "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty". Rick Williams, also of Crossville, will be a contender for the big bucks and should provide local fans with an exciting challenge for the victory. Dave Bilbrey and Floyd Turner, another pair of Crossville residents will be making their presenece known at their home track and will be in the hunt for the win.

A handful of regional Tennessee racers will be in the mix looking to take the win including Steve Smith of Powell, TN. Smith led the first 29 laps of the grand re-opening event at Crossville three weeks ago before Randy Weaver brought the crowd to its feet in a three-wide scramble to the checkered flag for the win. Smith ended up that night with a third-place finish as McMinnville, TN ace Jeff Walker took second in the wild finish. Walker will definitely be another strong challenger for the victory this Sunday. Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge, TN is another hot shoe from the Volunteer State that will be looking to steal the show at Crossville Speedway this week and will be joined by another pair of rising stars Mark Vineyard of Halls, TN and Patrick Duggan of Lenoir City, TN, each former champions of area tracks. Other Tennessee drivers on hand should include Rick Hixson, Roger Best, Steven Harrison, Tommy Kerr, Cary Brown, Anthony White, Lamar Scoggins, Brad Hall, Todd Morrow, Jay Brinkley, Mark Martin, Junior Brown, Roy Ledbetter, Derrick Duggan, Jeff Monger, Luke Krass, Jimmy Nowlin, Mike Ritchey, Randall McKeehan, Terry Coleman and Barry Goodman,

Don't be surprised to see many more headline names from the dirt late model ranks venture into Crossville Speedway's turf for this Sunday's 50 lap showdown including potential appearances a group of drivers from the Carolinas and surrounding southeastern states will attempt to make the trip and compete, including Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC); David Smith (Inman, SC); David Payne (Murphy, NC); Clint Smith (Senoia, GA); John Jones (Rock Springs, GA); Gary McPherson (Dalton, GA); Marshall Green (White, GA); Shane Tankersly (Morgantown, GA); Justin Wakefield (Woodstock, GA) and Bobby Turner (Canton, GA). With the Southern All-Stars Series set to compete at Atomic Motor Speedway in Knoxville this Thursday night (Aug 22nd) and national touring drivers slated to be at Atomic Motor Speedway for a two-day $20,000 to win event on the following Saturday and Sunday (Aug 31-Sep 1) the stage is set for most of the biggest names in short-track racing to be in the area and in the hunt at this Sunday's (Aug 25th) special event at Crossville Speedway.

Pit Gates will open at Crossville at 2:00 p.m. (Central) with Grandstand and Tier Parking gates opening at 3:00 p.m. (Central). Fans will be treated to a special 'Meet and Greet the Racers' autograph opportunity slated to begin at approximately 4:00 p.m. (Central) with racing action to follow with time-trial qualifications and heat races and the feature racing program. In addition to the special 50-lap "Plateau Thunder Fast Firty" for the Late Model division there will be feature racing action in the Pure Mini 4 Cylinder and Street Stock divisions as part of the racing program. Late Models will qualify with the fastest 18 cars in time-trials earning starting spots according to their times and the balance of the 24-car starting grid determined by B-mains (Last Chance Qualifying races).

Special event prices for the "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty" will see Kids 12 and Under admitted FREE in both the Grandstand and Tier Parking areas. Adult prices are $15.00 for Grandstand General Admission and $18.00 for Tier Parking, (Coolers are NOT permitted in the main grandstand area). Reserved Tower and VIP Seating is available and can be reserved by calling the Crossville Speedway office at (931) 456-2277. Additional event information can be obtained by visiting the web site of Crossville Speedway located at

Crossville Speedway provides the ultimate short-track racing excitement and entertainment in a fan friendly, family oriented environment with affordable ticket and concession pricing. The staff and ownership of Crossville Speedway sends out our sincerest thanks to all of the fans, competitors and community members who have made the re-opening of this wonderful racing facility such a success as Crossville Speedway looks forward to bringing more high-horse powered racing entertainment to the Cumberland Plateau region during the coming weeks through August, September and October.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Steve Smith , Freddy Smith , Jeff Walker , David Smith , Mark Martin
Teams Williams