OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE 2013 SMLRS
Mod Lite Racing Series Coming Sept. 1st to Tazewell
August 10th - After a dismal weather
forecast for the first 4 races of the year, the SMLRS
is looking forward to cooler temps and dryer weather
for some hot racing action in the fall. The next scheduled
event is on Sunday September 1st in conjunction with
the 5th Annual Buddy Rogers Memorial at the Bad Fast
Tazewell Speedway. Last year this SMRLS event was the
first ever visit by the Mod Lites to the high banks
at Tazewell. The event turned out to the be the race
of the year as John Stout wheeled his #13 Pro Chassis
from the last starting position up the 2nd place before
spinning out on his own. The spin didn't dampen his
spirits however as he restarted tail of the field again
and was the only driver daring enough to challenge the
top groove against the fence. This proved to be the
fast way around as John passed car after car on the
top side to take the lead with two laps remaining and
held on to win the first SMLRS event at Tazewell Speedway!
We hope to see you at this event on September 1st and
keep the rain AWAY!
MOTHER NATURE MAKES
July 7th - Excessive rainfall is 2013
for East TN has made racing difficult this year. Mother
Nature swept the 4th of July week of racing at all area
tracks. Stayed tuned and watch the schedule close for
the make up dates.
DOUBLE HEADER WEEK
UP NEXT FOR THE SMLRS
June 17th - 4th of July week has always
been a busy race week in East TN. This year's lineup
looks no different with many area tracks hosting special
events throughout the week. The SMLRS will visit Wartburg
Speedway on Wednesday July 3rd and Smoky Mountain Speedway
on Saturday July 6th for the next two races in the chase
for the $2,000 points championship. Ross White will
try to maintain his points lead over Brandon Cagle who
just swept the weekend at Spring City and Wartburg.
ROSS WHITE THRILLS
IN ANOTHER WORST TO FIRST DRIVE FOR THE WIN!
May 26th - The weather finally held
out for some dirt track racing in the Southeast. After
numerous wet weather weekends the SMLRS was finally
able to get a show in the books. 14 cars were on hand
at North Georgia Speedway Saturday night. After Ross
White started outside pole for the second heat and burned
a battery in the race, Tim Price offered his ride to
Ross for the feature. As a result Ross had to start
13th for the main event.
After a six car redraw, Brandon Cagle & Brent Jones
brought the field to green. Coming off of turn 4 on
lap #1 Jones drove in too deep and collected the 7 car
of KD Knoedler and David Appleby. Jones went home on
the wrecker while Appleby & Knoedler were able to
join the field for a complete restart. Cagle set a blistering
pace on the fast 1/3 mile high banks. 13th starting
Ross White was wasting no time in advancing to the front.
Picking off a car per lap Ross found himself 6th by
the next caution on lap 7 for a 6 car pileup when Jackie
Griffith tangled with another car collecting the bumper
to bumper action behind them. Kd Knoedler was knocked
out in this one along with Terry Martin, Jackie Griffith
and David Ghorley. Racing resumed with Cagle out front
and White on the move. Alan VanWhy worked his way through
the accidents from 7th to 4th but spun on lap 14 to
end his night. Leaving just 5 cars left it was Cagle
& White up front for the 9 lap showdown. David Appleby
was in tow with Billy Callahan on his back deck lid
and Dustin Ghorley in a close 5th. Cagle & White
ran door to door until lap 23 when White finally nosed
him at the line for the lead. Cagle led the first 22
laps while Ross White lead the last 3 for the victory.
Callahan moved past Appleby on the last lap to come
home 3rd while Ghorley finished 5th.
Ross' patience in methodically passing
car after car on the 1/3 mile high bank to earn him
the thrilling victory and in the process took home the
Westhaven Hard Charger Award. Total purse and contingency
payout Ross earned $475 for the triumphant victory.
1. Ross White 2. Brandon Cagle 3. Billy
Callahan 4. David Appleby 5. Dustin Ghorley 6. Alan
VanWhy 7. David Ghorley 8. Jackie Griffith 9. Terry
Martin 10. KD KNoedler 11. Lisa Bearden 12. Brent Jones
13. Time Price (DNS)
Up next for the SMLRS will be June 15th
at Tri-County Speedway in North Carolina.
SMLRS SET FOR NORTH
May 16th - The long awaited beginning
to the 2013 SMLRS season will finally kick off Saturday
May 25th at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth GA.
This is officially the 2nd series race of 2013 however
the first event in early May was postponed due to weather.
Now finally those shined up open wheels can come off
the jack stands and get on a race track. The high banks
of North Georgia Speedway will kick off the season with
some high speed Mod Lite action. Thus far 20+ cars have
competed in weekly racing in East TN and N. GA, and
they look forward to coming together for what has turned
into the season opener on Memorial Day Weekend.
The feature winner will be racing for a $400 prize
with an additional $50 up for grabs for those taking
part in the Tennessee RV Front Runner Challenge. Drivers
will get $50 to start the event.
Diversified Enclosures & Screen will be the backbone
of the series in 2013 paying the points purse including
a $2,000 point champion payday.
North Georgia Speedway is located at 300 North Georgia
Raceway Road, Chatsworth GA, 30705
RAIN CAUSES CANCELLATION
OF 1ST RACE OF 2013
May 4th - Rain has moved into East Tennessee
and forced the postponement of the first race in the
2013 SMLRS season. We are working with Smoky Mountain
Speedway to decide on a make up date for the race.
Currently the next race on the schedule is Saturday
May 25th at North Georgia Speedway.
2013 SMLRS Race
#1 - May 4th, Smoky Mountain Speedway
April 2013 - In just two short weeks the Southern Mod
Lite Racing Series will heat up again for the first
points event of 2013. Smoky Mountain Speedway will host
the first season event, and three series races in 2013.
Diversified Enclosures & Screens will be on hand
all season as the presenting sponsor of the action packed
open wheel division. Now with over 30 Mod Lites in TN
& GA, the 2013 season is sure to be a success. Fans
have been on the edge of their seats in the first few
weeks of weekly racing action at Wartburg Speedway.
SMLRS will join the U.S.C.S. Sprint Cars & Midgets
on Saturday May 4th at the 4/10 mile Smoky Mountain
Speedway for an open wheel extravaganza. Last September
saw a wheel to wheel 20 lap feature between Late Model
aces Shannon Buckingham & Ross White as they jumped
in Mod Lites for the evening. Buckingham rose to the
top after a last lap 360 by White coming to the checkered
feature will pay $400 to win and $50 to start the main
event. On top of that any driver carrying the Tennessee
RV Front Runner Challenge decals (available at the SMLRS
tent on race day) is eligible for an additional $50
to win and $25 for a 2nd place finish. Westhaven Speed
Equipment will present the Hard Charger in the feature
with a $25 gift card.
are mandatory for all SMLRS events).
second SMLRS points event will be Saturday May 25th
at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth GA.
PUGH CROWNED 2012 SMLRS CHAMPION
November 9th -
season officially wrapped up on Friday night at Sullivan's
Restaurant on Kingston Pike in Knoxville. The first
ever SMLRS banquet was held with nearly 40 attendees.
There was a lot of big news announced on Friday for
the 2013 season. The top five drivers in points were
recognized as well.
kicked off with new plans and format changes for the
upcoming second season. The SMLRS plans to book a 10-12
race schedule of series races in 2013 with a purse that
pays $400 to win and $50 to start each race. Wartburg
Speedway will remain the home track for mod lite racing
in between the series races. Wartburg Speedway will
host at least two of the series races in 2013 as well
as have a weekly racing point standings and fund. (One
of the series races will take place on Wednesday July
3rd). The idea behind this is to allow those interested
in racing only Wartburg Speedway a chance to race exclusively
there or to allow those interested in chasing only series
points to do so. This should help the growth of the
class across the board.
Series races with 16 car fields will result in $17,500
in purse money. In addition, the biggest news of the
banquet was the announcement of Diversified Enclosures
and Screen as the 2013 series sponsor. With
their addition for 2013, the points payout will go 10
drivers deep and the champion will earn a minimum of
awards section of the program began with the appearance
of Robbie & Casey Moses along with Owner Roger Sellers
from Smoky Mountain Speedway. Smoky Mountain Speedway
presented driver Tony Kelly with a roll-over trophy
for his spectacular crash back in September. They also
announced two series races for 2013 which will occur
on Saturday May 4th (with the USCS sprint cars) and
Saturday September 21st (with the Southern All Stars).
addition Roger Sellers also announced the series first
contingency sponsorship for 2013. Tennessee RV
will pay an additional $50 to each series event winner
and $25 to each runner up as long as those drivers are
carrying the Tennessee RV decal on their
cars. That would make each event winner's purse $450.
Roger also provided each driver present a fire extinguisher
and purchased each driver's meal at the banquet. We
cannot thank Tennessee RV enough for the support of
our racing series!
there all the series sponsors and t-shirt sponsors were
recognized. The West Haven Speed Equipment
Hard Chargers were handed out to the 8 drivers that
earned the $25 certificate to West Haven. The Wartburg
Speedway champion Josh Pugh and the top 5 drivers in
points were recognized as well as the Summer Holiday
Shootout champion John Stout.
the evening was the presentation of trophies, payout
and awards to the top five drivers in the 2012 Southern
Mod Lite Racing Series. JOSH PUGH was crowned as the
first series champion. Josh collected a $500 purse,
a large trophy and champion jacket. He won over runner
up John Stout, third place finisher David Appleby, fourth
place finisher Ron Dodson, and fifth place Alan VanWhy.
Josh Pugh also collected a carbon fiber battery as well
from Braille Battery. John Stout was awarded a race
wrap from Outlaw Graphics in Crossville TN. David Appleby
won a new body from White Lightning Bodies in Karns
TN. Ron Dodson won a fire retardant undergarment suit
from Counter Fire. Alan VanWhy won $100 towards body
work from JCM Components.
2013 is shaping up to be even better
and more exciting for those cars with "Big Excitement
in the Little Package". We look forward to even
more growth from the 21 cars we now have in TN. 2012
saw 22 competitors with 10 different winners. Look for
the SMLRS on your local schedule as they bring the show