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The Mountain Raceway joins NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Series

By admin | January 15, 2009

               CARTERSVILLE, GA – The Mountain Raceway Park in Maryville, TN has joined the growing list of weekly dirt tracks as a part of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series for the 2009 season.  Mountain Raceway Park Crate Late Model competitors will now be eligible to compete for a track points fund, a Regional point fund, and other special contingencies.

               Dirt Late Models competing in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series throughout the country utilize the economical GM Performance Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications.  These engines are shipped to GM dealers throughout the country.

               The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series makes two of the GM Performance Crate Engines available for use in series events.  The 400 horsepower aluminum-head 604 engine costs just over $5,200.00 and the 350 horsepower steel-head 602 engine costs just over $3,200.00 and gets a 150-pound weight break.

Both racing engines are available at NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast.  NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series members from The Mountain Raceway Park will also be eligible to earn NeSmith Chevrolet Loyalty Rewards points for purchases made at the dealership, with the top two point earners in the country winning all inclusive vacations to Cancun, Mexico.

               Mountain Raceway Park NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model competitors will compete against drivers at other tracks in a Region, compiling points based on their best 16 finishes from April 3 through October 4.  The 2009 NeSmith Chevrolet Regional Champions will receive $1,500.00, a new GM Performance 604 Crate Engine, and a new race car chassis.

               The Mountain Raceway Park has a long and rich history in motorsports, having hosted the NASCAR Grand National Division, now known as the Sprint Cup Series, when the track was a ½-mile asphalt oval in the 1960s and 70s known as Smoky Mountain Speedway.  Names like Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, and Buddy Baker have walked through the pit gate at “The Mountain” through the years.

               “We’re proud to be a part of the long history of The Mountain Raceway Park,”  NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Director Roby Helm said.  “Former track late model champion Kevin Coffey bought the track two years ago when it was days away from being bulldozed under.  Kevin has proven himself in the community as a successful businessman, and he is the right person at the right time to bring “The Mountain” back into National prominence in motorsports.”

               The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour will also visit The Mountain Raceway Park for two $2,500-to-win events in 2009.  The first stop at The Mountain for the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS National Tour will be on July 18, and then return on August 15.

               “After meeting numerous times and talking with different track owners,  and after looking at all the things they can bring to our drivers, teams, and track, we felt that giving the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series an opportunity in our area was the right thing to do,” Coffey said.  “We’re excited about the plans we have in place for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series this year.”

               The Mountain Raceway Park is located ten miles south of Maryville, TN off U.S. Highway 411, then turn left on Brick Mill Road.  The track is located 1.5 miles on the right.  For more information visit The Mountain Raceway Park web site at www.mountainraceway.net. 

For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series, visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com.

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