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Tennessee Thunder Series coming to Bulls Gap on May 2nd.

By admin | April 29, 2009

Volunteer Speedway to host Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series on Saturday, May 2

BULLS GAP, Tenn. — The Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series will make its fourth-ever appearance at Volunteer Speedway on Saturday, May 2, for the “Spring 50″ which will pay $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start for Super Late Models. Previous Thunder Series event winners at “The Gap” are Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist and Tommy Kerr.

Also racing will be Fastrak Racing Series-sanctioned Pro Late Models and “McDonald’s Hobby Stocks.

Heading the list of Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series regulars into action at The Gap will be current series points leader Vic Hill (four-time Volunteer Speedway track champion) of Morristown, who holds a slim five-point advantage over Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville. Other series competitors expected to be present include Chad Ogle of Sevierville, Maryville’s Tommy Kerr, Rick Rogers (2008 Thunder Series champion) of Knoxville, Rockford’s Jeff Neubert, Anthony White (three-time Thunder Series champion: 2005, ‘06 and ‘07) of Clinton, Harriman’s Doug Smith, Steve Smith of Powell and Kingston’s Dan Tipton.

Other East Tennessee regional drivers “possibly” expected include 2008 Volunteer Speedway track champion Jeff Maupin of Greeneville, along with two-time track champions Kerry Jones of Bristol and Mark Douglas of Knoxville; plus Michael Smith of Rogersville, Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, Joe Armes of Petros, Shon Flanary of Mount Carmel, Mark Vineyard of Powell, Dale Ball of Johnson City, Herman Goddard of Knoxville, Ricky Arms of Moss, April Farmer of Livingston, John Tweed of Greeneville, David Crabtree of Maryville, Rodney Kiker of Greeneville, Stacy Boles of Claxton, Bryan Hendrix of Knoxville, Mike Weeks of Friendsville, and others.

Highlighting the Saturday, May 2 racing program will be the Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series Spring 50 … $3,000-to-win feature. The fastest 12 drivers from Powermaster Time Trials will be locked into two Sunoco Quick Six Dashes (Qualifiers 1-6 and 7-12), with two last chance West Haven Speed Equipment B-mains scheduled to complete the 24-car starting field. Pro Late Models will run a 25-lap feature, while the “McDonald’s” Hobby Stocks will battle for 20 laps.

The pit gate will open Saturday at 3 p.m., with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Drivers’ meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the backside pits. Hotlaps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by qualifying and then racing action.

Adult grandstand admission $12, youth (ages 10-15) $5, children 9-and-under admitted free in the grandstands when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes and backside tier-parking $30 for everyone regardless of age. Coolers are permitted in the pits and tier-parking, but no glass containers are allowed. Outside food or drinks are not permitted in the main grandstand area.

Directions to Volunteer Speedway: South on Interstate 81 from Tennessee/Virginia state lines, take Exit 23 (Bulls Gap/Greeneville), then turn right onto Hwy. 11-E at bottom of the exit ramp. Look for track entrance approximately 200 yards on left. North on Interstate 81 from I-81/I-40 split (East of Knoxville, TN), take Exit 23, then turn left onto Hwy. 11-E at bottom of the exit ramp. Continue underneath the interstate over-pass and track entrance approximately 300 yards ahead on left.

For information regarding the Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series visit the Web site at … or contact series director Brad Byrd at (865) 919-5550.

Volunteer Speedway: (423) 235-5020
Track Office - Weekdays Only 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: (423) 378-5942
Phyllis Loven: (423) 676-9081
Robert Walden-Media/Public Relations Director: (423) 928-9644
Race Director David Bryant: Race Shop (423) 235-5420 … Cell (865) 978-1752
Jimmy Meade-Marketing and Sales: (423) 817-0925

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