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411 Motor Speedway to double the pleasure this Saturday(5-30-09)

By admin | May 28, 2009

By Richard Allen

Last Saturday's fast qualifier, Allen Champ, drives aroung 411 Speedway during the National Anthem.

The local racing season has only been going for a short while but it is already shaping up to be a great year at the 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour.

Chris Corum is promoting the action at the 1/3 mile dirt track in 2009. He comes from a strong racing pedigree as his father was a long time late model campaigner in and around East Tennessee. Chris himself has also driven around the tracks of this region.

“Everything went well for the first couple of weeks,” Corum said of his track’s success. “We’ve had to battle the weather some but once it warms up we’ll really get going.”

Folks in the area are hungry for action as is evidenced by the turnout of a couple of weeks ago. “We got rained out on a Saturday but still had a really good crowd the next day on Sunday,” Corum said.

This coming Saturday, 411 plans a big show. Competitors will be rewarded with double the usual number of points on this special night which almost certainly guarantees plenty of hard racing in all classes.

The track is running seven classes in all this year. Fans can expect to see great action in late models, super trucks, street stock, mod-mini, pure-mini, classics and crate modified divisions.

“We’ve had very good car counts all year,” Corum said. “The crate modified division is a brand new class and sometimes it’s hard to fill a new class but we’ve had a good number of cars in that and all classes this season.”

The competition has been keen so far. There are close points battles throughout each of the seven classes.

“It would be hard to go see a better weekly show than we have right here,” Corum declared in reference to his track’s level of competition.

After my trip to the track this past Saturday night I would have to agree with Corum’s assessment. The racing is very good and the program is run very efficiently. All racing is usually completed by 10:00pm.

411 Motor Speedway has racing every Saturday night. The pit gates open at 4:00pm and the grandstands open at 5:00pm. The racing gets started at 7:00pm. The track is located on Highway 411 in Seymour just about one mile off Chapman Highway.

Fans can get a full night’s entertainment for as little as $10 each with children costing even less.

Watching events like this past weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 and Indianapolis 500 can be a lot of fun but going to a local track and watching your friends and neighbors compete can make for a well spent evening.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

The late models line up for a heat race at 411 Speedway

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