Smoky Mountain Showdown
Smoky Mountain Speedway | Maryville, TN
Friday, September 02, 2022
Event Info

Smoky Mountain Showdown
September 2, 2022
Smoky Mountain Speedway
809 Brick Mill Road
Maryville, TN 

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Late Model Track Record
14.860 seconds by Billy Ogle Jr. in 11/2013

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
4PM Grandstand Gates open
6:00PM Drivers Meeting
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Eastern

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
seats are allowed

Handicapped Seating
Directly in front of tower on top row of concrete bleachers

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows

Personal Coolers
only in the tier parking only

Credit Card Use

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available

Smoking Policy

Family Section

Parking Cost
FREE Parking

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
$20 in tier. All other Camping is FREE

Closest Airport

Track Info

Smoky Mountain Speedway
809 Brick Mill Road
Maryville, TN 

Track Phone
(865) 856-8989

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.400; High-banked

Competitor Info
Competitor Downloads

Competitor Info
Left Front (Open Tire)
(Hoosier 1350) (American Racer 48) Right Front, Left Rear, Right Rear
(Hoosier 1600) (American Racer 56) Right Rear Option
*You MUST Qualify, Heat Race, and LCS on the same tires.
You can change (1) tire for the Feature.
Left front must remain on the left front all night.
{Grooving and Siping is Allowed}

DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

HOME SWEET HOME: Tennessee’s Jimmy Owens Scores Smoky Mountain Showdown Victory

Labor Day weekend is the traditional kickoff of the College Football season—a sport where home field advantage is crucial. Jimmy Owens showed why that’s also true on the racetrack Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

The Newport, TN driver’s familiarity with his home state track paid off Friday, as he dominated the Smoky Mountain Showdown for his first World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Series victory of 2022.

Jimmy Owens at Smoky Mountain
Jimmy Owens led all 40 laps to win the Smoky Mountain Showdown/Jacy Norgaard photo

While Owens led the entire race, his triumph didn’t come easy. The “Newport Nightmare” fought handling issues throughout the race and survived many restarts.

However, Owens said those restarts helped him as his car got tighter on long green flag runs.

“We kept getting tighter and tighter and tighter, and that right rear tire was just too soft,” Owens said. “We’d fire off and get deadly for the first three, four, five laps, and then it’d just start getting tighter and tighter.”

The handling of his car wasn’t the only challenge Owens faced, as Hudson O’Neal was a car length away from his spoiler with 10 laps to go.

Owens got loose coming in Turn 4 when two lap cars were racing in front of him, allowing O’Neal driver to close on the back of his car.

However, that was as close as O’Neal would get. Something broke on his right rear wheel, spoiling his chances at the $10,000 prize and relegating him to a 15th place finish.

From there, it was smooth sailing for Owens despite his worries of someone passing him in the track’s bottom groove.

“The bottom looked so good down there, and I figured somebody was going to be coming before too long,” Owens said. “I think my guy was telling me the 22 (of Chris Ferguson) was running on the bottom, and I was just waiting on that to come in, and luckily things played out in our favor.

“I was able to hang on and had a good car all night.”

Chris Ferguson, from Mt Holly, NC crossed the line second—his first World of Outlaws podium of the season.

Chris Ferguson at Smoky Mountain
Chris Ferguson scored his first World of Outlaws podium of the season/Jacy Norgaard photo

“Fergy” fell back outside the top five before charging to second in the race’s closing laps.

“The top was so fast tonight it was going to be tough to beat that momentum,” Ferguson said. “I’m tickled to run second here. I’ve been running really good here for a long, long time and haven’t won here in a while.

“Running second to Jimmy’s not bad. I tried mounting a charge with five to go and stuck it in the fence in (Turns) 1 and 2.”

Max Blair, the Rookie of the Race, finished third.

The Centerville, PA driver picked his spots on the track, working his way through the field and into a spot on the podium.

Blair stated one of the reasons he’s been successful on red clay this season is because of how much it reminds him of home.

“I think it just races like some of the places we’ve got at home, honestly,” Blair said. “We changed a whole bunch of stuff this week; we changed a whole bunch of stuff tonight. I think we freed up just a little too much. I couldn’t run the bottom as much as I geared up to. I was just a little bit too free, but man, it feels good to be back out here on the podium, and I hope we can keep a lot more of these rolling.”

He also gained on Tanner English, who finished seventh, in the race for Rookie of the Year—cutting the deficit to 76 points.

Series points leader Dennis Erb Jr. crossed the line fourth, extending his championship points lead over English. The Carpentersville, IL driver leads by 104 points with 11 races to go.

Ryan Gustin finished fifth, climbing back to the top five after being involved in an incident in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 3.  It’s the Marshalltown, IA driver’s seventh top five of 2022.

UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet head to Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA, for the Charlie Mize Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 3.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (40 Laps): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 22-Chris Ferguson[2]; 3. 111V-Max Blair[11]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[10]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin[6]; 6. 23-Cory Hedgecock[5]; 7. 81E-Tanner English[9]; 8. 1-Josh Richards[12]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs[17]; 10. 76-Brandon Overton[21]; 11. F1-Payton Freeman[14]; 12. B1-Brent Larson[20]; 13. 995-Dwight Falcon[22]; 14. 28P-Taylor Pucket[16]; 15. 71-Hudson O’Neal[8]; 16. 25-Shane Clanton[3]; 17. 23B-John Blankenship[13]; 18. 116-Cameron Weaver[15]; 19. 16-Sam Seawright[19]; 20. 7-Ricky Weiss[4]; 21. 31-Skip Arp[18]; 22. 17M-Dale McDowell[7] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Brandon Overton [+11]

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Feature Results
11020Jimmy Owens 400.00040Running150$10,000
22022Chris Ferguson 40-1.289Running146$6,000
311+8111VMax Blair 40-3.638Running144$3,500
410+628Dennis Erb Jr40-5.005Running142$2,800
56+119RRyan Gustin 40-6.237Running140$2,500
65-123Cory Hedgecock 40-6.597Running138$2,300
79+281ETanner English 40-7.799Running136$2,200
812+41Josh Richards 40-8.673Running134$2,100
917+899BBoom Briggs 40-10.503Running132$2,050
1021+1176Brandon Overton 40-12.069Running130$2,000
1114+3F1Payton Freeman 40-12.885Running128$1,600
1220+8B1Brent Larson 40-13.333Running126$1,400
1322+9995Dwight Falcon 40-14.692Running124$1,200
1416+228PTaylor Puckett 39-1 LapsRunning122$1,100
158-771Hudson O'Neal 30-10 LapsDNF120$1,050
163-1325Shane Clanton 26-14 LapsDNF118$1,000
1713-423BJohn Blankenship 24-16 LapsDNF116$1,000
1815-3116Cameron Weaver 23-17 LapsDNF114$1,000
1919016Sam Seawright 15-25 LapsDNF112$1,000
204-167Ricky Weiss 15-25 LapsDNF110$1,000
2118-331Skip Arp 15-25 LapsDNF108$1,000
227-1517MDale McDowell 9-31 LapsDNF106$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
13+216Sam Seawright 100.00010Running0$0
26+4B1Brent Larson 10-1.680Running0$0
312+976Brandon Overton 10-4.251Running0$0
49+5995Dwight Falcon 10-4.769Running0$0
511+620HBryson Harper 10-7.877Running90$110
65-125BMike Benedum 10-8.183Running90$110
72-59Dusty Carver 10-10.029Running90$110
8803Austin Neely 10-11.011Running90$110
91-86Josh Sneed 10-16.964Running90$110
104-651Mack McCarter 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
117-483Jensen Ford 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1210-221Robby Moses 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11019RRyan Gustin 80.0008Running
24+225Shane Clanton 8-0.899Running
33017MDale McDowell 8-1.589Running
48+428Dennis Erb Jr8-2.430Running
55023BJohn Blankenship 8-4.311Running
611+528PTaylor Puckett 8-7.321Running
710+36Josh Sneed 8-9.920Running
87-151Mack McCarter 4-4 LapsDNF
96-383Jensen Ford 4-4 LapsDNF
109-121Robby Moses 4-4 LapsDNF
112-976Brandon Overton 3-5 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+220Jimmy Owens 80.0007Running
21-17Ricky Weiss 8-2.5321Running
35+271Hudson O'Neal 8-2.945Running
42-2111VMax Blair 8-2.950Running
54-1F1Payton Freeman 8-3.934Running
68+299BBoom Briggs 8-4.479Running
7709Dusty Carver 8-8.731Running
89+125BMike Benedum 8-8.846Running
96-33Austin Neely 8-10.484Running
1010020HBryson Harper 8-11.233Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+122Chris Ferguson 80.0008Running
24+223Cory Hedgecock 8-0.355Running
31-281ETanner English 8-1.110Running
43-11Josh Richards 8-2.888Running
550116Cameron Weaver 8-3.113Running
66031Skip Arp 8-3.686Running
77016Sam Seawright 8-5.001Running
880B1Brent Larson 8-5.097Running
990995Dwight Falcon 6-2 LapsDNF
1010042Cla Knight 0-8 LapsDNS
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
1519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.9370.000
237Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB15.973-0.036
3881ETanner English Benton, KY15.983-0.046
41976Brandon Overton Evans, GA16.004-0.067
516111VMax Blair Centerville, PA16.021-0.084
61422Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC16.026-0.089
72717MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.059-0.122
8420Jimmy Owens Newport, TN16.070-0.133
9101Josh Richards Shinnston, WV16.074-0.137
101825Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.080-0.143
112F1Payton Freeman Commerce, GA16.084-0.147
122923Cory Hedgecock Loudon, TN16.140-0.203
132523BJohn Blankenship Knoxville, TN16.174-0.237
141771Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN16.192-0.255
1523116Cameron Weaver Crossville, TN16.343-0.406
162483Jensen Ford Johnson City, TN16.371-0.434
1793Austin Neely New Tazewell, TN16.392-0.455
181331Skip Arp Georgetown, TN16.422-0.485
193151Mack McCarter Gatlinburg, TN16.441-0.504
20119Dusty Carver ENGLEWOOD, TN16.451-0.514
212616Sam Seawright Fort Payne, AL16.477-0.540
223028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.504-0.567
232299BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA16.512-0.575
2412B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.557-0.620
25721Robby Moses Maryville, TN16.600-0.663
262025BMike Benedum Salem, WV16.825-0.888
271995Dwight Falcon Pine Grove, LA16.840-0.903
28286Josh Sneed Knoxville, TN17.560-1.623
29620HBryson Harper Forrest City, NC17.560-1.623
301542Cla Knight North Augusta, SC17.560-1.623
312128PTaylor Puckett Greer, SC17.560-1.623

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