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Volunteer Speedway has special offer for this weekend

Jeff Birchfield • Updated May 22, 2018 at 8:32 PM

The biggest racing weekend of the year is coming up with the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600, but the action will also be hot and heavy on the local tracks.

Kingsport Speedway, Volunteer Speedway, Bristol Dragway and Cherokee Raceway Park all have weekly racing programs scheduled for this weekend.

The 3/8-mile concrete oval at Kingsport Speedway sat silent last Friday night with the Rusty Wallace Automotive Group Short Track U.S. Nationals taking place at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kingsport will return with a full program on Friday night.

Johnson City driver Zeke Shell currently leads the Late Model Stock points 150-142 over Kres VanDyke of Abingdon, Va. Wayne Hale of Bluff City (135), Nik Williams of Chuckey (127) and Joey Trent of Gray (116) round out the top five.

Other points leaders are: Trey Lane (Mod Street), Kevin Canter (Mod 4), Bruce Crumbley (Pure 4) and Dave Strong (Pure Street).

CHEAP AS DIRT

Volunteer Speedway is featuring just $5 grandstand admission for Saturday night's racing program at the 4/10-mile dirt track in Bulls Gap.

Besides a six-division program with the Steel Head Late Model, Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Classic and Street Stock divisions, there is a special meet-and-greet with the drivers.

Kids 12-and-under are admitted free. The meet-and-greet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by practice, qualifying and racing.

DOWN THE DRAG STRIP

The DER Bracket Series has a test-and-tune at Bristol Dragway on Friday night, followed by two days of racing scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Cherokee Raceway Park in Rogersville also has a test-and-tune on Friday night with racing to follow on Saturday.

MUDDY CREEK A MONTH AWAY

The sixth annual Red Bull Tennessee National is literally one month away on June 23. It's round 5 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and it remains the only Lucas Oil Pro National in the South.

Eli Tomac is the defending 450 champion and Canadian rider Aaron Plessinger is the defending 250 champion. The defending 250 season champion Zach Osborne of Abingdon, Va., is also scheduled to come back for his home race.

CAN DANICA WIN THE 500?

She made the cut as the fast nine and then she qualified seventh for Sunday's Indianapolis 500, so can Danica Patrick win the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing?"

The simple answer is yes, although it's a longshot.

She does have a fast car at Ed Carpenter Racing, but the odds are stacked against her. That being said, she does have a good track record at Indianapolis and had far more success in IndyCars than stock cars.

Patrick has seven podium (top-three) finishes in 61 Indy Car races — the same number of top-10 finishes she had in 191 NASCAR Cup Series races.

She has six top-10 finishes in the Indy 500 with a fourth-place showing in her debut in 2005 and a third-place run in 2009.

The cars have changed since then, but she seems to have adapted well to the changes.

WILL HARVICK BE HAPPY?

Kevin Harvick continued his dominant run at last weekend's All-Star race in Charlotte. He has already tied his career best, driving the No. 4 Ford to five wins this season in addition to his All-Star win. However, history is against him winning the Coca-Cola 600.

Darrell Waltrip won both the first All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 in 1985. Others to sweep both events were Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2003).

Harvick has one win in the Coca-Cola 600, back in 2013 when he was still driving the No. 29 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

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