Volunteer continues to pack them in

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Oct 10, 2017 at 8:50 PM

There wasn’t a football Saturday last weekend in Knoxville, but there were still victories to celebrate.

Three Knoxville drivers scored wins at the inaugural Fall Classic at Volunteer Speedway. Jason Trammel won the featured Steel Head Late Model race. Zach Sise headed up the field in Sportsman Late Model and Josh Chesney finished out front in Classic.

Other winners were: Logan Robertson of Waynesboro, Va., in Crate Late Model and Kurt Owens of Newport in Modified Street.

Trammel easily picked up a second straight win, but the racing was intense behind him. Eddie King Jr. and Chase King rounded out the top three. The bad luck continued for Jonesborough driver Bobby Mays, who ran among the leaders until his car went up in smoke on lap 24 with a blown engine.

Jonesborough driver Tim Byrd set fast time in qualifying for the Sportsman Late Model race, but outside pole sitter Ross White jumped out to the lead over Byrd, Johnson City driver Tim Maupin and Jonesborough’s Jensen Ford.

But, Robertson, who started seventh, and Mack McCarter were making a charge to the front. McCarter worked his way to the lead and stayed there until being passed by Robertson with two laps to go.

Among the local drivers, Byrd finished fifth, Maupin was 10th and Ford wound up 13th.

Sise quickly moved out in the Sportsman Late Model race, while pole winner Heath Alvey and Jed Emert battled for second place. After the two swapped positions, perfectly executing slide jobs on multiple occasions, Emert finished second and Alvey was third. Up front, it was the third win of the season for the 17-year-old Sise.

Owens and pole winner Brad Davis exchanged in an intense battle for the Modified Street victory. But, Davis could never overtake Owens and they finished that way with Chris Rickett in third.

Chesney fended off a similar challenge by Eli Keck to earn his first Classic win of the season.

Volunteer Speedway will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21, with the final points-paying race of the season.

Getting muddy

Mike Brown swept the 250 Pro class at Sunday’s Suzuki Top Gun Showdown at Muddy Creek Raceway. The Johnson City racing legend, who now resides in Bluff City, also placed third in the 450 Pro race.

There were other strong performances from local riders on a day when the Blountville track truly lived up to its name thanks to a steady rain.

Kevin Walker, a former Gray resident who now lives in Kingsport, was a winner in three different divisions. Carson Eads of Kingsport finished second and Will Andrews of Hampton finished fourth in the 85cc, 9-13 race, and Bobby Mashburn of Jonesborough was second in the 60+ division.

Lower prices

Tickets are currently on sale for next year’s Food City 500 and there are more affordable ticket options than a decade ago.

Adult tickets for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race start at $50 with kids (12 and under) admitted for just $10.

Bush’s Beans Pole Day tickets are $20, while kids are admitted free. Tickets for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 and the K&N Series Zombie Auto 125 start at $40 for adults with kids again admitted free.

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