Johnson City Press: Kingsport Speedway show set for Saturday at JC Mall
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Kingsport Speedway show set for Saturday at JC Mall

Jeff Birchfield • Feb 19, 2019 at 5:21 PM

The annual Kingsport Speedway Mall Show is scheduled for Saturday at The Mall at Johnson City.

It is the third straight year the show, which starts at 10 a.m., will be held in Johnson City. Popular with the fans and racers, the 30 available spots for racers filled up about an hour and a half after the speedway posted the information. It will showcase competitors and cars from the different divisions that compete at the NASCAR-sanctioned, 3/8-mile concrete oval track.

The car of defending track champion Zeke Shell is not expected to be on display. However, there will be plenty of others from the featured Late Model Stock division as well as the other classes that compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

It's a great opportunity for fans to meet the local racing stars who test their mettle on the tough short track. The competition at Kingsport Speedway is second to none. Some of the highlights from last season saw a number of tight battles between veteran drivers and young up-and-coming racers in front of large crowds.

Other track champions beside Shell for 2018 were: Royce Peters (Modified Street), Bruce Crumbley (Pure 4), Kevin Canter (Mod 4), Jay Swecker (Pure Street) and Jeremy Mullins (Vintage).

Under the new ownership of Ervin and Keith Stiltner, who previously leased the track, the first day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, March 23. Another Saturday program is scheduled for March 30 before it switches to Kingsport's traditional Friday night racing program on April 12.

Among the special events are the Roger Neece and Tony Ward Memorial on May 10, the Racers Reunion on June 7 and the Super Cup Stock Car Series on June 21.

GONE WITH THE WIND

Former Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway champion Chad Finchum was at Daytona on Saturday to support Scottish driver Johnny Jackson, who took over the MBM Motorsports ride for the Xfinity Series race.

Jackson finished 32nd in the No. 42 Toyota, two laps off the pace of race winner Michael Annett. It turned out to be a good learning experience for Finchum as the 24-year-old Knoxville driver sat atop the pit box alongside crew chief Brian Keselowski during the race.

Finchum is scheduled to drive the MBM Motorsports car this Saturday in Atlanta and for the rest of the season.

WHEN YOU SEE SMOKE

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is scheduled to be at the grand opening of Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Johnson City on Wednesday morning.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., 250 tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis for a meet-and-greet with Stewart. At 10 a.m., ticket holders will be able to meet and have their photo taken with Stewart, as well as have him autograph one piece of their own memorabilia.

Stewart, the only driver to win both IndyCar and NASCAR championships, won the Bristol Night Race in 2001. Since retiring from NASCAR, he's continued to race on the dirt tracks, recently driving his winged sprint car to a dominating victory at the All-Star Circuit of Champions Winter Nationals in Ocala, Florida.

MOTORING ALONG

Carson Eads of Kingsport has dominated motocross action in the 85cc, 9-13 division at the FMF Winter Indoor Series. The young Kingsport rider has racked up six victories and three runner-up finishes in 10 races. Leading the point standings in three different classes, he has 20 wins in 30 starts.

The competition has been intense with former AMA national champion Mike Brown finishing no better than fourth in four 250 Pro races he's entered. The Johnson City native, now living in Bluff City, does have three runner-up finishes in four starts in the 450 Pro division.

Johnson City's Alton Clark has two wins in the ATV Novice division and ranks second in the points.

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