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Volunteer Speedway ready for racers to kick up dust

Jeff Birchfield • Nov 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Volunteer Speedway has released details for its “Grinch 40” race for Saturday, Dec. 7, and its 2020 schedule.

The Dec. 7 program is headlined by a $5,000-to-win Super Late Model race. There are also a $1,500-to-win Crate Late Model and $1,000-to-win Sportsman Late Model features.

In addition, there are races for the Mod Street, Classic, Street Stock, Front Wheel Drive and Mini Stock divisions.

Beyond the racing, there will be “The Grinch” on hand for the kids and two-seater rides are offered with local late model racer Jensen Ford. Fans can pay $40 to go three laps around the 4/10-mile Bulls Gap dirt track with Ford.

Grandstands open at 10 a.m. with hot laps at 12:30 p.m. Qualifying and racing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Looking ahead, the track has 32 events scheduled for the 2020 season with additional special events being discussed.

Track owner Landon Stallard has announced plans for $40,000 points fund for the weekly divisions.

“I sure hope the racers are excited about the prospect of competing for a points fund that will pay that amount,” Stallard said in a press release. “I want to give back to the weekly drivers and race teams at ‘The Gap’ for their support. Without the racers and fans that come out to sit in the grandstands, we don’t have this place. This is as much their track as it is mine. There’s a lot of history and tradition with Volunteer Speedway for over 40 years.”

The weekly racing divisions will be: Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Street Stock, Classic, Front Wheel Drive and Mini Stock.

There are six special events scheduled starting with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Spring Thaw on March 27. The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series pays a visit on April 25.

The Topless Outlaw Dirt Late Model Series has a race on May 30 with the Schaffer’s Iron Man Late Model Series coming June 20. The American Crate Late Model Series has races scheduled for July 4 and Aug. 29.

Like other tracks have done in recent years, Volunteer Speedway will have a mall show on March 7 — when cars will be on display at the College Square Mall in Morristown.

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Special “Black Friday” prices are available for the Food City 500 at the supermarket locations.

Adult tickets to the April 5, 2020 race are available for $40 with kids 12-and-under tickets for $10. Each ticket awards shoppers 500 points on their Food City ValuCard to save money on fuel, groceries and more.

Tickets sold at the customer service area of each Food City location will be emailed within seven days of purchase. The “Black Friday” deal runs at Food City stores through “Cyber Monday” on Nov. 30.

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights presented by TVA is currently underway at BMS. The 23rd annual lights display is the largest fundraiser for the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

There are 3 million lights and more than 250 displays. There is the Christmas Village inside the speedway and The BMS Ice Rink presented by HVAC located at the north entrance of the speedway.

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