Car-crushing Monster Trucks and fast-driving pickup trucks headline the local racing agenda for the upcoming weekend.
Beef O’Brady’s Monster Truck Madness comes to Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Kingsport Speedway will host the Southeast Super Trucks the same day.
Monster Trucks will race around the Bristol Motor Speedway infield during two qualifying rounds. Racing eliminations will begin after qualifying is complete. After the racing champion is crowned, the trucks return for a freestyle competition. Drivers will perform a variety of moves and stunts.
The legendary Bigfoot headlines the list of Monster Trucks. Other names include Bad Company, Stone Crusher, Quad Chaos, Dirt Crew, Jester and Krakken.
The East10Drift organization will also put on a drifting exhibition.
Drivers also will be available for autographs and pictures during the pre-event pit party that starts at 5 p.m. on the BMS backstretch. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with a post-event party to follow.
SUPER TRUCKS IN THE MODEL CITY
Kingsport Speedway has a break from its Friday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program to host the Southeast Super Trucks on Saturday.
The Super Trucks are scheduled to run twin 50-lap features. Lee Tissot, a former Kingsport Speedway regular, won last year’s Southeast Super Trucks race at the 3/8-mile concrete oval.
The Limited Late Models will also be in action along with the Carolina Vintage Series and the RPM Legends tour. Of the regular weekly divisions at Kingsport, only the Pure 4 will run. It will be a race that awards no points toward the track championship.
Clint King, another former Kingsport winner in Late Models, has been the early Southeast Super Trucks points leader. The Denton, N.C. racer, now 23, was only 14 when he won in the UARA Series at Kingsport in 2010.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Carson Eads geared up for his upcoming trip to the Loretta Lynn National Championships with three wins in Saturday’s Round 10 of the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series at I-81 Motorsports Park.
The young Kingsport rider won in Schoolboy, 85cc 12-15 and Super Mini. Alex Colley of Norton, Va., also was a winner in three divisions.
Other winners included: Jacob Carberry of Jonesborough (250 D), Alton Clark of Johnson City (ATV Novice), Rylan Wicker of Johnson City (51cc Beginner) and Elizabethton’s Jackson Statzer (51 cc, 4-6).
Bo Hughes of Roan Mountain finished second in the Pro division and Madison Hensley of Johnson City was the women’s runner-up. Jackson Horne of Kingsport had second-place finishes in two separate 85cc races.
Other runner-up finishes included: Nick Hammonds of Elizabethton (450 D), Justin Keith of Blountville (30+), Tyler Carroll of Blountville (250 C), Seth Fields of Church Hill (65cc, 7-9) and Jonesborough’s Jake Hillman in two 51cc classes.
The next round of the Hot Summer Nights takes place July 27 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.
Jimmy Reeves from Sparta, N.C., headlined the big winners at the BTE World Footbrake Challenge at Bristol Dragway.
Reeves started off the holiday weekend festivities with a $3,000 victory on Thursday, July 4. He won on a holeshot with a .005 reaction time in his Ford Fairlane. He had an even better reaction time, a near-perfect .001, to win Saturday’s rain-delayed $10,000 race.
Josh Epperson from Barbourville, Ky., edged Chad Brewer to win the $10,000 top prize on Friday night. Terry Neiman, a 68-year-old from Pennsylvania, capped off week with a $10,000 win Sunday over David Bell in the final.
Youth racers take center stage at Thunder Valley over the next couple of weeks. The Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals are scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals take place the Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20.