By admin | October 12, 2011
By Richard Allen
The Southern Regional Racing Series listened to the fans and is giving them what they asked for in their season ending weekend duo of races to be held at the Boyd’s Speedway and the Smoky Mountain Speedway on October 14th and 15th. The Super Late Model machines competing in the “Tearin’ The Tops Off Weekend” will do so with the roofs removed from the cars in the same way the race is run each year at the famed Topless 100 in Arkansas.
Series administrator Rickey Tucker explained how the decision was made to have competitors go without a roof. “My daughter got on Twitter and Facebook a while back and asked the fans what they wanted to see and that’s what they said they wanted to see,” he said.
Tucker then got together with Boyd’s Speedway general manager Gar Dickson and Smoky Mountain Speedway promoter Chris Corum and both were agreeable to the change.
While the SRRS may be stepping onto new ground by having cars remove their tops, the series is returning to familiar territory by racing on two tracks that have produced successful events in the recent past. “This will be our fourth trip to Boyd’s this year,” Tucker said of the Ringgold, Georgia facility. “That track always produces good car counts and good racing.”
Dirt racing legends Ronnie Johnson(April 8th & May 27th) and Ray Cook(August 5th) won in the series’ three previous visits to the Chattanooga area track.
And while the SRRS has not made the trek to the historic Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee as often, Tucker points out that the venue has much to offer. “I really like that track,” he declared. “It’s big and it’s fast and it makes for a good show.”
Casey Roberts won the previous SRRS race held at SMS on August 13th.
Tucker believes that the past bodes well for this weekend and gives reason to believe the final races for his series in 2011 will be a successful. “We’ve had almost 30 cars per event this season,” he stated. “It’s been a pretty good year so far.”
Coming into the weekend, Josh Putnam holds a commanding lead in the SRRS standings over Anthony Burroughs, Jacob Grizzle, Ronnie Johnson and Chad Winkles.
Drivers will be racing for a purse of $3,000 to win each night and will have the opportunity to earn bonus cash for pulling double duty. The driver scoring the most series points over the weekend will be awarded $500 while the 2nd and 3rd highest points totals will gain an extra $300 and $200 respectively.
Check back on this website both Friday and Saturday for live updates from these events.