Smoky Mountain Speedway is ready to go for the season opening Saturday after new ownership and new modifications.
Roger Sellers owned Smoky Mountain Speedway with a few other people before the new year.
Sellers, his daughter Casey Moses started putting in more time and money at the track than ever before, Moses said.
Dirt racers from across the country get to check out the new track and changes at the 6th Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic Saturday night.
The event will be the season opener for Smoky Mountain Speedway.
Moses said they improved the track with wider lanes, more dirt and a second entrance for racers. There’s also a new part of the track that fans will notice: bright, new paint.
“That’s the ‘wow.’ They’re gonna come in and be like’ whoa this is a whole different place,'” Moses said.
Racers also liked the new track when they were testing it out Friday night.
Chris Johnston, Maryville, had been racing at Smoky Mountain Speedway for a few years. He drives the C9.
“Ran a few laps in practice. It’s really smooth compared to what it used to be. There’s a lot of grip in it,” Johnston said.
The second entrance will also improve the fan experience, Moses said. It will help drivers change out for the different races quicker because they can leave through one entrance and enter through the other.
Smoky Mountain Speedway will have even more changes soon to improve the fan experience.
Moses said they are working on updating the bathrooms, which haven’t been remodeled since the NASCAR days in the 60s.
Gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. You can find ticket and event information here.