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Local tracks offer plenty on racing's biggest weekend

Jeff Birchfield • May 21, 2019 at 7:42 PM

Three of the year’s biggest racing events take place Sunday: Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600.

There are preliminary events for each of those marquee races, and the local scene will be hopping this weekend as well. Whether you’re traveling to Charlotte or Indy or staying close to home, it promises to be an exciting weekend for the race fan.

If you’re more a fan of short-track action, Kingsport Speedway is hosting Ford Street Car night on Friday. Fans can drive their Fords on the three-eighths-mile concrete oval between 7:30 and 8 p.m. before the night’s first races begin.

There will be Chevrolet and Mopar nights later in the schedule.

A 60-lap Late Model Stock feature headlines the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, which includes Mod Street, Mod 4, Pure Street and Pure 4 divisions.

The dirt tracks have big programs scheduled for Saturday night.

Volunteer Speedway has six divisions: Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Modified Street, Classic and Mini Stock. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps start at 7 p.m., followed by qualifying and racing.

Clay Valley Speedway in Coeburn is staging Mountain Mayhem, featuring a $2,000-to-win American Crate All-Star Series event and a $1,500-to-win Mid-East Modified Tour race.

BMS AND BRISTOL DRAGWAY

Bristol Motor Speedway hosts the Short Track U.S. Nationals on May 31 and June 1. The Super Late Models headline the event, which also features Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Compacts.

The DER Bracket Racing Series has a test-and-tune scheduled at Bristol Dragway on Friday. It’s followed by a whole weekend of racing action.

The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, set for Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16, also are rapidly approaching.

GETTING DIRTY

The ATV MX Spring National is on tap at Muddy Creek Raceway. Friday is a practice day with racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact Jeff Birchfield via email at jbirchfield@johnsoncitypress.com.

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