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Volunteer Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/16/99
Night of Champions scheduled at Volunteer Speedway
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, TN - After being postponed on two other occassions due to rainouts, a very special racing program is scheduled at Volunteer Speedway on Saturday, August 21, when all former Late Model track champions will be honored on Don Smith Ford "Night of Champions at the Races."
In 1975, the first full season of racing at "The Gap," Knoxville's Herman Collins captured the Late Model track points championship. When you look at the different drivers who have won track titles over the years, you’re looking at a "Who’s Who" list of legendary East Tennessee racing names.
Here’s a list of the Late Model track champions to be recognized: Collins, in 1975; Red Ledford of Morristown, in 1976; Walter Ball of Johnson City, in 1977; H.E. Vineyard of Knoxville, in 1978, ’79, ’81, and ’84 (the only 4-time champion in the track’s history); Tootle Estes of Knoxville, in 1980; "Little" Bill Corum of Maynardville, in 1982; Bill Morton of Church Hill, in 1983; and J.T. Kerr of Rockford, in 1989.
Here’s a look at the Late Model track champions during the 1990s: Herman Goddard of Knoxville, in 1990; Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge, in 1991 and ’95; Gary Myers of Greeneville, in 1992; John A. Utsman of Bluff City, in 1993; Dave Burks of Abingdon, Va., in 1994; Randy Ford of Johnson City, in 1996; and Vic "The Thrill" Hill of Knoxville, in 1997 and ’98.
A full five-division racing program, featuring Late Model, UMP (Open-Wheel) Modified, Super Stock, Sportsman, and Stock 4-Cylinder action is scheduled. Gates open at 4 p.m., with qualifying at 7, followed by racing at 8 o'clock.
The current track point standings finds Kerry Jones of Bristol leading the Super Late Model division, Rodney Kiker of Greeneville, in UMP Modified, Tim Grindstaff of Jonesborough, and Kip Pearson of Rogersville tied in Super Stock, Bobby Mays of Jonesborough, in Sportsman, and Shawn Henry of Newport, in Stock 4-Cylinder.
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