The Asheville, N.C.-based Southeast Super Truck Series will visit Kingsport Speedway on Friday, June 6 for the Tony Ward Memorial.
Ward, from Kingsport, always one of the fan favorites and a longtime racer at both Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway, passed away unexpectedly last year. Also racing besides the Southeast Super Truck Series (75 laps) on Friday at “The Concrete Jungle” will be Street Stock (30 laps), Pure 4 (25 laps) and Rookie Pure 4 (20 laps) divisions.
Back in 2012 the touring truck series made its first-ever appearance at the .375-mile banked concrete oval and Matt Leicht of Arden, N.C., captured the victory
Kevin Leicht of Hendersonville, N.C., stands atop the Southeast Super Truck Series points leaderboard heading into the Model City over Tim Lollis of Easley, S.C. Two rookies are next in points and it’s a tight battle for rookie-of-the-year honors between Dakota Slagle of Asheville, currently third in points and leading fellow rookie contender Cole Glasson by only one-point. The 13-year-old Glasson, from the Dallas, Texas suburb of Corinth, became the youngest driver to ever take a green flag in the series this year. He’s teammates at Nesbitt Racing Enterprises with 17-year-old rookie Taylor Nesbitt of Asheville.
Wade Day and Lee Tissot are two drivers with many laps around Kingsport Speedway and they’re looking forward to the Southeast Super Truck Series event.
Day, who lives with his wife and children just outside of Knoxville in Seymour, will be behind the wheel of Jeff Myers’ No. 2 Chevrolet. Day is a past International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series (formerly NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series) champion, and also two-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series regional champion. Day also competed in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and American Speed Association and for the past several years has served as racing mentor to several teenage drivers just getting started, and currently oversees the racing operation for JPF Motorsports and 16-year-old NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rookie Justin Fontaine of Fletcher, N.C. Day was crew chief for 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne when he competed in the Hooters Pro Cup Series as a teenager.
The 44-year-old Tissot, from Asheville, recently won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock feature at Kingsport Speedway over the Memorial Day weekend and is the Southeast Super Truck Series’ most recent winner. Since the track reopened for weekly racing in 2011, Tissot has recorded a total of 10 victories, which includes a United Auto Racing Association-Southern Touring Asphalt Racing Series win. Tissot was UARA-STARS champion in 2003.
“Oh yeah, I’m really looking forward to the Southeast Super Truck Series race at Kingsport Speedway,” Tissot said. “Jeff’s (Caldwell) got a really good truck and with the laps I have around the track, to be quite honest, I’ll be disappointed if we’re not parked in victory lane. But there are several strong truck teams in the series, so we’ll have our work cut out for us.”
Just a few of the other drivers expected include Kaleb Pressley of Asheville, Tyler Worley of Fairview, N.C., Ed Surrett of Asheville, 2013 series champion Kenneth Headen of Greenville, S.C., plus several more.
Race winnners in 2014 with the Southeast Super Truck Series include Randy Porter of Easley, S.C., at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, with Kyle Benjamin of Easley winning at Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway, and Lee Tissot of Asheville winning at Tri-County (Hudson, N.C.) Motor Speedway.
The pit gate opens Friday at 2 p.m. and grandstands and tier-parking gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Practice is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by qualifying at 6:45 p.m. An on-track driver autograph session is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by the invocation and national anthem at 8 p.m. before green flag waves over the first race of the night.
Adult grandstand admission $10, with kids 12-and-under admitted free. Adult tier-parking admission $10 per person (plus a $10 vehicle parking spot fee). Pit passes are $25 with a NASCAR license, $35 without a license. NASCAR license forms are available at the track office during the week, and they will also be available at pit sign-in the day of event.
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Kingsport Speedway is located at 2961 North John B. Dennis Highway. For more information, call the office at (423) 288-5992, track general manager and promoter Karen Tunnell at (276) 393-9594, follow on Twitter @KPSpeedway, or visit the website at www.NewKingsportSpeedway.com.