Following a long, cold winter around East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, both race fans and competitors alike are ready for the first green flag of 2014 to wave at Kingsport Speedway. With the season-opening event, originally scheduled for March 29, pushed back one week due to rain this past weekend, “The Concrete Jungle” will now roar to life on Friday, April 4 with Precision Electrical Company Inc. Night at the Races.

An exciting six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program will feature Late Model Stock (60 laps), Street Stock (30 laps), Pure 4 (25 laps), Mod 4 (20 laps), Rookie Pure 4 (15 laps), and Legends (10 laps) in action at the .375-mile banked concrete oval.

Chad Finchum of Knoxville, who captured last year’s Late Model Stock track championship and also earned Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series honors, will be back this season to defend his title. Among those looking to dethrone Finchum will be Zeke Shell of Johnson City, Kres VanDyke of Claypool Hill, Va., Lee Tissot of Asheville, N.C., Paul Nogradi Jr. of Clinton, Ryan Stiltner of Grundy, Va., along with several others.

John Harrell of Surgoinsville and Nick Cole of Bristol ended last season tied in Street Stock points, but on the basis of having more wins during the season, Harrell claimed the championship. The 48-yearold Harrell will enter this season with a bull’s-eye on him as several competitors look to wrestle the title away from the veteran driver. Among those will be Cole, Chris Tunnell of Wise, Va., Jared Broadbent of Spruce Pine, N.C., Rob Austin of Castlewood, Va., Royce Peters of Kingsport, plus several others.

Kingsport Speedway Opens Season on Friday, April 4