- Apr. 16 - Smoky Mountain Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Jimmy Owens VL Smoky Mountain Speedway Southern All Stars

Jimmy Owens and Owens Jr. in Victory Lane at Smoky Mountain. (Michael Moats)

Jimmy Owens - Chad Ogle - Smoky Mt. Speedway Southern All Stars Late Models

Jimmy Owens closes in on a fading leader Chad Ogle midway through Saturday's Southern All Stars main event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (Michael Moats)

Southern All Stars: Owens' Trip Home Worth $5,000

 Michael Moats 
MARYVILLE, Tenn. - April 16. After engine problems prevented Jimmy Owens from making the field at the "Commonwealth 100" at Virginia Motor Speedway, he and his crew sprinted back to Tennessee for Saturday's Southern All-Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The trip turned out to be worth $5,000. 
Twenty-seven drivers were on hand at the 4/10-mile track located outside of Maryville. Owens started the night by blistering the track record with a time of 15.187 seconds. That topped the old record set by Ivedent Lloyd by almost 1/2-second. 
Billy Ogle Jr - William Thomas - Smoky Mountain Speedway Southern All Stars
Coming on strong late in the race, #201 Billy Ogle, Jr. moves by #22 William Thomas. Ogle went after second running Ray Cook in the late laps, but Cook was able to hold him to third. (Michael Moats)
The race started with Owens actually giving chase to outside pole sitter Chad Ogle. Ogle used the high side to vault to the lead and began to put distance on Owens. As Ogle reached the tail of the field, Owens reeled in in the leader and began to pressure Ogle for the lead until a caution on lap 11 slowed the field. 
Chad Ogle - Ray Cook - William Thomas
As Chad Ogle's #10 continues to fade on wearing tires, #53 Ray Cook and #22 William Thomas look for a way by. (Michael Moats)
On the restart, Ogle again shot out to a sizeable lead over Owens. As the track dried out, Ogle's tires began to fade and Owens chased down Ogle. On lap 21, Owens passed Ogle for the lead. A few laps later Ogle lost more spots as Ray Cook and William Thomas each got around Ogle. 
Skip Arp - SAS 0417
Georgetown, Tenn. veteran Skip Arp makes some adjustments to his mount at Maryville. (Michael Moats)
Meanwhile, another Ogle was making a charge to the front. Billy Ogle Jr. began passing cars from his 10th place starting spot. Ogle had moved into fifth place by lap 36 when the race's final caution waved. From there, Ogle continued passing cars and eventually caught second place Ray Cook. Ogle looked under Cook for the second with three laps to go, but could not make the pass. 
Up front, Owens was on cruise control as he took the checkered flag. Cook held off Ogle Jr. for second, Thomas was fourth, and Mike Marlar finished fifth.
Riley Hickman - Southern All Stars at Smoky Mountain Speedway
Riley Hickman gets bit by the wall during the B-Main at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (Michael Moats)
Southern All Stars - Smoky Mountain Speedway
1) Jimmy Owens, 2) Ray Cook, 3) Billy Ogle, Jr., 4) William Thomas, 5) Mike Marlar, 6) Steve Smith, 7) Mike Weeks, 8) Mark Vineyard, 9) Tommy Kerr, 10) Scott Creel, 11) Tony Knowles, 12) Brian Reese, 13) Ross White, 14) Brandon Kinzer, 15) Chad Ogle, 16) Bobby Giffin, 17) Skip Arp, 18) David Payne, 19) Todd Marrow, 20) Mark Douglas, 22) Sammie Russell, 22) Kayne Hickman, 23) Duane Treadwell, 24) David Crabtree
Fast Time (27 entries): Jimmy Owens (15.187 secs. - NTR)

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