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Volunteer Speedway alters August race schedule, ‘Scorcher’ canceled for 2018

By Volunteer Speedway | 30 July 2018 | Featured News | | 0 Comments   

Volunteer Speedway alters August race schedule, ‘Scorcher’ canceled for 2018

BULLS GAP, Tenn. (July 30) — Race fans from all 50 states and also from several foreign countries visit the East Tennessee region two times a year for NASCAR racing at nearby Bristol Motor Speedway. Volunteer Speedway has always hosted big-purse special events during April (Spring Thaw – since 1999) and August (Scorcher – since 2004) in conjunction to NASCAR activities at BMS.

The Scorcher has always been held during mid-week on Thursday. But back in the spring, NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway switched the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour events from Wednesday, Aug. 15 to Thursday, Aug. 16, the same date as Volunteer Speedway released back the end of last November for the 2018 running of the 14th annual Scorcher.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour races are scheduled Thursday, Aug. 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the Xfinity Series running on Friday, Aug. 17, followed by the Monster Energy Cup Series on Saturday, Aug. 18 – making it three straight nights of NASCAR racing at BMS.

Believing the change in schedule for the races by NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway would affect NASCAR fans staying in the region from visiting Volunteer Speedway for their “dirt racing fix” on Thursday, promoter Mitch McCarter has made the decision, for this season, to cancel the Scorcher. … Racing on Wednesday night at Volunteer Speedway isn’t an option, due to a longstanding agreement going back to the 1970s with a nearby church that dirt-track racing wouldn’t be held on “church night.”

Volunteer Speedway (Recording Only): 423-235-5020 www.VolunteerSpeedway.com
Volunteer Speedway (General Manager): 865-257-7223
Joe Byrd (Tech Official): 865-776-1798

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