From time to time in this section – Joe’s Korner – Volunteer Speedway owner Joe Loven will have discussions regarding “The Gap.”
January 27, 2013 — Volunteer Speedway has not released a 2013 race schedule yet. We’ve looked at all East Tennessee track’s schedules to see their race dates and it looks like all are taken up each weekend throughout the season regarding possible special event scheduling. After careful consideration and with the expertise I have with working the racing surface at “The Gap,” I know how to run the track during daytime and we can open gates at noon and start racing by around 1:30 p.m. and be finished by about 3:30 p.m. and racers can go to their selected tracks.
June 19, 2012 — Sixty-three years ago on June 19, 1949, I, Joe Loven along with my father and brothers attended the first-ever NASCAR race held at the old Charlotte (N.C.) Speedway. Everybody came out that day to see exactly what stock car racing was all about. And let me tell you, boy, it sure was a dusty deal. Oh, you just wouldn’t believe how dusty it was at that first race at the fairgrounds. The dust was actually so bad that the flagman would have to periodically throw the caution flag to allow the dust to settle down so both the drivers could see to race and so fans could see what was going on. It was unreal. But, through the dust and all it was still quite a spectacle back in those days. I loved it, seeing the cars race around that track and hearing the sound of the horsepower. To a young boy, that was quite impressive. Boy, life was sure different back then. Volunteer Speedway is my pride and joy, and I do my best every Saturday to put on a good show at “The Gap” and give the drivers a good track to race on.