Volunteer Speedway prides itself in offering fans an entertaining evening of affordable, competitive, exciting (five divisions – Super Late Model, Crate Late Model, Hobby Stock, Road Warrior and Pure 4), racing action from March until early fall each year in a picturesque setting.Providing a “fan-friendly” facility is a tremendous asset, and when attending a night of racing at Volunteer Speedway you will find ample seating and plenty of parking. First impressions are everlasting in people’s minds, and the overall aesthetics (cleanliness of the grounds, with fresh painted buildings) of the complex is what will entice many fans to return. Not many short-tracks in the United States have facilities like what you will find at Volunteer Speedway.
When you visit “The Gap,” it all begins down at the main entrance when you enter the property to drive through the gates. First thing that catches your attention is the huge scoring pylon off to your right, which formerly stood in the infield at Bristol Motor Speedway. Once you drive through the entrance gates, if you bear to your right you will drive on asphalt all the way up until you reach the main grandstand parking lot. If you’re going to the pit area or backside tier-parking, the access road leading to the pit sign-in building is concrete, and once you pass through the gate you will drive on asphalt up into the backside pits and tier-parking location. Race teams never must worry about facing muddy conditions when unloading their race cars, because the entire backside pits are covered with gravel.
Once you purchase your main grandstand admission ticket inside the spacious pavilion building and walk out to view the track, all along the top of the front straightaway grandstands you will walk on asphalt. The V.I.P. suite that sits above the chair-backed seats above turn one offers sponsor amenities to help enhance the marketability of the facility.
When it comes time to eat, an outstanding concession featuring many items will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites (you can’t beat the “special recipe” homemade chili that is on the hotdogs, and which also covers the nachos and chili-cheese fries). The jumbo hamburgers are a meal in itself, plus don’t forget the chicken sandwich or hot wings. Then to wash it all down you will find refreshing Pepsi products. Once you visit the concession stand to purchase your food, if you don’t want to go back and sit in the grandstands – you can take your food inside the pavilion building and sit at tables to eat in a comfortable environment. On race nights you will be able listen to music or watch sporting events on the big-screen TV inside the pavilion.
You will always find clean restrooms each week at Volunteer Speedway, and that in itself speaks volumes for a public facility.
The primary objective to the drivers is to provide them a competitive purse structure to help them somewhat offset part of their racing expenses, while also offering them a good surface to race on. Good dirt plays a key role in providing a smooth racing surface, along with the “know-how” in grooming the clay to offer drivers multi-grooves to maneuver their high-powered machines around the high banks. You will always find a well-prepared track every week at “The Gap.”
In striving to reach each of the above stated goals for Volunteer Speedway, let me say we try each week to put forth our best effort. I’d like to say a big “thank you” to both the fans and drivers who come out every time the gates are open to support the racing at the track. I want to let you know that your presence is greatly appreciated, because I want you to enjoy your racing experience when you attend an event.
Joe Loven – Volunteer Speedway owner