The United Auto Racing Association – Southern Touring Asphalt Racing Series Late Models will be in action at the Joe and Phyllis Loven-owned 3/8-mile, concrete-surfaced Kingsport Speedway, on Saturday, March 27 in the Courtesy Chevrolet 150.
See such drivers in action at Kingsport Speedway as Coleman Pressley of Asheville, N.C. (son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck racer Robert Pressley); along with Kyle Grissom of Concord, N.C. (son of former NASCAR Nationwide champion and Sprint Cup racer Steve Grissom); Alex Yontz of Walnut Cove, N.C.; Frank Deiny Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va.; Lee Tissot of Asheville, N.C.; Scott Turlington of Richmond, Va.; Brennan Poole of The Woodlands, Texas (2009 UARA Rookie-of-the-Year); Jamie Yelton of Forest City, N.C.; Garrett Campbell of Asheboro, N.C.; Lucas Ransone of Madison, N.C.; R.A. Brown of Columbia, S.C.; Grant McGinnis of Boiling Springs, N.C.; Dennis Queen of Waynesville, N.C.; Brandon Dean of Lancaster, S.C.; Clint Mills of Marshville, N.C.; Michael Rouse of Wilson, N.C., and several more.
A strong contingent of Rookie of the Year candidates include two first-year UARA Late Model drivers with NASCAR family ties — Ty Dillon of Welcome, N.C., grandson of Richard Childress, owner of Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck teams; and Robert Johnson III of North Wilkesboro, N.C., son of legendary racer and team-owner Robert "Junior" Johnson, who was voted one of NASCAR's 50 All-Time Greatest Drivers and will be in the first class enshrined this spring in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
Other rookies competing in 2010 with UARA besides Dillon and Johnson include Michael McGuire of Vinton, Va.; Clint King of Thomasville, N.C.; Matt Kurzejewski of Concord, N.C.; Ronnie Bassett Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C., and females Julia Dawson of Highland Village, Texas (University of Texas Mechanical Engineering graduate), and Jessica Murphy of Groveland, Fla.
East Tennessee drivers expected to compete at Kingsport Speedway are John King II of Kingsport, who plans on racing full-time in 2010 with UARA, Bristol's Nate Monteith (2009 Lonesome Pine Raceway Late Model Stock champion, who also plans on making some NASCAR Camping World Truck starts in 2010 for Billy Ballew Motorsports), Wayne Hale from Piney Flats, Greeneville's Jeff Maupin and Lance Gatlin from New Market. Among drivers possibly expected from Southwest Virginia include former Kingsport Speedway champion Keith Stiltner of Grundy, Caleb Holman of Abingdon, Jeff Woodward of Cedar Bluff, Brian Blevins of Coeburn
Also racing besides the UARA Late Models will be Street Stock (30 laps) and Pure 4 (25 laps).
Grandstand gates will open Saturday at 4 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled for 5 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. An on-track UARA-STARS autograph session will be held before the race.
UARA Late Model practice will be held Friday, March 26 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Free admission in grandstands to watch practice.
Adult grandstand admission on Saturday, March 27 is $15, students (ages 13-18) $10, kids 12-and-under admitted free in grandstands, with a family-of-four pack for $25. Pit admission $35.
For more information, contact the UARA-STARS office at (828) 692-8835, UARA President Kerry Bodenhamer at (828) 329-2541, or Wink Bodenhamer at (828) 329-2542. Visit the UARA-STARS Web site at www.uara-stars.com