MARYVILLE, Tenn. — official release — Smoky Mountain Speedway hosted the Ultimate Super Late Model Series for the annual Firecracker 5000 presented by Tennessee R.V. Sales & Service Super Center and Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn. claimed the $5,000 payday Friday for his first-career Ultimate Series victory.
Other event winners would be Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn. in the Crate Late Models, Jordan Horton of Sneedville, Tenn. in the Sportsman division feature and Nick Perry of Lenoir City, Tenn. in the Mini Stock A-Main.
Weaver rolled to victory while driving the Outlaw Race Parts, The Bailey Company, Precision One Trailer Parts and V.P. Racing Fuels sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Longhorn Chassis in his third outing in the new chassis.
“I can’t thank my sponsors enough, with this new Longhorn Chassis, Matt’s here tonight helping all three of us up there. A lot of good fans around here that support me and I love this race track, they’ve worked their tails off and got it pretty racy, it’s just good for the year I’ve had, it’s really good to be here and let alone win the race, that race car is really good,” said Weaver.
Weaver and Jason Welshan brought the field of 24 to life for the start of the 50-lapper and Welshan would grab the point on the outside until the first caution would fly in turn two before a lap was complete. The trio of Anthony Burroughs, Danny Yoder and Jonathan Edwards would spin in turn two on the first yellow flag.
On the next try at a start, Weaver would get a good jump entering turn one and grab the lead on the opening lap with Welshan, Vic Hill, Dennis Franklin and Chris Ferguson in hot pursuit at the line. The next yellow would wave on lap five as Danny Yoder would slam the turn two wall.
On the restart, Casey Roberts would be the quick mover as he came from the sixth spot and would grab two spots down the back chute and hold the fourth spot on the next circuit.
The yellow flag would again wave on the eighth lap as Cory Hedgecock, who was making his first Super Late Model start, spun to the inside of turn two.
By this point, Weaver had stretched his lead to about ten car lengths in distance but on the restart, carnage would ensue as contact between Hill and Roberts coming off of turn two brought out the first red flag as seven cars piled up behind them on the back chute.
By the 12th circuit, as Weaver stretched out his lead and never looked back, leading every lap for the win.