BULLS GAP, Tenn. — Vic Hill is widely recognized as one of the top racing engine builders in the country, with his Vic Hill Race Engines business located only about two miles from Volunteer Speedway. Hill is also a five-time Volunteer Speedway Super Late Model champion, with over 80 career feature wins on the high banks.
Hill has joined forces with Volunteer Speedway owners Joe and Phyllis Loven on two occasions during the 2013 racing season to promote Steel Head Late Model special events, with “The Baxter Bullet” Mark Martin recording the $5,000 victory in July, and Cory Hedgecock of Loudon banked $2,000 for winning back in June.
What promises to be the biggest Steel Head Late Model event to ever be held in the Southeast will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Volunteer Speedway. The “Fall Clash @ The Gap” presented by Vic Hill Racing will pay $6,000-to-win and $4,000 for second-place from the total purse of over $21,000, with starting positions 12-24 each getting $350.
Drivers from Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia are expected to be present.
The Modified Hobby division will also be in action for a 30-lap $700-to-win feature, while the night’s activities will end with a crash ’em up, smash ’em up Demolition Derby.
The top-nine cars will be locked into the 50-lap Fall Clash @ The Gap main event from qualifying. There will be three heat races (8 laps, transfer four) and one last chance showdown (10 laps, transfer three) to fill the remaining spots in the 24-car starting lineup.
If more than 45 entries are present at the event, an additional starting spot will be added to the feature lineup and 25 starters will race for $6,000-to-win. So, if more than 45 cars are entered, after the heats there will be two Last Chance Showdowns instead of one and the top-two from each race will transfer to the 50-lap main event for a starting field of 25.
The pit gate opens Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. The drivers meeting will be at 6 p.m., with practice laps set to begin around 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by time trials and then green flag racing.
Adult grandstand admission is $20, seniors (age 55 and above) $18, youth (ages 11-15) $5, with kids 10-and-under admitted free in the grandstands. Pit passes and backside tier-parking $35, regardless of age.