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Kingsport Speedway Moves 2021 Season Opener to April 16th.

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Kingsport Speedway Moves 2021 Season Opener to April 16th.

By Jeff Birchfield

KINGSPORT (April 1, 2021): The weather continues to play havoc with the local racing schedule.

Kingsport Speedway canceled a scheduled season-opening race for a second time due to Friday’s forecast of cold weather. The season opener for the NASCAR Advance Auto Weekly Racing Series is now scheduled for Friday, April 16.

The decision to cancel is two-fold. Obviously, the cold weather hurts fan attendance for the track. From the teams’ perspective, the race car engines are water-cooled instead of using antifreeze, so running them at cold temperatures greatly increases the likelihood of damage.

“We have been working very hard and it is very disappointing to us as we work all winter and we are very excited to see everyone come race season, but mother nature is going to win this week,” said Karen Tunnell, GM and Promoter.

“We have to take care of our drivers and fans alike. We will have plenty of warm days ahead and can kick off the season in the right way.”

For the April 16 opener, there will be six races on the 3/8-mile concrete oval with a 60-lap feature for the Late Model Stock class headlining the night’s action. Other classes include: Sportsman, V6, Mod 4, Pure 4 and Pure Street classes.

Kingsport Speedway plans to race two times in April, skipping nights when the World of Outlaws Late Models and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars are at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Racing at the Kingsport Miniway is still on tap for Saturday. Pit passes for the Bunny Bash Money Race are $20 with a $500-to-win race for the Pro Sr. Champ karts. Other classes include Sr. Champ, Jr. Sportsman Champ and Rookie Champ. Gates open at 10 a.m. with practice at 11 a.m. and racing to start at 1 p.m.

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About Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport Speedway has provided race fans in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee and surrounding areas with exciting short track racing since 1965. The speedway has undergone four surface changes in its 50 plus years of existence. Founded as a dirt track in 1965, the facility transitioned to an asphalt track in 1969, back to dirt track in 1984, and then to its current concrete surface in 1996. In 1968, Kingsport Speedway hosted its first NASCAR event. Currently, Kingsport Speedway is part of the NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts Weekly Series, NASCAR’s grassroots series. NASCAR sanctions nearly 60 racetracks throughout the United States and Canada in which drivers compete for national, state, and track titles. For more information on Kingsport Speedway, visit Also follow Kingsport Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kingsport Speedway

2961 N. John B Dennis Hwy

Kingsport, TN 37660 423-398-1918


By Jeff Birchfield | Kingsport Speedway


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