Muddy Creek Raceway to welcome Suzuki Top Gun Showdown | Sports

Muddy Creek Raceway hosts the region’s biggest motocross race of the year this weekend with the 34th Suzuki Top Gun Showdown.

It is an AMA Pro-Am race that includes the 450 and 250 Pro classes and has a purse of $ 26,000. There is free practice Friday at the Blountville track with a day of racing for the Mega Series on Saturday and the main event on Sunday. Part of the Sunday program also includes the fifth annual Cody Gragg Memorial Run with a purse of $ 16,000, an increase of $ 10,000 from the previous year.

South Carolina runner Kyle Bitterman won the 2020 Cody Gragg Memorial. California runner Brandon Sharer and Florida runner Jack Chambers won the Top Gun 450 and 250 Pro races in 2020.

Practice begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday and races will follow.


Chandler Brickey of Coeburn, Va. Took the 450C victory at last Saturday’s Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series event at I-81 Motorsports Park.

Jackson Horne of Kingsport and Tianna Holsclaw of Johnson City were the winners in two youth classes. Other young winners included: Justin Shelton of Elizabethton, Noah Ray of Jonesborough, Silas Malone of Telford and ATV rider Kevin Kennedy of Blountville.

Thadd Slaughter of Kingsport was second in the 40+ and 50+ categories. Fall Branch’s Cody Goode and Johnson City’s Knox Bennett also secured two second places.

Other runner-up efforts were recorded by Chandler Carver of Jonesborough, Gabby Kindle of Fall Branch and Kingsport runners Cash Taylor and Keiki Deal.

The Hot Summer Nights series will return October 16-17 at Cathey’s Creek MX in Forest City, North Carolina.


Volunteer Speedway will present its Hall of Fame 2021 “Legends of the Gap” on Saturday.

The speedway posts inductees on its social media throughout the week. The grandstands open at 5 p.m. with hot laps and qualifying at 7 p.m.

Crate Late Models will perform a 25-lap function, while there are 20-lap functions for Sportsman Late Model, Street Stock, Classic, and Front Wheel Drive.


Kyle Cultrera comes from a place known more for moose than motorsport, but that didn’t stop him from winning the biggest prize in the RAD Torque Fall Fling big-ticket race at Bristol Dragway.

With over $ 400,000 in prizes handed out throughout the week, Cultrera drove his dragster to the Biggest Prize, ATI Performance Products’ $ 100,000 main event on Friday night.

The Maine pilot came out of the field of 371 riders to beat Kris Whitfield in the final round. While both drivers had good reaction times, Whitfield erupted – giving Cultrera the victory.

Jeff Serra won the $ 25,000 Jegs Performance on Saturday against Donovan Williams. Johnson City driver Jake Ball advanced to the quarter-finals before turning on the red light by just 0.001 seconds in his clash with Williams.

While the dragsters won Friday and Saturday, the gate cars took the prizes on Wednesday and Thursday. Howard Westbury drove a Chevy II to victory over the Whitfield Dragster to win Wednesday’s 15K FST Carburetor warm-up. Garrett Griffith propelled a blue Chevrolet S-10 to victory in the Moser Engineering $ 25,000 race up for grabs Thursday.


The third annual Makinna Smith Memorial Race takes place on the Rogersville drag strip this weekend. Doors open at 10 a.m. with time trial from noon. The Pro, No Box, Sportsman, Bikes and Junior classes will be contested.

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