UCRA Returns With Fans Sunday At Tazewell; Former NASCAR Racer Larson Finishes 2nd Friday

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - by Steve Hixson
Tazewell Speedway
Tazewell Speedway
The United Championship Racing Alliance kicks back into gear (with fans in the grandstands) on Sunday evening at East Tennessee's Ultra-High Banked Clay Oval Tazewell Speedway north of Knoxville.
 
The 2nd Annual Melvin Corum Memorial $3,001 to-WIN race is set to welcome back race fans into the grandstands after an over two months worth of cancellations of races around the world.
 
Gary Hall and his family and crew are working feverishly towards what will be their 2020 Season Opener. The $11,500 604/Crate Championship Late Model event will be race #2 of the series for 2020 that has 16-year-old Sam Seawright of Alabama leading the $20,000 points. The 2018 UCRA National Champion Jimmy Elliott (#J39) of Cleveland, Tn., sits just behind Seawright in the standings, with the full backing of his "Mohawk Warriors" fan base. 

Seawright was victorious in March at his home track in Fort Payne. A pair of Knoxvilleans are currently third and fourth respectively in the points standings. Jason Cardwell, who leads the $1,000 Rookie of the Year contenders, is third and "Kidd-Quik" Kyle Courtney currently sits fourth in points. "The Hurricane" Kasey Hall of Alabama, who sits fifth in the standings, is also expected Sunday night in Tazewell.
 
A swath of local racers is expected to challenge the UCRA "Regulators" in competition. Second generation racer Jason Trammell and John Llewellyn (both of Knoxville), Steve Smith (the Almost Million Dollar Man) from Powell and Jonathan Miracle of nearby Maynardville could have something for the UCRA regulars.
 
Last year eventual points champion Jesse Lowe had dominate performances at Tazewell as did Kenny Kizzar and "Hot" Rod Carroll.
 
On Sunday, social distancing will be on protocol in the pits as well as the grandstands with extra precautions being taken. Races are slated to begin at 7 p.m. EST. More information can be obtained online at UCRAracing.com or at TazewellSpeedway.net.

 Friday night suspended NASCAR racer Kyle Larson finished second to brother-in-law Brad Sweet as the World of Outlaw Sprint Car series kicked back into gear post the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that halted all sports for over 100 days. Larson used a racial slur live on a television broadcast during an iRacing event in April and subsequently was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition and eventually fired as driver of the #42 Ganassi Chevrolet, Camaro.
 
On Saturday, Round #2 of the WoO Sprint Car weekend in Pevely, Missouri pays $20,000 to-Win at 7PM CST. Larson broke the 10 second barrier in qualifying Friday setting at new track record (9.995) at NASCAR's Ken Schrader's I-55 Federated Auto Parts Speedway.
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