Drag Racing Comes To Ponies In The Smokies!

Since day one, Ponies In The Smokies presented by National Parts Depot has been built around driving and enjoying our Mustangs. This year, not only do we give you a chance to test your car out on Wednesday during our PITS Driving Experience, but on Thursday you will have a chance to take your Mustang down the 1/8th mile at English Mountain Raceway from 11am to 4pm on Thursday the 21st. Those participating in the car show on Friday can earn five bonus show points for taking their car down the track! This is open to everything from daily drivers to race cars! Cost to participate is $20 dollars for unlimited test and tune runs.


You must first acquire your car show registration packet from registration. In that, you will find your National Parts Depot car show placard. Present that when you tech in at the track, they will set your car number the same as your registration number. Once you make  a pass down the track, you will receive a time slip. Your time slip’s car number will be the same as your car show number. Place your time slip on your cars judging score card and the judges will verify it, then leave the slip in your car. Its that easy! Five extra points!

English Mountain Raceway is located just of I40 and very easy to find. Its about ten minutes from the Shine Run Stop Bush’s Baked Beans.

English Mountain Raceway

1322 Lewis Road

Newport, Tennessee 37821

Introducing The 2018 Shine Run

Ponies In The Smokies presented by National Parts Depot was founded on the idea of getting these Ponies out and driving them! While there will be some of the nicest show cars in the country on display on Friday and Saturday, we love and always will that guy that takes his Mustang out and enjoys the heck out of it! The Shine Run allows you to do just that! A modified poker run of sorts, the Shine Run takes you all over the area why collecting your poker hand in hopes at winning one of the top prizes which include all kinds of cool stuff from all our vendors as well as the top prize, a set of wheels donated by Modify My Stang.

Below are the 2018 Ponies In The Smokies Shine Run Stops


  • Registration @ The Sevierville Convention Center- 1 card
  • Bush’s Baked Beans Visitor Center- 1 card
  • Thunder Road Distillery- 1 card
  • Sevierville Distilling Company-1 card
  • Man Cave-1 card
  • Ponies In The Smokies Kick Off Party Presented by Croftgate @ Hard Rock Cafe- 1 card
  • Tail Of The Dragon Store- 2 cards

Your final hand will consist of your five best cards.

Over the next few days we will feature more on each stop, but the quick and simple is this years Shine Run stops should be even more exciting that last year! Two returning favorites include Thunder Road Distillery and The Tail Of The Dragon Store. Thunder road features a cool Ford themed display straight out of the movie as well as some of the best Shine the area has to offer! We’ve even saw our very own Moonshine Marvin sipping some of their brew from time to time! The Tail Of The Dragon needs no intro! The folks at the TOD store will have the shelves stocked with all your must have Dragon merchandise! Also don’t forget to smile for the camera when you pass Killboy’s photo stand! New for 2018 are a few very exciting stops! Bush’s Baked Beans visitor center provides a cool chance to learn about the history of the company and is nestled around several great back mountain roads we hope you will take time to explore! Sevierville Distilling Company offers distillery tours and is also just a stones throw away from Douglas Dam, a great side trip! Bring your wallet to the Man Cave, its stocked full of ultra cool items that will be perfect in your garage! Excited? We are too! its not too late to register! Also don’t forget, completing the Shine Run and displaying the decal on your car Friday gives you ten extra points in the car show to make up for any road grime or bugs you might endure! Register NOW!!




Our Thursday Night Shine Run Party Picks Up Sponsor!

We are excited to announce that the guys from Clearshine have teamed up with us to sponsor our Thursday night party at Quaker Steak and Lube! The event, now officially known a the ClearShine Run Party will start at 5pm on Thursday of Ponies In The Smokies and run until 9pm. Hot Rods & Happy Hour will be on site providing the tunes and Quaker Steak & Lube will be providing food and drinks all night. The event features a unique “under the bridge” atmosphere that makes it perfect for a car meet! You can even check out our very own unique #PITS graffiti!

The guys from Clearshine also be on hand with door prizes and games for the participants to partake in. They will also be giving out special goodie bags for Shine Run participants on Wednesday and Thursday during registration! Be sure and make plans to attend now! You don’t want to miss it! Check out the official facebook event page below!


#PITS Spotlight: John & Nancy Doherty’s 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra

This month’s #PITS Spotlight is our Best Of Show From The 54 at this years Ponies In The Smokies show. John & Nancy’s 1996 Cobra is a pristine original example and one of the nicest in the country! On top of Ponies In The Smokies Best Of Show, the car has won basically every MCA award there is to win and has actually accumulated so many points it has been retired from the MCA show scene! Check it out below!

JDSMotorsports.com #PITS Event Coverage

As most of you know, Ponies In The Smokies co-owner Jeff Southard also runs an automotive blog, JDSMotorsports.com. On it, you will find tons of Ponies In The Smokies photos from the event! Check out all the links below!

Shine Run Stop Photos


Kick Off Party @ Hard Rock


Shine Run Party & QS&L


Friday Car Show


Saturday All Ford Cruise In


MISC Photos


QS&L & Car Show Drone Photos


Awards Ceremony


The Elite 5