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BE SURE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES MADE...FRIDAY, JULY 22 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. POWDER PUFF AND 600'S HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SCHEDULE FOR JULY 23. THESE RACES WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

 

Tuning Up for Short Track Nationals

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 7, 2016) – It’s never too early to start getting dialed in for I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals.

After all, that $15,000 winner’s share and coveted title of STN champion already has racers from all across the land chomping at the bit for the nation’s most prestigious 360-ci Sprint Car event, even if it is only July.

Just four months away, the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires is set for November 2-5 atop the high-banked, quarter-mile clay oval in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A couple of past Short Track Nationals champions have already started “tuning up” for this year’s Short Track Nationals with a number of competitors looking for some valuable laps atop I-30 Speedway at this Saturday night’s $3,000-to-win event.

Originally slated to pay $2,500, Saturday’s card was bumped to $3k to win along with a slew of bonuses, which is quite typical of the track that doles out more than $100,000 at each year’s Short Track Nationals.

Tim Crawley has topped the last two feature events at I-30 Speedway on May 7 and June 11 and will likely have to fight off a host of invaders this weekend such as Tony Bruce, Jr., Kyle Bellm and more for a shot at the $3,000 win.

Crawley’s name is all over the STN record books.  Crawley ranks as a past winner, taking the top spot in 1998.  Crawley has 18 career STN championship feature starts to his credit, atop the charts along with Gary Wright.  He has also started 19 career STN preliminary features, an event record.

Crawley isn’t the only past STN winner to reach victory lane this year, as 2001 victor Jason Sides bested the World of Outlaws in the April 26 series return to the track for the first time since 1994.

Along with Crawley and Sides, Hernando, Mississippi’s Andy McElhannon has also enjoyed I-30 Speedway victory lane this year with a March 19 triumph.  Enjoying one of his best seasons yet, McElhannon will likely be among those gunning for a first career STN championship feature start in November.

The intensity level of this year’s Short Track Nationals will likely be ratcheted up even more after weather plagued last year’s version and then nixed this Spring’s makeup attempt.

Now a top contender on the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Christopher Bell still reigns as defending Short Track Nationals champion after becoming the youngest driver to win the event in 2014.

Other past winners of the prestigious event include Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Gary Wright, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser.

It’s a title that is among the most coveted in Sprint Car racing.

And it’s sure to be on each competitor’s mind as they vie for this Saturday night’s winner’s share at I-30 Speedway.
Along with Saturday’s $3,000 to win share for the Stealth Recovery Sprint Cars at I-30 Speedway, some other Saturday night bonuses include:

$200 Hard Charger – Bulldog Construction Co. and Bryant Lube & Tire

$100 Half Way Leader – Brandon Young Photography

$100 Hard Luck Award – Skip Warner and Warner Heat & Air

$100 to the highest finisher in the top ten in Riverside International Speedway points courtesy of Clayton Allen.

The Douglas Babb and Daryl Conrad Xtreme Towing and Recovery Dash for Cash paying: 200, 125, 100, 75, 50, 25.

For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.


Impending Inclement Weather Forces STN Cancellation

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 7, 2016) – It’s the Short Track Nationals that simply wasn’t meant to be.

After the 28th edition of the prestigious COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway was plagued by rain last October to the point of getting only one of four nights in the books, this weekend’s makeup event set for March 10-12 is facing even more menacing weather forecasts.

As a result, I-30 Speedway officials are left with no choice but to cancel this weekend’s STN event.  The event will not be rescheduled.

“We desperately wanted to get this event in for all the fans and race teams that have built this into the mega-event that it has become,” track promoter Tracey Clay commented.  “This weekend’s weather forecast is beyond dismal, so it’s in everybody’s best interest to call it off early.  Now, we’ll look forward to making the 29th Short Track Nationals in November the best one yet.”

With the cancellation, I-30 Speedway will now kick off the season on Saturday night, March 19, with a full card of Interstate Cup Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Micro Sprints and Mini Stocks.

While Mother Nature will land on tee-shirts as winner of the 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires, the 29th edition that once again offers up a $15,000 winner’s share is set for November 2-5.

For more information regarding the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires, contact I-30 Speedway at 501-455-4567 or check online at http://www.i-30speedway.com/shorttracknationals.html.


Tickets on sale for World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to I-30 Speedway on April 26

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — February 18, 2016 — Tickets are now on sale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, April 26 and can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

The event will mark the first time since 1994 that the series has competed at the quarter-mile bullring, affectionately known as “Hammer Hill.” The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has contested a total of nine A-Feature events at I-30 Speedway dating back to 1979.

A total of four current drives competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series full-time in 2016 have won at I-30 Speedway during the Short Track Nationals, in 360-sprint car competition. Paul McMahan won the event twice, while current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point leader Brad Sweet, veteran Jason Sides and Jason Johnson have also been victorious in what is traditionally one of the biggest and highest-paying 360-sprint car events of the year.

The 2016 season recently kicked off for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in Florida. Sweet was victorious on opening night for Kasey Kahne Racing and followed that up with another win in the finale of the three-night event. Donny Schatz, the seven-time and defending series champion, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, won on the second night. On the strength of his two wins, along with a runner-up finish, Sweet is the current series point leader.

Battling Sweet and Schatz in 2016 is a talented group of full-time competitors, including: Shane Stewart, who drives for Larson Marks Racing, co-owned by NASCAR driver Kyle Larson, Sweet’s teammate, Daryn Pittman the, 2013 series champion, veterans Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Sides, as well as up-and-coming young drivers David Gravel, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen, sophomore driver Jason Johnson and rookie contender Greg Wilson from Ohio.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, April 26 and can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

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I-30 Speedway Sets Short Track Nationals Dates for 2016

Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (December 11, 2015) – Making the best of a difficult situation.

That’s exactly what Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway is doing after the recently weather-plagued 28th edition of its popular Short Track Nationals winged 360-ci Sprint Car event atop the ¼-mile clay oval.

Denied the annual full dose of beyond-intense racing action in 2015, racers and fans alike will benefit with a pair of multi-day, $15,000-to-win events during the 2016 season.

“It is the support of all the fans and countless race teams that have grown the Short Track Nationals into the event that it is,” I-30 Speedway track promoter Tracey Clay commented.  “Mother Nature wasn’t our friend this year, but with the Spring event we have the opportunity to get the event completed in its entirety.”

The reschedule date of the 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires will be March 10-12, 2016, with the March 12 finale of the 28th STN offering up the traditional winner’s share.

The 29th edition of the Short Track Nationals will shift from its traditional October date to November 2-5, 2016, to avoid conflict with other scheduled major winged Sprint Car events across the country.  The November 5, 2016, STN finale will once again offer up a $15,000 winner’s share.

Neither STN event in 2016 will have a rain date.

The original attempt at the 28th Short Track Nationals just a few weeks ago in October was reduced from four nights to just one due to inclement weather.  That card on the final Thursday of October did more than live up to billing though, with Aaron Reutzel rallying from seven rows deep to make a late move on the high side around Jac Haudenschild for the win.  Reutzel and Haudenschild earned provisional starting positions in the March 12, 2016, 28th Annual STN finale by virtue of finishing first and second.

Christopher Bell still stands as the most recent STN champion with his drive to victory lane in October of 2014 after runner-up finishes in each of his previous pair of attempts.  Bell became the 17th different winner of the event and youngest thus far on a star-studded list that includes Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Gary Wright, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser.

For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.


World of Outlaws return to I-30 Speedway in Arkansas in 2016 on April 26

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — December 10, 2015 — The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will return to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2016 for the first time since 1994 on Tuesday, April 26. The event will mark the ninth A-Feature event for the series at the quarter-mile and the first race for the series in Arkansas since 2009. A total of three tracks in the Razorback State have hosted the series, dating back to 1979.
 
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series raced at I-30 Speedway for the first time in 1979, which was the second year of the series, with 20-time series champion and Indiana native Steve Kinser, picking up the win in that race. The following season, Bobby Allen was victorious at I-30 Speedway. Allen, one of the original World of Outlaws drivers, currently campaigns two cars on the World of Outlaws circuit. Logan Schuchart, Allen’s grandson, finished a career-best 10th in points in 2015, while his son, Jacob, also competes with the series.
 
Sammy Swindell, the three-time series champion has won three times at I-30 Speedway in World of Outlaws competition. Mark Kinser, a two-time series titlist is tied with Swindell with three wins at the track. All four drivers that have won World of Outlaws races at I-30 Speedway are inductees in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
 
A total of four drivers that competed full-time with the World of Outlaws in 2015, are past winners at I-30 Speedway in the Short Track Nationals, under the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) sanction. Paul McMahan won the Short Track Nationals in 2002 and 2012. Brad Sweet, who drives for Kasey Kahne Racing, won the event in 2010, while Jason Sides was victorious in the Short Track Nationals in 2001. Jason Johnson, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner and a five-time ASCS champion, won the Short Track Nationals in 2006.
 
Donny Schatz, who is the reigning World of Outlaws champion, has two wins in his career with the series in the state of Arkansas at two different tracks. Daryn Pittman, the 2013 series titlist, who pilots the No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing, also has a win in the state, as does veteran Kraig Kinser.
 
The 2015 season was a historic one for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as Donny Schatz became just the second driver to win 30-plus A-Feature events in the season, 31 to be exact, joining Steve Kinser, who accomplished the feat three separate times in his illustrious career. On his way to winning his seventh World of Outlaws title, Schatz surpassed the 200-win plateau for his career, joining Kinser and three-time series champion Sammy Swindell as the only three drivers in series history to achieve that mark.
 
A total of 22 drivers won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 2015, including full-time drivers: Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet, Pittman, Kerry Madsen, Joey Saldana, McMahan and Sides.
 
More information on tickets for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, April 26 will be available soon at www.slspromotions.com.
 
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