28th Annual Short Track Nationals Information
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 14, 2016) – An ideal weekend and an unrivaled purse for the 360-ci Sprint Car ranks sets up a tremendous 29th edition of I-30 Speedway’s COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
After last year’s edition fell victim to Mother Nature, the STN will be back in strong fashion with a $15,000 winner’s share up for grabs at the prestigious event set for November 2-5 in Little Rock, AR, with a minimum of $2,000 just to start the November 5 STN championship finale.
And, in a leap year with schedules jumbled all about, the shift to the first weekend of November should prove advantageous for the storied Short Track Nationals.
All Stars are done two weeks previous at Atomic and World of Outlaws wrap up with World Finals one week earlier at Charlotte. And with an idle week on the ASCS schedule, all winged Sprint Car roads should ultimately lead to Little Rock for Short Track Nationals festivities.
An open weekend this time could easily push the count back to the triple digit range last enjoyed in 2013 when 105 cars flocked to the high-banked ¼-mile for a shot at some serious loot.
The 2013 edition was just one of five times since 2007 that the count has topped 100 cars with a high water mark of 125 in 2010. Only once since 2003 has the count been less than 90.
More than $73,000 will be doled out in the November 5 Short Track Nationals 40-lap championship feature alone with in excess of $100,000 to be distributed over the course of the weekend.
Now a top contender with the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Christopher Bell still reigns as the defending STN champion after beating Aaron Reutzel and Brian Brown to the stripe in 2014 to become the youngest winner in event history at just 19 years of age.
Bell joined a prestigious list of STN winners that includes names such as Swindell, Kinser, Sweet, Meyers, McMahan, Wright, Crawley, Bruce, Jr., a couple of Johnsons and more.
Aside from 2001 STN champion Jason Sides topping the World of Outlaws at I-30 Speedway in April, veteran STN contender and 1998 champion Tim Crawley has been hard to stop atop the ¼-mile clay oval this season.
The only one to put the brakes on Crawley this year in 360-ci competition at I-30 has been Andy McElhannon, who topped the initial event of the season in March and then put a halt to Crawley’s four-race win streak the last time out on September 3.
Another STN tuneup is on the slate for this Saturday night with a $4,646 winner’s share up for grabs at the Ralph Henson Memorial.
STN entries have already started rolling in, with entry forms for the event available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf. Entries received by October 26 just $150, with entries after that at $250.
Short Track Nationals Entry Forms Available!
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 30, 2016) – Little more than two months away, it’s never too soon to start getting ready for I-30 Speedway’s annual Short Track Nationals.
As each racing season winds down, upwards of a hundred or so Sprint Car teams and countless fans flock to Little Rock, Arkansas for the crown jewel of winged 360-ci Sprint Car racing atop the high banks of I-30 Speedway.
This year will be the same, as the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires that offers up a $15,000 winner’s share and $2,000 just to start the STN championship finale is set for November 2-5.
While going unsanctioned this year, tech for the prestigious event will continue to be under the watch of Tommie Estes, Jr. As has been the case over the years as well, ASCS rules will again apply.
Entry forms for the event are available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf, with entries received by October 26 just $150 and then $250 for late entries.
Racers will surely be chomping at the bit to add their name to the list of STN champions after last year’s edition fell victim to rain as well as this spring’s makeup attempt.
With Mother Nature’s interruption, current Camping World NASCAR Truck series title contender Christopher Bell still reigns as defending Short Track Nationals champion after becoming the youngest driver to win the event in 2014.
Just 19 years old at the time, Bell wrestled the lead away from A.G. Rains at the midway point and led the rest of the way for his STN triumph after settling for runner-up honors each of the previous two years.
Bell beat reigning ASCS National Tour champion Aaron Reutzel, Brian Brown, Wayne Johnson and Kevin Swindell to the line as more than $100,000 was doled out over the weekend.
Bell joined a prestigious list of Short Track Nationals champions 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.
The Pertinent Info:
The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road).
The When: November 2-5, 2016.
The Past Winners: RAIN (2015), Christopher Bell (2014), Sammy Swindell (2013, 2011 and 1990), Paul McMahan (2012 and 2002), Brad Sweet (2010), Tony Bruce, Jr. (2009 and 2008), Jason Meyers (2007), Jason Johnson (2006), Tim Montgomery (2005), Gary Wright (2004, 2003, 1999 and 1995), Jason Sides (2001), Mike Ward (2000), Tim Crawley (1998), Wayne Johnson (1997), Pete Butler (1996), Terry Gray (1994), John Gerloff (1993), Steve Kinser (1991, ’89 and ‘88). 1992 finale was rained out.
The Tickets: Grandstand tickets are $20 per night on Thursday and Friday. Saturday night tickets are $28. Advanced three-day tickets are just $60. Children's tickets will be available at the event only for just $2 Thursday and Friday.
You can order adult grandstand, online tickets by clicking on the PayPal button below. Upon placing your order, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Your name along with number of tickets purchased will be on the Will Call List at the front ticket office. The e-mail confirmation that you receive will be your receipt.Pit passes are $30 per night on Thursday and Friday.
The Trade Show & Midway: This year’s rendition of the Short Track Nationals will also include the Eleventh Annual Short Track Nationals Trade Show & Midway. Fans, drivers & crews will have the opportunity to visit vendor displays, which opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Inquiries regarding vendor space should be directed to email@example.com.
For more information regarding the 28th 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.
12th Annual Short Track Nationals Trade Show & Midway: Spaces Now Available!
This event is a part of the 29th annual $15,000 to win and $2,000 to start COMP Cams® Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AR.
Online STN vendor registration is now available at: www.darinshort.com/STN.html and if you have further STN Trade Show/Midway questions, contact Darin at firstname.lastname@example.org at your convenience. The deadline for guaranteed space in the show is Monday, October 31st (of race week). Set up for guaranteed space is from 9AM-Noon on Wednesday, November 2nd (prior to the pits officially opening).