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Short Track Nationals Week has Arrived – Entries at 59 & Counting!
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 29, 2020) – The roads leading to Little Rock, Arkansas, from all directions contain more traffic this week as race teams and fans alike flock to the high-banked I-30 Speedway clay oval.
The track hosts the prestigious 33rd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday night serves as a Test ‘N Tune session before the best in the land battle it out over the next two nights for the coveted STN title and the $10,041 that goes along with it.
A $2,500-to-win preliminary event takes place on Friday before Saturday night’s $10,041-to-win 41-lap STN championship feature event.
Entries for the event are just $100 and include driver pit pass for Friday and Saturday for those that were submitted by September 27. Entry forms are available at https://i-30speedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-STN.pdf. Driver pit passes are not included for those entering after that pre-entry date.
Currently at 59 and counting with more expected by the weekend, there are entries from 14 different states and two Canadian provinces with racers from Florida to Washington state and all variety of locales in between represented.
Among the current entries is two-time and defending STN champion Blake Hahn who vies to become the first in event history to make it three wins in a row.
Advanance tickets at a discount are available through Thursday with only day-of-event sales after that.
(Rob Kocak photo)
The current entries include:
#0 Michael Vaculik Hot Springs Village, AR
Last October, Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Blake Hahn bested a field of 70 competitors to become just the fifth racer in event history to win in back-to-back years, joining the likes of Steve Kinser (1988-1989), Gary Wright (2003-2004), Tony Bruce, Jr. (2008-2009) and Sammy Swindell (2016-2017).
Hall of Famers Sammy Swindell and Gary Wright top the STN win charts with five and four triumphs respectively with other past event winners including the likes of NASCAR Xfinity Series title contender Christopher Bell, Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, 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: October 1-3, 2020. (Test ‘N Tune on Thursday, October 1, followed by two full cards of racing action on October 2-3).
The Entry Info: Entry forms available at https://i-30speedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-STN.pdf. Entry is just $100 and includes driver pit pass for Friday and Saturday if submitted by September 27. Entries submitted after September 27 does not include driver pit pass.
The Format: Both nights will feature a full card of heat and qualifying races followed by feature events. The top 40 in passing points each night will advance to four qualifying races with the balance to “C” Mains. Combined points from heats and qualifiers will set lineups for twin “B” Mains and the “A” Main.
While there will be no lock-ins from Friday’s $2,500-to-win preliminary, the top two drivers in combined passing/finishing points from Friday and Saturday heats and qualifiers that doesn’t race into the Saturday feature will be awarded the 19th and 20th starting positions in the Saturday night STN championship finale. The 21st starting position is reserved for the 2020 I-30 Speedway track champion if needed.
Friday night heat race winners will earn an extra $150 courtesy of H&C Diesel. Saturday night heat races will each offer up $100 to win courtesy of Jenkins Fleet Services.
The top four in Saturday night heat and qualifying race passing/finishing points will compete in the Mike Pack Building Materials “Dash for Cash” that will set the lineup for the first two rows of the 41-lap STN championship finale. The Dash will pay $500 for first, $250 for second, $150 for third and $100 for fourth.
The “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards for non-transfers will pay as follows: 1st - $400, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $250, 4th - $200, 5th - $150, 6th - $100.
The Past Winners:
The Tickets: Advance two-day tickets are $40 plus a $2 processing fee if paying by credit/debit card.
Day of show prices are $20 on Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $2 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card.
Children under 12 are admitted free courtesy of Hog Wild Janitorial Services LLC on Friday night and Howard Moore Racing on Saturday night.
To order tickets or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567.
Pit passes are $35 on both Friday and Saturday. Driver pit pass for Friday and Saturday is included in the $100 entry fee if submitted by the deadline.
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.