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Short Track Nationals Rapidly Re-Approaching!
But all systems are go for the event to take place at Texarkana 67 Speedway next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 26-28.
The weekend kicks off with the ASCS Mid-South sanctioned $4,646-to-win Ralph Henson Memorial Thursday night, October 26.
That simply whets the appetite for what is to follow on Friday and Saturday as a $20,000 winner’s share is earmarked for the victor of the 36th Annual Short Track Nationals that is contested on Friday and Saturday night, October 27-28, under the ASCS National banner.
While defending Short Track Nationals champion Sam Hafertepe, Jr., swept through this past weekend’s final Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals in Mesquite, TX, is was Liberal, KS, native Jason Martin walking away from the event with his first ASCS National Championship.
Martin raced into his second career STN championship finale last October at I-30 Speedway and finished the event off with an eighth-place finish, matching his previous STN best in 2017.
Hafertepe, Jr., and Martin will be joined by a field that continues to swell with the Pre-Entry Registration deadline extended to October 24 after the initial postponement. Those pre-registered by October can enter for just $100 with a driver pit pass for two nights. Entry after October 24 is $150 with no complimentary driver pit pass.
The field currently stands at 63 entries with past STN champions including Hafertepe, Jr., Sammy Swindell, Blake Hahn and Wayne Johnson. Another pair of entries are field by past STN winning car owners including Howard Moore in the Rains Motorsports No. 3 and a yet to be determined driver in the Sides Motorsports No. 7s.
Sunnyvale, Texas shoe Hafertepe, Jr., brought the curtains down on Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway by topping last year’s Short Track Nationals finale for the second time in three years after he and Aaron Reutzel posted preliminary feature wins the previous night.
Hafertepe, Jr., joined Paul McMahan and Tony Bruce, Jr., as two-time Short Track Nationals winners with other multiple-time champions including Blake Hahn and Steve Kinser (three times each) and Sammy Swindell and Gary Wright atop the charts with five wins each.
Single time STN champions include Christopher Bell, Brad Sweet, Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray and John Gerloff.
The Current Short Track Nationals Entries:
0-Mike Vaculik (Hot Springs, AR)
Pre-entries for the 36th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires & Ark-La-Tex Lawn and Landscape submitted by Tuesday, October 24, are $100 and include a free two-day driver pit pass. Entries after October 24 are $150 with no pit pass included. Entries may be submitted at https://www.67speedwayoftexarkana.com/driverinfo/.
There is no pre-entry for the Ralph Henson Memorial.
The Pertinent Info:
The Where: Texarkana 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR). Texarkana 67 Speedway is located east of Texarkana to I-30 Exit 7, then 0.5 miles southeast on SR 108 then 2.6 miles northeast on US 67.
The When: October 26-28, 2023.
October 26 - Ralph Henson Memorial
The Mufflers: Leave ‘em at home, no mufflers required for the event.
The Format: Thursday’s Ralph Henson Memorial will be contested under standard ASCS Mid-South Region format with one of top three finishers eligible for Saturday STN provisional if needed.
Friday’s preliminary event will be contested under a derivative of the All Star Circuit of Champions format, with group qualifying establishing heat race lineups with an invert of four in each heat race. The Friday preliminary will conclude with Twin-25 lap features that each offer up $1,500 to win.
The top two from each of the Twin 25-lap features will be locked into Saturday night’s Pole Dash and the championship main event.
Friday event points accumulated will be carried over to Saturday night, with another set of heats utilizing passing points added to the Friday total to set the championship feature lineups. The top two in combined points from Friday night and the Saturday heat races with join Friday’s four lock-ins in the Pole Dash. The next eight in points will occupy STN championship feature positions 7-14 with the balance of the field in “B” and “C” Mains. Three will transfer from both “B” Mains to set the 20-car feature field. The 21st position is reserved for a top-three Thursday night finisher if necessary.
The Past STN Winners (All previous events contested at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway):
The Past Ralph Henson Memorial Winners (All previous events contested at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway):
2022 – Aaron Reutzel
The Feature Purse:
Thursday: 1. $4,646, 2. $1,250, 3. $1,100, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $400, 9. $300, 10. $250, 11. $250, 12. $250, 13. $250, 14. $250, 15. $250, 16. $250, 17. $250, 18. $250, 19. $250, 20. $250.
Friday (Twin Features): 1. $1,500, 2. $750, 3. $650, 4. $625, 5. $600, 6. $550, 7. $525, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $400, 11. $350, 12. $325, 13. $300, 14. $275, 15. $250, 16. $250, 17. $250, 18. $250, 19. $250, 20. $250.
Saturday: 1. $20,000, 2. $5,000, 3. $2,500, 4. $2,200, 5. $2,000, 6. $1,700, 7. $1,600, 8. $1,500, 9. $1,400, 10. $1,350, 11. $1,300, 12. $1,200, 13. $1,150, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000.
Thursday: Pits $35. Grandstand for Adults $25, Military $20 (with ID), Kids 6-11 $5 accompanied by an adult and 5 and under free.
Friday: Pits $35. Grandstand for Adults $25, Military $20 (with ID), Kids 6-11 $5 accompanied by an adult and 5 and under free.
Saturday: Pits $40. Grandstand for Adults $30, Military $25 (with ID), Kids 6-11 $5 accompanied by an adult and 5 and under free.
Driver pit pass for Friday and Saturday is included in the $100 entry fee if submitted by the deadline.
Tickets will be available at the gate each day with gates with grandstands opening daily at 5:00 p.m. Debit/credit cards are accepted at the front gate and concessions.
Free camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis along the west side tree line with no water or electrical hookups.
The Broadcast: If you can’t make it to the STN, watch live at https://flosports.link/3ECzSVP.
For more information regarding the 36th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Texarkana 67 Speedway, check online at www.67speedwayoftexarkana.com, call 870-648-5688 or email email@example.com.