Short Track Nationals news 2004-10-21

Swindell & Son among Latest Entries as STN Field Swells LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 20, 2004) - Sammy Swindell and young son Kevin are among the latest entries for the upcoming 17th Annual Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier...

Swindell & Son among Latest Entries as STN Field Swells

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 20, 2004) - Sammy Swindell and young son Kevin are among the latest entries for the upcoming 17th Annual Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on October 28-30, bringing the current total of entries to 55 with many more expected in the coming days as the pre-entry deadline passed on Wednesday.

Sammy Swindell, winner of the 1990 edition of the Short Track Nationals, then a 410-ci event, will vie for the $15,000 winner's share in the nation's premier 360-ci Sprint Car event. The Saturday night finale offers up $1,700 to all starters.

Sammy last competed in the Short Track Nationals two years ago, posting an eleventh-place finish. Third-generation racer Kevin Swindell, a graduate of the go-kart and micro ranks, is just embarking upon his professional Sprint Car racing career.

The Swindells join a talent-laden field that includes newly-crowned Sprint Bandits champion Shane Stewart and reigning three-time All-Star champion Chad Kemenah. Three-time and defending STN winner Gary Wright is poised to collect his first ASCS National title, while 1994 STN winner Terry Gray has the USCS crown in his sights. Kevin Ramey, who captured a portion of the ASCS Sooner Region championship, brings the number of series' champions currently entered to five.

Track champions already entered include Eddie Gallagher (Riverside Speedway in West Memphis and current point leader at Memphis Motorsports Park), Joey Montgomery (St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, MO), Dusty Zomer (Huset's Speedway in Sioux Falls, SD), Rick Pringle (I-30 Speedway), Claud Estes (Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, TX) and Johnny Miller (Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX).

Florida's Kenny Adams is the most prolific 2004 winner among the current entries, having notched 22 feature wins along the eastern seaboard from Florida to Pennsylvania. Other drivers to reach double-digits in the feature win category include Stewart, Ramey, Gallagher, Wright, Rilat and Tim Montgomery.

Other top shoes already entered include Mike Ward, Darren Stewart, Clint Garner, Brian Brown, Jerrod Hull, Toby Brown, Ohio's Phil Gressman, Jason Johnson, Australian Kerry Madsen and Indiana's Kelly Kinser along with ASCS Sooner Region reps Sean McClelland and Tony Bruce, Jr., who tied for third in series points, and Foster Landon who posted top-ten finishes in both the Sprint Bandits series and the ASCS Sooner Region.

This year's edition of the Short Track Nationals will feature the use of the popular Sprint Bandits qualifying procedure for Thursday and Friday night's qualifying events, with the top two feature finishers on both nights locked into Saturday's Pack's Dash for Cash, which will determine their starting position in the $15,000-to-win finale.

Saturday, the top earners in passing points from heat race action advance to the main event, with the balance of the field vying for the remaining starting slots through "C" and then "B" Features.

Advance tickets for the 17th Annual Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires are on sale until Wednesday, October 27, for just $10 on Thursday and Friday night, and $20 for Saturday night's finale. After next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday tickets are $12 per night, with Saturday night tickets for $25. Children will be admitted for just $2 for Thursday and Friday's qualifiers and only $4 on Saturday.

More information is available at www.i-30speedway.com or by calling the track at 501-455-4567.

-lw-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Kevin Swindell , Sammy Swindell , Brian Brown , Kerry Madsen , Shane Stewart , Kenny Adams , Kevin Ramey , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland