Short Track Nationals news 2005-09-22

Early Entries for I-30's Short Track Nationals Begin to Filter In LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 22, 2005) -- Early entries have started flowing into I-30 Speedway's track office in Little Rock, AR, for the upcoming 18th Annual Team...

Early Entries for I-30's Short Track Nationals Begin to Filter In

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 22, 2005) -- Early entries have started flowing into I-30 Speedway's track office in Little Rock, AR, for the upcoming 18th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The prestigious $15,000-to-win, $1,800-to-start event takes place atop the high-banked, quarter-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval on October 27-29. Last year, Gary Wright raced from 15th to capture his fourth STN victory over a stellar field of 98 competitors.

Headlining this year's early entries are Brian Brown, former ASCS National champion Travis Rilat and ASCS Speedweek champion Darren Stewart.

>From Grain Valley, MO, Brown raced to a fourth place finish in Knoxville Raceway 410-ci points on the strength of a pair of feature wins. Brown, who also finished fourth in last year's edition of the STN, has also posted eight additional feature wins in an assortment of ASCS, WOW and ESTS competition throughout Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

2003 ASCS National champion Rilat, from Forney, TX, has three ASCS Gulf South Region feature wins to his credit this year, wrapped around a stint on the World of Outlaws trail. A past STN preliminary feature winner, Rilat has finished among the top five in the STN finale on two occasions.

Bixby, OK, shoe Stewart leads a strong contingent of American Sprint Car Series reps among the early entries. Currently ranked second in ASCS National points, Stewart is joined by leading Rookie of the Year contender Tony Bruce, Jr. (currently ranked third) of Liberal, KS, fourth-ranked Sam Hafertepe, Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX, and fifth-ranked Toby Brown of Carthage, MO.

Also among the early entries is two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey of Ft. Worth, TX. Ramey has logged four ASCS wins this season, including one National Tour triumph.

Other early entries include Jacksonville (IL) Raceway track champion Robbie Standridge, third-ranked Lake Ozark Speedway racer Eric Schrock, recent ASCS Sooner Region feature winner Nick Smith, Cowtown Speedway ace Claud Estes and West Memphis shoe Scott Bolden.

Past winners of the Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals include Gary Wright (2004, 2003, 1999 and 1995), Paul McMahan (2002), Jason Sides (2001), Mike Ward (2000), Tim Crawley (1998), Wayne Johnson (1997), Pete Butler (1996), Terry Gray (1994) and John Gerloff (1993).

Steve Kinser (1988, '89 and '91) and Sammy Swindell (1990) claimed early renditions of the Short Track Nationals when it was a 410-ci event. The 1992 finale was rained out.

The popular Sprint Bandits format of heat races and qualifying races will be in place once again this year. The top 20 in combined passing points from both heat and qualifying race action will qualify for the preliminary features, with the top three "A" Feature finishers on each night locked into Saturday night's "Pack's Dash for Cash", which will determine their starting position in the $15,000-to-win finale.

Aside from the six drivers locked into the finale, all other drivers will battle through a full set of heats, qualifiers and last chance races to acquire one of the 14 remaining starting positions for the October 29 STN main event.

ASCS rules will be in effect, with mufflers mandatory (Schoenfeld 112535-no gutting). The weight rule of 1,475 pounds with the driver will be enforced, while the Hoosier medium or hard spec tire must be used on the right rear with any Hoosier tire utilized on the left rear.

In addition, this year's rendition of the Short Track Nationals will include the inaugural Short Track Nationals Trade Show and Midway. Fans, drivers & crews will have the opportunity to visit vendor displays, which will be open from noon on Thursday, October 27, and from 9 a.m. on October 28-29.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Brown , Jason Sides , Paul McMahan , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley