Short Track Nationals pre-event notes

I-30 Speedway's Short Track Nationals Approaches LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2005) -- As the 2005 racing season begins to wind down, Sprint Car racers throughout the country are making plans for the annual trek to Little Rock,...

I-30 Speedway's Short Track Nationals Approaches

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2005) -- As the 2005 racing season begins to wind down, Sprint Car racers throughout the country are making plans for the annual trek to Little Rock, AR, for what ranks annually as the most prestigious 360-ci Sprint Car event in the nation, I-30 Speedway's Short Track Nationals.

The 18th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires will unfold over the course of three nights, October 27-29, atop Little Rock's high-banked, quarter-mile clay oval. The Saturday night, October 29, winner will pocket a cool $15,000, with all Saturday main event starters earning at least $1,800.

Last year, Hooks, TX, shoe Gary Wright rallied from the 15th starting position to third then took advantage of late misfortune that sidelined previous leaders Sammy Swindell and Shane Stewart en route to capturing his fourth STN crown over a star-studded field of 98 competitors.

The only driver to win the STN on more than one occasion since the event became the nation's premier 360-ci showcase in 1993, Wright shoots for a third consecutive STN triumph this October. In addition to wins in 2003 and 2004, Wright also captured STN honors in 1995 and 1999.

Other past winners include 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.

Drivers planning on taking part as in the 18th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible. Entry fee is $150 if postmarked by October 20. After that date, the entry fee is $250, with no exceptions. Entry forms may be obtained at www.i-30speedway.com/specialevents.htm or by calling the track at 501-455-4567.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Jason Sides , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Wayne Johnson , Tim Crawley