Alley, Crawley & Johnson among latest entries as STN field swells to 76. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 20, 2003) - With the green flag poised to unfurl on the 16th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires on Thursday...
Alley, Crawley & Johnson among latest entries as STN field swells to 76.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 20, 2003) - With the green flag poised to unfurl on the 16th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires on Thursday night, 76 drivers from throughout the country and beyond have entered with hopes of snaring the $15,000 winner's share. The always intense action of the Short Track Nationals is set to take place at I-30 Speedway this Thursday through Saturday, October 23-25.
Included among the latest entries are past Short Track Nationals champions Tim Crawley and Wayne Johnson. Crawley and Johnson join past winners Gary Wright (1995 and 1999), Pete Butler (1996) and Mike Ward (2000) as those aiming for another STN title.
Three-time ASCS champion Crawley, from nearby Mabelvale, has driven William Hope's DynoTech-powered Avenger to victory lane twelve times this season and will be shooting for a second STN crown after topping the event in 1998.
Mustang, Oklahoma's Wayne Johnson, who claimed the STN title in 1997, will join forces with Missouri car owner Donnie Cooper, who fielded last year's winning mount over a 92-car field with Paul McMahan at the helm. Johnson, also a former ASCS National champion, finished sixth in Knoxville Raceway's 410 Sprint Car points this year.
Also among the latest entries is Knoxville Raceway 360 Sprint Car champion Billy Alley. Hailing from Lincoln, NE, Alley also recently topped the $10,000-to-win ASCS Sedalia 360 Shootout, running his season win total to twelve.
Other top shoes among the latest entries include Canada's Ryan Coniam, who finished fifth in All-Star Circuit of Champions points, former ASCS National champion Garry Lee Maier, Jerrod Hull, lady ARCA hotshoe Christi Passmore and Sparks Construction teammates Darren Stewart and Don Droud, Jr.
Other top drivers already entered include O'Reilly ASCS National Tour champion Travis Rilat, Shane Stewart, Tim and Joey Montgomery, Jan and Dale Howard, Kevin Ramey, Jesse Hockett, Clint Garner, Josh Higday and 2003 Winged Outlaw Warriors champion Eric Schrock.
More than 40 of the 76 drivers already entered have claimed at least one feature victory this season, with the current field combining for more than 200 feature triumphs. Seven drivers have posted more than ten wins, with Wright setting the standard with 20 trips to victory lane. Ramey has notched 17 wins, with Hull and Hockett each racing to the winner's circle 14 times. Tim Montgomery has posted 13 wins, with Alley and Crawley each scoring a dozen victories.
Qualifying events for the Saturday, October 25, $15,000-to-win, $1,600-to-start 16th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier tires finale will take place with half the entrants competing on Thursday night and the other half on Friday night. Passing points will be used to determine feature lineups. The top two finishers from each qualifying feature will be locked in for Saturday's "Pack's Dash for Cash", which will determine their feature starting position.
General admission for adults is just $10 on both Thursday and Friday nights, with Saturday night's finale only $20. Children ages 6-12, when accompanied by an adult, are only $2 on Thursday and Friday night and $4 on Saturday night.
I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock on I-30 to exit 126 (County Line Road), then south to frontage road, then east. Entry forms may be obtained at www.i-30speedway.com, with additional information available by calling the track at 501-455-4567.