Short Track Nationals Format Announced LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 29, 2005) -- Each year at the end of October, one of the season's most intense Sprint Car racing events breaks out atop I-30 Speedway's quarter-mile clay ...
Short Track Nationals Format Announced
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 29, 2005) -- Each year at the end of October, one of the season's most intense Sprint Car racing events breaks out atop I-30 Speedway's quarter-mile clay oval in Little Rock, AR, with the Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
And the 18th edition of the prestigious $15,000-to-win event, set to take place October 27-29, will be no exception, with a challenging format in place that will set the stage for perhaps the most competitive Short Track Nationals in event history.
A version of the Sprint Bandits popular format of heats and qualifying races will be in place for all three nights of competition. Each night, Heat Races will be aligned according to the pre-race draw, with the passing points system in effect.
Each night, the top 40 in passing points from Heat Race competition will transfer directly into four, fully-inverted Qualifying Races. The balance of the field will make up four Last Chance races, lined straight-up according to Heat Race passing points, with the top four finishers of each Last Chance race transferring to the tail of the respective Qualifying Races. Passing points only will be awarded in Last Chance races, with no finishing position points awarded.
With passing points in effect for the Qualifying Races as well, the Thursday and Friday preliminary features will be comprised of the top twenty in combined points from Heats, Qualifiers and Last Chance Races, with the top three feature finishers locked into Saturday's main event.
With six cars locked into Saturday's $15,000-to-win, $1,800-to-start main event, the top twelve drivers in combined passing points from Saturday's Heats, Qualifiers and Last Chance Races will fill positions seven through eighteen. The final two slots of the STN finale will be awarded to the two remaining drivers that have accumulated the most points through Heat, Qualifying and Last Chance racing action over the three nights of racing.
Drivers must compete in either Thursday's prelim or Friday's prelim to be eligible for passing points on Saturday. Drivers that show up for Saturday only will start tailback in their Heat Race and receive no passing points all night.
Another interesting twist to this year's Short Track Nationals will be the alignment of Saturday night's "Pack's Dash for Cash", which will include the top three finishers from both Thursday and Friday night. The Dash will be aligned by a pill draw conducted in "Cheater's Day" fashion. Thursday's winning driver will draw the first pill then give that pill to the driver of his choice.JFriday's winner will draw the second pill and give that pill to one of the remaining drivers, and so on until the lineup is determined.
The finishing order of Saturday's "Pack's Dash for Cash" will then determine the starting lineup for the front three rows of the $15,000-to-win finale.
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.
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.