Today and tomorrow mark the 4th Annual Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. The event brings together four divisions of grassroots racing at “The Last Great Colosseum,” competing on the same high banks as the NASCAR stars for gladiator swords and a spot in Bristol history.
Before this weekend’s event, here are 10 Things to Know about the U.S. Short Track Nationals.
1 – The entry lists are looking strong with 39 competitors across the two Late Model divisions, 52 Street Stocks and a high turnout expected for the Vores Compacts. It should be a great day of racing.
2 – Last year the Vores Compact main event started 37 cars, with another 38 cars failing to qualify for the A-Main. .
3 – Chuck Barnes Jr. is the only driver in any class of the Short Track Nationals to win more then once. In fact, he has won all three Street Stock races at Bristol. Can he get number four this weekend?
4 – The scheduled racing card at Bristol Motor Speedway lists 360 laps of action for the Saturday program. There is even a plan to run a C Feature for the Compacts if necessary.
5 – The Super Late Model race is going to be fun to watch as Stephen Nasse looks to defend his Bristol victory from 2019. Matt Craig, Cody Coughlin, Sammy Smith and several others get set for this clash of Super Late Mode series.
6 – As of early on in the week, only Cody Coughlin and Josh Brock are slated to run both the Pro and Super Late Model events.
7 – For fans looking to attend, tickets are $15 in advance or $20 if you purchase on the day of the event. Kids (12 and under) tickets are $5.
8 – Last year, Mike Skinner won the Pro Late Model race at Thunder Valley. While Skinner is not back to defend his honor, former Bristol Pro Late Model winner Cole Williams will be on hand seeking another sword trophy.
9 – The Street Stock roster features 14 drivers from Kentucky. Kentucky is a good breading group for Bristol success, as Darrell Waltrip won 12 races at Bristol after growing up in Kentucky.
10 – Bristol measures just over half a mile at 0.533 miles. Stephen Nasse took the pole for last year’s U.S. Short Track Nationals with a lap of 14.526 seconds (132.094 mph). That’s faster then the NASCAR Cup Series qualifying record held by Ryan Blaney.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo