As the 2015 short track racing season begins to wind down, big events are beginning to take place throughout the United States and Canada. We’ve put together a list of 10 must-see short track racing events for this upcoming weekend. Visit our Five Star Race Car Bodies Facebook Page and let us know which ones you will be going to.
1. All-American 400 – One of the crown jewel Pro Late Model events in the country will take place this weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN). Chase Elliott, Bubba Pollard, Derek Thorn and a host of other short track stars will be going 300 laps in hopes of winning the highly-coveted trophy guitar.
2. Fall Final – It’s one of the biggest events each year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule and it takes place this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). With just two events remaining on the schedule, Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by eight and Doug Coby by 11 in the standings. In addition to the 150 laps on the schedule for the touring series stars, the track will be crowning the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified champion.
3. Short Track Nationals – Rockford Speedway (IL) will be busy with three days of racing action this weekend. 14 different feature events will take place over the course of three days and it all ends with a 200-lap Super Late Model feature on Sunday. The Big 8 Series, Mid-American Stock Car Series and Must See Sprints will also be in action throughout the weekend.
4. Race of Champions 200 – The 65th running of one of the Northeast region’s most popular Tour-Type Modified events, the Race of Champions 200, takes place Sunday, October 4 at Chemung Speedrome (NY). Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, Andy Jankowiak and the rest of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour stars will entertain fans with 200 laps of racing.
5. Fall Foliage 200 – With just two points-counting events remaining on the schedule, the American-Canadian Tour heads across Lake Champlain for the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Park Speedway (NY) on Saturday. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. leads Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. by 13 points in the standings heading into the tour’s penultimate event. The contingent from Serie ACT will also make their way to Plattsburgh to settle their championship battle. Dany Trepanier leads Jean-Francois Dery by 30 points in that title fight.
6. Fall Classic – One of the Northwest’s most prestigious Late Model events, the 28th annual Fall Classic 200, takes place this Sunday at Yakima Speedway (WA). Some of the region’s most talented stars such as the Riddle brothers, Garrett Evans and Nichole Behar will all be in the field for the 200-lap event. Former winners include Evans, Pete Harding and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Cameron Hayley.
7. National Open – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series stars are at Williams Grove Speedway (PA) this weekend for three days of racing. Series stars like Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart will be battling the Pennsylvania posse for bragging rights at the prestigious dirt track.
8. PASS North Season Finale – For one last time this season, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model stars will be in action Sunday for 150 laps at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). Last time out at Oxford, Glen Luce took home over $30,000 after winning the prestigious Oxford 250. Who will it be this time? Head over to the historic 3/8-mile in Oxford, Maine to find out.
9. K&N East Season Finale – A championship will be decided in Dover, Delaware on Friday. William Byron, Scott Heckert and Austin Hill will all be hoping to cash in on their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship. But if they’re to win the championship, they must first survive a battle against “The Monster Mile.”
10. Hickory 150 – Originally scheduled for Saturday, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour stars will now head to Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) on Sunday for 150 laps at the historic NASCAR track. After 150 laps, many are hoping to have more answers about how the championship battle will look heading into the season finale at Charlotte (NC).
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Dave Brown