As the entry lists continue to grow for the second Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, the event is drawing some of short track racing's biggest names. Currently, nearly 300 cars are spread across the entry lists for the six divisions that will be competing this weekend at the Last Great Colosseum.
Since the first look at the entry lists in April, a handful of stars from the Late Model world and beyond have filed their entries for the big event. Leading that charge is Dirt Modified standout and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racer Stewart Friesen.
Friesen, a multi-time winner on dirt already in 2018, will strap in behind the wheel of the No. 112 Super Late Model for his second asphalt Super Late Model race. The Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario driver finished second in his first ever Super Late Model race, the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Nashville (TN) in April.
Raphael Lessard, the driver of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Super Late Model, has also filed his official entry for the Short Track U.S. Nationals. The Quebec native is considered to be a favorite for the race as he looks to score the biggest win of his young racing career.
In addition to the Super Late Model stars, some of the biggest names in Late Model Stock Car racing have added their names to the entry list. Among those included on the LMSC entry list is four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, who will be making his first Late Model start at Bristol after missing last year's event.
Joining Pulliam will be 2016 CARS Tour champion Deac McCaskill and one of the hottest drivers in the country, Bobby McCarty.
Dillon Oliver, who was involved in perhaps the most memorable moment from the inaugural Short Track U.S. Nationals, will return for a second attempt in the Pro Late Model division. Oliver appeared to have a car capable of winning last year's PLM race at Bristol before contact with Eddie Fatscher sent him hard into the outside wall. A confrontation occurred in the pit area following the incident and created a buzz on social media following the event.
Joining the three divisions of Late Models will be the CRA Street Stocks, ICAR All-Star Modifieds and Vores Compact Touring Series. The most updated list of CRA Street Stock entries includes the names of 73 drivers who will be looking to hold the sword in victory lane.
To view the full entry lists from each division, click here.
The five sanctioning bodies that will be represented at the second Short Track U.S. Nationals are CRA (Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Street Stock), CARS Tour (Super Late Models, Late Model Stock Cars), Southern Super Series (Super Late Model), ICAR All-Star Modified Tour (Modifieds) and VORES Compact Touring Series (Compacts).
The entry lists include the names of short track racers from throughout the United States, including drivers from California, Wisconsin, Maine and nearly everywhere in between.
More information on the Short Track U.S. Nationals can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/tickets/short-track-u-s-nationals/.
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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