The 3rd Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals invade Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) this weekend, with more than 200 cars entered for competition across four divisions. Before an action-packed weekend at Thunder Valley, Drew Bedard, Bristol Motor Speedway Vice President of Marketing and Communications, joined Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” Tuesday to discuss the upcoming event.
While Bristol is accustomed to hosting marquee events, Bedard says he and the staff always look forward to the Short Track U.S. Nationals.
“We’re fired up, man,” said Bedard. “We love the Short Track U.S. Nationals. It’s one of our favorite events ever since we added it a couple of years ago. It’s just such a blast. We love this grassroots, short track racing. We’re so excited about these four series that are coming to race, and excited to have you guys up.”
The event is also a great value for fans this year. For this year’s event, all four divisions will contest their feature races on Saturday, June 1, and fans coming to the event can see it all for just $15, with a $5 ticket available for children aged 12 and under.
Fans unable to attend the event can still watch all of the action on Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast for $19.99.
“What a great deal for fans,” said Bedard. “Not only is it fairly inexpensive to sit in the stands, $15 and $5 for kids, but get that pay-per-view package, just $19.99. With everything that comes with it on your side, that great broadcast. There’s a good chance we’re going to be on for 10 or 11 hours Saturday and it will be a blast.”
Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring parts of the Short Track U.S. Nationals is the sight of the Super Late Models sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour and Southern Super Series.
“The speeds are incredible,” said Bedard. “That’s what people have to look forward to this weekend, and what shocks us every time they take the track. You’re talking about speeds that are higher than the Cup cars. When you see that unleashed at Bristol, the high banks, the g-force, it’s insane. It’s so much fun to watch.”
While the Super Late Models bring the high speeds and up-and-coming stars, Bedard also looks forward to the Vores Compact Touring Series’ four-cylinder and six-cylinder cars buzzing around the high banks.
“That’s one of my favorite shows to watch, the Compacts,” said Bedard. “I remember the paint schemes as well, as a highlight. We love that series and are so excited there are 80-plus entered. I think kids love it, that’s such a fun series to watch.
“Those home-grown teams have fun and look for that Bristol sword,” added Bedard. “They want to be able to take that home and say they won the Short Track U.S. Nationals.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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