The long-awaited Short Track U.S. Nationals return to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Fans unable to make the trip to Bristol can watch all of Saturday’s racing action on Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast or tune in to Friday’s practice with a Premium Membership to the Speed51 Network.
To get excited for the upcoming event, here is a “By the Numbers” preview from resident Speed51 stat guru Elgin Traylor.
Super Late Models
0: Despite no starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, former Super Late Model champions Casey Roderick and Matt Craig could be the ones to watch this coming weekend. Ronnie Sanders, Roderick’s car owner, ran Bristol three times in the 80’s
14.550: This was the lap of record for Raphael Lessard in 2017 when he set fast time. That is still faster then the lap that Ryan Blaney ran this spring in the NASCAR Cup qualifying.
34: A total of 34 cars are entered for this upcoming race.
67: Darrell Wallace led a total of 67 laps when he won the Super Late Model race in 2017. It started a trend as the leader of the most laps in 2018 also won the feature.
78: After a third-place finish a year ago, Corey Heim will return to Thunder Valley is search of another podium run or more in his 78 machine.
100: The feature event will be a 100-lap battle for the Super Late Models on the high banks at Bristol.
2018 Raphael Lessard
2017 Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Pro Late Models
5: All of the top-five finishers from the 2018 Short Track U.S. Nationals are back to try and have the same results, if not better. Josh Reeves, Jordan Miller, Matt Maurer, Brandon Curren and Justin South will be seeking more Bristol glory.
8: Eight cars finished a wild Pro Late Model feature in 2018. Speaking of eights, the top eight finishes all came from outside the top 10 as far as starting spots are concerned.
24: 24 cars are entered for the Pro Late Model portion of the Short Track U.S. Nationals
34: Jon Beach came from 34th to finish second in 2017, so it proves that its not where you start, but where you finish.
96: The feel-good story of 2018 saw Josh Reeves win at Bristol. He’ll be back to defend his title.
100: The Pro Late Models will go for 100 laps around the Bristol Motor Speedway.
200: Branden Curren is the only driver to complete all 200 laps in the first two Pro Late Model events. He looks to run all 100 again this weekend.
11,000: NASCAR veteran Mike Skinner has run over 11,000 laps at Bristol and now he’ll be looking to finish all 100 this weekend after a crash took him out early last year.
2018 Josh Reeves
2017 Cole Williams
1: There is one Mercury car and one Ford car in the field. The rest are Chevy’s.
3: Chuck Barnes, Jr. goes for the clean sweep as he seeks his third-straight win at Bristol Motor Speedway.
36: The starting field has consisted of 36 cars each of the last two years.
50: The main race will again be 50 laps with a 25-lap B Main scheduled for earlier in the night.
63: A total of 63 drivers will be racing to make the show at Bristol.
82: Brent Hudson has led 82 laps in the last two Bristol Street Stock races. Hudson has only two second-place finishes to show for it. He’ll be hungry to get the big trophy on Saturday.
2018 Chuck Barnes, Jr.
2017 Chuck Barnes, Jr.
7: A total of seven cars finished on the lead lap last season.
25: Many figured that the Compact race would be the wildest in 2017. The race was run in 25 minutes with 16 cars still running at the finish.
50: The main event will be 50 laps for the Compacts, in addition there will be a B main race for 25 laps and a C Main race for 15 laps.
90: 90 cars are expected for the Bristol event.
117: Car number 117 of Ryan Hoffman has two top-10 finishes in this event.
2018 Steve Vore
2017 Bo Hoelscher
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 photo