One of the most highly-anticipated short track racing events of the 2018 season will take place this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The second running of the Short Track U.S. Nationals will feature six divisions of racing. We take a look at the Modifieds, Street Stocks & Compact divisions in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
ICAR All-Star Modified Tour
11: Brian Nester is a seven-time winner on the high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Modified action. A few of those have come in the prestigious Run for the Gun Modified event. Nester will look to add Bristol to his list of accomplishments.
12P: Chad Poole won the Modified race a year ago, leading 38 of the 42 laps completed. Poole started fourth and outlasted pole sitter Travis Eddy.
31: B.J. Marcoux started 31st and finished eighth in the main event last year.
50: The main event for the Modfiieds will be 50 laps.
51: A total of 51 Modified cars answered the call last year at Bristol. Only 36 started the feature.
CRA Street Stocks
00: The double zero car of Brett Hudson will be back to avenge his second-place run after he led 47 of the 50 laps in the Street Stock event.
1: Street Stock veteran Chuck Barnes Jr. led only one lap last year at Bristol and it was the one that counted most, the last one. Barnes did the old bump-and-run on Brett Hudson to pull off the victory.
15: By our count there are a total of 15 states represented on the entry list.
50: The main event for the Street Stocks will be 50 laps.
72: Earlier this week, there were 72 drivers on the pre-race entry list.
83: Last year, 83 Street Stocks tried their hand at Bristol with only 36 making the main event.
2: The main event for the Compacts was only slowed by two cautions a year ago. The race featured a speedy pace, with only two cars finishing on the lead lap.
3: Only three drivers that finished in the top 15 actually started in the top 10. Ricky Weaver Jr. came from 33rd to finish 10th.
27: Last year’s winner Bo Hoelscher, driver of the No. 27, will be back to defend his race win from a year ago. He took the lead on Lap 27 and sailed away to the win.
49: A total of 49 Compacts came to Bristol to race a year ago.
50: The main event for the Compacts will be 50 laps.
98: The pre-race entry list has an unheard of number of 98 entires. We don’t expect that many to show up, but if they do the scoring teams will be ready to tackle the large car count.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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