In short track racing, Bristol Motor Speedway stands as one of the great destinations in all of the land. This weekend “The Last Great Colosseum” welcomes in the great grassroots racers of the nation for third straight year during the Short Track U.S. Nationals.
Once again, the four and six cylinder pilots of the Vores Compact Touring Series are heading to northeast Tennessee to take on Bristol’s high banks, and this time they will be in the spotlight more than ever. It was announced this week that the 50-lap VCTS feature on Saturday, June 1 will have an episode of its own coming up on Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV.
Tuesday morning, VCTS Director of Racing Operations Dan Redmond appeared on Speed51’s Morning Bullring to talk about the excitement that has spread through the series.
“It’s amazing, we are so excited," Redmond said. "It’s amazing just to be on the Speed51 pay-per-view at tracks like Winchester and Bristol. Now that our drivers are getting a chance to be showcased with all 85 teams we got entered from 10 different states on Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV, it’s a dream come true. What Steve Vores’ vision for drivers in the series, it doesn’t get any better than Bristol, and combining that with Speed51 and Bristol is the cherry on top."
He went on to state that the early 85 car count for VCTS is a number that will most likely be seen when fans arrive at Bristol for racing on Saturday.
“I think we’re going to very close on that number, we have very good relationship with our drivers, and we try very hard to make sure we give accurate car counts," Redmond stated. "But, there’s always things that come up, somebody could have a problem as they’re pulling down to Bristol or a family emergency. Steve Vores’ vision has always been to be good partners with the tracks and the sponsors. So we tell drivers, if you think you’re coming and you’re still working on sponsors or something, don’t tell us you’re coming until you’re ready.”
Among those 85 drivers, series officials have been assured that they will have some heavy hitters from all over the country who will be in attendance.
“We have got the who’s who of Compact racers. Everybody from Kyle and Gary Stark from Wisconsin to Gary Bradshaw from Louisville, Zachary Curtis from Florida are all hotdogs who don’t normally run with our series. We got guys that run part time like Mark Mason that can win in anything he drives. This is our eighth year of VCTS and every single champion, including Ryan Hoffman our first champion, will be at Bristol this weekend.”
Despite this being the third visit for VCTS to Bristol, the excitement has yet to waiver, in fact it has even built up with each passing year both for drivers and series officials.
“It’s so incredible, not only for our racers, but our officials. I, my wife Linda, Steve, our family and friends have been going to Bristol since it was concrete bleachers on the frontstrech and hillside on the backstretch. The first year we came representing VCTS, looking up at the stands, it still gave me goosebumps. The first year we ran, we had a gentleman who didn’t normally run with our series, who is much taller than Steve, shook him in a bear hug because he was so excited on adrenaline.”
When all is said and done, the presence of VCTS at the Short Track U.S. Nationals is just an ongoing part of the original goal set forth by Steve Vores and the rest of the series of the series staff eight years ago.
“It’s something for grassroots, mom and pop teams and drivers to be able to go to tracks like Eldora, Lucas Oil Raceway, Salem, Winchester, Anderson, Toledo and Bristol. These are amazing facilities that we are privileged to be able to run. It really is a bucket list item for so many drivers to be able to run.”
While the Short Track America air date of the Vores Compact Tour Series from Bristol Motor Speedway will be announced at a later time, race fans can enjoy the entire racing lineup of the Short Track U.S. Nationals, including Vores Compact Touring Series, the Super Late Models of the ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour, and Southern Super Series; the Pro Late Models of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, and CRA Street Stock Series live on Speed51 this Saturday, June 1.
Speed51 will once again provide a multi-camera pay-per-view broadcast, which will be available for purchase of $19.99. (Click here to order)
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51