Short track racing teams from all over North America began entering the confines of Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday in advance of the second Short Track U.S. Nationals. Nearly 300 drivers from 27 states are anticipated to arrive at "The Last Great Colosseum" this weekend to compete for a coveted trophy sword at the historic 1/2-mile oval.
2017 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Jack Dossey III was one of the many drivers who arrived on Thursday, fresh off his ARCA Racing Series debut last month at Salem Speedway (IN). He is looking to improve from last year’s sixth-place finish in the Pro Late Model feature.
“It’s kind of like Winchester but on steroids,” Dossey told Speed51.com. “It’s got a huge reputation and it’s a lot faster than any track we go to. Last year we got a top ten. This year, I think if we qualify a little bit better and get a top five, it would be a win in our book. We haven’t had much luck but we’re looking to turn it around this weekend. We’re just looking to have a good run and see what we can do down here.”
Florida Modified standout Doug Moff has also returned to Bristol after setting fast time in last year’s event. He told Speed51.com he is looking forward to competing for a win after being forced to withdraw from the event early last year.
“Our car was good in practice last weekend and we had a fast car last year, but we had some bad luck early and broke a part," Moff explained. "I’m confident, we have a good car so as long as we can keep it in one piece and not get caught up in anyone’s mishaps, I think we’ll be good.”
The Vores Compact Touring Series, a Midwest-based four-cylinder touring series, is back for this year with nearly 100 drivers pre-entered for Saturday's 50-lap A-Main feature. VCTS owner Steve Vore is pulling a different kind of double-duty, as he is also competing with the series he owns.
“It’s Bristol, that’s all you can say,” Vore said. “It’s awesome. I have a lot of drivers following me, and they’re all like family. We race and have fun. Things happen, but unintentionally, we don’t take each other out. I’m real proud of all my drivers. It’s a lot of work, but that’s what we do.”
On-track action for the Short Track U.S. Nationals starts Friday with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 100-lap Pro Late Model event, as well as practice sessions for the Late Model Stocks, Modifieds, and Compacts. The Modifieds will also qualify for their feature Saturday night.
On Saturday, the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Cars will take center stage for their 100-lap feature race. They will be joined by the ICAR All-Star Modified Tour (50 laps) and Vores Compact Touring Series (50 laps). Super Late Models will also hit the track for the first time on Sunday for an afternoon practice session.
Sunday's racing will feature the Super Late Models (ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour & Southern Super Series) going 100 laps in their main event, as well as what is shaping up to be an exciting CRA Street Stock feature (50 laps).
Race fans can watch all of this action throughout the weekend via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
-By Koty Geyer (Speed51.com State Editor - IN & MI) - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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