Even when the tracks may not be the biggest, short track racing has a way of bringing out big tempers, big moments, and big crashes. This weekend saw a little bit of all of that, all over the country.


To get you caught up on the biggest stories that took place, Speed51.com presents you with a list of top 10 stories from the weekend.


1. Fisticuffs Transpire Between Nasse & Wilson at Five Flags

Stephen Nasse Rocky Balboa’d his way into Donnie Wilson’s driver’s side window following an on-track incident Friday night at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  Full-blown fisticuffs transpired soon after Wilson was able to climb out from his machine.


Stephen Nasse and Donnie Wilson got into a physical altercation after a crash at Five Flags Speedway (Speed51.com photo)

2. Strunk Strikes at Bridgeport for First Short Track SS Win

It might have taken him 22 starts, but veteran Jeff Strunk is finally a winner in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Velocita-USA Modified South Region after wiring the field in the South Jersey Shootout at Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday.


3. Preece Lightning Strikes Again at Stafford’s Spring Sizzler

Ryan Preece used a fast race car and a perfect strategy to nail down his second straight victory in the Spring Sizzler Sunday afternoon at Stafford Motor Speedway.


4. Smith Wins Talladega in Closest Finish in ARCA History

It was the closest margin of victory in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history. In fact, it was so close that the transponders that measure such things were tied at 0.00 seconds. But after going back to the start-finish camera, it was determined that Zane Smith out-dragged rookie Joe Graf, Jr. to the finish line in a good old-fashioned photo finish to win the wild General Tire 200 Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.


5. Pollard Rises Above Chaos to Win Blizzard Series Opener

Chaos reigned supreme in the first half of Friday’s Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race at Five Flags Speedway.  But at the end of the night, it was former Southern Super Series champion and Blizzard Series master Bubba Pollard who rose above the flames of controversy to score his 16th career victory.


Dave Darland is first driver to reach the 60 win mark in USAC National Sprints competition.

6. Campbell Drives Through Mayhem to Win at Birch Run

A field of 30 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models descended on Birch Run Speedway (MI) Sunday to warm up for the Masters of the Pros later this season.  However, a field full of challengers had a challenging time getting started, giving winner Brian Campbell an easy path from his 17th starting position to victory lane in the season opener.


7. Darland Becomes First to Win 60 USAC Sprint Races

In the history of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing, no driver has earned more victories or started more feature events than has Dave Darland.


8. Curtis Gerry Continues Maine Dominance with PASS 200 Win

Curtis Gerry of Waterboro continued his recent dominance of the Maine Super Late Model scene with his second Pro All Stars Series North victory of the season Saturday in the Beech Ridge 200 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.


http://speed51.com/join-today/9. The Smooth Operator Dials In at Macon Speedway

The San Francisco Giants used “Even Year Magic” to win the World Series in Major League Baseball during the even years of 2010, 2012 & 2014. Bobby Pierce has his own even year magic going during the Lucas Oil Late Model Series visit to Macon Speedway. When the checkered flag hit the air at the end of the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, Pierce stood tall. The win for Pierce was his third in the five-year history of this race and they’ve all come during even years: 2014, 2016 & 2018. Only Jimmy Owens (2015) and Josh Richards (2017) can say they have claimed the trophy and the $12,000 paycheck at the end of the night



10. Dippel Plays Strategy Game to Second K&N East Win

Tyler Dippel played the tire strategy correctly in the Visit Hampton 175 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday. Hailing from Wallkill, N.Y.,  the 18-year-old took the checkers after conserving tires throughout the 150-lap feature and outlasting MDM Motorsports hotshoe Anthony Alfredo and teammate Tyler Ankrum in the closing stages.


-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories from the Weekend