The Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway produced plenty of beating and banging and great racing that one would expect from the Last Great Colosseum. But there was plenty of great racing all across the country this weekend that you may have missed.
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.
Friday night’s Pro Late Model race at Bristol Motor Speedway had it all. It had fights, crashes, and even a rain delay to throw another curveball with eight laps to go. In the end, local driver Josh Reeves scored the checkered flag and won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour portion of the second Short Track U.S. Nationals.
It was only fitting that Raphael Lessard scored his first win for Kyle Busch Motorsports at a track where his boss has dominated at the NASCAR national level.
Lee Pulliam’s list of accolades in Late Model Stock Car racing already included four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championships, two ValleyStar Credit Union 300 victories, and wins in the Hampton Heat, Thanksgiving All-Star Classic, and Myrtle Beach 400.
Curtis Gerry of Waterboro extended his winning streak in Pro All Stars Series competition at Oxford Plains Speedway to four, surprising few observers with his triumph in Sunday’s Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 at the historic Maine speedplant.
It is ironic that the only car on the track with significant damage after 100 laps of caution-free racing was the winner of the Cabin Fever 100 at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Zane Smith, with a bold three-wide maneuver in lapped traffic, passed his MDM Motorsports teammate Chase Purdy with nine laps remaining, then sped away to win the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.
Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald held off Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert in the closing laps to take the Summer Showdown Series opener at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The win made MacDonald $5,000 richer and also makes him eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus should he go on sweep the 3-race series.
Chuck Barnes, Jr. became the first and only two-time Short Track U.S. Nationals winner Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Barnes parked his No. 44 Street Stock in victory lane after winning the CRA Street Stock feature for the second year in a row in Thunder Valley.
Just prior to the start of the Slinger Speedway racing season, Alex Prunty’s mother suffered a brain aneurysm and Sunday night was the first time she was at the track since being released from the hospital. It made for an emotional night as Prunty won his first super late model feature of the year and added his name to the prestigious list of winners of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial.
Twenty-four cars took the green flag for the I-CAR All-Star Modifed Tour Short Track U.S. Nationals feature event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Fast qualifier Kyle Purvis made his way through the field and took the lead on a restart with nine laps to go to score the biggest win of his career at the Last Great Colosseum.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount