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Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 1, 2019) – The calendar page has finally flipped to October.
And that means one thing. It’s time for the Sprint Car world to converge upon Little Rock, Arkansas for I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals.
The crown jewel event in the 360-ci Sprint Car world takes place this weekend atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway with upwards of 80 or so competitors battling it out for the $10,041 winner’s share as the delightful aroma of methanol and Frito Chili Pies fill the early fall air.
The 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires gets underway with a Test ‘N Tune session on Thursday followed up by a $2,500-to-win preliminary event on Friday and then the prestigious 41-lap, $10,041-to-win STN championship finale on Saturday, October 5.
Thus far, the entry list is loaded with 55 racers from throughout the nation and beyond with more expected by the time the first green flag flies this weekend. Entry forms are still available at #.
Among the current entries are defending STN champion Blake Hahn of Sapulpa, OK, and two-time STN winner Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, along with three-time Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour champion Sam Hafertepe, Jr., two-time All-Star Circuit of Champions titlist Greg Wilson and Ohsweken (Canada) Speedway track champion Dylan Westbrook just to scratch the surface of the diverse and talented field.
Car # Diver – Hometown, State
0 Eric Baldacinni – Keller, TX
0mg Mike Vaculik – Hot Springs Village, AR
1S Joey Schmidt – Ellisville, MS
2 Joseph Miller – Cove, AR
J2 John Carney – El Paso, TX
3 Howard Moore – Memphis, TN
3B Chris Banja – Beebe, AR
D6 Cody Gardner – Benton, AR
6 Dustin Gates – Haughton, LA
7 Justin Henderson – Tea, SD
8Z Zach Pringle – Benton, AR
9JR Derek Hagar – Marion, AR
9$ Kyle Clark – Sand Springs, OK
10J Justin Jacobsma – Hull, IA
10K DeWayne White – Byhalia, MS
11G Mike Goodman – Broken Arrow, OK
11X Avery Goodman – Broken Arrow, OK
12H Tony Bruce, Jr. – Liberal, KS
12W Dale Wester – Ovilla, TX
13C Chase Howard – Nesbit, MS
13M Chance McCrary – Dallas, TX
14 Jordon Mallett – Greenbrier, AR
15H Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – Sunnyvale, TX
15J Jeremy Middleton – North Little Rock, AR
16 Koty Adams – Haughton, LA
16B Ricky Peterson – Fort Wayne, IN
17T Channin Tankersley – Highlands, TX
17W Harli White – Lindsay, OK
W20 Greg Wilson – Benton Ridge, OH
21B Brandon Hinkle – Pangburn, AR
21K Kevin Hinkle – Cabot, AR
21P Robbie Price – Cobble Hill, BC., Can
21S Carson Short – Marion, IL
21T Ray Allen Kulhanek – Danbury, TX
22 Sean McClelland – Owasso, OK
23P Hunter Poe – Pangburn, AR
26 Marshall Skinner – Marion, AR
29W Wade Woolsey – Hernando, MS
33C Casey Carter – Red Oak, TX
38 Rick Pringle – Benton, AR
39 Brad Bowden – Hernando, MS
44 Jason Howell – Fort Worth, TX
44H Ronny Howard – Nesbit, MS
45 Monty Ferriera – Lincoln, NE
47 Dale Howard – Byhalia, MS
47X Dylan Westbrook – Ontario, Canada
48 Cody Stacy – Port Lavaca, TX
50Z Zach Chappell – Talala, OK
52 Blake Hahn – Sapulpa, OK
67 Hayden Martin – Olive Branch, MS
77X Alex Hill – Sin Nations, Ont., Can
91A Ernie Ainsworth – Bartlett, TN
95 Matt Covington – Glenpool, OK
99 Blake Jenkins – Benton, AR
X Charlie Louden – Camden, AR
Hahn battled past Howard Moore and led the final 29 rounds of last year’s 41-lapper to become the 18th different winner in event history in front of Friday night winner Hafertepe, Jr, and Moore.
Hall of Famers Sammy Swindell and Gary Wright top the STN win charts with five and four triumphs respectively with other past event winners including the likes of NASCAR Xfinity Series title contender Christopher Bell, Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray, John Gerloff and Steve Kinser.
The Pertinent Info:
The What: 32nd Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road).
The When: October 3-5, 2019. (Test ‘N Tune on Thursday, October 3, followed by two full cards of racing action on October 4-5).
The Entry Info: Entry forms available at #. Entry is just $100 and includes driver pit pass for Friday and Saturday if submitted by September 27. Entries submitted after September 27 does not include a driver pit pass.
The Format: Both nights will feature a full card of heat and qualifying races followed by feature events. The top 40 in passing points each night will advance to four qualifying races with the balance to “C” Mains. Combined points from heats and qualifiers will set lineups for twin “B” Mains and the “A” Main.
While there will be no lock-ins from Friday’s $2,500-to-win preliminary, the top two drivers in combined passing/finishing points from Friday and Saturday heats and qualifiers that don’t race into the Saturday feature will be awarded the 19th and 20th starting positions in the Saturday night STN championship finale. The 21st starting position is reserved for the 2019 I-30 Speedway track champion if needed.
Saturday night heat races will each offer up $100 to win courtesy of Jenkins Fleet Services.
The top four in Saturday night heat and qualifying race passing/finishing points will compete in the Mike Pack Building Materials “Dash for Cash” that will set the lineup for the first two rows of the 41-lap STN championship finale. The Dash will pay $500 for first, $250 for second, $150 for third and $100 for fourth.
The “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards for non-transfers will pay as follows: 1st – $400, 2nd – $300, 3rd – $250, 4th – $200, 5th – $150, 6th – $100.
The Past Winners:
2009-Tony Bruce, Jr.
2008-Tony Bruce, Jr.
The Tickets: Day of show prices are $20 on Friday and $28 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card.
Children’s tickets will be available at the event only for just $1 on both Friday and Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card.
To order tickets or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567.
Pit passes are $35 on both Friday and Saturday. Driver pit passes for Friday and Saturday are included in the $100 entry fee if submitted by the deadline.
The Camping: Track camping for RV’s in the pits is $50, reserved for drivers with RV’s first.
The parking on the west side of the property is open for camping and parking as well. Parking is $10 per car. Camping is $25 per night with a maximum of $100 for anyone that arrives on Tuesday night.
For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.