For the 30th year this weekend, sprint car racers will descend on I-30 Speedway near Little Rock, Arkansas for the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals (STN).
Among them will be last year’s victor, Sammy Swindell, who aims to become the first five-time winner of the event presented by Hoosier Tire. National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Wright stood alone as the only four-time winner until Swindell claimed the checkered flag in 2016.
Whoever wins this year’s 30th COMP Cams Short Track Nationals will pick up $15,000, while each championship feature starter will earn at least $2,000. More than $100,000 in prize money in all will be doled out over the course of the Oct. 12-14 race weekend.
Following a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune session, the action will get fast and furious with two full nights of qualifying action on Thursday and Friday and then Saturday’s STN championship finale. Both the Thursday and Friday cards will feature a full slate of heat races, qualifying races, “B” Mains and “A” Main, with the top three from each night locked into the STN championship finale. Saturday’s card will include STN Showdowns, “C” Mains, “B” Mains and the championship feature event.
At least 58 racers have already signed up to race at the high-banked, ¼-mile clay oval, with at least 22 of them making the STN championship finale cut in previous years. Just a few names joining Swindell in the contest: former winners Paul McMahan,Tony Bruce Jr., Terry Gray, Tim Crawley, Danny Smith and Wayne Johnson, and the likes of Aaron Reutzel, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Derek Hagar and Willie Croft. Crawley will be seeking a record 20 STN championship feature event wins.
For ticket and pit pass info, visit I-30 Speedway’s website or contact the track at 501-455-4567. Discounts are available for advance three-day tickets.