COMP Cams Short Track Nationals
Format Refreshed for Upcoming 34th Annual Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway!
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 1, 2021) – The annual tradition continues in just one month.
The tradition of the Sprint Car racing masses congregating upon Little Rock, Arkansas, as I-30 Speedway hosts the 34th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
This year’s $10,041-to-win tilt will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 atop the high-banked ¼-mile clay oval.
A Thursday night, September 30, Test N’ Tune session from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. will precede Friday’s preliminary action followed up by Saturday night’s championship slate of events.
An event with such great tradition that boasts a past winner’s list with names such as Kinser, Swindell, Bell, Sweet and more, it’s also an event that continues to evolve to keep fans on the edge of their seats throughout.
This year’s rendition offers up a format that is a melding of All Star and Sprintcar Classic formats.
Friday’s preliminary event will be contested under a derivative of the All Star Circuit of Champions format, with group qualifying setting heat race lineups. The Friday preliminary will conclude with “Twin 20’s”, a pair of $1,500-to-win 20-lap “A” Main events.
The top two from each of the “Twin 20’s” will be locked into Saturday night’s “Dash for Cash” and the championship main event.
Event points accumulated from Friday night’s qualifying, heat races and feature events will set Saturday night heat race lineups with more points from those setting the balance of Saturday night feature lineups. Additionally, the top two in accumulated points after Saturday heats will join the four Friday night lock-ins in the “Dash for Cash”.
The adjusted format will only amp up the intensity each time the cars are on track, likely making for yet another legendary edition of the Short Track Nationals.
Last year, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., finally broke into STN championship victory lane for the first time after three previous preliminary wins and three runner-up finishes. The Sunnyvale, TX, racer battled past Roger Crockett at the midway point and went on to become the 19th different STN winner ahead of Derek Hagar and Crockett.
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 Cup Series title contender Christopher Bell, Hafertepe, Jr., Blake Hahn, 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.