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Red Shirt Dash Added to I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals

From Lonnie Wheatley

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 12, 2016) – I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals is never short of excitement.

And now the 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires set for November 2-5 will have some extra action with the addition of the Inaugural “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards.

It will be a Saturday night Dash that would put a smile upon the face of the Hall of Fame promoter.

Edwards was known over the years to slip an extra bill or two to a team that has struggled through a night or weekend. The “Red Shirt Dash” will reflect that spirit by offering some extra winnings to some teams that may have had greater STN aspirations.

The top non-transfers from Saturday night’s “C” Mains (two or three from each depending on the number of “C” Mains) will be eligible for the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards. The six-car “Red Shirt Dash” field will race for a $500 winner’s share with the remaining five each picking up an extra $100. As a result, the “Red Shirt Dash” winner will come away with a Saturday night total of $1,000 including the $500 “C” Main non-transfer money.

“I think it’s a great way to honor Lanny’s memory, and I think it’s in a way that he would be proud of,” commented I-30 Speedway promoter Tracey Clay.

The “Red Shirt Dash” adds yet another element of excitement to an already action-packed 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires that fires off in precisely three weeks with a Test ‘N Tune session on Wednesday night, November 2.

Two complete nights of action will follow on Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4, with a full card of heat races, qualifying races, “C” Mains, “B” Mains and “A” Main on both nights.

With the top three from each qualifying night “A” Main locked into the Saturday night, November 5, $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN championship finale, the balance of the field takes to the track in heat races lined up according to their best qualifying night score. With additional points awarded in the Saturday heat races, the battle is on from there to set the balance of the STN championship feature lineup.

STN entries are rolling in, with entry forms for the event available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf. Entries received by October 26 are just $150, with entries after that at $250.

The entry fee of $150 will include the driver’s pit pass for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The late entry of $250 does not include driver pit pass.

Entry fees may be submitted on PayPal as well with a $5 processing fee just as with paying via credit/debit card. Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and may be mailed to Pit Road Bar & Grill c/o Tracey Clay, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209, made payable to Tracey Clay.

Now a top contender with the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Christopher Bell still reigns as the defending STN champion after beating Aaron Reutzel and Brian Brown to the stripe in 2014 to become the youngest winner in event history at just 19 years of age.

Bell joined a prestigious list of STN winners that includes names such as Swindell, Kinser, Sweet, Meyers, McMahan, Wright, Crawley, Bruce, Jr., a couple of Johnsons and more.

The Pertinent Info:

The What: 29th 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: November 2-5, 2016.

The Format: All competitors will be eligible to compete on either or both of the Thursday and Friday qualifying nights (no split field) after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune.

The top three from each qualifying night will be locked into Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN Championship Finale. Those six drivers will battle it out in Saturday’s Dash for Cash to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the championship main event.

The balance of the field will redraw will be aligned in Saturday night heats according to their top qualifying night score. More points will be awarded in Saturday heats to set the balance of the Saturday night feature lineups.

While the STN finale offers a minimum of $2,000 to each starter, “B” Main Non-Transfers earn $700 with “C” Main Non-Transfers collecting $500. Top non-transfers from Saturday night “C” Mains (2 or 3 depending on number of “C” Mains) move on to the “Red Shirt Dash” in honor of Lanny Edwards.

The Past Winners:
2015-Rained Out
2014-Christopher Bell
2013-Sammy Swindell
2012-Paul McMahan
2011-Sammy Swindell
2010-Brad Sweet
2009-Tony Bruce, Jr.
2008-Tony Bruce, Jr.
2007-Jason Meyers
2006-Jason Johnson
2005-Tim Montgomery
2004-Gary Wright
2003-Gary Wright
2002-Paul McMahan
2001-Jason Sides
2000-Mike Ward
1999-Gary Wright
1998-Tim Crawley
1997-Wayne Johnson
1996-Pete Butler
1995-Gary Wright
1994-Terry Gray
1993-John Gerloff
1992-Rained Out
1991-Steve Kinser
1990-Sammy Swindell
1989-Steve Kinser
1988-Steve Kinser

The Tickets: Advance tickets for either three nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are on sale for just $55 if paying cash or $57 if paying via PayPal or credit/debit card.

Day of show prices are $20 on Thursday and 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 $2 on Thursday and Friday and then $5 on Saturday plus a $1 processing fee per ticket if paying by credit/debit card.

To order tickets in advance or for more information, check online at www.i-30speedway or call the track at 501-455-4567.

Pit passes are $15 on Wednesday, $35 on Thursday and Friday and then $40 on Saturday. Driver pit pass for Thursday/Friday/Saturday is included in the $150 entry fee if submitted by the October 26 deadline.

The Trade Show & Midway: This year’s rendition of the Short Track Nationals will also include the Eleventh Annual Short Track Nationals Trade Show & Midway. Fans, drivers & crews will have the opportunity to visit vendor displays, which opens at noon on Wednesday and then at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The deadline for guaranteed vendor space is Monday, November 1. Inquiries regarding vendor space should be directed to dssm93@msn.com.

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.