Short Track Nationals Bringing Largest Field of Winged Sprint Cars to Texarkana in Track History!

Covington & Kyler

Lonnie Wheatley
TEXARKANA, Ark. (October 19, 2023) – Winged 360-ci Sprint Cars have been a rare sighting at Texarkana 67 Speedway over the years.

But with last year’s closure of I-30 Speedway, that changes in a big way next weekend as the 36th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires & Ark-La-Tex Lawn and Landscape shifts to Texarkana 67 Speedway for the first time.

The crown jewel 360-ci event kicks off Thursday night, October 26, with the $4,646-to-win Ralph Henson Memorial before the 36th STN offering up $20,000 to win takes place on Friday and Saturday.

For the track that has hosted winged 360-ci Sprint Cars fewer than 20 times in the past quarter century, next weekend will be the largest gathering of Winged Sprint Car talent to assemble at Texarkana 67 Speedway with the entry tally currently at 61 and counting.

Winged ASCS Sprint Cars have tackled the Texarkana 67 Speedway clay oval 17 times since 1998 when now track promoter Tim Crawley picked up the win. Crawley added another three wins at 67 in subsequent years, most recently in 2013.

Marion, Arkansas’ Derek Hagar scored the most recent Winged 360-ci Sprint Car win at Texarkana 67 Speedway in June of 2022 when he beat Garet Williamson and Crawley to the stripe in the event that ended a six-year Sprint Car hiatus at the facility.

Along with Hagar, Glenpool, Oklahoma’s Matt Covington is the only other driver on the current entry list with a previous win at Texarkana 67 Speedway after taking an ASCS Regional win in 2012. Covington enters next weekend’s STN after falling just 46 points short of Jason Martin in this year’s ASCS National Championship points battle.

While Hagar, who has raced into eight of the last ten STN championship finales, is the most recent Texarkana victor, any advantage may be negated by reshaping and banking adjustments since made to the track.

With the track’s evolution, the 61-plus entries will enter the event on a level playing field with no prior experience on the currently configured racing surface.

A pair of legendary names in Sprint Car circles, Gary Wright and Jason Johnson, have ranked among the most prolific Texarkana 67 winners in years past.

Past Winged 360-ci Sprint Car winners at Texarkana Speedway include the following:

6/17/22 – Derek Hagar

7/15/16 – Ray Allen Kulhanek

5/11/13 – Tim Crawley

9/8/12 – Jake Martens

7/13/12 – Matt Covington

5/21/11 – Jason Johnson

6/5/09 – Tim Crawley

7/11/08 – Gary Taylor

4/27/07 – Jason Johnson

5/12/06 – Jason Johnson

6/10/05 – Tim Crawley

4/30/04 – Travis Rilat

5/2/03 – Shane Stewart

4/12/02 – Gary Wright

5/19/01 – Gary Wright

7/22/00 – Gary Wright

6/17/98 – Tim Crawley

Texarkana 67 Speedway host the Short Track Nationals for the first time after Sam Hafertepe, Jr., brought the curtains down on I-30 Speedway last year with his second STN triumph in the past three years after he and Aaron Reutzel posted preliminary feature wins the previous night.

Hafertepe, Jr., joined Paul McMahan and Tony Bruce, Jr., as two-time Short Track Nationals winners with other multiple-time champions including Blake Hahn and Steve Kinser (three times each) and Sammy Swindell and Gary Wright atop the charts with five wins each.

Single time STN champions include Christopher Bell, Brad Sweet, Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Jason Sides, Mike Ward, Tim Crawley, Wayne Johnson, Pete Butler, Terry Gray and John Gerloff.

The Current Short Track Nationals Entries:

0-Mike Vaculik (Hot Springs, AR)

1-Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK)

1d-Prestin Dalton (Millington, TN)

1jr-Steven Russell (Rochester, IL)

2-Chase Porter (St. Joseph, MO)

2-Jason Shavers (Canton, MS)

2c-Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)

2T-Todd Bradford (Arlington, TN)

2w-Whit Gastineau (Moore, OK)

3-Howard Moore (Memphis, TN)

4c-Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, AZ)

6-Koty Adams (Haughton, LA)

6-Christopher Townsend (La Porte, TX)

G6-Cody Gardner (Benton, AR)

7c-Chris Morgan (Topeka, KS)


8-Brad Bowden (Hernando, MS)

8m-Kade Morton (Coweta, OK)

9jr-Derek Hagar (Marion, AR)

10-Landon Britt (Memphis, TN)

10k-Dewayne White (Byhalia, MS)

12-Jeffrey Newell (Tulsa, OK)

12h-Harli White (Lindsay, OK)

12x-Garet Williamson (Columbia, MO)

13-Chase Howard (Nesbit, MS)

14-Jordon Mallett (Greenbrier, AR)

14T-Tim Estenson (Fargo, ND)

15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX)

21m-Spencer Meredith (Hernando, MS)

22m-Rees Moran (Tulsa, OK)


23-Junior Jenkins (Greenville, TX)

23w-Conner Wray (Olive Branch, MS)

26-Marshall Skinner (W. Memphis, AR)

27J-Joseph Poe, Jr. (Scott, AR)

36-Jason Martin (Liberal, KS)

41-Casey Merrell (Springtown, TX)

43-Mark Smith (Sunbury, PA)

44-Ronny Howard (Nesbit, MS)

44-Chris Martin (Ankeny, IA)

45-Mark Huddleston (Genoa, AR)

45x-Kyler Johnson (Quinter, KS)

47-Dale Howard (Byhalia, MS)

47s-Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN)

50yr-J.J. Hickle (Quilcene, WA)

52-Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK)

55b-Brandon Anderson (Glenpool, OK)

71-Channin Tankersley (Arlington, TX)

71b-Brady Baker (Alexander, AR)

79-Gage Montgomery (Fredericktown, MO)

85-Josh McCord (Bossier City, LA)

87J-Jace Park (Overland Park, KS)

91-Michael Day (Farmersville, TX)

91-Zach Pringle (Benton, AR)

91a-Ernie Ainsworth (Bartlett, TN)

95-Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK)

98p-Miles Paulus (Marshall, MO)

122-Lane Warner (Bloomfield, MO)

132-Jamie Manley (Memphis, TN)

187-Landon Crawley (Benton, AR)

938-Bradley Fezard (Bonnerdale, AR)

Pre-Entry Deadline

Pre-entries for the 36th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires & Ark-La-Tex Lawn and Landscape submitted by Tuesday, October 24, are $100 and include a free two-day driver pit pass. Entries after October 24 are $150 with no pit pass included. Entries may be submitted at

There is no pre-entry for the Ralph Henson Memorial.

The Pertinent Info:

The What: 36th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires & Ark-Law-Tex Lawn and Landscape.

The Where: Texarkana 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR). Texarkana 67 Speedway is located east of Texarkana to I-30 Exit 7, then 0.5 miles southeast on SR 108 then 2.6 miles northeast on US 67.

The When: October 26-28, 2023.

October 26 – Ralph Henson Memorial

October 27 – STN Preliminary action culminating with Twin 25-lap features.

October 28 – STN Championship culminating with $20,000 to win finale.

The Mufflers: Leave ’em at home, no mufflers required for the event.

The Format: Thursday’s Ralph Henson Memorial will be contested under standard ASCS Mid-South Region format with one of top three finishers eligible for Saturday STN provisional if needed.

Friday’s preliminary event will be contested under a derivative of the All Star Circuit of Champions format, with group qualifying establishing heat race lineups with an invert of four in each heat race. The Friday preliminary will conclude with Twin-25 lap features that each offer up $1,500 to win.

The top two from each of the Twin 25-lap features will be locked into Saturday night’s Pole Dash and the championship main event.

Friday event points accumulated will be carried over to Saturday night, with another set of heats utilizing passing points added to the Friday total to set the championship feature lineups. The top two in combined points from Friday night and the Saturday heat races with join Friday’s four lock-ins in the Pole Dash. The next eight in points will occupy STN championship feature positions 7-14 with the balance of the field in “B” and “C” Mains. Three will transfer from both “B” Mains to set the 20-car feature field. The 21st position is reserved for a top-three Thursday night finisher if necessary.

The Past STN Winners (All previous events contested at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway):

2022-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

2021-Blake Hahn

2020–Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

2019-Blake Hahn

2018-Blake Hahn

2017-Sammy Swindell

2016-Sammy Swindell

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 Past Ralph Henson Memorial Winners (All previous events contested at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway):

2022 – Aaron Reutzel

2021 – Derek Hagar

2020 – Mark Smith

2019 – Tim Crawley

2018 – Derek Hagar

2017 – Tony Bruce, Jr.

2016 – Derek Hagar

2015 – Tim Crawley

2014 – Jordon Mallett

2013 – Cody Gardner

2012 – Dale Howard

2011 – Zach Pringle

2010 – Zach Pringle

2009 – Jeff Swindell

2008 – Gary Wright

The Feature Purse:

Thursday: 1. $4,646, 2. $1,250, 3. $1,100, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $400, 9. $300, 10. $250, 11. $250, 12. $250, 13. $250, 14. $250, 15. $250, 16. $250, 17. $250, 18. $250, 19. $250, 20. $250.

Friday (Twin Features): 1. $1,500, 2. $750, 3. $650, 4. $625, 5. $600, 6. $550, 7. $525, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $400, 11. $350, 12. $325, 13. $300, 14. $275, 15. $250, 16. $250, 17. $250, 18. $250, 19. $250, 20. $250.

Saturday: 1. $20,000, 2. $5,000, 3. $2,500, 4. $2,200, 5. $2,000, 6. $1,700, 7. $1,600, 8. $1,500, 9. $1,400, 10. $1,350, 11. $1,300, 12. $1,200, 13. $1,150, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000.

The Tickets:

The Tickets:

Thursday: Pits $35. Grandstand for Adults $25, Military $20 (with ID), Kids 6-11 $5 accompanied by an adult and 5 and under free.

Friday: Pits $35. Grandstand for Adults $25, Military $20 (with ID), Kids 6-11 $5 accompanied by an adult and 5 and under free.

Saturday: Pits $40. Grandstand for Adults $30, Military $25 (with ID), Kids 6-11 $5 accompanied by an adult and 5 and under free.

Driver pit pass for Friday and Saturday is included in the $100 entry fee if submitted by the deadline.

Tickets will be available at the gate each day with gates with grandstands opening daily at 5:00 p.m. Debit/credit cards are accepted at the front gate and concessions.

Free camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis along the west side tree line with no water or electrical hookups.

The Broadcast: If you can’t make it to the STN, watch live at

For more information regarding the 36th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires at Texarkana 67 Speedway, check online at, call 870-648-5688 or email