Short Track U.S. Nationals returns with new date and schedule
Many of the best short track racers in the world will once again try to tame the hallowed high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway when the Short Track U.S. Nationals returns in 2019 with a brand new date and reconfigured racing program.
The excitement will run Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, and will showcase four exciting classes, headlined by the powerful Super Late Models. Along with Super Late Models, the event will feature race action for Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Compacts. The restructured two-day format will provide competitors with additional practice opportunities throughout the day on Friday and will be followed by a full day on Saturday that will include practice, qualifying and racing. Vore's Welding and Steel will also return as the presenting sponsor for the weekend.
"This new date and format will allow teams and spectators the opportunity to enjoy plenty of quality racing over the weekend," said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "We've seen some of stock car racing’s new generation emerge at this event by having great success and we’re anxious to discover more of the sport’s future stars."
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Raphael Lessard, from Canada, won the Super Late Model race this past May and he shared Victory Lane with local driver Josh Reeves, who powered his Wade Lopez Wealth Management sponsored machine to the 100-lap Pro Late Model victory, a race that included NASCAR veterans Mike Skinner and Jack Smith. Current NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series star Bubba Wallace took the Super Late Model title at the inaugural Short Track U.S. Nationals in 2017.
The sanctioning bodies leading the efforts in 2019 for the Super Late Models are the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, The Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour. The Pro Late models will be sanctioned by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance. The CRA Lawrence Towing Street Stocks will oversee their portion of the show, while the Vore’s Compact Touring Series will handle the sanctioning of the Front Wheel Drive Compacts.
Additional details regarding the event will be announced in the coming months.