One week before the best drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series arrive to take on the challenge of the dirt-transformed Bristol Motor Speedway, the iconic Northeast Tennessee bullring that’s known worldwide as the “Home to Big Events,” will invite some of the best short track racers in the business to sling some dirt inside the Last Great Colosseum during the inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals.
The mega showcase of dirt track racing will feature many of the most highly-decorated competitors from across the United States with heavy participation expected from the East and Southeast and a large contingent of drivers traveling to Thunder Valley from the Midwest.
The powerful Super Late Models will headline the Bristol Dirt Nationals and will run full shows on both Friday and Saturday nights, with the marquee $50,000-to-win 60-lap grand finale on Saturday night closing out the historic event. On Friday night, the Super Late Models will close out the night’s racing with a 30-lap feature race that will pay $10,000-to-win.
Other classes to hit the famed Bristol Motor Speedway high banks during the highly-anticipated event include Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, 602 and 604 Late Models (crate engine packages), Hornets (compacts) and Open Modifieds. Due to pit space considerations, all supporting divisions will be limited to 180 entries per class. The Super Late Models will not have an entry cap.
There will be heat and feature races on each day early in the week (Monday - Thursday) to set the fields for the main feature races in each of the seven support classes during the weekend. Grandstands will not be open on these days of competition, but pit passes will be available.
On Friday, three support divisions will take the track for their feature events with a 30-lap main for Sport Mods that pays $5,000 to the winner; a 30-lap main for the 602 Late Models that also pays the winner $5,000; and a 30-lap Modified feature that pays $7,500-to-win.
On Saturday, four support divisions will take the track for their feature events with a 22-lap Hornet main that pays $2,000-to-win; a 30-lap Stock Car feature that pays $5,000 to the winner; a 30-lap 604 Late Model race that pays $7,500-to-win; and a 30-lap Open Modified feature that will pay the winner $10,000. All classes will award payouts to the top 24 finishers in the feature events.
Driver registration will be available starting Dec. 21 at www.bristoldirt.com. The event offers open registration and entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more details, including class breakdowns, participant entry fees, competition schedules, full purse breakdown information and event format please visit www.bristoldirt.com.
The Bristol Dirt Nationals will be streamed on raceXR.com and raceXR apps, which is available on a number of mobile devices under the Monthly + Subscription.