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BMS announces changes to Short Track U.S. Nationals

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 28, 2017 at 6:45 PM

BRISTOL — Changes are coming to the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway with an effort to make the May 18-20 event better for racers and add more value for the fans.

Getting more in line with other major short-track racing events, each night of competition will now feature a Late Model division race.

To make it cost-effective for the racers, the schedule has been changed where each division spends a maximum of two days on track. For the featured Super Late Models, the winner’s purse has been more than doubled to $12,000 and all competitors who start the feature will earn at least $1,200.

The week before the big weekend of racing, an open test date has been set for Saturday, May 12. The inaugural event featured nearly 350 cars with 13 different winning drivers.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, who is now behind the wheel of the famed Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car, won the main event for the Super Late Models. Other winners including Myatt Snider, the son of NBC television reporter Marty Snider, and Chad Poole in the Modified division.

A welcome party is scheduled for all competitors on Thursday, May 17. Practice, qualifying and racing for the Pro Late Model and Modified divisions are scheduled for Friday.

Saturday has practice, qualifying and racing for the Late Model Stock and Compact divisions with the Modified A-Feature. An optional practice for Super Late Models and Street Stocks is also scheduled.

Sunday features practice, qualifying and racing for the Super Late Model and Street Stock classes. The Super Late Model race is a cross promotion as part of the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

More information will be released prior to the event.

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