The Short Track U.S. Nationals is back in 2018 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a restructured schedule and new camping/ticketing options for an enhanced fan and competitor experience.
Tickets, pit passes and camping are now on sale for the event, scheduled for May 18-20, with different levels of options to customize the weekend experience.
“The Short Track U.S. Nationals proved to be one of the most unique short track events in the world,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We’re eager to build on its success and make the second edition even better than the first.”
Grandstand tickets are available individually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday or as part of two-day or three-day combo tickets. The two-day combo ticket (Saturday and Sunday) starts at just $45 for adults and $10 for kids 12-and-under while a three-day GA ticket is $50. Both a Friday and Saturday GA ticket is available for $20, while a Sunday GA ticket is $30. Single day tickets for each day are only $5 for kids 12-and-under.
Pit passes are also on sale for 2018. Passes are $45 per day but are available for $85 for a Friday/Saturday combo or a Saturday/Sunday combo. A three-day pass is $95. Pit passes are available to those who are at least 14 years of age or older.
In addition, premium options will be offered this year. The Ole Smoky Roof in the infield features some of the best sightlines of The Last Great Colosseum, all for only $20 a day. Make it a true VIP experience with the Apex/Ole Smoky Roof combo for $40 per day, giving guests access to the Apex Lounge, Bristol’s exclusive infield hospitality experience. Both are available as an add-on option.
Those who want one of the best views of BMS are invited to check out the Bristol Club. Located high above the Short Track U.S. Nationals frontstretch (the track is inverted for the late model event), the Bristol Club is a climate-controlled suite that features theater-style seating and more. The Bristol Club is available for $50 on Saturday, $75 on Sunday and a combo package is available for $125.
Those interested in camping should check out BMS’ multiple camping options, including the Driver RV, Medallion and XFINITY Lot campgrounds. Camping, which puts you close to the heart of all the action, starts at $300 for the weekend. Please contact Daniel Warren at email@example.com for more information on camping availability.
One of the biggest changes for 2018 is the addition of Friday night racing action. Following participant/spectator feedback, each night of racing is guaranteed to showcase a Late Model division in a feature race.
Official Daily Schedule for the Short Track U.S. Nationals is as follows: (schedule is subject to change)
Thursday, May 17
Competitor parking begins (4-7 p.m.)
Friday, May 18
Gates open: 9 a.m.
Practice begins: Noon
(Rotating practice for Pros, LMS, Modifieds, Compacts)
Practice ends: 5 p.m.
Pro Qualifying: 5 p.m.
Modifieds Qualifying: 5 p.m.
Racing starts: 7 p.m.
Pro Late B Feature 35 laps
Modified B Feature 25 laps
Pro Late A Feature 100 laps
Saturday, May 19
Gates Open: 9 a.m.
Practice begins: 10 a.m.
(Rotating practice for Late Model Stock, Street Stock, Compacts, Super Late Models, Modifieds)
Practice ends: 5 p.m.
LMS Qualifying: 4:50 p.m.
Racing starts: 5 p.m.
Compact C Feature 15 laps
Modifieds A Feature 50 laps
LMS Last Chance 35 laps
Compact B Feature 20 laps
LMS Feature 100 laps
Compact A Feature 50 laps
Sunday, May 20
Gates open: 8 a.m.
Practice begins: 10:30 a.m.
(Rotating practice for Super Late Models, Street Stocks)
Practice ends: 1:30 p.m.
Racing starts: 2 p.m.
Street Stock C Feature 20 laps
Super Late B Feature 35 laps
Street Stock B Feature 25 laps
Super Late A Feature 100 laps
Street Stock A Feature 50 laps
Tickets (General Admission) Early Bird Race Week Kids 12 and under
Friday, May 18 $20 $25 $5
Saturday, May 19 $20 $25 $5
Sunday, May 20 $30 $35 $5
Sat/Sun combo $45 $50 $10
3-Day combo $50 $55 $15
Pit Passes Price
*Must be at least 14 years of age to purchase a Pit Pass
The Speedway also will host an open test session for competitors prior to race day. Held on Saturday, May 12, the session will cost $100 per entry (car and driver) and $25 per crew. To register, please visit https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/2018-short-tracj-nationals-open-test-day-bristol-may-732257. Registration ends on Friday, April 27.
For race weekend, event officials are making every effort to park as many rigs as possible inside the track in the Super Late Models, JEGS/Pro Late Models, Late Model Stocks and Street Stocks. If some teams are required to park rigs outside and pit on pit road, date of entry will be one of the factors used in deciding which teams will be eligible to have their rigs inside the race track.
Five of the six divisions will be releasing their entry forms this Friday at 2 p.m. The entry form for the Super Late Models can be found at www.cra-racing.com, www.southernsuperseries.com or www.carsracingtour.com. The entry form for the Late Model Stocks can be found at www.carsracingtour.com, while the entry form for the Pro Late Model/JEGS Tour race and the Street Stock portion of the show can be found at www.cra-racing.com. The entry for Modifieds can be found at www.icarallstartour.com.
The final entry form has not yet been released for the Compact portion of the event, but it is expected soon and will be found at www.vctsracing.com.
Any competitor who is interested in running the event or has questions about the rules, please contact the appropriate series. Series contact information is as follows:
Super Late Models: CRA 812-883-0455 CARS 704-662-9212
JEGS/Pro Late Models: 812-883-0455 SSS 850-944-8400
Late Model Stocks: 704-662-9212
Street Stocks: 812-883-0455
About Bristol Motor Speedway
Forged amid the scenic mountains of Northeast Tennessee near the Virginia state line, Bristol Motor Speedway is The Last Great Colosseum, a versatile multi-use venue that hosts major auto races, football games, concerts and many other captivating events. The facility features a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways that offers racing in several NASCAR touring series, highlighted by two major Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends. While at the track, fans are offered a unique viewing experience courtesy of Colossus, the world’s largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen with a 540,000-watt audio system. The adjacent quarter-mile dragstrip, Bristol Dragway, offers more than 70 events annually, including the marquee NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Three football games have kicked-off inside the oval, most notably the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, where border rivals the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech met before an NCAA-record crowd of 156,990. In existence since 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway was purchased in 1996 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.