WHAT: Short-track competition in the School Bus Figure 8s, plus the Open Wheel Modified, Outlaw Late Model, Figure 8, Mini Stock, Street Stock and Enduro classes.
WHEN: Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m., and racing is scheduled to start at 7.
WHERE: 4500 Ulmerton Road (State Road 688).
ADMISSION: Adults, $15; children 6-12, $5; children 3-5, $2; children under 3, free; parking, free.
NOTES: The speedway's most popular attraction, the School Bus Figure 8 Race, will make its first appearance of the season. For fans who have yet to witness the spectacle, few words can describe the mayhem. On average in the event, there will be 20 full-size buses, many of which will be incapacitated before crossing the finish line. Daredevil maneuvers, heart-stopping crashes and an abundance of good humor will be standard fare tonight. There even is a prize for the best rollover, should one occur. Brian Hayn has emerged as the driver to beat, taking top honors in races at the track last season as well as a feature win at Bradenton's DeSoto Speedway in February. Cameron Hill and Art "The Master" Calkins are contenders. Both have made several trips to the winner's circle. Kids Rides are scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
_ RYAN BOYLE