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Battle of 44: Anthony Perrego Edges Stewart Friesen At Thunder Mountain ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Before Standing-Room-Only Crowd; Larry Mekic (Sportsman) and Damon Decker (Street Stock) Also Prevail

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CENTER LISLE, NY – In an epic battle of ‘44’ cars, Anthony Perrego edged Stewart Friesen to win Sunday night’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

Perrego, driving the Superior Remodeling No. 44, staved off the late advances of Friesen’s Halmar International No. 44, to score the $5,000-plus triumph in the 50-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event, round No. 2 of the Halmar International North Region.

“This team is rolling right now,” Perrego said after climbing to the roof of his Teo-Pro mount in Victory Lane before a standing-room-only crowd. “I moved up there in lapped traffic and saw Stew (Friesen) under me. I didn’t want to give it away; I knew I had to protect the bottom on the last lap.”

The win for Montgomery, N.Y.’s Perrego was his third in STSS competition, with previous victories at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway and Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on the circuit.

The Perrego/Friesen battle for victory came at the expense of Danny Creeden, who dominated more than half the event before succumbing to a flat tire.

From fourth in the 29-car starting field, Thunder Mountain’s leading winner Creeden marched to the lead by the fourth trip around the three-eighths-mile banked oval.

As Creeden set the pace, Perrego diced through traffic from his 10th starting position. By lap eight, he was third behind Creeden and Jeremy Smith.

A key pass for position occurred at the race’s halfway mark. Perrego slipped by Smith for the runner-up spot.

Six laps later, Creeden’s car slowed with its right-rear tire down, handing the lead to Perrego over Smith and eighth-starter Friesen. On lap 33, Friesen took over second and began his pursuit of Perrego.

During a 14-lap green-flag stretch that brought the event to its conclusion, Friesen gradually reeled in race-leading Perrego. With two laps remaining, Friesen swung wide at the entrance of turn one and darted to Perrego’s inside. The pair were nearly side-by-side exiting turn four to reach Gary Folk’s white flag.

Perrego shut the door on Friesen’s attempt and won the race to the checkered by less than a car-length.

Sprakers, N.Y., driver Friesen settled for second-place pay.

“It took my car a little while to come in,” he said afterward. “We had harder tires on and I needed some green-flag runs like we had at the end. I probably should have backed out on the last lap there and entered higher to get a better run.”

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., started the event fifth but was forced to the pits on the third lap with a flat tire. Bachetti restarted at the tail and rallied to a third-place result, clearing Triangle, N.Y.’s Smith on the 49th lap. Smith finished fourth and Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y., completed a steady drive from 13th to complete the front five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., in a Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91; Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., recovering from a lap-six incident with Steve Lowitt’s No. 48; Niagara Region driver Adam Hilton, who started 16th; Thunder Mountain and series regular Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y.; and Chris Stull of Virgil, N.Y.

A field of 45 STSS Modifieds attempted to qualify with heat wins going to Smith, Friesen, Bachetti, Nye and Creeden. Consolations were won by Hilton, Colton Wilson and Higbie.

In a down-to-the-wire 25-lap feature, Larry Mekic of Hamlin, Pa., earned his first-career victory. Mekic topped the STSS Sportsman event, worth $1,000, with a final-lap pass of Tom Collins. Entering turn three on the final lap, Mekic – who had been chasing the Crate 602-powered car of Collins – worked to Collins’ inside through turns three and four racing toward the checkered.

After trading some paint, Mekic emerged with the win, followed by Collins, Billy Spoonhower, Shayne Spoonhower and Cory Cormier.

The second edition of the Chad Sindoni Memorial 25-lap event for the Street Stock division went to teenager Damon Decker of Afton, N.Y., earning a rich $1,000 top prize in the process.

The event was run in memory of the popular Sindoni, who lost his life prematurely at age 26 in January 2016.

The win for Decker included several restarts and pressure from Lanson Albanese, who settled for second in his Station Wagon-bodied car. Butch Green in the Jack Holcomb No. 57, Gene Sharpsteen and Doug Stack Jr.

Next up for the STSS is Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Tuesday, June 6 – the only combined Halmar International North and Velocita-USA South Region Modified event of the season in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main plus STSS Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Roadrunners.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

MOUNTAIN MEMOS: An immense holiday weekend crowd took in the program, with every one of the speedway’s seats in the hillside concrete grandstand accounted for and overflow in the midway and turn-four drive-in areas….

The pit area was busy with 45 STSS Modifieds, 38 STSS Sportsman (Open and Crate 602 mixed) and 27 Street Stocks, totaling 110 race cars for a three-division show….

With rain to the south of New York’s Southern Tier, Thunder Mountain and STSS officials pressed through the program quickly, completing all heat races by 7:55 p.m. and rolling through the remainder of the program….

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita & Wilwood.

‘LIGHTNING ON THE MOUNTAIN’ RACE SUMMARY – THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY MAY 28, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International Round No. 2 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Andy Bachetti, Jeremy Smith, Ryan Jordan, Billy Decker, Jerry Higbie, Adam Hilton, Nick Nye, Chris Stull, J.R. Hurlburt, Danny Creeden, Brian Malcolm, Tommy Meier, Matt DeLorenzo, Chad Cook, Colton Wilson, Byron Worthing, Rick Wilk, Cory Costa, Barry White, Craig Hanson, Nick Rochinski, Brian Krummel, Sam Allen, Brent Wilcox, Alan Barker, Gary Tomkins, Brad Szulewski.

Did Not Qualify: Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Steven Deinhardt, Randy Brokaw, Danny Tyler, Brett Barrett, Donnie Lawson, Tyler Siri, Mike Ward, Roy Shields, Kurt Hundeland, Brandon Martin, Dan Humes, Mike Nagel Jr., Danny Cronk, Billy Spoonhower, Stacy Jackson.

‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown ($600): Stewart Friesen ($160); Jeremy Smith ($90); Anthony Perrego ($80); Danny Creeden ($70); Adam Hilton ($50); Ryan Jordan ($50); Andy Bachetti ($30); Brian Malcolm ($30); Billy Decker ($20); Craig Hanson ($20); Nick Nye ($10)

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Chris Stull (10th) and J.R. Hurlburt (11th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Hard Charger ($100 Cash): J.R. Hurlburt (26th to 11th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): Ryan Jordan (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Jeremy Smith (fourth) and Nick Nye (ninth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Anthony Perrego (winner)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Billy Decker (sixth)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate):
J.R. Hurlburt (26th to 11th)
VP Racing Fuels Makin’ Power Positions ($50 Certificates):
Stewart Friesen (second), Danny Creeden (12th) and Craig Hanson (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Chad Cook (16th)
Wilwood Disc Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Jerry Higbie (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Sportsman Round No. 1 Feature Finish (25 laps): LARRY MEKIC, Tom Collins, Billy Spoonhower, Shayne Spoonhower, Cory Cormier, Nick Nye, Geordie Decker, Eric Leet, Cole Hentschel, Marty Bunker, Randy Allen, John Morse, Alissa Cody, Chris Stevens, Craig Pope, Harold Humphrey, Chance Spoonhower, Mike Nagel Jr., Travis Smith, Leo Fotopolous, Brian White, Eddie White, J.R. Fulper, Tighe Sherlock, Bobby DeLeon, Phil Vigneri III.

Did Not Qualify: Will Shields, Lee DeWitt, Bob Mills, A.J. Williams, Austin Smith, Kinser Hill, Tyler Keener, T.J. Frost, Dylan Smith, Richie Hillis, Kenny Hammond, Connor Spoonhower.

Chad Sindoni Memorial Street Stock Feature Finish (25 laps): DAMON DECKER, Lanson Albanese, Butch Green, Gene Sharpsteen, Doug Stack Jr., Dan Mazzarese, Donald Russell, Shane Wolf Jr., Bob Maynard, Nick Robinson, Doug Stack Sr., Buck Mills, Matt Spencer, Zack Mills, Jerred Dennis, Rich Sharpsteen, John Hoover, Shawn Boynton, Glenn VanCise, Earl Zimmer, Trevor Dudley, Mike Wilbur Sr., Kevin Garland, Laverne Knickerbocker, Cody Nielson, Dan Wood, William Manuel Jr.

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‘LIGHTNING ON THE MOUNTAIN’ RACE SUMMARY – THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY MAY 28, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International Round No. 2 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Stewart Friesen, Andy Bachetti, Jeremy Smith, Ryan Jordan, Billy Decker, Jerry Higbie, Adam Hilton, Nick Nye, Chris Stull, J.R. Hurlburt, Danny Creeden, Brian Malcolm, Tommy Meier, Matt DeLorenzo, Chad Cook, Colton Wilson, Byron Worthing, Rick Wilk, Cory Costa, Barry White, Craig Hanson, Nick Rochinski, Brian Krummel, Sam Allen, Brent Wilcox, Alan Barker, Gary Tomkins, Brad Szulewski.

Did Not Qualify: Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Steven Deinhardt, Randy Brokaw, Danny Tyler, Brett Barrett, Donnie Lawson, Tyler Siri, Mike Ward, Roy Shields, Kurt Hundeland, Brandon Martin, Dan Humes, Mike Nagel Jr., Danny Cronk, Billy Spoonhower, Stacy Jackson.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Sportsman Round No. 1 Feature Finish (25 laps): LARRY MEKIC, Tom Collins, Billy Spoonhower, Shayne Spoonhower, Cory Cormier, Nick Nye, Geordie Decker, Eric Leet, Cole Hentschel, Marty Bunker, Randy Allen, John Morse, Alissa Cody, Chris Stevens, Craig Pope, Harold Humphrey, Chance Spoonhower, Mike Nagel Jr., Travis Smith, Leo Fotopoulous, Brian White, Eddie White, J.R. Fulper, Tighe Sherlock, Bobby DeLeon, Phil Vigneri III.

Did Not Qualify: Will Shields, Lee DeWitt, Bob Mills, A.J. Williams, Austin Smith, Kinser Hill, Tyler Keener, T.J. Frost, Dylan Smith, Richie Hillis, Kenny Hammond, Connor Spoonhower.

Chad Sindoni Memorial Street Stock Feature Finish (25 laps): DAMON DECKER, Lanson Albanese, Butch Green, Gene Sharpsteen, Doug Stack Jr., Dan Mazzarese, Donald Russell, Shane Wolf Jr., Bob Maynard, Nick Robinson, Doug Stack Sr., Buck Mills, Matt Spencer, Zack Mills, Jerred Dennis, Rich Sharpsteen, John Hoover, Shawn Boynton, Glenn VanCise, Earl Zimmer, Trevor Dudley, Mike Wilbur Sr., Kevin Garland, Laverne Knickerbocker, Cody Nielson, Dan Wood, William Manuel Jr.

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Inclement Weather Forces Postponement Of Short Track Super Series ‘Diamond State 50’ At Delaware International Speedway To Thursday, June 15

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DELMAR, DE – A saturated facility coupled with a forecast of thunderstorms for southern Delaware has forced the postponement of Thursday’s ‘Diamond State 50’ at Delaware International Speedway.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP was set to host its third round of the Velocita-USA South Region with a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win big-block/small-block Modified main offering $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

Unfortunately, weather has forced Delaware International promoter Charlie Cathell and STSS organizer Brett Deyo to postpone the event to Thursday, June 15 – the next scheduled midweek Modified event at the Delmar facility as part of the track’s ‘Full Throttle’ series.

The program will move in its entirety to June 15 with the 50-lap Modified event, Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win plus the Delaware Super Trucks. All times and pricing will remain the same.

“The weather hasn’t been on our side this season,” offered Cathell, who has completed just three events at the half-mile clay oval in 2017. “Ninety percent of the pit area is under water. The facility is soaked and there are more thunderstorms possible throughout the day. We wanted to make an early decision and get the word out.”

“It’s disappointing with the field we had coming to this show,” Deyo said. “I think the fans were in for something special with the talent that was set to invade. I appreciate Charlie and the Cathell family giving us the opportunity to tag onto their next ‘Full Throttle’ date in June.”

Complete rules, prices, times and race information for the ‘Diamond State 50’ can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/diamond-state-50-rules-prices-general-info/

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at www.delawareracing.com and can be contacted by phone, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

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Early Season Northeast Winners Bachetti, Krummel, Horton, Friesen, Decker, Higbie, Perrego & Creeden Set For Sunday’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’

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CENTER LISLE, NY – A talented field is set to congregate at Thunder Mountain Speedway this Sunday, May 28 for the annual ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds battle 50 laps around the three-eighths-mile clay oval with $5,000 going to the winner and $400 just to take the green flag.

Some of the Northeast’s most recent winners will converge on the Mountain for the STSS special.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., is three-for-three at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park this season, in addition to besting the field at Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, N.Y.) on Opening Night and scoring the ‘Hard Clay Open’ victory during the STSS Halmar International North Region lid-lifter April 9 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. Bachetti leads the North standings into Thunder Mountain, where he searches for his second career victory.

Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., is off to an outstanding start in 2017. He was the Accord (N.Y.) Speedway Opening Night winner and, on Saturday, broke into the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358-Modified win column at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway. Krummel and his Zubi’s Racing team will chase STSS North points this season after a top-10 effort at the Orange County opener.

The very first checkered flag of the ’17 Northeast season fell on Neshanic Station, N.J.’s Jimmy Horton in March at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway. Horton, also an Orange County winner, plans to make his Thunder Mountain debut in the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Sunday.

Horton’s Halmar International teammate Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., has earned checkered flags in ’17 at Bridgeport (N.J.), Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., and Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway. Friesen is a past STSS winner at Thunder Mountain and will search for another score on Sunday.

Already having Accord wins to their credit, Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., both plan the trek to Thunder Mountain: Higbie in the Lowitt family No. 48 and Perrego driving Brian Smith’s Superior Remodeling No. 44.

As announced, Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., will return to Thunder Mountain on Sunday aboard a Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91. Decker topped the Super DIRTcar Series opener at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway in April.

The invaders will have to face Thunder Mountain’s regulars, led by defending champion Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., who has already won twice at Thunder Mountain in addition to an April Five Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway score.

Joining the Modifieds on the program are the STSS Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Chad Sindoni Memorial for Street Stocks paying $1,000 to the winner.

For complete rules, prices and general information on the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ visit the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-on-the-mountain-rules-prices-general-info/

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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“North Meets South” Tuesday, June 6 At Big Diamond Speedway For Annual Short Track Super Series ‘Anthracite Assault’ Special

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MINERSVILLE, PA – On the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, North meets South in Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County.

For the only time this season, the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region big-block/small-block Modifieds collide for a combined point event on Tuesday, June 6 at Big Diamond Speedway. The ‘Anthracite Assault’ provides the meeting ground as Modifieds ‘mine for Modified excitement’ in the Keystone State Coal Region.

Headlining the tripleheader program is a 50-lap STSS Modified event ($5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th, $400 to start) offering points toward both the North Region $12,500 championship battle and South Region $10,000 champion’s prize.

Also on the card: STSS Sportsman (25 laps) paying $1,000 to the winner and the Big Diamond Roadrunner division (15 laps).

Big Diamond’s location and size create a true battleground for the STSS North and South drivers.

During the last two seasons, the “south” has risen. In 2016, Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt held off the advances of Canadian-born Stewart Friesen to take home the $5,000-plus top prize. A year prior, Hellertown, Pa., native Rick Laubach kept Friesen at bay for the win.

Unique to this event, Modifieds will utilize sail panels for the ‘Anthracite Assault’ – the only time all season at the three-eighths-mile oval.

Rules, prices, times and general information for the ‘Anthracite Assault’ have been posted on the STSS website: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/anthracite-assault-rules-prices-general-info/

Big Diamond Speedway is a three-eighths-mile clay oval located in Minersville, Pa., just miles from Pottsville. The facility offers free parking, state-of-the-art concession areas and restrooms and not a “bad seat” in the house, with hillside grandstands overlooking the on-track action. The speedway GPS address is 392 Forest Lane Pottsville, PA 17901. The official website is www.bigdspeedway.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Race of the Week: Star-Studded Field Taking Shape For ‘Diamond State 50’ At Delaware International Speedway Thursday, May 25

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DELMAR, DE – The “race of the week” for NJ, PA and DE race fans serves as a kickoff to the Memorial Day weekend.

On Thursday, May 25, Delaware International Speedway hosts the ‘Diamond State 50’ for Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds. The event is Race No. 3 for the STSS Velocita-USA South Region.

A stellar field of STSS Modifieds is beginning to take shape for the 50-lap event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start.

Notably, auto racing legend Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring, Pa., will make a rare Modified start in his 50th – and final – season of racing. Brightbill was tabbed as the driver for First State car owner Keith Coulbourne in a No. 55 for the ‘Diamond State 50’ special. It was aboard Coulbourne’s equipment that Brightbill won his last Modified track championship at Delaware International Speedway in 2010.

Another Hall of Fame driver – Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, Pa. – plans a return to Delaware International Speedway driving the Adirondack Auto-backed No. 35 big-block, a car Cozze will drive in select special events this summer.

Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., sits atop the STSS South Region standings with two events in the books. Horton has a win to his credit in the First State this season, taking the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Georgetown Speedway in March.

Horton’s Halmar International teammate Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., is the defending ‘Diamond State 50’ winner and plans to return to Delaware International in search of another triumph.

The Pauch family – Billy Sr. and Jr. – will each be in competition, Sr. in the Kevin Bifulco No. 1 and Jr. in the Daniel Sommeling No. 51. Other Jersey standouts include 2015 ‘Diamond State 50’ winner David Van Horn Jr. in the Fred Vahlsing No. 323ov, Ryan Godown, and, fresh off solid runs at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in the most recent STSS event, former Delaware International winner Wade Hendrickson, Neal Williams in the Sal DeBruno No. 0 and Richie Pratt Jr. in the family owned No. 28.

From Pennsylvania, the ‘Big Three’ of Duane Howard in the Norm Hansell No. 357, Jeff Strunk in the Keystone Racing No. 126 and Craig Von Dohren driving the Dick Biever No. 14s are set to bring their PA Dual-Track battles south. Among the other potent Keystone State entrants are Ryan Watt in the Roberts Racing entry, Rick Laubach who is a Delaware International winner this season and Danny Bouc driving the Mike Bent No. 88.

Delaware drivers will look to defend home state honors, led by Jordan Watson, Jamie Mills, H.J. Bunting, Matt Jester, Kevin Sockriter, Brad Trice and many more!

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the Delaware International card at Crate 602 Sportsman and Delaware Super Trucks.

Complete rules, prices, times and race information for the ‘Diamond State 50’ can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/diamond-state-50-rules-prices-general-info/

In the event of rain, a postponement date will be announced.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at www.delawareracing.com and can be contacted by phone, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Billy Decker Makes Thunder Mountain Return For ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ May 28 Driving Jeremy Smith-Owned Car; STSS Modified 50 On Tap

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CENTER LISLE, NY – For the first time since the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP was formed in 2014, Southern Tier favorite Billy Decker is set to compete at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

Decker, who resides in nearby Sidney, N.Y., will enter the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special on Sunday, May 28: event No. 2 of the Halmar International North Region. Decker will be at the controls of a Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91 for the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event which offers $5,000-plus to the winner and $400 to take the green flag.

Decker is a fan favorite in the region, having started his career at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., racing in the former Tiger division. Decker went on to become one of the Northeast’s Modified talents.

During the off-season, Triangle, N.Y.’s Smith forged a partnership with Decker for STSS competition. The partnership kicked off 2017 in style. Decker finished fourth in the April ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., while Smith scored a top-10 finish.

Now, the combination heads to Smith’s weekly home track of Thunder Mountain, a three-eighths-mile banked oval.

Decker is a previous Thunder Mountain winner, most recently in August 2008, besting a stout field in a T3 All-Star Series special while driving for John Wight.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., a two-time STSS champion, leads the North Region standings entering Thunder Mountain after a determined 20th-to-first drive in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ lid-lifter.

Joining the Modifieds on the program are the STSS Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Chad Sindoni Memorial for Street Stocks paying $1,000 to the winner.

For complete rules, prices and general information on the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ visit the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-on-the-mountain-rules-prices-general-info/

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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‘Lightning’ Strikes Thunder Mountain Speedway Sunday, May 28; Short Track Super Series ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Set For 25th Anniversary Season

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CENTER LISLE, NY – In the midst of its 25th anniversary season, Thunder Mountain Speedway is set to host a marquee event on Sunday, May 28.

Fans and racers will celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the three-eighths-mile with the fourth running of the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special headlined by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds.

A 50-lap main paying $5,000 to the winner and $400 to take the green flag is set for Round No. 2 of the STSS Halmar International North Region, which kicked off in April at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on a tripleheader program are the STSS Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Street Stocks taking part in the Chad Sindoni Memorial.

The first ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ took place in May 2014 with superstar driver Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., taking the inaugural victory. During the last two editions, Thunder Mountain regulars have reigned supreme. Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., topped the ’15 edition, with Deposit, N.Y., driver Chad Cook taking the ’16 running.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., a two-time STSS champion, leads the Halmar International $12,500 North Region point battle into Thunder Mountain, having won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ impressively from 20th starting position. Bachetti has one career Thunder Mountain win to his credit, coming in the ’14 Wade Decker Memorial unsanctioned event.

The most recent STSS event at Thunder Mountain last September went to Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., the defending track champion and recent Opening Night winner.

The STSS Open Sportsman mini-series gets its green flag at the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ in a 25-lap event pitting Crate 602 and Open engines.

Street Stocks battle for a cool grand in the Chad Sindoni Memorial in memory of the popular Sindoni, who lost his life very prematurely in January 2016 at the young age of just 26.

For complete rules, prices and general information on the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ visit the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-on-the-mountain-rules-prices-general-info/

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Delaware International Speedway To Host ‘Diamond State 50’ Thursday, May 25; STSS Velocita South Region Event Offers American Racer Cup Challenge Points

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DELMAR, DE – The Cathell family’s rejuvenated Delaware International Speedway is set to host the next round of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.

A kickoff to the Memorial Day weekend, the ‘Diamond State 50’ takes place Thursday, May 25, featuring a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event offering $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ serves as Race No. 3 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region, offering $10,000 to the 2017 champion.

Additionally, valuable bonus points are available toward the ’17 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco. The race winner receives 25 points toward the Insinger Performance South regional battle, down to five bonus points for those unable to qualify.

During the winter months, Delaware International promoter Charlie Cathell increased banking at his half-mile oval, put new clay on the surface and buried the tires that had marked the inside of the track, widening the racing groove significantly.

The changes have been well received by racers, building enthusiasm for the ‘Diamond State 50’ special.

The very first ‘Diamond State 50’ was contested at Delaware International in 1999, with legendary Gary Stuhler winning a unique Modified vs. Super Late Model format. That Modified/Super Late Model challenge format continued in 2000, with Kenny Brightbill the winner and 2001, when Jimmy Horton prevailed.

Modifieds and Super Late Models were split into separate feature events in 2002 with Horton (Modified) and David Hill (Super Late Model) prevailing. After the ’03 race fell to rain, Ricky Elliott (Modified) & Kenny Pettyjohn (Super Late Model) topped the ’04 edition. In 2005, New York’s Danny Johnson (Modified) and Hill (Super Late Model) were victors.

After a 10-year absence, Delaware International management and the STSS combined to bring back the ‘Diamond State 50’ in ’15, with New Jersey’s David Van Horn Jr. scoring the win in a 50-lap Modified event. A year ago, Canadian-born Stewart Friesen notched his first Delaware International triumph, fending off a determined drive from deep in the field for second by Duane Howard.

Who will visit Victory Lane on May 25?

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the ’17 ‘Diamond State 50’ are the Crate 602 Sportsman paying $1,000 to win for 20 laps and the Delaware Super Trucks.

After two STSS Velocita-USA South Region events have been run this season (Georgetown, Del. & Bridgeport, N.J.), Neshanic Station, N.J.’s Horton tops the standings over Van Horn.

Complete rules, prices, times and race information for the ‘Diamond State 50’ can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/diamond-state-50-rules-prices-general-info/

In the event of rain, a postponement date will be announced.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at www.delawareracing.com and can be contacted by phone, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.