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Duane Howard’s First Short Track Super Series Victory Worth $6,510 Wednesday At Georgetown Speedway ‘Blast at the Beach 4’

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GEORGETOWN, DE – There are plenty of lines on Duane Howard’s established racing resume.

After Wednesday night, he can add another one.

Howard, the Oley, Pa., veteran, won his first-ever Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP event at Georgetown Speedway, annexing the ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ presented by K&B Auto, Clark’s Pools, All County Garage Door and American Portable Mini-Storage.

The win for Howard and the Norm Hansell Motorsports team was worth $6,510 for 35 laps around the historic half-mile oval: $5,000 from the posted purse, $500 from Clark’s Pools, $450 from Ad-Art Sign Company and Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz as the Halfway Leader and an additional $260 in lap money.

“These Short Track Super Series races bring out the best competition,” Howard said in Victory Lane. “We’ve had a very consistent year but not a winning year. To get a big one like this is big for our team.”

The ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ went off 24 hours after its scheduled date due to a coastal storm that brought more than two inches of rain and wind to the area on Tuesday.

Howard started the event – Round No. 6 of the STSS Velocita South Region – from sixth position. At the outset of the main, New Jersey’s David Van Horn Jr. put the Fred Vahlsing-owned No. 323ov into the lead.

Van Horn led the opening three laps before Ryan Godown – driving the Petruska family No. 66 – took command.

Godown, aboard a Bicknell car with less than a handful of races on it, set the pace through a pivotal restart on lap nine. Howard, from the outside lane, was able to sweep around the leader in turn one.

Godown, meanwhile, pushed up the track and both Van Horn and Ryan Watt swept past. Watt had been working his way back through traffic after an early miscue when he slipped off the top of the speedway and fell back to the back-half of the top-10.

Watt drove past Van Horn and set his sights on race-leading Howard during the second half of the main. On several occasions, Watt pulled to the back bumper of Howard but couldn’t complete the pass.

Howard held on to become the 21st winner in the 45-race history of the Short Track Super Series.

“We needed this going into the big end-of-the-year races,” Howard said.

Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., settled for a $3,200 second-place finish in the Ron Roberts-owned car and unofficially takes over the STSS Velocita-USA point lead by a single point.

Van Horn, of Milford, N.J., settled for third-place money, followed by Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., with a late-race outside move and Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., after starting eighth in the Halmar International No. 44 small-block; Friesen’s teammate Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., recovering from an opening-lap trip to the pit area; Stockley Tavern $500 Hard Charger Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., who started dead last; Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., racing back through traffic following an early flat tire; and Matt Jester of Milford, Del., who went to the rear on lap one after slipping off the top of turn two.

$200 Will Brown’s Truck Repair heat winners were Craig Von Dohren, Watt and Van Horn. The consolation was annexed by Brett Kressley.

Jordn Justice of Laurel, Del., earned $1,100 for his efforts in the 20-lap L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman feature. Justice took the win in dramatic fashion. Racing toward the white flag, Justice darted inside of leader David Crossman through turns three and four. Sparks flew momentarily with Justice emerging as the leader.

Unfortunately for Crossman, his strong run ended moments later with a spin in turns one and two.

“We were racing hard for the win,” Justice said in Victory Lane. “I didn’t want to get into him (Crossman) at all. He left a lane and we rubbed a little bit there.”

Matt Stangle lined up behind Justice for the one-lap shootout and settled for second-place. Greg Humlhanz returned to racing after more than a year away in a back-up Justice car and drove to third, with Andy Hammond and Mike Hough completing the front five.

Robert Smith of Delmar, Del., emerged from a three-truck battle for the lead in the 12-lap Delaware Super Truck headliner. Smith narrowly held off Matt Esham and Jerry Hill at the line. Matthew Smith and Shane Clogg completed the front five.

Tanner Marvel of Dagsboro, Del., scored a down-to-the-wire win in the 12-lap Delmarva Charger feature. Marvel was able to complete a pass of Ashley Merritt with two laps remaining and earn the $250 payday. Scott Calhoun, Derek Swafford, Merritt and Bud Sipple trailed.

The STSS Velocita South Region resumes on Saturday, September 30 at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway with ‘Dirty Jersey 5’ paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag plus Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks.

Georgetown Speedway is back in action one night prior – September 29 – with Modifieds paying $3,000 to win plus L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 during business hours for more information.

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.

BEACH BITS: Despite the heavy rain on Tuesday, track conditions turned up smooth for Wednesday’s event after a full day of grading and reworking the oval’s clay surface. Drivers praised the track crew for their efforts battling the weather….

During the opening ceremonies, the fourth-turn grandstand was dedicated to the memory of Harry Dutton, a late pioneer of racing in the First State. Harry’s son, current racer Robert Dutton, offered memories of his father to a warm applause. In a class gesture, the Dutton family boosted the winner’s shares in each of the four divisions racing: $300 to the Modifieds, $100 for the Sportsman and $50 each to the Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks….

A giveaway at intermission included 12 bicycles and 40 fully stocked backpacks, putting smiles on the faces of many young fans in attendance….

The ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ postponement worked well for Crate 602 Sportsman winner Justice. He was going to miss the event on Tuesday due to college commitments at Salisbury (Md.) University. The rainout allowed him to hop in the car Wednesday….

Two Sportsman standouts – Scott Hitchens and Brandon Grosso – made the move into big-block Modified racing for the first time on Wednesday night. Both completed the entire 35-lap distance….

Brett Kressley walked away from a wild flip in turn four on the opening lap of the feature. Kressley’s car became entangled in the catch fence requiring repairs….

Danny Johnson was scheduled to start the STSS Modified event from the pole. However, engine issues sidelined the Jeff Brown-owned No. 27J. Rick Laubach also failed to take the green flag when his Ryan Kerr No. 1K wouldn’t fire for the main….

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, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

‘BLAST AT THE BEACH 4’ RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY AUGUST 30, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 6 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (35 laps): DUANE HOWARD ($6,510), Ryan Watt, David Van Horn, Jamie Mills, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton, Jeremy Smith, Jordan Watson, Matt Jester, Billy Pauch, Billy Pauch Jr., Jim Britt, H.J. Bunting, Scott Hitchens, Brandon Grosso, Robert Dutton, Kevin Sockriter, Craig Von Dohren, Clay Tatman, Ron Roberts, Shawn Ward, Neal Williams, Brett Kressley.

Did Not Start: Danny Johnson, Rick Laubach.

Did Not Qualify: Matt Hawkins, Dale Hawkins, Carson Wright, Michael White.

Lap Money Breakdown ($350): Duane Howard ($260); Ryan Godown ($60); David Van Horn ($30).

Ad-Art/Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader Bonus ($450): Duane Howard (winner)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Matt Jester (10th) & Billy Pauch Jr. (12th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Ryan Godown (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Jamie Mills (fourth) & Jordan Watson (ninth)
Dutton Racing Winner’s Bonus ($300): Duane Howard (winner)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Stewart Friesen (sixth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Duane Howard (winner)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jeremy Smith (24th to eighth)
Stockley Tavern Hard Charger Award ($500): Jeremy Smith (24th to eighth)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Ryan Watt (second), Billy Pauch Jr. (12th) & Shawn Ward (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Brandon Grosso (16th)

L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): JORDN JUSTICE ($1,100), Matt Stangle, Greg Humlhanz, Andy Hammond, Mike Hough, Adam White, Jeff Brown, David Jenkins, Jason Rush, Chuck Sayres, Matt Peck, Jon Callaway, Brandon Blades, Scott Hulmes, Nick Alberti, David Crossman, Dwayne Crockett, Trent Van Vorst, Daniel Johnson, Pete Serra, Sean Metz.

Did Not Start: Kevin Gardner, Ted Reynolds.

Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): David Crossman
Dutton Racing Winner’s Bonus ($100): Jordn Justice

Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): ROBERT SMITH, Matt Esham, Jerry Hill, Matthew Smith, Shane Clogg, Kirk Miles, Marvin Smith, Dick Beauchamp, Rocky Whitley, J.R. Bergman, Dale Elliott, Tim Quay, Thomas Jackson, Billy Lockwood, Bobby Reed, Jimmy Hilman, David Smith.

Dutton Racing Winner’s Bonus ($50): Robert Smith

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): TANNER MARVEL, Scott Calhoun, Derek Swafford, Ashley Merritt, Bud Sipple, Chris “Tippy” Martinez, Randy Merritt, Todd Francis, Ben Knotts, Joe Waters, Robert Paczkowski.

Dutton Racing Winner’s Bonus ($50): Tanner Marvel

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‘BLAST AT THE BEACH 4’ RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY AUGUST 30, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 6 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (35 laps): DUANE HOWARD ($6,510), Ryan Watt, David Van Horn, Jamie Mills, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton, Jeremy Smith, Jordan Watson, Matt Jester, Billy Pauch, Billy Pauch Jr., Jim Britt, H.J. Bunting, Scott Hitchens, Brandon Grosso, Robert Dutton, Kevin Sockriter, Craig Von Dohren, Clay Tatman, Ron Roberts, Shawn Ward, Neal Williams, Brett Kressley.

Did Not Start: Danny Johnson, Rick Laubach.

Did Not Qualify: Matt Hawkins, Dale Hawkins, Carson Wright, Michael White.

L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): JORDN JUSTICE ($1,100), Matt Stangle, Greg Humlhanz, Andy Hammond, Mike Hough, Adam White, Jeff Brown, David Jenkins, Jason Rush, Chuck Sayres, Matt Peck, Jon Callaway, Brandon Blades, Scott Hulmes, Nick Alberti, David Crossman, Dwayne Crockett, Trent Van Vorst, Daniel Johnson, Pete Serra, Sean Metz.

Did Not Start: Kevin Gardner, Ted Reynolds.

Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): ROBERT SMITH, Matt Esham, Jerry Hill, Matthew Smith, Shane Clogg, Kirk Miles, Marvin Smith, Dick Beauchamp, Rocky Whitley, J.R. Bergman, Dale Elliott, Tim Quay, Thomas Jackson, Billy Lockwood, Bobby Reed, Jimmy Hilman, David Smith.

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): TANNER MARVEL, Scott Calhoun, Derek Swafford, Ashley Merritt, Bud Sipple, Chris “Tippy” Martinez, Randy Merritt, Todd Francis, Ben Knotts, Joe Waters, Robert Paczkowski.

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Tuesday Storm Forces Postponement of Georgetown Speedway ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ to Wednesday, August 30

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GEORGETOWN, DE – A Coastal Low expected to produce high winds and more than an inch of rain on Tuesday has forced the postponement of the ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ at Georgetown Speedway to Wednesday, August 30.

All indications for a wet and blustery Tuesday forced the use of the event’s scheduled rain date.

The ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ will be moved in its entirety to Wednesday.

The event is headlined by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds paying $5,500 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag for 35 laps of racing. This is event No. 6 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region.

Also on the card: L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman for $1,000 to win, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Sponsorship for the event comes from K&B Auto of Delmar, Clark’s Pools, American Portable Mini Storage and All-County Garage Door.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Grandstand gates unlock at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Adult admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $16. Kids 9-12 pay $10. Children eight and under are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 and up), $10 for Kids 6-12 and Children five and under pay $2.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or by contacting the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

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.

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Andy Bachetti ‘Hustles’ Woodhull Raceway High Banks For $5,300 Short Track Super Series Victory Wednesday Night

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WOODHULL, NY – Andy Bachetti gained his retribution at Woodhull Raceway.

Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., appeared poised for victory in the 2016 visit by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP to the high-banked, paperclip-shaped oval. However, while racing into the lead in the final laps, he slid off the top of turn three and lost his chances.

That all changed Wednesday night.

Bachetti was able to overcome a poor initial draw through the gate, top his heat race and charge to the win in the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Two Rivers Timber and Maple City Dodge.

The ‘Wild Child’ earned $5,300 for his efforts and pressed into the point lead with two events remaining in the STSS Halmar North Region.

“It feels good to win one here,” Bachetti said of his first-ever triumph at the Ted and Brandi White-owned facility. “We had one get away from us last year here. Tonight, it all worked out in our favor.”

Bachetti, via a redraw of top qualifiers, started fifth in the field of 29. In just two laps’ time, he had driven his fluorescent green and black No. 4 into the top spot.

Numerous early tangles produced double-file restarts, which Bachetti mastered each time. Fellow STSS regular Anthony Perrego pushed the Superior Remodeling No. 44 into second on lap five as side-by-side battles raged behind the leaders.

Red-hot Matt Sheppard put the Sweeteners Plus No. 92s into the third spot on lap 10.

During a 20-lap green-flag stretch during the mid-portions of the event, Danny Creeden joined the leaders, advancing to fourth after starting 13th.

Yellows on laps 40 and a final, green-then-checkered opportunity on lap 52, brought the field to Bachetti’s bumper. He was not to be denied, however.

The win for Bachetti was the third of his career with the STSS, having two checkered flags at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. (2014 & 2017) to his credit.

“This gives us some momentum going into the last two North series shows,” Bachetti bottom-lined.

Perrego, a two-time STSS winner this season in North Region action, settled for second-place pay ($3,000) with the Brian Smith operation. Waterloo, N.Y.’s Sheppard ended his drive in third after citing tire selection as his downfall in the short runs.

Creeden, of Wurtsboro, N.Y., righted his recent bad luck on the series with a fourth-place result. Teenager Dillon Groover authored an impressive drive to finish fifth, the best-career STSS finish for the Beaver Dams, N.Y., Woodhull regular.  

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa., who started 19th; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., up from 15th in a steady effort; Hard Charger Stacy Jackson of Woodhull, N.Y., who started 27th and earned an additional $150 for his efforts; track regular Donnie Lawson of Woodhull, N.Y.; and Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y., who started 28th.

A field of 42 STSS Modifieds required five heat races to be run. Winners were Groover, Perrego, Sheppard, Bachetti and Brian Malcolm. Three consolations went to Brady Fultz, Brett Tonkin and Cory Costa.

Support-division winners included Donnie Lawson (GRIT Sportsman) and Dylon Gleason (Mini-Stock).

STSS Halmar North Region action returns on October 6-7 at Afton Motorsports Park in Afton, N.Y., for the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 10 featuring two full days of racing. The next Velocita-USA South Region event is Tuesday, August 29 at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway for the ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ event.

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.

HIGH BANK HOT SPOTS: A band of heavy rain and severe weather on the original Tuesday date forced the postponement of the event by 24 hours to a beautiful Wednesday with bright sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. A healthy crowd turned out despite the rain date….

Woodhull promoter Ted White provided pyrotechnics during the national anthem, four-wide salute and post-race Victory Lane ceremonies….

Andy Bachetti pulled ’43’ out of a possible 60 through the date, but was not deterred by the poor draw en route to the win….

Billy Decker led the standings entering Wednesday night but struggled uncharacteristically in his first Woodhull appearance since the mid-1980s, finishing 17th….

Despite the busy program, STSS Modified action was completed by 9:40 p.m. through a quickly paced show….

A scare for Tommy Meier during hot laps was ultimately diagnosed as a dead battery on the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3….

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, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

HUSTLIN’ THE HIGH BANKS RACE SUMMARY – WOODHULL RACEWAY AUGUST 23, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar North Region Event No. 7 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANDY BACHETTI, Anthony Perrego, Matt Sheppard, Danny Creeden, Dillon Groover, Billy Van Pelt, Tommy Meier, Stacy Jackson, Donnie Lawson, Ryan Jordan, Cory Costa, Nick Nye, Jeremy Smith, Mike Mahaney, Alan Rudalavage, Brady Fultz, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, J.R. Hurlburt, Craig Hanson, Russell Morseman, Brian Doolittle, Brian Malcolm, Byron Worthing, Grant Hilfiger, Kenny Peoples, Jerry Higbie, Jeffrey Daugherty, Brett Tonkin.

Did Not Qualify: Dan Humes, Curt Van Pelt, Steve Paine, Randy Brokaw, Kevin Chilson, Bryce Martin, Dayton Brewer, Joe Dgien, Brandon Martin, Dylan Dewert, Eric Fisher, Mike Bills, Bob Silvernail.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE tire): Ryan Jordan (10th) & Mike Mahaney (14th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Dillon Groover (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 gift card): Danny Creeden (fourth) & Donnie Lawson (ninth)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Billy Van Pelt (sixth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Anthony Perrego (second)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Stacy Jackson (27th to eighth)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates):
Anthony Perrego (second), Nick Nye (12th) and Brian Doolittle (22nd)
VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Bonus ($150): Stacy Jackson (27th to eighth)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Brady Fultz (16th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Tommy Meier (seventh)

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HUSTLIN’ THE HIGH BANKS RACE SUMMARY – WOODHULL RACEWAY AUGUST 23, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar North Region Event No. 7 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (53 laps): ANDY BACHETTI, Anthony Perrego, Matt Sheppard, Danny Creeden, Dillon Groover, Billy Van Pelt, Tommy Meier, Stacy Jackson, Donnie Lawson, Ryan Jordan, Cory Costa, Nick Nye, Jeremy Smith, Mike Mahaney, Alan Rudalavage, Brady Fultz, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, J.R. Hurlburt, Craig Hanson, Russell Morseman, Brian Doolittle, Brian Malcolm, Byron Worthing, Grant Hilfiger, Kenny Peoples, Jerry Higbie, Jeffrey Daugherty, Brett Tonkin.

Did Not Qualify: Dan Humes, Curt Van Pelt, Steve Paine, Randy Brokaw, Kevin Chilson, Bryce Martin, Dayton Brewer, Joe Dgien, Brandon Martin, Dylan Dewert, Eric Fisher, Mike Bills, Bob Silvernail.

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Woodhull Raceway ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ Postponed To Wednesday, August 23 Due To Unfavorable Weather Forecast

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WOODHULL, NY – Due to an unfavorable forecast calling for rain and severe thunderstorms for Tuesday night, Woodhull Raceway promoters Ted and Brandi White have postponed the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Two Rivers Timber and Maple City Dodge to the scheduled rain date of Wednesday, August 23.

The move was announced by Woodhull management and Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP officials jointly on Monday afternoon.

“We’ve been watching the forecast since late last week and it has only gotten worse,” Woodhull’s Ted White said. “We have been in a similar situation before with this event (last year), made the call early and allowed our fans and racers to change their time off from work.

“Wednesday looks like a beautiful day to race. We’re looking forward to it.”

All prices and times will remain the same. The event is headlined by a 53-lap STSS Modified main paying $5,300 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag plus GRIT Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Mini-Stocks ($500 to win).

The event is Round No. 7 of the nine-race STSS Halmar North Region.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Wednesday with grandstand gates unlocked at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 62 and up) and Students (ages 7-11) pay $10. Kids 6 and under FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Woodhull Raceway is located on Steuben County Route 20, just off New York State 417 in Woodhull, N.Y. The speedway is celebrating its 53rd consecutive year of auto racing in 2017. To learn more about Woodhull Raceway, visit www.woodhullraceway.com, call owner Ted White at 607.857.1336 or e-mail twrauto@verizon.net.

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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Matt Sheppard Victorious On ‘Super’ Night At Albany-Saratoga Speedway; 49 Modifieds Take Part In STSS Malta Debut

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MALTA, NY – On Tuesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, both the turnout of big-block/small-block Modifieds and Matt Sheppard were “super.”

Sheppard, the Waterloo, N.Y., star known as ‘Super Matt’ defeated a talented 49-car field to win the inaugural Recovery Sports Grill ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ at Albany-Saratoga, the first-ever ‘Great Race Place’ appearance by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.

Round No. 6 of the STSS Halmar International North Region featured the red-hot Sheppard turning back several advances to collected the $5,000 winner’s share, plus a $500 bonus from Superior Remodeling as the Halfway Leader for a total of $5,500 for his Sweeteners Plus team.

Sheppard’s victory was the third of his career in STSS competition, previously winning at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., in 2014 and Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., last year.

“This ’92’ car runs pretty good,” Sheppard said after climbing out of the No. 92s he runs weekly at Outlaw on Friday nights and in select special events. “We’ve had some chances here before but didn’t have the starting spot we needed. Tonight, we had that opportunity.”

Sheppard rolled off second at the outset of the 50-lap event and was able to outgun Danny Creeden to take command of the event.

As Sheppard led, track and STSS regular Matt DeLorenzo moved into second on lap 10. DeLorenzo held the runner-up spot for just four turns of the oval until Kenny Tremont – making his first start in STSS competition – worked past.

The race’s first caution flew on lap 18. On the restart, Sheppard again inched ahead of Tremont.

DeLorenzo found the extreme outside of the Malta facility to his liking by the halfway point, driving his BBL-sponsored No. 3D back into second on lap 24.

Billy Decker, who started 16th, joined the lead battle after carving through traffic in the Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91.

Decker sat fourth when the caution lights flickered on with 26 laps down. When the green was unfurled, he shot by Tremont and a three-car scramble for the lead ensued.

Sheppard utilized the bottom lane, with DeLorenzo on top and Decker through the middle. DeLorenzo pulled even with Sheppard at times, but was not able to complete the pass as Sheppard adjusted his line to defend.

“Sometimes it’s harder when you start on the front row like that,” Sheppard said afterward. “You don’t know where the guys behind you are running or are faster.”

The final 15 laps of the race spun off caution-free, with Sheppard streaking under the checkered flag with an advantage of five car-lengths.

Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., completed his 16th-to-second effort after passing DeLorenzo on lap 37. He picked up the $300 Hard Charger Award courtesy of Elmo’s Speed and Supply. DeLorenzo, of Cropseyville, N.Y., ended his crowd-pleasing effort third with a blistered right-rear tire.

Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., advanced from eighth to finish fourth in the Madsen Motorsports No. 20. Ringoes, N.J., driver Ryan Godown drove the Petruska family No. 66 to a fifth-place result in his first-ever Albany-Saratoga appearance.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Tremont of West Sand Lake, N.Y., after fighting brake issues in the race’s second half; a rim-riding Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, Pa., aboard the Adirondack Auto No. 35; series regular Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., up from 18th starting position; two-time series champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.; and Tommy Meier, who surged forward from 22nd in the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3.

Five heat races were set for the 49-car field, with victories going to Rick Laubach, Sheppard, Ryan Jordan, DeLorenzo and Jeremy Wilder. The consolations were won by Decker, Demetrios Drellos and Jeremy Smith.

The accompanying King of Dirt (KoD) Sportsman 30-lap event was annexed by Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., driving the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J. A strong 39-car field took part in the program.

Next up for the STSS is the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway on Tuesday, August 22 (rain date: August 23) featuring a 53-lap, $5,300-to-win event for the Modifieds plus GRIT Crate 602 Sportsman and Mini-Stocks. This is Round No. 7 of the Halmar International North Region.

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.

STAMPEDE SHORTS: A very strong crowd filled the Malta oval despite rain in Central New York just skirting south of the speedway during hot laps. Fans saw a diverse Modified field with drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Australian Peter Britten….

The efficient program saw the Modified checkered flag fly at 9:07 p.m., sending traveling fans home early on a week night….

The combination of sail panels and American Racer tires was new to many of the Capital District drivers. Many, including Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont, adapted quickly during qualifying….

Among the notable DNQ drivers was Mike Mahaney, whose Buzz Chew-owned small-block suffered a broken right-front shock tower during consolation action….

During the aforementioned consolation, Tommy Meier started dead last and drove to third, earning his qualifying spot with a bold, three-wide pass exiting turn four. Meier then drove forward some 12 positions from his starting position in the main event….

Unofficially, Billy Decker moves into the series point lead with 494 points over Andy Bachetti (474), Stewart Friesen (462), Anthony Perrego (444) and Jeremy Smith (411)….

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, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar North Region Event No. 6 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Kenny Tremont, Frank Cozze, Jeremy Smith, Andy Bachetti, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Don Ronca, Alan Barker, Ryan Jordan, Peter Britten, J.R. Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Jerry Higbie, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Rick Laubach, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Brett Tonkin, Craig Hanson.

Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Keith Flach, Elmo Reckner, Mike Mahaney, Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger, Jessey Mueller, Allison Ricci, Jeff Sheely, Cass Bennett, Brian Gleason, Bobby Hackel, Jimmy Becker, Dan Humes, Matt Pupello, C.G. Morey, Bobby Varin, Ricky Davis III, Matt Depew, Erik Nelson, Cody Bleau.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE tire): Jeremy Smith (eighth) and Jimmy Wells (14th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Ryan Godown (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 gift card): Brett Hearn (fourth) & Andy Bachetti (ninth)
Elmo’s Speed & Supply Hard Charger ($300): Billy Decker (16th to second)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Kenny Tremont (sixth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Matt Sheppard (winner)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Billy Decker (16th to second)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($500): Matt Sheppard (winner)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates):
Billy Decker (second), Anthony Perrego (12th) and Jeremy Wilder (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Alan Barker (16th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Frank Cozze (seventh)

 

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RECOVERY SPORTS GRILL ‘STAMPEDE AT ‘TOGA’ RACE SUMMARY – ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY AUGUST 15, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar North Region Event No. 6 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Kenny Tremont, Frank Cozze, Jeremy Smith, Andy Bachetti, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Don Ronca, Alan Barker, Ryan Jordan, Peter Britten, J.R. Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Jerry Higbie, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Rick Laubach, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Brett Tonkin, Craig Hanson.

Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Keith Flach, Elmo Reckner, Mike Mahaney, Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger, Jessey Mueller, Allison Ricci, Jeff Sheely, Cass Bennett, Brian Gleason, Bobby Hackel, Jimmy Becker, Dan Humes, Matt Pupello, C.G. Morey, Bobby Varin, Ricky Davis III, Matt Depew, Erik Nelson, Cody Bleau.

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Tuesday “Stampede” Set For Albany-Saratoga Speedway When Recovery Grill Presents Inaugural Short Track Super Series Visit

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MALTA, NY – A Tuesday “stampede” of the Northeast’s top Modified drivers is set for Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

The ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ presented by Recovery Sports Grill features the first-ever appearance by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP at the “Great Race Place” this Tuesday night, August 15. The big-block/small-block Modified contingent battles for 50 laps paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

Valuable points are on the line toward the $12,500 STSS Halmar North Region championship. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., currently leads by a scant seven points over Sprakers, N.Y., star Stewart Friesen (409-402). Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., sits third with 399 points and the North Region’s only two-time winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., ranks fourth, totaling 386 points. Just 23 markers separate the top-four in the standings.

The top-15 drivers in the current standings are expected to be in attendance including Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y.; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J.; Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y.; Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y.; Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y.; J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y.; Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y.; Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y.; Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y.; Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J.; and Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y.

Joining Godown, who will drive a one-race-old Atlas Paving-backed No. 66 Bicknell, from the PA-NJ contingent are Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, Pa., in the Adirondack Auto No. 35 and Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., in the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K.

Fresh off a huge win at the Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway, Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., will aim for another victory in the ‘518’ with Buzz Chew’s No. 88.

Brett Hearn collected his 900th career victory at Albany-Saratoga and looks to register his first STSS score at his Friday home track. The Sussex, N.J., driver has struggled in series appearances but knows his way around the Malta oval.

Fonda Speedway star Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., is expected in the Alton and Carole Palmer-owned No. 76.

Southern Tier racers Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., a past Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park champion, and Alan Barker of Norwich, N.Y., a mainstay at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., will take their shot at Albany-Saratoga.

Short-tracker Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., plans to pilot the Bill Pascual-owned No. 3 in the event. From nearby New Paltz, N.Y., third-generation driver Allison Ricci will be on hand with the Halmar-backed No. 55.

Regular competitors in Albany-Saratoga’s Modified division will receive “appearance points” for their participation on Tuesday. Currently, Australian Peter Britten leads the A-S standings over Keith Flach, Ronnie Johnson, Hearn, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Kenny Tremont, Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger and DeLorenzo.

A pair of cash bonuses have been added to the healthy STSS contingency award lineup. The event’s Halfway Leader – lap 25 – will receive $500 cash from Superior Remodeling. The Hard Charger takes home $300 from Elmo’s Speed & Supply.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the card are the King of Dirt (KoD) Sportsman in a $1,000-to-win program.

A rain date is in place for Wednesday, August 16.

Complete rules, times, prices and general information for the ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ have been posted on the STSS website: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/stampede-at-toga-rules-prices-general-information/

Albany-Saratoga Speedway is located at 2671 U.S. Route 9 Malta, N.Y., 12020. The track info line is 518.587.0220 and the speedway website is www.albany-saratogaspeedway.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, Speed51, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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One Hot August: Short Track Super Series Modifieds Head To Albany-Saratoga, Woodhull & Georgetown

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MILLSBORO, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP fires into action with a “hot” month of August.

Three consecutive Tuesday nights (August 15, 22 & 29) will put competitors of both the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region into overdrive as time winds down to the 2017 championships.

On Tuesday, August 15 (rain date: August 16), the STSS Halmar North Region big-block/small-block Modifieds venture to Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., for the first time. Recovery Sports Grill presents the ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag for 50 laps around the ‘Great Race Place’ managed by Lyle DeVore.

The inaugural trip to New York’s Capital Region by the series has piqued the interest of competitors from around the Northeast.

An open-wheel doubleheader program is completed by the King of Dirt (KoD) Sportsman racing for a $1,000 top prize.

For complete information, times, rules and prices on the Albany-Saratoga event, click the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/stampede-at-toga-rules-prices-general-information/

Ted and Brandi White’s unique Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway comes to life on Tuesday, August 22 (rain date: August 23) with the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Maple City Dodge and Two Rivers Timber. This year’s visit is the third by the Halmar North Region to the high-banked, paper-clip-shaped oval.

The last two editions have been down-to-the-wire crowd-pleasers, with Stewart Friesen edging Dylan DeWert in 2015 and New Jersey’s Ryan Godown emerging from a lead-swapping battle a year ago.

STSS Modifieds race for $5,300 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag and are joined by GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Mini-Stocks ($500 to win).

Complete Woodhull race information is at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hustlin-the-high-banks-53-rules-prices-general-info/

Delaware’s historic Georgetown Speedway is the next stop for the Velocita South Region on Tuesday, August 29 (rain date: August 30). K&B Auto of Delmar presents the ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ with $5,500 awaiting the winner of a 35-lap event offering $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start.

Previous ‘Blast at the Beach’ winners include Stewart Friesen (2016), Jordan Watson (2015) and Tyler Dippel (2014).

Also on the card are L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win), Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers.

To learn more about the ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ visit: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/blast-at-the-beach-4-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.

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.