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Chesapeake Paving Boosts March 16-17 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Georgetown Opener: $6,949 To Win STSS Modifieds; $4,049 To Win Small-Block Modifieds

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GEORGETOWN, DE – The 2018 Northeast dirt-track Modified opener has gotten more lucrative.

Jeff Brown’s Chesapeake Paving of Salisbury, Md., sweetened the pot for the season-opening Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend March 16-17 at Georgetown Speedway.

The two-day program includes the 50th race in Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco history on Saturday, as the 49-lap big-block/small-block event kicks off the eight-race STSS Velocita-USA South Region.

Thanks to the Chesapeake Paving support, Saturday’s Melvin L. Joseph Memorial 49 will pay $6,949 to the winner: the largest dirt Modified payout since the speedway reopened under BD Motorsports Media LLC management in 2016.

Friday night’s small-block Modified 30-lap event has also benefited! The winner’s share has increased to $4,049 for the preliminary program.

“Big thanks to Jeff (Brown) and Chesapeake Paving for making our 2018 opener bigger,” Georgetown promoter and STSS director Brett Deyo said. “Being the 50th race in series history, we’ve gotten a lot of interest from drivers wanting to be part of the milestone. It is shaping up to be a huge weekend of racing in the First State!”

Georgetown’s season opener kicks off the richest season in STSS history thanks to the new partnership with Sunoco and Insinger Performance.

Should a driver win both the STSS Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region and the American Racer Cup, they will be eligible for a $25,000 Sunoco/Insinger cash bonus!

Should a driver win the STSS Halmar International North Region or Velocita-USA South Region and the American Racer Cup, they will be eligible for a $10,000 Sunoco/Insinger cash bonus!

“2018 is shaping up to be an historic season for our series,” Deyo added. “And now we are kicking it off with a huge opener!”

Friday’s (March 16) program will be headlined by the $4,049-to-win small-block Modified feature, plus RUSH Crate Late Models battling for $1,049 to win in the season’s first RUSH point race, Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks and open Modified practice for Saturday’s STSS event.

On Saturday (March 17), the STSS Modifieds battle for the $6,949 winner’s share plus the first-ever STSS-sanctioned L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman tour event ($1,049 to win) and feature-only programs for Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks, Southern Delaware Vintage Cars and Little Lincolns.

Visit the official Georgetown Speedway website – www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com – for complete times and pricing information.

Season passes are now on sale for the 2018 season for both the grandstand ($175) and pit area ($275). Season passes include ALL events on the speedway schedule. To access the forms, click the following link: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=78

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 the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

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Every Short Track Super Series Race to Be Streamed on Speed51.com

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Race fans worldwide will be able to watch the action and excitement of every Short Track Super Series race during the 2018 season.  During the series’ annual banquet this past Saturday night, series promoter Brett Deyo announced a partnership with Speed51.com that will see all STSS North Region and STSS South Region races live streamed on Speed51.com next season.

On the heels of the most successful season yet for the series, STSS officials recently revealed a 10-race schedule for the north region and an eight-race schedule for the south region. All 18 races will be available to watch live on Speed51.com.  

“The ability to live-stream all our Short Track Super Series events in 2018 is a win-win-win,” Deyo said.  “Racers and participating speedways benefit from nationwide exposure. Fans won’t miss a lap of racing despite their geographic location thanks to Speed51. This is an outstanding move forward for our program.”

The easiest way to gain access to watch all 18 Short Track Super Series events is to become a premium subscriber to the Speed51 Video Network.  Race fans can become premium subscribers for $7.99 a month or $69.99 for a full year.

Additionally, there will be an option for users to purchase access to each event on a pay-per-view basis.  Prices for each event will be determined at a later date.

“Our staff really enjoyed our experiences working with Brett (Deyo) and the Short Track Super Series staff throughout the 2017 season,” said Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul. “The on-track product displayed by the series is second to none.  We’re looking forward to showcasing their exciting brand of racing to a nationwide audience.”

Most live streams of the Short Track Super Series will be one-camera video feeds with audio from the track’s public address system. 

In addition to the STSS main events, STSS Sportsman races will also be streamed live when the series competes alongside their Big-Block/Small-Block Modified counterparts. 

Each race will also be available to watch on an on-demand basis shortly following the completion of each event.

Race fans can begin their Speed51 Network subscriptions today to begin watching Short Track Super Series highlights and much more from the 2017 season.  Thousands of videos from short track racing events throughout the country are currently available to subscribers on an on-demand basis.

For more information about the Bob Hilbert Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco, visit http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/.

-51 Sports Press Release

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Short Track Super Series Announces Expanded Sportsman Program for 2018

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MILLSBORO, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco has announced an expanded Sportsman program for the 2018 season.

Three separate STSS Sportsman champions will be crowned in ’18, each guaranteed $1,000 for their efforts. The STSS Open Sportsman program returns for its third season, while Crate 602 Sportsman will be featured for the first time in North and South Regions.

Each of the three Sportsman programs offer five dates for competitors. A point fund will be offered for drivers with perfect attendance in each program.

The North Region of the Crate 602 Sportsman series features two visits to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. (May 27 and Sept. 2), while Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park hosts two dates (July 25 and the championship event Oct. 6) and a single visit is planned for Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway on Aug. 8.

The Crate 602 South Region gets underway on Saturday, March 17 at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway, one of three stops at the historic Sussex County track (Aug. 28 and Oct. 27 – championship event). Single events are planned for Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway (April 29) and Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del. (May 24).

The STSS Open Sportsman series launches at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on June 5 and visits Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on July 3, Thunder Mountain Sept. 16, the paved Bethel (N.Y.) Motor Speedway on Sept. 30 and Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Oct. 5 for the championship event.

All STSS Sportsman races will pay a minimum of $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green flag.

Complete series information will be available prior to Motorsports 2018 in Oaks, Pa., Jan. 19-21.

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race 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.

 

2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Sportsman Program


Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Schedule

Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y.

Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y.

Sunday, September 2 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y.

Saturday, October 7 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


Crate 602 Sportsman South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 17 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del.

Sunday, April 29 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J.

Thursday, May 24 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del.

Tuesday, August 28 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del.

Saturday, October 27 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
Open Sportsman Schedule

Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa.

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y.

Saturday, September 16 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y.

Sunday, September 30 – Bethel Motor Speedway/White Lake, N.Y. – 60 points for all drivers

Friday, October 6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

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$72,000 Distributed At Short Track Super Series Awards Banquet As Champions Andy Bachetti (North), Ryan Watt (South) & Corey Cormier (Sportsman) Lead Honorees

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BETHLEHEM, PA – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP concluded its 2017 season on Saturday night by distributing a record $72,000 cash at its ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet.

The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center served as the backdrop with approximately 200 guests on hand. Some 25 drivers were slated to share the huge cash payout plus thousands more in contingency awards and prizes.

STSS champions Andy Bachetti (Halmar International North Region), Ryan Watt (Velocita-USA South Region) and Corey Cormier (Sportsman) shared the limelight.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies, with series organizer Brett Deyo handled the distribution of special awards and offered comments on the ‘17 season and future of the program. 

Deyo outlined some astounding numbers from the recently completed campaign. A total of 445 drivers filed a registration at a series event in ’17, while racing for $498,065 in payouts, not including any certificates or bonuses distributed. The $72,000 point fund pushed that number upward of a half-million dollars.

The evening also marked the transition to Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance as prominent backers of the series. The Sunoco four-year partnership officially gets underway in 2018. Bruce Insinger addressed the attendees and expressed his enthusiasm for the new partnership.

For the third time in four years, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti was lauded as the STSS Halmar International North Region champion. Bachetti received $12,500 in point fund cash for his efforts.

Bachetti won two events on the STSS circuit in ’17, kicking off the season with a dramatic 20th-to-first drive at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., to garner the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, and taking the checkered first at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway in August.

The driver known as the ‘Wild Child’ was ultra-consistent on the circuit, placing inside the top-10 in eight of the nine events.

Two-time ’17 North Region winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was recognized as the North Region runner-up, collecting $7,000. Perrego drove for Brian Smith’s Superior Remodeling team, taking the checkered first at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., a first-year series regular, finished third and pocketed $4,000. Smith fielded a car for Sidney, N.Y.’s Billy Decker, fourth in points, earning $3,000. Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., capped another solid STSS season fifth in the standings, taking home $2,500.

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, in North Region standings were Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., a winner at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park and Orange County ($2,000); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., in the Jeff Behrent No. 3 ($1,750); Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y. ($1,650); series newcomer J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., driving for Jamie and Denise Page ($1,550); Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y. ($1,450); Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y. ($1,000); and Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y. ($1,000).

For the second time, Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt was lauded as the STSS Velocita-USA South Region title winner. Watt, driving for Ron Roberts, received $10,000 for his efforts.

Watt won twice on the series – at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., in June and his home track of Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in September – and finished second on three other occasions.

Five drivers entered the season finale at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway with a shot at the title, but a runner-up effort was enough to bring home the crown.

Like Watt, runner-up Ryan Godown was a two-time winner on the series. The Ringoes, N.J., driver won at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., the series’ annual North-South combo event, and ended the season in Georgetown Victory Lane. He received $5,000 in point fund cash.

Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., won his first STSS event at Georgetown in August driving for Norm Hansell and placed third in points, worth $3,000. David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., was fourth and took home $2,000, while Georgetown Opening Day Melvin L. Joseph Memorial winner Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., finished fifth, receiving $1,500.

Drivers completing the top-12 were Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, N.J. ($1,400); Jordan Watson of Milford, Del. ($1,300); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. ($1,200): Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J. ($1,100); Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. ($1,050); Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa. ($1,000); and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y. ($1,000).

Jim Britt of Broomall, Pa., attended every South Region event but wasn’t able to crack the top-12. He received a $300 Attendance Bonus.

Corey Cormier of Otisville, N.Y., utilized consistency to win the STSS Sportsman title, with top-10 finishes in four of the five races. Cormier received $1,500 for the crown. Runner-up Larry Mekic of Moscow, Pa. ($750) and third-place Shayne Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y. ($500) were also present at the Awards Banquet.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Series Award went to Jamie and Denise Page, the former promoters of I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., who were instrumental in the series’ early years. After exiting the track promotional role at the end of the 2016 season, they took on a car owner role in ’17, running the STSS circuit with driver J.R. Hurlburt.

Jeremy Smith was recognized as the Car Owner of the Year for his efforts chasing the STSS North Region as a driver and owner for Billy Decker, while entering many South Region events as well.

The Speed51.com Most Popular Driver Award went to Ryan Watt. Thousands of votes were cast online via the Speed51.com website. Daryl Canfield presented the award and announced Speed51 would be handling the pay-per-view live streaming of all STSS events in ’18.

Sportsmanship Awards went to David Van Horn Jr. (South) and Nick Nye (North). Both were assets to the series in ’17, presenting a positive attitude.

The unfortunate recipients of Hard Luck Awards were Billy Pauch Jr. (South) and Craig Hanson (North). For Pauch Jr., on-track incidents derailed his efforts, while Hanson suffered persistent engine issues that hindered his season.

DJ Jammin’ Jimmy Payne provided music for dancing after the awards presentation was completed.

BANQUET BITS: A number of drawings were held for prizes and certificates. Two custom race suits from Velocita-USA (min. $999 value) went to J.R. Hurlburt and Rick Laubach. Craig Hanson won a Henry’s Exhaust System ($600 value). Bob Hilbert Sportswear $300 certificates went to Craig Von Dohren and Jimmy Horton. Laubach won a radiator from Flach Performance Products worth $550. Ryan Godown and Hurlburt won drawings for two HyperCoil Springs each….

Series promoter Brett Deyo looked ahead to the 2018 season which will open with the 50th STSS event March 16-17 at Georgetown. Thanks to sponsor Chesapeake Paving, the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will now offer $6,949 to win, while the Friday night small-block race tops out at $4,049 to win….

Series title sponsor Bob Hilbert attended the event and joined champions in photos. Bob Hilbert Sportswear returns to the leading partnership role again in ’18….

Champions and car owners received embroidered jackets courtesy of American Racer/Lias Tire….

Video highlight reels prepared by Speed51.com and GSP Video preceded the North and South Region point presentations, which included slide shows….

Despite NASCAR Camping World Truck commitments that led him to miss four events, Stewart Friesen was the only driver to earn top-12 positions in both the STSS North and South regions….

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race 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.

 

Short Track Super Series ‘Night of Champions’ Drawings:

Velocita Custom Race Suit ($999 value): J.R. Hurlburt

Velocita Custom Race Suit ($999 value): Rick Laubach

Henry’s Exhaust System (Min. $600 Value): Craig Hanson

Flach Performance Products Radiator (Min. $550 Value): Rick Laubach

Bob Hilbert Sportswear $300 Credits: Craig Von Dohren & Jimmy Horton

HyperCoil Springs Giveaway (Two Springs): Ryan Godown

HyperCoil Springs Giveaway (Two Springs): J.R. Hurlburt

 

Pre-Determined Contingency Award Winners:

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($200 Gift Cards): Billy Decker (fourth – North); David Van Horn (fourth – South); J.R. Hurlburt (ninth – North) & Billy Pauch Jr. (ninth – South)

Bicknell Racing Products Top Performers ($500 Credits): Jeremy Smith (third – North) & Ryan Watt (champion – South)

HigFab Top Performer ($500 Credit): Nick Nye (10th – North)

Kirkey Seat Bonuses (Champions): Andy Bachetti ($300); Ryan Watt ($150); Corey Cormier ($100)

Teo-Pro Car Top Performer ($500 Credit): Andy Bachetti (champion – North)

Velocita Discounts ($100 Certificates): Ryan Godown, Jordan Watson, Rick Laubach, Jamie Mills, Shayne Spoonhower, Larry Mekic, Corey Cormier, Danny Creeden, J.R. Hurlburt & Nick Nye

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Roars Into 2018 With Exciting Schedule

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MILLSBORO, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco is roaring into 2018.

On the heels of the most successful season to date for the series, STSS management has announced the 2018 big-block/small-block Modified schedule for the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region.

The milestone 50th race in series history will kick-start ‘18 at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway on March 17 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, a 49-lap event offering a minimum of $4,900 to win and $490 to start. A preliminary small-block Modified program has been added on Friday night (March 16), meaning teams will receive two paychecks for their trip south.

Georgetown, a “specials-only” half-mile oval, will host three total STSS Velocita South events in ’18: the fifth annual ‘Blast at the Beach’ on Tuesday, August 28 and the title-deciding Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend Friday-Saturday Oct. 26-27.

Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway returns for the third consecutive season with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ on Sunday, April 22.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ at the Cathell family’s Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., kicks off the holiday Memorial Day weekend on Thursday, May 24.

The only combined ‘North-South’ event on the schedule takes place at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Tuesday, June 5 with the ‘Anthracite Assault’ 50-lap event.

$10,000 cash awaits the winner of the York County Nationals on Sunday, July 29 at the newly renamed BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna Speedway Park) in Newberrytown, Pa.

For the first time since 1987, Modifieds roar around the ‘Speed Palace’ of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on Friday, October 12 with the ‘Speed Showcase’ featuring a doubleheader of 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds.

The Halmar International North Region will again start and end at the legendary Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ kicks it all off on Sunday, April 8, while the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ brings down the curtain on Thursday, Oct. 18, the eve of Eastern States Weekend. The ‘Hard Clay Finale’ will be the championship event of ’18 for the North competitors.

Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., hosts the second round of the series on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27, with the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ fifth edition.

Tyler Siri’s Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., returns to the schedule after an absence of one year on Wednesday, June 20 with the ‘Outlaw Showdown’ 50.

Accord (N.Y.) Speedway is the site to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3 with the sixth ‘Battle of the Bullring’ on the quarter-mile oval.  The post-Thanksgiving, non-points ‘Gobbler’ will again close out Northeast dirt-track racing in ’18 at the Gary and Donna Palmer-owned venue on Nov. 24.

Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park will see two visits by the STSS in ’18. The first takes place on Wednesday, July 25 with the ‘Afton Action 50’ and the second is the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 on Oct. 5-6.

Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., offer August stops on the series. Woodhull’s ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 54’ takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 8, while the ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Albany-Saratoga, the ‘Great Race Place’ of the Capital Region.

Huge bonuses await STSS racers in ’18. A driver winning both the North and South STSS regions and the ‘home-track’ American Racer Cup will receive a $25,000 bonus from Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the North or South STSS regions and the American Racer Cup, Sunoco and Insinger Performance will offer $10,000 cash.

Guaranteed championship amounts for ’18 are as follows: $12,500 (North), $10,000 (South) and $10,000 (American Racer Cup).

Details of the STSS Sportsman program are being finalized, with a schedule release planned before the end of December.

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race 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.

 

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2018 Schedule

Halmar International North

Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open

Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6

Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50

Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54

Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11

Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale

 

Velocita-USA South

Saturday, March 17 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

Sunday, April 22 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J. – South Jersey Shootout

Thursday, May 24 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Sunday, July 29 – BAPS Motor Speedway/Newberrytown, Pa. – York County Nationals $10,000 to win!

Tuesday, August 28 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Blast at the Beach

Friday, October 12 – Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, Pa. – Speed Showcase

Friday-Saturday October 26-27 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend

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Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Expands To Two-Day ‘Weekend’ Opener March 16-17 At Georgetown Speedway

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GEORGETOWN, DE – The founder of Georgetown Speedway – Melvin L. Joseph – will be honored with an opening weekend in 2018.

Georgetown Speedway has announced its Northeast dirt Modified opener will expand to a two-day event. The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial kick-starts the season at the Sussex County facility on Friday-Saturday March 16-17.

The Friday night (March 16) portion of the program will be headlined by small-block Modifieds competing in a 30-lap feature paying $3,049 to the winner. Also on Friday’s agenda are the RUSH Crate Late Models, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks. Open practice rounds are planned for big-block Modifieds looking to compete on Saturday.

Of course the Saturday (March 17) program is topped by the 49-lap Melvin L. Joseph Memorial headliner, which serves as the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita South Region opener. The 49-lap feature offers $4,900 to win and $490 to take the green.

This event serves as the 50th race in Short Track Super Series history.

L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman are on the Saturday card plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Two-day passes will be available for both the grandstand and pit areas.

In the event of inclement weather, each day is independent of the other.

“We wanted to really build up the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend,” Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo said. “It’s the 50th event for our Short Track Super Series and having two days of racing – with two strong payouts – should entice the best Modified drivers in the Northeast to start their season with us in Delaware.

“We’re hoping to build on our camping and all-around atmosphere of the Northeast dirt Modified opener.”

A Sunday rain date (March 18) is in place for the weekend.

Tentatively, gates on Friday are slated to open at 4 p.m. in the pit area and 5 p.m. for the grandstand with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday is set for noon to unlock the pits and 1 p.m. for the stands. Hot laps will begin at 3 p.m., with racing at 4 p.m.

Complete pricing will be released in the coming days.

Camping will be permitted free of charge (no hook-ups) and teams will be permitted to leave haulers in the pit area overnight.

Speedway management has confirmed with RUSH officials that the Friday night Crate Late event will count toward ’18 RUSH Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Weekly Series points.

The event honors the memory of Melvin L. Joseph, the founder of Georgetown Speedway and a Sussex County business icon who was also a pioneer in the NASCAR community as a car owner and builder of Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Mr. Joseph passed away in 2005 but his legacy continues.

Mr. Joseph’s family will be present at the event and his lucky number ‘49’ will be prominent throughout the weekend.

A preliminary practice session for the weekend has been set for Saturday, March 10 from 1-5 p.m.

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).