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The Road to a $12,500 Short Track Super Series North Region Championship Starts & Ends in Middletown, New York

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – The road to a $12,500 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region championship starts and ends in Middletown, New York.

On Sunday, April 8, the fifth annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ kick-starts the 10-race STSS Halmar International North Region at Orange County Fair Speedway. The STSS big-block/small-block Modified contingent descends on the five-eighths-mile Legendary House of Power with more than $30,000 in prize money and additional bonuses on the line for 50 laps of racing.

The STSS Modified main event offers $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag with a minimum of 30 starters.

Most importantly, points begin to tally toward the North Region crown.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., has been a loyal follower of the STSS since its inception and has been rewarded for it. Bachetti has won the North Region championship on three occasions (2014, ’16 & ’17), and he is also a two-time ‘Hard Clay Open’ victor.

The only other North Region champion in series history is Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who won the title in 2015. Friesen won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in the spring of his championship year.

A number of contenders are looking to unseat Bachetti and Friesen at year-end.

Anthony Perrego, the rising star from Montgomery, N.Y., finished second in the North points a year ago with wins at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. Perrego and his Brian Smith team are armed with potent No. 44 equipment to tackle the STSS stars.

The Jeremy Smith Racing team of Jeremy Smith and Billy Decker both finished inside the top-five in STSS Halmar International North Region points last year and contended for the title through year-end.

Canadian Mat Williamson joins the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse team in ’18 to chase the North Region cash. Williamson is a teammate to Tommy Meier, who has finished inside the top-10 all four years of the series’ existence including a best of second-place in ’16.

Danny Creeden has knocked on the door of a series championship in each of the four STSS seasons so far; the Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver has an arsenal of equipment at his disposal with new backer Westar Mechanical on the quarter-panels.

Matt Sheppard and his new Maryland-based Hurlock Auto & Speed team fired out of the box with a strong second-place finish in the STSS Velocita-USA South Region opener at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway on March 17. So far in his illustrious career, Orange County has been “kryptonite” for Super Matt. Can he get his title run off with a breakthrough win?

A new engine program for the United Pump & Tank team has Jerry Higbie ready to boost his STSS performances aboard the No. 48. Higbie had some solid outings a year ago with Steve Lowitt’s team.

Series veterans Nick Nye, Craig Hanson, J.R. Hurlburt, Ryan Jordan, Brett Tonkin and more look for breakout performances in the new season.

With a huge Sunoco Race Fuels $57,500 ‘grand champion’ possible at year-end should a driver with the overall American Racer Cup, Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region titles, expect more cross-over between regions in ’18.

Ryan Godown, second on the all-time STSS win list, has shown his ability to win on the large, fast tracks of the South Region and bullrings of the North Region. The ‘Ringoes Rocket’ hopes to be a 50k-plus champion this year.

Duane Howard in the Norm Hansell No. 357 and Jeff Strunk along with Billy Pauch Jr. have made plans for more frequent North Region participation in ’18.

It all gets started at Orange County Fair Speedway with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ fifth edition. And ends at the fairgrounds oval with the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ championship event on Thursday, Oct. 18.

On Sunday, April 8, pit gates will unlock at 11 a.m. Grandstand and drive-in gates open at noon. Hot laps hit the track at 2 p.m., with racing at 3 p.m.

Adult admission is $25 for the grandstand and drive-in. Seniors pay $22 with Kids 12 and under $2.

Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win under track rules) join the STSS Modifieds on the program.

There will be an Open Practice for racers on Saturday (April 7) with gates opening at 2 p.m. and practice from 4-8 p.m.

Complete rules, times, pricing and information can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-info/

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

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

Halmar International North Region

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

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Wild Card: Short Track Super Series Modifieds On All-New Bridgeport 3/8ths-Mile Track Sunday, April 29

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BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Wild card.

There’s no better way to describe the 2018 ‘South Jersey Shootout’ slated as Round No. 2 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region.

After three years on the established Bridgeport Speedway five-eighths-mile, the STSS Modifieds move to the newly built, three-eighths-mile Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at the South Jersey motorsports complex on Sunday, April 29.

Throw experience out the window. Only one race event is scheduled for the three-eighths-mile track prior to the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ special.

“This is going to be one of the most exciting events on our schedule all season,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “How often does a touring series get the opportunity to compete on a new track? How will it race? Who will be fast? We will all find out together.”

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds are set for 40-laps on the new venue, offering $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag from a posted pay structure of more than $25,000.

The STSS Velocita-USA South Region fired out of the gate with a thrilling Melvin L. Joseph Memorial on March 17 at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway. Ryan Watt edged ‘Super’ Matt Sheppard in late-race lapped traffic for the $6,949 triumph. A healthy 48 cars signed in for the lid-lifter.

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will battle for a $1,000 winner’s share in the second round of the series’ South Region. Pennsylvania teenager Alex Yankowski scored the STSS Crate 602 South opening triumph at Georgetown on March 17 over a field of 51 cars.

Outlaw Stocks (15 laps) complete the tripleheader program.

Past ‘South Jersey Shootout’ winners include Rick Laubach (2015), Wade Hendrickson (2016) and Stewart Friesen (2017). This year, it’s a brand-new game!

Hot laps will hit the track at 3 p.m., with racing at 4 p.m. for this groundbreaking Sunday showdown.

Keep posted for complete race day information as the event approaches.

Located in South Jersey, just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at I-295 Exit 14, Bridgeport Speedway is a spacious five-eighths-mile clay oval with a new three-eighths-mile oval and quarter-mile embedded in the center. Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation. To learn more, visit www.bpspeedway.com.

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, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Rewards Plentiful for Short Track Super Series Modified Competitors At Sunday, April 8 Orange County ‘Hard Clay Open’

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – Rewards will be plentiful for drivers competing in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Sunday, April 8 at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region event offers a lucrative, non-top-heavy pay structure for the STSS big-block/small-block Modified contingent. And the riches keep on growing.

A field of 30 cars will take the green at the Legendary House of Power for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. STSS and Orange County Fair Speedway management have posted a minimum pay structure of $30,400 for racers: $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.

Grand Rental Station, located at 388 East Main Street in Middletown, will once again offer an event-specific $500 cash Hard Charger Award for the driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled starting position to the finish of the 50-lap ‘Hard Clay Open’ main event. Learn more about Grand Rental Station Middletown online at www.equipmentrentalinmiddletown.com.

At every STSS Halmar International North Region event this season, John Brown’s Land Hoe Maintenance of Danbury, Conn., have offered $200 cash to the Hard Charger Award recipient. Find Land Hoe Maintenance online at www.landhoemaintenance.com.

This means a huge $700 cash will be up for grabs to a competitor marching through the field at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event!

Superior Remodeling, based in Slate Hill, will reward the STSS Modified leader at halfway – lap 25 – a cash bonus of $200.

Each of the STSS Modified heat-race winners will take home $50 cash thanks to Rock Fantasy Hard Rock, Metal and Classic Rock Concert & Smoke Shop proprietor Stephen Keeler. Rock Fantasy, located at 75 West Main Street in Middletown, can be found on the web at www.rockfantasy.com.

A long line of product awards and certificates are also set for STSS Modifieds placing throughout the field.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is Event No. 1 of 10 for the STSS Halmar International North Region with a $12,500 championship looming at year-end.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the ‘Hard Clay Open’ doubleheader are the Orange County Fair Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green under weekly track rules and procedures.

Complete race rules and information have been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-info/

Registration is now open for both the STSS Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions.

STSS Modified entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenSTSSModifiedEntry.pdf

Crate 602 Sportsman entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenCrate602Entry.pdf

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Countdown to Middletown: Hard Clay ‘Opens’ New Halmar International Era Sunday, April 8 At Orange County Fair Speedway

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – After a huge kickoff to its southern region in Delaware, the ‘countdown to Middletown’ is underway for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

On Sunday, April 8, the STSS Halmar International North Region launches at the venerable Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., as the ‘Hard Clay Open’ celebrates its fifth anniversary.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ takes on special significance with the announcement that Halmar International’s Chris Larsen has assembled a group to lease the speedway for five years with an option to purchase. The STSS visit will be the first race at OCFS under the new Halmar leadership.

STSS Modifieds, sporting sail panels, are set to battle for 50 laps around the OCFS oval competing for a total payout of more than $30,000: $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag. A minimum of 30 cars will start the main event.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is event No. 1 of 10 toward the $12,500 Halmar International North region championship. The North Region once again starts and finishes on the ‘Hard Clay’ of OCFS.

Crate 602 Sportsman, running under weekly OCFS rules, will complete the two-division open-wheel doubleheader. Crates race 20 laps for a $1,000 winner’s share.

The only repeat ‘Hard Clay Open’ STSS Modified victor has been Andy Bachetti. The Sheffield, Mass., driver has earned his triumphs in distinctly different fashion. During the inaugural race in 2014, Bachetti led every lap from his pole starting position. A year ago, the ‘Wild Child’ marched forward from 20th starting spot to pass both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn in the final laps.

Friesen (2015) and Tommy Meier (2016) are the other two ‘Hard Clay Open’ winners.

On Sunday, April 8, pit gates will unlock at 11 a.m. Grandstand and drive-in gates open at noon. Hot laps hit the track at 2 p.m., with racing at 3 p.m.

Adult admission is $25 for the grandstand and drive-in. Seniors pay $22 with Kids 12 and under $2.

Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

There will be an Open Practice for racers on Saturday (April 7) with gates opening at 2 p.m. and practice from 4-8 p.m.

Complete rules, times, pricing and information can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-info/

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

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Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Short Track Super Series Contingency Award & Bonus Summary

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GEORGETOWN, DE – The following contingency awards and bonuses were issued during the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Season Opener Saturday at Georgetown Speedway.

The weekend kicked off the STSS Velocita-USA Modified South Region and Crate 602 Sportsman South Region. Officially 48 STSS Modifieds and 51 STSS Sportsman entered the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial opener.

Below, find the summary of contingency awards and bonuses distributed.

MELVIN L. JOSEPH MEMORIAL CONTINGENCY/BONUS AWARD SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY MARCH 17, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA Modified South Region Event No. 1

Ad-Art Sign Company “First from the First State” Bonus ($249): Carson Wright (14th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificate): Anthony Perrego (10th) and Wade Hendrickson (13th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): Billy Pauch Jr. (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Billy Decker (fourth) & Stewart Friesen (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Overall Fast Time ($100 Cash): Matt Sheppard (18.807)
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winners ($100 Certificates): Billy Pauch Jr., Joseph Watson, Matt Sheppard, Duane Howard & Ryan Watt
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($100 Certificate): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
Chesapeake Paving Winner’s Bonus (brings winner’s share from $4,900 to $6,949): Ryan Watt
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Duane Howard (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust ‘Power Position’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (11th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Hard Charger ($200 Cash): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): David Van Horn Jr. (third)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Credits): Matt Sheppard (second), Danny Bouc (12th) and Jordan Watson (22nd)
VAHLCO Wheels Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): Craig Hanson (DNQ)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 South Region Event No. 1

Rent Equip Winner’s Bonus ($149 cash): Alex Yankowski
Rent Equip Top Delaware Driver ($49 cash): Dwayne Crockett (13th)
Rent Equip Heat Winners ($49 cash): Corey Cormier, Steve Kemery, David Crossman, Eric Kormann & Dan Fleming

 

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, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Watt A Race: Ryan Watt Makes Late Pass Of Matt Sheppard To Win Georgetown Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial $6,949 Short Track Super Series Event

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By CODY MANMILLER

GEORGETOWN, DE – Finally, after a handful of runner-up finishes at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway, Ryan Watt outgunned Matt Sheppard to capture the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial on Saturday night, the series opener for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Presented by Sunoco.

Watt’s triumph was his fourth career win on the STSS tour, but his first at Georgetown Speedway in series history. The 2017 STSS Velocita-USA South Region champion began his title defense with a win in the 50th race of the series’ history, and in the first of eight races scheduled for six tracks in the southern faction of the tour.

“We’ve been so close to winning here and got second every race here last year,” Watt said in Victory Lane. “It’s awesome to finally get over the hump.”

Watt and Sheppard waged a war for the top spot, switching posts on the leaderboard on multiple occasions, before the Boyertown, Pa. driver jumped ahead for good with three circuits remaining.

“We were so equal all race,” Watt mentioned. “Lapped traffic is so tough sometimes, and I was just able to take advantage of my opportunity.”

Watt took the early lead from his outside pole starting position ahead of Friday night’s winner Craig Von Dohren and Sheppard, who started outside of the second row.

After a few early-race restarts, Sheppard wiggled second from Von Dohren before another caution flag on lap 12 of the 49-lap main event. This time, Sheppard, aboard the Hurlock Auto & Speed-sponsored No. 9s, plunged ahead of the field, taking his first lead of the race. By this time, David Van Horn had moved into third from his 11th-place starting spot, cementing himself as the one to watch coming through the field.

When the caution flag flew on lap 19, Van Horn beat Watt to the line to grab a front-row position on the restart alongside Sheppard. With 30 to go, Watt stole second back from Van Horn on the next green flag lap and set his sights on Sheppard. He pulled even down the backstretch but was unable to complete the pass.

With 20 laps to go, Watt, who was utilizing the ultra-top lane to his advantage, entered a bit too hard and a bit too high, sending him over the banking between turns three and four. His lead over third-place running Van Horn, however, allowed him to roar back on the racing surface without losing a position. Throughout the next few circuits, he seemed to unleash another level of speed, quickly closing back in on the leading Sheppard, who was battling through lapped traffic.

“The track was awesome,” Watt said. “The top widened out to the very edge and we were running so hard, I slipped up once and then I was just hoping for a caution for another opportunity.”

On lap 34, he got it. Jordan Watson slowed with 15 tours around the banked half-mile oval left to go. Still, on the ensuing restart, Sheppard sped ahead with Watt close behind, followed by Van Horn, Billy Decker and Von Dohren, who battled side-by-side for consecutive laps, Duane Howard and Friday night’s runner up Billy Pauch Jr. Howard and Pauch Jr. would slide past Von Dohren on the next few circuits.

Sheppard still held a solid, albeit close, lead on Watt with under five laps to go as he entered lapped traffic yet again. This time, however, it wasn’t so easy. Two cars battled door-to-door just ahead of him, and Sheppard was unable to find a clear path. Meanwhile, Watt concocted his plan. As Sheppard dove to the bottom of turn three, Watt blew it in on the outside, driving by for the lead.

Another caution would fly with two laps to go, setting up a green-white-checkered finish, but Watt crossed the line first for the win, followed by Sheppard, Van Horn, Decker and Pauch Jr.

“It was really a great battle,” Sheppard said in front of a packed grandstand. “I thought we had a good shot at it, but just got caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“I’m happy with the performance, though,” he said. “We had a lot of speed tonight, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do down here.”

Van Horn, who shot through to the top three early on in the race, wasn’t complaining.

“I love racing down here in Delaware,” he said. “The fans are diehard racing fans and really care about what we are doing.

“I think I used up my tire coming through, so I was just trying to hold my spot and hope for the best, but I’m really happy to take third behind guys like Ryan and Sheppard.”

Rounding out the top ten were: Howard, who scored a pair of top-six finishes on the weekend; Von Dohren, following up his season-opening victory aboard the Dick Biever-owned No. 14s; Billy Pauch Sr., who bounced around inside the top ten through much of the night; Stewart Friesen and Anthony Perrego, respectively.

Watt’s victory was worth $6,949.

A field of 48 STSS Modifieds signed in for the opener.  Heat winners were Billy Pauch Jr., Joseph Watson, Sheppard, Howard and Watt. Danny Creeden and Mike Gular split the consolations.

Teenager Alex Yankowski of Throop, Pa., dominated the 25-lap L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman main. Yankowski earned a victory in his first appearance at the Sussex County half-mile oval. Yankowski received a $1,049 winner’s share plus a $149 bonus from Rent Equip in Ocean View, Del.

Yankowski and another youngster – Dylan Swinehart – traded the lead during the race’s first half before Swinehart pulled to the infield, ending his bid.

Yankowski pulled away late in the going to a half-straightaway advantage. Steve Kemery finished a solid second. New York State invaders Adam McAuliffe and Shayne Spoonhower authored strong drives to finish third and fourth, respectively, with New Jersey’s Connor King completing the front five.

A new record 51 L&J Sheet Metal STSS Crate 602 Sportsman entered the program, Round No. 1 of the Crate 602 Sportsman South Region. Heat winners were Dan Fleming, David Crossman, Eric Kormann, Kemery and Yankowski. Consolation victors were Jeff Taylor and Daniel Morgiewicz.

The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Club 12-lap main went to C.J. Schirmer in a wild finish.

The Little Lincoln 10-lap feature fell to an emotional Kirk Lawson, the grandson of Melvin L. Joseph. Lawson rolled the outside lane to the victory.

One night after falling shy of a win, Chris “Tippy” Martinez topped the 12-lap Delmarva Charger feature in a 12-lap main that spun off green-to-checkered caution-free.

Dale Elliott bested the field of Delaware Super Trucks in another 12-lap main run without a caution flag.

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).

 

MELVIN L. JOSEPH MEMORIAL RACE SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY MARCH 17, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (49 laps): RYAN WATT, Matt Sheppard, David Van Horn, Billy Decker, Billy Pauch Jr., Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Danny Bouc, Wade Hendrickson, Carson Wright, Dan Creeden, Tyler Boniface, Rick Laubach, Scott Van Gorder, Scott Hitchens, Ron Roberts, Mike Gular, Jordan Watson, Joseph Watson, Jamie Mills, Mark Byram, Ryan Godown, Danny Johnson, Doug Manmiller, Jimmy Horton, Danny Varin, Jim Britt

Did Not Qualify:  HJ Bunting, Brett Barrett, Michael White, Matt Stangle, Jeremy Smith, Matt Janiak, Kevin Gardner, Brian Hitz, Allison Ricci, Russell Morseman II, Jack Lehner, Brad Trice, Craig Hanson, Norman Short, Jeff Strunk, Brett Kressley.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman South Region Event No. 1 (25 laps): ALEX YANKOWSKI, Steven Kemery, Adam McAuliffe, Shayne Spoonhower, Connor King, Corey Cormier, Dave Marcuccilli, Brad Roberts, Dan Fleming, Tyler Thompson, Tom Collins, Bobby Deleon, Dwayne Crockett, Cole Stangle, Dave Constantino, Jeff Tayler, Sean Metz, Connor Otten, Daniel Morgiewicz, David Jenkins, Hunter Lapp, David Schilling, Dylan Swinehart, Jeremy Harrington, Eric Kormann, Jim Housworth, Ryan Simmons, Cole Hentschel, Dave Crossman.                                                               

Did Not Qualify:  Jon Callaway, John Stevenson, Joe Toth, Tommy Vigh Jr., Joe Jarowicz, Chuck Miller, Trent Van Vorst, John Criscione, Fred Massey, Tom Moore Jr., Jordan Long, Ryan Riddle, Nick Alberti, Adam White, Sammy Martz Jr., Jason Rush, Gary Langenstein, Stacy Jackson, Tommy Wilkins, David Graham, Jordn Justice.

Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish (12 laps): CJ SCHIRMER, James Breasure, David Parsons, Jamie Eicholz, Andy Cassel, David Schamp, Don Davidson, Josh Smith.

Little Lincoln Feature Finish (10 laps): KIRK LAWSON, Joseph Tracy, Matt White, Sean Smith, Ryan Walsen, Brian Piercy, Sparky White, Bunky White.

Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): DALE ELLIOTT, David Smith, Noah Vincent, Jerry Hill, Dick Beauchamp, Cody West.

Did Not Start: J.R. Bergman, Bill Dean.

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): CHRIS MARTINEZ, Ashley Merritt, Geoff Carey, Tanner Marvel, Derek Swafford, Pacman, Randy Merritt, Joe Waters.

 

 

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MELVIN L. JOSEPH MEMORIAL WEEKEND RACE SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY MARCH 17, 2018

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (49 laps): RYAN WATT, Matt Sheppard, David Van Horn, Billy Decker, Billy Pauch Jr., Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Danny Bouc, Wade Hendrickson, Carson Wright, Dan Creeden, Tyler Boniface, Rick Laubach, Scott Van Gorder, Scott Hitchens, Ron Roberts, Mike Gular, Jordan Watson, Joseph Watson, Jamie Mills, Mark Byram, Ryan Godown, Danny Johnson, Doug Manmiller, Jimmy Horton, Danny Varin, Jim Britt

Did Not Qualify:  HJ Bunting, Brett Barrett, Michael White, Matt Stangle, Jeremy Smith, Matt Janiak, Kevin Gardner, Brian Hitz, Allison Ricci, Russell Morseman II, Jack Lehner, Brad Trice, Craig Hanson, Norman Short, Jeff Strunk, Brett Kressley.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman South Region Event No. 1 (25 laps): ALEX YANKOWSKI, Steven Kemery, Adam McAuliffe, Shayne Spoonhower, Connor King, Corey Cormier, Dave Marcuccilli, Brad Roberts, Dan Fleming, Tyler Thompson, Tom Collins, Bobby Deleon, Dwayne Crockett, Cole Stangle, Dave Constantino, Jeff Tayler, Sean Metz, Connor Otten, Daniel Morgiewicz, David Jenkins, Hunter Lapp, David Schilling, Dylan Swinehart, Jeremy Harrington, Eric Kormann, Jim Housworth, Ryan Simmons, Cole Hentschel, Dave Crossman.                                                               

Did Not Qualify:  Jon Callaway, John Stevenson, Joe Toth, Tommy Vigh Jr., Joe Jarowicz, Chuck Miller, Trent Van Vorst, John Criscione, Fred Massey, Tom Moore Jr., Jordan Long, Ryan Riddle, Nick Alberti, Adam White, Sammy Martz Jr., Jason Rush, Gary Langenstein, Stacy Jackson, Tommy Wilkins, David Graham, Jordn Justice.

Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish (12 laps): CJ SCHIRMER, James Breasure, David Parsons, Jamie Eicholz, Andy Cassel, David Schamp, Don Davidson, Josh Smith.

Little Lincoln Feature Finish (10 laps): KIRK LAWSON, Joseph Tracy, Matt White, Sean Smith, Ryan Walsen, Brian Piercy, Sparky White, Bunky White.

Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): DALE ELLIOTT, David Smith, Noah Vincent, Jerry Hill, Dick Beauchamp, Cody West.

Did Not Start: J.R. Bergman, Bill Dean.

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): CHRIS MARTINEZ, Ashley Merritt, Geoff Carey, Tanner Marvel, Derek Swafford, Pacman, Randy Merritt, Joe Waters.

 

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Holy Halmar! Halmar Racing Owner Chris Larsen Sending Six Teams South To Georgetown March 16-17 Melvin L. Joseph Weekend!

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GEORGETOWN, DE – Holy Halmar!

Halmar Racing owner Chris Larsen has announced he will send six – yes, six – race teams south to Delaware for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend Friday-Saturday March 16-17 at Georgetown Speedway. The weekend includes the milestone 50th event in the history of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

Leading the brigade is Stewart Friesen, who has shined in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition early in 2018 with a pair of consecutive top-10 finishes and a Stage victory at Las Vegas, Nev. The Sprakers, N.Y., driver will compete in Saturday’s 49-lap, $6,949-to-win STSS Modified event and Friday night’s 30-lap, $4,049 small-block 30-lap main, both aboard the No. 44. Friesen has three Georgetown victories to his credit in the past two years.

Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., is the defending STSS Modified Melvin L. Joseph Memorial event winner and he will return to do battle in the 49-lap headliner with the No. 43.

Matt Janiak, an up-and-coming big-block racer from Warwick, N.Y., will make his Delaware debut on Saturday driving the No. 17J in the STSS Modified division.

Both Allison Ricci and Tyler Boniface will pull double-duty in the STSS and small-block Modified ranks.

Ricci, of New Paltz, N.Y., will be at the controls of a Halmar Racing No. 55 with Boniface, of Pine Bush, N.Y., wheeling a No. 69. Both drivers will make their first starts in the First State.

Competing in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman event on Saturday is Daniel Morgiewicz of Goshen, N.Y., driving the No. 15M.

To learn more about each of the Halmar Racing team’s lineup of drivers, visit www.halmarracing.com.

Halmar International of Nanuet, N.Y., continues its support of the STSS in ’18, returning as headline sponsor of the series’ North Region, which begins on Sunday, April 8 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ fifth edition.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend at Georgetown Speedway opens the 2018 Northeast Modified season.

The Friday night (March 16) program is topped by small-block Modifieds racing 30-laps for $4,049 to win plus RUSH Crate Late Models ($1,049 to win), Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks. Practice rounds will be included for STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.

On Saturday (March 17), the STSS Modified 49-lap, $6,949-to-win event takes the headline with STSS Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,049 to win) and features only for Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars and Delaware Super Trucks completing the card.

For complete pricing and time information, visit the following link: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=1035

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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Going For It: Mike Gular Plans All-Out 2018 Assault On Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco

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Written by Cody Manmiller

FREDERICK, PA – Mike Gular is ready for more in 2018.

After averaging less than 30 races per season over the last two years, Gular is slated to compete in both the Halmar International North and Velocita-USA South factions of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled by Sunoco (STSS), in addition to his normal Saturday night plans at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.

“This (traveling with the STSS) is something we definitely wanted to do,” Gular said. “It just never was an opportunity for us over the last couple of seasons.”

In 2017, the 34-year-old machinist had planned on competing in a variety of different races through a partnership with Jim Reid, but lost a motor in the season opener, limiting his schedule to Grandview, aboard the Rich Stankiewicz-owned No. 2. Meanwhile, Terry Fasnacht, a prominent car owner in the area, had cars ready as Danny Erb was recovering from health issues.

“Originally, the plan was just to run a couple Friday nights at Big Diamond (in Minersville, Pa.), and then Terry asked if there were any other races we wanted to run,” Gular explained. “So, we started to move around a little, and had some success.”

The turning point, Gular said, was at the STSS-sanctioned Short Track SuperNationals 10, at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. The team scored a third-place finish, storming through the uber-competitive field for the pair’s best result together.

“That weekend really sealed the deal for this year,” Gular noted. “That result kind of showed Terry that we can do this, and it isn’t out of this world. We slapped together a program at the end of the year and were still competitive.”

This year, Fasnacht has provided Gular with a couple of Bicknell cars, his preferred chassis, along with multiple motor combinations to tackle the different styles of tracks on the STSS circuit.

The Short Track Super Series visits 13 different tracks in 17 sanctioned events in 2018. The diversity of facilities, along with the money involved, is what separated the STSS from other possibilities, in Gular’s mind.

“We looked into running Friday nights, but it turns into a grind, and doing the same thing gets old, and things get stale,” Gular said. “The point fund (with the STSS) is incredible, the payout is incredible, and this gives you a great chance to get a return on your money.

“Plus, seeing a different place is neat,” he said. “Sometimes you run out of ideas when things aren’t going well (running the same track), but when you travel you get to see more things, encounter more problems and find different solutions for those problems. All of that can help you at your Saturday night track.”

Gular cut his teeth on small, bullring-like racetracks, most notably at Grandview and Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. Those types of tracks on the STSS tour definitely appeal to him, but he’s looking forward to switching things up.

“I’m really excited to go everywhere,” Gular said. “Woodhull (N.Y.) looks awesome; Accord (N.Y.) is really tight, but it races really wide, and I’ve had success at Afton (N.Y.). But, I’ve never been to places like Orange County (N.Y.), so I don’t really know what to expect, or what it races like, but I’m interested to see how I can adapt.”

Gular will begin his season at the STSS opener, as part of Georgetown (Del.) Speedway’s Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend on March 16-17.

“We’ll be ready for both nights,” Gular explained.

“I can’t thank my crew, sponsors and family enough. We’ve been working really hard this winter, and we can’t do this without them putting up with us not being around.”

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, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.