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Short Track Super Series Takes Over Thunder Mountain Speedway Sunday, May 27 with Fifth ‘Lightning on the Mountain’

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CENTER LISLE, NY – One of the original six Short Track Super Series events during the 2014 inaugural series season, the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is an event fans circle on their calendars each season.

Again in 2018, Thunder Mountain Speedway serves as a Memorial Day Weekend stop for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region on Sunday, May 27.

The fifth edition of the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is highlighted by a 50-lap STSS big-block/small-block Modified main paying $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green flag, plus the first-ever STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region event ($1,000 to win) and Street Stocks ($1,000 to win).

The STSS Halmar International North Region opened its season at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., on Tuesday, May 8. Stewart Friesen won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ over Rick Laubach and Jerry Higbie. All three drivers are expected to contend on the Mountain.

The very first ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ took place on May 20, 2014 with Matt Sheppard driving Norm Hansell’s No. 357 to victory over Chad Cook, Vic Coffey, Stewart Friesen and Danny Johnson.

In 2015, the event was held on a rare June Monday night rain date. Brian Malcolm scored the most prolific win of his career, defeating Friesen, Johnson, Anthony Perrego and Jeff Strunk.

Memorial Day weekend was chosen as the date for ’16 and local driver Chad Cook won a rain-shortened 46-lap main over Mike Mahaney, Perrego, Higbie and Colton Wilson.

A year ago, an epic battle to the checkered flag on Memorial Day Sunday saw Perrego defeat Friesen, Andy Bachetti, Jeremy Smith and Ryan Jordan.

Who will it be in 2018? Only time will tell.

Complete race information for ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is on the STSS website at: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-on-the-mountain-rules-prices-general-info/

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

To learn more about the 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, K&N,  Land Hoe Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Short Track Super Series Rolls into Delaware International Speedway Thursday, May 24 for Diamond State 50

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DELMAR, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco rolls into Delaware International Speedway for its only visit on Thursday, May 24.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ will continue its legacy as an iconic event in the State of Delaware to kick off Memorial Day Weekend at the Cathell family’s half-mile oval.

Round No. 3 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region for big-block/small-block Modifieds takes the headline for the evening with qualifying and a 50-lap main event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green plus a plethora of cash and product bonuses.

After two South Region events have been completed, Waterloo, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard leads the $10,000 championship chase. Sheppard, driving for the Maryland-based Hurlock Auto & Speed operation, has earned two runner-up finishes on the series so far at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway in March and the three-eighths-mile at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in April.

Ryan Watt (Georgetown) and Jeff Strunk (Bridgeport) have scored the two STSS Modified victories thus far.

Watt recorded a thrilling ‘Diamond State 50’ victory a year ago, with a late-race, restart pass of Stewart Friesen.

The first-year STSS Crate 602 Sportsman program accompanies the Modifieds with a 20-lap, $1,000-to-win event – Race No. 3 of the five-race South series. Otisville, N.Y., driver Corey Cormier leads the standings over New Jersey’s Stephen Kemery and fellow Empire State resident Tom Collins Jr.

The Crate 602 program has drawn stacked, competitive fields in the first two events.

Completing the tripleheader show is a 12-lap main by the Delaware Super Trucks.

Race information for the ‘Diamond State 50’ can be found online at http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/diamond-state-50-rules-prices-general-info/ 

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

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

Velocita-USA South Region

Saturday, March 17 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: RYAN WATT

Sunday, April 29 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J. – South Jersey Shootout – WINNER: JEFF STRUNK

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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From Delaware to New York, the Short Track Super Series Has You Covered on Memorial Day Weekend

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MILLSBORO, DE – From southern Delaware to upstate New York, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco has you covered on Memorial Day weekend.

Two events – one Thursday and another on Sunday – are set for the holiday weekend.

Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., plays host to the third round of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region on Thursday, May 24 with the ‘Diamond State 50’ at the Cathell family’s half-mile oval.

STSS Modifieds race 50 laps for $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag in the third round of the 2018 South Region. Joining the STSS Modifieds are the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman in a 20-lap, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start event, Round No. 3 of the South series.  Delaware Super Trucks complete the tripleheader card.

After two events – one at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway in March and another at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in April – Matt Sheppard leads the STSS Modified South point standings, with Corey Cormier atop the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman points.

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

On Sunday, May 27, Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., is site of the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ STSS Halmar International North Region Event No. 2. The Spoonhower family’s facility offers a 50-lap battle with $5,000 going to the winner and $400 just to take the green flag for the STSS Modifieds.

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman kick off their five-race North Region racing for a $1,000 payday in a 20-lap feature. Street Stocks, $1,000 to win, complete the show.

Stewart Friesen, who won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ STSS North Region lid-lifter at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. – leads the series to the Mountain.

All information for the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ can be found online at: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-on-the-mountain-rules-prices-general-info/

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, K&N,  Land Hoe Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

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Stewart Friesen Romps To ‘Hard Clay Open’ Victory At Orange County Fair Speedway; 48 STSS Modified Take Part

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – He just keeps on winning.

For the 11th time in his career with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Stewart Friesen romped to victory in Tuesday night’s ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The Sprakers, N.Y., driver earned a $5,200 payday in the opener for the STSS Halmar International North Region at the five-eighths-mile oval in dominant fashion after starting seventh in the 30-car feature field.

“These guys gave me an awesome car tonight,” offered Friesen, 34, after exiting his Halmar-backed No. 44. “When you’re out front you never know who’s coming, especially here. It’s a long race.”

A field of 48 talented STSS big-block/small-block Modified drivers signed in for the first midweek show under a new era of racing at OCFS under the Orange Motorsport and Entertaining LLC banner.

The 50-lap fifth annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ saw Mike Mahaney’s Buzz Chew No. 88 lead the field to the green flag. Ryan Godown, however, put the Lincoln Auto Body No. 5 into the top spot on the opening tour.

Friesen cracked the top-five on lap five. A lap later, he advanced to third behind Godown and Mahaney.

On lap eight, Friesen slipped past Mahaney to the runner-up spot.

Two circuits later, he took over a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Behind Friesen, battles raged throughout the top-10.

Godown’s stellar drive derailed with 15 laps remaining when he slowed on the frontstretch with a flat left-rear tire.

Rick Laubach then inherited second in the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K.

Despite three cautions inside the final dozen laps, Friesen’s only challenges came on restarts as he was able to pull away during green-flag runs.

“These Short Track Super Series races attract the best drivers from all over,” Friesen said. “It always feels good when you can get a win in one of these shows.”

Hellertown, Pa.’s Laubach enjoyed a steady drive to place runner-up after starting fifth.

“We’re trying to run the whole series – North and South – this year,” Laubach said. “I really wanted to get off to a good clean start here to have a good points position going into the next few races and we did that.”

Driving Steve Lowitt’s United Pump & Tank No. 48, Newburgh, N.Y.’s Jerry Higbie completed the podium. Higbie started ninth and battled back-and-forth on restarts to earn his third-place result.

“That was fun racing out there,” Higbie said. “Every restart I was counting off cars hoping I’d be on the outside. I’d gain a few, get caught in the wrong line and lose a few. This series is the best around.”

After starting 23rd as a consolation winner, OCFS all-time leading winner Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., drove to fourth at the finish, surging forward in the race’s second half.

Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., however, was the race’s Hard Charger in Jeremy Smith’s No. 91. Decker started 25th and drove to fifth, an advance of 20 positions. He received $500 courtesy of Grand Rental Station Middletown, $200 from Land Hoe Maintenance and product from QA1 and Beyea Headers.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y.; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., driving the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3; Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., who pitted for a tire and to repair a right-side sail panel issue on lap nine with the Hurlock Auto & Speed ride; Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., in the first-ever appearance by Norm Hansell’s No. 357 on the Hard Clay; and veteran Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., who recovered from a flat tire on lap 18.

Heat winners – receiving $50 cash from Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room of Middletown and product certificates from Beyea Headers – were Mahaney, Meier, Laubach, Godown and Higbie. Consolation victors were Heotzler, Billy Pauch Jr. and Brett Hearn. Bob McGannon won the 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

A late arrival to the speedway, Brad Horton pocketed $1,000 in the accompanying OCFS Sportsman 20-lap main. Horton started last in the final heat race after missing the initial draw for position. He worked through for a redraw position and started the main from fourth on the grid.

Horton worked forward and grabbed a lead he wouldn’t relinquish at the midway point of the main.

“We did our homework on this car,” offered Horton. “It definitely paid off tonight.”

Mel Schrufer pressed the leader late in the event, earning a $500 runner-up finish, with Pennsylvania teenager Alex Yankowski in third followed by 12th-starter Cory Cormier and Tyler Johnston, who started 11th.

Crate 602 Sportsman heat winners were Corey Cormier, Jesse Leiby and Johnston. All 27 cars present started the main.

Racing resumes for the STSS on Memorial Day Weekend with a doubleheader. On Thursday, May 24 Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., hosts Round No. 3 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region plus Crate 602 Sportsman (Race No. 3) and Delaware Super Trucks.

On Sunday, May 27 the STSS Halmar North Region returns to action at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., plus the opener for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Series and Street Stocks.

HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: Race fans were treated to all-new aluminum seating in the half-covered grandstands as crews worked late Monday night and into Tuesday to complete the latest renovation project at the fairgrounds track….

The draw for heat-race starting positions was held prior to the drivers’ meeting at the Short Track Super Series trailer….

Mat Williamson’s anticipated debut on the series ended following hot laps with a burned piston in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3. The Behrent’s team fielded two nearly identical No. 3 cars with Tommy Meier earning a seventh-place finish….

A late-arriving, but healthy midweek crowd took in the event….

The win for Friesen was his second in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, having previously won in 2015 while driving for Jeff Daley. He earned $5,000 from the purse and $200 as the Halfway Leader from Superior Remodeling….

A new engine program has boosted the Jerry Higbie United Pump & Tank efforts as he chases the 2018 STSS North Region aboard the No. 48….

Pennsylvania driver Mike Gular made his first-ever OCFS visit a satisfying one as he recovered from a flat tire to finish 11th in Terry Fasnacht’s No. 2A….

Andy Bachetti pitted with shock issues. He was able to get back on the lead lap via the ‘Lap Down, Go Around’ presented by Algonkin Motel and ended up placing 15th….

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.
‘HARD CLAY OPEN’ RACE SUMMARY – ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY MAY 8, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Rick Laubach, Jerry Higbie, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Matt Sheppard, Duane Howard, Jeff Heotzler, Mike Gular, Jimmy Horton, Brian Krummel, Billy Pauch Jr., Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrego, Craig Mitchell, Brandon Grosso, Craig Hanson, Ryan Jordan, J.R. Hurlburt, Matt Hitchcock, Danny Creeden, Ryan Godown, Nick Nye, Danny Johnson, Mike Kolka, Bob McGannon, Jeremy Smith, Brett Tonkin.

Did Not Qualify: John Ferrier, Tyler Boniface, C.G. Morey, Rich Eurich, Richard Smith, Allison Ricci, Joe Krum, Heath Metzger, Billy Van Pelt, Joseph Judge, Matt Janiak, Roger Henion, Billy Van Inwegen, Joe Bruning, Mat Williamson, Danny Cronk, Brendan Finley, Kurt Hundeland.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Jeff Heotzler (10th) & Brian Krummel (13th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200): Billy Decker (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Brett Hearn (fourth) & Duane Howard (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Rick Laubach, Ryan Godown & Jerry Higbie
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($100 Certificate): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (sixth)
Grand Rental Station Hard Charger ($500): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Gular (11th)
Land Hoe Maintenance Hard Charger ($200): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): Jerry Higbie (third)
Rock Fantasy Heat Winner Bonuses ($50): Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Rick Laubach, Ryan Godown and Jerry Higbie
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Rick Laubach (second), Jimmy Horton (12th) & Matt Hitchcock (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200): Stewart Friesen
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel): Mat Williamson
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Tommy Meier (seventh)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRAD HORTON, Mel Schrufer, Alex Yankowski, Corey Cormier, Tyler Johnston, Bobby Flood, Kyle Rohner, Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg Sleight, Dylan Smith, Howie Finch, Ryan Neiger, Matt Shultz, Jimmy Leiby, Lem Atkins, Cody Hunt, Jesse Leiby, Bob Jashembowski, Mike Bull, Richard Eggers, Chris Curtis, Bobby DeLeon, Billy Eggers, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Rafaele Carson, Nick Plumstead, Michael Talmadge.

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HARD CLAY OPEN QUICK RESULTS – ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY MAY 8, 2018

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Rick Laubach, Jerry Higbie, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Matt Sheppard, Duane Howard, Jeff Heotzler, Mike Gular, Jimmy Horton, Brian Krummel, Billy Pauch Jr., Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrego, Craig Mitchell, Brandon Grosso, Craig Hanson, Ryan Jordan, J.R. Hurlburt, Matt Hitchcock, Danny Creeden, Ryan Godown, Nick Nye, Danny Johnson, Mike Kolka, Bob McGannon, Jeremy Smith, Brett Tonkin.

Did Not Qualify: John Ferrier, Tyler Boniface, C.G. Morey, Rich Eurich, Richard Smith, Allison Ricci, Joe Krum, Heath Metzger, Billy Van Pelt, Joseph Judge, Matt Janiak, Roger Henion, Billy Van Inwegen, Joe Bruning, Mat Williamson, Danny Cronk, Brendan Finley, Kurt Hundeland.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRAD HORTON, Mel Schrufer, Alex Yankowski, Corey Cormier, Tyler Johnston, Bobby Flood, Kyle Rohner, Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg Sleight, Dylan Smith, Howie Finch, Ryan Neiger, Matt Shultz, Jimmy Leiby, Lem Atkins, Cody Hunt, Jesse Leiby, Bob Jashembowski, Mike Bull, Richard Eggers, Chris Curtis, Bobby DeLeon, Billy Eggers, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Rafaele Carson, Nick Plumstead, Michael Talmadge.

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It’s RACE DAY for the Hard Clay Open at Orange County Fair Speedway – Join Us!

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It’s race day for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway.

After a weather delay of one month, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco kicks off its Halmar International North Region tonight at the Legendary House of Power. STSS big-block/small-block Modified drivers battle 50 laps for a pay structure totaling more than $30,000 – $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. Thirty cars will start the main event.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ has attracted the attention of top teams from across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Andy Bachetti is the defending race winner and STSS Halmar North Region champion.

OCFS Sportsman complete the open-wheel doubleheader in a 20-lap, $1,000-to-win main event.

Drive-in and pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. Grandstands are unlocked at 5 p.m. Hot laps are underway at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Adult admission is $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors and $2 for Kids 12 and under. Pit Admission is $35 with no license required.


‘Hard Clay Open’ Order of Events

3:30 p.m. – Pit Gate & Drive-In Opens

5 p.m. – Grandstand Gate Opens

5:50 p.m. – Draw for STSS Modified Heat-Race Starting Positions (drivers must be present)

6 p.m. – Drivers Meeting

6:20 p.m. – Hot Laps
STSS Modifieds
Crate 602 Sportsman

7:15 p.m. – Racing
STSS Modified Heats (8 laps)
Crate 602 Sportsman Heats (8 laps)

STSS Modified Consolations (8 laps)

STSS Modified Redraw/Intermission

Crate 602 Sportsman Consolations (8 laps)

STSS Modified Feature (50 laps)
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature (20 laps)

 

 

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Anticipation High for Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ Tuesday, May 8; Bonuses Add Up for Racers!

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – A one-month delay has only built more anticipation for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway next Tuesday, May 8.

A full 30 days after its originally scheduled date was nixed by a late winter, the 2018 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region gets underway at the ‘Legendary House of Power’ five-eighths-mile track.

STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds bring their brand of “sail panel racing” to Orange County in a 50-lap main event offering a total purse structure of more than $30,000: $5,000 to the winner, $4,000 for second, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.

This event marks the first midweek event under the Orange Motorsports & Entertainment LLC management group topped by Chris Larsen of Halmar International and general manager Michael Gurda IV.

Aside from the novelty of the midweek event, race fans will notice widespread progress and improvements across the historic fairgrounds thanks to Halmar’s financial support. From track equipment to upgraded grandstands, the Hard Clay is getting a makeover.

Bonus award sponsors have jumped on board to make the ‘Hard Clay Open’ a lucrative lid-lifter for STSS teams.

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.