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Hang On Tight: Short Track Super Series Invades Accord Speedway Monday, July 3 For ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’

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ACCORD, NY – You better hang on tight for this 12-second ride!

On Monday, July 3, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP makes its annual stop at Accord Speedway for a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Modified clash at the Ulster County bullring.

Gary and Donna Palmer’s pristine quarter-mile oval plays host to Round No. 4 of the STSS Halmar International North Region with the ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ on the eve of Independence Day.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the docket are STSS Sportsman in a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start event and Slingshots.

Entering the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ at Accord, there have been three winners in as many STSS North Region events. Andy Bachetti thrilled the crowd in April at the Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, N.Y.) ‘Hard Clay Open’ with a 20th-to-first drive.

At Thunder Mountain Speedway (Center Lisle, N.Y.) in May, Anthony Perrego struck gold with a ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ conquest.

Most recently, Stewart Friesen drove from 12th using the high line to hold off 17th-starter Ryan Godown in the ‘Afton Action 50’ at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park June 21.

The Afton score pressed Friesen into the series point lead with Accord’s tight confines on the horizon.

Updated point standings can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/2017-halmar-north-region-standings/

The ‘Battle of the Bullring’ celebrates its fifth anniversary his year. Danny Creeden won the inaugural event in 2013. Perrego was the ’14 victor, while Jackie Brown Jr. drove to the ’15 score. Last year, Friesen broke into the Accord win column for the first time in his career after a battle with Erick Rudolph.

Complete information on the ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ has been posted: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/battle-of-the-bullring-5-rules-prices-general-info/

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shortttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com.  “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

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

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Schedule

Halmar International North Region

Sunday, April 9 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. ‘Hard Clay Open’ WINNER: ANDY BACHETTI

Sunday, May 28 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO

Wednesday, June 21 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – ‘Afton Action 50’WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Monday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ (Rain Date: July 4) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

Sunday, July 16 Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – ‘Anthracite Assault’ – COMBO (Rain Date: TBA)

Tuesday, August 15 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Recovery Sports Grill Stampede ‘toga (Rain Date: August 16)

Tuesday, August 22 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ (Rain Date: August 23) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

Saturday, October 7 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 10 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. (Rain Date: October 8)

Thursday, October 19 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Eastern States Weekend (Rain Date: October 20) – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

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Friesen Fast: Stewart Rides High Line To ‘Afton Action 50’ STSS $5,100 Score Wednesday Night Over Hard Charging 17th-To-Second Drive By Ryan Godown

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AFTON, NY – Taking the high line to his liking, Stewart Friesen stormed to victory in Wednesday night’s ‘Afton Action 50’ at Afton Motorsports Park.

Picking the worst number in the redraw – 12 – Friesen shot through the field in the outside lane and drove to the win in the 50-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event, Round No. 3 of the Halmar International North Region.

The Sprakers, N.Y., driver received $5,100 for his efforts. The win was Friesen’s STSS-leading ninth victory and second of his career with the series at Afton, previously winning at the fairgrounds facility in July 2015.

There have been three different winners in as many STSS North events contested this season. Friesen does have a 2017 STSS Velocita-USA South Region score to his credit in April at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway.

“The top (lane) was good,” Friesen said after drawing a rise from the grandstands in Victory Lane. “It just took a few laps to clean it off. Once you got rolling up there, you could make ground.”

When the 50-lap main event received the green flag, outside pole starter Nick Nye – a series and Afton regular – shot into the lead. Groton, N.Y.’s Nye authored an outstanding drive to lead the opening 17 laps before Danny Creeden, who started fourth, used the outside groove to take command.

As Creeden was pressuring Nye, Friesen had been simultaneously picking off car after car on the topside of the speedway in his Halmar International-backed No. 44. At lap 22, Friesen sat third behind Creeden, who was negotiating lapped traffic, and Nye.

At the halfway mark, Friesen had moved into second, but was a straightaway behind the high-flying Creeden, who maintained a comfortable edge until a yellow on lap 35.

During a pair of consecutive restarts, Creeden held an edge on Friesen.

However, using his high-side momentum, Friesen forged ahead on lap 37.

“I wasn’t sure if I would get by Danny,” Friesen said. “He’s fast at these places and he definitely had a good car. The restarts helped group us back up.”

With time winding down, 17th-starter Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., began to make his presence felt. Godown, who won both STSS races at Afton a year ago, arrived in third place at lap 39. Five laps later, he put the Searock Fabrication-backed No. 26 into second.

A final caution on lap 45 set up a five-lap dash to the finish. Friesen was able to keep Godown at bay for the victory.

Godown, after surviving early scrapes in traffic, was a happy runner-up finisher.

“The track was tough in the heat races,” Godown said. “Putting that water down at intermission brought it back. The place was racy, but it was wild there in the back. I spit the middle a few times, people were low, high: it was exciting.

“To come out of here with two wins and a second in my last three races, I can’t complain.”

Triangle, N.Y.’s Jeremy Smith continued to impress in his first full season chasing STSS points, driving his self-owned No. 46 to third at the finish. Creeden ultimately was shuffled to fourth and Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y., placed a steady fifth, his second consecutive top-five finish on the series.

Two-time series champion and current Afton point leader Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., salvaged a sixth-place finish. Bachetti needed a provisional to get in the main event, starting 25th, and survived an early spin to charged back through the field.

Completing the top-10, respectively, were Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., in another solid effort with the United Pump & Tank No. 48; Billy Decker of nearby Sidney, N.Y., up from 23rd in the Smith Racing No. 91; track regular Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., who started 19th; and fellow Afton mainstay Ken Titus of Kirkwood, N.Y., in a steady performance.

Four STSS Modified heat races were contested with wins going to Anthony Perrego, Titus, Creeden and Nye. Godown and Alex Tonkin garnered the consolations.

Cody Clark of Salisbury Center, N.Y., dominated the 25-lap Crate 602 Sportsman headliner, picking up a $1,000 payday. Clark held a lead of more than a straightaway for much of the event. Chasing Clark across the line were Harold Humphrey, Matt Brewer, Tim French and Kyle Rohner.

Dylan Robinson of Harpursville, N.Y., fended off his brother, Mike, in the 20-lap FWD Four Cylinder nightcap, earning $200.

Next up for the STSS is the ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ at Accord Speedway, a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win clash on the Ulster County quarter-mile, Round No. 4 of the Halmar International North Region, joined by the STSS Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Slingshots.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shortttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com.  “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

AFTON AFTERTHOUGHTS: The ‘Afton Action 50’ marked the first midweek event under the new promotional team led by Ronnie Ford and Leon Andrus. The program spun off quickly, with the STSS Modified feature completed by 9:15 p.m. and the remainder of the show in the books by 10 p.m. on a weeknight….

An impressive 16 of the top-20 in STSS Halmar North Region points were on hand for the event, with 38 Modifieds signing in for action….

The strong run by Nick Nye in the STSS event was short-circuited by a power steering pump failure, causing Nye to retire from the event with only 11 laps remaining….

A very healthy midweek crowd turned out for the first of two STSS visits to Afton Motorsports Park this season. The series returns for American Racer Cup Weekend/Short Track SuperNationals 10 in October….

The Ricci family was out in full force, with Rich Ricci Jr. and Allison Ricci in the Modifieds plus Rich Ricci III in the Crate 602 Sportsman division….

Tough break for series traveler Brian Krummel, who was sidelined by engine woes while in a qualified spot during heat-race action with the Zubi’s Racing No. 17Z….

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

 

‘AFTON ACTION 50’ RACE SUMMARY – AFTON MOTORSPORTS PARK JUNE 21, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Ryan Godown, Jeremy Smith, Danny Creeden, Ryan Jordan, Andy Bachetti, Jerry Higbie, Billy Decker, Brett Tonkin, Ken Titus, Anthony Perrego, Rich Ricci Jr., Kurt Decker, Mike Mahaney, Mitch Gibbs, Matt DeLorenzo, Cory Costa, Alex Tonkin, Rusty Smith, Nick Rochinski, Tommy Meier, J.R. Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Craig Hanson, Matt Sheppard, Brian Malcolm, Alan Barker.

Did Not Qualify: Allison Ricci, Mike Trautschold, Brandon Martin, Mike Ward, Brian Krummel, Colton Wilson, Rusty Smith, Mike Dougherty, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Dan Humes, Matt Roberts.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Ken Titus (10th) & Anthony Perrego (11th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Hard Charger ($100): Andy Bachetti (25th to sixth)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Ryan Jordan (fifth)
BD Motorsports Media ‘Social Media Promotion’ Bonus ($50): Allison Ricci (DNQ)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards):
Danny Creeden (fourth) & Brett Tonkin (ninth)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (sixth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Jeremy Smith (third)
NYSSCA First Member Bonus ($100):
Stewart Friesen (winner)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (25th to sixth)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificate): Ryan Godown (second), Rich Ricci Jr. (12th) & J.R. Hurlburt (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Matt DeLorenzo (16th)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus: Jerry Higbie (seventh)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): CODY CLARK, Harold Humphrey, Matt Brewer, Tim French, Kyle Rohner, Rich Ricci III, Stacy Jackson, Greg McCloskey, A.J. Digsby, A.J. Miller, Leo Fotopoulos, Dale Welty, Tyler Lawrence, Rich Coons, Mike Murphy, Rob Loucks, Daniel Morgiewicz, Allan Hodge, Tim French Sr., Kailee DiMorier, Tom Collins, Matt Stangle.

FWD Four Cylinder Feature Finish (20 laps): DYLAN ROBINSON, Michael Robinson, Nick Kennedy, Frank Kennedy, Michael Brown, Jeff DeGroat, Richard Wagner, Jeremy Warren, Mike Wilmot, John Whiteside Jr., Casey McPherson.

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‘AFTON ACTION 50’ RACE SUMMARY – AFTON MOTORSPORTS PARK JUNE 21, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Ryan Godown, Jeremy Smith, Danny Creeden, Ryan Jordan, Andy Bachetti, Jerry Higbie, Billy Decker, Brett Tonkin, Ken Titus, Anthony Perrego, Rich Ricci Jr., Kurt Decker, Mike Mahaney, Mitch Gibbs, Matt DeLorenzo, Cory Costa, Alex Tonkin, Rusty Smith, Nick Rochinski, Tommy Meier, J.R. Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Craig Hanson, Matt Sheppard, Brian Malcolm, Alan Barker.

Did Not Qualify: Allison Ricci, Mike Trautschold, Brandon Martin, Mike Ward, Brian Krummel, Colton Wilson, Rusty Smith, Mike Dougherty, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Dan Humes, Matt Roberts.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): CODY CLARK, Harold Humphrey, Matt Brewer, Tim French, Kyle Rohner, Rich Ricci III, Stacy Jackson, Greg McCloskey, A.J. Digsby, A.J. Miller, Leo Fotopoulos, Dale Welty, Tyler Lawrence, Rich Coons, Mike Murphy, Rob Loucks, Daniel Morgiewicz, Allan Hodge, Tim French Sr., Kailee DiMorier, Tom Collins, Matt Stangle.

FWD Four Cylinder Feature Finish (20 laps): DYLAN ROBINSON, Michael Robinson, Nick Kennedy, Frank Kennedy, Michael Brown, Jeff DeGroat, Richard Wagner, Jeremy Warren, Mike Wilmot, John Whiteside Jr., Casey McPherson.

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STSS Brings The Action To Afton Motorsports This Wednesday Night, June 21 With Afton Action 50

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This Wednesday night, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP brings the “action” to Afton Motorsports Park.

Round No. 3 of the STSS Halmar International North Region is a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Modified battle at the Afton Fairgrounds. Andy Bachetti and Stewart Friesen are locked into a tie for the point lead, with Anthony Perrego, Billy Decker, Jeremy Smith, Tommy Meier, Jerry Higbie, Brian Krummel, Nick Nye and Matt DeLorenzo the top-10. All of the top-10 drivers are expected to be on hand.

Danny Creeden has been hampered by bad luck in the STSS North this season and sits 11th in points.  Creeden headed to Afton last Friday after his home track of Accord Speedway rained out and picked up the victory.

Ryan Godown won both the Afton (then I-88) events a year ago and hopes to keep his streak alive in 2017.

Expected to join the STSS regulars: PA star Duane Howard in the Norm Hansell No. 357, ‘Super’ Matt Sheppard in the Sweeteners Plus No. 92s, fan-favorite Allison Ricci among the Ricci family representatives and a host of other invaders looking to take a piece of the $22,000-plus purse structure plus bonuses.

The Afton regulars hope to defend their home turf as well, with drivers like Alan Barker, Mitch Gibbs, Brett Tonkin, Rusty Smith, Ken Titus and more.

Joining the Modifieds are Crate 602 Sportsman in a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start American Racer Challenge Cup event and FWD Four Cylinders in a $200-to-win program.

Complete rules, times, prices and information can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/afton-action-50-rules-prices-general-info/

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First Time In The First State: Ryan Watt Earns Delaware First In ‘Diamond State 50’ Short Track Super Series Conquest After Late-Race Dramatics

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DELMAR, DE – For the first time in the First State, Ryan Watt found Victory Lane.

Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., scored a thrilling Thursday night win at Delaware International Speedway, topping the ‘Diamond State 50’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event.

Watt pocketed $5,000-plus for his efforts in the Ron Roberts-owned car in Round No. 3 of the STSS Velocita South Region.

“We’ve wanted to win one down here (in Delaware) bad,” Watt said after climbing to the roof of his No. 14W before an appreciative crowd. “I always run well here and at Georgetown (Del.), I like the size and shape of these tracks. We’ve been close but we finally got one.”

Watt started 11th via a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers. During the early portions of the 50-lap main, however, he had dropped back to 17th! Meanwhile, pole starter David Van Horn Jr. and Duane Howard traded the lead in the very early portions of the program.

From eighth on the grid, Stewart Friesen throttled into third by the fourth tour of the half-mile oval as Howard established his position out front in Norm Hansell’s No. 357.

On lap 18, Friesen throttled past Van Horn for second. After three laps of side-by-side racing, Friesen’s Halmar International small-block took over the top spot.

Through a series of mid-race restarts, PA star Howard kept Friesen on his toes – at times pulling even with the leader.

As time wound down and the extreme outside lane of the track came to life, Watt saw his time to shine.

On lap 38, Watt sat sixth. Two laps later, he had sliced through the top-five to run second, behind only Friesen.

On lap 42, Watt appeared to have the momentum to sweep by Friesen. However, Friesen moved up the track in turns three and four to block the advance, causing Watt to hop the cushion.

A caution on lap 44 changed the race’s complexion.

On the double-file restart, Friesen surged off the bottom to lead down the frontstretch. When Friesen went to the top in turn one, his car caught the cushion and momentarily pushed. Watt darted to the inside and ended up the leader over Howard, with Friesen shuffled to fourth as a rim-riding Frank Cozze entered the top-three.

Unfortunately for Cozze, the front-end gave way on the Adirondack Auto No. 35 on the 47th tour and he spun off the backstretch, drawing the race’s final yellow.

Watt was able to outdistance the field to etch his name on the list of Delaware International feature winners. Watt now owns two career STSS victories, the first coming on May 17, 2016 at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa.

Howard, of Oley, Pa., settled for runner-up pay ($3,000) after contending for the entire distance. Sprakers, N.Y.’s Friesen ended up third, with Brett Kressley of Orefield, Pa., completing a strong drive in fourth spot. Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., climbed from 21st on the grid to fifth in his No. 1W small-block, earning the $200 Hard Charger Award from Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply.

Completing the top-10, respectively, were Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., in the Keystone Racing No. 126; Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., back in the Ryan Kerr No. 1K after starting 19th; Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., from 15th in the Daniel Sommeling No. 51; Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., recovering from a pair of spins; and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., in his first STSS South start of the season.

A talent-laden 34-car field of STSS Modifieds signed in at the series’ southernmost stop. Heat winners were Friesen, Dale Hawkins, Kressley and Strunk. Watson topped the 14-car consolation.

The accompanying 20-lap Crate 602 Sportsman main saw red-hot Matt Stangle of Neshanic, N.J., take home the $1,000 payday. Much of the race saw a series of slide jobs involving Mike Hough and Jordn Justice. After Justice got command, Stangle followed into second.

One slight bobble by Justice was all Stangle needed to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish. Justice, the defending track champion, turned his luck around in second, followed by Dwayne Crockett, Scott Hitchens (after an opening-lap tangle) and Hough.

The Delmarva Chargers saw Scott Calhoun earn a 12-lap victory and Robert Smith earned the 12-lap Delaware Super Truck nightcap.

Next up for the STSS is a visit to Afton Motorsports Park in Afton, N.Y., for the ‘Afton Action 50’ paying $5,000 to the big-block/small-block Modified racers of the Halmar International North Region and $400 to take the green. Also on the card: Crate 602 Sportsman (American Racer Cup Challenge) and FWD Four Cylinders.

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

DIAMOND NUGGETS: A late-arriving, but strong crowd took in the ‘Diamond State 50’ which was originally scheduled as a Thursday night kick-off to Memorial Day weekend but fell to rain. The event also served as the second round of the ‘Full Throttle’ series….

Billy Pauch Sr. was done before qualifying with apparent driveline issues on his retro No. 15….

Kenny Brightbill returned to Modified racing in the Keith Coulbourne No. 55. Brightbill’s wife, Carol, was active with 50th anniversary apparel sales, while Kenny reminisced with fellow racers and fans….

Danny Johnson transferred to the redraw with the Jeff Brown orange No. 27J. However, the team needed a back-up car for the main. Starting last, ‘the Doctor’ had climbed to just outside the top-five before retiring to the pit area….

An incident during the Delmarva Charger feature required outside medical attention. Despite the delay of nearly an hour, the Modified feature was completed by 10:30 p.m. in a fast-paced program….

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

‘DIAMOND STATE 50’ RESULTS SUMMARY – DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY JUNE 15, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): RYAN WATT, Duane Howard, Stewart Friesen, Brett Kressley, Jordan Watson, Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Jr., Jamie Mills, Anthony Perrego, Jesse Hill, Jim Britt, Brad Trice, David Van Horn Jr., Frank Cozze, Danny Johnson, Ryan Godown, Craig Von Dohren, Jimmy Horton, Ron Roberts, Scott Van Gorder, H.J. Bunting, Danny Bouc, Joseph Watson, Matt Jester, Dale Hawkins, Robert Dutton, Shawn Ward.

Did Not Qualify: Kevin Sockriter, Howard O’Neal, T.J. Williams, Kenny Brightbill, Billy Pauch Sr., Michael White.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Billy Pauch Jr. (eighth) & David Van Horn Jr. (14th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Jordan Watson (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses:
Brett Kressley (fourth) & Jamie Mills (ninth)
Chesapeake Paving Halfway Leader Bonus ($100): Stewart Friesen
DTM Motorsports Fastest Hot Lap DNQ ($400 Starting Spot): Ron Roberts
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Jeff Strunk (sixth)
Hurlock Auto & Speed Hard Charger ($200):
Jordan Watson (21st to fifth)
K&N Filters Bonuses (Air Filter):
Duane Howard (second) & Brett Kressley (fourth)
Keizer Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Ryan Watt (winner)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jordan Watson (21st to fifth)
VP Racing Fuels Makin’ Power Positions ($50 Certificates): Duane Howard (second), Jim Britt (12th) & H.J. Bunting III (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Danny Johnson (16th)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Rick Laubach (seventh)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): MATT STANGLE, Jordn Justice, Dwayne Crockett, Scott Hitchens, Mike Hough, Jason Rush, David Jenkins, Matt Smith, Nick Alberti, Brandon Dennis, Ryan Riddle, David Crossman, Trent Van Vorst.

Delaware Super Truck Feature Winner (12 laps): ROBERT SMITH, Jerry Hill, David Smith, Thomas LeCates, Mike Kennedy, Dale Elliott, Rocky Whitley, Billy Lockwood, Tim Quay, Kirk Miles, Dick Beauchamp, Action Jackson, Dylan Reed, Bobby Reed, Brian Meisenholder, Matt Esham.

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): SCOTT CALHOUN, Jay Sipple, Tanner Marvel, Robert Paczkowski, Ashley Merritt, Bud Sipple, Randy Merritt, Earl Truitt, Ben Knotts.

 

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‘DIAMOND STATE 50’ RESULTS SUMMARY – DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY JUNE 15, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): RYAN WATT, Duane Howard, Stewart Friesen, Brett Kressley, Jordan Watson, Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Jr., Jamie Mills, Anthony Perrego, Jesse Hill, Jim Britt, Brad Trice, David Van Horn Jr., Frank Cozze, Danny Johnson, Ryan Godown, Craig Von Dohren, Jimmy Horton, Ron Roberts, Scott Van Gorder, H.J. Bunting, Danny Bouc, Joseph Watson, Matt Jester, Dale Hawkins, Robert Dutton, Shawn Ward.

Did Not Qualify: Kevin Sockriter, Howard O’Neal, T.J. Williams, Kenny Brightbill, Billy Pauch Sr., Michael White.

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): MATT STANGLE, Jordn Justice, Dwayne Crockett, Scott Hitchens, Mike Hough, Jason Rush, David Jenkins, Matt Smith, Nick Alberti, Brandon Dennis, Ryan Riddle, David Crossman, Trent Van Vorst.

Delaware Super Truck Feature Winner (12 laps): ROBERT SMITH, Jerry Hill, David Smith, Thomas LeCates, Mike Kennedy, Dale Elliott, Rocky Whitley, Billy Lockwood, Tim Quay, Kirk Miles, Dick Beauchamp, Action Jackson, Dylan Reed, Bobby Reed, Brian Meisenholder, Matt Esham.

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): SCOTT CALHOUN, Jay Sipple, Tanner Marvel, Robert Paczkowski, Ashley Merritt, Bud Sipple, Randy Merritt, Earl Truitt, Ben Knotts.

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Don’t Look To The Sky: The Stars Will Be Out At Delaware International Speedway Thursday For The Diamond State 50

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DELMAR, DE – Delmarva race fans won’t have to look to the sky to find the stars this Thursday, June 15.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ takes center stage at Delaware International Speedway, featuring the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds, bringing in a roster of competitors bursting at the seams with talent.

The 50-lap event, Race No. 3 of the STSS Velocita South Region, also serves as the second round of the midweek ‘Full Throttle’ series of midweek events at the Cathell family’s facility. A hefty $25,000-plus total purse has been posted: $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

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

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

Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., sits atop the STSS South Region standings with two events in the books as he searches for a $10,000 championship. Horton has a win to his credit in the First State this season, taking the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway in March.

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

‘The Doctor’ Danny Johnson won at Georgetown in May. He will trek south from his Rochester, N.Y., home again on Thursday to strap into Jeff Brown’s Chesapeake Paving No. 27J.

Joining Friesen and Johnson from the ‘north’ are Massachusetts native Andy Bachetti, a winner at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., and Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., this season; and rising star Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., the most recent STSS winner in Halmar International North Region competition at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.  Perrego has a victory in the state of Delaware on his resume, reaching Victory Lane in March 2016 at Georgetown.

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

From Pennsylvania, the ‘Big Three’ of Duane Howard in the Norm Hansell No. 357, Jeff Strunk in the Keystone Racing No. 126 and Craig Von Dohren driving the Dick Biever No. 14s are set to bring their PA Dual-Track battles south.

Also out of the Keystone State, red-hot Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., will search for his first victory in the state of Delaware after several strong efforts at both Delaware International and Georgetown. Watt is coming off huge wins at both Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Bridgeport.

The victor in Race No. 1 of the ‘Full Throttle’ series back in early April was Hellertown, Pa., standout Rick Laubach, who has several victories at Delaware International including the year-end State Championship show.

The Delaware drivers will be looking to keep the lion’s share of the money in their home state, including most recent winner at the speedway Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., in a Blue Hen Racing entry and his teammate/nephew Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Watson who is back in full-time competition this year. Delaware International Opening Night winner Matt Jester of Milford, Del., will strap into the Clearview Farms No. 62 small-block to do battle.

Always a threat at Delaware International is seven-time and defending Modified champion H.J. Bunting of Milford, Del., in the Jake Marine-sponsored No. 85.

A series regular, Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., looks to turn his luck around after a rough start to his local racing season. Other Delaware International racers expected in the mix include the father-and-son tandem of Bobby and Brandon Watkins, Dale Hawkins, Hurlock, Md.’s Shawn Ward, Kevin Sockriter in a second Coulbourne-backed ride, young gun Carson Wright, New Jersey transplant Scott Van Gorder, Robert Dutton in a tribute ride to his late father, Michael White, Howard O’Neal and more!

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

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

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

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

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You Can Win Warm-Ups Next Thursday, June 15 At Delaware International Speedway Short Track Super Series ‘Diamond State 50’ Thanks To DTM Motorsports

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DELMAR, DE – The old adage in short-track racing is “you can’t win warm-ups.”

That’s not entirely true next Thursday, June 15 at Delaware International Speedway for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP ‘Diamond State 50’ event.

Thanks to a marketing partnership with DTM Motorsports of Millsboro, Del., the fastest big-block/small-block Modified driver from hot laps unable to qualify for the 50-lap STSS Modified main through heats and consolations will receive a fully paid starting position in the field, worth a minimum $400.

This driver will earn the 25th starting position in the ‘Diamond State 50’ main as the final qualified car in front of the provisional starters.

“Thanks to Dan (Fiedler, a custom engine builder also offer dyno service), this will send one more driver home with at least $400 in their pocket,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “That’s always a positive thing for our event and series.”

The ‘Diamond State 50’ is headlined by the STSS Modified event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start, the third round of the Velocita-USA South Region. Also on the card: Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win), Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers.

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

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

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

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

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Big Diamond Speedway Short Track Super Series ‘Anthracite Assault’ Postponed To Sunday, July 16 Due To Rain, Ominous Forecast

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MINERSVILLE, PA – The annual ‘Anthracite Assault’ at Big Diamond Speedway has fallen to a forecast of significant rainfall in Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County for Tuesday, June 6.

Facing a 90-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day and evening, Big Diamond management and Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP organizers have postponed the event to Sunday, July 16.

The decision was made Monday evening in the interest of race teams traveling long distances to compete.

The ‘Anthracite Assault’ is unique in the only STSS event each year offering points toward both the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region championship battles.

“Knowing this is a combination event and teams will be traveling long distances from both the north and south, we decided to make the decision early,” said STSS coordinator Brett Deyo. “The forecast has trended increasingly worse. Hopefully we can save some time off for our racers and fans by making this announcement.”

The program will move in its entirety to July 16, headlined by the 50-lap STSS Modified main paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

STSS Sportsman battle 25 laps for a $1,000 payday ($125 to take the green flag) and Big Diamond’s full-fender Roadrunners take part in a points-paying main event on the docket, as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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Return of Kenny Brightbill To Modified Racing Takes Place Thursday, June 15 At Rescheduled Delaware International Speedway STSS ‘Diamond State 50’

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DELMAR, DE – The return of Kenny Brightbill to dirt Modified racing serves as a highlight of the rescheduled ‘Diamond State 50’ at Delaware International Speedway next Thursday, June 15.

The annual Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP stop to the Cathell family’s facility had been scheduled as a kickoff to Memorial Day weekend on May 25. However, rain forced the event’s postponement to June 15, headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event offering $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ offers points toward the lucrative $10,000 STSS Velocita-USA South Region championship.

Living legend Brightbill, of Sinking Spring, Pa., with more than 440 career feature wins, will strap into a Keith Coulbourne-owned No. 55 at Delaware International. Brightbill is celebrating his 50th season of competition and 2017 is expected to be his last as a driver.

While he competes regularly in SpeedSTR racing at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., a return to Modified racing was welcomed by Brightbill.

“It was like he never left,” offered Coulbourne, with whom Brightbill teamed to win five races and the ’10 Delaware International Speedway Modified championship. “He came down to get fitted in the car and as soon as he climbed in, he had a big smile on his face.”

Brightbill will drive as a teammate to Coulbourne’s regular driver Kevin Sockriter, who won his first Modified feature last year at Delaware International.

Brightbill’s most recent win in a Modified came on June 4, 2011 at Delaware International. He has since won in a SpeedSTR.

Joining the STSS Modifieds at Delaware International are the Crate 602 Sportsman, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers.

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

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

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

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

 

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 11 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown Del. – Melvin L. Joseph MemorialWINNER: JIMMY HORTON

Sunday, April 23 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J. (Five-Eighths-Mile)South Jersey ShootoutWINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Tuesday, June 6 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – ‘Anthracite Assault’ – COMBO (Rain Date: TBA)

Thursday, June 15 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50 (Rain Date: TBA) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

Sunday, July 30 – Susquehanna Speedway/Newberrytown, Pa. – York County Nationals $10,000 to win (Rain Date: TBA)

Tuesday, August 29 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Blast at the Beach 4 (Rain Date: August 30)

Saturday, September 30 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, N.J. (Three-Eighths-Mile)Dirty Jersey (Rain Date: October 1)

Friday-Saturday, October 27-28 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Championship (Rain Date: Oct. 29) – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS