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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albany-Saratoga Speedway is located at 2671 U.S. Route 9 Malta, N.Y., 12020. The track info line is 518.587.0220 and the speedway website is www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ed Dachenhausen Pockets $6,900 ‘Summer of 69’ STSS Sportsman Victory During Historic Bethel Motor Speedway Sunday; Kevin Skelly (Street Stock) & Mike Travis (Four Cylinder) Also Triumph

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WHITE LAKE, NY – On a day that will stand out in the history of Bethel Motor Speedway, Ed Dachenhausen’s name will forever be etched the in the record books.

Dachenhausen, of Danbury, Conn., raced to victory in the unprecedented ‘Summer of 69’ spectacular paying $6,900 to the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Sportsman winner.

The 69-lap race, which pitted Open and Crate 602 Sportsman engine combinations, offered the largest Sportsman winner’s share at any venue in 2017, with the unique twist of dirt-style cars tackling the tight one-quarter-mile paved oval.

The event thrust Bethel into the spotlight with a large crowd, regional media attention and 30 competitors trying their hand at the money.

At day’s end, it was Dachenhausen’s Scott Sanford-owned car in Victory Lane.

“This is awesome,” said a thrilled Dachenhausen after climbing to the roof of his race car on the frontstretch before the energized Bethel fans. “I can’t thank everyone enough for putting this race on and giving a guy like me a chance to run for this kind of money.

“The cautions were working out in my favor. It’s always nice when you have open track to race on.”

Dachenhausen races on the dirt at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on Friday nights in the Modified division. Bethel is his home for Saturday racing. He is a Sportsman regular while his son Tyler competes in the track’s pavement-style BMS Modified ranks.

The storybook weekend for Dachenhausen included Saturday wins by both he and his son at Bethel as a ‘Summer of 69’ prelude.

“It couldn’t have been any better of a weekend for us,” he said. “I was pretty emotional last night when my son won his first (Modified) race. This is Hollywood stuff.”

Dachenhausen’s Saturday win at Bethel granted him a guaranteed sixth starting spot for Sunday’s main event.

“I was lucky to win last night and not have to go through all the qualifying,” he admitted.

A field of 26 STSS Sportsman took the green on the Bethel bullring, setting up some wild moments in the race’s opening laps.

Jackie Brown Jr., from fourth, sixth-starter Dachenhausen and veteran Frank Jashembowski – up from 14th – defined themselves as victory contenders through the race’s rough-and-tumble beginning.

When Brown’s No. 6X became entangled with a lapped car in turn two during the latter part of the race’s first segment, it became a Jashembowski/Dachenhausen lead battle.

Through heavy slower traffic, Dachenhausen slipped past ‘Frankie J’ and established his No. 11x as the leader.

Race rules set two “competition cautions” on laps 25 and 50, giving teams the option to head to the pits and change tires.

For Dachenhausen, it wasn’t a consideration.

“I tried to keep the tires under me and drive straight,” he said. “We didn’t have any plans to pit.”

Dachenhausen remained the leader as the crowd intently watched Brown pick his way back through the field. Brown, a winner on dirt at Accord Speedway among other venues and frequent participant on the pavement at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont, raced back into second.

Despite a final caution on lap 66, the Hurley, N.Y., driver couldn’t unseat Dachenhausen at the front of the field.

Brown’s Crate 602 powered car settled for runner-up status, worth $3,000, with Jashembowski – a longtime big-block Modified racer at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway – returning to the seat with a stout third-place result.

Bethel regular Jeff Richardson of Goshen, N.Y., lost the powerplant on his No. 50 during Saturday’s program. He appeared to be on the sidelines, that is, until the main event started.

When Dom Roselli was involved in a heat-race tangle and later fought distributor issues, he failed to qualify for the main. Roselli then turned his car over to Richardson, who was eligible for a provisional start as the speedway’s point leader.

Richardson started dead last, 26th on the grid, and raced to a fourth-place finish.

Second-generation driver Cole Hentschel of Pine Bush, N.Y., ran a steady race to finish fifth after starting 17th.

Completing the top-10 were Brian Papiez of Belle Mead, N.J., driving the Horton family No. 43 (after a flat tire); Vermont invader Joey Roberts, also recovering from a flat; Orange County regular Billy Eggers; Accord’s Nick Plumstead and Eric Moon.

Winners of the three 20-lap ‘Semi’ qualifiers were Papiez, Jashembowski and Al Archiere. Matt Curry and Jimmy Zacharias snagged the consolations.  

Kevin Skelly of North Branch, N.Y., drove to a $1,069 payday in the 40-lap ‘Woodstocker’ Street Stock special. Skelly and Kyle Welsch distanced themselves from the field in an extra-distance event slowed by just a single caution. Skelly masterfully worked slower traffic to outdistance Welsh.

The ‘Woodstocker’ event allowed only street-legal DOT tires rather than racing tires. Skelly invaded Bethel on Saturday with DOT tires on to prepare and it paid off.

“I’m glad we came last night to get dialed in for this race on the DOT tires,” he said.

Welsch finished second, followed by Walt Henry, Amber Van Order and Steve Simpson.

Like their full-fender Street Stock counterparts, the Four Cylinders ran with just a single caution in their 39-lap event! Mike Travis of Liberty, N.Y., took advantage of a head’s-up start to wire the ‘Hippie Bowl’ presented by Hibernation Heating and win the $669 top prize. Travis won convincingly over Shawn Maloney.

Up next for the STSS is the ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ on Tuesday, August 15 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., paying $5,000 to the Modified winner as part of the Halmar International North Region, plus a $1,000-to-win King of Dirt (KoD) Crate 602 Sportsman main.

Bethel Motor Speedway is located at 361 Horseshoe Lake Road Bethel, NY 12783. The speedway can be contacted by phone at 845.319.7908, on the web at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

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.

BETHEL BEATS: The event carried a ‘Woodstock’ theme at a track located just miles from the original site of the 1969 festival. Era appropriate music, tie-dyed event shirts and more added to the event’s atmosphere….

The large crowd filled the speedway’s grandstands and spilled out to both sides with lawn chairs….

Despite the busy program of racing, the final checkered flew just after 7 p.m., well in advance of the town-imposed 8 p.m. Sunday curfew….

A number of drivers took in the event as spectators including Jimmy Horton, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Brett Tonkin, Matt Stangle, Brandon Grosso, Craig Hanson and more….

A unique blend of officials included announcers Tim Pitts and Jeff Ahlum, starter Warren Alston, tech director George McKelvey, pit staff Eric Kormann and Dave Pace joining the Bethel staff for the 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.

‘SUMMER OF 69’ RACE SUMMARY – BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AUGUST 6, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Sportsman Feature Finish (69 laps): ED DACHENHAUSEN ($6,900), Jackie Brown Jr., Frank Jashembowski, Jeff Richardson, Cole Hentschel, Brian Papiez, Joey Roberts, Billy Eggers, Nick Plumstead, Eric Moon, Rob Rowe, Harold Humphrey, Milton Mann, Mike Sabia, Shayne Spoonhower, Corey Cormier, Chris Raser, Larry Mekic, Brad Horton, Dan Dulin, Rich Coons, Al Archiere, Jimmy Zacharias, Colin DuBois, Kyle Redner, Matt Curry.

Did Not Qualify: Dom Roselli, Roy Crespo, Craig Pritchard, Michael Talmadge.

‘Woodstocker’ Street Stock Feature Finish (40 laps): KEVIN SKELLY ($1,069), Kyle Welsch, Walt Henry, Amber Van Orden, Steve Simpson, Ryan Brockner, Bill Deak, Josh Wilbur, Brian Bauernfiend, Matt Guadagno, Josh Towner, Joel Murns, Charlie Towner, Jeff Hager, Mario Contorino, Larry O’Donnell, Jessica Ricci, Gary Gamble.

‘Hippie Bowl’ Four Cylinder Feature Finish (39 laps): MIKE TRAVIS ($669), Shawn Maloney, Tim Curry, Dave Donovan (pending tech), Dan Curry (pending tech), Dan Houghtaling (pending tech), Cody Houghtaling, Edward Jones, Brandon Golzak, Clifford Levison, Robert Beach, Nicholas Curry, Ray Lamantia, Marcos Small, Michael Weiner, Jessey Torrens, Marison Torrens, Edwin King, Joe Morris Jr., Jeff DeGroat, Josh Houghtaling.

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“Stampede” Coming To Albany-Saratoga Speedway Tuesday, August 15; Short Track Super Series Debuts At Malta Oval With $25,000-Plus Payout

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MALTA, NY – A “stampede” is coming to Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday, August 15.

This stampede comes in the form of big- and small-block Modified horsepower.

In the inaugural visit by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, Modifieds will battle 50 laps around the ‘Great Race Place’ for a posted purse of more than $25,000 – $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

This unique program, presented by Recovery Sports Grill, brings the STSS Modifieds to Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the first time ever utilizing sail panels.

After five events, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti leads the battle for the $12,500 STSS Halmar North Region championship into Albany-Saratoga. Bachetti, who won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., to open the season, has accrued 409 points, leading over Stewart Friesen (402), Billy Decker (399), Anthony Perrego (386) and Jeremy Smith (343).

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the open-wheel doubleheader are the King of Dirt (KoD) Sportsman racing for a 30-lap, $1,000-to-win event.

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

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

Albany-Saratoga Speedway is located at 2671 U.S. Route 9 Malta, N.Y., 12020. The track info line is 518.587.0220 and the speedway website is www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.

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

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

 

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Run, Run Rudolph: Erick Rudolph Pockets $10,000 STSS Modified Payday At Susquehanna Speedway Sunday During York County Nationals; Strong 40-Car Field On Hand

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NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – For the first time ever on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, Erick Rudolph reached Victory Lane.

And it was a big one.

Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., guided Randy Chrysler’s Modified to a $10,000 payday Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway in the 16th annual York County Nationals, edging Stewart Friesen in a side-by-side battle to the checkered flag.

Rudolph became the 20th different winner in the 42-race history of the STSS.

“I’ve got to thank Randy (Chrysler, car owner),” Rudolph said to an enthusiastic crowd. “We’ve won some races together, but I’d have to say this one is by far the biggest.”

A healthy field of 40 STSS Modifieds took part in the program, featuring the sole appearance by the division at the Central PA oval owned by Scott Gobrecht and managed by Kolten Gouse.

Rudolph’s No. 25R mount started second in the 26-car feature field. However it was Friesen – who rolled off fourth – making a quick surge forward early in the 50-lap main. Friesen’s Halmar International-backed No. 44 jetted into the top spot on the second tour of the red clay track.

Two laps later, Rudolph followed into second with an epic battle raging from third back through the field led by Billy Pauch Sr., Jeff Strunk and Craig Von Dohren swapping positions.

The race’s most significant incident, a four-car tangle in turn one, drew the red flag on lap 19. At that point Friesen led Rudolph, Pauch Sr., Strunk and Von Dohren.

STSS rules dictate double-file restarts through five laps remaining in series main events.

Friesen, picking the inside lane, survived ensuing restarts on laps 34 and 35 to maintain the lead. It was on lap 38, however, that Rudolph was able to utilize the high line in the first and second turns to sweep into the lead.

The race’s final yellow on lap 42 set up an epic run to the finish.

The leaders rubbed rails coming to the green with Rudolph again out front occupying the topside. Friesen drove to the extreme bottom and by lap 45, was pulling even with the leader at the exit of turn four.

The pair raced neck-and-neck to for the last five laps, with Rudolph edging Friesen by a nose at the wave of the checkered.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., settled for runner-up pay and took over the series point lead in the process, with Oley, Pa.’s Von Dohren – who at one moment attempted a three-wide maneuver for the lead – placing third in Dick Biever’s No. 14s after starting ninth.

Strunk, aboard the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126, ended a solid effort in fourth position at a speedway where the Boyertown, Pa., driver was a former regular. Wind Gap, Pa.’s Frank Cozze completed the front five driving Tom Umbenhauer’s No. 4 spec head small-block mount run regularly on Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., up from 10th in the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K; Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., in a steady drive aboard the Halmar International No. 43; 11th-starter Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., after pitting midway through the event and charging through traffic; Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., after a poor initial draw through the gate; and Pauch Sr., the Frenchtown, N.J., veteran who faded in the race’s final laps.

Four heat races, 10 laps in length, went to Von Dohren, Horton, Friesen and Wade Hendrickson.

The consolations were annexed by Jeremy Smith and Ryan Watt.

Mason Chaney won the accompanying Service Master Clean-sponsored 20-lap Central PA Legends Car event, earning $500.

A busy month of August looms for the STSS. Up next is the ‘Summer of 69’ at Bethel Motor Speedway in White Lake, N.Y., on Sunday, August 6: $6,900 to win for dirt Sportsman on the quarter-mile paved oval. The next Halmar International North Region event takes place Tuesday, August 15 with the Recovery Sports Grill ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. Next up on the Velocita-USA South Region docket is the K&B Auto ‘Blast at the Beach 4’ on the Georgetown (Del.) Speedway half-mile Tuesday, August 29.

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.

SUSKY SHORTS: With a ‘chamber of commerce’ sunny day in York Haven, Pa., a much-improved crowd took in the program over the first edition a year ago. The pit was also bolstered by 40 STSS Modifieds and 29 Central PA Legends….

The total pay structure for 50 laps of Modified racing was a massive $30,670….

Feature track conditions were wide and racy, with multi-groove action up to a cushion on the topside. Pre-feature track work paid off with wheel-to-wheel racing….

Duane Howard, second in points entering the night (only seven out of the lead) was a feature retiree with a broken steering box in the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357. Ryan Watt, who had been leading the points, limped to a 16th-place result after his Ron Roberts team completed suspension repairs….

A remarkable effort by the team saw Ryan Godown flip in his heat race and return to qualify through a consolation! Godown’s Searock Fabrication-backed No. 26 had driven back through traffic to run inside the top seven only to get shuffled back to 13th in late scrambles….

Newcomers to the series included J.R. McGinley and Rick Regalski racing out of Western PA. Grandview standouts Doug Manmiller and Mike Gular also made their first STSS starts of the year….

Seven drivers who compete regularly in the Delaware made the tow, with Jordan Watson leading the First State brigade in ninth….

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.

 

YORK COUNTY NATIONALS RACE SUMMARY – SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY JULY 30, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 5 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ERICK RUDOLPH, Stewart Friesen, Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Frank Cozze, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Horton, Andy Bachetti, Jordan Watson, Billy Pauch Sr., Jared Umbenhauer, David Van Horn Jr., Ryan Godown, Brett Kressley, Kevin Sockriter, Ryan Watt, Doug Manmiller, Matt Jester, Mike Gular, Jeremy Smith, Wade Hendrickson, Billy Pauch Jr., Richie Pratt Jr., Duane Howard, Jim Britt, Shawn Ward.

Did Not Qualify: J.R. McGinley, Dave Dissinger, Nick Mady, Lou Cicconi Jr., Danny Bouc, Randy Chrysler, Skyler Sherriff, Rick Regalski, Grant Hilfiger, Jamie Mills, Joseph Watson, Chris Grbac, Dom Buffalino, Robert Dutton.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE tire): Jimmy Horton (seventh) & Kevin Sockriter (15th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Frank Cozze (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 gift card): Jeff Strunk (fourth) & Jordan Watson (ninth)
Dig Race Products Hard Charger Award ($249 Certificate): Ryan Godown (23rd to 13th)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Rick Laubach (sixth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Erick Rudolph (winner)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Ryan Godown (23rd to 13th)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Stewart Friesen (second), David Van Horn Jr. (12th) and Billy Pauch Jr. (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Ryan Watt (16th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jimmy Horton (seventh)

 

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YORK COUNTY NATIONALS RACE SUMMARY – SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY JULY 30, 2017

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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 5 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ERICK RUDOLPH, Stewart Friesen, Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk, Frank Cozze, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Horton, Andy Bachetti, Jordan Watson, Billy Pauch Sr., Jared Umbenhauer, David Van Horn Jr., Ryan Godown, Brett Kressley, Kevin Sockriter, Ryan Watt, Doug Manmiller, Matt Jester, Mike Gular, Jeremy Smith, Wade Hendrickson, Billy Pauch Jr., Richie Pratt Jr., Duane Howard, Jim Britt, Shawn Ward.

Did Not Qualify: J.R. McGinley, Dave Dissinger, Nick Mady, Lou Cicconi Jr., Danny Bouc, Randy Chrysler, Skyler Sherriff, Rick Regalski, Grant Hilfiger, Jamie Mills, Joseph Watson, Chris Grbac, Dom Buffalino, Robert Dutton.

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Richest Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Event Of 2017 Takes Place Sunday, July 30 At Susquehanna Speedway

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The richest Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified event of this season takes place this Sunday, July 30 at Susquehanna Speedway.

$30,670 is the posted purse for 50 laps of racing on the Susky red clay during the York County Nationals, with $10,000 going to the winner. This is just the third time in the 41-race history of the series that $10,000 is allocated for a winner.

Through-the-field pay is also strong with $1,000 reserved for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag.

Some of the Northeast’s top names will tackle the event including Von Dohren, Strunk, Howard, Friesen, defending winner Godown, Pauch Sr. and Jr., Rudolph, Watt, Laubach, Mills, Watson, Jester, Horton, Van Horn, Cozze, Kressley, Smith, Hendrickson and many, many more.

A quick two-division program is on the docket with Central PA Legends accompanying the Modifieds in a $500-to-win 20-lap main.

Pit gates open Sunday at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6:20 p.m., with racing promptly at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $25. Seniors (ages 60 and over) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $15. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete race information is found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/york-county-nationals-rules-prices-general-info/

 

York County Nationals Order of Events
Susquehanna Speedway/Newberrytown, Pa. – Sunday, July 30

3 p.m. – Pit Gates Open

4 p.m. – Grandstand Gates Open

5:40 p.m. – Drivers’ Meeting Called

6:20 p.m. – Hot Laps Called
STSS Modified
Central PA Legend Cars

7 p.m. – Racing
STSS Modified Heats (10 laps)
Central PA Legend Car Heats (8 laps)

STSS Modified Redraw (Flagstand)

STSS Modified Consolations (10 laps)
Central PA Legends Car Consolations (8 laps)

BRIEF BREAK – TRACK PREP

STSS Modified Feature (50 laps)
Central PA Legends Car Feature (20 laps)

 

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‘Summer of 69’ Approaching Sunday, August 6 At Bethel Motor Speedway; $6,900-To-Win Dirt-Style Sportsman Event Headlines Program On Quarter-Mile Paved Oval

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WHITE LAKE, NY – We’ve got to see this!

That’s what race fans are saying about the ‘Summer of 69’ coming up on Sunday, August 6 on the quarter-mile paved Bethel Motor Speedway.

Never before has a dirt Sportsman race of this magnitude been run on a paved track. Never before has a 69-lap Sportsman race offered $6,900 – yes $6,900 – to the winner. And never has an event of this stature been held at the Sullivan County facility nestled in the Catskill Mountains.

It all goes down on the Bethel oval August 6, with the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP attacking the pavement for the first time in history.

A field of 24 cars will take the green flag, with $150 reserved for the last-place finisher.

The race will be reserved for dirt cars only. Dirt tires will be run. Open and Crate engine combinations will be eligible to participate with staggered weights for each. All competitors entering this event will receive 60 points toward the STSS Sportsman championship battle; as such the ‘Summer of 69’ will be open to any driver wishing to compete. 

Joining the Sportsman on the card are Street Stocks competing for a $1,069 winner’s share in the ‘Woodstocker’ and FWD Four Cylinders ($669 to win) in the ‘Hippie Bowl’ special.

Pit and grandstand gates will open at noon on the 6th. Hot laps will get underway at 2 p.m. Racing begins at 3 p.m. All racing will be completed by 8 p.m. (a town-imposed curfew).

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-16) pay $15. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

Complete information for this event has now been posted on the STSS website by visiting the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/summer-of-69-rules-general-info/

Entry forms have been posted for the event at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/BethelSportsmanEntryForm.pdf

Bethel Motor Speedway is located at 361 Horseshoe Lake Road Bethel, NY 12783. The speedway can be contacted by phone at 845.319.7908, on the web at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

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.