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January 2018

Jeremy Smith Sets Ambitious 2018 Short Track Super Series Schedule; Billy Decker Returns To Team

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TRIANGLE, NY – Jeremy Smith Racing (JSR) has set an ambitious 2018 racing schedule.

Owner/driver Jeremy Smith will again chase points on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco. Look for the Triangle, N.Y., driver to compete on the STSS Halmar International North Region – where he finished third in points last year – and the Velocita-USA South Region with his No. 46 Bicknell.

On a weekly basis, Smith will make a change of Friday night venues. For ’18, he will call Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park home in the track’s Modified ranks. Last summer, he raced regularly at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway.

Once again, the speedway closest to Smith’s residence – Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. – will be his Saturday choice.

“We’re trying to improve our program on American Racers,” Smith said. “It might not seem like it, but I think switching tire brands on back-to-back nights hurt us some. We wanted to stick with the same tire on the weekends and support our local tracks at Afton and Thunder Mountain.”

The ‘home-track’ American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco is another reason for Smith to remain loyal to his local tracks.

“The American Racer Cup pays very well for doing what you already do – race every weekend at your home track,” Smith said. “We’re hoping to make a run for that money and maybe some of that bonus money.”

Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance have posted lucrative cross-promotion bonuses between the American Racer Cup and STSS. A driver winning the Cup and both the North and South STSS will receive a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the Cup and the North or South STSS will receive a $10,000 bonus.

“There’s a lot of money on the line this year,” Smith said. “We’re doing our best to prepare for it.”

Once again, Smith will provide Billy Decker with equipment to compete on the Short Track Super Series. The Sidney, N.Y., driver has a pair of JSR No. 91 Bicknell cars at his disposal.

“Billy is definitely going to run with us on the series again,” Smith said. “It was a big asset to our team having him around. He brings a lot of knowledge and is an all-around great guy.”

Smith said Decker could appear at some STSS South events in ’18. Last year, he focused on the North Region finishing fourth in points.

Smith will pick and choose other higher-paying events throughout the summer months and plans to kick his year off racing in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park.

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, 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.

 

Danny Bouc Sets Sights On STSS Velocita-USA South Region With Craig Pondish No. 6 Operation

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Written by Cody Manmiller

PIPERSVILLE, PA – On April 23, 2017, at the South Jersey Shootout, Danny Bouc established himself as one of the premier young drivers in the region. In 2018, he plans to put that to the test.

Bouc, who used a late-race restart to power on the outside from sixth to finish second in last year’s Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway event, has paired with Craig Pondish, owner of the well-known C&S Equipment red No. 6. The team has announced they will battle on the Velocita-USA South Region, part of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in 2018.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Bouc, addressing the decision to join the prominent stars on the STSS. “The payout is 100-percent better than anything else, the rules package is second-to-none, the drivers you’re racing make you better, and the group of tracks makes a lot of sense.”

The eight-race South Region visits six tracks in three different states, with stops in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The season opener, the first Modified race in all of the Northeast, the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Georgetown Speedway in Delaware, is set for March 17.

Two tracks on the schedule that stick out to people familiar with Modified racing are BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly known as Susquehanna Speedway) and Port Royal Speedway, known for their traditional Sprint Car racing roots.

“It’s refreshing to see new tracks on the schedule,” Bouc said. “It makes drivers and crew guys better, but by moving to Sprint Car country, it allows new fans to see us, and the best drivers we have to offer, hopefully creating more Modified fans.”

Despite limited experience at some of the facilities, the 28-year-old septic technician feels comfortable with not only his driving style, but also Pondish’s equipment at his disposal, which includes a 2013 and 2017 Troyer, along with a big small-block and a 358 open small-block.

“Last year, our hands were tied a bit with just a spec-head small block, and we were underpowered at some races. With Craig, we have the quality of stuff to really compete,” he said.

The pairing itself was a pleasant surprise to a lot of fans, something Bouc touched on as well. “It’s really awesome to see an owner who has been around a long time pick a younger driver,” he said. “When owners are picking from the same pool of guys, it sometimes makes it tougher for the younger drivers to find solid rides and get better.”

You need to get on the map, and it was the South Jersey Shootout a year ago that helped do that for Bouc, along with his three wins at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, where he will race weekly again in 2018.

“That was huge for me,” he said. “A lot more people started coming around and knew who I was, and it’s why I want to follow the series full-time and give myself a chance.

“It meant a lot for my confidence to run that well with the best of the best, and anytime you run second to Stew (Friesen), you know you’re doing something right.”

Competing with the best is a priority for the Pipersville, Pa. driver, and that’s exactly what he’ll do in 2018.

During the off-season, Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance announced a lucrative bonus program to cross-promote the STSS and home-track American Racer Cup.

“The American Racer Cup really caught my attention early last season when I started the season in the top five,” Bouc said. “It’s an incredible added bonus, and it’s really smart to get everyone involved to give opportunities for a lot of guys, even guys like me who pick and choose races, to really cash in.”

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

Mat Williamson Joins Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Team for 2018 Short Track Super Series North Region

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FLORIDA, NY – The Behrent’s Performance Warehouse race team is growing for 2018.

Team owner Jeff Behrent has announced the operation will expand to a pair of cars for the upcoming Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco season, with rising young star Mat Williamson joining Tommy Meier in a two-car effort on the STSS Halmar International North Region.

The pairing will make its debut at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with the fifth running of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Sunday, April 8.

Williamson, 27, of St. Catharines, Ont., enters the ’18 campaign on the heels of a standout ’17 campaign that ended with big late-season victories at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., and The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

The seat in Behrent’s No. 3 opens up an opportunity to chase the STSS North Region for the first time.

“I’ve been following the Short Track Super Series closely the last few years,” Williamson said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to chase, but haven’t had the right scenario.

“The offer from Jeff made it an easy decision. We know he has the best equipment and the right motor program to run up front.”

Behrent feels Williamson is a perfect candidate to grow his team.

“Mat is a good young talent and he’s winning pretty much wherever he races,” Behrent said. “We already have a relationship with Bicknell Racing Products and Randy (Williamson, Mat’s father). It just seemed like a good fit.”

The Behrent’s Performance Warehouse race team has been a mainstay on the STSS North Region since the series inception in 2014. Meier has earned top-10 point finishes during each of the last four seasons: ninth in ’14 and ’15, a best of second in ’16 and seventh in ’17.

Meier is one of 22 drivers with a series victory on his resume, coming on April 2, 2016 at Orange County Fair Speedway.

Meier will again start the STSS season at his longtime home track of Orange County Fair Speedway during the ‘Hard Clay Open’ North Region lid-lifter.

Both drivers will strap into No. 3 Bicknell race cars with Clements-built small-block power.

During the off-season a lucrative bonus program was announced by Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance to cross-promote the STSS and home-track American Racer Cup.

Williamson will call Freedom Motorsports Park in Delavan, N.Y., home on Friday nights this year with his No. 6. Freedom recently joined the American Racer Cup, meaning Williamson can vie for the $10,000 bonus available to a driver winning both the American Racer Cup and STSS North Region titles.

The STSS Halmar International North Region boasts 10 events in ’18 with $12,500 awaiting the champion. The series begins and ends at Orange County Fair Speedway with stops at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., Accord (N.Y.) Speedway, Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., and Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway.

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, 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.

 

Orange County Fair Speedway Kicks Off Short Track Super Series North Region For Fifth Consecutive Year Sunday, April 8

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the fifth time, Orange County Fair Speedway will serve as the starting point of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco North tour.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Sunday, April 8 waves the green flag on the STSS Halmar International North Region: a 50-lap tussle around the ‘Legendary House of Power’ offering $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to start the main.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is the first of 10 North Region races on the road to a $12,500 championship.

Drama and excitement have been at the forefront of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ as big- and small-block combinations fight for supremacy on the five-eighths-mile track.

Last April, following a flat tire in heat-race competition, Andy Bachetti soared from 20th starting position to earn the ‘Hard Clay Open’ triumph. Bachetti caught – and passed – both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn in the final laps as the crowd rose to its feet.

Bachetti, a three-time STSS Halmar International North Region champion, is the only repeat ‘Hard Clay Open’ winner.

The 2016 edition offered a stunning turn of events after the checkered flag flew. Apparent winner Hearn refused post-race technical inspection and Tommy Meier took home the $5,000 winner’s share for his Jeff Behrent-owned team. 

Stewart Friesen utilized small-block power to score the ’15 triumph after battling Pennsylvania star Rick Laubach for the lead in the early laps.

The inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ took place on April 6, 2014.  Bachetti recorded his first win in the event over a hard-charging Tim Hindley on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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: https://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: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenSTSSModifiedEntry.pdf

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

A practice session is on the docket at OCFS on Saturday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m.  Haulers may be left in the pit area overnight.

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, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

Short Track Super Series Fifth Anniversary Season Gets Underway With Milestone 50th Series Race

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MILLSBORO, DE – From an idea to an experiment. Then experiment to success.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco approaches its fifth anniversary season in 2018, which gets underway with the milestone 50th race in STSS history on Saturday, March 17 at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

The STSS was launched to provide big-block/small-block Modified teams with large purses, lucrative point funds and manageable travel schedules during the 2013-2014 off-season.

Five years later, mission accomplished.

On April 6, 2014, the first-ever STSS event took place on the ‘Hard Clay’ of Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with Andy Bachetti earning the inaugural triumph.

Now, the series rides a wave of momentum into ’18 with an established Halmar International North Region offering $12,500 to the champion and Velocita-USA South Region paying $10,000 to the title winner.

Forty-nine STSS Modified races have been entered into the record books with 22 different drivers reaching Victory Lane.

Stewart Friesen leads the way with 10 career STSS victories, the most recent of which took place in October at Orange County as a kickoff to Eastern States Weekend.

Ryan Godown has six checkered flags to his credit, with Anthony Perrego and Danny Creeden taking four wins each. Ryan Watt, Bachetti and Matt Sheppard have each won on three occasions. Rick Laubach is a two-time winner.

Fourteen different drivers have scored one STSS victory: Rusty Smith, Duane Howard, Erick Rudolph, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Chad Cook, Wade Hendrickson, Tommy Meier, Jordan Watson, David Van Horn, Brian Malcolm, Jackie Brown Jr., Shaun Walker and Danny Johnson.

Fourteen facilities in four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – have hosted the series since its inception.

New York’s Afton Motorsports Park has presented more STSS events than any other venue, with eight races in the books at the fairgrounds track. Georgetown Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., have played host to six races apiece.

Orange County Fair Speedway has opened the gates to STSS on five occasions. Both Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and Accord (N.Y.) Speedway have enjoyed four visits.

The series has made three stops each at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway, Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway and BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., have been the site of two visits while Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y, and Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., have been invaded once by the STSS.

STSS Modified season openers are set for Georgetown on March 17 (Velocita-USA South) with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and Orange County April 8 (Halmar International North) for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ fifth annual event.

The ’18 season is the most lucrative yet for the STSS due to its partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the affiliate ‘home-track’ American Racer Cup overall crown and the STSS North and South Series, that driver is in line for a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the American Racer Cup and the STSS North or South Series will receive a $10,000 bonus. A ‘grand champion’ could pocket $57,500!

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, 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.

Matt Sheppard Hired To Drive For Maryland’s Shawn Ward Racing In 2018 With Emphasis On Short Track Super Series; New No. 9s To Debut At Motorsports Show

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HURLOCK, MD – The hottest Modified driver on dirt is heading to the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in 2018.

Matt Sheppard, who ended 2017 with a Northeast-leading 40-plus feature wins, has announced his intentions to compete for Hurlock, Md.-based Shawn Ward Racing on the Short Track Super Series in ’18, plus other high-paying special events in Delaware and New Jersey.

Expect the debut of an all-new Hurlock Auto & Speed-sponsored No. 9s in the Sunoco Race Fuels booth at this weekend’s Motorsports 2018 Racecar & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

“We’re excited to have Matt on board for 2018,” Ward said. “We’ve been working on putting something together with him to run some of these races he hadn’t been able to chase before because of the distance and logistics for his own team.

“Now, he’ll have a team ready and waiting for him.”

‘Super Matt’ will have a pair of Bicknell race cars at his disposal with a number of engine combinations suitable for events on the series. The cars will sport Sheppard’s trademark No. 9s.

The team plans to focus on both the STSS Halmar International North Region, a 10-race series contested primarily in New York State with a $12,500 champion’s share and the eight-race Velocita-USA South Region contested in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a $10,000 point title awaiting.

The STSS South battle kicks off March 16-17 at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial and Sheppard will be on hand.

“Matt looked at all the schedules already,” he said. “We don’t see many conflicts on the Short Track Super Series so that will be our priority, taking it race-by-race. When he’s able to do some of the other high-paying races in the area, we’ll be there.

“We’ll be available for whatever he wants to do. Having Matt around will only help our whole program.”

March will be busy for the team with the aforementioned opener at Georgetown, unsanctioned events at New Egypt (N.J.), Delaware International (Delmar, Del.) and Bridgeport (N.J.) speedways before heading to New York State in April for the STSS North Region ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.

Ward, who has won in Modified competition at Delaware International, also plans to drive as his own personal agenda allows. He will take part in the STSS opener at Georgetown March 16-17 with his familiar No. 7w.

Ward is the operator of Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, a growing auto and oval-track speed business on the Maryland side of the DE/MD border. Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply is the official parts truck provider of Georgetown Speedway and an authorized dealer of American Racer tires and Sunoco Race Fuels.

The ’18 season is the most lucrative yet for the STSS due to its partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance. Should a driver win the ‘home-track’ American Racer Cup overall crown and the STSS North and South Series, that driver is in line for a $25,000 bonus. A driver winning the American Racer Cup and the STSS North or South Series will receive a $10,000 bonus. A ‘grand champion’ could pocket $57,500!

Sheppard, a year ago, won the American Racer Cup competing regularly at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., driving for Vic Coffey and pocketed $11,000 for his efforts.

Sheppard has three career STSS victories, all in North Region competition: Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., in 2014, Outlaw Speedway in 2016 and the series’ debut at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., last August.

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

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