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Last To First: ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard Takes York County Nationals $10,000 At BAPS Motor Speedway After Pitting On Lap 17

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NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – “I thought it was over.”

Those were the words of Matt Sheppard as he reflected on Sunday night’s Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance York County Nationals at BAPS Motor Speedway.

‘Super Matt’ was leading the 50-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified event when he packed the right-rear wheel with mud and relinquished the lead to head to the pits.

Restarting at the rear of the field, Sheppard worked through traffic with the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s to complete a “last to first” drive to a $10,000 payday in the series’ richest event.

The win for the Waterloo, N.Y., native was his second of the season in the Velocita-USA South Region, having previously won at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., on May 24.

In Victory Lane, Sheppard’s car sat steaming and leaking fluids onto the BAPS red clay surface. Sheppard climbed from the mist to celebrate his 10k payday on the roof.

A field of 27 STSS Modifieds took the green before a large and enthusiastic BAPS crowd with Andy Bachetti leading the field via a redraw of top qualifiers.

Bachetti shot into the lead with Ryan Godown, driving the Lincoln Auto Body No. 5, in tow. Godown took command of the race on lap five, but Sheppard was on the move. By lap 12, Sheppard – who started sixth – swept into the lead.

Stewart Friesen, meanwhile, shot into second two laps later.

Sheppard’s night, many believed, was over when he slowed at the exit of turn four on lap 17. Sheppard headed to the pits and Friesen assumed the lead for the first time.

While Friesen led, all eyes were on Sheppard’s No. 9s. By halfway, he had climbed to the top-10.

By lap 30, he was third. Sheppard completed the pass of Godown on lap 33 and two laps later pulled alongside Friesen for a double-file restart.

At the green, Sheppard swept past Friesen on the outside lane and never looked back.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Friesen pulled in on the leader several times but was scored the runner-up for the second consecutive year with his Halmar International-backed No. 44.

After being involved in a tangle on lap 21, Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt charged back through the field to earn a podium finish in the Ron Roberts-owned No. 14W. Watt originally started from 19th and earned the race’s Hard Charger distinction.

Ringoes, N.J.’s Godown ended his consistent run in fourth-place with Dieter Schmidt’s big-block and pole starter Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., righted his recent disastrous STSS luck with a top-five finish at the conclusion of 50 laps.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., in the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126 after starting second; David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., who ran inside the top-five for much of the race; 12th-starter Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., in the Dick Biever No. 14s; Joseph ‘Jo-Jo’ Watson of Milford, Del., after several skirmishes; and Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., driving his self-owned No. 15.

A field of 35 STSS Modifieds signed in on the neutral Central PA ground.

Sheppard set Beyea Headers Fast Time in qualifying worth $100 with a lap of 18.012 seconds.

Heat winners were Bachetti, Friesen, Rick Laubach and Sheppard. Wade Hendrickson topped the consolation.

BAPS BITS: A very strong Sunday night crowd took in the sole Modified appearance of 2018 at the Scott Gobrecht-owned and Kolten Gouse-managed BAPS Motor Speedway. Attendees commented on the steady facility improvements and new suites at the resurgent track….

Track conditions – while heavy – produced action from front to back of the STSS Modified field….

Series sponsor Bob Hilbert Sportswear had a strong presence at the event with giveaways and promotional items at the gate….

Matt Sheppard’s only prior BAPS Motor Speedway start came in 2006 when the Super DIRTcar Series last visited the four-tenths-mile oval….

Rick Laubach looked to be a top-three contender before his Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K headed to the pit area late in the distance….

Duane Howard nursed the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 to a 13th-place finish despite brake issues and – at one point – falling three laps down on the field….

Next up for the Short Track Super Series is the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 54’ at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway on Wednesday, August 8 (Rain Date: August 9), Round No. 5 of the Halmar International North Region offering $5,400 to win for the STSS Modifieds. Crate 602 Sportsman (North Region Race No. 2) and Street Stocks complete the program.

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

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

 

SUNOCO RACE FUELS/INSINGER PERFORMANCE YORK COUNTY NATIONALS RACE SUMMARY – BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY JULY 29, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps):  MATT SHEPPARD ($10,000), Stewart Friesen, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown, Andy Bachetti, Jeff Strunk, David Van Horn, Craig Von Dohren, Joseph Watson, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Bouc, Jordan Watson, Duane Howard, Jim Britt, Billy Decker, Jeremy Smith, Frank Cozze, Anthony Perrego, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Horton, Wade Hendrickson, Dan Creeden, Mike Maresca, Mike Gular, Jared Umbenhauer, Brett Kressley, Doug Manmiller.

Did Not Qualify: Kevin Beach, Richie Pratt Jr, Kevin Sockriter, Steve Davis, Brandon Grosso, Brian Hitz, Justin Grim, Ryan Anderson

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Craig Von Dohren (eighth) & Danny Bouc (11th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate):
Andy Bachetti (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Card): Ryan Godown (fourth) & Joseph Watson (ninth)
Beyea Headers Fast Time ($100):
Matt Sheppard (18.012 seconds)
Beyea Headers Heat Winners ($50 Certificate):
Andy Bachetti, Stewart Friesen, Rick Laubach & Matt Sheppard
Beyea Headers Hard Charger ($200 Certificate): Ryan Watt (19th to third)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Jeff Strunk (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate):
Danny Bouc (11th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Hard Charger ($200):
Ryan Watt (19th to third)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Ryan Watt (19th to third)
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve):
Ryan Watt (third)
Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates):
Stewart Friesen (second), Jordan Watson (12th) & Danny Creeden (22nd)
Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Ryan Watt (19th to third)
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel):
Mike Gular (24th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate):
David Van Horn (seventh)

Jeremy Smith Thrills Hometown Fans, Wins Short Track Super Series ‘Afton Action 50’ Event; Dale Welty STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Victor

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AFTON, NY – Jeremy Smith thrilled the hometown fans on Thursday night at Afton Motorsports Park.

Smith, of Triangle, N.Y., broke into the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco win column in the ‘Afton Action 50’ at the Afton Fairgrounds track, drawing a roaring ovation upon his arrival in Victory Lane.

The win for Smith came in Round No. 4 of the series’ Halmar International North Region and was worth $5,300 – $5,000 from the posted purse, $200 as the Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader and an additional $100 as the highest-finishing NYSSCA regular in the field.

“I want to thank all the fans for supporting me,” Smith said after climbing to the roof of his No. 46. “That’s why I love racing close to home here in the Southern Tier.”

The event was postponed 24 hours from its scheduled Wednesday date due to a heavy rain system that lingered over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for the early portions of the week.

Smith led from start-to-finish in the 50-lap STSS Modified main after picking the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers held in front of the crowd just before the start of the feature.

Smith has been fast in weekly competition with wins at both Afton and his Saturday night home of Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

With a talented series field in the pit area Thursday, Smith continued his strength.

“We were struggling on American Racer tires for a while,” Smith said. “We kept working on our program. Now we’ve been able to win the last four times we’ve been on the track.”

Smith faced early challenges from young Damon Decker, then Pennsylvania invader Rick Laubach before eighth-starting Ryan Godown, a past STSS winner at Afton, made his presence known. Godown carved through traffic to arrive in second by the 20th lap.

Smith had to survive three cautions on lap 35. His most formidable advance from Godown came on a lap-42 double-file restart. Godown worked the top of the track and nearly pulled even, but Smith surged back in front.

The final test was a yellow on lap 46, but Smith aced the single-file restart and pulled away by several car-lengths.

The win was Smith’s first in STSS competition. He becomes the series’ 25th different winner in 56 events.

Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., earned a hard-fought second in the Searock Motorsports No. 26. Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., got shuffled back in the field early on from his sixth starting position, but rallied in the race’s second half for third in the Brian Smith-owned Superior Remodeling No. 44.

Both Jeremy Smith Racing cars earned top-five finishes as Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., guided the JSR No. 91 to fourth, unofficially taking over the series’ North Region point lead. Track regular J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., was impressive, rim-riding from 12th to complete the front five in the Jamie and Denise Page-owned No. 6H ‘Motel Missile’ sponsored by Algonkin Motel.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., in the Norm’s Save Station No. 357 after starting 19th on the grid; Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., who started 20th in Terry Fasnacht’s No. 2A; Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., recovering from a late skirmish in the United Pump & Tank No. 48; Hard Charger Danny Johnson of Phelps, N.Y., who finished ninth after starting 24th in the Mike Trautschold No. 28; and Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., rebounding from a flat left-rear tire.

STSS Modified heat winners were Nick Nye, Smith and Gibbs. Howard topped the consolation.

Dale Welty of Montour Falls, N.Y., put his name in the STSS history books as the winner of the first-ever series Crate 602 Sportsman North Region event. Welty earned $1,050 as he received $50 as the highest-finishing NYSSCA member on hand.

Welty, who recently won an Open Sportsman series race at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on July 3, led wire-to-wire in a 25-lap race that was slowed by several yellows, a red flag and some intermittent rain drops.

Welty now holds the edge in the battle for the $1,000 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region championship five-race tussle.

Divisional star Tom Collins Jr. of Lansing, N.Y., drove from sixth to finish runner-up on Welty’s rear bumper at the finish. Dustin Jordan of Richford, N.Y., finished a strong third, followed by Gary Smith, who started eighth, and 15th-starter Kyle Rohner in a Superior Remodeling team car.

Crate 602 Sportsman heats went to Collins, Damon Decker, Jordan and Aaron Shelton. The consolations were split by Donnie Lawson and Hunter Lapp.

AFTON AFTERTHOUGHTS: It has been a trying season for Afton Motorsports Park with a resurfacing project during the off-season gone wrong. Silty conditions have prevailed for the first half of the season. As a result, the surface was dug and heavily watered for Thursday’s program.

All of the 29 STSS Modifieds and 37 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman on hand were needed to pack the track prior to hot laps….

Three-time STSS North Region champion Andy Bachetti was not in the feature field. Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., declined a provisional after a number of tangles and flat tires in his qualifying attempts….

Both Danny Creeden and Matt Sheppard were unable to finish the main; Creeden after colliding with the frontstretch wall and Sheppard after being collected in a turn-two tangle….

In the Crate 602 Sportsman main, Hunter Lapp launched over a multi-car incident in turn two. His car stood up on its nose before landing. Surprisingly, he continued with just a bent right-side rub-rail….

Racing resumes for the Short Track Super Series this Sunday, July 29 at BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., when Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance present the York County Nationals offering $10,000 to win for the Modifieds in Race No. 4 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region. Central PA Legends Cars complete the two-division program.

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

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

 

‘AFTON ACTION 50’ RACE SUMMARY – AFTON MOTORSPORTS PARK JULY 25, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Modified Event No. 4 Feature Finish (50 laps): JEREMY SMITH, Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Billy Decker, J.R. Hurlburt, Duane Howard, Mike Gular, Jerry Higbie, Danny Johnson, Brett Tonkin, Mike Mahaney, Darwin Greene, Rick Laubach, Nick Nye, Mitch Gibbs, Damon Decker, Craig Hanson, Matt Sheppard, Scott Ferrier, Rusty Smith, Jimmy Horton, Mat Williamson, Brian Krummel, Dan Creeden.

Did Not Qualify: Ken Titus, Andy Bachetti, Matt Roberts, Colton Wilson, Bob Stahl.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Jerry Higbie (eighth) & Nick Nye (14th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200):
J.R. Hurlburt (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards):
Billy Decker (fourth) & Danny Johnson (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winners ($50 Certificates):
Nick Nye, Jeremy Smith & Mitch Gibbs
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($200 Certificate): Danny Johnson (24th to ninth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate):
Mike Mahaney (11th)
Land Hoe Maintenance/Speed Sport Showcase Hard Charger ($400 Cash):
Danny Johnson (24th to ninth)
NYSSCA Top Representative ($100):
Jeremy Smith  
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate):
Danny Johnson (24th to ninth)
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tear-Offs):
Anthony Perrego (third)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Credit):
Ryan Godown (second), Darwin Greene (12th) & Mat Williamson (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200):
Jeremy Smith
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel):
Brian Krummel (23rd)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Mike Gular (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Event No. 1 Feature Finish (25 laps): DALE WELTY, Tommy Collins, Dustin Jordan, Gary Smith, Kyle Rohner, Pat Jordan, Ryan McCartney, Bobby Flood, Ben Bushaw, Daniel Morgiewicz, Jimmy Zacharias, Will Eastman, Corey Cormier, Aaron Shelton, Blaine Klinger, Matt Shultz, Hunter Lapp, Travis Green, Fred Christ, Charles Loiodice, Damon Decker, Jim Housworth, Kamdin Maby, A.J. Miller, Donnie Lawson, Randy Brokaw.

Did Not Qualify: Jacob Dgien, Mike Grover, Shane Henion, Connor Otten, Alex Van Pelt, Michael Murphy, Kinser Hill, Rob Loucks, Chance Spoonhower, Craig Monroe, Shayne Spoonhower.

IT’S RACE DAY AT AFTON MOTORSPORTS PARK: Racing Is On For Thursday Night!

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It’s RACE DAY at Afton Motorsports Park for the ‘Afton Action 50’ TONIGHT – THURSDAY NIGHT! The sun is out and WE ARE RACING!

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco will headline the ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ on the Afton Fairgrounds, with a 50-lap event paying big-block/small-block Modifieds a hefty $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green plus contingency awards and bonuses.

This is Race No. 4 of the STSS Halmar International North Region which offers the series champion $12,500 at year-end.

Also on the open-wheel doubleheader is the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman inaugural North Region race, the first of five offering a $1,000 champion, paying $1,000 to win for 25 laps. This series was scheduled to kick off on Memorial Day weekend, but rain prompted the postponement of the opener at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., to Sept. 23.

The Crate 602 delayed STSS North opener gives a strong first-to-last payout and the potential to challenge for the series title. 

Additionally, Insinger Performance American Racer Cup Challenge points will be up for grabs toward the Sportsman North Region bonus money offered by Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance in Dushore, Pa.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting takes place at 5:45 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6 p.m. and racing goes off at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 62 and over) pay $20. Kids (9-14) pay $10. Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 with no license required.

Afton Motorsports Park had announced its July 27 Friday event has been canceled to put full focus on the ‘Afton Action 50’ event. Track regulars in the Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions will receive 25 points toward the weekly championships by participating in the STSS event.

Afton Motorsports Park is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about Afton Motorsports Park, visit www.aftonmotorsportspark.com.  

‘Afton Action 50’ At Afton Motorsports Park Postponed To THURSDAY, JULY 26 Due To Rain

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AFTON, NY – All-day rain – predicted at 100-percent – has forced the postponement of Wednesday’s ‘Afton Action 50’ at Afton Motorsports Park until THURSDAY, JULY 26.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco will headline the ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ on the Afton Fairgrounds, with a 50-lap event paying big-block/small-block Modifieds a hefty $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green plus contingency awards and bonuses.

This is Race No. 4 of the STSS Halmar International North Region which offers the series champion $12,500 at year-end.

Also on the open-wheel doubleheader is the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman inaugural North Region race, the first of five offering a $1,000 champion, paying $1,000 to win for 25 laps. This series was scheduled to kick off on Memorial Day weekend, but rain prompted the postponement of the opener at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., to Sept. 23.

The Crate 602 delayed STSS North opener gives a strong first-to-last payout and the potential to challenge for the series title. 

Additionally, Insinger Performance American Racer Cup Challenge points will be up for grabs toward the Sportsman North Region bonus money offered by Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance in Dushore, Pa.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting takes place at 5:45 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6 p.m. and racing goes off at 7 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 62 and over) pay $20. Kids (9-14) pay $10. Children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 with no license required.

Afton Motorsports Park has announced its July 27 Friday event has been canceled to put full focus on the ‘Afton Action 50’ event. Track regulars in the Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions will receive 25 points toward the weekly championships by participating in the STSS event.

Afton Motorsports Park is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about Afton Motorsports Park, visit www.aftonmotorsportspark.com.  

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

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

 

Afton Motorsports Park ‘Afton Action 50’ Postponed To Thursday Night, July 26

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With 100-percent chance of day-long rain on Wednesday, and an improving forecast for Thursday (July 26), Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco officials and Afton Motorsports Park management have opted to utilize the Thursday night scheduled rain date for the ‘Afton Action 50’ featuring STSS Halmar International North Region Modifieds ($5,000 to win) and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Sportsman ($1,000 to win). All times and pricing remain the same for Thursday.

Excitement Builds For $10,000 BAPS Short Track Super Series Invasion Sunday (July 29)

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NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – Neutral ground. A $10,000 payday. Rich Central Pennsylvania red clay.

It all goes down this Sunday (July 29) at the revitalized BAPS Motor Speedway, when the big-block/small-block Modifieds make their only 2018 appearance in Newberrytown.

Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance present the York County Nationals, headlined by a 50-lap battle by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in the fourth race of the season for the Velocita-USA South Region.

A pay structure of more than $30,000 in total will be up for grabs, including $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag plus contingency awards and bonuses.

In its two previous editions, the York County Nationals has produced thrilling racing, wheel-to-wheel combat and surprising finishes. New Yorker Erick Rudolph (2017) and New Jersey’s Ryan Godown (2016) both have their names imprinted on the event win list.

There will be a talented field aiming for 10k on Sunday.

After three STSS South Region events, “Super” Matt Sheppard leads the point standings in search of a $10,000 championship for the Hurlock, Md.-based Hurlock Auto & Speed team. Sheppard is always a favorite when big money is on the line.

Stewart Friesen may be known as ‘Mr. Freeze’ but the Canadian turned resident of Sprakers, N.Y., has been on fire recently, winning big events with relative ease. Friesen will compete at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Saturday in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action before heading to BAPS Sunday night.

Ryan Watt is a two-time South Region STSS champion and always circles the BAPS event on his calendar. Watt won the season opener at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway and joins Jeff Strunk at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway as the other winners in South competition this year besides Sheppard, who won most recently at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., on Memorial Day weekend.

The STSS South Region point standings are loaded with talent including New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway star David Van Horn; Massachusetts native Andy Bachetti; former Susquehanna track regular Craig Von Dohren; Duane Howard, fresh off a $3,250 win at Georgetown; 2016 victor Godown; Anthony Perrego, who has been a multiple time winner in New York State this season; Strunk; Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr.; Danny Bouc; Jimmy Horton; Matt Stangle; Mike Gular; Billy Decker; Jordan Watson; Jeremy Smith and many more!

With $10,000 on the line, there are sure to be some surprises in waiting when BAPS opens for business Sunday.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is set for 5:40 p.m., with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

Admission is $25 for Adults, $15 for Seniors (ages 60 and over) and $15 for Students (ages 13-17). Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 with no license required.

Central PA Legends join the STSS Modifieds in a quick-hitting two-division show.

A rain date for this event is earmarked for Sunday, August 19.

BAPS Motor Speedway is located in Newberrytown, Pa., just off Interstate 83 at 690 York Road York Haven, PA 17370. To learn more, visit the official website at www.bapsmotorspeedway.com

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

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

$10,000 Awaits Short Track Super Series Winner Sunday, July 29 At BAPS Motor Speedway For York County Nationals

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NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – With $10,000 awaiting the winner of a 50-lap main event, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco approaches its richest event of the year on Sunday, July 29.

The red clay of BAPS Motor Speedway is the host, while Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance present the York County Nationals for STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds in the division’s sole 2018 appearance at the Newberrytown, Pa., facility.

In two previous performances, the STSS Modifieds have thrilled fans at BAPS Motor Speedway with three-wide racing and exciting finishes.

This year’s edition, which again features a 50-lap sprint to the checkered, is sure to do the same.

In 2016, a late-race flat tire sent Anthony Perrego limping to the pits, with Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown the beneficiary, taking home a $5,000 top prize in the return of the Modifieds.

A year ago, Ransomville, N.Y., standout Erick Rudolph snookered Stewart Friesen to pocket an increased $10,000 for his Randy Chrysler operation.

Once again, the annual BAPS stop is the richest event on the STSS circuit with a cool 10k awaiting the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sunoco Race Fuels and regional distributor Insinger Performance based in Dushore, Pa.

The York County Nationals is scheduled to serve as Race No. 5 of the eight-race STSS Velocita-USA South Region, which rewards its champion with $10,000 at year-end.

Since ownership of the former Susquehanna Speedway was taken by Scott Gobrecht and Kolten Gouse was appointed speedway manager in 2015, upgrades have been non-stop to the four-tenths-mile facility including a fresh surface, sound system, grandstand renovations, lights, new suites, pit area work, concession and restroom upgrades, aesthetic improvements and much, much more.

It is a showcase facility for the Modifieds in the Central Pennsylvania market.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the card for the second consecutive year are the Central PA Legends Cars.

Complete race information can be found on the STSS website at: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/york-co-rules-prices-generalinfo/

Early registration for the event is open through the series website.

A rain date for this event is earmarked for Sunday, August 19.

BAPS Motor Speedway is located in Newberrytown, Pa., just off Interstate 83 at 690 York Road York Haven, PA 17370. To learn more, visit the official website at www.bapsmotorspeedway.com

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

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

Short Track Super Series Looks To Make More Memories July 25 At Afton Motorsports Park

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AFTON, NY – The picturesque fairgrounds speedway located just off Interstate 88 has provided many memorable moments in the history of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

Afton Motorsports Park has hosted more STSS events – a total of eight – than any other track since the series was formed in 2014. And back in 2006, Afton was the site of the first-ever promotion by STSS organizer Brett Deyo with the inaugural “Working Man’s Race” Short Track SuperNationals.

On Wednesday, July 25, the series returns to the Ron Ford-promoted facility with its annual mid-summer stop: the ‘Afton Action 50’ paying $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green flag.

The ‘Afton Action 50’ will serve as the halfway point – race No. 5 – of the 10-race Halmar International North Region dishing out $12,500 to the champion.

Also on the open-wheel doubleheader is the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman inaugural North Region race, the first of five offering a $1,000 champion, paying $1,000 to win for 25 laps. This series was scheduled to kick off on Memorial Day weekend, but rain prompted the postponement of the opener at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., to Sept. 23.

Stewart Friesen is the defending ‘Afton Action 50’ race winner. Friesen has two STSS wins at Afton, one a year ago and the second back on July 22, 2015.

Other Afton STSS victors have included Danny Creeden (Oct. 10, 2015 and July 24, 2014); Ryan Godown (Oct. 9, 2016 and July 27, 2016) Shaun Walker (Oct. 11, 2014); and Rusty Smith (Oct. 7, 2017).

The July 25 stop by the series will be among the most lucrative races at Afton this season, with $400 reserved just to take the green flag.

The Crate 602 delayed STSS North opener gives a strong first-to-last payout and the potential to challenge for the series title. 

Additionally, Insinger Performance American Racer Cup Challenge points will be up for grabs toward the Sportsman North Region bonus money offered by Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance in Dushore, Pa.

Complete race information for the ‘Afton Action 50’ has been posted at the following link: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/afton-action-50-rules-prices-general-info/

There is a scheduled rain date for this event in place of Thursday, July 26.

Afton Motorsports Park has announced its July 27 Friday event has been canceled to put full focus on the ‘Afton Action 50’ event. Track regulars in the Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions will receive 25 points toward the weekly championships by participating in the STSS event.

Afton Motorsports Park is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about Afton Motorsports Park, visit www.aftonmotorsportspark.com.  

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

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

Big Diamond Speedway, Short Track Super Series Officials Cancel July 16 ‘Anthracite Assault’

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MINERSVILLE, PA – After a rainout on June 5, Big Diamond Speedway offered up a second date for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Anthracite Assault’ combination North-South event.

However, Mother Nature did not agree.

A forecast for intensifying showers throughout the evening hours has prompted Big Diamond and STSS management to make the early call and cancel the event for Monday, July 16. The show will return to Big Diamond in 2019.

“Every forecast I have looked at calls for rain later today and tonight,” Big Diamond owner Jake Smulley said. “There is too much risk of the event not going on as planned.”

On June 5, all race teams and fans were in attendance when storms moved over at 7 p.m.  STSS organizer Brett Deyo didn’t want a repeat.

“We already had racers and fans here from all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic the first time and they spent money in fuel and tolls,” he said. “We definitely don’t want to do that again.”

 

Modified Racing Civil War Monday Night At Big Diamond Speedway When Short Track Super Series North & South Regions Collide

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MINERSVILLE, PA – For Modified fans, Monday night at Big Diamond Speedway will produce a Civil war.

For the only time in 2018, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region clash on the same battlefield. It all goes down in Coal Country with the 50-lap ‘Anthracite Assault’ offering $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th, $400 to take the green and a long list of cash bonuses and special awards.

The STSS stop at Big Diamond annually attracts the most diverse STSS field of the season.

Now entering the summer stretch, the heat is on STSS Modified drivers in their championship battles.

It’s been a long gap between STSS Velocita-USA South Region races, with the most recent coming on Thursday night prior to Memorial Day weekend at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del. Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., tops the standings driving the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s.

Sheppard, with 315 points, leads two-time STSS South champion Ryan Watt (280), David Van Horn (257), Andy Bachetti (246), Craig Von Dohren (238), Duane Howard (237), Ryan Godown (231), Anthony Perrego (229), Billy Pauch Jr. (226) and Rick Laubach (217).

Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., leads the Halmar International North Region after two wins in the first three events. Friesen, however, will not be able to attend all events due to commitments with his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series efforts.

Right now, it’s anyone’s race for the $12,500 title.

Friesen has accumulated 290 points and leads Jerry Higbie (255), Billy Decker (249), Mike Mahaney (226), Anthony Perrego (224), Mike Gular and Duane Howard (222), Mat Williamson (216), Rick Laubach (207) and Jeremy Smith (195).

Big Diamond’s event carries added significance with points being offered toward both championships on Monday.

So far, the “south” has risen in each of the STSS combo races. Rick Laubach was the winner in 2015, Ryan Watt in 2016 and Ryan Godown enters Monday night as the defending race winner.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the program are STSS Sportsman in Race No. 2 of the five-race series ($1,000 to win) and XCel 600 Modifieds.

Complete race information can be found at the following link: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/big-diamond-july-16-rules-prices-general-information/

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.net.  

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

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

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

Halmar International North Region

Tuesday, May 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6 – WINNER: JERRY HIGBIE

Monday, July 16 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50

Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54

Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga

Sunday, September 23 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11

Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale


Velocita-USA South Region

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

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

Thursday, May 24 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50 – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD

Monday, July 16 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Sunday, July 29 – BAPS Motor Speedway/Newberrytown, Pa. – York County Nationals $10,000 to win!

Tuesday, August 28 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Blast at the Beach

Friday, October 12 – Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, Pa. – Speed Showcase

Friday-Saturday October 26-27 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend