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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Releases 2019 Schedule

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MILLSBORO, DE – Spanning four states and nine months, the 2019 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco schedule has taken shape.

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will again compete in the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region, creating feasible travel schedules for race teams and crews. Crate 602 Sportsman also have a North and South regional STSS format.

Legendary Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., serves as the bookend for the STSS Modified Halmar International North Region schedule. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ kicks off the season for the sixth consecutive year on Sunday, April 7. The ‘Hard Clay Finale’ will bring down the curtain on Thursday, October 24 as the opener to Eastern States Weekend.

Single events will take place at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., Sunday, May 26; Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., Tuesday, June 4 (a combination North and South program); Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., Wednesday, June 19; Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway for the first time ever on Wednesday, July 3 ($10,000 to win); Accord (N.Y.) Speedway Tuesday, July 9; Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway Tuesday, Aug. 13; and the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12 returning to a resurfaced Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park Oct. 11-12.

The STSS Modified Velocita-USA South Region makes three stops on the neutral ground of Georgetown (Del.) Speedway including the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend Friday-Saturday March 15-16, ‘Blast at the Beach’ on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and the Mid-Atlantic Championship Friday-Saturday Nov. 1-2.

Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, after a popular debut last year, moves to the early season on Sunday, March 24 with a back-up ‘weather date’ of Friday, Oct. 18 in place. Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., takes Tuesday, April 30, getting a jump on the busy summer season. Other events include a return to New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Thursday, May 23; the aforementioned combo event at Big Diamond June 4; and the $10,000-to-win York County Nationals at BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., Sunday, July 14.

Sunoco Race Fuels, in conjunction with Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., returns with its lucrative STSS Modified bonus program. Should a driver with the ‘home-track’ American Racer Cup and the North or South STSS Modified title, that driver will receive a $10,000 cash bonus. If one driver is able to sweep the American Racer Cup and both the STSS Modified North and South championships, a $25,000 cash bonus will be paid.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region is comprised of six dates: Thunder Mountain Sunday, May 26; Big Diamond in a combined event June 4 (the first-ever Crate 602 only event at the Minersville oval); Fonda Wednesday, July 3; Accord Tuesday, July 9; Woodhull Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Afton Oct. 11-12.

Georgetown plays host to three stops on the South Region: Friday-Saturday March 15-16, Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Friday-Saturday Nov. 1-2. Delaware International welcomes the Crate 602 series Tuesday, April 30; New Egypt Thursday, May 23; and Big Diamond Tuesday, June 4 in the combined regional race. Like their North counterparts, six races make up the South Region.

To learn more about the 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 2019 Schedule


Modified Halmar International North Region

Sunday, April 7 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open

Sunday, May 26 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, June 19 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown

Wednesday, July 3 Fonda Speedway/Fonda, N.Y. – Firecracker 50 – $10,000 to win!

Tuesday, July 9 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring

Tuesday, August 13 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 55

Friday-Saturday October 11-12 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12

Thursday, October 24 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale – $10,000 to win – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


Modified Velocita-USA South Region

Friday-Saturday March 15-16 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

Sunday, March 24 – Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, Pa. – Speed Showcase

Tuesday, April 30 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50

Thursday, May 23 – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, N.J. – Dirty Jersey 6

Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Sunday, July 14 – BAPS Motor Speedway/Newberrytown, Pa. – $10,000 York County Nationals

Tuesday, August 27 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Blast at the Beach

Friday-Saturday November 1-2 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Championship – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

 

Crate 602 Sportsman North Region

Sunday, May 26 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, July 3 Fonda Speedway/Fonda, N.Y. – Firecracker 50

Tuesday, July 9 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring

Tuesday, August 13 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 55

Friday-Saturday October 11-12 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12 – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


Crate 602 Sportsman South Region

Friday-Saturday March 15-16 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

Tuesday, April 30 – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. – Diamond State 50

Thursday, May 23 – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, N.J. – Dirty Jersey 6

Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Tuesday, August 27 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Blast at the Beach

Friday-Saturday November 1-2 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Mid-Atlantic Championship – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Accord Speedway ‘Gobbler’ Falls to Early Winter: Event Canceled for 2018

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ACCORD, NY – There’s no question ‘Old Man Winter’ arrived early in the Hudson Valley and foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

The early entourage of wet weather has now claimed the Northeast dirt-track finale ‘Gobbler’ at Accord Speedway. The event, which had previously been postponed to Dec. 1, has been canceled and will not be made up.

Rain, wintry mix and snow has left the grounds and track surface at the Ulster County facility completely saturated.

“Everything is soaked,” speedway promoter Gary Palmer said. “The track, the pits, the parking lot – there is no way we could be race ready for Saturday, even with three days of hot weather and sunshine.”

In the previous five editions of the ‘Gobbler’ the event went off twice on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (2013 & ’17) and on two occasions the first Saturday of December (’15 & ’16). Only once, in ’14, the event was pushed back to the following April after racers and competitors had arrived.

“We aren’t giving up on the ‘Gobbler’ at all,” event co-promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC said. “This November was extreme, even for New York weather. We will put it back on the schedule for next year and hope for better luck with Mother Nature.”

The ’18 season is now complete for both Accord Speedway and BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. To learn more about the speedway, visit www.accordspeedway.com, call the speedway office at 845.626.1142 or the race day line: 845.626.3478. E-mail the speedway at accordspeedway@yahoo.com.

To learn more about the 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.

Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Kicks Off 2019 Northeast Modified Season at Georgetown Speedway March 15-16

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GEORGETOWN, DE – For the fourth consecutive season, Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway is set to kick off the Northeast dirt Modified schedule in 2019.

The historic half-mile oval will host the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend in remembrance of the speedway’s founder on Friday-Saturday March 15-16, 2019. Two exciting days of racing will help to cure the winter doldrums of race fans and competitors alike.

Friday night’s (March 15) program will be headlined by Small-Block Modifieds racing for $4,049 to win in a 30-lap event.  Also on the card will be RUSH Late Models (20 laps, $1,049 to win), Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.  Track time will be allotted for Modified and Sportsman teams planning to compete on Saturday.

The second day (March 16) of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial is topped by the 49-lap, $6,949-to-win opener for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region, with the ground-pounding STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds assembling a talented field.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial list of STSS Modified victors has become a ‘who’s-who’ of Modified talent. The first edition in 2016 saw Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., drive Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts No. 55 to the win. A year later, it was the ‘Sensational’ Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., aboard the Halmar International No. 43 in Victory Lane.

Last year’s event was an epic back-and-forth battle for the win. Ultimately, Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt edged ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard to bring home the top prize.

Round No. 1 of the STSS L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman South Region will offer a $1,049 winner’s share on Saturday. Also on the docket will be 12-lap features only for the Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

The event honors the memory of Melvin L. Joseph, the founder of Georgetown Speedway and a Sussex County business icon who was also a pioneer in the NASCAR community as a car owner and builder of Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Mr. Joseph passed away in 2005 but his legacy continues.

Mr. Joseph’s family will be present at the event and his lucky number ‘49’ will be prominent throughout the day.

Complete pricing for the weekend is forthcoming. Two-day passes will be available for both the pit and grandstand areas.

Preceding the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will be an open practice session on Saturday, March 9 with a rain date of March 10.

A complete ’19 Georgetown schedule is in its final stages of completion and will be released shortly.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

 

2018 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Winners
Short Track Super Series Modified: Ryan Watt
Small-Block Modified: Craig Von Dohren
Short Track Super Series Crate 602 Sportsman: Alex Yankowski
RUSH Late Model: Amanda Whaley
Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car: C.J. Schirmer
Little Lincoln: Kirk Lawson
Delaware Super Truck: Dale Elliott (Saturday) & Noah Vincent (Friday)
Delmarva Charger: Chris ‘Tippy’ Martinez (Saturday) & Tanner Marvel (Friday)

2017 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Winners
Short Track Super Series Modified: Jimmy Horton
L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman: Scott Hitchens
Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car: C.J. Schirmer
Little Lincoln: Joe Tracy
Delaware Super Truck: Shane Clogg
Delmarva Charger: Jerry Barker

2016 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Winners
Short Track Super Series Modified:
Anthony Perrego
L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman: Brandon Grosso
Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car: Dwayne Heck
Little Lincoln: Mel Joseph Jr.
Delaware Super Truck: Robert Reed
Delmarva Charger: Geoff Carey

$10,000-to-win Short Track Super Series York County Nationals Returns to BAPS Motor Speedway July 14, 2019

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NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – This event has become a summer destination for fans in the Keystone State and beyond.

And it’s back in 2019.

BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., will again welcome the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco big-block/small-block Modifieds for the York County Nationals. The 50-lap event will reward its victor with a massive $10,000 from a total payout structure of more than $30,000!

The 2019 edition will take place on Sunday, July 14.

The York County Nationals will offer points toward the ’19 STSS Velocita-USA South Region championship battle worth a minimum of $10,000.

Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., is the defending York County Nationals winner. Sheppard’s victory last July came in dramatic fashion. After relinquishing the lead to pit with a right-rear wheel packed with mud, Sheppard restarted dead last in the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s and charged back to the win over Stewart Friesen, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown and Andy Bachetti.

The ’17 York County Nationals produced an upset victory by Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., who utilized a double-file restart to sweep past race-long leader Friesen and go on to the five-figure payday. Friesen attempted a final-lap pass to reclaim the lead but settled for runner-up status, with Craig Von Dohren, Jeff Strunk and Frank Cozze in tow.

In the inaugural STSS visit to the four-tenths-mile oval on Aug. 7, 2016, New Yorker Anthony Perrego looked to have the victory in hand. Perrego’s flat right-rear tire paved the way for Ringoes, N.J.’s Godown to take his small-block-powered ride to victory. Watt, Strunk, Friesen and Jimmy Horton trailed.

Will there be another new face in Victory Lane in ’19? 50 laps will decide it.

Once again, the Central PA Legend cars will serve as the undercard for the Modified event co-promoted by Scott Gobrecht and Kolten Gouse of BAPS Motor Speedway and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

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 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.

Wet Grounds Force Accord Speedway ‘Gobbler’ Postponement To Saturday, December 1

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ACCORD, NY – An early influx of winter in the New York State Catskill Mountain foothills has forced the postponement of the ‘Gobbler’ at Accord Speedway until the scheduled ‘weather date’ of Saturday, Dec. 1.

The announcement came on Nov. 21, in the advance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, to allow race teams, fans and their families plenty of notice.

The speedway grounds, hit by an early season snow and an abundance of precipitation, are in no shape to host an event this weekend.

“It’s just too wet,” Accord Speedway promoter Gary Palmer stated. “I’m still pumping water off the track. The access roads, pit area and parking lot are saturated. There’s no way we could pull off this show on Saturday.”

Event co-promoter Brett Deyo added that the interest for the event is high once again this season, so the weather will be monitored with a hope of running the event on Dec. 1.

“We obviously need the weather to cooperate with us to allow for drying,” he said. “We will keep an eye on the conditions and update the racing community next week. There has been tremendous feedback from all divisions and race fans. We’re hopeful for sunshine to help us close out the 2018 season.”

Twice in the previous five editions of the ‘Gobbler’ the event has gone off successfully – with large crowds and healthy car counts – on the first Saturday of December (2015 & 2016).

On the docket: Modifieds racing 50 laps for $5,000 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,000 to win), Street Stocks in the Ron Wright Memorial, Four Cylinders and an Enduro nightcap.

The entire program now moves back to Dec. 1. Pit gates open at 9 a.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 10 a.m. Hot laps hit the track at noon. Racing begins at 1 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $24. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $22. Kids 11 and under are $5. Reserved outdoor seating can be obtained for $26. Limited indoor seating is available for $35 by calling the speedway office at 845.626.1142.

Pit admission is $40, with no license required.

There is a ‘weather date’ in effect for this event of Saturday, December 1.

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. To learn more about the speedway, visit www.accordspeedway.com, call the speedway office at 845.626.1142 or the race day line: 845.626.3478. E-mail the speedway at accordspeedway@yahoo.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.

Returning New Egypt, First Appearance at Fonda Bring Excitement for 2019 Short Track Super Series Season

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MILLSBORO, DE – One returning Garden State venue and a legendary New York facility storied in history have created early anticipation for the 2019 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco schedule.

New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway is back on the 2019 STSS Modified agenda. The state-of-the-art D-shaped, 7/16ths-mile facility will host the ‘Dirty Jersey’ Velocita-USA South Region event on Thursday, May 23 to launch Memorial Day weekend.

A pair of STSS Velocita-USA South Region Modified events have been contested at New Egypt: one on June 14, 2016 and the first STSS-sanctioned event on June 11, 2015.

Wurtsboro, N.Y., invader Danny Creeden reached Victory Lane in the ’15 edition over Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Ryan Watt and Billy Pauch Jr.

In ’16, the Frenchtown, N.J.-based Pauch family reigned supreme. Billy Jr. bested his father, Billy Sr., despite running much of the race with a broken shock tower. Duane Howard, Creeden and Godown completed the front five.

After two seasons away, the STSS is back in ‘the Pines’ for ’19. Look for more information on this event during the off-season.

Since 1953, Fonda Speedway located off New York State Thruway Exit 28 in Fonda, New York has hosted some of the most iconic names in auto racing. For the first time, the STSS and its Halmar International North Region descend on the ‘Track of Champions’ Wednesday, July 3.

The inaugural STSS appearance at Fonda on the eve of Independence Day will be one to remember. The 50-lap ‘Firecracker’ will offer $10,000 to the winner. Promotional support for this event comes from John Lakata, who spearheaded the original ‘Jack’ event at Fonda in 2015.

Lakata plans to bring a true ‘special-event’ feel to this event with fan promotions, lap money, special awards, live music and more.

Officials are working diligently on finalizing the ’19 STSS schedule for the Halmar International North Region, Velocita-USA South Region and North and South Regions for the Crate 602 Sportsman.

The 2018 Short Track Super Series season will reach its conclusion on Saturday, January 5, 2019 with the ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet at Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Lehigh Valley, Pa. Banquet ticket order forms have been posted on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com.

To learn more about the 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 Enjoys Banner 2018 Season: Average Modified Car Count Of 43.7, Six First-Time Winners

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MILLSBORO, DE – By all accounts, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco enjoyed a banner year in 2018.

From March through October, the series provided fans with excitement across four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – while racers competed for the most lucrative monetary offerings since the series’ inception in 2014 as Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., sweetened the pot.

Once again, the STSS Modified tour was divided into manageable North and South Regions.

A total of 15 events were completed despite a summer filled with wet weather with a series-wide average of 43.7 Modifieds per event.

The Halmar International-sponsored North Region proved the depth of talent on the series, with five first-time series winners during the season.

Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., was the first to break through on Tuesday, July 3, when he drove the United Pump & Tank No. 48 to Victory Lane at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway.

Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., topped the Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park ‘Afton Action 50’ on July 26.

Westfield, Pa.’s Billy Van Pelt thrilled the home crowd at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway when he crossed the checkered first to take the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 54’ on Aug. 9.

In perhaps the most exciting race finish all year, Marc Johnson of Guilderland, N.Y., emerged victorious from the ‘Stampede’ at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., broke through with a huge upset win worth $10,000 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., to kick off Eastern States Weekend on Oct. 18.

Other North Region winners were all-time leading series winner Stewart Friesen (Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. on June 20 and Orange County May 8), Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., Sept. 23 at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., and Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., at Thunder Mountain on Oct. 6 with a final-lap pass of Mat Williamson.

A new face has emerged as the North Region champion, as well. Sidney, N.Y.’s Billy Decker for the first time takes the title as Short Track Super Series champion of the Halmar International-backed North Region. Decker will receive $12,500 for his efforts.

A record 14 drivers entered every STSS North Region event run this season.

The Velocita-USA South Region saw one new winner. Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., took the checkered flag first on the all-new Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway three-eighths-mile in April driving for Glenn Hyneman.

Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., earned the series championship off the strength of two wins for the Ron Roberts team. Watt took the opener at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway in March, then topped what ultimately became the finale in the series debut at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway in March.

Watt is now a three-time STSS Velocita-USA South Region champion, for which he will collect $10,000. Watt has taken the title in 2015, ’17 and now ’18.

Like Watt, Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., was a two-time winner for the Maryland-based Hurlock Auto & Speed team. Sheppard’s two conquests came at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., on May 24 and BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., in late-July.

For the first time, national MAV-TV television cameras set up to record a Short Track Super Series event at Georgetown Speedway in late-August. Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., survived a last-lap, last-turn slide job from Craig Von Dohren to earn the victory.

Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., was slated to host the series’ only combined North-South race, but that program fell to rain not once, but twice. The South Region Mid-Atlantic Championship at Georgetown also succumbed to the weather after a coastal storm hit southern Delaware on the final weekend of October.

Fifteen drivers entered all ’18 STSS South Region races.

The STSS organized a three-pronged Sportsman effort in 2018. Crate 602 Sportsman were featured for the first time, running North and South Regions like their Modified counterparts.

Corey Cormier of Otisville, N.Y., picked up the South Region Crate 602 Sportsman crown, with Tom Collins Jr. of Lansing, N.Y., topping the North Region. Both will receive $1,000 for their efforts.

With the Northeast trending toward Crate 602 Sportsman racing entirely, the STSS Open Sportsman Series has concluded its final season. Dominic Roselli of Highland Lakes, N.Y., reigned supreme over that circuit.

The 2018 Short Track Super Series season will reach its conclusion on Saturday, January 5, 2019 with the ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet at Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Lehigh Valley, Pa. Banquet ticket order forms have been posted on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com.

To learn more about the 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.

Accord Speedway Set To Host Post-Thanksgiving ‘Gobbler’ Saturday, November 24

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ACCORD, NY – Eat Thanksgiving dinner with the family, we’ll provide the dirt-track dessert.

On Saturday, November 24, the curtain comes down on the Northeast outdoor season in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Accord Speedway, the quarter-mile clay oval operated by Gary and Donna Palmer, plays host to the ‘Gobbler’ season finale for the sixth consecutive year.

The ‘Gobbler’ is an annual post-Thanksgiving co-promotion involving the Palmer family and BD Motorsports Media LLC.

The headline event, of course, is the 50-lap main for the ‘Mashed Potato’ Modifieds paying a healthy $5,000 to the winner plus bonuses. Last year, the event featured an epic battle between eventual winner Andy Bachetti and runner-up Mike Ricci. The pair traded the lead on several occasions before Sheffield, Mass., driver Bachetti ultimately won out.

The Modifieds will compete under Short Track Super Series rules for this event.

The ‘Cranberry Sauce’ Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a 25-lap event offering $1,000 to take the victory.

Also on the docket, the ‘Pumpkin Pie’ Pure/Street Stocks in a Shootout Series event honoring the memory of Ron Wright, a Four Cylinder ‘Feast’ and a side of Enduro pudding.

Pit gates will open at 9 a.m. Grandstand gates will unlock at 10 a.m. Hot laps begin at noon and the first green flag flies at 1 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $24. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $22. Kids 11 and under are $5. Reserved outdoor seating can be obtained for $26. Limited indoor seating is available for $35 by calling the speedway office at 845.626.1142.

Pit admission is $40, with no license required.

There is a ‘weather date’ in effect for this event of Saturday, December 1.

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. To learn more about the speedway, visit www.accordspeedway.com, call the speedway office at 845.626.1142 or the race day line: 845.626.3478. E-mail the speedway at accordspeedway@yahoo.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.