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Short Track Super Series ‘Anthracite Assault’ Will Be Run Monday, July 16 at Big Diamond Speedway

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MINERSVILLE, PA – After feedback from fans and competitors, management teams of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco and Big Diamond Speedway have announced a rain date for the ‘Anthracite Assault’ which was nixed by the weather on June 5.

The event will be made up on Monday, July 16.

As scheduled on its original date, this event will offer points toward both the STSS Modified Halmar International North Region and STSS Velocita-USA South Region. It is also an American Racer Cup Challenge event for both the Modified and Sportsman divisions, counting toward the Insinger Performance South Region totals.

The original ‘Anthracite Assault’ date on June 5 drew a full pit area headlined by 49 STSS Modifieds to the Minersville track. However a deluge at the time of the drivers’ meeting put an end to the event.

“Our fans were very disappointed in not being able to see the great field of cars we had assembled put on a show,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “We knew it would be a challenge to find a viable date, but we feel we have found a rare date in the summer with no conflicts on the Northeast Modified calendar.”

Big Diamond promoter Jake Smulley wanted to get the event in as well.

“We had a great field,” Smulley said. “It is always discouraging to get that close to the start of the show and lose out. Hopefully we can get a nice day this time around.”

The show will be run as it had been scheduled on its original date. Modifieds battle $5,000 to win with $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green for 50 laps. The STSS Open Sportsman race 20 laps for a $1,000 winner’s share and XCel 600 Modifieds complete the tripleheader in a tour race.

Times and pricing remain as posted for the original date.

All STSS teams received 25 points for towing to Big Diamond on June 5. Those bonus points will remain on their totals toward the 2018 championship battles.

Please note, as refunds were distributed for all admissions and car registration fees, this will be a complete new event with an open draw for position.

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

To learn more about the 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 Returns to Outlaw Speedway After A Year’s Absence on Wednesday, June 20

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DUNDEE, NY – After a year away, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco rolls into Outlaw Speedway on Wednesday, June 20.

The ‘Outlaw Showdown’ brings the STSS Modifieds to New York’s Finger Lakes Region for a 50-lap main event as part of the series’ 2018 rain-hindered Halmar International North Region.

A purse structure of more than $25,000 awaits the area’s big-block/small-block Modified racers with $5,000 going to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 just to take the green flag. A number of cash and product awards further sweeten the pot for competitors taking part in the event.

The series made its only previous Outlaw Speedway appearance on June 8, 2016 with Matt Sheppard – at the time driving Norm Hansell’s Pennsylvania-based No. 357 – taking the victory over Erick Rudolph, Andy Bachetti, Danny Creeden and Billy Van Pelt.

Sheppard is the reigning Outlaw Speedway champion aboard the Sweeteners Plus No. 92s, utilizing the Dundee facility as home base toward his $11,000 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco championship a year ago.

Rain has been the story of the STSS Halmar International North Region this season. The only race completed so far was the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on May 8 at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway. That event, ironically, was postponed by a month due to the lingering winter in southeastern New York.

Stewart Friesen brought the ‘Hard Clay Open’ $5,000-plus home to Sprakers, N.Y., taking the victory over Rick Laubach, Jerry Higbie, Brett Hearn and Billy Decker.

The scheduled Memorial Day weekend event at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., fell to a day-long rain. Most recently, heavy rain moved over Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on June 5, nixing the North-South combo ‘Anthracite Assault’ special.

Fans and racers alike are hoping for bright sunshine at Outlaw.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the card at the ‘Outlaw Showdown’ are the Outlaw Sportsman ($1,500 to win) and Street Stocks ($1,000 to win).

Complete STSS race information and rules can be found at the following link: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/outlaw-showdown-rules-prices-general-info/

The complete STSS Modified pay structure follows: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/outlaw-showdown-stss-modified-pay-structure/

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates unlock at 5 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6:15 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.

Admission is $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors and Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40, with no license required.

Outlaw Speedway is located at 82 Main Street Dundee, NY 14837, just minutes north of Watkins Glen, N.Y. For up-to-date information, visit www.outlawspeedwayllc.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.

Unexpected Evening Rain Ends Big Diamond ‘Anthracite Assault’ With 49 Modifieds Registered

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MINERSVILLE, PA – A forecast of isolated afternoon showers never materialized on Tuesday at Big Diamond Speedway.

Unfortunately evening rain – which had not been predicted – did.

Just as the pre-race drivers’ meeting concluded, the skies opened up in Minersville, prompting the cancelation of the ‘Anthracite Assault’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco event at the speedway.

The pit area was packed with a field of 49 STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds for what was to have been the only combined Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region event of 2018 for the series.

Modifieds were set to go 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.

Rain continued on and off in the area throughout the night.

“This was by far the best field we have had for this event,” noted STSS organizer Brett Deyo. “The diversity, quality and quantity was there. We thought we were in the clear for the night and by all forecasts racing should have gone on.

“We apologize to everyone but this came as a surprise to all of us.”

There were 20 STSS Sportsman registered at the time of the precipitation. The XCel 600 Modifieds were scheduled to complete the tripleheader show in a tour race.

With no immediate rain date available (Wednesday was a hotbed for local graduations in the area so the speedway was to be silent), all those in the pit area and grandstand areas were offered cash refunds.

Drivers in both the STSS Modifieds and STSS Sportsman will receive an additional 25 bonus points toward their season-long totals for attending.

The summer schedule for dirt Modified racing is jam-packed with events so no rain date was evident at the time of the cancelation.

Big Diamond promoter Jake Smulley and STSS organizer Deyo will carefully review the remainder of the 2018 schedule to see if there are any opportunities to make the event up. If not, it will definitely be part of the track’s 2019 agenda.

Next up for the STSS is the ‘Outlaw Showdown’ at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 20 racing for 50 laps and $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. This is a return to Outlaw after an absence of a year. Crate 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks will complete the program.

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

To learn more about the 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.

 

‘Anthracite Assault’ STSS Modified Registered Drivers

1 – Billy Pauch
1H – Jared Umbenhauer
1J – Jordan Watson
1K – Rick Laubach
1Y – Frank Yankowski
2 – Billy Van Pelt
2A – Mike Gular
3 – Billy Lasko
3 – Tommy Meier
3 – Mat Williamson
4 – Andy Bachetti
6 – Danny Bouc
6 – Matt Stangle
6H – J.R. Hurlburt
6NN – Nick Nye
9s – Matt Sheppard
14s – Craig Von Dohren
14W – Ryan Watt
15 – Mike Lisowski
15 – Brett Tonkin
16X – Danny Creeden
17z – Brian Krummel
19K – Brett Kressley
20C – Craig Hanson
25 – Erick Rudolph
26 – Ryan Godown
32 – Brandon Grosso
33 – Mike Mahaney
43 – Jimmy Horton
44 – Anthony Perrego
44 – Stewart Friesen
44 – Doug Manmiller
46 – Jeremy Smith
48 – Jerry Higbie
61 – Justin Grim
66g – Bobby Trapper
67 – JR Fulper
69 – Bob Trapper
77K – Ryan Kunkle
81 – Heath Metzger
91 – Billy Decker
96 – Billy Pauch Jr.
97 – Jimmy Reppert
118 – Jim Britt
119 – Brian Malcolm
126 – Jeff Strunk
323ov – David Van Horn
357 – Duane Howard
401 – Frank Cozze

‘Anthracite Assault’ STSS Sportsman Registered Drivers

0 – Kevin Brady
2 – Brian Mady
4 – Nate Klinger
X5 – Daryl Dissinger
11 – Dylan Smith
16 – Brandon Kuhn
16 – Ryan Higgs
19 – Brad Brightbill
19 – Shawn Light
22J – Chris Jordan
31 – Mike Mammana
58 – Louden Reimert
77X – Nick Mady
80 – Dominic Roselli
84Y – Alex Yankowski
99 – Craig Whitmoyer
112 – Cale Ross
357x – Tim Fitzpatrick
830AM – Brad Arnold
924 – Brian Houseknecht

Short Track Super Series ‘Mining Modified Excitement’ Tuesday, June 5 at Big Diamond Speedway ‘Anthracite Assault’

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MINERSVILLE, PA – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco will be ‘mining Modified excitement’ on Tuesday, June 5.

For the only time in 2018, the STSS Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region Modifieds clash on common ground at Big Diamond Speedway.

The ‘Anthracite Assault’ offers points toward both regions from its 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event and is sure to draw the Northeast’s top Modified talent to Coal Country.

STSS Modified racers will battle for nearly $26,000 in prize money plus cash and product bonuses from this unique, one-time-per-year show.

Fresh off his recent victory at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., on May 24, ‘Super’ Matt Sheppard leads the South Region standings into Big Diamond. Sheppard holds the top spot over two-time champion Ryan Watt, David Van Horn Jr., Andy Bachetti and Craig Von Dohren.

Three South Region events have been completed thus far in ’18 with a trio of different winners. Watt bested the Georgetown (Del.) Speedway field in March; Jeff Strunk won his first-ever STSS event at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in April; and Sheppard pocketed $5,000 on First State soil last Thursday.

Due to the weather, only one Halmar International North Region race has run, that being Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., on May 8. Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., was victorious over Rick Laubach, Jerry Higbie, Brett Hearn and Billy Decker.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the ‘Anthracite Assault’ doubleheader are the STSS Open Sportsman in Race No. 1 of their five-race series ($1,000 to win) and XCel 600 Modifieds.

Complete race information for the event has been posted on the STSS website at the following link: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/anthracite-assault-rules-prices-general-info-2/

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

To learn more about the 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

Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown

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

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

Tuesday, June 5 – 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

Rain, Not Lightning, Takes Sunday Headlines At Thunder Mountain Speedway; STSS Event Now Sept. 23

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CENTER LISLE, NY – It was rain, not lightning, in the headlines at Thunder Mountain Speedway on Sunday.

Significant rainfall and a forecast for continued evening showers forced the postponement of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ event at the three-eighths-mile oval.

A new date of Sunday, Sept. 23 was announced for the program, headlined by a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win event for the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the STSS Halmar International North Region.

“Unfortunately the weather didn’t allow us to get in what would have been an outstanding show on Sunday,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “The Spoonhower family worked well into the overnight hours on the track surface and the response from racers and fans was strong.

“We couldn’t beat all-day rain. With the crowded summer schedule, we felt a fall make-up date was a better fit.”

In September, the STSS Modifieds will be joined by STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region ($1,000 to win) and Street Stocks ($1,000 to win).

The Short Track Super Series now heads to Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Tuesday, June 5 for the annual ‘Anthracite Assault’ which serves as the only combined Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region program of the season for the STSS Modifieds. Also on the program are STSS Open Sportsman (Round No. 1) and XCel 600 Modifieds.

Big Diamond is Event No. 4 of the Velocita-USA South Region and the second stop of the weather-marred Halmar International North Region.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.

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, K&N,  Land Hoe Maintenance, 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

Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown

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

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

Countdown to Middletown: Hard Clay ‘Opens’ New Halmar International Era Sunday, April 8 At Orange County Fair Speedway

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – After a huge kickoff to its southern region in Delaware, the ‘countdown to Middletown’ is underway for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

On Sunday, April 8, the STSS Halmar International North Region launches at the venerable Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., as the ‘Hard Clay Open’ celebrates its fifth anniversary.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ takes on special significance with the announcement that Halmar International’s Chris Larsen has assembled a group to lease the speedway for five years with an option to purchase. The STSS visit will be the first race at OCFS under the new Halmar leadership.

STSS Modifieds, sporting sail panels, are set to battle for 50 laps around the OCFS oval competing for a total payout of more than $30,000: $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag. A minimum of 30 cars will start the main event.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is event No. 1 of 10 toward the $12,500 Halmar International North region championship. The North Region once again starts and finishes on the ‘Hard Clay’ of OCFS.

Crate 602 Sportsman, running under weekly OCFS rules, will complete the two-division open-wheel doubleheader. Crates race 20 laps for a $1,000 winner’s share.

The only repeat ‘Hard Clay Open’ STSS Modified victor has been Andy Bachetti. The Sheffield, Mass., driver has earned his triumphs in distinctly different fashion. During the inaugural race in 2014, Bachetti led every lap from his pole starting position. A year ago, the ‘Wild Child’ marched forward from 20th starting spot to pass both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn in the final laps.

Friesen (2015) and Tommy Meier (2016) are the other two ‘Hard Clay Open’ winners.

On Sunday, April 8, pit gates will unlock at 11 a.m. Grandstand and drive-in gates open at noon. Hot laps hit the track at 2 p.m., with racing at 3 p.m.

Adult admission is $25 for the grandstand and drive-in. Seniors pay $22 with Kids 12 and under $2.

Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

There will be an Open Practice for racers on Saturday (April 7) with gates opening at 2 p.m. and practice from 4-8 p.m.

Complete rules, times, pricing and information can be found at the following link: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-info/

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.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.

 

Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Short Track Super Series Contingency Award & Bonus Summary

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GEORGETOWN, DE – The following contingency awards and bonuses were issued during the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Season Opener Saturday at Georgetown Speedway.

The weekend kicked off the STSS Velocita-USA Modified South Region and Crate 602 Sportsman South Region. Officially 48 STSS Modifieds and 51 STSS Sportsman entered the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial opener.

Below, find the summary of contingency awards and bonuses distributed.

MELVIN L. JOSEPH MEMORIAL CONTINGENCY/BONUS AWARD SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY MARCH 17, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA Modified South Region Event No. 1

Ad-Art Sign Company “First from the First State” Bonus ($249): Carson Wright (14th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificate): Anthony Perrego (10th) and Wade Hendrickson (13th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): Billy Pauch Jr. (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Billy Decker (fourth) & Stewart Friesen (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Overall Fast Time ($100 Cash): Matt Sheppard (18.807)
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winners ($100 Certificates): Billy Pauch Jr., Joseph Watson, Matt Sheppard, Duane Howard & Ryan Watt
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($100 Certificate): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
Chesapeake Paving Winner’s Bonus (brings winner’s share from $4,900 to $6,949): Ryan Watt
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate):
Duane Howard (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust ‘Power Position’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (11th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Hard Charger ($200 Cash): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): David Van Horn Jr. (third)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Credits): Matt Sheppard (second), Danny Bouc (12th) and Jordan Watson (22nd)
VAHLCO Wheels Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Danny Bouc (26th to 12th)
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): Craig Hanson (DNQ)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 South Region Event No. 1

Rent Equip Winner’s Bonus ($149 cash): Alex Yankowski
Rent Equip Top Delaware Driver ($49 cash): Dwayne Crockett (13th)
Rent Equip Heat Winners ($49 cash): Corey Cormier, Steve Kemery, David Crossman, Eric Kormann & Dan Fleming

 

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.

Watt A Race: Ryan Watt Makes Late Pass Of Matt Sheppard To Win Georgetown Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial $6,949 Short Track Super Series Event

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By CODY MANMILLER

GEORGETOWN, DE – Finally, after a handful of runner-up finishes at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway, Ryan Watt outgunned Matt Sheppard to capture the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial on Saturday night, the series opener for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Presented by Sunoco.

Watt’s triumph was his fourth career win on the STSS tour, but his first at Georgetown Speedway in series history. The 2017 STSS Velocita-USA South Region champion began his title defense with a win in the 50th race of the series’ history, and in the first of eight races scheduled for six tracks in the southern faction of the tour.

“We’ve been so close to winning here and got second every race here last year,” Watt said in Victory Lane. “It’s awesome to finally get over the hump.”

Watt and Sheppard waged a war for the top spot, switching posts on the leaderboard on multiple occasions, before the Boyertown, Pa. driver jumped ahead for good with three circuits remaining.

“We were so equal all race,” Watt mentioned. “Lapped traffic is so tough sometimes, and I was just able to take advantage of my opportunity.”

Watt took the early lead from his outside pole starting position ahead of Friday night’s winner Craig Von Dohren and Sheppard, who started outside of the second row.

After a few early-race restarts, Sheppard wiggled second from Von Dohren before another caution flag on lap 12 of the 49-lap main event. This time, Sheppard, aboard the Hurlock Auto & Speed-sponsored No. 9s, plunged ahead of the field, taking his first lead of the race. By this time, David Van Horn had moved into third from his 11th-place starting spot, cementing himself as the one to watch coming through the field.

When the caution flag flew on lap 19, Van Horn beat Watt to the line to grab a front-row position on the restart alongside Sheppard. With 30 to go, Watt stole second back from Van Horn on the next green flag lap and set his sights on Sheppard. He pulled even down the backstretch but was unable to complete the pass.

With 20 laps to go, Watt, who was utilizing the ultra-top lane to his advantage, entered a bit too hard and a bit too high, sending him over the banking between turns three and four. His lead over third-place running Van Horn, however, allowed him to roar back on the racing surface without losing a position. Throughout the next few circuits, he seemed to unleash another level of speed, quickly closing back in on the leading Sheppard, who was battling through lapped traffic.

“The track was awesome,” Watt said. “The top widened out to the very edge and we were running so hard, I slipped up once and then I was just hoping for a caution for another opportunity.”

On lap 34, he got it. Jordan Watson slowed with 15 tours around the banked half-mile oval left to go. Still, on the ensuing restart, Sheppard sped ahead with Watt close behind, followed by Van Horn, Billy Decker and Von Dohren, who battled side-by-side for consecutive laps, Duane Howard and Friday night’s runner up Billy Pauch Jr. Howard and Pauch Jr. would slide past Von Dohren on the next few circuits.

Sheppard still held a solid, albeit close, lead on Watt with under five laps to go as he entered lapped traffic yet again. This time, however, it wasn’t so easy. Two cars battled door-to-door just ahead of him, and Sheppard was unable to find a clear path. Meanwhile, Watt concocted his plan. As Sheppard dove to the bottom of turn three, Watt blew it in on the outside, driving by for the lead.

Another caution would fly with two laps to go, setting up a green-white-checkered finish, but Watt crossed the line first for the win, followed by Sheppard, Van Horn, Decker and Pauch Jr.

“It was really a great battle,” Sheppard said in front of a packed grandstand. “I thought we had a good shot at it, but just got caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“I’m happy with the performance, though,” he said. “We had a lot of speed tonight, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do down here.”

Van Horn, who shot through to the top three early on in the race, wasn’t complaining.

“I love racing down here in Delaware,” he said. “The fans are diehard racing fans and really care about what we are doing.

“I think I used up my tire coming through, so I was just trying to hold my spot and hope for the best, but I’m really happy to take third behind guys like Ryan and Sheppard.”

Rounding out the top ten were: Howard, who scored a pair of top-six finishes on the weekend; Von Dohren, following up his season-opening victory aboard the Dick Biever-owned No. 14s; Billy Pauch Sr., who bounced around inside the top ten through much of the night; Stewart Friesen and Anthony Perrego, respectively.

Watt’s victory was worth $6,949.

A field of 48 STSS Modifieds signed in for the opener.  Heat winners were Billy Pauch Jr., Joseph Watson, Sheppard, Howard and Watt. Danny Creeden and Mike Gular split the consolations.

Teenager Alex Yankowski of Throop, Pa., dominated the 25-lap L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman main. Yankowski earned a victory in his first appearance at the Sussex County half-mile oval. Yankowski received a $1,049 winner’s share plus a $149 bonus from Rent Equip in Ocean View, Del.

Yankowski and another youngster – Dylan Swinehart – traded the lead during the race’s first half before Swinehart pulled to the infield, ending his bid.

Yankowski pulled away late in the going to a half-straightaway advantage. Steve Kemery finished a solid second. New York State invaders Adam McAuliffe and Shayne Spoonhower authored strong drives to finish third and fourth, respectively, with New Jersey’s Connor King completing the front five.

A new record 51 L&J Sheet Metal STSS Crate 602 Sportsman entered the program, Round No. 1 of the Crate 602 Sportsman South Region. Heat winners were Dan Fleming, David Crossman, Eric Kormann, Kemery and Yankowski. Consolation victors were Jeff Taylor and Daniel Morgiewicz.

The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Club 12-lap main went to C.J. Schirmer in a wild finish.

The Little Lincoln 10-lap feature fell to an emotional Kirk Lawson, the grandson of Melvin L. Joseph. Lawson rolled the outside lane to the victory.

One night after falling shy of a win, Chris “Tippy” Martinez topped the 12-lap Delmarva Charger feature in a 12-lap main that spun off green-to-checkered caution-free.

Dale Elliott bested the field of Delaware Super Trucks in another 12-lap main run without a caution flag.

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).

 

MELVIN L. JOSEPH MEMORIAL RACE SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY MARCH 17, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (49 laps): RYAN WATT, Matt Sheppard, David Van Horn, Billy Decker, Billy Pauch Jr., Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Danny Bouc, Wade Hendrickson, Carson Wright, Dan Creeden, Tyler Boniface, Rick Laubach, Scott Van Gorder, Scott Hitchens, Ron Roberts, Mike Gular, Jordan Watson, Joseph Watson, Jamie Mills, Mark Byram, Ryan Godown, Danny Johnson, Doug Manmiller, Jimmy Horton, Danny Varin, Jim Britt

Did Not Qualify:  HJ Bunting, Brett Barrett, Michael White, Matt Stangle, Jeremy Smith, Matt Janiak, Kevin Gardner, Brian Hitz, Allison Ricci, Russell Morseman II, Jack Lehner, Brad Trice, Craig Hanson, Norman Short, Jeff Strunk, Brett Kressley.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman South Region Event No. 1 (25 laps): ALEX YANKOWSKI, Steven Kemery, Adam McAuliffe, Shayne Spoonhower, Connor King, Corey Cormier, Dave Marcuccilli, Brad Roberts, Dan Fleming, Tyler Thompson, Tom Collins, Bobby Deleon, Dwayne Crockett, Cole Stangle, Dave Constantino, Jeff Tayler, Sean Metz, Connor Otten, Daniel Morgiewicz, David Jenkins, Hunter Lapp, David Schilling, Dylan Swinehart, Jeremy Harrington, Eric Kormann, Jim Housworth, Ryan Simmons, Cole Hentschel, Dave Crossman.                                                               

Did Not Qualify:  Jon Callaway, John Stevenson, Joe Toth, Tommy Vigh Jr., Joe Jarowicz, Chuck Miller, Trent Van Vorst, John Criscione, Fred Massey, Tom Moore Jr., Jordan Long, Ryan Riddle, Nick Alberti, Adam White, Sammy Martz Jr., Jason Rush, Gary Langenstein, Stacy Jackson, Tommy Wilkins, David Graham, Jordn Justice.

Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish (12 laps): CJ SCHIRMER, James Breasure, David Parsons, Jamie Eicholz, Andy Cassel, David Schamp, Don Davidson, Josh Smith.

Little Lincoln Feature Finish (10 laps): KIRK LAWSON, Joseph Tracy, Matt White, Sean Smith, Ryan Walsen, Brian Piercy, Sparky White, Bunky White.

Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): DALE ELLIOTT, David Smith, Noah Vincent, Jerry Hill, Dick Beauchamp, Cody West.

Did Not Start: J.R. Bergman, Bill Dean.

Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): CHRIS MARTINEZ, Ashley Merritt, Geoff Carey, Tanner Marvel, Derek Swafford, Pacman, Randy Merritt, Joe Waters.