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Decker prevails at Fonda Speedway

Super Dirt LogoFourth 2015 Super DIRTcar Series win for the “Franklin Flyer”

FONDA, N.Y. – September 26, 2015 – Billy Decker retook the lead from Brett Hearn for the second time on lap 78 and stayed in front the rest of the way to win the Mohawk Valley 100 at Fonda Speedway.

It was the defending Super DIRTcar Series (SDS) champion’s fourth series win of the season and his first at Fonda Speedway since 1988.

Decker set fast time in qualifying and started fifth in a 31-car field. He passed Hearn for the first time on lap 72 after heavy lapped traffic slowed the leader’s torrid pace.

The “Jersey Jet” had reeled in Stewart Friesen and quickly drawn off to a sizeable lead on lap 34. After his back-and-forth duel with Decker had gone Decker’s way, Hearn was overtaken by Larry Wight and was being pressured by Gary Tomkins when he went up in smoke and slowed on the backstretch, bringing out the third caution.

On the restart, Friesen came back to life and raced past Tomkins and Wight, but he couldn’t ever get to Decker whose winning margin was five car-lengths.

“I’m super happy,” Decker said in victory lane. “The guys made great adjustments on the car. I’d go where they weren’t in traffic. I love to race here and I want to thank all the Fonda fans for their support.”

Wight’s stout podium finish followed up his win at Autodrome Granby. Friesen, who led laps 13-33 and then slipped back to 6th, overtook him with five laps left. He was trying to equal Jack Johnson’s seasonal record of 12 Fonda wins.

“My car was awesome in the beginning,” Friesen said. “Then it got lazy and then it got going again. Maybe it’s the tires, I don’t know. It was weird, but finishing second to this guy is pretty good.”

Polesitter Gary Tomkins and Tim Fuller did a lot of wheel-to-wheel racing with several different cars to earn the fourth and fifth spots.

Positions 6-10 went to series point leader Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, A.J.Romano, Jimmy Phelps and Keith Flach.

Hearn saw his chance to gain ground on Sheppard disappear on his way to the pits for a 26th place finish.

The next time out for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will be the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” Syracuse 200 during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRTWeek XLIV Sunday, October 11.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report; Fonda Speedway; September 26, 2015

“Mohawk Valley 100”

A-Main (100 laps): start in (*)

1. 91 Billy Decker – Unadilla, N.Y. (5)

2. 1F Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, N.Y. (7)

3. 99L Larry Wight- Phoenix, N.Y. (4)

4. 84 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. (1)

5. 19F Tim Fuller – Edwards, N.Y. (8)

6. 9h Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, N.Y. (2)

7. 93 Danny Varin – Fonda, N.Y. (10)

8. 16 AJ Romano – Johnstown, N.Y. (13)

9. 98 Jimmy Phelps – Baldwinville, N.Y. (6)

10. 43 Keith Flach – Ravena, N.Y. (11)

11. 00 Bobby Varin – Gloversville, N.Y. (23)

12. 21a Peter Britten – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (22)

13. 20c Craig Hanson – Johnstown, N.Y. (21)

14. 6H Josh Hohenfort – Gloversville, N.Y. (27)

15. 3 Mark Kislowski – Ballston Spa, N.Y. (12)

16. 24 Jeremy Wilder – Fort Plain, N.Y. (17)

17. 14G Brian Gleason – Guilderland, N.Y. (16)

18. 42 Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y. (9)

19. 27J Danny Johnson – Rochester, N.Y. (15)

20. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Bound Brook, N.J. (29)

21. 17E Elmo Reckner – Ballston Lake, N.Y. (14)

22. 816 Jeff Rockefeller – Ballston Spa, N.Y. (28)

23. 17 Rob Pitcher – Chatham, N.Y. (31)

24. 14 C.G. Morey – Rutland, VT

25. 1 Darwin Green – Susquehanna, PA (25)

26. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, NJ (3)

27. 2rj Ronnie Johnson – Duanesburg, N.Y. (19)

28. 09 Connor Cleveland – Corinth, N.Y. (26)

29. 32 Vic Coffey – Leicester, N.Y. (30)

30. 85 HJ Bunting – Milford, DE (24)

31. 71 Ron Holmes – Oneida, N.Y. (20)

DID NOT START

Jessey Mueller

Dave Rauscher

Matt Delorenzo

Korey Wilder

Pep Corradi

Vinnie Sanganetti

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 3 redraw)

Heat 1: Decker, Wight, Friesen, Romano, J Wilder, Hanson, B Varin, Green, Pitcher

Heat 2: Sheppard, Tomkins, Fuller, Reckner, K Wilder, Hohenfort, Corradi, Delorenzo, Sanganetti

Heat 3: Hearn, Phelps, Flach, D Johnson, R Johnson, Britten, Bunting, Coffey, Scagliotta

Heat 4: Kislowski, D Varin, Ward, Gleason, Holmes, Cleveland, Rockefeller, Rauscher, Mueller

Consi 1: Hanson, B Varin, Green, Hohenfort, Pitcher, Delorenzo

Consi 2: Britten, Bunting, Cleveland, Rockefeller, Morey, Scagliotta, Coffey, Rauscher.

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RICH WADE DECKER MEMORIAL SET FOR SUNDAY AT THUNDER MOUNTAIN (9-21-15)

0-Myracenews_logo_finalAll $5,000-To-Win Events Are Not Created Equal: Wade Decker Memorial Sunday At Thunder Mountain Speedway Features Huge Short Track Super Series Pay Structure Plus Other Incentives; GRIT Series Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks & XCel 600 Modifieds All Set For High-Paying Events

CENTER LISLE, NY – All $5,000-to-win dirt Modified events are not created equal.

Case in point: this Sunday’s (Sept. 27) MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The annual race honoring the late Wade Decker is among the most lucrative of the season for the big-block/small-block Modified traveling contingent of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek.

Yes, the 50-lap main event winner takes home a minimum of $5,000 like many other ‘big shows’ in the region. But the difference clear. A 10th-place finish in the Wade Decker Memorial will reward a driver with $1,000 and $400 is reserved just to take the green flag from a total purse structure of more than $25,000 – that’s $10,000 more than similar races.

And then, there are the other incentives.

Hank Decker Logging has signed on to sponsor a 10-lap Cash Dash for heat winners offering a cool $1,000 to the winner. Jim and Rhonda Scott have posted a $500 bonus to lead at the halfway mark of the main event (more than $1,000 total in lap money will be distributed). A certificate for four free Integra Shocks is set for the event’s Hard Charger (the driver gaining the most positions from their scheduled starting spot to the finish).

A long list of STSS contingency partners have other certificates and product in waiting from companies such as Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, American Racer/Lias Tire, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fast Axle, Shiley Fabrication, Vahlco Wheels and more.

Last year, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti earned the first Thunder Mountain triumph of his successful career in the Wade Decker Memorial, completing a late pass of Mike Mahaney. Last Saturday, King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mahaney clinched the track’s Modified point title.

Sunday’s program is the seventh of eight races on the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region. Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., is the current point leader in search of a $15,000 championship.

A full program of racing is planned for the Wade Decker Memorial.

GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman battle for $1,000 to win and $100 to start in a 25-lap main. Street Stocks will race 25 laps for a $1,000 winner’s share (bring your home track rule book – Thunder Mountain American Racer tires required) and the XCel 600 Modifieds run in a tour race for $1,000 to win, 20 laps in distance.

Gates will open for the grandstand and pit areas at 2 p.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 4:40 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 5 p.m. and the first heat race hits the track promptly at 6 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $18. Students (ages 10-17) pay $15. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

A talented competitor who progressed from the Street Stocks to race in the Southern Tier and beyond in the Modified division, Wade Decker tragically lost his life on Dec. 5, 2011 in a logging accident. He was just 37 years old.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shortttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com. “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

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.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group (COMP Cams, Driven Racing Oil & Quarter Master), Crane Ignition, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Hyperco, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Lineman Racing, Pilat Graphic Design, Race Pro Weekly, Racers Guide, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & VP Racing Fuel.

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek 2015 Schedule

Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region
Saturday, April 11 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, May 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault – WINNER: RICK LAUBACH
Tuesday, May 19 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3 – WINNER: JACKIE BROWN JR.
Monday, June 29 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain – WINNER: BRIAN MALCOLM
Wednesday, July 22 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, August 11 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51 – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Sunday, September 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Point Fund (*based on 8 events): 1. $15,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,500; 5. $2,000; 6. $1,650; 7. $1,550; 8. $1,450; 9. $1,350; 10. $1,250; 11. $750; 12. $650.

Drivers with perfect attendance outside the Top-12 receive $250.

Fonda hosts Super DIRTcar Series

September 26 Mohawk 100 – $30,000 purse pays $6,000-to-win

FONDA, N.Y. – September 21, 2015 – The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series heads to Fonda Fairgrounds for the 20th event of the season, the Mohawk 100 Saturday, September 26.

Matt Sheppard, driver of the FX Caprara No. 9h and a three-time Series champion, will arrive at Fonda as the point leader on the strength of four series’ wins.

Sheppard leads Brett Hearn by 92 points. Hearn has a sterling record of success on Fonda’s flat half-mile. The “Jersey Jet” won last year’s Mohawk 100, which was the first appearance by the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds at Fonda since 2003.

Hearn has won three of the last four SDS races at Fonda and he has eight series’ win over his career.

Sheppard and Hearn will go up against 2015 Fonda champion Stewart Friesen, defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Tim Fuller and top local runners Ronnie Johnson of Duanesburg and Jeff Trombley of Altamont.

Saturday’s race card includes the Hondo Classic 50 for DIRTcar Pro Stocks. Post time is 7 p.m.

For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, www.fondaspeedway.com, SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, follow on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DIRTcar.