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Working Man Winner” Danny Creeden Tops I-88 Speedway Short Track SuperNationals 8

AFTON, NY – The epitome of a “low-budget” racer, Danny Creeden appropriately won the “Working Man’s Race” of 2015.

Creeden, of Wurtsboro, N.Y., authored a stirring drive to victory in Saturday night’s Halmar International Short Track SuperNationals 8 presented by Olum’s at I-88 Speedway, becoming the eighth different victor in as many editions of the event. He earned $5,000 from the posted purse, $50 from Lias Tire/American Racer as a heat winner, $940 in lap money (including $800 from Dale and Sue Smith and R&B Construction as the Halfway Leader) and $200 from Craig Decker Forest Products for crew chief Rob Bakker.

Creeden’s cash take from the 50-lap big-block/small-block event was a hefty $6,190.

Stewart Friesen, meanwhile, drove from 26th starting position to finish sixth and earned the 2015 Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region title, worth $15,000. Sprakers, N.Y.’s Friesen, a four-time winner on the series this season, earned the title by 134 markers over runner-up Danny Johnson.

A strong field of 54 Modifieds attempted to qualify for the STSS 2015 finale, with 28 starting the main event.

Delaware’s Matt Jester, who picked the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers. Jester led the opening six circuits before Mitch Gibbs put his No. 2G into the lead. Gibbs, a multi-time track champion, had started from outside the front row.

Creeden’s No. 16X was moving forward from 10th starting spot. Jester’s great run ended with a right-front wheel issue on the 11th lap. At that point, Creeden arrived in the runner-up spot and began his pursuit of the lead.

Creeden was chasing down Gibbs when a yellow on lap 21 set up a pivotal double-file restart.

Gibbs elected to start from the outside lane. Creeden was able to fire off the inside and take over the lead. Once in front, Creeden inched away from Gibbs during the race’s mid-portions.

Lapped traffic became heavy during the race’s final stretch of 29 green-flag laps.

As Creeden picked through traffic, Gibbs, an emerging Mike Mahaney (from 21st on the grid), Paul Jensen, Jeff Heotzler and Friesen diced from second through sixth.

Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y., put his Charlie Davis-owned No. 21 into second with less than five laps remaining but had little time to chase down Creeden, who earned the fourth BD Motorsports Media LLC victory of his career. He had previously won at I-88, Accord (N.Y.) and New Egypt (N.J.) speedways.

Jensen, of Edmeston, N.Y., started sixth, faded early and recovered to finish third, with Wallkill, N.Y.’s Jeff Heotzler recovering from a mid-race skirmish to finish fourth in Mel Schrufer’s No. 2A. Gibbs, of North Norwich, N.Y., completed the front five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively were Friesen, who had been a late arrival to the speedway after competing at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., earlier in the day; track regular Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., who started 16th and had spun on lap four; Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., in the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 after pitting mid-race; Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who made two trips to the pits during the main; and Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y., who ran as high as third in the race’s early laps.

American Racer/Lias Tire $50 heat winners were Heotzler, Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., Jester, Mike Clapperton of Sidney Center, N.Y., Chad Cook of Deposit, N.Y., and Creeden. The three consolations were topped by Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., Mahaney and Kyle Merkel of Gilbertsville, Pa.

On Friday night, Gibbs won the 8-lap Dash for the fastest six cars in Modified practice, earning an automatic redraw position for Saturday’s feature.

By a nose, Brad Weaver of Conklin, N.Y., held off Alison Ricci to win the 25-lap GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman main. Weaver, the son of area star Brian Weaver, was driving a Jamie Batzel-backed No. 1K. Ricci nearly pulled even with Weaver on the event’s final lap working the inside lane. The third-generation driver fell a wheel short of her first I-88 victory.

Josh Keesey, Pat Jordan and Dale Welty finished third through fifth, respectively, after a final-lap skirmish and tech inspection.

Will Eastman of Oneonta, N.Y., pulled off a last-lap, last turn pass of Michael Burrows to win the Saturday 20-lap XCel 600 Modified “tour” event paying $1,000 to win. Eastman drove hard to the inside of Burrows entering turn three on the final lap and was able to annex the win. Burrows, Josh Pepe, Nathan Brinker and Kyle Fallis trailed.

Quebec’s Eric Sunborg took the lead mid-race and went on to win the 20-lap Empire Lightning Sprint event with a strong 19-car field on hand. Sunborg earned $500 for his efforts by defeating Peter Dance, Ty Tilton, Rick Stone and Stephane St. Laurant.

Ray See Jr. of Patterson, N.Y., rode the outside groove to victory in an entertaining 15-lap Vintage Modified Open run on Saturday afternoon. A dozen Vintage Modifieds took part in the event, with Rob Sanford chasing See across the line.

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Despite day-long rain and infrequent showers into the evening, Friday night’s preliminary program of the Short Track SuperNationals was completed in full. I-88 was the only track in New York State to race on Friday.

Alan Barker of Norwich, N.Y., led the Friday winners, taking the 30-lap Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman event. Barker raced from eighth starting spot to take the lead. However, Barker was pressured heavily in the final laps by Harold Humphrey, who had started deep in the field from 18th position.

Humphrey found the inside lane of the speedway to his liking late in the going and fell less than a half car-length shy of the win at the line. New Jersey’s Steve Davis was third, followed by Jimmy Wells and Tim Guild (earning a $200 bonus as the highest-finishing Crate 602 engine).

Doug Polhamus drove to the 20-lap Green’s Flag Car Service Street Stock win, taking home $600 for his efforts. Polhamus was trailed to the finish by Butch Green, Steve Polhamus, Ray Lindquist and Russ Morseman.

It appeared Richie Hitzler was poised for a $1,000 XCel 600 Modified “tour race” payout in the 20-lap main, but Pipersville, Pa.’s Brian Carber had other ideas. Carber, using his Sprint Car experience, drove inside of Hitzler on the final lap to put the Harrar Motorsports car in Victory Lane. Hitzler settled for second, with Will Eastman, Jonathan Josko and Dylan McCrone finishing third through fifth.

Rich Wood of Enfield, Conn., topped the preliminary night 20-lap Empire Lightning Sprint main. Wood cruised to the win over Ty Tilton, Jordan Poirier, Rick Stone and Peter Dance.

The Four Cylinder cars and Trucks were part of a features-only program. Chris Andrew drove a car purchased from Dylan Robinson to the 15-lap triumph in the FWD Four Cylinders, while Bob Crandall held off Doug O’Hara to win the Empire Sport Truck 15-lap main.

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Saturday’s event concluded the ’15 STSS points-paying season. The Awards Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Lehigh Valley Conference Center in Allentown, Pa., on Dec. 19.

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HALMAR INTERNATIONAL SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 8 PRESENTED BY OLUM’S RACE SUMMARY – OCTOBER 10, 2015

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Event No. 8 Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): DANNY CREEDEN, Mike Mahaney, Paul Jensen, Jeff Heotzler, Mitch Gibbs, Stewart Friesen, Brett Tonkin, Bobby Varin, Andy Bachetti, Ryan Jordan, Nick Rochinski, Danny Johnson, Craig Hanson, Shaun Walker, Tommy Meier, Rusty Smith, Chad Cook, Mike Clapperton, Jackie Brown Jr., Nick Nye, Jeff Strunk, Kyle Merkel, Ken Titus, Matt Jester, Jimmy Becker, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Scott Ferrier.

Did Not Qualify: Elmo Reckner, Alan Barker, Danny Tyler, Shawn Ward, Billy Van Pelt, Ray See Jr., Justin Holland, Brad Rothaupt, Jim Walsh, Doug Manmiller, Brian Malcolm, Darwin Greene, Colton Wilson, Duane Hiller, Steve Young, Jimmy Wells, J.R. Hurlburt, Colt Harris, Donnie Lawson, Brandon Walters, Rich Ricci III, Chris Ostrowsky, Kyle Rohner, Dave Rosa, Lee DeWitt, Cory Costa.

‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown ($1,870): Danny Creeden ($940); Mitch Gibbs ($190); Paul Jensen ($125); Jeff Heotzler ($100); Mike Mahaney ($85); Ryan Jordan ($80); Stewart Friesen ($80); Nick Rochinski ($50); Matt Jester ($40); Brett Tonkin ($40); Bobby Varin ($40); Jackie Brown Jr. ($40); Chad Cook ($20); Danny Johnson ($20); Mike Clapperton ($20)

Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Paul Jensen (third) & Bobby Varin (eighth)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire):
Ryan Jordan (10th) & Craig Hanson (13th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Heat Race Winners ($50 Each):
Jeff Heotzler, Jeff Strunk, Matt Jester, Mike Clapperton, Chad Cook & Danny Creeden
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Mitch Gibbs (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards):
Jeff Heotzler (fourth) & Andy Bachetti (ninth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Certificates):
Jeff Heotzler (fourth), Shaun Walker (14th) & Matt Jester (24th)
Craig Decker Forest Products Crew Chief of the Race ($200):
Rob Bakker
Crunchco Snacks 11th-Place Bonus ($111):
Nick Rochinski (11th)
Dale and Sue Smith/R&B Construction Halfway Leader Bonus ($800):
Danny Creeden
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Brett Tonkin (seventh)
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award (Bumpers and Rubrails): Billy Van Pelt (DNQ)
Upstate Auto Top Accord Speedway Regular ($200): Jeff Heotzler (fourth)
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Mitch Gibbs (fifth)
Zubi’s Racing Hard Charger ($288):
Stewart Friesen (26th to sixth)

GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): BRAD WEAVER, Allison Ricci, Josh Keesey, Pat Jordan, Dale Welty, Stacy Jackson, Tim Guild, Kevin Sockriter, Kenny Peoples Jr., Zach Mead, Rich Powell, Randy Gates, Dustin Jordan, Eric Williams, Winter Mead, Pat O’Hanlon, William Gray, Shayne Spoonhower, Shea Montgomery, James Introne Jr., Brett Buono, Matt Brewer, Dusty Barton, Chuck Miller, Jacob Dgien.

Did Not Qualify: Matt Priscott, Donald Bellum, Lee Foland, Justin Cobb, Kurt Hohensheldt

XCel 600 Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps): WILL EASTMAN, Michael Burrows, Josh Pepe, Nathan Brinker, Kyle Fallis, Korey Inglin, Josh Bewley, Jonathan Josko, Richie Hitzler, Brian Blankenbiller, Kyle Inglin, Dennis Adams, Shawna Schibilia, Grant Schibilia, Brian Carber, Car No. 71, D.J. Hunt, Billy Koch, Dakota Barlet, Aaron Bowes, Car No. 008, Wyatt Harrar.

Empire Lightning Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps): ERIC SUNBORG, Peter Dance, Ty Tilton, Rick Stone, Stephane St. Laurant, Anthony Haas, Yannick Poirier, Jordan Poirier, Nick DeNyse, Lou Torres, Tomy Moreau, Jerry Sehn, Mike Badgely, Chad Bennett, Kathy Bellen, Chris Hirt, Clint Roehrs, Robert Knowlton.

Did Not Start: Shilo Boyce

Vintage Modified Feature Finish (15 Laps): RAY SEE JR., Rob Sanford, Darral Hulburt, Chris Adams, Rob Casti, Buck Gasner, Mike Cole, Link Pettit, Brian Moore, John Hager, Phil Barkins, Jeff Hager.

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HALMAR INTERNATIONAL SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 8 PRESENTED BY OLUM’S RACE SUMMARY – OCTOBER 9, 2015

Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (30 Laps): ALAN BARKER, Harold Humphrey, Steve Davis, Jimmy Wells, Tim Guild, Winter Mead, Brett Buono, Aaron Shelton, Jim Britt, Pat O’Hanlon, Hunter Bates, Jack Speshock, Butch Klinger, Nick Nye, Robby Knipe, Randy Gates, Cory Pike, Shea Montgomery, Pat Jordan, Dustin Jordan, Lisa Williams, Craig Pope, Skip Pickwick, James Introne Jr.

Crate 602 Bonuses: Tim Guild ($200), Winter Mead ($100), Brett Buono ($75), Pat O’Hanlon ($50), Hunter Bates (Free Sat. Pass)

Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Shayne Spoonhower, Brad Brightbill, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Scott Lee, Paul Harrington III, Ray See Jr., Lee Foland, Michael Coffey Jr., Tom Tophoven, Michael Wahl, Allison Ricci, Chris Daley, Eric Williams, Don Bellen, Stacy Jackson, Rich Ricci III, Zach Mead.

Modified Dash – Winner Earns Saturday Redraw Position (8 Laps): MITCH GIBBS, Billy Van Pelt, Darwin Greene, Chad Cook, Rusty Smith, Jackie Brown Jr.

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): DOUG POLHAMUS, Butch Green, Steve Polhamus, Ray Lindquist, Ted Morseman, Rich Green, Shane Wolf Jr., Bob Buono, Damon Decker, Earl Zimmer, Robert Norber, Doug Stack, Dan Babcock, Trevor Dudley, Shawn Boynton, Matt Bowman.

XCel 600 Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps): BRIAN CARBER, Richie Hitzler, Will Eastman, Jonathan Josko, Dylan McCrone, Dakota Barlet, Josh Pepe, Bailey Boyd, Brian Blankenbiller, Dennis Adams, Kyle Inglin, Shawna Schibilia, Aaron Bowes, Kyle Fallis, Tim Van Horn, Michael Burrows, Doug Windhausen, Korey Inglin, D.J. Hunt, Dave Baldwin Jr., Jamie Frantz, Nathan Brinker, A.J. Miller.

Did Not Qualify: Grant Schibilia, Wyatt Harrar, Kamdin Maby, Josh Bewley, Eric Boyd, Drew Fallis, Billy Koch.

Empire Lightning Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps): RICH WOOD, Ty Tilton, Jordan Poirier, Rick Stone, Peter Dance, Anthony Haas, Lou Torres, Clint Roehrs, Jerry Sehn, Kathy Bellen, Yannick Poirier, Nick DeNyse, Mike Badgley, Jason Shedd.

FWD Four Cylinder Feature Finish (15 Laps): CHRIS ANDREW, Don Doster, Chris Bonoffski, Josh Wilder, Todd Stanton, Steve Carpenter, Garrett Rushlow, Justin Holland, George Zeininger, Nick Kennedy, Phil Burns, Kenny Underwood, Rich Wagner, Connie Cornell.

Empire Sport Truck Feature Finish (15 Laps): BOB CRANDALL, Doug O’Hara, Rob Loucks, Wayne Van Dusen, Dustin Wilber, Alan Hodge, Brandon Clapperton.

Did Not Start: Ralph Cuozzo Jr.

The Eighth “Working Man’s Race” Takes Place This Weekend At I-88 Speedway

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AFTON, NY – The ‘little series that could’ is set to conclude its 2015 season at a race, they said, would never work.

Yes, it is an unlikely pairing, but the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek – a series aimed at weekend warriors, not high-budget teams – wraps up its 2015 Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region this weekend, Friday-Saturday October 9-10, at I-88 Speedway with the eighth running of the Halmar International Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s.

Dubbed the “Working Man’s Race” when it was created by Brett Deyo in 2006, then with Afton Speedway promoters Pat and Janet Jordan, the Short Track SuperNationals was designed to provide Friday, Saturday and Sunday night racers with an affordable option to the Columbus Day weekend festivities at the New York State Fairgrounds during Super DIRT Week.

Skeptics doubted the concept. Yet, the Short Track SuperNationals has persevered – and thrived – carving its own niche in the dirt Modified landscape.

The first SuperNationals was contested in ’06 at Afton with short-track specialist Mike Ricci taking the inaugural victory. Shortly thereafter, the Jordans ended their run as managers of the Afton oval. The event moved to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., for five years (2009-2013) before, with increased car counts and camping, the race had outgrown the rustic FMP layout.

Last October, buoyed by widespread improvements to the Afton Fairgrounds facility by promoters Jamie and Denise Page – the Short Track SuperNationals returned “home” to its birthplace at I-88 Speedway. A vast, flat pit area, plentiful camping room with water and electricity hook-ups, neat-and-tidy grounds and excellent, three-wide racing greeted attendees.

The change of venues was so well-received it was announced on the spot last October I-88 would again host the event in 2015 in another BD Motorsports Media LLC co-promotion.

With the marketing support of Halmar International’s Chris Larsen and Kevin Lillie of Olum’s, a huge weekend lineup has been set with 11 different feature events set for two busy days of racing.

Of course, the Short Track SuperNationals headliner is the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified ‘Working Man’s Race” 50-lap feature on Saturday night offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. A series champion – pocketing $15,000 – will be crowned when the checkered drops on Saturday night.

Race History
The aforementioned first Short Track SuperNationals rolled off in 2006 as a virtual unknown. Tillson, N.Y.’s Mike Ricci, a short-track ace and multi-time track champion put the first triumph on the board with a mid-race pass of Joey Grammes.

To date, there have been no repeat Short Track SuperNationals victors.

Grandview (Pa.) Speedway driver Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa., scored the ’09 victory in an upset. A year later, it was Kauneonga Lake, N.Y., driver Justin Holland taking the triumph. Duane Howard bought the trophy back to his Oley, Pa., home in ’11 at the controls of the Mike Petruska-owned No. 66. In 2012, Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., became the second Accord (N.Y.) Speedway regular – joining Ricci – to take top SuperNationals honors. Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., a Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway and Glen Ridge (N.Y.) mainstay, parlayed his first-ever SuperNationals start into the ’13 victory.

The theme of “working man winners” continued last year in the race’s return to I-88. Masonville, N.Y., low-key talent Shaun Walker thwarted the challenges of Mike Mahaney and Mitch Gibbs to earn what was easily the biggest win of his career before a partisan hometown crowd.

In its existence the Short Track SuperNationals mission statement has gone unchanged, to provide weekend warriors with a healthy payout, virtually open rules, a legitimate draw for position and a chance to showcase their talents.

The Series Finale
Saturday’s Short Track SuperNationals Modified 50-lap event serves as the final round of the eight-race STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region, which offers $15,000 to the champion and a $38,000-plus total point fund distributed to the top-12 finishers.

The series has visited six different venues in ’15, the lid-lifter at Middletown, N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway in April, followed by trips to Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., Accord Speedway, Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., (twice) I-88 and Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway.

Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., has enjoyed a dominant season on the STSS North Region with four victories: Orange County, I-88 in July, Woodhull and the most recent event, the Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain. Friesen takes a commanding lead of 109 points into the finale, just having to take the green to secure his crown.

Friesen has not entered a Short Track SuperNationals race since ’11. He will end a four-year absence from the event on Saturday. The Jeff Daley owned No. 44 “short-track car” will be awaiting Friesen’s arrival in the I-88 pits.

Trailing Friesen’s 665-point total with 556 markers is Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who is locked into a battle with Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., (522 points) and Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., (521 points) for second in points. Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., completes the front five with 449 points.

Second-place in the STSS North Region pays $7,000, meaning the battle for the runner-up spot will be intense through the 50-lap main.

Rounding out the top-12 in the standings are Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa., (425 points), Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., (424 points), Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y. (410 points), Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., (403 points), Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., (392 points), Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., (337 points) and Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y. (327 points).

Increased “championship points” will be distributed at the SuperNationals with 150 points going to the race winner and 60 to take the green flag. The first seven STSS North races this year operated on a 100-point scale.

North Region victors this season have included Friesen (four checkered flags), Jackie Brown Jr. (Accord) and Brian Malcolm (Thunder Mountain June event).

Series Ironman
This season, in addition to the eight-race STSS North Region, a five-race South Region sponsored by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. was contested in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. One driver – Anthony Perrego – has run every event, both North and South, driving for Wurtsboro, N.Y., car owner Gary Mann.

Perrego, 21 years old, the series “ironman” driver, finished second in the South Region to Ryan Watt. He is in contention for the runner-up spot in the North Region, trailing Danny Johnson by 34 points. Should Perrego finish second in both regions, he will take home more than $10,000 at the series Awards Banquet.

Huge Money
The Short Track SuperNationals is annually one of the most lucrative events in the Southern Tier each year. 2015 is no different. The base purse structure for this event – before any bonuses or awards – is a massive $26,430. Bonuses will bring that number well over the $30,000 mark.

Additionally, there is plentiful lap money that will be distributed to the top-seven drivers during the event, topped by a huge $600 Halfway Leader bonus posted by Dale and Sue Smith of Afton, N.Y. The Smiths have sponsored the halfway cash at every SuperNationals beginning with the inaugural.

A massive total of $1,670 in lap money will be distributed to the top-seven drivers in the running order throughout the main.

Other bonuses include heat-race cash, a $200 Craig Decker Forest Products Top Crew Chief recognition, $288 Zubi’s Racing Hard Charger Award, $111 Crunchco Snacks 11th-place bonus and more. A full lineup of STSS contingency awards will also be handed out to Modified competitors.

International Flair
The STSS Modified field at the SuperNationals is expected to draw competitors from at least seven different states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland and Connecticut.

But the headline division will not be the sole class bringing in invaders from afar. The 1000cc Mini-Sprints of the Empire Lightning Sprints are expecting a strong influx of Quebec-based racers. The division thrives in the French-speaking Canadian province in addition to New York State.

Last year, Alex Therrien of the noted Quebec racing family was able to notch a victory at I-88. Therrien will lead a list of his Canadian counterparts looking to win on U.S. soil this season.

Perfect Record
Four drivers have perfect attendance in all seven Short Track SuperNationals events contested thus far. Mike Ricci, the ’06 winner, last year’s winner Shaun Walker, Joey Grammes and Bobby Varin. At least three are expected to be on hand this weekend: Ricci in the Halmar-backed No. 76, Walker in the family fielded No. 21 and Varin driving for Norm Hansell in the famed No. 357.

Fast Friday
Friday’s program will be a busy one at I-88. Modified competitors will be invited to take part in a series of timed practice sessions. The fastest six cars move into a Dash, 8 laps in distance. The Dash winner receives a guaranteed redraw position for Saturday’s 50-lap main.

The Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman are featured in a 35-lap main offering $1,500 to win and $125 to take the green flag. Crate bonuses are $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pit pass for the first Crate 602 Sportsman across the line.

Also on Friday, XCel 600 Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win in a tour race, Empire Lightning Sprints in a preliminary program, Street Stocks, now racing for a minimum of $600 to win thanks to Green’s Flag Car Service and Star Spa Services, Four Cylinders and Empire Sport Trucks.

Split Saturday
Saturday’s program of the Short Track SuperNationals will again be split into afternoon and evening sessions for the benefit of racers and fans. During the afternoon, GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win), Empire Lightning Sprints ($500 to win), and XCel 600 Modifieds ($1,000 to win) will run their qualifying events. Vintage Modifieds will complete their feature.

At 6 p.m., Modifieds will hit the track for the first time on Saturday with hot laps, followed by qualifying. Features for the Crates, Lightning Sprints and XCel Modifieds will be cycled in leading up to the STSS Modified finale.

41 And Beyond
After hosting the very first BD Motorsports Media LLC event on Oct. 7, 2006 with the first Short Track SuperNationals, the Afton Fairgrounds is set for event No. 41 this weekend. Since that fledgling effort, BD Motorsports Media promotions have been held at 12 tracks in four states. In 40 events, 23 different drivers have visited Victory Lane, none more than Stewart Friesen who won his seventh career BD Motorsports Media LLC race at Thunder Mountain on Sept. 27.

Registration, rules, detailed weekend info and more can be found online at www.shorttracksuperseries.com under “Events” and “Short Track SuperNationals” on the main menu. Registration forms have been posted for the Modified, Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.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.

I-88 Speedway 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 I-88 Speedway, visit www.i-88speedway.com.

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 – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
FridaySaturday 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.