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Flying Farmer: Wade Hendrickson Pockets $5,280 At Bridgeport Speedway

Holding Off Star-Studded ‘South Jersey Shootout’ STSS Field; 52 Modifieds Jam Bridgeport Pit Area For Second 2016 Velocita South Region Event

 Written by Cody Manmiller

 BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Wade Hendrickson used a front-row starting spot to conquer the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at Bridgeport Speedway and lead all 40 laps in the second race of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by VP Velocita South Region.

 The dominating effort was Hendrickson’s first career STSS victory in a limited amount of starts, and it was worth $5,280 including lap money and bonuses.

 “I guess these old guys aren’t washed up after all,” Hendrickson said in Victory Lane with his car parked bumper-to-bumper with runner-up finisher Billy Pauch Sr.

 Hendrickson, of Lawrenceville, N.J., advanced in the final heat race from third to second qualifying him for the redraw.

 “We weren’t that good in the heat race,” said Hendrickson. “We probably wouldn’t have qualified if we started deeper.”

 As the final driver to redraw, Hendrickson was left with the only number unpicked: one.

 “Usually I’m not lucky drawing,” he said. “Then it was perfect that I didn’t have to draw. It worked out well.”

 “The Flying Farmer” in the Craig Pondish Racing No. 6 took the early lead at the drop of the green flag ahead of Jimmy Horton, David Hunt, Pauch and John McClelland.

 As the top-five began to settle in, it was Ryan Godown and Stewart Friesen wreaking havoc on the rest of the field from the eighth and ninth-place starting positions, respectively.

 By lap three Friesen had already broken into the top-five after getting around McClelland, and Godown was sixth a lap later. Pauch, the next victim, quickly fell prey to the hard-charging duo as they both went around by lap eight. Meanwhile, Hendrickson built a significant lead over Horton and Hunt.

 Hendrickson neared lapped traffic on lap 13 just as Hunt made his move on the bottom past Horton with Friesen and Godown lurking just behind. The group of four then rapidly drew closer to Hendrickson.

 With Hunt and Horton using the bottom lane, Friesen and Godown worked the outside. Friesen finally raced around Horton on lap 15 after a pair of laps running side by side. Godown followed one lap later, and the trio of Hunt, Friesen and Godown were almost on Hendrickson’s bumper.

 “My tire was too soft,” Hendrickson said, standing next to his flat right-rear. “I had to go easy in the middle of the race to save it.”

 As the field reached the halfway point, Pauch began to get in on the action, creating a five-car battle for the top spot using all lanes on the track. Pauch passed Godown for fourth on lap 22, but a caution for a slowing Jordan Watson would give Godown the spot on the restart.

 “I ran the bottom the whole way,” Pauch said. “I got by Godown when the yellow came out, but I wanted the bottom, so it worked out.”

 On the ensuing restart, Hendrickson led Friesen, Pauch, Hunt, Godown and Anthony Perrego, the winner of the Velocita South Region opener at Georgetown Speedway.

 Pauch passed Friesen a few laps later and made his final charge for the win.

 “I should have pushed him a little harder,” Pauch said. “But finishing one-two with him is a pretty good night.”

 Hendrickson, and his right-rear tire, rode to the checkered flag without too much trouble. Pauch settled for second.

 Friesen rounded out the podium, crossing the line in third.

 “We had a great race car and race team this weekend,” Friesen said. “It was a really racy track, and we were on the top, but the bottom just got too good too quick at the end.”

 The defending Halmar International North Region champion was able build off his eighth-place finish at Velocita South Region-opening Georgetown (Del.) Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

 “I’m happy with tonight, and now we move on,” the Sprakers, N.Y. driver said. “Next stop is Big Diamond (Pa.) on May 10.”

 Hunt grabbed fourth, his best career STSS finish.

 Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., settled for fifth, his second top-five in as many races in the seven-race Velocita South Region.

 Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Perrego, aboard the New York Truck Parts No. 55 small-block after losing his big-block powerplant in hot laps; defending ‘South Jersey Shootout’ winner Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. from 13th; Hard Charger Dominick Buffalino raced from 24th; McClelland settled for a solid finish after running in the top-10 for the duration of the event; Jeff Strunk, of Boyertown, Pa., completed the top-10 in the Glenn Hyneman No. 126.

 A stout field of 52 Modifieds attempted to qualify.

 Colonial Pipeline/811 Dig Safe heat winners, pocketing $50 each, were David Hunt, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton and Anthony Perrego. Consolation victors were Jamie Mills, Tommy Beamer and Brett Hearn.

 In support-division action, Brandon Grosso of Montgomery, N.J., topped the 20-lap Sportsman main event, his second win of the weekend after scoring a Friday checkered at Big Diamond.

 Brian Carber of Pipersville, Pa., utilized an outside pass with two laps remaining to win the $1,000 XCel 600 Modified top prize on the Spirit Auto Center Speedway inner quarter-mile track.

 The Outlaw Stock 15-lap feature was topped in dominant fashion by T.J. Henry of Felton, Del.

 The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP heads to the Coal Region of Pennsylvania Tuesday, May 10 (rain date: May 17) for the Anthracite Assault combination North and South Region event at Big Diamond Speedway. Modifieds race 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. Also in action: the inaugural STSS Open Sportsman event and XCel 600 Modifieds.

 To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

 SHOOTOUT SHORTS: A 70-degree, sunny afternoon kept the Keith Hoffman-led track crew busy throughout the program using both the quarter-mile and five-eighths-mile tracks. Despite the challenges, side-by-side racing prevailed throughout the afternoon and evening….

 The win for Wade Hendrickson occurred with a Ford small-block engine which had arrived during the week for the Craig Pondish team. Hendrickson had driven his own No. Z1 in the opening two events of the season at Bridgeport….

 Anthony Perrego arrived in South Jersey planning to utilize his Gary Mann-owned No. 55 big-block. However, the engine expired in that mount during hot laps relegating Perrego to a small-block, which he drove to a sixth-place finish….

 A late-arriving, but strong crowd took in the program, which featured more than 100 race cars in competition….

 Stewart Friesen (76) and Ryan Godown (89) both earned top-five finishes after initial poor draws through the gate. Both, in fact, won their heat events Godown’s qualifying victory came after a penalty of two rows during his eight-lap qualifier….

 A lengthy post-race tech inspection included a check of cubic inch for the top-three finishers of the main event. There was also a pre-race check of Tommy Meier, the most recent race winner at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y….

 The STSS Modified field included participants from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York….

 ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Race Summary – Bridgeport Speedway April 17, 2016

 ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Event No. 2 Modified Feature Finish (40 Laps): WADE HENDRICKSON ($5,280), Billy Pauch Sr., Stewart Friesen, David Hunt, Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Rick Laubach, Dominick Buffalino, John McClelland, Jeff Strunk, Jamie Mills, Brett Kressley, Ryan Watt, Duane Howard, Richie Pratt Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Creeden, David Van Horn Jr., Tyler Dippel, Tommy Meier, Ron Roberts, Jordan Watson, Brett Hearn, Jimmy Horton, Tommy Beamer, Andy Bachetti.

 Did Not Qualify: Bobby Varin, Ryan Krachun, Steve Davis, Doug Manmiller, Corey Andersen, Michael Sabia, Kyle Borror, Mike Franz, Jim Britt, Jack Swain, Sammy Martz, Kevin Sockriter, C.J. Jones, Ryan Forte, Brad Trice, Sammy Piazza, Anthony Moran, H.J. Bunting III, Jerry Higbie, Eric Vent, Shawn Ward, Clay Butler, Travis Hill, Michael White, Brian Krummel.

 ‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown ($945 total): Wade Hendrickson ($280); Stewart Friesen ($120); Billy Pauch Sr. ($120); Ryan Godown ($120); David Hunt ($120); Johnny McClelland ($65); Jimmy Horton ($60); Anthony Perrego ($40); Rick Laubach ($20)

 Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Stewart Friesen (third) & Dominick Buffalino (eighths)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Jeff Strunk (10th) & Richie Pratt Jr. (15th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Ryan Godown (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): David Hunt (fourth) & John McClelland (ninth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Certificates): David Hunt (fourth) & Duane Howard (14th)
Dig Safe 811/Colonial Pipeline Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Cash): David Hunt, Ryan Godown, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Horton & Anthony Perrego
Dirt Track Digest Hard Charger Award ($150): Dominick Buffalino (24th to eighth)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Rick Laubach (seventh)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Dominick Buffalino (24th to eighth)
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): Billy Pauch Sr. (second)
Vahlco Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Ryan Godown (fifth)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Credit): Stewart Friesen (third), Ryan Watt (13th) & Jordan Watson (23rd)
Wiz Fab Halfway Leader Bonus ($150 Cash): Wade Hendrickson

 The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita

 2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

 Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: Anthony Perrego

 Sunday, April 17 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout – WINNER: Wade Hendrickson

 Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

 Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

 Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

 Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

 Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.

GUNS ARE LOADED FOR BRIDGEPORT ‘SOUTH JERSEY SHOOTOUT’ THIS SUNDAY

Guns Are Loaded: Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Travelers Square Off Against Bridgeport Speedway Regulars At Sunday’s (April 17) ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Special; More Than $25,000 On The Line In 40-Lap Main Event

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Their guns are loaded and the stars of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP are set for a “shootout” this Sunday (April 17) at Bridgeport Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at the five-eighths-mile clay oval – with more than $25,000 cash on the line – features a 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event, Round No. 2 of the STSS Velocita South Region. Drivers from across the Northeast will vie for a $5,000 winner’s share plus lap money, bonuses and more. Tenth-place offers $1,000, with $400 to take the green flag.

Also on the agenda: XCel 600 Modifieds battling for $1,000 to win on the inner quarter-mile Spirit Auto Center Speedway plus Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks joining the STSS Modifieds on the big track.

On Sunday, pit gates open at noon. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m. and the first green flag flies at 4 p.m.

Admission for the grandstands is $25 for Adults (ages 16 and up), $10 (Students 10-15) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete event information has been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/south-jersey-shootout-rules-prices-general-information/

From the north, New York State will be represented by March 12 Georgetown (Del.) winner Anthony Perrego, 2015 STSS North Region title winner Stewart Friesen, short-track standout Danny Creeden, a past STSS winner, and Tyler Dippel, who will race on the high banks of Bristol, Tenn., Saturday in NASCAR K&N competition before flying in to do battle Sunday at Bridgeport.

The Sheffield, Mass., traveler – Andy Bachetti – plans to make the long tow south to Bridgeport. Bachetti has fired out of the box in 2016 with top-five finishes at Georgetown and N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway.

Bridgeport’s weekly contingent will be led by reigning speedway champion Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., coming off a second-place finish in a “pre-season” event last Sunday. Among the other Bridgeport stars are defending STSS South Region title winner Ryan Watt, 2015 ‘Shootout’ winner Rick Laubach, Jordan Watson, Richie Pratt Jr., Wade Hendrickson, Dave Hunt, Sammy Martz, Mike Franz, Mike Barone and many more.

Both Bridgeport 2016 feature winners – Dominick Buffalino (March 26) and big-block rookie Brett Kressley (April 10) – are setting their sights on a $5,000 payday Sunday.

The Pennsylvania small-block Modified stars will be out in full force: Jeff Strunk in the Glenn Hyneman No. 126, Doug Manmiller at the wheel of the Jason Miller No. 44, Duane Howard piloting the Mike Petruska No. 66 and Craig Von Dohren driving for Dick Biever.

New Jersey drivers “invading” Bridgeport include the father-and-son tandem of Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr., the elder in Kevin Bifulco’s No. 1 and the younger driving for John Pakenham, Ryan Godown at the wheel of the Bill Hewlett No. 901, David Van Horn Jr. at the controls of the family No. 71 after a strong second at Georgetown in March, the sensational Jimmy Horton, youthful talent Ryan Krachun and more.

The First State invaders will be led to Bridgeport by defending Delaware International Speedway champion H.J. Bunting III, Brad Trice, Shawn Ward, Michael White and others, towing north for the Sunday Bridgeport special.

Last April, in the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ it was Hellertown, Pa., driver Rick Laubach guiding the No. 7 big-block to victory over David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain.

Bridgeport serves as the second of seven races on the STSS Velocita South Region schedule with $8,500 reserved for the regional champion from a massive $25,000-plus point fund.

Located in South Jersey, just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at I-295 Exit 14, Bridgeport Speedway is a spacious five-eighths-mile clay oval with a quarter-mile embedded in the center. Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation. To learn more, visit www.bpspeedway.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, K&N, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita

2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.

Two Tracks, One Price: Bridgeport Speedway April 17 ‘South Jersey Shootout’

Combines Excitement Of Five-Eighths-Mile & Quarter-Mile Tracks; Short Track Super Series Invades With More Than $25,000 On The Line

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Two tracks, one price.

On Sunday, April 17 in Bridgeport, New Jersey race fans will be treated to the high-speed thrill of Modifieds on the fast five-eighths-mile Bridgeport Speedway and tight confines of XCel 600 Modifieds battling on the inner quarter-mile oval, recently renamed Spirit Auto Center Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ will have something for everyone.

Headlining the Sunday program are the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, taking part in the second event of the Velocita South Region with a point fund of more than $25,000 on the line for seven races.

The STSS South Region got underway in mid-March at the renovated Georgetown (Del.) Speedway. Montgomery, N.Y., star Anthony Perrego drove the Gary Mann-owned New York Truck Parts No. 55 to victory over a stellar 43-car field in the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. Perrego led David Van Horn Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and Jordan Watson across the line.

At the Georgetown STSS opener, four states – New York (Perrego), Massachusetts (Bachetti), New Jersey (Van Horn and Godown) and Delaware (Watson) – were represented among the top-five finishers. That same diversity is expected when the gates swing open to the spacious Bridgeport oval on the 17th of April.

STSS Modified competitors will battle for a huge payout at Bridgeport, with $5,000 going to the race winner of the 40-lap main, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. Lap money, contingency awards and other bonuses will sweeten the pot.

Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modifieds will battle for a $1,000 payday on the inner quarter-mile oval. Last year, the XCel 600 Mods made their Bridgeport debut at the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ and were a popular attraction: so well received, in fact, that the division was invited back to the facility on more than one occasion.

Also on the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ program: Bridgeport Sportsman (track rules) and Outlaw Stocks.

Admission for the grandstands is $25 for Adults (ages 16 and up), $10 (Students 10-15) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete event information has been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/south-jersey-shootout-rules-prices-general-information/

A ‘South Jersey Shootout’ rain date is in place for Sunday, April 24.

Last April, in the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ it was Hellertown, Pa., driver Rick Laubach guiding the No. 7 big-block to victory over David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Located in South Jersey, just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at I-295 Exit 14, Bridgeport Speedway is a spacious five-eighths-mile clay oval with a quarter-mile embedded in the center. Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation. To learn more, visit www.bpspeedway.com.

The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita

2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: Anthony Perrego

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.