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Orange County Fair Speedway Season Kicks Off Saturday, April 2 With ‘Hard Clay Open’

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region Lid-Lifter; United Pump & Tank Signs On As Event Marketing Partner

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Anticipation has reached a fever pitch for the 2016 season at one of dirt racing’s hallowed grounds: Orange County Fair Speedway.

And the event that starts it all is the third running of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Saturday, April 2.

Bolstered by the backing of Halmar International’s Chris Larsen, renovations at the fairgrounds facility have been widespread and an influx of new talent joining the solid core of regulars will thrill the speedway’s loyal fans. To kick of ’16, OCFS hosts the opening round of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event co-promoted by BD Motorsports Media LLC.

The two-division open-wheel program is slated to open the New York dirt Modified season.

Modifieds, big-blocks using traditional windows and small-blocks with sail panels, will battle for a minimum $5,000 winner’s share with a hefty $30,000 base purse posted including $1,000 for the 10th-place finisher and $500 to take the green flag in the 50-lap main.  Crate 602 Sportsman, under weekly OCFS rules, will battle in a 25-lap feature paying $1,000 to the winner and $100 to take the green.

The ‘Legendary House of Power’ launches the race for the lucrative STSS North Region title chase with a point fund of more than $38,000 posted for the ’16 campaign. The top-12 drivers in the final STSS North point standings will share in the fund.

Again this season, United Pump & Tank has signed on as the lead ‘Hard Clay Open’ marketing partner. United Pump & Tank, based in Newburgh, N.Y., is the leader in service station maintenance and technologies. The Lowitt family owned business specializes in all service needs, including repair service, maintenance, and installations, from new to upgrades. To learn more about United Pump & Tank, visit

For the ’16 ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, pit gates will open at 11 a.m. Grandstand and drive-in gates open at 1 p.m. A drivers’ meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., with hot laps at 4 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m. A rain date of Saturday, April 9 is in place.

The Saturday, April 2 race will be preceded at OCFS by an open practice run on Friday night, April 1.

Complete pricing information will be released in the coming weeks.

A year ago, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., opened his STSS North title-winning season with a ‘Hard Clay Open’ triumph worth $5,783 in the No. 44 Jeff Daley small-block. He bested 13th-starting Jerry Higbie Jr., running a big-block with windows, eighth-starter Danny Johnson, Tommy Meier, up from 14th, and 23rd-starting Brett Hearn.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., the ’14 STSS champion, holds the recognition as the inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ winner as he held off a charging Tim Hindley in the race’s first edition.

Ironically both Friesen and Bachetti used Orange County victories as springboards to their STSS championship efforts.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at or Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”

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

The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, VP Racing Fuels, American Racer/Lias Tire, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, HyperCo, Bicknell Racing Products, Hig Fab Chassis, Teo-Pro Car, ATL Fuel Cells, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Vahlco Wheels, Dirt Track Digest & many more marketing partners

2016 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region Schedule

Saturday, April 2 (Rain Date: April 9) – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY – Hard Clay Open

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

Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Lightning on the Mountain

Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY – Battle of the Bullring 4

Wednesday, July 13 (Rain Date: TBA) – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park/Elbridge, NY – STSS vs. RoC Challenge (all drivers in attendance receive 60 points)

Wednesday, July 27 (Rain Date: July 28) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Crazy 8s Special

Tuesday, August 16 (Rain Date: August 17) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY – Hustlin’ the High Banks 52

Sunday, September 18 (Rain Date: September 25) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Wade Decker Memorial

Friday-Saturday October 7-8 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Short Track SuperNationals 9 – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP North Region Point Fund (*based on 9 events): 1. $12,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $4,000; 4. $3,000; 5. $2,500; 6. $1,850; 7. $1,750; 8. $1,650; 9. $1,550; 10. $1,450; 11. $1,000; 12. $1,000.  

*Drivers outside the top-12 with perfect attendance receive $250

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Announces Formation Of 2016 Open Sportsman Series

Point Fund & Schedule Announced; $1,000 Thunder Mountain Speedway Incentive

BOYERTOWN, PA – Open Sportsman racers, welcome to the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.

On Saturday during the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Convention at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, Pa., STSS organizer Brett Deyo officially unveiled plans for a six-race Open Sportsman companion series to the existing Short Track Super Series Modified schedule.

The STSS Open Sportsman mini-series will compete at four facilities starting on Tuesday, May 10 at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. Other tracks on the agenda include Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. (May 29 and September 4), Accord (N.Y.) Speedway (July 5) and I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y. (June 21 and the championship event October 7).

The inaugural STSS Open Sportsman champion will pocket $1,250 cash plus a 54-gallon drum of VP Racing Fuel.

The top-10 drivers in the final series standings will be paid as follows: 1. $1,250; 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.

All series events will offer a minimum of $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green flag. The opener in May at Big Diamond pays $125 to start.

In an added twist, Thunder Mountain Speedway owner Karl Spoonhower has contributed a $1,000 cash bonus if a Saturday night regular at the track is able to win the STSS Open Sportsman touring championship.

“Our sport is constantly evolving and right now was the perfect time to step up for the Open Sportsman competitors,” Deyo said. “The division remains strong in the Southern Tier and beyond. The STSS Open Sportsman series offers these teams the opportunity to travel with a reasonable schedule.”

American Racer will be the tire brand of choice for the STSS Open Sportsman division. General Open Sportsman rules, in line with participating venues, will be enforced. VP Racing Fuel is the preferred gasoline of choice for the STSS. Specific race information will be released prior to each event.

The first five events of the series will operate on a 100-point distribution. The year-end Short Track SuperNationals 9 at I-88 Speedway in October will offer the “championship points” 150-point distribution.

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

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP 2016 Open Sportsman Schedule

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

Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY

Tuesday, June 21 (Rain Date: June 22) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY

Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY

Sunday, September 4 (Rain Date: September 5) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY

Friday, October 7 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Open Sportsman Point Fund (*based on 6 events): 1. $1,250; 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.

Georgetown Speedway Gears Up For 2016 Season Opener Saturday, March 12

Historic Delaware Oval To Kick-Start Northeast Modified Season With Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Event Paying $4,900 To Win, $490 To Start!

GEORGETOWN, DE – With 2016 ringing in, Georgetown Speedway is preparing to present the Northeast’s first major dirt-track Modified event of the New Year.

On Saturday, March 12, the historic half-mile will host the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial event, paying homage to the Delaware business icon who launched construction of the speedway in 1949. The program is headlined by a 49-lap feature for the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.  A Sunday rain date of March 13 will be in effect.

Georgetown will open the STSS South Region championship battle of ’16 and will also conclude the series in late-summer with the traditional ‘Blast at the Beach’ special on Aug. 30.

In March, STSS Modifieds will race 49 laps for $4,900-plus to win and $490 just to take the green flag in honor of Joseph’s No. 49. Lap money, bonuses and other contingency awards will make the day’s event more lucrative for participants. A number of fan promotions are in the works as well.

“As we open a new chapter in Georgetown’s long history, we look back at the man responsible for constructing the speedway,” Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo said. “Few people have contributed as much to racing in Delaware as Melvin Joseph and we are pleased his family gave us the approval to celebrate his accomplishments.”

Preceding the Saturday, March 12 program at Georgetown is an open practice set for Friday night, March 11. Competitors are urged to test and tune on Friday night in preparation for Saturday’s opener.

Lap sponsorships ($20 per lap), bonus award and other marketing opportunities for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial are available now. Contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 or e-mail to learn more about involvement in the event.

The most recent STSS event at Georgetown took place on Sept. 1, 2015 with local standout Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., besting an all-star ‘Blast at the Beach’ field that included drivers from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Crate 602 Sportsman will be featured in the afternoon’s program with qualifying and a 20-lap feature paying $1,000 to win, in addition to the Little Lincoln, Delmarva Chargers and Southern Delaware Vintage Racing Club with feature-only events.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will mark the first event under the new BD Motorsports Media LLC management team at Georgetown. Previously, Deyo and driver/racing businessman Eric Kormann leased the speedway for the pair of ‘Blast at the Beach’ events run during the last two summers. A limited schedule of exciting, special events is set for the ’16 campaign at Georgetown.

A number of ongoing clean-up and restoration projects at the speedway should provide a more fan- and racer-friendly experience.

The STSS South Region boasts an exciting seven-race schedule for ’16 with the aforementioned two stops at Georgetown (March 12 and Aug. 30), and events at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway April 17, Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. (May 10), New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway (June 14) and Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown, Pa. (July 31).

For further information on the Short Track Super Series, visit, e-mail, call 845.728.2781, like Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1950, 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 new website for the speedway is at Visit Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, e-mail or contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 during business hours for more information.