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OCFS HARD CLAY OPEN POSTPONED TO TUESDAY, MAY 8 (4-5-18)

MIDDLETOWN, NY – A wintry weather forecast lasting into April has forced the postponement of the fifth annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway scheduled for Sunday, April 8.

The speedway and Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco jointly announced a new date of Tuesday, May 8.

Cold temperatures, saturated grounds and a prediction of more snow, sleet and rain prompted the move.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ moves in its entirety to the May 8 date with the first Halmar International STSS North Region big-block/small-block Modified 50-lap main paying $5,000 to win and $500 to start plus Crate 602 Sportsman offering a $1,000 winner’s share and $100 to start for 20 laps.

Hot laps will get underway at 6:20 p.m. with racing at 7:15 p.m. A rain date of May 9 will be in place.

The postponement date will allow for the new Halmar International promotional team to work on facility upgrades prior to the big event, while providing an “under-the-lights” track surface for competitors.

“We’ve done our best to get ready, but the weather has only gotten worse for the weekend,” said Michael Gurda IV, OCFS general manager. “We need some time to get equipment on the track and get it prepared before we can get cars on it.

“Chris (Larsen of Halmar International) has wanted to try a midweek show or two, and now we will be the first big midweek event in the area for the season.”

STSS organizer Brett Deyo looks forward to the new date.

“It will definitely provide our teams with a better track surface and hopefully warmer, more conducive weather for racing,” he said. “This weekend wasn’t going to be a pleasant experience for anyone.

“There is so much excitement for Chris and Orange County right now, and with all the buzz around our Sunoco partnership with the series, we want to kick off our North Region the right away on a non-conflicting date.”

The scheduled practice for Saturday (April 7) has been canceled.

Orange County Fair Speedway will host an Open Practice on Saturday, April 14. There is a motocross event taking place on the fairgrounds April 15.

One week later, the speedway kicks off its regular season on April 21 with big-block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman and Street Stocks.  

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. 

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

Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

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

FridaySaturday, October 5-6 – Afton 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

The Road to a $12,500 Short Track Super Series North Region Championship Starts & Ends in Middletown, New York

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The road to a $12,500 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region championship starts and ends in Middletown, New York.

On Sunday, April 8, the fifth annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ kick-starts the 10-race STSS Halmar International North Region at Orange County Fair Speedway. The STSS big-block/small-block Modified contingent descends on the five-eighths-mile Legendary House of Power with more than $30,000 in prize money and additional bonuses on the line for 50 laps of racing.

The STSS Modified main event offers $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag with a minimum of 30 starters.

Most importantly, points begin to tally toward the North Region crown.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., has been a loyal follower of the STSS since its inception and has been rewarded for it. Bachetti has won the North Region championship on three occasions (2014, ’16 & ’17), and he is also a two-time ‘Hard Clay Open’ victor.

The only other North Region champion in series history is Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who won the title in 2015. Friesen won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in the spring of his championship year.

A number of contenders are looking to unseat Bachetti and Friesen at year-end.

Anthony Perrego, the rising star from Montgomery, N.Y., finished second in the North points a year ago with wins at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. Perrego and his Brian Smith team are armed with potent No. 44 equipment to tackle the STSS stars.

The Jeremy Smith Racing team of Jeremy Smith and Billy Decker both finished inside the top-five in STSS Halmar International North Region points last year and contended for the title through year-end.

Canadian Mat Williamson joins the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse team in ’18 to chase the North Region cash. Williamson is a teammate to Tommy Meier, who has finished inside the top-10 all four years of the series’ existence including a best of second-place in ’16.

Danny Creeden has knocked on the door of a series championship in each of the four STSS seasons so far; the Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver has an arsenal of equipment at his disposal with new backer Westar Mechanical on the quarter-panels.

Matt Sheppard and his new Maryland-based Hurlock Auto & Speed team fired out of the box with a strong second-place finish in the STSS Velocita-USA South Region opener at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway on March 17. So far in his illustrious career, Orange County has been “kryptonite” for Super Matt. Can he get his title run off with a breakthrough win?

A new engine program for the United Pump & Tank team has Jerry Higbie ready to boost his STSS performances aboard the No. 48. Higbie had some solid outings a year ago with Steve Lowitt’s team.

Series veterans Nick NyeCraig HansonJ.R. Hurlburt, Ryan JordanBrett Tonkin and more look for breakout performances in the new season.

With a huge Sunoco Race Fuels $57,500 ‘grand champion’ possible at year-end should a driver with the overall American Racer Cup, Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region titles, expect more cross-over between regions in ’18.

Ryan Godown, second on the all-time STSS win list, has shown his ability to win on the large, fast tracks of the South Region and bullrings of the North Region. The ‘Ringoes Rocket’ hopes to be a 50k-plus champion this year.

Duane Howard in the Norm Hansell No. 357 and Jeff Strunk along with Billy Pauch Jr. have made plans for more frequent North Region participation in ’18.

It all gets started at Orange County Fair Speedway with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ fifth edition. And ends at the fairgrounds oval with the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ championship event on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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.

Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win under track rules) join the STSS Modifieds on the program.

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: http://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.

 

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2018 Schedule

Halmar International North Region

Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open

Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

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

WednesdayJuly 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50

WednesdayAugust 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54

TuesdayAugust 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga

FridaySaturday, October 5-6 – Afton 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

Rewards Plentiful for Short Track Super Series Modified Competitors At Sunday, April 8 Orange County ‘Hard Clay Open’

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Rewards will be plentiful for drivers competing in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Sunday, April 8 at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region event offers a lucrative, non-top-heavy pay structure for the STSS big-block/small-block Modified contingent. And the riches keep on growing.

A field of 30 cars will take the green at the Legendary House of Power for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event. STSS and Orange County Fair Speedway management have posted a minimum pay structure of $30,400 for racers: $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.

Grand Rental Station, located at 388 East Main Street in Middletown, will once again offer an event-specific $500 cash Hard Charger Award for the driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled starting position to the finish of the 50-lap ‘Hard Clay Open’ main event. Learn more about Grand Rental Station Middletown online at www.equipmentrentalinmiddletown.com.

At every STSS Halmar International North Region event this season, John Brown’s Land Hoe Maintenance of Danbury, Conn., has offered $200 cash to the Hard Charger Award recipient. Find Land Hoe Maintenance online at www.landhoemaintenance.com.

This means a huge $700 cash will be up for grabs to a competitor marching through the field at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event!

Superior Remodeling, based in Slate Hill, will reward the STSS Modified leader at halfway – lap 25 – a cash bonus of $200.

Each of the STSS Modified heat-race winners will take home $50 cash thanks to Rock Fantasy Hard Rock, Metal and Classic Rock Concert & Smoke Shop proprietor Stephen Keeler. Rock Fantasy, located at 75 West Main Street in Middletown, can be found on the web at www.rockfantasy.com.

A long line of product awards and certificates are also set for STSS Modifieds placing throughout the field.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is Event No. 1 of 10 for the STSS Halmar International North Region with a $12,500 championship looming at year-end.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the ‘Hard Clay Open’ doubleheader are the Orange County Fair Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green under weekly track rules and procedures.

Complete race rules and information have been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-info/

Registration is now open for both the STSS Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions.

STSS Modified entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenSTSSModifiedEntry.pdf

Crate 602 Sportsman entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenCrate602Entry.pdf

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.

 

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2018 Schedule

Halmar International North Region

Sunday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open

Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain

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

WednesdayJuly 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50

WednesdayAugust 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54

TuesdayAugust 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga

FridaySaturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11

ThursdayOctober 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale