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FRIESEN ROMPS TO HARD CLAY OPEN WIN AT OCFS TUESDAY (5-8-18)

MIDDLETOWN, NY – He just keeps on winning.

For the 11th time in his career with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Stewart Friesen romped to victory in Tuesday night’s ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The Sprakers, N.Y., driver earned a $5,200 payday in the opener for the STSS Halmar International North Region at the five-eighths-mile oval in dominant fashion after starting seventh in the 30-car feature field.

“These guys gave me an awesome car tonight,” offered Friesen, 34, after exiting his Halmar-backed No. 44. “When you’re out front you never know who’s coming, especially here. It’s a long race.”

A field of 48 talented STSS big-block/small-block Modified drivers signed in for the first midweek show under a new era of racing at OCFS under the Orange Motorsport and Entertaining LLC banner.

The 50-lap fifth annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ saw Mike Mahaney’s Buzz Chew No. 88 lead the field to the green flag. Ryan Godown, however, put the Lincoln Auto Body No. 5 into the top spot on the opening tour.

Friesen cracked the top-five on lap five. A lap later, he advanced to third behind Godown and Mahaney.

On lap eight, Friesen slipped past Mahaney to the runner-up spot.

Two circuits later, he took over a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Behind Friesen, battles raged throughout the top-10.

Godown’s stellar drive derailed with 15 laps remaining when he slowed on the frontstretch with a flat left-rear tire.

Rick Laubach then inherited second in the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K.

Despite three cautions inside the final dozen laps, Friesen’s only challenges came on restarts as he was able to pull away during green-flag runs.

“These Short Track Super Series races attract the best drivers from all over,” Friesen said. “It always feels good when you can get a win in one of these shows.”

Hellertown, Pa.’s Laubach enjoyed a steady drive to place runner-up after starting fifth.

“We’re trying to run the whole series – North and South – this year,” Laubach said. “I really wanted to get off to a good clean start here to have a good points position going into the next few races and we did that.”

Driving Steve Lowitt’s United Pump & Tank No. 48, Newburgh, N.Y.’s Jerry Higbie completed the podium. Higbie started ninth and battled back-and-forth on restarts to earn his third-place result.

“That was fun racing out there,” Higbie said. “Every restart I was counting off cars hoping I’d be on the outside. I’d gain a few, get caught in the wrong line and lose a few. This series is the best around.”

After starting 23rd as a consolation winner, OCFS all-time leading winner Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., drove to fourth at the finish, surging forward in the race’s second half.

Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., however, was the race’s Hard Charger in Jeremy Smith’s No. 91. Decker started 25th and drove to fifth, an advance of 20 positions. He received $500 courtesy of Grand Rental Station Middletown, $200 from Land Hoe Maintenance and product from QA1 and Beyea Headers.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y.; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., driving the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3; Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., who pitted for a tire and to repair a right-side sail panel issue on lap nine with the Hurlock Auto & Speed ride; Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., in the first-ever appearance by Norm Hansell’s No. 357 on the Hard Clay; and veteran Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., who recovered from a flat tire on lap 18.

Heat winners – receiving $50 cash from Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room of Middletown and product certificates from Beyea Headers – were Mahaney, Meier, Laubach, Godown and Higbie. Consolation victors were Heotzler, Billy Pauch Jr. and Brett Hearn. Bob McGannon won the 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

A late arrival to the speedway, Brad Horton pocketed $1,000 in the accompanying OCFS Sportsman 20-lap main. Horton started last in the final heat race after missing the initial draw for position. He worked through for a redraw position and started the main from fourth on the grid.

Horton worked forward and grabbed a lead he wouldn’t relinquish at the midway point of the main.

“We did our homework on this car,” offered Horton. “It definitely paid off tonight.”

Mel Schrufer pressed the leader late in the event, earning a $500 runner-up finish, with Pennsylvania teenager Alex Yankowski in third followed by 12th-starter Cory Cormier and Tyler Johnston, who started 11th.

Crate 602 Sportsman heat winners were Corey Cormier, Jesse Leiby and Johnston. All 27 cars present started the main.

Racing resumes for the STSS on Memorial Day Weekend with a doubleheader. On Thursday, May 24 Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., hosts Round No. 3 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region plus Crate 602 Sportsman (Race No. 3) and Delaware Super Trucks.

On Sunday, May 27 the STSS Halmar North Region returns to action at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., plus the opener for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Series and Street Stocks.

HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: Race fans were treated to all-new aluminum seating in the half-covered grandstands as crews worked late Monday night and into Tuesday to complete the latest renovation project at the fairgrounds track….

The draw for heat-race starting positions was held prior to the drivers’ meeting at the Short Track Super Series trailer….

Mat Williamson’s anticipated debut on the series ended following hot laps with a burned piston in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3. The Behrent’s team fielded two nearly identical No. 3 cars with Tommy Meier earning a seventh-place finish….

A late-arriving, but healthy midweek crowd took in the event….

The win for Friesen was his second in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event, having previously won in 2015 while driving for Jeff Daley. He earned $5,000 from the purse and $200 as the Halfway Leader from Superior Remodeling….

A new engine program has boosted the Jerry Higbie United Pump & Tank efforts as he chases the 2018 STSS North Region aboard the No. 48….

Pennsylvania driver Mike Gular made his first-ever OCFS visit a satisfying one as he recovered from a flat tire to finish 11th in Terry Fasnacht’s No. 2A….

Andy Bachetti pitted with shock issues. He was able to get back on the lead lap via the ‘Lap Down, Go Around’ presented by Algonkin Motel and ended up placing 15th….

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.

‘HARD CLAY OPEN’ RACE SUMMARY – ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY MAY 8, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Rick Laubach, Jerry Higbie, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Matt Sheppard, Duane Howard, Jeff Heotzler, Mike Gular, Jimmy Horton, Brian Krummel, Billy Pauch Jr., Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrego, Craig Mitchell, Brandon Grosso, Craig Hanson, Ryan Jordan, J.R. Hurlburt, Matt Hitchcock, Danny Creeden, Ryan Godown, Nick Nye, Danny Johnson, Mike Kolka, Bob McGannon, Jeremy Smith, Brett Tonkin.

Did Not Qualify: John Ferrier, Tyler Boniface, C.G. Morey, Rich Eurich, Richard Smith, Allison Ricci, Joe Krum, Heath Metzger, Billy Van Pelt, Joseph Judge, Matt Janiak, Roger Henion, Billy Van Inwegen, Joe Bruning, Mat Williamson, Danny Cronk, Brendan Finley, Kurt Hundeland.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Jeff Heotzler (10th) & Brian Krummel (13th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200): Billy Decker (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Brett Hearn (fourth) & Duane Howard (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Rick Laubach, Ryan Godown & Jerry Higbie
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($100 Certificate): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (sixth)
Grand Rental Station Hard Charger ($500): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Gular (11th)
Land Hoe Maintenance Hard Charger ($200): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Billy Decker (25th to fifth)
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): Jerry Higbie (third)
Rock Fantasy Heat Winner Bonuses ($50): Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Rick Laubach, Ryan Godown and Jerry Higbie
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Rick Laubach (second), Jimmy Horton (12th) & Matt Hitchcock (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200): Stewart Friesen
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel): Mat Williamson
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Tommy Meier (seventh)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRAD HORTON, Mel Schrufer, Alex Yankowski, Corey Cormier, Tyler Johnston, Bobby Flood, Kyle Rohner, Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg Sleight, Dylan Smith, Howie Finch, Ryan Neiger, Matt Shultz, Jimmy Leiby, Lem Atkins, Cody Hunt, Jesse Leiby, Bob Jashembowski, Mike Bull, Richard Eggers, Chris Curtis, Bobby DeLeon, Billy Eggers, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Rafaele Carson, Nick Plumstead, Michael Talmadge.

Anticipation High for Orange County Fair Speedway ‘Hard Clay Open’ Tuesday, May 8

MIDDLETOWN, NY – A one-month delay has only built more anticipation for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway Tuesday, May 8.

A full 30 days after its originally scheduled date was nixed by a late winter, the 2018 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region gets underway at the ‘Legendary House of Power’ five-eighths-mile track.

STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds bring their brand of “sail panel racing” to Orange County in a 50-lap main event offering a total purse structure of more than $30,000: $5,000 to the winner, $4,000 for second, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.

This event marks the first midweek event under the Orange Motorsports & Entertainment LLC management group topped by Chris Larsen of Halmar International and general manager Michael Gurda IV.

Aside from the novelty of the midweek event, race fans will notice widespread progress and improvements across the historic fairgrounds thanks to Halmar’s financial support. From track equipment to upgraded grandstands, the Hard Clay is getting a makeover.

Bonus award sponsors have jumped on board to make the ‘Hard Clay Open’ a lucrative lid-lifter for STSS teams.

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., have 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 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

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

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