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LAST-LAP PASS MAKES BACHETTI 11TH DIFFERENT SUPERNATIONALS WINNER

CENTER LISLE, NY – For the 11th consecutive edition, the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals produced a new winner.

Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti utilized a last-lap pass to put his name on the list of ‘Working Man’s Race’ champions Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway, annexing the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event in dramatic fashion.

The SuperNationals was held at Thunder Mountain for the first time in its history with two days of racing on Friday and Saturday nights. Some 234 drivers competed over the weekend at the Center Lisle three-eighths-mile oval.

Bachetti and Mat Williamson thrilled the fans during the latter stages of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region eighth round.

“Whether I won or not, that was a great race,” exclaimed Bachetti after his $5,100 payday on the Mountain. “It was good, clean, hard racing. Mat (Williamson) has a lot of talent. He will win his share on this series.”

In 11 years, there have been 11 different Short Track SuperNationals Modified victors. Bachetti joins that elite group.

“We’ve been close before in this race,” he said. “But we couldn’t pull it off. This is one I wanted to get.”

It was Williamson who picked the pole via a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers. The Canadian led the 31-car starting field to the green aboard the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3.

Williamson took the lead at the outset with Bachetti, who started fourth, shot the gap into second on the opening lap.

Danny Bouc, a New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway regular in his Thunder Mountain debut, powered from ninth into the top-three inside the opening laps and joined the lead battle.

The lead trio survived a slew of restarts during the race’s first half. As the laps clicked off, the trio out front tightened up with Bachetti working on Williamson and Bouc, who switched lanes to the extreme inside, pressuring Bachetti.

Seventh-starter Shaun Walker, the 2014 Short Track SuperNationals winner, quietly moved forward and joined the front three.

During the final stretch of green-flag racing, Bachetti methodically closed on Williamson as both drivers encountered a pack of lapped traffic. On lap 48, Bachetti used a slide-job to momentarily take the top spot from Williamson. However, Williamson crossed Bachetti and retook the lead.

With the white flag flying from starter Gary Folk, Bachetti pulled just ahead of Williamson at the exit of turn two. The pair raced side-by-side into turn three.

Bachetti, on the top, was able to clear a slower car and beat Williamson back to the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag.

Williamson, of St. Catharines, Ont., ended his bid for a career-first STSS victory in the runner-up position, taking home $3,000 plus $200 from Superior Remodeling as the Halfway Leader and $100 from Precision Hydraulic & Oil as a heat winner.

Despite two tires going down on the Mike Costello-backed No. 21, Masonville, N.Y.’s Walker completed the podium in third spot, earning $2,100.

Pipersville, Pa.’s Bouc capped his first visit to the Mountain with a fourth-place finish driving his self-owned No. 32 Teo-Pro car. Bouc impressively utilized a sealed spec small-block engine in his efforts during the SuperNationals.

Eighth-starter Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., kept his championship hopes alive with a steady fifth-place drive in Jeremy Smith’s No. 91. Only one race remains on the STSS Halmar International North Region schedule at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., on Thursday, October 18.

Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., rode the outside lane from 17th to finish sixth in the Searock Motorsports No. 26, followed by Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., in the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A; late arriver Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., who started 15th; 14th-starter Anthony Perrego of Middletown, N.Y., in the Brian Smith-owned No. 44; and Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., who rolled off the grid in 21st.

2006 Short Track SuperNationals winner Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., started 30th and finished 11th to earn the Hard Charger Award, which consisted of $200 from Land Hoe Maintenance, a $200 Beyea Custom Headers certificate and a $50 QA1 certificate.

Heat winners for the 47 assembled STSS Modifieds were Walker, Alex Yankowski, Williamson, Jeff Strunk and Bachetti. All heat winners received $100 cash from Precision Hydraulic & Oil and a $50 Beyea Custom Headers gift certificate.

The consolations went to Godown, Brett Tonkin and Dan Hineline.

Berkshire, N.Y.’s Kenny Hammond kept his late-season momentum on the Mountain rolling. Hammond won the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap finale, earning $1,000 for his efforts in the Hunt’s Auto Service No. 30.

The veteran Hammond drove from eighth starting position to the lead and won in dominant fashion.

Second-generation driver Blaine Klinger drove to a second-place finish, with Dale Welty advancing from seventh to finish third.

Tom Collins Jr. of Lansing, N.Y., completed his championship season in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region with a fourth-place finish. Collins entered the night just 10 points ahead of Dustin Jordan, who finished ninth. Kyle Rohner drove the Superior Remodeling No. 44 to fifth at the finish.

Shane Wolf Jr. took $1,000 back home to Susquehanna, Pa., after dominating the 20-lap Street Stock main event. Despite numerous cautions, Wolf pulled away on each restart to gain the triumph over Kurt Stebbins, who advanced late in the distance for second, Trevor Dudley, Dylan Cecce and Earl Zimmer.

Using the outside lane with just two laps remaining in the 20-lap main, Bailey Boyd completed a weekend sweep of 600 Modified competition on the Mountain. Boyd powered around Nathan Brinker coming to the white flag. Brinker settled for second, with Josh Pepe, Mark Golden and Josh Mudge in tow.

The 15-lap Vintage Modified Open saw a back-and-forth battle for the lead. Mike Houghtaling prevailed over Bob Johnson. Charlie Houghtaling, Doug Atkins and Joe Judge filled out the front five.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more. To learn more about Thunder Mountain Speedway, visitwww.thundermtnspeedway.net.

Saturday’s event concluded the 2018 season for Thunder Mountain Speedway.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco continues Friday, October 12 at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., with a 40-lap STSS Modified Velocita-USA South Region event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start. 410 Sprint Cars are also on the card paying $4,000 to win for 25 laps.

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.

SUPERNATIONALS SIDENOTES: The ‘Working Man’s Race’ was appropriate for Short Track Super Series and Thunder Mountain officials. Rain saturated the facility early Saturday morning. While tapering off in the afternoon, showers returned at approximately 7:15 p.m. and prompted an hour rain delay.

Later, electrical problems, yet undiagnosed, caused sections of speedway lighting to go dark and require repair. Through the challenges, all feature events were completed….

Planned champion’s events for the Modifieds and Street Stocks were ultimately scrapped due to the weather and lighting issues. The eight drivers ready to compete in the American Racer Cup Match Races for the Modifieds each received a free tire certificate and $250 (splitting the $2,000 top prize). The Trackside Products Street Stock Dash participants present were given $100 cash each and a free tire certificate….

All winner’s received ‘Working Man’ hard hats as part of their Victory Lane celebrations….

Weather delays at both Thunder Mountain and Super DIRT Week in Oswego, N.Y., kept drivers on their toes. Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker all arrived at Thunder Mountain in time to run heat races. Billy Pauch Jr. made the consolation and was able to earn his guaranteed spot achieved at New Egypt Speedway to start the main 31st….

Despite Saturday’s shaky weather, a very robust crowd turned out for the SuperNationals event, with 47 Modifieds, 30 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, 24 Street Stocks, 11 600 Modifieds and nine Vintage Cars filling the pits….

Dan Hineline and Nick Rochinski both qualified for the STSS Modified feature but were unable to run their cars. Hineline broke a steering arm after winning a consolation and hit the turn-three wall. Rochinski, who made the redraw in his heat, suffered engine trouble. Rochinski drove the Ricky Newton No. 55 and Hineline the Ken Titus No. 9 to take the green….

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, K&N,  Land Hoe Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

 

AMERICAN RACER CUP SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 11 RACE SUMMARY – THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 6, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 8 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps):  ANDY BACHETTI,Mat Williamson, Shaun Walker, Danny Bouc, Billy Decker, Ryan Godown, Mike Gular, Matt Sheppard, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Mike Ricci, Bill Pauch Jr., Mike Colsten, Jerry Higbie, Nick Nye, Steve Davis, Brett Tonkin, Jeremy Smith, Jeff Strunk, Frank Cozze, Alex Yankowski, P.J. Goodwin, Scott Ferrier, Jared Umbenhauer, Craig Hanson, Mike Bowman, Nick Rochinski, Kevin Hartnett, Kevin Sockriter, Joe Judge, Dan Hineline.

Did Not Qualify: Sam Allen, Brad Rothaupt, Colton Wilson, Tyler Siri, Cory Costa, Damon Decker, John Morse, Ricky Newton, J.R. Hurlburt, Duane Howard, Steve Cummings, Brian Malcolm, Lee Dewitt, Tyler Keener, Ken Titus, Alan Barker.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Anthony Perrego (ninth) & Mike Ricci (11th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): Billy Decker (10th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Danny Bouc (fourth) & Anthony Perrego (ninth)
Beyea Headers Heat Winners ($50 Certificates): Shaun Walker, Alex Yankowski, Mat Williamson, Jeff Strunk & Andy Bachetti
Beyea Headers Hard Charger ($200 Certificate): Mike Ricci (30th to 11th)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Ryan Godown (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Ricci (11th)
Land Hoe Maintenance Hard Charger ($200): Mike Ricci (30th to 11th)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Mike Ricci (30th to 11th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Heat Winners ($100): Shaun Walker, Alex Yankowski, Mat Williamson, Jeff Strunk & Andy Bachetti
Racing Optics Bonus (Tearoff Sleeve): Shaun Walker (third)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Mat Williamson (second), Billy Pauch Jr. (12th) & P.J. Goodwin (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200): Mat Williamson
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel): Brian Malcolm (DNQ)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Gular (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Event No. 5 Feature Finish (25 laps): KENNY HAMMOND, Blaine Klinger, Dale Welty, Tommy Collins, Kyle Rohner, Aaron Shelton, Pat Jordan, Daniel Morgiewicz, Dustin Jordan, Stacy Jackson, Joseph Brown, Mike Austin, Jimmy Zacharias,  Cole Stangle, Larry Mekic, Hunter Lapp, Aaron Bowes, Matt Spencer, Jason Feinberg, Mike Grover, Connor Sellars, Jake Mason, Marc Goodwin, Frank Dorry Jr., Jerry Lobdell Jr., Matt Brewer, Will Eastman.

Series Champion: Tom Collins Jr.

Did Not Qualify: Brian Fish, David Demorest, Nathan Brinker.

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): SHANE WOLF JR., Kurt Stebbins, Trevor Dudley, Dylan Cecce, Earl Zimmer, Butch Green, Gene Sharpsteen, Doug Stack Sr., Jake Fowlston, Mike Wilbur, Steven Deinhardt, Rich Sharpsteen, Travis Brockner, T.J. Frost, Bob Crandall, Kyle Stark, Jonathan Fowlston, Rich Green, Brandon Birdsall, Kevin Garland, Shawn Boynton, Doug Polhamus, Matt Bowman.

Did Not Start: Kurt Decker

600 Modified Feature Finish (20 laps): BAILEY BOYD, Nate Brinker, Josh Pepe, Mark Golden, Josh Mudge, Jared Green, James Randall, Chace Scutt, Doug Windhausen, Chelsie Beebe, Aiden Morgan.

Vintage Modified Open Feature Finish (15 laps): MIKE HOUGHTALING, Bob Johnson, Charlie Houghtaling, Doug Atkins, Joe Judge, Bob Schmidt, Jon Atkins, Tex Gordon, Phillip Mitchell.

MIKE SCHANE LEADS FRIDAY SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS WINNERS (10-5-18)

CENTER LISLE, NY – The “Working Man’s Race” of 2018 got underway Friday night with 113 race cars in the Thunder Mountain Speedway pit area.

Mike Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., led the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 preliminary night winners at the Center Lisle three-eighths-mile oval, topping the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Open Sportsman 35-lap main event.

Schane, a regular at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., led wire-to-wire in the event utilizing a Crate 602 powerplant. He received a $1,000 payday for his efforts.

A ninth-place finish allowed Dominic Roselli of Highland Lake, N.Y., to clinch the five-race STSS Sportsman point championship, worth $1,000. Roselli entered the night 10 points behind Dale Welty. Roselli finished ninth, while Welty finished 14th, allowing the second-generation driver Roselli to take the crown by 10 markers with championship points on the line.

While Schane led the entire event, his victory was far from easy. He faced challenges early in the race from New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway regular Joseph Brown, then Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park regular Bill Deckelman.

In the end, it was 16th-starter Kenny Hammond who posed the most serious bid.

Hammond, who calls Thunder Mountain Speedway home, pressured Schane heavily in the final circuits, looking both high and low. Ultimately, he fell a car-length shy at the wave of Gary Folk’s checkered flag.

Schane led Berkshire, N.Y.’s Hammond across the line, with Jimmy Zacharias, who started ninth, advancing late into third. Brown and Deckelman finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Heat winners for the 47 STSS Sportsman were Zacharias, Chance Spoonhower, Schane, Nick Nye and Brown. The consolations went to Hammond, Mike Austin and Dan Burman.

American Racer, Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., presented one-on-one match races for American Racer Cup Sportsman champions. Brian Mady of Milford, Pa., who earned the American Racer Cup top honors at Thunder Mountain Speedway in 2018, bested Jimmy Zacharias in the final round for a $1,000 payday.

All other participants in the match races received a certificate for a free American Racer tire.

Boyertown, Pa., driver Mike Gular topped the 10-lap Redraw Dash for STSS Modifieds. The fastest 10 drivers in timed practice transferred to the Dash. Gular outgunned quick time driver Danny Bouc on the start of the Dash and was never challenged. Gular, who won the championship at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., is automatically in the redraw for the STSS main event Saturday.

A total of 18 Modifieds took advantage of Friday practice sessions.

The CRSA 305 Sprint series concluded its 2018 season on Friday night with a 25-lap main event. Dalton Herrick of McDonough, N.Y., capitalized on early lapped traffic to clear Dana Wagner for the lead early on in the event. Once in front, Herrick outdistanced Tyler Jashembowski to pick up the victory.

Former Modified driver Jeff Trombley of Altamont, N.Y., finished third, surviving a mid-race scare on the backstretch, and clinched the series championship. Scott Goodrich and Emily Van Inwegen finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Young Bailey Boyd took his 600 Modified to the outside lane and cleared Jared Green with just two laps remaining to take the victory in the division’s 20-lap main event. Green, who had dominated the event, settled for a runner-up finish, followed by Nate Brinker, Doug Windhausen and Mike Wilcha.

Trey Palmer drove his Truck to a $425 payday in the Van’s Auto-sponsored Four Cylinder Open 15-lap event. Palmer worked around the outside to the lead, besting Rich Wagner, Phil Burns, Ray Hyer and Quinn Wallis.

American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 continues today, Saturday, with a full program headlined by STSS Modifieds (50 laps, $5,000 to win), American Racer Cup Modified Match Races, Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,000 to win), Street Stocks (20 laps, $1,000 to win), Trackside Products Street Stock Dash (10 laps, $500 to win), 600 Modifieds and a Vintage Modified Open.

Pit Gates open at 2 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:30 p.m., with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65-plus), Students (ages 10-17) and Military with ID pay $18. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 with no license required.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more. To learn more about Thunder Mountain Speedway, visit www.thundermtnspeedway.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, K&N, Land Hoe Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

AMERICAN RACER CUP SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 11 RACE SUMMARY – THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 5, 2018

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Sportsman Round No. 5 Feature Finish (35 laps): MIKE SCHANE, Kenny Hammond, Jimmy Zacharias, Bill Deckelman, Joseph Brown, Nick Nye, Tommy Collins, Claude Hutchings Jr., Dominic Roselli, Kyle Rohner, Daniel Morgiewicz, Craig Whitmoyer, Ryan Higgs, Dale Welty, Chris Jordan, Travis Green, Will Eastman, Greg Morgan, Alex Yankowski, Dan Burman, Brian Mady, Shayne Spoonhower, Dennis Clapperton, Cole Stangle, Mike Austin, Chance Spoonhower.

Did Not Qualify: Chris Hunsinger, Craig Pope, Brian Fish, Larry Mekic, Nathan Brinker, Aaron Bowes, Jake Mason, Gene Beadle, Jim Rothwell, Frank Dorry Jr., Walt Chyrywaty, Jessey Velez, Jason Feinberg, Kenny Bock, Matt Spencer, Olin Renwick, Tom Velez, Marc Goodwin, Garett Rushlow, Roger West, Dave Rosa.

Series Champion: Dominic Roselli

American Racer Cup Presented By Sunoco Sportsman Match Races: BRIAN MADY ($1,000) over Jimmy Zacharias, Craig Whitmoyer, Claude Hutchings Jr., Dale Welty, Kyle Rohner, Eric Kormann, Tommy Collins, Alex Yankowski, Brian Fish, Jim Rothwell, Mike Schane.

Modified Redraw Dash Finish (10 laps): MIKE GULAR, Danny Bouc, Andy Bachetti, Dan Creeden, Nick Rochinski, Jeff Strunk, J.R. Hurlburt, Scott Ferrier, Steve Davis, Mike Colsten (Note: 18 Modifieds took part in practice sessions).

CRSA Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 laps): DALTON HERRICK, Tyler Jashembowski, Jeff Trombley, Scott Goodrich, Emily VanInwegen, Mike Jackson, Dustin Purdy, Trevor Years, Jerry Sehn Jr., Jesse Pruchnik, Eric Kurtz, Thomas Radivoy, Zachary Burd, Eric Jennings, Dana Wagner, Tyler Cartier, Mark Connoly, Justin Mills, Johnny Kolosek.

600 Modified Feature Finish (20 laps): BAILEY BOYD, Jared Green, Nate Brinker, Doug Windhausen, Mike Wilcha, Scott Landers, Josh Pepe, Bryce Higgs, Josh Mudge, James Randall, Chelsie Beebe, Kristen Chamberlain, Aiden Morgan, Mark Golden, Chace Scutt.

Four Cylinder Open Feature Finish (15 laps): TREY PALMER, Rich Wagner, Phil Burns, Ray Hyer, Quinn Wallis, Jeremy Warren, Nick Kennedy, Kenny Underwood, Tom Bumpus, Josh Wilder, Eric Rowley, Doug O’Hara, Justin LaDue, Mike Brown.