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Orange County Fair Speedway Kicks Off Short Track Super Series North Region For Fifth Consecutive Year Sunday, April 8

MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the fifth time, Orange County Fair Speedway will serve as the starting point of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco North tour.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Sunday, April 8 waves the green flag on the STSS Halmar International North Region: a 50-lap tussle around the ‘Legendary House of Power’ offering $5,000-plus to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to start the main event.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is the first of 10 North Region races on the road to a $12,500 championship.

Drama and excitement have been at the forefront of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ as big- and small-block combinations fight for supremacy on the five-eighths-mile track.

Last April, following a flat tire in heat-race competition, Andy Bachetti soared from 20th starting position to earn the ‘Hard Clay Open’ triumph. Bachetti caught – and passed – both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn in the final laps as the crowd rose to its feet.

Bachetti, a three-time STSS Halmar International North Region champion, is the only repeat ‘Hard Clay Open’ winner.

The 2016 edition offered a stunning turn of events after the checkered flag flew. Apparent winner Hearn refused post-race technical inspection and Tommy Meier took home the $5,000 winner’s share for his Jeff Behrent-owned team. 

Stewart Friesen utilized small-block power to score the ’15 triumph after battling Pennsylvania star Rick Laubach for the lead in the early laps.

The inaugural ‘Hard Clay Open’ took place on April 6, 2014.  Bachetti recorded his first win in the event over a hard-charging Tim Hindley on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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:

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

STSS Modified entry form:

Crate 602 Sportsman entry form:

A practice session is on the docket at OCFS on Saturday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m.  Haulers may be left in the pit area overnight.

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit, e-mail, 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, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, 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

Friday-Saturday, 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

Stewart Friesen Wins Wild Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ At Orange County Fair Speedwa7

Andy Bachetti $12,500 Halmar North Region Champion

MIDDLETOWN, NY – In a wild, unpredictable main event, Stewart Friesen emerged victorious Thursday night at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The Sprakers, N.Y., driver pitted for a pair of fresh tires after slowing from the lead on the 38th circuit of the 50-lap event and was able to weave back through traffic to win the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at the five-eighths-mile oval.

Friesen earned $5,000 for his efforts, posting his 10th career Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified victory.

“Wow, that was wild,” Friesen said afterward. “We were able to pit at the right time to get back through. We brought the big-block tonight and it paid off. We weren’t sure how it was going to be on tire wear, but in the end everybody’s stuff was wore out.

“It’s always exciting here, you never know!

Thursday’s event served as the ninth and final round of the STSS Halmar International North Region. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who finished second to Friesen, clinched the North Region title worth $12,500.

Via a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers, Bachetti led the 30-car field to the green flag. As Bachetti led, battles throughout the top-10 raged behind him. Mike Mahaney’s Buzz Chew Motorsports No. 88 moved into second at lap four. Mahaney, and an emerging Friesen, battled nose-to-tail for the top spot at the halfway mark.

Mahaney was applying heavy pressure to the leader when disaster struck for the King Ferry, N.Y., driver on lap 29. While negotiating a lapped car, he spun in turn two.

The complexion of the race would change dramatically after the yellow for Mahaney as tire wear became an issue.

On the 36th lap, Bachetti’s right-rear tire went down in turn four. Friesen assumed the lead, but not for long. On lap 38, his right-rear tire went down, among three flats on the same lap.

New Jersey’s Brandon Grosso was next to assume the lead. He paced one lap and his right-rear went down on the 42nd circuit.

Jerry Higbie’s United Pump & Tank No. 48 led the field with Mike Ricci in tow. Friesen and Bachetti – racing back forward with fresh tires – were racing hard to move forward on a 42nd lap restart. A three-wide scramble sent Ricci around and ignited a multi-car tangle in turn two. Anthony Perrego’s car overturned in the melee. No one was injured.

Bachetti surged into the top spot on lap 43, moments before Higbie’s tire went flat.

Friesen pulled alongside Bachetti for the double-file restart and surged ahead to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish on the 44th circuit.

“Bringing the big-block paid off for us on that last restart,” Friesen explained. “I thought Bachetti kind of had it but we were able to get a good run there.”

A final caution on lap 48 brought Bachetti to Friesen’s back bumper. Bachetti chased Friesen across the line to clinch his third STSS Halmar North Region title in four years.

“I could have gotten more aggressive on that last restart, but I was ‘big-picture’ racing,” Bachetti said. “I didn’t know how much tire I had left. We came here tonight to win the championship first and we were able to do that.

“Thanks to the Short Track Super Series for an awesome series with the best money.”

Bachetti’s second-place finish was worth $4,000 plus $250 from Rock Fantasy as the race’s halfway leader.

Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., started 13th in Ryan Kerr’s No. 1K and completed the podium in third. Laubach pitted for a tire on lap 39.

Track regular Craig Mitchell of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., recovered for a fourth-place finish after pitting on lap 38. Triangle, N.Y., driver Jeremy Smith placed fifth. Smith had been involved in a turn-four tangle with 11 laps remaining.

Smith received $500 cash from Grand Rental Middletown as the race’s Hard Charger. Smith advanced from his original starting position of 28th on the grid.

Rounding out the top-10 were Tillson, N.Y.’s Ricci; Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., after running low on fuel on the final lap; Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., who also pitted for fuel; David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J., in Fred Vahlsing’s No. 323ov (who also needed a fuel stop); and Belle Mead, N.J.’s Grosso.

Billy Decker, who crossed the line fifth, and Jerry Higbie in sixth, were both disqualified for weight infractions.

A massive field of 62 STSS Modified signed in for the inaugural event. Heat winners were Kirk Horton, Friesen, DeLorenzo, Perrego, Tyler Dippel and Bachetti. Three consolations set the remainder of the field. Consolation winners were Ric Hill, Matt Sheppard and Brian Krummel.

Kevin Skelly of North Branch, N.Y., topped a field of 28 Street Stocks to win the accompanying main event. Skelly was leading at lap 15 when a complete oil-down of the speedway prompted the checkered flag. Joel Murns, Charlie Donald, Tommy Pickles and Walt Henry were scored second through fifth, reverting to the last-completed lap.

HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: The Orange County Fair Speedway pit area was literally overflowing with a season-high 62 STSS Modifieds registering for the program in addition to 28 Street Stocks….

Bachetti’s No. 4 showed signs of smoke for much of the main event. Bachetti attributed the smoke to power steering issues….

The win for Friesen was his 10th in the 48-race history of the Short Track Super Series. It also marked his first checkered since switching to Integra Shocks late in the summer….

The field of STSS Modifieds included drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massaschusetts and the Canadian Province of Quebec….

Next up for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP is the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway featuring the Velocita-USA South Region finale: 40 laps, $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. A full weekend of racing is on the docket, with a complete schedule online at

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.”

The 2017 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, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics,, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 9 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Andy Bachetti, Rick Laubach, Craig Mitchell, Jeremy Smith, Mike Ricci, Danny Creeden, Matt DeLorenzo, David Van Horn Jr., Brandon Grosso, Allison Ricci, Shane Jablonka, J.R. Hurlburt, Jimmy Horton, Anthony Perrego, Mike Mahaney, Billy Van Inwegen, Ryan Godown, Tommy Meier, Ric Hill, Joey Bruning, Nick Nye, Matt Sheppard, Kirk Horton, Brian Krummel, Craig Hanson, Tyler Dippel, Frank Cozze.

Disqualified (Weight Infractions): Billy Decker & Jerry Higbie

Did Not Qualify: Joey Bonetti, Gary Edwards Jr., Rich Ricci Jr., Ricky Davis III, Jeff Heotzler, Rich Eurich, Rob Rowe, Brett Tonkin, Heath Metzger, Roger Henion, Billy Pauch Jr., Rusty Smith, Brad Horton, Sean Mandel, Chris Stevens, Joe Judge, Joe Falanga, Yanick Mathieu, Tyler Treacy, Kurt Hundeland, Kenny Ferrier, Cole Hentschel, Frank Venezia, Sam Martz, Rich Eggers, Tyler Boniface, Billy Eggers, Cory Lowitt, Tom Hindley, C.G. Morey, L.J. Lombardo, Terry Arnold.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Matt DeLorenzo (eighth) & J.R. Hurlburt (13th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Jeremy Smith (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Craig Mitchell (fourth) & David Van Horn Jr. (ninth)
Dewalt Tools Giveaways (Pre-Race): Billy Van Inwegen, Tyler Treacy & Kurt Hundeland
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Ricci (sixth)
Grand Rental Station Middletown Hard Charger ($500): Jeremy Smith (28th to fifth)
Keizer Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Craig Mitchell (fourth)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jeremy Smith (28th to fifth)
Rock Fantasy Halfway Leader ($250): Andy Bachetti
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses (second, 12th & 22nd): Andy Bachetti (second), Shane Jablonka (12th) & Nick Nye (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (16th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Danny Creeden (seventh)

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): KEVIN SKELLY, Joel Murns, Charlie Donald, Tommy Pickles, Walt Henry, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain, Ryan Brockner, Jim Hajkowski, John Hechinager, Bob Sleight, Ron Constable, Paul Harding, Mike Vigiletti, Wayne Taylor, David Cook, Jim Maher, Dan Maher, Joe Scheffole, Chris Murphy, Kyle Welsch, Kevin Corman, Livy Johnson, Jay Smalley, Shawn Maher.

Did Not Start: Larry O’Donnell, Matt Guadagno, Gary Gamble.


     ROUGEMONT, N.C. – The 2017 season for the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) comes to a close on Saturday night with a 75-lap feature at Orange Country Speedway.  With 11-events completed the Championship point battle is tight with Jeremy Gerstner, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., holding a five-point advantage over Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem.
 How much is five points in the SMRS point structure?
Finishing position is critical with the winner getting 100 points and a drop-off of two-points per position through the field.   A three-spot differential in the feature is a six-point swing.
The SMRS point structure also has bonus points:  5 points for the Precision Spindle pole award in qualifying, 5 points for leading a lap, and a 5-point bonus for leading the most laps. 
 With finishing position and the bonus points it’s virtually a head-to-head battle between Gerstner and Ward.   
For Gerstner the season has featured one win and he has racked up 60 bonus points.  Ward is a four-time winner – including March 25 at Orange County – and has 65 bonus points.   Ward has won six pole awards.
While Gerstner and Ward will have that “big picture” of a Championship in mind the other drivers will simply be looking for victory.  Burt Myers, of Walnut Cover, leads the series in wins this season with five.  Tobacoville’s Tim Brown is a two-time winner on the tour this season and John Smith is a single race winner.  
Those drivers will all be looking to boost their win totals while a strong field of competitors will be looking for first wins in 2017.
 The Southern Modified Racing Series will be joined by the Pro All Star Series (PASS) super late models who will compete in a 150-lap feature.  The Limited Sportsman are also on the schedule.
Race time is 7pm Saturday.  Orange County Speedway is located at 9740 NC Highway 57 in Rougemont, N.C.
                More information on the Southern Modified Racing Series is available at or on the organizations Facebook page.