Joe Arena Dominates Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine

Defending Champ Picks Up Where He Left Off

 STONINGTON, CT – Just two months ago Joe Arena (Bristol, CT) was crowned the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour Champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Raceway Restaurant (CT). This weekend he began his title defense with a dominating win on the historic 5/8-mile oval, leading all 20 laps in the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine.

Arena and 2015 NESST Rookie of the Year, Jim Boyle (Waterford, CT) led the seventeen-car field to the green.  Arena jumped out to an early lead in his No. 74 Hen House BBW/Traditional Mortgage/Dalena Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while 2016 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Limited Sportsman Champion, Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA), and series newcomer, Jim Sylvia (Middletown, RI) began marching their way through the field.   The two veteran drivers would end up finishing sixth and ninth, respectively.  Sundeen received the $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine for advancing the most positions (11) during the event.

Arena’s lead was erased twice by caution flags, one coming on lap 10 and the other on lap 13. Once racing resumed, Arena withstood challenges from Thompson veterans, Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT), and Steve Kenneway (Lowell, MA), but was able to hold both off.

“I was pretty calm about that first restart, but then the second one I thought about Steve Kenneway, he’s a tough competitor like me. I want to thank Corey (Hutchings) for giving me a little push there of two on the restart. That really bolted us to the front there,” the veteran driver went on to say.

Arena began his title defense with his second NESST win. The first came last year at Speedway 51.  By virtue of his position at the halfway mark, Arena also received the Dur-A-Flex halfway bonus, as well as a $200 certificate from Coastline Fire Protection for his race win.

Kyle Casagrande, who won his heat race, was involved in a mid-race skirmish, and lost the most positions during the event, receiving both the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Unlucky Dog Award as well as a $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine.

For full results for the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine, visit www.nestreetstocktour.com.  Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The next NESST event will take place May 6 at Claremont Speedway (NH).

Three Oswego Speedway Race Team Fundraisers Ready for this Weekend

 

OSWEGO, NY (April 12, 2016) – Three separate Oswego Speedway race team fundraisers will be taking place this weekend for Supermodified veteran Jerry Curran as well as SBS racers Dennis Rupert and Josh Kerr.

Curran, driver of the Nuclear Banana No. 24 Supermodified, will hold his benefit at the Woodchuck Saloon in Oswego on Saturday, beginning at Noon.

For a $10 donation the fundraiser will include either a chicken or pulled pork BBQ dinner.  Door prizes, 50/50 drawings, and other raffles will also be a part of the day along with music provided by DJ Donwan.

Curran ran a part-time schedule at the Speedway in 2015, but is hoping to put all the pieces together for a full-time program in 2016.

Rupert, the driver of the No. 99 SBS machine, will once again hold his big money raffle and race team fundraiser at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton on Saturday, beginning at Noon.

Chicken dinners which include salt potatoes, coleslaw, and a roll will be available for $10.

Big money raffle tickets are also available for $40, which includes a free dinner.  The grand prize money raffle will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with each ticket holder having 21 chances to win.  Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Rupert finished the 2015 season 14th in the overall driver standings with one top five finish.

The Kerr Racing No. 8 SBS team with driver Josh Kerr will hold their team’s fundraiser on Sunday at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego, beginning at 1 p.m.

The fundraiser features chicken BBQ dinners for a donation of $10.  Door prizes and other raffles will also be a part of the day’s activities as well as music from DJ Donwan.

Kerr finished last year’s campaign 16th in the overall standings, but did collect his first career main event win at the Speedway on June 20.

Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.

On track activity beings at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 7 with the annual open test session for all racing divisions.  Testing will run from 1-5pm on May 7 and is free for spectators to sit in the main grandstand.

Racing action at the Speedway begins on Saturday, May 14 featuring the Speedway’s 66th consecutive opening night highlighted by the Race of Champions Modified Richie Evans Memorial 61 as well as kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

GUNS ARE LOADED FOR BRIDGEPORT ‘SOUTH JERSEY SHOOTOUT’ THIS SUNDAY

Guns Are Loaded: Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Travelers Square Off Against Bridgeport Speedway Regulars At Sunday’s (April 17) ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Special; More Than $25,000 On The Line In 40-Lap Main Event

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Their guns are loaded and the stars of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP are set for a “shootout” this Sunday (April 17) at Bridgeport Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at the five-eighths-mile clay oval – with more than $25,000 cash on the line – features a 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event, Round No. 2 of the STSS Velocita South Region. Drivers from across the Northeast will vie for a $5,000 winner’s share plus lap money, bonuses and more. Tenth-place offers $1,000, with $400 to take the green flag.

Also on the agenda: XCel 600 Modifieds battling for $1,000 to win on the inner quarter-mile Spirit Auto Center Speedway plus Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks joining the STSS Modifieds on the big track.

On Sunday, pit gates open at noon. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m. and the first green flag flies at 4 p.m.

Admission for the grandstands is $25 for Adults (ages 16 and up), $10 (Students 10-15) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete event information has been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/south-jersey-shootout-rules-prices-general-information/

From the north, New York State will be represented by March 12 Georgetown (Del.) winner Anthony Perrego, 2015 STSS North Region title winner Stewart Friesen, short-track standout Danny Creeden, a past STSS winner, and Tyler Dippel, who will race on the high banks of Bristol, Tenn., Saturday in NASCAR K&N competition before flying in to do battle Sunday at Bridgeport.

The Sheffield, Mass., traveler – Andy Bachetti – plans to make the long tow south to Bridgeport. Bachetti has fired out of the box in 2016 with top-five finishes at Georgetown and N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway.

Bridgeport’s weekly contingent will be led by reigning speedway champion Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., coming off a second-place finish in a “pre-season” event last Sunday. Among the other Bridgeport stars are defending STSS South Region title winner Ryan Watt, 2015 ‘Shootout’ winner Rick Laubach, Jordan Watson, Richie Pratt Jr., Wade Hendrickson, Dave Hunt, Sammy Martz, Mike Franz, Mike Barone and many more.

Both Bridgeport 2016 feature winners – Dominick Buffalino (March 26) and big-block rookie Brett Kressley (April 10) – are setting their sights on a $5,000 payday Sunday.

The Pennsylvania small-block Modified stars will be out in full force: Jeff Strunk in the Glenn Hyneman No. 126, Doug Manmiller at the wheel of the Jason Miller No. 44, Duane Howard piloting the Mike Petruska No. 66 and Craig Von Dohren driving for Dick Biever.

New Jersey drivers “invading” Bridgeport include the father-and-son tandem of Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr., the elder in Kevin Bifulco’s No. 1 and the younger driving for John Pakenham, Ryan Godown at the wheel of the Bill Hewlett No. 901, David Van Horn Jr. at the controls of the family No. 71 after a strong second at Georgetown in March, the sensational Jimmy Horton, youthful talent Ryan Krachun and more.

The First State invaders will be led to Bridgeport by defending Delaware International Speedway champion H.J. Bunting III, Brad Trice, Shawn Ward, Michael White and others, towing north for the Sunday Bridgeport special.

Last April, in the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ it was Hellertown, Pa., driver Rick Laubach guiding the No. 7 big-block to victory over David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain.

Bridgeport serves as the second of seven races on the STSS Velocita South Region schedule with $8,500 reserved for the regional champion from a massive $25,000-plus point fund.

Located in South Jersey, just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at I-295 Exit 14, Bridgeport Speedway is a spacious five-eighths-mile clay oval with a quarter-mile embedded in the center. Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation. To learn more, visit www.bpspeedway.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

The 2016 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, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, K&N, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita

2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

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

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.

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