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DELMAR, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco rolls into Delaware International Speedway for its only 2018 visit on Thursday, May 24.

The ‘Diamond State 50’ will continue its legacy as an iconic event in the State of Delaware to kick off Memorial Day Weekend at the Cathell family’s half-mile oval.

Round No. 3 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region for big-block/small-block Modifieds takes the headline for the evening with qualifying and a 50-lap main event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green plus a plethora of cash and product bonuses.

After two South Region events have been completed, Waterloo, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard leads the $10,000 championship chase. Sheppard, driving for the Maryland-based Hurlock Auto & Speed operation, has earned two runner-up finishes on the series so far at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway in March and the three-eighths-mile at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in April.

Ryan Watt (Georgetown) and Jeff Strunk (Bridgeport) have scored the two STSS Modified victories thus far.

Watt recorded a thrilling ‘Diamond State 50’ victory a year ago, with a late-race, restart pass of Stewart Friesen.

The first-year STSS Crate 602 Sportsman program accompanies the Modifieds with a 20-lap, $1,000-to-win event – Race No. 3 of the five-race South series. Otisville, N.Y., driver Corey Cormier leads the standings over New Jersey’s Stephen Kemery and fellow Empire State resident Tom Collins Jr.

The Crate 602 program has drawn stacked, competitive fields in the first two events.

Completing the tripleheader show is a 12-lap main by the Delaware Super Trucks.

Race information for the ‘Diamond State 50’ can be found online at http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/diamond-state-50-rules-prices-general-info/ 

Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at www.delawareracing.com and can be contacted by phone, MondayFriday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.

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.


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.


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.

Jeff Strunk Takes First-Ever Short Track Super Series Victory Sunday on Bridgeport Three-Eighths-Mile

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Finally, Jeff Strunk is a Short Track Super Series winner.

Strunk, of Boyertown, Pa., etched his name on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco winner’s list on Sunday night on the all-new Design for Vision/Sunglass Central three-eighths-mile oval at Bridgeport Speedway.

Driving Glenn Hyneman’s Keystone Racing No. 126 with spec small-block power, Strunk dominated the day’s events, launching off the pole via a pre-race redraw of top qualifiers and leading all of the 40 laps.

Strunk earned $5,000 for his victory and an additional $100 from Beyea Headers for turning the day’s fastest lap in timed warm-ups.

“I’ve been trying for a long time to win one of these races,” offered Strunk, who became the 23rd different winner in 51 STSS events contested since BD Motorsports Media LLC formed the series in 2014.

“There was no junk here today. They were all good cars. Even when I was in lapped traffic I was racing cars that could win a feature any given weekend. That’s what makes this series such a challenge.”

A field of 46 STSS Modifieds signed in for the second round of the STSS South Region and the first-ever series visit to the new three-eighths-mile oval at Bridgeport.

Strunk drew the pole during a fan meet and greet behind the grandstands moments before the 40-lap main reached starter Warren Alston’s green flag. Strunk immediately drew away from New York State invader Danny Creeden, who settled into second.

The first 10 laps spun off caution-free before disaster struck at the exit of turn two. Frank Cozze, who had been rim-riding on the outside lane from his sixth starting position, and Creeden met at the exit of turn two. Cozze’s No. 401 shot off the track and made contact with a tire marker, drawing the red. Initially shaken, the Wind Gap, Pa., driver walked away.

On the restart, the inside lane jammed up and caused a multi-car tangle that saw Jared Umbenhauer on his side. A second red and short clean-up ensued.

When green-flag racing resumed, Strunk again motored away from Creeden, who now felt pressure from Matt Sheppard in the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s.

Sheppard ultimately cleared Creeden entering the race’s final quarter, but was more than a straightaway behind Strunk, who was negotiating lapped traffic.

The race’s final yellow flew on lap 36 for a flat tire on Creeden’s car.

Strunk knew he had company on the restart in the form of Sheppard and 10th-starter Stewart Friesen, who had dropped deep in the field early and rallied back in the Halmar International No. 44.

“I looked at the scoreboard there on that last yellow and saw two of the best right behind me,” Strunk said.  “I knew I had to hit my marks and not make any mistakes just like the first 36 laps.”

Strunk is now two-for-two on the new three-eighths-mile oval at Bridgeport.

Sheppard scored his second runner-up finish in a pair of STSS starts for the Hurlock, Md.-based Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply team. He opened the South Region at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway in March placing runner-up to Ryan Watt.

“It’s a long ride down here to run these races,” Sheppard said. “But it makes the ride a lot easier when we keep having good runs.”

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., completed the podium in third spot, followed by Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti, who started 11th and Montgomery, N.Y., driver Anthony Perrego, who rolled off eighth in Brian Smith’s No. 44 before getting shuffled back in the early laps and recovering for fifth.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., who switched to a back-up spec engine car after track-run-in; Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., driving Ryan Kerr’s No. 1K; Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., in the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357; Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., who started 20th in Daniel Sommeling’s No. 51; and David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J., who rolled off 16th in Fred Vahlsing’s No. 323ov.

Strunk set the fastest lap during timed warm-ups and earned $100 from Beyea Headers.

Heat winners were Creeden, Perrego, Von Dohren, Friesen and Richie Pratt Jr. Consolation victors were Van Horn, Neal Williams and Jared Umbenhauer.

Tom Collins Jr. of Lansing, N.Y., made the long tow to South Jersey for Round No. 2 of the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South Region. His haul was rewarded with a $1,000 victory in the 20-lap event.

Collins had run on the Bridgeport five-eighths-mile before, but had not laid eyes on the three-eighths-mile until Sunday morning. However, he took an immediate liking to the venue and led from start-to-finish in the 20-lap main impressively, opening up a lead of more than a full straightaway at times.

“I really like this smaller track,” Collins said with a smile after the main event. “It’s cool to travel around and see all these different facilities. I’m planning on chasing both the North and the South of this series. We will probably run more than 60 races overall.”

Another Empire State driver – Cory Cormier of Otisville, N.Y. – chased Collins to the stripe, finishing second. Rick Wegner Jr. made a ‘game-day’ decision to compete on Sunday and ended up a solid third, followed by Pennsylvania teenager Dylan Swinehart and Scott Kohler.

A field of 37 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman took part in the program. Heat winners were Cormier, Jeremy Harrington, Wegner and David Schilling. Consolations went to Adam McAuliffe and Eric Kormann.

Jeramy Doerr won the accompanying 15-lap Outlaw Stock feature.

BRIDGEPORT BITS: With the three-eighths-mile in operation for only the second time since its construction, the turn-one pit area was utilized to bring fans closer to the action and allow crew members to watch from the main grandstand with a clear view….

Bridgeport track champion Ryan Watt received Hard Charger distinction after taking a provisional and driving forward from 25th starting position to finish 11th in the Ron Roberts-owned small-block. Watt picked up $200 from Precision Hydraulic & Oil’s Joe Infante, a $200 Beyea Headers certificate, and $50 toward the purchase of Vahlco Wheels….

Tough break for Delaware’s Jordan Watson, who showed speed early in the program before suffering terminal engine woes during his heat-race program….

The ‘South Jersey Shootout’ STSS Modified field grew from a year ago to a solid 46 cars from across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast….

Up next for the STSS is the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Tuesday, May 8 at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway to kick off the Halmar International North Region with a 50-lap main event paying $5,000 to win and $500 just to take the green flag.  The Orange County Sportsman division will be on the docket as well with a $1,000-to-win 20-lap main.

The STSS Velocita-USA South Region heads to Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., on Thursday, May 24 with the ‘Diamond State 50’ offering $5,000 to win plus the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Delaware Super Trucks.

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.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 2 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): JEFF STRUNK, Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrego, Ryan Godown, Rick Laubach, Duane Howard, Billy Pauch Jr., David Van Horn Jr., Ryan Watt, Brian Krummel, Craig Von Dohren, Mike Gular, Danny Creeden, Jimmy Horton, Danny Bouc, Neal Williams, Dillon Steuer, Matt Stangle, Brett Kressley, Joseph Watson, Dave Hunt, Frank Cozze, Richie Pratt Jr., Billy Pauch Sr., Jared Umbenhauer, Billy Decker.

Did Not Qualify: Rocco Infante, Jim Britt, Ryan Krachun, Doug Manmiller, Tyler Boniface, Michael White, Kevin Vaclavicek, Wade Hendrickson, Chris Grbac, Tommy Beamer, Justin Grim, Ron Roberts, Steve Young, Jordan Watson, Bob Sarkisian, Roger Manning, Brandon Grosso, Sam Martz.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Duane Howard (eighth) & Mike Gular (14th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): Anthony Perrego (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Card): Andy Bachetti (fourth) & Billy Pauch Jr. (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Fast Time ($100): Jeff Strunk
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winners ($50 Certificates): Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Craig Von Dohren, Stewart Friesen & Richie Pratt Jr.
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($200 Certificate): Ryan Watt (25th to 11th)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Ryan Godown (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Ryan Watt (11th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Hard Charger ($200): Ryan Watt (25th to 11th)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Ryan Watt (25th to 11th)
Racing Optics Bonus (sleeve of tear-offs): Stewart Friesen (third)
Sunoco Racing/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Matt Sheppard (second), Brian Krummel (12th) & Joseph Watson (22nd)
Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Ryan Watt (25th to 11th)
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel): Frank Cozze
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Rick Laubach (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco South Region Crate 602 Sportsman Event No. 2 Feature Finish (20 laps): TOM COLLINS, Corey Cormier, Rick Wegner Jr., Dylan Swinehart, Scott Kohler, Jim Housworth, Stephen Kemery, Tommy Scheetz, Sammy Martz Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Seth Spayd, Frank Dorry, Eric Kormann, Joe Toth, Jeremy Harrington, Brad Roberts, David Crossman, Bobby DeLeon, Connor Otten, Andrew Kreis, David Schilling, Shayne Spoonhower, Tom Moore Jr., Parker Guldin, Ryan Simmons, Dan Fleming, Wayne Weaver, Joseph Brown.

Did Not Qualify: John Criscione, Thomas Sherby, Alonzo Morales, Pete Serra, Kevin Borden, Adam White, Chris Brennan, Jim Gallagher Jr., Tom Princiotta.

Outlaw Stock Feature Finish (15 laps): JERAMY DOERR, Tom Wills Jr., Spider Ensinger, Mike Creamer, Billy Wroble, Lee Allen, Brian Ludwig, Gary Klimeczek, Keith McKinley, Rich Stanton, David Kramer, Scott Hulmes.