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SUNOCO MODIFIEDS TO RECEIVE $3,000 TO WIN AT EVERY GEORGETOWN EVENT

GEORGETOWN, DE – Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance and Georgetown Speedway have joined forces for a lucrative 2018 big-block/small-block Modified season at the historic half-mile oval.

During the upcoming ’18 campaign, the Modified division at Georgetown will assume the ‘Sunoco Modified’ moniker through a marketing partnership with speedway promoter Brett Deyo, Sunoco Race Fuels and Bruce Insinger of Dushore, Pa.-based Insinger Performance, the region’s prominent Sunoco distributor.

The newly rebranded ‘Sunoco Modifieds’ will compete on 10 occasions at Georgetown Speedway this season: eight combined big-block/small-block and two small-block-only events.

Through the Sunoco/Insinger Performance partnership, every ’18 Georgetown event will pay a minimum of $3,000 to win! This puts Georgetown atop the charts alongside Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., as the highest-paying Northeast Modified venue.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the 2018 season at Georgetown Speedway,” Insinger Performance proprietor Bruce Insinger said. “Georgetown has experienced a revival in the past two years. On behalf of Sunoco Race Fuels, I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with all the great racers and fans!”

Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo echoed Insinger’s excitement.

“Bruce (Insinger) and the Sunoco brand bring added credibility to our speedway,” Deyo said. “At a time when tracks across the Northeast are cutting purses or taking Modifieds off the schedule, we are able to offer $3,000 to win every time we open the gates for the division. That’s a testament to the support of our fans, racers and marketing partners.”

Kicking off the 10 Modified events on the ’18 docket is the season-opening Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend Friday, March 16 ($4,049-to-win small-block) and Saturday, March 17 ($6,949-to-win big-block/small-block), the opener of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

Two additional STSS events are on the docket paying a minimum of $5,000 to win (Aug. 28 and Oct. 27), the latter of which will decide the series’ Velocita-USA South Region championship.

The Deron Rust Memorial is slated for Friday, May 4 in conjunction with the NASCAR weekend at nearby Dover (Del.) International Speedway offers a hefty $3,396 to the winner.

Other remaining events on the agenda pay $3,000 to the winner: Thursday, April 19Friday, June 1Friday, July 20Friday, Sept. 21; and Friday, Oct. 26 (small-block-only).

Sunoco is the official fuel of Georgetown Speedway for ’18 and will be sold on-site by Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply (HASS) of Hurlock, Md.  HASS returns as the parts supplier for the third consecutive season at Georgetown with a complete line of oval-track speed equipment. HASS is also the distributor of American Racer Tires in the region.

The first official on-track activity on the new progressively banked half-mile oval is slated for Saturday, March 10. Pit gates open at noon. Practice is slated for 1-5 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit admission is $20.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

ALGONKIN MOTEL TO BACK ‘LAP DOWN, GO-AROUND’ AT ALL 2018 STSS MOD EVENTS

BAINBRIDGE, NY – For the 2018 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, there will be a ‘second chance’ for drivers falling a lap down.

Algonkin Motel of Bainbridge, N.Y., will present the ‘Lap Down, Go Around’ at all STSS Modified events in both the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region.

The ‘Lap Down, Go Around’ will allow the top-running driver one (or more) laps down at the time of a caution to circle past the leaders and make up one lap. The driver necessitating the caution will not be eligible for the wave around during the ensuing yellow flag period.

“Since we started the series, we’ve always dropped the lapped cars to the tail of the field in the order they are running,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “It’s been a great courtesy to our lead-lap cars, but it does take away all opportunity for a driver that gets trapped a lap down early or loses a lap with a flat tire the chance to race their way back on the lead lap.

“More than once last year we had a lapped car running faster than the leader but each yellow they’d have to drop to the rear.  The ‘Lap Down, Go Around’ concept is a straight-up, fair way to address this.”

Algonkin Motel has signed up to sponsor the ‘Lap Down, Go Around’ this season. The Algonkin Motel is located off Interstate 88 between Bainbridge and Sidney. It is a family owned and operated motel offering a clean, quiet unique stay with affordable rates year-round.

All rooms have been renovated with amenities to include LCD televisions, free high-speed internet, microwaves and refrigerators in every room.  To learn more, visit www.algonkinmotel.com or call607.967.5911 ext. 27.

The Algonkin Motel is owned and operated by Jamie and Denise Page, who field the No. 6H Modified driven by J.R. Hurlburt on the STSS North Region.

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.

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 www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com. 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, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

BEHRENT’S PERFORMANCE WAREHOUSE ‘HARD CLAY FINALE’ RACE SUMMARY – ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 19, 2017

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.