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Georgetown Speedway Gears Up For 2016 Season Opener Saturday, March 12

Historic Delaware Oval To Kick-Start Northeast Modified Season With Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Event Paying $4,900 To Win, $490 To Start!

GEORGETOWN, DE – With 2016 ringing in, Georgetown Speedway is preparing to present the Northeast’s first major dirt-track Modified event of the New Year.

On Saturday, March 12, the historic half-mile will host the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial event, paying homage to the Delaware business icon who launched construction of the speedway in 1949. The program is headlined by a 49-lap feature for the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.  A Sunday rain date of March 13 will be in effect.

Georgetown will open the STSS South Region championship battle of ’16 and will also conclude the series in late-summer with the traditional ‘Blast at the Beach’ special on Aug. 30.

In March, STSS Modifieds will race 49 laps for $4,900-plus to win and $490 just to take the green flag in honor of Joseph’s No. 49. Lap money, bonuses and other contingency awards will make the day’s event more lucrative for participants. A number of fan promotions are in the works as well.

“As we open a new chapter in Georgetown’s long history, we look back at the man responsible for constructing the speedway,” Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo said. “Few people have contributed as much to racing in Delaware as Melvin Joseph and we are pleased his family gave us the approval to celebrate his accomplishments.”

Preceding the Saturday, March 12 program at Georgetown is an open practice set for Friday night, March 11. Competitors are urged to test and tune on Friday night in preparation for Saturday’s opener.

Lap sponsorships ($20 per lap), bonus award and other marketing opportunities for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial are available now. Contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 or e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com to learn more about involvement in the event.

The most recent STSS event at Georgetown took place on Sept. 1, 2015 with local standout Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., besting an all-star ‘Blast at the Beach’ field that included drivers from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Crate 602 Sportsman will be featured in the afternoon’s program with qualifying and a 20-lap feature paying $1,000 to win, in addition to the Little Lincoln, Delmarva Chargers and Southern Delaware Vintage Racing Club with feature-only events.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will mark the first event under the new BD Motorsports Media LLC management team at Georgetown. Previously, Deyo and driver/racing businessman Eric Kormann leased the speedway for the pair of ‘Blast at the Beach’ events run during the last two summers. A limited schedule of exciting, special events is set for the ’16 campaign at Georgetown.

A number of ongoing clean-up and restoration projects at the speedway should provide a more fan- and racer-friendly experience.

The STSS South Region boasts an exciting seven-race schedule for ’16 with the aforementioned two stops at Georgetown (March 12 and Aug. 30), and events at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway April 17, Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. (May 10), New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway (June 14) and Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown, Pa. (July 31).

For further information on the Short Track Super Series, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, call 845.728.2781, like Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1950, 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 new website for the speedway is at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Visit Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 during business hours for more information.


$59,700 Distributed At First Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Awards Banquet

Stewart Friesen (North Region), Ryan Watt (South Region) & Brian Carber (XCel 600 Modified) Lead Honorees On Festive Night

BREINIGSVILLE, PA – The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP officially concluded its 2015 season on Saturday night in festive fashion.

For the first time, the STSS hosted an Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Conference Center of Breinigsville, Pa. A point fund of $59,700 cash was distributed to competitors, in addition to product and other certificates, before more than 150 attendees.

Stewart Friesen, who earned the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region title and Ryan Watt, the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region champion, led the list of honorees. Brian Carber was also in the limelight as the XCel 600 Modified mini-series champion.

Following a delicious buffet-style dinner and opening comments by series director Brett Deyo, the STSS announcing team of Jeff Ahlum and Leon Andrus took the podium to commence the awards ceremony. A multimedia presentation accompanied the point presentation.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., dominated the eight-race STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region en route to the $15,000 title. Driving the Jeff Daley-owned No. 44, Friesen started the season with a win at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ and scored three straight victories during the summer stretch with the ‘Crazy 8s Special’ at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 51’ at N.Y.’s Woodhull Raceway and the Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

Four wins, plus a pair of runner-up finishes (at Pa.’s Big Diamond and Thunder Mountain’s June event) and a sixth in the I-88 Short Track SuperNationals finale allowed Friesen to accrue 790 points.

“The Short Track Super Series offers a great product,” noted Friesen upon collecting his championship hardware and embroidered American Racer jackets for both he and car owner Jeff Daley. “We really enjoyed getting out to some different places racing on the series this year; Woodhull comes to mind as a really cool event we were able to win.

“We started out with a win at Orange County and kept rolling from there. Jeff Daley gave us great equipment and Eric Mack my crew chief had us dialed in.”

Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., earned second-place laurels, having four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes with the Chris Gennarelli No. 27J. Johnson totaled 656 points and also won the “post-season” ‘Gobbler’ event at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway. He received $7,000.

2014 champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., placed third in the standings with six top-10 finishes in eight events including a second in the July ‘Crazy 8s Special’ at I-88 (633 points – $3,500). Completing the top-five were Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., earning 584 points and $2,500 with four top-10 finishes in the Mel Schrufer No. 2A and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., with the New York Truck Parts No. 55, totaling 582 points with five top-10 finishes ($2,000).

Drivers finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were I-88 Short Track SuperNationals winner Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y. (574 points – $1,650); three-time top-10 finisher Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., with 548 points ($1,550); Accord ‘Battle of the Bullring’ victor Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y. (484 points – $1,450); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., with a best finish of second at Accord (480 points – $1,350); Woodhull king Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa. (460 points – $1,250); Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa. (405 points – $750); and sophomore Modified driver Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y. (346 points – $650).

Eight drivers entered the STSS Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region finale at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway with a chance to win the champions. One driver, Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt, emerged with the crown. Watt demonstrated both consistency and perseverance in his run to the title, including fourth-place finishes at Bridgeport (N.J.), New Egypt (N.J.) and Georgetown (Del.).

Watt and his Ron Roberts-fielded team battled through mid-race skirmishes to finish seventh at Big Diamond and 11th at Delaware International to earn 437 points and the $7,500 title.

Watt received a trophy and American Racer jackets for car owner Roberts and wife Lesley.

“When this series came out last winter, we made it a priority for our team,” Watt said. “We’ve run well at all the tracks on the series. Bridgeport is our home track and we’ve won at New Egypt and Big Diamond. I haven’t been able to win yet in Delaware, but we run well when we race down there at Georgetown and Delaware International.

“The high-paying series races made it more attractive for us to go out and race. Ron Roberts gave us what we needed, big-block, small-block, we had it.”

New York’s Anthony Perrego finished runner-up to Watt with four top-10 finishes in the five events, earning 416 points and $3,000. David Van Horn Jr., the ‘Diamond State 50’ winner at Delaware International and second-place finisher in the Bridgeport ‘South Jersey Shootout’ placed third. The Harmony, N.J., native accrued 402 points and received $2,250.

Two-time series winner at Bridgeport and Big Diamond – Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. – finished fourth in the standings with 400 points ($1,500) and Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J., was fifth with three top-10 finishes in the John Pakenham No. 18, accruing 347 points ($1,200).

Completing the top-10 were Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., driving the Dick Biever No. 14s with two third-place finishes and 338 points ($1,000); Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. (336 points – $900); Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. (292 points – $850); Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. (284 points – $800); and Georgetown ‘Blast at the Beach’ winner Jordan Watson of Milford, Del. (281 points -$750).

Drivers recognized for having perfect attendance outside the top-10 were Brian Kressley of Orefield, Pa., Matt Jester of Milford, Del., Shawn Ward of Hurlock, Md., and Neal Williams of Glassboro, N.J. Each perfect attendance driver was eligible for $250.

Brian Carber of Pipersville, Pa., was recognized as the STSS XCel 600 Modified champion, winning events at Bridgeport (quarter-mile), I-88 (a sweep of July and October events) and Thunder Mountain. Carber, a Sprint Car driver moonlighting in Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modified ranks, received $500 for his title in the series run in conjunction with STSS Modified events.

STSS coordinator Brett Deyo presented a number of special awards.

Two Sportsmanship Awards were handed out. The South Region recipient was driver and business owner Brian Kressley, whose Kressley’s Auto Sales business in Claussville, Pa., provides the STSS pace truck. Kressley, while in the top-10 in points, gave up the seat of his car to Rick Laubach in the Georgetown South finale so Laubach could chase a championship.

In the North Region, all-around “good guy” Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., was recognized with a Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the series and his family’s willingness to help and promote the STSS.

Entering the Georgetown STSS South Region final event, David Van Horn Jr. held the point lead. Van Horn was in position to win the title when a parts failure sent him to the pits late in the race. As such, Van Horn was selected as the Hard Luck Award recipient.

Andy Bachetti was bestowed the STSS Best Appearing Car Award for his immaculate black and fluorescent No. 34 mounts.

The 2015 Contribution to the Series Award went to Jeff Behrent of Behrent’s Performance Warehouse. Behrent has been pivotal in landing many of the contingency and product sponsors competitors enjoy while racing with the STSS. He is also the owner of the Tommy Meier-driven No. 3 on the series.

Gary Mann received the Car Owner of the Year Award. Mann’s team supported every North and South event this season, running all 12 points-paying events at the two ‘Gobbler’ events at Accord Speedway with driver Anthony Perrego, traveling a total of 3,369 miles from their race shop in Wurtsboro, N.Y.

Dirt Track Digest $250 cash awards to drivers leading the most laps in each region were presented by Mike Mallett to Stewart Friesen (North) and Rick Laubach (South).

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series and the approaching 2016 season, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook of follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

BANQUET BITS: Series director Brett Deyo outlined plans for the upcoming 2016 season which will again feature North and South regions. A South Region date has been added to the original tentative schedule: Sunday, July 31 at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., a return of big-block Modifieds for the first time since 2006 at the facility recently purchased by Scott Gobrecht….

A review of the 2015 STSS season by the numbers was truly impressive. During the recently completed season, 667 feature-event laps were run. Each lap was sponsored for a minimum of $20 per lap. A total of $20,167 was distributed in lap money alone to series racers. Additional bonus money (heat money, Hard Charger Awards, etc.) added up to $14,557. Base purses paid totaled $360,137 and the point fund distributed was $59,700. All told, racers received $394,841 from the STSS in ’15….

A drawing of North Region top point-getters for a Henry Stainless Steel Exhaust System went to Mike Mahaney. Meanwhile, Anthony Perrego’s name was drawn for a wrap, worth $850, by Pilat Graphic Design. Billy Pauch Jr. was the recipient of an outer body kit from S&D Bodyline of Bath, Pa., a drawing of drivers with perfect attendance in the North and South regions, respectively….

Contingency and product awards were plentiful, in addition to a slew of door prize gifts….

2016 STSS openers are set for Orange County Fair Speedway on April 2 (North) and Georgetown Speedway March 12 (South)….

DJ Jammin’ Jimmy Payne provided music for dancing following the awards portion of the evening….
Short Track Super Series Awards/Contingency Summary

Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region
Hig Fab Chassis $500 Credit: Danny Creeden (Highest Rep)
Teo-Pro Car $500 Credit: Stewart Friesen (Highest Rep)
Bicknell Racing Products $500 Credit: Danny Johnson (Highest Rep)
Dirt Track Digest $250 Lap Leader Bonus: Stewart Friesen
Kirkey Racing Fabrication $300 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Kirkey Racing Fabrication $150 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Kirkey Racing Fabrication $100 Product Certificate: Andy Bachetti (Third)
FOX Racing Shocks Two FREE Shocks: Stewart Friesen (Highest Rep)
Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust System: Mike Mahaney (Draw)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $250 Credit: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $150 Credit: Danny Johnson (Second)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $100 Credit: Andy Bachetti (Third)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Jeff Heotzler (Draw)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Jackie Brown Jr. (Draw)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Jeff Heotzler (Fourth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Tommy Meier (Ninth)
COMP Cams $150 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Quarter Master $150 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Crane Ignition $150 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Driven Racing Oil Any XP Oil, Two Cases: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
COMP Cams $100 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Quarter Master $100 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Crane Ignition $100 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Driven Racing Oil Carb Defender Race Concentrate, One Case: Danny Johnson (Second)
COMP Cams $50 Product Certificate: Billy Van Pelt (10th)
Vahlco Wheels FREE Beadlock Wheel: Anthony Perrego (Fifth)
Pilat Graphic Design FREE Wrap ($850 Value): Anthony Perrego (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Five-Gallon Jug: Danny Creeden (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Five Gallon Jug: Billy Van Pelt (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Case, Small Engine Fuel: Jeff Strunk (Draw)

Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region
S&D Bodyline Complete Outer Body Kit: Billy Pauch Jr. (Draw)
Hig Fab Chassis $500 Credit: Jeff Strunk (Highest Rep)
Teo-Pro Car $500 Credit: Anthony Perrego (Highest Rep)
Bicknell Racing Products $500 Credit: Billy Pauch Jr. (Highest Rep)
Dirt Track Digest $250 Lap Leader Bonus: Rick Laubach
FOX Racing Shocks Two FREE Shocks: Anthony Perrego (Highest Rep)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $250 Credit: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $150 Credit: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $100 Credit: Billy Pauch Jr. (Third)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Jordan Watson (Draw)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Anthony Perrego (Draw)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Rick Laubach (Fourth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Brad Trice (Ninth)
COMP Cams $150 Product Certificate: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Quarter Master $150 Product Certificate: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Crane Ignition $150 Product Certificate: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Driven Racing Oil Any XP Oil, Two Cases: Ryan Watt (Champion)
COMP Cams $100 Product Certificate: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Quarter Master $100 Product Certificate: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Crane Ignition $100 Product Certificate: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Driven Racing Oil Carb Defender Concentrate, One Case: Anthony Perrego (Second)
COMP Cams $50 Product Certificate: Jordan Watson (10th)
Vahlco Wheels FREE Beadlock Wheel: Billy Pauch Jr. (Fifth)
Allstar Performance $150 Certificate: David Van Horn Jr. (Third)
Allstar Performance $150 Certificate: Andy Bachetti (Eighth)
Shiley Fabrications Bumpers, Rubrails, Mounts, Etc.: Anthony Perrego (Perfect Attendance, North & South)
VP Racing Fuels Five-Gallon Jug: Brad Trice (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Five-Gallon Jug: David Van Horn Jr. (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Case, Small Engine Fuel: Craig Von Dohren (Draw)

Accord Speedway ‘Gobbler’ Will Have To Wait Seven More Days

Worsening Forecast, Mother Nature Force Postponement To Saturday, December 5 Setting Up Rare New York State December Event

ACCORD, NY – A rapidly evolving weather pattern – for the worse – forced the postponement of Saturday’s anticipated ‘Gobbler’ event at Accord Speedway.

Dry morning conditions and a promising forecast deteriorated quickly on Saturday. As race teams and fans filed into the Ulster County quarter-mile oval, a light mist became a steady rain, temperatures dropped and percentages for precipitation in the afternoon began to climb.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Accord Speedway owners Gary and Donna Palmer and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC announced the event’s postponement to this Saturday, December 5.

A local government ordinance does not allow for racing at Accord on Sundays, prompting the rescheduling by seven days for a rare December Northeast dirt Modified event.

“It was such a disappointment for all of us that the weather deteriorated so quickly,” Deyo said. “There was so much hype for the event. We had racers from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire and more committed to be part of this show, but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate.

“Gary (Palmer) had the track perfect; he put long hours in to get it right. Now, we all have to wait one more week.”

The ‘Gobbler’ format will go unchanged. Headlining the program is a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified feature paying $5,500 to win plus lap money and bonuses. Sportsman, Open vs. Crate 602, battle 25 laps for $1,500 to win and Crate 602 bonuses of $150, $125 and $125. Street Stocks have a lucrative $1,000 winner’s share and Slingshots will race a 20-lap event with $400 going to the winner.

General rules and information for all divisions can be found on the BD Motorsports Media website at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-general-information-rules-pricing-times/

Times will be unaltered for December 5. Pit gates will open at 10 a.m., with grandstand gates unlocked at 11 a.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 12:30 p.m., with hot laps at 1 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $20 and Kids 11 and under pay $5. Limited indoor seating is available for $35 by calling 845.626.1142 in advance of the event. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Registration is open for the Modified, Sportsman and Slingshot divisions. Entry forms have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website. There is no pre-entry fee for the Street Stock division.

The inaugural ‘Gobbler’ was contested on Nov. 30, 2013 with Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., securing the Modified triumph over Stewart Friesen. Other winners included Rocky Warner (Sportsman) and Charlie Houghtaling (Street Stock).

The ’14 version was postponed by weather to April 14, 2015. Jackie Brown Jr., a local Hurley, N.Y., competitor, was the Modified winner. Other victors included Greg McCloskey (Sportsman), Kevin Skelly (Street Stock) and Demetrios Drellos (Slingshot).

Accord previously ran Thanksgiving weekend race very early in the Palmer promotional regime, back in 2002 with Robbie Green of Wallkill, N.Y., the Modified winner.

For updated information, visit the BD Motorsports Media LLC website at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or visit the Short Track Super Series page on Facebook. Brett Deyo can be contacted by phone at 845.728.2781.

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com.