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Short Track Super Series to Crown North Region Champion Sept. 26 at Penn Can Speedway

SUSQUEHANNA, PA – There will be a Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco North Region Modified champion crowned, after all.

On Saturday, September 26 at Penn Can Speedway, the ’20 Halmar International North Region point title will be decided in the 55-lap, $5,555-to-win ‘King of the Can’ at the Susquehanna County track.

The original ’20 North Region schedule called for 10 events. However, COVID-19 restrictions put in place by New York State made completing North Region events virtually impossible. The combined North-South program at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on June 16 and the July 5 ‘Firecracker 50’ at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway were run.

Via an agreement with the STSS and the Folk family – promoters of Penn Can Speedway – the Sept. 26 ‘King of the Can’ event will now be sanctioned by the series and serve as a championship event.

STSS management has pledged the following North Region point fund for the abbreviated three-race North Region: 1 – $4,000; 2 – $2,300; 3 – $1,325; 4 – $1,000; 5 – $825; 6 – $660; 7 – $580; 8 – $545; 9 – $510; 10 – $480; 11 – $330; 12 – $330. The total distributed will be $12,885.

After two events, Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., finds himself atop the North Region standings with 158 points. He leads Larry Wight (155), Billy Pauch Jr. (150), Tyler Dippel (145), Stewart Friesen (140), Jimmy Horton (135), Andy Bachetti (128), Matt Sheppard (116), Craig Hanson (114), Mike Mahaney (108), Danny Creeden (104) and Allison Ricci (95).

Complete point standings can be found at the following link: https://stss.racestatcentral.com/?IDseries=1&IDseason=2020

Championship points, based upon the 150-point schedule, will be utilized for this event. The breakdown follows: 1 – 150; 2 – 145; 3 – 140; 4 – 135; 5 – 130; 6 – 125; 7 – 120; 8 – 116; 9 – 112; 10 – 108; 11- 104; 12 – 100; 13 – 96; 14 – 92; 15 – 88; 16 – 84; 17 – 80; 18 – 77; 19 – 74; 20 – 71; 21 – 68; 22 – 65; 23 – 62; 24-Last – 60. Did Not Qualify/Did Not Start – 35.

Fifty-five laps around Penn Can Speedway will determine the series’ North Region title winner in a lucrative event paying $5,500 to win plus lap money. A very robust purse has been posted throughout the field: 1 – $5,555; 2 – $3,000; 3 – $2,500; 4 – $2,000; 5 – $1,500; 6 – $1,400; 7 – $1,300; 8 – $1,200; 9 – $1,100; 10 – $1,000; 11 – $900; 12 – $800; 13 – $700; 14 – $600; 15 – $500; 16-Last – $400. Provisional Starters (-$200).

Race information for the ‘King of the Can’ has been uploaded to the STSS website: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/KingoftheCanGeneralInfoSheet.pdf

Penn Can Speedway was part of the inaugural Short Track Super Series season in 2014. On Sept. 9, 2014 Danny Johnson was the victor over Kevin Hartnett, Ryan Watt, Anthony Perrego and Jeff Strunk.

BD Motorsports Media LLC owner Brett Deyo promoted ‘Clash at the Can,’ ‘Hot Summer Night’ and ‘King of the Can’ events at Penn Can in 2010-2014 under the Reed Miller and Al Wilcox regime at the track. 

Penn Can Speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, PA. To learn more, visit www.penncanspeedway.net or e-mail penncanspeedway@gmail.com.

To learn more about the 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, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Matt Galko Looking for First Open Modified Victory in Stafford’s Twisted Tea Open 80

(Stafford Springs, CT)—With open modified cars taking center stage this Friday at Stafford Speedway for the Twisted Tea Open 80, many would look at drivers like Keith Rocco, Ronnie Williams, Tommy Barrett, Jr., or Eric Goodale as the favorites to win.  While all 4 drivers have multiple tour style modified wins at Stafford, one driver who might be flying under the radar as a potential open modified winner is Meriden, CT native Matt Galko.  Galko, the driver of the #3 AAA Consulting, LLC. Chevrolet, is a former 2-time SK Light champion at Stafford and he has also tasted the fruits of victory in the SK Modified® division.  Galko is still searching for his first tour type modified victory but in 7 open modified starts from 2018-2020, Galko has posted 5 top-5 finishes with a worst finish of 8th.

“Everything has been great and we can’t ask for much more,” said Galko.  “The car has been really good and we’ve had good pit strategy, we just can’t seem to seal the deal at the end of the races.  We put ourselves into a good position for the end of the race and then one thing or another happens and we don’t have the luck to close out races.  I really have to thank Tim Rowe with AAA Consulting, LLC.  We’ve had to cut down on our budget and he’s really stepped up for us and my Uncle Roger has bought us some tires so thanks to all my sponsors and all my crew guys for dedicating their time.  Hopefully I can get them the win that they all deserve this Friday night.  I’m confident, the whole crew is confident, and we’re all due for a win.  They’re getting disappointed of doing all the work getting into post race tech inspection and not having a win.”

In each of his 7 open modified starts at Stafford, Galko and the #3 team have put themselves into a good position for the end of the races, but they have struggled to close out their good runs with a victory.  The team starts races off with a good car but the handling seems to go away from them during the second stint of their races.

“In the first Stafford race this year, I think we had a bad tire from our pit stop and that kind of messed the car up at the end of the race, the second race we had fresh tires at the end and we took the lead, but the car tightened up and we couldn’t hold Keith [Rocco] off, and in the last race we put ourselves in a hole at the start by not qualifying through the heat and we were able to get back up to fifth but we just didn’t have enough to get by the guys ahead of us,” said Galko.  “Right now we need to focus on our adjustments on the pit stops and making the car better for the second half of races.  We seem to hit the nail on the head for where we want the car to be for the start of races but once we put tires on it throws the balance off and we have to learn how to compensate for that.”

Galko began his modified career in Stafford’s SK Light division and won back to back championships in 2010 and 2011 before moving to the SK Modified® division.  Galko raced in the SK Modified® division from 2012-2018 and he scored his only 2 SK Modified® wins during the 2017 season.  Galko gave up full-time racing in the SK Modified® division so he could create his own tour type modified team and while his results have been stellar for a still relatively new team, he wants to add a tour type modified victory to his resume.

“Last year out of the 4 or 5 open shows we ran all together, I think the worst finish we had was fourth,” said Galko.  “We hit the ground running starting our own Tour type team and it’s a combination of having Stash Butova as the crew chief giving me a good car right out of the trailer and having really good horsepower from Mike Pettit.  Having a good motor is a big piece of the puzzle when you race at bigger tracks like Stafford and the longer races are not an all out brawl like the SK Modified® races are, you have to learn when to use your stuff and when to not use your stuff up.  We’ve been knocking on the door with 4 or 5 third place finishes so a second place finish would be great but we’re really looking for a win.”

One factor that Galko is hoping to play into his favor is the weather for the Twisted Tea Open 80.  The first three open modified races at Stafford in 2020 have all been run in the heat of Summer while the Twisted Tea Open 80 will have more of a Fall feeling as temperatures are expected to be in the 60s.

“We’re hoping that the cooler weather might play into our favor,” said Galko.  “We’ve struggled to get the car balanced like we had it last season so we’re hoping the cooler weather will allow us to go back to some of our notes from last year.  As a driver you love the cooler weather because the tires have more grip and the engines make more power.  I think we have a good plan to compensate for the cooler weather and I’m hoping it will be the right plan.  I think we’re one of the top cars that will be contending for the win.  There’s going to be a lot of good cars at this race but I like to consider ourselves as part of that top tier of cars.  I’m as confident as I can be without getting ahead of myself.”

This Friday night’s Twisted Tea Open 80 will pair the open modified cars with Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks.  Tickets are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Paddock passes are $50 and all tickets for this event are available for purchase now at www.staffordspeedway.com.  The first 3 open modified races at Stafford have sold out this season and this race is expected to sell out as well.  If there are any remaining tickets available, they will be sold the day of the event with the price increasing $5 at the gates.

Any fans who can’t make the race in person can watch a live stream of the entire evening starting at 6pm with qualifying heats all the way through the final feature event of the night on www.staffordspeedway.tv for only $30.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Full Field of Supermodifieds to Converge at Star Speedway for 55th Running of Bob Webber Sr. Memorial Classic

EPPING, NH (September 15, 2020) – Classic Week is HERE! This Saturday, September 19, the International Supermodified Association will close out its brief 2020 slate with the 55th running of the $4,000 to win Bob Webber Sr. Memorial Classic 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH. 

With Supermodified racing at an all-time premium due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a unique mix of teams who are eager for more track time, providing race fans with what is sure to be the largest Classic field we have seen since 2016.  

The full field of over 25 big block Supermodifieds expected will boast four former champions of the event; including the defending racer winner Jeff Abold, 7-time Star Classic champion Russ Wood, 5-time champion Chris Perley, and 2013 and 2018 champion Jon McKennedy.

As Abold looks to defend his title and extend the unbelievable streak of nine straight years with a top five finish in the Classic, he will be challenged by a very strong number of fellow Oswego Speedway regulars such as 9-time track champion Otto Sitterly, the only female Supermodified winner in history; Alison Sload, in her return to winged racing, defending International Classic champion Tyler Thompson, Oswego track record holder Brandon Bellinger, two more feature winners in 2-time ‘Mr. Supermodified’ Dave Danzer and 2016 Grand Prix champion Aric Iosue, plus veteran talent Dan Connors Jr, who will be on hand with his beautiful Hawk Chassis. 

Joining these four Star Classic champions and eight Oswego Speedway regulars will be a healthy lineup from New England. 

Although an Ordway has not won the Star Classic since 1998; this year’s Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler champion Mike Ordway Jr, who lead several laps before nose wing trouble a year ago, would love to change that this weekend.

To do so, Ordway will have to best three of New England’s all-time greats in Wood, Perley, and McKennedy, all of the Oswego invaders, plus former World Series champion Ben Seitz, 9-time ISMA winner the ‘Jersey Jet’ Joey Payne, longtime ISMA regular and winner Dan Bowes, Star Classic veterans Jamie Timmons, Mike Netishen and Dave Duggan, plus up and coming talents Ryan Locke and Bobby Chartier, along with rookies Bobby Timmons III, Eric Emhoff and Kenny White Jr. Making the long trip out from Ohio to pilot the Massachusetts based Lane Racing No. 97 is 11-time ISMA winner Timmy Jedrzejek.

Additionally, four Midwest teams, including 2018 ISMA champion Kyle Edwards; who will drive the brand new Bodnar car, 2018 Midwest Super Series champion Mike McVetta, first-time MSS winner and also the most recent Supermodified victor this year at the Lorain County Speedway; Rich Reid, and finally AJ Lesiecki, who will pilot the brand new, homebuilt Lesiecki Racing 88 in its first trip to New England. 

Several bonuses have been posted for teams including a $250 check to any competitor who breaks the Star Speedway track record, a $200 ISMA Fast Time Trialer Bonus sponsored by Radical Race Gear, the lucrative $1,000 halfway bonus sponsored by Shea Concrete, a $200 ‘Hard Charger’ bonus from Baker Steel Detailing, and lastly the $100 Last Car Running Award sponsored by the 4th Turn Crazies. 

Lap sponsors have been filled for all 125 trips around Star Speedway totalling over $5,000 in added payout which will see $20 go to the leader, $10 to 2nd and $10 to a random car drawn every lap. While the board is full, laps can be doubled. Please email or call / text Debbie Lane at (978)-807-6243 or debbielane316@gmail.com

Pre-sale tickets for the Star Speedway Classic are now SOLD OUT, but if you do not yet have your ticket, 250 more will go on sale at the race track Saturday on a first come, first serve basis. Pricing is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and kids 11 to 16, and $5 for kids 10 and under. Pit passes will be sold on raceday as well. 

Pits will open at 11:45am, ISMA cars will be asked to fire engines at 12:00pm, practice sessions will be held from 1:10 to 1:30, 2:20 to 2:45, and 3:50 to 4:05pm, with time trials at 4:45pm. The racing program will start at 5:05pm, and includes action for 350 Supermodifieds, and the NEMA and NEMA Lites, with the Star Classic 125 serving as the nightcap. 

For the latest updates and information on this weekend’s events, fans should visit the ISMA site at www.ISMASupers.com, LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ISMASupers, and FOLLOW on Twitter and Instagram @ISMASupers. 

About the International Supermodified Association: ISMA was founded in 1974 by multi-time Oswego Speedway champions Jim Shampine and Nolan Swift to ensure the future and longevity of Supermodified racing. Powered by their earth shaking 900 horsepower engines, the winged Supermodified is one of the fastest short track race cars in the world capable of reaching speeds up to 160mph. Through 45 seasons of operation, ISMA continues to be one of the most popular, well recognized touring series in short track racing.

TENTATIVE Roster – 55th Annual Bob Webber Sr. Memorial Star Classic 125 – Saturday, September 19, 2020: 

01 – Dan Connors Jr.

02 – Brandon Bellinger 

05 – Jeff Abold 

1E – Kyle Edwards 

2 – Eric Emhoff

7 – Otto Sitterly 

9 – Russ Wood

11 – Chris Perley 

14 – Joey Payne

22 – Mike McVetta 

25 – Dan Bowes 

27 – Jamie Timmons 

29 – Bobby Chartier 

31 – Bobby Timmons III

32 – Ben Seitz 

37 – Ryan Locke 

39 – Alison Sload

51 – Dave Duggan

52 – Dave Danzer 

55 – Rich Reid 

55 – Mike Netishen 

61 – Mike Ordway Jr. 

75 – Aric Iosue

77X – Kenny White Jr. 

79 – Jon McKennedy 

88 – AJ Lesiecki 

97 – Timmy Jedrzejek

98T – Tyler Thompson