Category Archives: Short Track Super Series

Stewart Friesen (Modified) & Brian Hirthler (Sportsman) Top 2020 American Racer Cup Standings

INDIANA, PA – In an abbreviated – albeit intense – season, the 2020 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels champions have been crowned.

Stewart Friesen, representing N.Y.’s Fonda Speedway in the Modified division, and Brian Hirthler of the Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) Sportsman class have taken top honors in the Cup for this season as overall champions.

Despite a shortened year that for many tracks did not begin until mid-June, and for others did not get the green flag at all, administrators of the American Racer Cup opted to move forward with the program offering $21,375 in cash plus tire certificates to racers.

The ’20 American Racer Cup utilized each registered driver’s six-best finishes (in lieu of the usual 10) plus a sliding scale of bonus points tied to the home track’s average season-long car count.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., enjoyed a perfect year at Fonda Speedway, winning in every one of his eight starts to date at the Montgomery County facility. Friesen will take home $5,000 for his efforts on behalf of presenting sponsors American Racer, distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., Sunoco Race Fuels and distributor Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa.

Friesen, 37, had never previously won an American Racer Cup overall title in the program’s decade-long existence.

Friesen accrued a total of 460 points to narrowly edge Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., representing Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y.

Both Friesen and Sheppard notched 360 points with six wins. However the car count bonus – 100 for Fonda, 80 for Outlaw – tipped the scale in Friesen’s favor.

Sheppard (440 points) receives $2,500 cash for placing second. Sheppard had won the overall crown in each of the last three years.

Craig Von Dohren of Grandview Speedway, Mike Gular of Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., and Billy Van Pelt of Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway ended in a three-way tie for third with 430 points.

Van Pelt’s six Woodhull feature wins place him third ($2,000), while identical six-race efforts leave Von Dohren and Gular in a tie for fourth ($1,500 each).

Finishing sixth through 15th, respectively, were Alex Yankowski of Big Diamond (427 points – $1,000); Duane Howard of Grandview (423 – $875); Brett Kressley of Grandview (420 – $750); Jeff Strunk of Big Diamond (419 – $625); Craig Von Dohren at Big Diamond (418 – $500); Gular at Grandview (416 – $450); Cory Costa of Woodhull (415 – $400); Jordan Watson of Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., (415 – $350); Brett Tonkin from Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. (411 – $300); and Michael Maresca from Fonda (406 – $250).

A total of $18,000 will be distributed to Modified American Racer Cup competitors for simply competing at their home tracks.

Perkiomenville, Pa.’s Hirthler receives $750 for his American Racer Cup Sportsman crown. Like Friesen, he took the title for the first time in his career. Hirthler earned 433 points, three more than his closest rival Brad Brightbill from the Big Diamond Speedway Open Sportsman division (430 points). Brightbill will receive $500.

Adam White of Delaware International breaks free from a tie with Steve Kemery of Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park for third position by virtue of his four wins for third. White will receive $375, with Kemery pocketing $300. Jim Housworth, from the New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway Open Sportsman division, is fifth with 420 points and receives $250.

Rounding out the top-15 were Mike Schane of Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., (420 points – $225); Brandon Edgar from Big Diamond Speedway Open Sportsman (414 – $200); Gary Smith representing Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., (410 – $175); Brian Calabrese from Fonda Speedway (409 – $150); Dale Welty of Woodhull Raceway (403 – $125); Matt Brewer of Five Mile Point (402 – $100); Brad Arnold from Grandview (402 – $75); Jack Butler from Grandview (399 – $50); Tom Moore Jr. from Bridgeport (392 – $50); and Blaine Klinger from Five Mile Point (391 – $50).

A total of $3,375 will be distributed to American Racer Cup Sportsman competitors.

Every driver registering for a speedway that completed at least six events in ’20 will receive a tire certificate in the mail (Modified – free tire; Sportsman – $85 off the purchase of a tire). Drivers registered for speedways not holding six events this year will receive a credit on their entry fee for next year.

The point fund will be distributed via mail in mid-December.

To learn more about the American Racer Cup, visit the official website at www.theamericanracercup.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @racer_cup or on like Facebook: American Racer Cup.

Speed Showcase: Richest Dirt Modified Event of 2020 October 15-17 at Port Royal Speedway

PORT ROYAL, PA – The richest event for dirt Modifieds in 2020 is taking shape at Port Royal Speedway.

BD Motorsports Media LLC brings the ‘Speed Showcase 200’ to the ‘Speed Palace’ Thursday-Saturday October 15-17 highlighted by a massive $53,000-to-win, 200-lap spectacular for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds.

A minimum purse structure of $125,675 has been posted for the Saturday 200 alone, drawing attention from competitors across the region and piquing the interest of race-starved fans.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 15) with a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central Modified event offering $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start. Crate 602 Sportsman will also be welcomed to turn practice laps in advance of their first appearance at Port Royal.

On Friday (Oct. 16), anticipation will increase with Qualifying Night for the Saturday STSS Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman main events. Modifieds take part in “mini-feature” 20-lap Qualifying Races, with Crate 602 Sportsman racing in 15-lap events. Four Cylinders, following established Port Royal rules, complete the Friday card.

B-Mains (15 laps for Modifieds, 12 laps for Crate 602 Sportsman) set the stage for the main events Saturday (Oct. 17). Modifieds run 200 laps for a $53,000-plus top prize, with a very healthy $2,500 winner’s share reserved for the Crate 602 Sportsman in a 50-lap grind.

Campers may move in to the Juniata County Fairgrounds starting Wednesday (Oct. 14) at noon.

Reserved camping spots go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 8 by calling 302.945.3206. Dry camping sites are $50 for the weekend. Sites with electric hook-ups are VERY LIMITED and cost $125 for the weekend.

Thursday and Friday events will feature general admission seating only with walk-up ticket purchases.

On Saturday, Rows A-G are entirely reserved at $40 per seat. Advance tickets can be obtained by calling 717.527.2303 starting Sept.16.

A rain date for the weekend of Sunday (Oct. 18) has been established.

A complete Information Center has been posted on the Short Track Super Series website (www.shorttracksuperseries.com) under Event Info. A similar information source is on the Port Royal Speedway website, as well (www.portroyalspeedway.com).

Port Royal Speedway is located at 308 West 8th Street Port Royal, PA 17082. To learn more, visit www.portroyalspeedway.com or portspeedway@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.

FRIESEN BLASTS FROM 23RD TO WIN $8,260 TUESDAY NIGHT AT GEORGETOWN

Friesen Has $8,260 Beach Blast, Roars from 23rd to Win Georgetown Tuesday Night


Written by Chris Moore


GEORGETOWN, DE – 
What. A. Finish.


The Georgetown Speedway faithful were treated to a fantastic night of racing Tuesday. Despite rain threatening all throughout the evening, the seventh running of the Melon 1 ‘Blast at the Beach’ presented by Earth Movers LLC saw Sprakers, N.Y.’s, Stewart Friesen with a last-lap pass.


For Friesen, it was his eighth Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco victory of 2020. For the win, Friesen picked up an extra $2,000 courtesy of the Stockley Tavern “Delaware Double-Down,” after winning the ‘Diamond State 50’ at Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) two weeks prior.


Friesen took home $8,260: $6,000 from the posted purse, $2,000 from the Stockley Tavern, $200 as the Stockley Materials Hard Charger and an additional $60 through the Taylor & Messick ‘Lucky 7’ lap money.


A large crowd was in attendance and treated to a full, four division show, as 105 cars totaled with 36 STSS Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman filling the pit area.


The event served as Round No. 6 of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Sunglass Central and Design for Vision and the fifth Crate 602 Sportsman South event of the 2020 season.


The 35-lap STSS Modified main event saw Neshanic Station, N.J.’s, Matt Stangle and Bechtelsville, PA’s, Jeff Strunk lead the field to the drop of the green flag following the Beyea Custom Headers redraw. Stangle would lead the opening 13 laps of the event with Strunk following not far behind.


The two drivers making the biggest moves were Middletown, N.Y.’s, Anthony Perrego, who started eighth, had climbed his way to third and was chasing the top two. The other was Stewart Friesen, who started in 23rd position after qualifying through the consolation race. After a lap-13 yellow, Friesen had already climbed into the 10th position.


“This is the fastest place we race on for our style of cars, bar none,” Friesen said after his first start since March on the resurfaced half-mile track.


On the ensuing restart, Stangle chose the top side, and would regret it. Stangle struggled to get thru turns one and two, and fell back to fourth. Milford, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr., the defending winner of the ‘Blast at the Beach,’ made his presence known as he went from fourth to second, leaving Perrego to remain in third.

With yellows on laps 20 and 23, Friesen and Pauch Jr. made their moves. Friesen went from fifth to third on the lap 20 restart and Pauch Jr. took the lead on the lap 23 restart. One lap later, Friesen worked underneath Strunk and take the runner-up spot.


A lap-27 yellow set up an eight-lap dash for the record books. Pauch Jr. jumped out to the lead and pulled away by five car-lengths with four laps to go, and appeared to be on his way to his second ‘Blast at the Beach’ win.


Friesen would have none of it. In the remaining laps Friesen dropped to the middle groove and began to reel Billy Jr. in, before throwing a slide job for the lead at Pauch coming to the white flag.


“There was a little bit of ground I could use to launch up the hill and try to block him (Pauch) off as best I could. He crossed over and it was close, but we’ve got a great racecar,” Friesen said of his dramatic pass to win the race.


Pauch Jr. held on to the runner-up position in his Rick Holsten owned No. 96 with Anthony Perrego, in the Brian Smith-owned No. 44 rounding out the podium. Waterloo, N.Y.’s, Matt Sheppard rebounded from a lap-13 flat tire to grab fourth in his Hurlock Auto and Speed No. 9s and Jeff Strunk brought the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126, a brand-new Bicknell chassis, to a top-five finish.


Tyler Dippel finished sixth in his family-owned No. 1 car. Kings Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney grabbed the seventh spot and Larry Wight of Phoenix, N.Y., finished eighth after starting 25th. Ryan Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., finished in ninth driving for Eugene Mills in a second No. 30 and Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular rounded out the top-10.


The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman put on an outstanding race for their 25-lap, $1,500-to-win feature event. Dagsboro, Del.’s, Scott Hitchens came from 12th starting position to take the lead on lap 12. Hitchens would lead for good to grab his 21st career Georgetown win.


Montgomery, N.Y.’s Bobby Flood made the long tow down to grab the runner-up spot. Laurel, Del.’s Michael White took the third spot, with Newtown, Pa.’s, Joe Toth and Niskayuna, N.Y.’s, Tim Hartman Jr. rounded out the top-five.


Hitchens took over the STSS South Region point lead with his $1,675 conquest: the $1,500 winner’s share plus $70 from Evergreen Fuels Inc., $80 in lap money and $25 as the driver picking the worst available position – 12 – in the Beyea Custom Headers redraw.


Matt Smith won a thrilling 12-lap Delaware Super Truck feature, coming from 11th to top his two teammates, Dale Elliott and David Smith. A late race yellow allowed the three to duel to the checkered.


Robert Paczkowski won a dramatic Delmarva Charger feature. Joe Waters was leading coming to the checkered, before coming up lame, allowing ‘Pac-man’ to slip by and grab the win. Ashley Merritt and Joe Waters rounded out the top-three.


Next up for the Short Track Super Series, barring any regulation changes in New York State that would allow an event sooner, is the $53,000 ‘Speed Showcase 200’ at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway Thursday, October 15-Saturday, October 17 with a Sunday rain date. Keep posted for further information on this blockbuster weekend!


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.


MELON 1 ‘BLAST AT THE BEACH’ PRESENTED BY EARTH MOVERS LLC RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY TUESDAY, AUGUST 25


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 6 Modified Feature Finish (35 laps): 
STEWART FRIESEN, Billy Pauch Jr., Anthony Perrego, Matt Sheppard, Jeff Strunk, Tyler Dippel, Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Ryan Godown, Mike Gular, Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt, Ryan Krachun, Alex Yankowski, Jimmy Horton, Matt Stangle, David Van Horn Jr., Richie Pratt Jr., H.J. Bunting, Danny Bouc, Brandon Grosso, Joseph Watson, Ryan Riddle, Danny Hieber, Jordan Watson, Andy Bachetti, Brandon Hightower, Carson Wright.


Did Not Qualify: 
Scott Ambruster, Norman Short, Clay Tatman, Kevin Sockriter, Austin Hubbard, Matt Hawkins, Brett Ballard, Ricky Johnson.


Stockley Tavern ‘Delaware Double-Down’ Bonus ($2,000): 
Stewart Friesen


Taylor & Messick Lap Money Breakdown ($700 Total): 
Anthony Perrego ($100); Jeff Strunk ($100); Billy Pauch Jr. ($80); Tyler Dippel ($80); Matt Stangle ($80); Stewart Friesen ($60); Matt Sheppard ($40); Mike Mahaney ($40); Danny Bouc ($40); Ryan Godown ($20); Ryan Krachun ($20); Alex Yankowski ($20); Richie Pratt Jr. ($20)


Ad-Art Sign Company Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Each): 
Alex Yankowski, Billy Pauch Jr., Richie Pratt Jr. & Matt Stangle
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificate): Larry Wight (eighth) & Ryan Krachun (13th)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bucks ($50): Billy Pauch Jr. (Started 12th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards):
 Matt Sheppard (fourth) & Ryan Godown (ninth)
Bill Brown & Company Overall Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): 
Billy Pauch Jr. (fourth to first)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Shades (Oakley): Stewart Friesen
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Tyler Dippel(sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Rich Laubach (11th)
Holly Hill Farms Top Delaware Driver ($500): H.J. Bunting (19th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Halfway Leader Bonus ($200
): Jeff Strunk
Racing Optics Bonus (Tearoff Sleeve): Anthony Perrego(third)
Stockley Materials Hard Charger ($200): Stewart Friesen (23rd to first)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): 
Billy Pauch Jr. (second), Ryan Watt (12th) & Joseph Watson (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes Bonus ($75 Certificate): Mike Mahaney(seventh)


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman South Region Event No. 5 Feature Finish (25 laps): 
SCOTT HITCHENS, Bobby Flood, Michael White, Joe Toth, Tim Hartman Jr., James Hill, Anthony Tramontana, Adam White, Paul Mancini, Justin Grosso, Stephen Kemery, Tanner Van Doren, Thomas Sherby, Greg Humlhanz, Brad Trice, Brandon Watkins, Greg Reed, John Stevenson, Sean Metz, Ryan Simmons, Rick Wegner Jr., Samantha Muller, David Dickey, Matt Peck, Tom Moore Jr., Jim Housworth.


Did Not Qualify: 
Trent Willey, Justin Eason, Greg Nailor Jr., William Adams, Jimmy Dallett, David Jenkins, Jim Gallagher, George Richardson, Robert Messick, Brad Roberts.


Taylor & Messick Lap Money Breakdown ($500 Total): 
Scott Hitchens ($80); Bobby Flood ($80); Joe Toth ($80); Michael White ($60); Tim Hartman Jr. ($60); Sean Metz ($60); James Hill ($40); Paul Mancini ($40).


American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): 
Adam White (eighth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bucks ($25): 
Scott Hitchens (Started 12th)
Evergreen Fuels Inc. Low Temperature Bonus ($70 – 70 Degrees): Scott Hitchens (Winner)


Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps):
 MATTHEW SMITH, Dale Elliott, David Smith, Jerry Hill, J.R. Bergman, Kirk Miles Sr., Mark Townsend, Shane Clogg, Bill Dean, Cory Sapp, Michelle Jackson, Zach Phillips, Billy Lockwood, T.J. Hazlewood, Nate Benson, Dick Beauchamp, Thomas Jackson, Adam Smart, Trent Marine, Jesse West, Tim Quay.


Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps):
 ROBERT PACZKOWSKI, Ashley Merritt, Joe Waters, Chris Carroll, Chris Myers, Greg Nailor Jr., Randy Merritt, John Bailey, Paul Gary, Mike Harmon, Chris ‘Tippy’ Martinez.

Did Not Start: Jay Lowman