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NEW EGYPT, NJ – With rain in the area throughout the morning and predicted severe weather in the evening hours, Thursday night’s ‘Dirty Jersey 6’ at New Egypt Speedway has been postponed to Tuesday, August 20.

Rain formed over the Central Jersey facility during the morning hours and forecasters called for another wave in the late afternoon and evening, forcing the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco to shift the date to the 20th of August.

The program in its entirety will go to August with the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central big-block/small-block Modifieds offering $6,000 to win for 40 laps, Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Cars ($2,000 to win) and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.

All times and prices will remain the same.

Next up for the STSS is the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., on Sunday, May 26 with STSS Halmar International North Region Modifieds (Event No. 2), STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Event No. 1 and the Chad Sindoni Memorial for Street Stocks.

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Written by Chris Moore

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Matt Sheppard has a long resume of victories in his dirt Modified career.

Orange County Fair Speedway, however, had eluded him.

Until Sunday, that is. ‘Super Matt’ collected his first-ever victory at the Legendary House of Power in the Escape RV Inc. ‘Hard Clay Open’ to launch Race No. 1 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region.

Sheppard collected $11,919 from the posted $47,219 payout plus $100 from Rob Sherlock Roofing for winning his heat race, $150 as a Precision Hydraulic & Oil Halfway Cash Dash winner and $200 from Superior Remodeling as the Halfway Leader for a total of $12,369 for 50 laps!

The win for Sheppard came from 12th starting position aboard the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s.

“There were no excuses tonight,” a smiling Sheppard said after climbing to the roof of his Bicknell race car. “We started 12th and had to drive our way to the front.”

A field of 60 STSS Modifieds rolled through the gates in hopes of kicking off the 100th anniversary of OCFS in Victory Lane. The car count was the highest in the six-year history of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ springtime event. A large crowd took in the action from both sides of the five-eighths-mile oval.

Invader Danny Varin and defending OCFS champion Anthony Perrego led the field to the drop of the green flag for the 50-lap affair. Varin grabbed the initial lead in the Magsarus No. 93, with Perrego wasting little time in his drive to the front. He rolled the outside lane to the lead on lap three.

Following a yellow on lap seven, two cars stood out from the rest. Matt Sheppard had made his way from his 12th starting spot to sixth in the first seven laps. Not too far behind was Stewart Friesen who was up to 11th from his 20th starting position.

When the race resumed, Sheppard and Friesen continued their assault on the field. After Varin took the lead back from Perrego on the restart, a three-car battle ensued after Sheppard climbed into the third spot. After three laps of intense, door-to-door racing, Sheppard emerged from the fray with the lead on lap 16 and went to work on lapped traffic.

Friesen’s Halmar International No. 44 had clawed his way into the top-five and caught the battle up front. He along with, Perrego, Varin, Brett Hearn, and Mat Williamson fought for the runner-up spot until a yellow came out on lap 31.

Sheppard motored away on the restart, leaving the chasers battling each other. Williamson began to show signs of an ill-handling racecar, sliding back to fifth before cutting the right-rear tire on the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3 prior to the final yellow on lap 48.

Friesen’s climb from the 10th row ended with a runner-up finish as Savannah, N.Y.’s Sheppard broke his long winless drought at Orange County.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., earned $5,000 as the race’s runner-up plus $400 from Rock Fantasy Concert Shop in Middletown, N.Y., as the race’s Hard Charger for his 18-position ascent.

Middletown, N.Y.’s Perrego placed third in the Superior Remodeling No. 44 ($4,000), followed by Sussex, N.J.’s Brett Hearn, who survived a 360-degree spin in turn one to place fourth ($2,600 including heat win money) and Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular, who drove forward from 16th to finish fifth in the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A ($1,800).

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., in the Olum’s No. 33 ($1,600); Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., who started 13th aboard the Zubi’s Racing No 17z ($1,400); Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., driving the Petruska family No. 66 ($1,300) up from 21st on the grid; three-time STSS North Region champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. ($1,300); and 15th-starter Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., the defending North Region champion, driving Jeremy Smith’s No. 91 ($1,150).

Rob Sherlock Roofing $100 heat winners were Varin, Mahaney, Bachetti, Hearn, Craig Hanson and Sheppard. Billy Pauch Jr., Friesen and Johnson topped the consolations. Jerry Higbie took the 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

A split 6-lap Precision Hydraulic & Oil Cash Dash rewarded winners of two 3-lap segments. Varin and Sheppard each collected $150.

Grant Hilfiger rim-rode to victory in the accompanying 20-lap Crate 602 Sportsman feature. Hilfiger, of Canadensis, Pa., powered past longtime OCFS competitor Jimmy Johnson in the final laps to take home a $1,000 top prize.

“I’ve always been intimidated by this place,” Hilfiger said. “But I took a different approach tonight.”

Hilfiger completed his pass of Johnson with three laps to go. Johnson settled for second, followed by Leiby, Pat Reiser and Sammy Martz Jr.

The Crate 602 Sportsman event was a non-points program run under OCFS weekly rules.

HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: Despite a huge turnout of 106 total race cars, series and track officials completed pre-race and safety inspections quickly and the event rolled off on time….

The outstanding night for Danny Varin ended two laps from the finish when he was clipped and spun in turn four. The Fonda, N.Y., driver went off on the business end of the wrecker….

Andy Bachetti caught the inside wall in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Cash Dash, requiring his race team to scramble to make repairs in time for the main event….

Stewart Friesen was a consolation qualifier after spinning while challenging for the lead in his heat race….

Pennsylvania driver Mike Gular continued his affinity for Orange County, driving from 16th to finish fifth in the 50-lap feature….

The WELD Racing Wheels Hard Luck Award went to J.R. Hurlburt who was eliminated in a heat-race tangle before reaching the starter’s stand….

Next up for the STSS: Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., presents the ‘Diamond State 50’ for the Velocita-USA South Region paying $5,000 to win for 50-laps plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, Delaware Super Trucks and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.

To learn more about the 2019 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit, e-mail, 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, 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.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps):  MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Brett Hearn, Mike Gular, Mike Mahaney, Brian Krummel, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Billy Decker, Jimmy Horton, Danny Creeden, Chris Whitehead, Mat Williamson, Allison Ricci, Ryan Watt, Tommy Meier, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Brett Tonkin, Danny Varin, Tyler Dippel, Brandon Grosso, Jeremy Smith, Willy Decker, Rick Laubach, Tyler Boniface, Jerry Higbie, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Janiak.

Did Not Qualify: Dominic Roselli, Michael Storms, Ryan Krachun, Billy Van Pelt, Bob McGannon, Sam Martz, Roger Henion Jr., C.G. Morey, Donnie Wilson, Mike Kolka Jr., Kenny Tremont Jr., Joey Bruning, Danny Tyler, Billy Van Inwegen, Joe Falanga, Rich Eurich, Tyler Treacy, Gary Edwards, Kurt Hundeland, Joe Judge, Stan Frankenfield, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Danny Cronk, Tim Hindley, John Ferrier, Craig Mitchell, J.R. Hurlburt, Corey Lowitt, Jeff Heotzler, Rich Eggers.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Brian Krummel (seventh) & Chris Whitehead (13th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Mike Gular (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Brett Hearn (fourth) & Andy Bachetti (ninth)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Jimmy Horton (11th)
MJK Home Maintenance Heat-Race Hard Charger ($150): Mat Williamson (ninth to second)
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): 
Anthony Perrego (third)
Rob Sherlock Roofing Heat Winners ($100 each): Danny Varin, Mike Mahaney, Andy Bachetti, Brett Hearn, Craig Hanson & Matt Sheppard
Rock Fantasy Hard Charger Award ($400 cash): Stewart Friesen (20th to second)
Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): 
Stewart Friesen(second), Danny Creeden (12th) & Tyler Dippel (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200): Matt Sheppard
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): J.R. Hurlburt
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Brian Krummel (seventh)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): GRANT HILFIGER,Jimmy Johnson, Jesse Leiby, Pat Reiser, Sammy Martz, Matt Schultz, Jimmy Leiby, Daniel Morgiewicz, Kenny Ferrier, Will Shields, Tyler Thompson, Brian Neiger, Nick Plumstead, Jordan Lawrence, Ryan Macartney, Greg Sleight, Austin Smith, Danny Carlough, Joe Toth, Jake Mason, Bobby Flood, Jeffery Lapalme, Jared Labagh, Scott Zehnacker.

Did Not Qualify: Rich Ricci III, John Aumick, John Brown, Charles Loiodice, Brian Jones, Howie Finch, Kenny Ryder, Winter Mead, Mel Schrufer, Tighe Sherlock, Travis Billington, Eric Avenengo, Kyle Redner, Mike Talmadge, Billy Eggers, Troy Arnold, Bob Jashembowski, Aaron Doolittle, Anthony Falanga, Pat Mann, Michael Sabia, Willis Mann.

Short Track Super Series Honors Top Performers at Saturday ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet

Distributes Record $572,469 in 2018

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA – Champions all.

Talented competitors from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic congregated in the Mountain Ballroom of the Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center Saturday night to officially culminate the 2018 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

Top performers from the traveling STSS Modified and Sportsman circuits and home-track American Racer Cup were recognized during the festive affair.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as the master of ceremonies for the largest crowd ever assembled at the STSS ‘Night of Champions’ event.

STSS organizer Brett Deyo addressed attendees and offered many impressive numbers from the ’18 season. During the season, 299 drivers attempted to qualify for at least one STSS Modified event, with an average of 43.7 cars per event. The expanded Sportsman program attracted 274 different competitors.

The series hit a new record one-year payout total of $572,469 for the ’18 season: $482,748 in purse money, $14,771 in bonuses and a STSS high $74,950 point fund.

Deyo added that two events in the upcoming ’19 season will be nationally televised on MAV-TV: the July 3 Firecracker 50 at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway and Aug. 27 ‘Blast at the Beach’ at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

Seven champions were honored during the evening.

Taking home $12,500 as the STSS Halmar International North Region champion for the first time in his accomplished career was Sidney, N.Y., native Billy Decker. Decker was a model of consistency during the season: his worst finish came in the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., where he placed ninth to secure the championship by a mere two points.

Decker and his Jeremy Smith-fielded team produced an average finish of 6.0 en route to the crown with five top-five finishes in the nine races.

Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., earned 764 points, just two less than Decker’s total and placed runner-up in the North Region for the second straight season. Perrego earned $7,000 for his Brian Smith-fielded Superior Remodeling operation.

Mat Williamson of St. Catharines, Ont., took third, eight points out of the lead. Williamson and car owner Jeff Behrent took home $4,000. Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., like Williamson a first-year series regular, missed the title by 18 points driving for Terry Fasnacht ($3,000). Waterloo, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard finished fifth ($2,500) after splitting his time on the circuit between Vic Coffey’s No. 92s and the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s.

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., in the Steve Lowitt-owned No. 48 ($2,000); Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden ($1,750); three-time series champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. ($1,650); championship car owner Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y. ($1,550); Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y. ($1,450); Duane Howard of Oley, Pa. ($1,000); and Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. ($1,000).

Four drivers outside the Top-12 had perfect attendance in the Region and receive $250 each: Nick Nye (13th), Brett Tonkin (14th), J.R. Hurlburt (16th) and Craig Hanson (17th).

Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., secured his third STSS Velocita-USA South Region title for Ron Roberts Racing and left the ‘Night of Champions’ with $10,000 cash. Watt started the season with a dramatic triumph at Georgetown Speedway in March and won what was ultimately the series finale at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., in October.

Watt finished five of the six STSS South Region events inside the top-five, with an average of 3.8. Perhaps the performance that sealed Watt’s fate as champion was the ‘Blast at the Beach’ in August at Georgetown when he survived a flip in turn three to finish fifth.

The steady David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., finished second in the standings with Fred Vahlsing’s No. 323ov team, 43 behind Watt. Van Horn collected $5,000. Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., finished third for Dick Biever’s team ($3,000), followed by Duane Howard, also of Oley, driving for Norm Hansell ($2,000) and Empire State driver Sheppard, who won two events driving for Hurlock Auto & Speed ($1,500).

The sixth- through 12th-place finishers were New Jersey’s Ryan Godown ($1,400); New Yorker Anthony Perrego ($1,300); a tie between Mass. native Andy Bachetti and Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa. ($1,150 each); Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J. ($1,050); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. ($1,000); and Danny Bouc of Pipersville, Pa. ($1,000).

Four drivers with perfect attendance placed outside the top 12: Mike Gular (13th), Jordan Watson (14th), Jimmy Horton (15th) and Jim Britt (16th). Each will receive $250.

Dustin Leverknight, representing American Racer and Lias Tire Company of Indiana, Pa., was on hand to officially crown the ’18 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco overall champions.

For the second consecutive year, Matt Sheppard earned overall honors for the American Racer Cup utilizing Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., as his home track. Sheppard received $11,000 for his efforts: $10,000 from the overall point fund and $1,000 as the Insinger Performance North Region champ.

Of the 10 best finishes utilized to determine American Racer Cup standings, Sheppard won seven times.

Teenager Alex Yankowski of Throop, Pa., who competes at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., took the Sportsman American Racer Cup crown and the $2,000 that accompanied it: $1,500 from the point fund and $500 as the Insinger Performance South Region champion. Yankowski won six of the required 10 events at Big Diamond.

American Racer rep Leverknight noted that 242 drivers registered for the Cup in ’18, with $51,450 cash distributed and a total of 575 tire certificates handed out to racers.

The STSS produced a three-pronged Sportsman program during the ’18 campaign with Open Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman North and South series.

Second-generation driver Dominic Roselli of Highland Lake, N.Y., took the STSS Open Sportsman title. Roselli won the Sept. 16 event at Thunder Mountain Speedway and defeated Dale Welty by just 10 points at season-end. Roselli, running the blue No. 80 paint scheme made familiar to PA/NY race fans by his father, received $1,000.

Lansing, N.Y.’s Tommy Collins reigned supreme in the five-race STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region. Collins picked up a series win on Labor Day weekend at Thunder Mountain and recorded three other top-five finishes to clinch the championship by 33 points over Dustin Jordan. Collins took home $1,000 for the title.

Corey Cormier made the long journeys south from his home in Otisville, N.Y., worthwhile by taking the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South Region title and the $1,000 that accompanied it. Cormier had a pair of runner-up finishes and took the title by 17 points over Adam McAuliffe.

A number of special awards were presented during the evening.

Three ‘Horizon Awards’ were handed out by STSS organizer Brett Deyo to competitors emerging as a force on the series while exhibiting a positive influence at the track and on social media. Recipients were Mike Gular (Modified North), Danny Bouc (Modified South) and Daniel Morgiewicz (Sportsman).

The Car Owner of the Year honors for 2018 were bestowed upon Brian Smith of Superior Remodeling. Smith fielded the No. 44 Modified for Anthony Perrego on both the North and South Regions and No. 44 Crate 602 Sportsman for Kyle Rohner in the North Region.

Series official Angela Hanson received the Contribution to the Series Award. She traveled from her home in Johnstown, N.Y., to every series event in addition to many events at Georgetown Speedway, where she handled registration and lineups.

The award teams never want to receive, the Hard Luck Awards, went to J.R. Hurlburt in the Modified North Region and Rick Laubach in the South Region.

By passing a total of 50 cars in the Velocita South Region, Ryan Watt picked up the overall VAHLCO Wheels Hard Charger Award, a set of four VAHLCO Elite Series wheels worth $1,370.

Series partner Velocita-USA provided two custom race suits, minimum value $999, which were handed out via a pair of random draws to Danny Creeden (North) and Craig Von Dohren (South).  

Velocita also distributed nine gift certificates worth $100 each. Recipients were in the North Region: Mat Williamson (third), Danny Creeden (seventh) and Ryan Godown (12th); South Region: Craig Von Dohren (third), Anthony Perrego (seventh) and Danny Bouc (12th); and Sportsman: Dominic Roselli (Open Sportsman champion), Tommy Collins (Crate 602 Sportsman North Region champion) and Corey Cormier (Crate 602 Sportsman South Region champion).

Kirkey certificates went to each of the three Sportsman champions.

Halmar International North Region competitors were eligible to win a Henry’s Exhaust System (value $650). The winner of the draw was Anthony Perrego.

Flach Performance Products provided a radiator (value $575) to be given away via a draw to Craig Von Dohren.

Taking home WELD Racing Wheels via drawings were Jerry Higbie (North) and Ryan Watt (South).

North Region runner-up Anthony Perrego and South Region champion Ryan Watt each received two FOX Shocks as the highest-finishing driver utilizing the brand in each sector of the series.

Anthony Perrego took home a pair of $500 certificates as the highest-placing Teo-Pro car in each region.

Bicknell Racing Products $500 certificates went to champions Ryan Watt and Billy Decker as the top BRP representatives.

Nick Nye received $500 from Hig Fab Chassis (HFC) for placing 13th in the North Region (HFC founder Jerry Higbie actually placed sixth and was in line for the award, but passed it on to Nye).

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse offered $200 gift cards to drivers finishing fourth and ninth in the STSS Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region. Taking the certificates were Mike Gular and Jeremy Smith in the North and Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk in the South.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear distributed $7,500 worth of certificates at the ‘Night of Champions’ to the top-20 drivers in STSS Modified North and South Regions in addition to the top-10 in all three Sportsman programs and American Racer Cup champions.

BANQUET BITS: All champions received custom champagne bottles complete with photos of their title-winning cars, a unique touch that was much appreciated….

Video highlight reels prepared by Gary Silverman added to the points presentations….

A plethora of door prizes were distributed from a number of sponsors including K&N Filters, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Sunoco Race Fuels, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse and more….

DJ Jammin’ Jimmy Payne provided the musical entertainment as the STSS ‘Night of Champions’ took place at Bear Creek for the first time. Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the Bear Creek staff….

The 2019 season gets underway on March 15-16 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Georgetown Speedway for the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Sunglass Central and Design for Vision. The Halmar International North Region goes green on Sunday, April 7 at Orange County Fair Speedway with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ sixth edition.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit, e-mail, 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, 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, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.