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Stewart Friesen Needs All 50 Fonda Speedway Laps to Win STSS ‘Firecracker 50’ Wednesday Worth $10,700

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – For the first time in the history of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Fonda Speedway joined the series schedule in 2019.

And what a debut it was on Wednesday night.

After a wild 50-lap roller-coaster of a race, it was Sprakers, N.Y.’s, Stewart Friesen grabbing the win and the $10,700 in the inaugural Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Firecracker 50’ presented by Teo-Pro Car at the Track of Champions.

Friesen needed every one of the race’s 50 laps to get the job done before the largest crowd in Short Track Super Series history.

After blowing a right-rear tire with 19 laps to go, Friesen roared back to beat Matt Sheppard to the line on the final lap to grab the Sunoco checkered flag in Event No. 5 of the Halmar International North Region.

At the drop of the green it was a Friesen leading the way. However, it was Jessica Friesen who grabbed the lead from her front-row starting position in the early going.

After a yellow on lap five for Larry Wight, who made his STSS debut Wednesday night, Jessica Friesen began to show the field, and the crowd, she was there to win.

Friesen pulled away from Rocky Warner and Erick Rudolph before catching lap traffic. Meanwhile, Stewart Friesen had climbed from his eighth starting position, and got to second.

Stewart would eventually make the move past his wife, Jessica, to take the lead on lap 23. However, on lap 31 the entire race flipped on its ear.

The yellow flag came out with Jessica slowing due to engine issues off of turn two, while nearly simultaneously, Stewart blew a right-rear tire in turns three and four.

All of a sudden, Waterloo, N.Y.’s, Matt Sheppard would inherit the lead after stealthily climbing from his seventh starting position to third. However, on the restart, Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., jumped to the outside and drive around Sheppard for the lead.

It appeared his lead would be short lived with Sheppard applying the pressure, going high and low, searching for a lane. Meanwhile, Friesen had quickly gone from the back of the pack, to the sixth position after slicing through the field.

After a yellow on lap 37, Sheppard took advantage of the restart, taking the lead and pulling away from Rudolph. After a couple of laps, it became apparent, Sheppard’s biggest competition was a blue and black number 44 machine powered by a 360 small-block engine.

Friesen had gotten to the runner-up spot with eight laps to go, but it appeared he would run out of time. That was until Sheppard caught the tail of the field with three laps to go. Friesen closed fast and was on Sheppard’s bumper at the white flag.

Setting up a last lap for the ages, Sheppard left the top open in turns three and four, and it was all Friesen needed. Side-by-side, door-to-door, sparks flying and a roaring crowd, it was Friesen edging Sheppard for the win.

“I thought we were gonna drive away when we got the lead, but Stew’s just so fast here,” Sheppard said afterward.

“This is just awesome,” was the most Friesen could muster in Victory Lane following the win in front of a vocal crowd.

Rudolph hung on for a podium finish in third. Middletown, N.Y.’s, Anthony Perrego would drive the Graham Racing No. 18 machine to a fourth-place finish. Track regular and four-time Fonda winner Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., rounded out the top five.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., recorded a sixth-place result.  Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight came back for seventh after his lap-five flat tire. The “Corporate Jet” Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., grabbed an eighth-place finish. Mat Williamson of St. Catharine’s, Ont., finished ninth and Johnstown, N.Y.’s Craig Hanson got his second consecutive STSS 10th-place finish.

$100 Rob Sherlock Roofing heat winners were Mike Gular, Rudolph, Perrego and Friesen with 39 Modifieds in attendance. Larry Wight topped the consolation.

Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., took home $2,000 as the winner of the 25-lap STSS Crate 602 Sportsman main event. Hartman, the current point leader at Fonda and in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region, started third and took the lead on lap seven from pole starter Adam McAuliffe.

Brian Calabrese, Adam McAuliffe, Mark Mortensen and Chad Edwards put on the most entertaining battle of the night, battling back-and-forth for the second and third positions.

When the checkered flew, it was Calabrese grabbing the runner-up spot and McAuliffe would round out the podium finishers. Edwards and Mortensen completed the front five.

Hartman won for the second time this season with the STSS. He was a Memorial Day weekend victor at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., to kick off the North Region.

FONDA FINDS: The stout 39-car STSS Modified field was joined by 35 Crate 602 Sportsman on hand. The spacious grandstand area was filled to near capacity with a huge crowd on hand….

John Lakata designed a custom, unique trophy for the STSS winner that encompassed the freedom theme and the historic Fonda covered grandstand….

Andy Bachetti has earned top-10 finishes in all of the Halmar International North Region events run this season….

The family of late race fan Mike Cole were prominent during the evening and offered the command of ‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines’ before the main….

The night’s program was filmed with multiple camera angles for national MAV-TV broadcast in September….

Racing resumes for the STSS on Tuesday, July 9 with the ‘Battle of the Bullring 7’ at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway featuring the Halmar International North Region Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman North Region and Four Cylinders.

To learn more about the 2019 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.

he 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.


FUCCILLO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP ‘FIRECRACKER 50’ PRESENTED BY TEO-PRO CAR RACE SUMMARY – FONDA SPEEDWAY JULY 3, 2019

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 5 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Anthony Perrego, Rocky Warner, Andy Bachetti, Larry Wight, Brett Hearn, Mat Williamson, Craig Hanson, Michael Maresca, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, David Schilling, Mike Mahaney, Matt DeLorenzo, Allison Ricci, Billy Van Pelt, Cody Bleau, Steve Akers, Danny Creeden, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Jeremy Smith, Corey Cormier, Billy Pauch Jr., J.R. Hurlburt, Alan Barker, Dave Constantino. 

Did Not Qualify: Tim Hartman Jr., Vinnie Sanganetti, Brian Gleason, Jimmy Horton, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Roger Henion Jr., Danny Varin.

Lap Money Breakdown ($5,005): Brett Hearn ($500); Matt Sheppard ($400); Stewart Friesen ($300); Michael Maresca ($300); Alan Barker ($300); Anthony Perrego ($300); Matt DeLorenzo ($300); Craig Hanson ($200); Jessica Friesen ($200); Erick Rudolph ($200); Jeremy Smith ($200); David Schilling ($200); Larry Wight ($200); Billy Decker ($200); Danny Creeden ($200); Dave Constantino ($200); Bobby Varin ($200); Mat Williamson ($105); Allison Ricci ($100); Cody Bleau ($100); Corey Cormier ($100); Mike Gular ($100)

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Brett Hearn (eighth) & Bobby Varin (13th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): 
Rocky Warner (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): 
Anthony Perrego (fourth) & Mat Williamson (ninth)
Fonda Fair Bonus ($100): 
Rocky Warner (fifth)
Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Move of the Race’ ($100): 
Stewart Friesen
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): 
Andy Bachetti (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Michael Maresca (11th)
James Osterhoudt Heat No. 1 Award ($200): 
Larry Wight
John Grant Racing Engines Hard Charger ($100): 
David Schilling (29th to 14th)
Long Haul Bonuses by Timco Transportation ($150): 
Jimmy Horton & Roger Henion Jr.
MJK Home Maintenance Heat-Race Hard Charger ($125): 
Rocky Warner (eighth to second)
One Spot Out Bonus by Timco Transportation ($100): 
Jimmy Horton and Danny Varin
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): 
Erick Rudolph
Rob Sherlock Roofing Heat Winner Bonuses ($100 each): 
Mike Gular, Erick Rudolph, Anthony Perrego & Stewart Friesen
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 each): 
Matt Sheppard (second), Billy Decker (12th) & Mike Gular (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): 
Stewart Friesen
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel): 
Roger Henion Jr.
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Larry Wight (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco North Region Event No. 3 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): TIM HARTMAN JR., Brian Calabrese, Adam McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Jimmy Johnson, JaMike Sowle, Aaron Burton, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dan Santabarbara, Cody Clark, Travis Green, Blaine Klinger, Harry Shaffer, Jim Housworth, Joe Orlando, Dustin Jordan, Brendan Gibbons, Jonathan Swift, Brett Mortensen, Joe Williams, Andrew Buff, Bobby Flood, Nick Scavia, Brian Borst, Jeremy Tuttle, Matt Shultz, Tommy Collins.

Did Not Qualify: Tom Princiotta, Jeff Holt, Griffen Mansmith, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Morgiewicz, Dustin Jordan, Will Eastman, Tony Farone.

ACR Performance Hard Charger ($100): Joe Orlando (29th to 17th)

Tom Morris Myracenews photo

A FONDA FIRST: SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES INVADES TRACK OF CHAMPIONS JULY 3

FONDA, NY – There are very few ‘firsts’ left for a facility with a storied history such as Fonda Speedway.

On July 3, however, there will be something all-new to the famed Track of Champions.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco makes its debut at Fonda on Wednesday, July 3 in one of the most lucrative ‘per-lap’ payouts in New York State dirt Modified racing

The Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Firecracker 50’ presented by Teo-Pro Car offers a $10,000 winner’s share for the STSS Modifieds on the eve of Independence Day from a total posted purse structure of $32,770.

And there’s more. Every one of the event’s 50 laps has been sold for a minimum of $100, adding an additional $5,005 to the pot for racers thanks to the efforts of John Lakata. This lap money will be spread through the field from the leader to last-place, ensuring bonus money for competitors throughout the field.

A number of other cash awards and contingency awards will further sweeten the pot for competitors.

Short Track Super Series Modifieds will sport sail panels, unique to the speedway at Fonda.

The night’s program will be recorded for broadcast nationally on MAV-TV with a September air date targeted.

The ‘Firecracker 50’ marks the fifth of nine STSS Halmar International North Region events with a $12,500 championship looming at year-end. Following his win at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., on June 19, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., sits atop the standings.

Fonda is set to be the 16th different track to host a Short Track Super Series Modified event in Race No. 72.

Also on the docket are the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman racing 25 laps for $2,000 to win! This is the third of sixth STSS North Region events. Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., is leading the series into its midway point.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6:20 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $20. Kids 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 for Fonda members and $35 for non-members.

Complete ‘Firecracker 50’ race information has been posted on the web: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FondaSpeedwayRaceInformation.pdf

Fonda Speedway is located at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068. To learn more, contact the speedway office at 518.915.4395 or visit the official website at: www.thefondaspeedway.com.

To learn more about the 2019 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit   e-mail www.shorttracksuperseries.com, by e-mail at 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.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2019 Schedule


Modified Halmar International North Region

Sunday, April 7 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD

Sunday, May 26 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain – WINNER: BILLY DECKER

Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD

Wednesday, June 19 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Wednesday, July 3  Fonda Speedway/Fonda, N.Y. – Firecracker 50 – $10,000 to win!

Tuesday, July 9 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. –Battle of the Bullring

Tuesday, August 13 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 55

Friday-Saturday October 11-12 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12

Thursday, October 24 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale – $10,000 to win – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

FRIESEN HOPES TO SHAKE 2019 BAD LUCK THIS WEEKEND WITH THE STSS

NEW EGYPT, NJ – A quick glance at the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco all-time win list says it all.

The STSS has been very good to Stewart Friesen.

The Sprakers, N.Y., driver has won 13 STSS events, nearly double his closest rivals in series history.

Friesen hopes to ‘right the ship’ on his 2019 season this weekend when he competes with the series at New Egypt Speedway Thursday night (May 23) for the ‘Dirty Jersey 6’ and battles for glory in the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., Sunday (May 26).

The Halmar International No. 44 kicked off the season in Victory Lane at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial in mid-March. Since then, Lady Luck has not shined on Friesen.

He was leading the STSS stop at Pa.’s Port Royal Speedway when power steering issues surfaced. At an unsanctioned event at N.Y.’s Five Mile Point Speedway, a broken suspension piece took him out of the lead. A scrape with the inside barrier while racing toward the front at Delaware International Speedway in the ‘Diamond State 50’ led to a DNF.

And this past Saturday while leading the feature at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway, Friesen was sidelined when he lost oil pressure – this, after missing the Fonda program on May 4 when his race trailer broke down in northern Delaware.

Possibly the most heartbreaking of all was the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at Kansas when a potential breakthrough win was nixed three laps from the finish, out of fuel.

On Thursday, Friesen returns to New Egypt with a clean slate and a positive outlook for the 40-lap, $6,000-to-win big-block/small-block Modified event, Race No. 4 of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central.

“It’s just the way luck goes sometimes,” Friesen said of his misfortunes. “I can’t think of another year in my career where I’ve had a stretch like this. We will race our way out of it. The one thing I am happy about is we’ve had fast cars. We’re right there; we just need things to go our way.”

Friesen actually founded the ‘Dirty Jersey’ event at New Egypt with STSS organizer Brett Deyo in 2013. As Friesen’s career and One Zee Tees business grew, he stepped away from co-promoting the event.

While he has won at nine different tracks with the Short Track Super Series, Friesen is seeking his first STSS triumph at New Egypt. He has, however, won at the Garden State facility before in special Modified events.

Friesen is a past STSS winner at Thunder Mountain and also owns a 360 Sprint Car victory at the three-eighths-mile oval.

For complete ‘Dirty Jersey’ information, click the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/DirtyJerseyInformationSheet.pdf

‘Lightning on the Mountain’ information is available here: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/LightningontheMountainGeneralInfoSheet.pdf

To learn more about the 2019 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit   e-mail www.shorttracksuperseries.com, by e-mail at bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.