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STSS BIG DIAMOND ANTHRACITE ASSAULT RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16

MINERSVILLE, PA – As regulations for COVID-19 begin to ease in parts of the Northeast, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco gets back in drive for the 2020 season.

Big Diamond Speedway owner Jake Smulley and STSS organizer Brett Deyo have announced the reschedule of the ‘Anthracite Assault’ for Tuesday, June 16. The event had originally been slated for June 2.

Fans will be permitted to attend this event at the Schuylkill County track. The program will also be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV.

The Big Diamond ‘Anthracite Assault’ will offer dual points toward the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central (Race No. 3) and the opener of the Halmar International North Region.

Modifieds race 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag plus special awards and bonuses.

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will also be in action, battling 25 laps for a $1,500 top prize and $100 to take the green, Race No. 3 of the series’ South Region.

A complete information sheet for the event is forthcoming.

The Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park ‘Afton Action 50’ that had been scheduled for June 16 has been postponed indefinitely due to New York State not allowing fans for sporting events. Afton Motorsports Park promoter Ron Ford hopes to host the event later in 2020.

Up next for the STSS is the ‘Battle at Budd’s Creek’ at Potomac Speedway in Budd’s Creek, Md., on Sunday, June 7 with the STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman vying for South Region points. This event marks the first-ever visit by the series to Potomac and the state of Maryland.

Big Diamond Speedway is a three-eighths-mile clay oval located in Minersville, Pa., just miles from Pottsville. The facility offers free parking, state-of-the-art concession areas and restrooms and not a “bad seat” in the house, with hillside grandstands overlooking the on-track action. The speedway GPS address is 392 Forest Lane Pottsville, PA 17901. The official website is www.bigdspeedway.net.  

To learn more about the 2020 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.

FRIESEN & HARTMAN WIN STSS CHEROKEE FINALE SATURDAY

Written By Bobby Sweeney

GAFFNEY, SC – Stewart Friesen has had a great week in the Carolinas, capping off the weekend with a Short Track Super Series win at Cherokee Speedway after a tough battle with Larry Wight. 

It was Friesen’s second win in three days and gave him three podium finishes and a nice $4,000 check.

The event at the Gaffney, S.C., facility was broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV and run before large crowd spread around the facility.

A rough start to the 40-lap feature meant polesitter Larry Wight had to fend off front row partner Erick Rudolph multiple times in the first laps, with multiple restarts in the early stages.

Alan Johnson slipped by Rudolph to grab the runner up spot early, with Friesen following suit into third. While Wight cruised out front, Friesen stalked Johnson and snagged second on lap eight.

Unfortunately, Johnson slowed to a stop on lap 10, ending his strong run a quarter of the way into the event. Wight’s unchallenged experience out front was over, as Friesen latched onto Wight’s rear bumper on the restart.

With Wight down low, Friesen tried lower, then switched to the top near halfway. After a couple close bids on the cushion, Friesen dropped low once more, trying to pry Wight off the lightning fast bottom lane.

On lap 28, Friesen did so, getting under Wight and getting the lead. With the leaders in traffic, Wight didn’t drop off of the pace nor give Friesen an ounce of breathing room.

“Larry was doing a good job out there,” Friesen said of the battle. “I don’t know whether it was rubber or just the abrasion of the surface, but the bottom was super gripped up. I tried to roll him up top, I was pretty good up there in three and four, but he slipped up and I got him on the bottom.”

However, Friesen held the point as the laps wound down, working lapped cars methodically. With five laps left, Anthony Perrego slowed with a flat tire, drawing the yellow and removing the traffic the leaders had been dealing with.

Friesen snuck away on the late-race restart, leaving Wight to fend off Rudolph. Wight surrendered second to Rudolph in the final circuits, allowing Friesen to cruise to his 22nd career Short Track Super Series victory at Cherokee.

Rudolph had the rebound of the week. On Thursday, Rudolph had a car on top of him, and Friday saw a mediocre run. Rudolph ends the week with a strong second place, moving forward.

“The first night didn’t go good, and last night wasn’t much better,” stated Rudolph. “At least we finished last night, but we finished really good tonight on the podium. The bottom was the place to be, and Larry slipped up at the end and we were able to capitalize. Overall it was a good race and maybe someday we’ll be back.”

While Wight led over half the race and finished podium, he noted the result didn’t come easily.

“I couldn’t rotate the bottom good enough to stay tight to the wall,” Wight said. “Three and four I could stay right on the berm, but I knew he would be right there hounding me. The way the water was down there, as soon as I touched it I’d lose the nose, I couldn’t run through it like these guys were. With the 360 motor and everyone the same weight, we were down probably 100 horsepower, but we’re swapping our big motor into this car and try again next week.”

Peter Britten had his best run of the week finishing in fourth and earned $1,556 for the Marcia Wetmore Perseverance Award raised by the racing community in her memory, while Danny Creeden finished in fifth.

In the 602 Sportsman feature, Tim Hartman Jr., outraced Brian Calabrese for the victory in the 35-lap affair.  Hartman worked forward from seventh.  He first took second from Eric Kormann before making a mid-race charge to get by Calabrese for the $1,500 win.

Calabrese settled for second with Joe Toth finishing third.  Kormann claimed fourth with young Tanner Van Doren finishing in fifth.

Cherokee Speedway concluded the three-race Carolinas Swing for the STSS. Keep posted for upcoming schedule announcements.

The Short Track Super Series “Return to Racing” was presented by Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, Mike’s Racing Heads, Competition Carburetion, St. Lawrence Radiology, Swagger Factory Apparel/Harry Shar Evergreen Fuels Inc., K&B Auto, The Scumgang, Midstate Recycling, Manmiller Electric and a host of special award, bonus and purse booster contributors.

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, Evergreen Fuels Inc., ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, 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.

HURLOCK AUTO & SPEED RACE SUMMARY – CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, MAY 23

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Erick Rudolph, Larry Wight, Peter Britten, Danny Creeden, Billy Decker, Tyler Dippel, Matt Sheppard, Danny Bouc, Danny Johnson, Brett Tonkin, Allison Ricci, Mike Maresca, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Kyle Weiss, Anthony Perrego, Alex Yankowski, Richie Pratt Jr., J.R. Hurlburt, Tyler Siri, Mike Franz, Alan Johnson, Danny Tyler, Andy Bachetti, Barry White, Jeff Strunk, H.J. Bunting.

Did Not Qualify: Josh Delea, Billy Pauch Jr.

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Peter Britten (fourth) & Danny Bouc (ninth)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): Stewart Friesen (fifth to first)
Diversified Machine Inc. Heat Winners ($100 Certificates): 
Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti & Stewart Friesen
Driven Design & Embroidery Heat-Race Winners ($100): 
Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti & Stewart Friesen
Dufel Basement Systems, Piping Solutions & Moisture Management ($100): Allison Ricci
KB’s Racing Photos Halfway Leader ($50):
 Larry Wight
Marcia Wetmore Perseverance Award ($1,556): 
Peter Britten (fourth)
On-Track Automotive Ironman Award ($150): 
J.R. Hurlburt
Rock Fantasy Danny Serrano Memorial Sixth-Place Finisher: 
Billy Decker (sixth)
Rock Fantasy Lap-29 Leader In Memory of Tommy Laner ($100): Stewart Friesen
Scumgang “Biggest Sender” Award ($200): 
Danny Johnson (25th to 10th)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (35 laps): TIM HARTMAN JR., Brian Calabrese, Joe Toth, Eric Kormann, Tanner Van Doren, Ryan Conrad, A.J. Custodi, Kyle Belmont, Vinny Troia, Maverick Eldridge, Nick Van Winkle, Bobby Flood, Tom Moore Jr., Scott Hulmes, Derrick McGrew Jr., Scott Hitchens, Tom Princiotta.

Did Not Start: Greg Nailor

Ad-Art Sign Company Bonuses ($50 Each): Ryan Conrad (sixth), A.J. Custodi (seventh), Kyle Belmont (eighth), Vinny Troia (ninth) & Maverick Eldridge (10th)
Competition Carburetor Fastest Feature Lap ($50): 
Tim Hartman (17.390 seconds)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central (Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses): 
Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Calabrese & Joe Toth
Tailored Home Care Inc. Hard Charger ($200): Kyle Belmont (17th to eighth)
Training Tails Heat Winners ($75):
 Scott Hitchens & Joe Toth

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME FOR PRATT AT TRI-COUNTY FOR $5,000

By BOBBY SWEENEY

BRASSTOWN, NC – Richie Pratt Jr. scored his first Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco win in dramatic fashion, taking the lead at halfway after the top four drivers piled-up before then holding off a high-flying Alex Yankowski for the Tri-County Racetrack trophy in the Hurlock Auto and Speed ‘Return to Racing’ 50-lap feature.

“Last night we were in the wrong place at the wrong time on the second lap, but tonight we were in the right place,” Pratt said. “The top four all had problems and we were there to capitalize on it.”

Stewart Friesen picked up where he left off Thursday night, leading the way at the start of Friday’s 50-lap feature and leaving Richie Pratt and Tyler Dippel to battle for second.

That battle didn’t last as long as hoped, as Dippel went around on lap five. A big pileup on the restart sent Larry Wight’s brand new Teo Pro Car flipping in its first event, but Wight continued on track and Friesen continued to lead.

Billy Pauch Jr. and Matt Sheppard were on the move, with Pauch slotting into second by lap 10 and Sheppard up to fourth before a lap 15 caution.

Friesen continued to be blisteringly quick up top, setting the pace again on the restart. Pauch, Sheppard, and Umbenhauer kept Friesen honest in traffic, but traffic flipped the race on its heels at halfway.

On lap 24, Tyler Dippel ended up sideways in turn three, and the entire top four of Friesen, Pauch, Sheppard, and Umbenhauer all ended up in it.

“Believe it or not, when I was following Friesen, he taught me how to drive the track a little better, and that helped when we got out front again,” commented Pratt. “We ran a good race, and I can’t believe we’re here.”

Pratt was now the leader, with Danny Tyler, Danny Creeden, Erick Rudolph, and Alex Yankowski the new-look top five.

While Tyler and Creeden fought tooth-and-nail for second, Pratt had none of it and drove away. Yankowski, Modified sophomore, held close to the battle for second, but Pratt’s lead continued to grow through lapped traffic.

By the time Jessica Friesen broke and drew a caution on lap 39, Pratt was up by over a straightaway.

Creeden was the big loser on the restart, dropping a couple spots on the green. Yankowski was the big winner, slipping into third and then disposing of Tyler for second on lap 42.

Pratt had jumped out to a two-plus second lead on the initial green, but once in second, Yankowski closed in. By lap 47, Yankowski was within a couple car-lengths, but both drivers were wide open around the top.

Wight’s battered car finally gave out with three laps left after a respectable drive back into the top ten, placing Yankowski right on Pratt’s tail. The pair hung status-quo on the single file restart, but a crash involving Creeden, Schilling, and Britten drew the yellow on the final circuit.

Despite an increasing amount of smoke from his car, Pratt was unfazed on the restart, gapping Yankowski to score the $5,00 payday at Tri-County Racetrack.

Heavy afternoon rains made an already fast track even faster, with times barely slowing down throughout the night. The result was a tall physical toll on the drivers and their equipment.

“I’m definitely out of shape, I’m whooped right now,” noted Pratt. “Under those long green flag runs I was having a hard time keeping my head up. My shield was fogging up and everything but we made it, I have to thank my crew because they spent all night putting this thing back together after ending up on our side last night. I was told I was smoking when I got out of the car, but nothing on the gauges. We’ll take a look at that, and see if we have to switch to the other car tomorrow.”

Yankowski is in his sophomore year of Modified racing, and somewhere near his sophomore year of high school. The teenager demonstrated the patience of a veteran in his march towards the front and a runner-up finish.

“Long runs we had a good car,” said Yankowski, “On the restarts I just wasn’t in the right spots and that hurt us. We found a little bit of an issue after last night, got it fixed, and we’re happy with the results. We were good the whole race, we just needed to find a little bit of clean air. This track is different, I’ve only been to Fulton once and this reminds me a little bit of it, but this is really a whole new animal.”

Friesen led the first half of the event, but was caught up in a wreck with the other frontrunners. Unlike last night, Friesen wasn’t able to reach the lead after the incident, but still drove back to a podium.

“Sometimes that how it goes,” Friesen stated. “Modifieds on this bullring are crazy. It was fun to come down here and check out a new part of the country and get some racing in. We’re looking forward to heading to ‘the place your mama warned you about,’ Cherokee, another new place. Our car is kind of in one piece, we’ll be ready.”

Tyler ended up finishing in fourth while Johnson captured his second top five of the week by finishing in fifth.

Racing resumes tonight at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., with the STSS Modifieds racing 40 laps for $4,000 to win plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman running 35 laps for $1,500 to win and a V-8 Run What You Brung. Dirt Track Digest TV will be live at 7 p.m.

The Short Track Super Series “Return to Racing” is presented by Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, Mike’s Racing Heads, Competition Carburetion, St. Lawrence Radiology, Evergreen Fuels Inc., K&B Auto, The Scumgang, Midstate Recycling, Manmiller Electric and a host of special award, bonus and purse booster contributors.

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, Evergreen Fuels Inc., ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, 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.

HURLOCK AUTO & SPEED RACE SUMMARY – TRI-COUNTY RACETRACK FRIDAY, MAY 22

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): RICHIE PRATT JR., Alex Yankowski, Stewart Friesen, Danny Tyler, Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Brett Tonkin, Erick Rudolph, J.R. Hurlburt, Allison Ricci, Peter Britten, David Schilling, Dillon Groover, Danny Creeden, Larry Wight, Jeff Strunk, Billy Pauch Jr., Jessica Friesen, Michael Maresca, Jared Umbenhauer, Anthony Perrego, Matt Sheppard, Andy Bachetti, Tyler Dippel, Josh Delea, Alan Johnson, H.J. Bunting, Tyler Siri, Danny Bouc.

Did Not Start: Billy Van Pelt

Fan Bonus Money ($600 Total): Danny Creeden (13th), Jeff Strunk (15th), Jared Umbenhauer (19th), Anthony Perrego (20th), Matt Sheppard (21st) & H.J. Bunting (27th)Bill Brown & Company Heat Hard Charger ($50): Tyler Siri (6th to 3rd)
Competition Carburetor Fastest Feature Lap ($50): 
Stewart Friesen (13.004 seconds)
Consistency Award By Jim & Missy Bowman ($150): Stewart Friesen (1st and 3rd)
Gary Simpson Contracting Top-5 Finishers Longest Tow ($120): 
Stewart Friesen (929 miles)
Heat No. 1 Winner/Linda’s Speedway ($50): 
David Schilling
Heat No. 2 Winner/Insinger Performance ($50): 
Andy Bachetti
Heat No. 3 Winner/Accord Speedway ($50): 
Billy Pauch Jr.
Heat No. 4 Winner/Lias Tire Company ($50): 
Erick Rudolph
Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI) Heat Winners ($100 Certificates): 
David Schilling, Andy Bachetti, Billy Pauch Jr. & Erick Rudolph
KB’S Racing Photos Halfway Leader ($50): 
Richie Pratt Jr.
Matt Becker Last-Place Finisher ($100): 
Danny Bouc
Most Improved Driver Friday to Saturday from Jim & Missy Bowman ($100): 
Richie Pratt Jr (22nd to 1st)
On-Track Automotive Ironman ($150): 
David Schilling (11th)
Pigskin Pros Most Vehicles Passed ($150): 
Danny Johnson (29th to 5th)
Scumgang First On The Hook ($100): 
Jessica Friesen
Scumgang Hot Lap Hero ($169): 
Stewart Friesen (13.107 seconds)
Tyler White First Feature DNF ($150): 
Danny Bouc
Winner’s Circle Last Car On Last Lap ($100): 
David Schilling (11th)