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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.

STARS ALIGNING FOR STSS RETURN TO NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY THURS.

NEW EGYPT, NJ – We’re back!

For the first time since 2016, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco returns to New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway this Thursday night (May 23).

The stars are aligning for an outstanding comeback to New Egypt, headlined by the 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified ‘Dirty Jersey 6’ paying $6,000-plus to the winner, Race No. 4 of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central.

Matt Sheppard has been virtually unstoppable in dirt Modified racing of late and has an astounding 10 consecutive victories across the circuit, including two with the STSS at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., and Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

Sheppard leads the stars into the Garden State on Thursday looking to keep his momentum rolling. But the competition will be stiff.

Melvin L. Joseph Memorial winner at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway Stewart Friesen brings the Halmar International No. 44 to New Egypt looking to take the 6k home to Sprakers, N.Y.

Pennsylvania’s potent ‘Big Three’ contingent will be chasing the 6k payday: Craig Von Dohren in the Dick Biever No. 14s, Duane Howard aboard the Norm Hansell No. 357 and Jeff Strunk with Glenn Hyneman’s No. 126.

Keystone State talent Mike Gular, last year’s champion at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway, has taken his talents on the road this season with Terry Fasnacht’s No. 2A. Gular will be in attendance for the ‘Dirty Jersey’ after a top-five effort at Delaware International Speedway.

Defending STSS South Region champion Ryan Watt scored a New Egypt victory early in his burgeoning career. Watt and the potent Ron Roberts operation will be ready to challenge for the ‘Dirty Jersey’ top prize.

Billy Pauch Jr. is on the heels of a win at New Egypt on Saturday night and was the ‘Dirty Jersey’ victor in 2016. Pauch Jr. hopes to defend home turf with the Rick Holsten No. 96.

Fellow New Egypt regulars Ryan Krachun, Danny Bouc, Ryan Godown, Brandon Grosso, Davey Sammons, Mike Butler, Cale Ross, Brian Papiez and many more will be ready to thwart the outsiders.

Rick Laubach won the very first ‘Dirty Jersey’ at New Egypt in 2013 and is a perennial contender at New Egypt for special events. He will be in the field Thursday.

Former New Egypt champion Jimmy Horton will make his return to the speedway in the Halmar International No. 43.

New Yorker Anthony Perrego has already won a series race this season at Pa.’s Port Royal Speedway in dramatic fashion. The Middletown, N.Y., talent hopes to pick up his second STSS triumph of the year on New Jersey soil.

Three-time STSS Halmar International North Region champion Andy Bachetti will make the long haul south from Sheffield, Mass., to New Egypt. Like the STSS, Bachetti hasn’t been in competition at New Egypt since 2006.

Fresh off a big win last Friday at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway, Richie Pratt Jr. and the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz No. 51 team will be ready to challenge for a $6,000 payday.

Frank Cozze has plans to attend the ‘Dirty Jersey’ with the Dave Renaldo-owned No. 401. The Wind Gap, Pa., driver has 26 career Modified wins at New Egypt.

Southeastern New York driver Jerry Higbie will make his first-ever STSS South Region start at New Egypt Thursday with his No. 97 small-block.

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the docket are the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars in the ‘Turnpike 25’ offering $2,000 to the winner.

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman complete the tripleheader program with Race No. 3 of the South Region offering $1,500 to the winner.

Complete race information can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp- content/uploads/2019/04/DirtyJerseyInformationSheet.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.

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.

BILLY DECKER BEGINS STSS HALMAR NORTH REGION TITLE DEFENSE SUNDAY AT OCFS HARD CLAY OPEN

MIDDLETOWN, NY – In January, Billy Decker was at the pinnacle of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco world.

Decker was honored as the 2018 STSS Halmar International North Region champion for the first time in his career, taking home $12,500 from the Bear Creek Mountain Resort for team owner Jeremy Smith.

Unfortunately for the Sidney, N.Y., driver, the 2019 STSS season started on a sour note when he launched into a series of barrel rolls down the backstretch at the Georgetown (Del.) Speedway Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. The incident caused extensive damage to Decker’s Jeremy Smith Racing No. 91.

But Decker will be back. This Sunday, April 7 at Orange County Fair Speedway to be exact.

“We’re good to go for Sunday,” Decker said when contacted on Monday morning.

Decker will look to defend his STSS Halmar International North Region crown starting this Sunday with the Escape RV ‘Hard Clay Open’ at the Legendary House of Power. The 100th anniversary Orange County Fair Speedway season gets underway with the STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds racing 50 laps for $11,919 to win and $700 to take the green flag.

OCFS once again bookends the STSS Halmar International North Region Modified series, presenting the first and last events en route to the $12,500 championship.

Crate 602 Sportsman complete the open-wheel doubleheader in a 20-lap, $1,000-to-win main event under OCFS weekly rules.

Decker leads a returning STSS cast of contenders Sunday that will include all of last year’s top-10 point finishers plus a host of other invaders in what is certain to be an all-star cast.

Complete ‘Hard Clay Open’ race information has been posted on the all-new Short Track Super Series website: www.shorttracksuperseries.com.

Rules, Times, Prices & Event Information: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/HCOGeneralInformationSheet2019.pdf

STSS Modified Pay Structure: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/hard-clay-open-stss-modified-pay-structure/

STSS Modified Entry Form: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019HardClayOpenSTSSModifiedEntry.pdf

For those unable to attend the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in person, the event will be broadcast live by www.DirtTrackDigest.tv

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

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.

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 

Modified Halmar International North Region 2019 Schedule

Sunday, April 7 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – $11,919 to win!

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

Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO

Wednesday, June 19 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown

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 – $5,500 to win!

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