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Bullring Battle: Williamson Wins Accord STSS $6,300 After Clash with Creeden

Written by Cody Manmiller

ACCORD, NY – With more than $6,000 on the line, Mat Williamson etched a new track on his win list, capturing Tuesday night’s ‘Battle of the Bullring 9’ at the Accord Speedway as part of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco River Valley Builders North Region championship.

The win is Williamson’s third in STSS competition – the first at a track not named Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway – and boosts him into the point lead after earning a podium finish during the North Region opener at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., in April.

Williamson led from the jump, launching into the lead from his outside pole starting spot before eventually losing his advantage to Dan Creeden in lapped traffic. After contact on a lap-21 restart, Williamson snatched the lead back and cruised to the $6,300 payday, ahead of Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Bobby Hackel and Danny Tyler.

“The race car was really good tonight,” Williamson said in Victory Lane. “I’ve always wanted to follow the full Short Track Super Series and have to thank Jeff (Behrent) and my team for giving me this opportunity.”

On the initial start, Williamson led Creeden, Dillon Steuer, Chris Stevens and Bachetti with Hackel and Brett Haas just behind. Right as the battle for the lead was shaping up around lap seven, and as Williamson and Creeden were inching toward lapped traffic, the caution flag flew for the first time.

The tightest battle throughout the first 10 laps was for fifth when Bachetti and Hackel were duking it out before Hackel eventually took the spot and made it a three-car battle for third with Steuer and Stevens.

Back up front, Creeden narrowed the gap on Williamson as the race neared the one-quarter mark. Williamson crawled closer to the back of the field, moved to the bottom and Creeden had his chance to pounce. Creeden used the outside and drove around Williamson off turn four to lead lap 17 before another caution lap 19.

On the ensuing restart, Bachetti flew to the outside and drove from sixth to fourth, sidestepping both Hackel and Stevens before another yellow flag two laps later setting the stage for the moment of the night.

When green lights returned, Williamson fired off the bottom, drove deep into turn one and banged rubrails with Creeden as they exited off turn two. Bachetti, who restarted fourth, crossed over after the contact and rocketed into second down the backstretch, ahead of Creeden, Hackel, Steuer and Stevens.

Two laps later, on lap 23, Creeden returned to the runner-up spot, taking second from Bachetti before the final caution on lap 28.

Williamson picked a perfect time for his best start of the night and quickly put ground between he and Creeden. Behind the top two, Bachetti and Hackel settled into third and fourth with Tyler moving inside the top five for the first time.

With 10 to go, Creeden closed the gap as he and Williamson maneuvered lapped traffic, but when Williamson, aboard his Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3, sliced through the middle of a pair of slower cars, he had open track to cruise to the win.

“Lapped traffic got me in the beginning,” Williamson mentioned, alluding to Creeden’s pass for the lead early in the race. “We went with a little different tire tonight and I was able to wait and was really good in the end.”

A frustrated Creeden, who led five laps and also captured his second top-five finish of the two-race River Valley Builders North Region, settled for the runner-up spot.

“It’s solid, it just sucks for all my guys,” Creeden said while parked on the front stretch. “We’ve got nothing compared to these big money teams and look where we’re at.”

Bachetti, who has plenty of laps at Accord but fought an illness all week, finished third.

“Really good night for us,” Bachetti said in front of a sizable crowd. “Accord is usually good to me, but we haven’t been here in awhile and the racetrack hasn’t been raced on, so it was anybody’s guess.

“I’m really happy with tonight,” he added.

Hackel scored his best career finish on the STSS tour in fourth with Tyler following to round out the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: Steuer, who raced inside the top-five for much of the evening; three-time ‘Battle of the Bullring’ winner Anthony Perrego advanced from 17th to finish seventh; Mike Mahaney in eighth coming from 13th starting spot; Stevens, after a really promising first portion of the race, managed a top-10 result in ninth; and Craig Mitchell, another car up front all night, finished 10th.

Heat wins, worth $100 each thanks to the Northeast Racing Happy Hour with Predmore and Murns, went to Steuer, Tyler, Creeden, Williamson and Jerry Higbie.

A solid 43 STSS Modifieds checked into the pit area for the event.

In the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman event – the opener for the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region – Brian Krummel outdueled Steve Davis for the $1,500 victory. 

New Jersey’s Davis led from the outset

Davis wound up second, Justin Comes finished on the podium in third, and Tyler Johnston and Doug Kline rounded out the top five.

In just one week, the STSS River Valley Builders North Region returns to action at the Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.) on Tuesday, May 17.

Another week later, the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region revs back to life at the New Egypt Speedway (New Egypt, N.J.) on Tuesday, May 24.

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, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.

‘BATTLE OF THE BULLRING’ RESULTS SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY MAY 10, 2022

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco River Valley Builders North Region Round No. 2 Feature Finish (50 laps): MAT WILLIAMSON, Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Bobby Hackel, Danny Tyler, Dillon Steuer, Anthony Perrego, Mike Mahaney, Chris Stevens, Craig Mitchell, Mike Gular, Jerry Higbie, Frank Cozze, Matt Sheppard, Randy Green, Brett Tonkin, Jimmy Wells, Richard Smith, Brett Haas, Neil Stratton, Joe Judge, Tanner Van Doren, Scott Ferrier, David Schilling, John Ferrier, Ajay Potrzebowski II, Ken Ferrier.

Did Not Qualify: Brian Malcolm, Rich Ricci Jr., J.R. Hurlburt, Eric Kormann, Jeff Strunk, Ronnie Johnson, Brock Pinkerous, Shane Jablonka, Daniel Morgiewicz, Alissa Cody, Kurt Hundeland, Nick Plumstead, Michael Corbin, Michael Trautschold, Lenny Helmich, Stanley Wilkins.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Mike Mahaney (eighth) & Frank Cozze (13th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Bobby Hackel (fourth) & Chris Stevens (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Jerry Higbie (Redrew 10th)
Eibach Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Dillon Steuer (sixth)
Frank Stevens & Sons Roofing Inc. Hard Charger ($350): Matt Sheppard (28th to 14th)
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Mike Gular (11th)
NorthEast Racing Happy Hour with Predmore & Murns Podcast Heat Winners: Dillon Steuer, Danny Tyler, Dan Creeden, Mat Williamson & Jerry Higbie
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Mat Williamson (winner – $150 certificate); Danny Creeden (second – $75 certificate); Andy Bachetti (third – $50 certificate)
Schultz Racing Fuel Cells Bonus ($100 Certificate): Craig Mitchell (10th)
Spyder Performance Filters Bonuses: Danny Tyler (fifth – FREE Filter); Randy Green (15th – 50-percent off certificate)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Danny Creeden (second), Jerry Higbie (12th) & Tanner VanDoren (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): Mat Williamson
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Anthony Perrego (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Round No. 1 Feature Finish (25 laps): BRIAN KRUMMEL, Steve Davis, Justin Comes, Tyler Johnston, Doug Kline, Brian Calabrese, Jared Labagh, Travis Green, Jared Miller, Joe Judge, Kevin Stevens, Carter Crooker, Joey Bruning, Blaine Klinger, Darrell Ford, Corey Wood, Payton Talbot, Jimmy Devitt, Dave Constantino, Mike Nagel, Jr., Dale Welty, Michael Ballestero, Jimmy Johnson, Brian Durbin, Dominic Roselli.

Did Not Start: Kreg Crooker, Tyler Peet.

Did Not Qualify: Ryan Stortini, Austin Smith, Rafael Carson, John Cole, Jr., Jason Feinberg, Lem Atkins, Ethan Decker

Accurate Collision Halfway Leader Bonus ($100): Brian Krummel
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Joe Judge (10th)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Joe Judge (Redrew 12th)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Steve Davis (second) & Carter Crooker (12th)
In Memory of Phil Goetschius 2nd-Place Bonus ($200): Steve Davis (second)

STSS Race Day at Accord: ‘Battle of the Bullring 9’ Storylines, Stars & Sleepers

Written by Chris Moore

ACCORD, NY – Race day at the Big A!

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco makes the tow to Accord Speedway for the ninth running of the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ special.

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds lock horns at the ‘Ulster County Bullring’ chasing after the $6,000-plus top prize at the end of the 50-lap race.

Although this is the ninth running of the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ it is the eighth appearance by the STSS at Accord Speedway. The inaugural event was held in 2013, one year prior to the inception of the STSS.

THE STORYLINES

Today’s race serves as Round No. 2 of the River Valley Builders North Region as the STSS stars of the North prepare for a busy stretch in the march to the $15,000 championship. Four STSS North races are set to take place in the next two months.

Defending North Region champion Matt Sheppard sits on top of the North Region standings after his triumph at Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, N.Y.) in the ‘Hard Clay Open.’ The event was a combined race for the North Region and all-new Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series, awarding Sheppard $25,000-plus for the win.

A total pay structure of more than $27,000 is up for grabs and many more bonuses and awards will be distributed amongst competitors as well.

THE STARS

Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego is the only multi-time ‘Battle of the Bullring’ winner, having done so on three occasions, including last year’s edition in honor of his late father Tom. The former regular at Accord also claimed triumph in the 2014 and 2017 editions of the event.

Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden has gotten off to a strong start in his STSS appearances to open the 2022 season. The 2013 ‘Battle of the Bullring’ winner grabbed a top-five at Orange County Fair Speedway in the North Region opener.

2018 ‘Battle of the Bullring’ winner Jerry Higbie Jr. brings in an impressive Accord Speedway resume, including three top-fives in the seven STSS races at the Ulster County Bullring.

THE SLEEPERS

Boyertown, Pa.’s Jeff Strunk will be in attendance for the annual Accord Speedway visit by the STSS. The short-track ace has won twice with the STSS in his career – both coming at smaller tracks. He was a winner at Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fair Raceway last season and at the former three-eighths mile at Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park in 2018.

Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y.,is another driver who specializes in short-track racing. The Southern Tier star has been close to STSS triumph on multiple occasions, including a third-place finish in the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ in 2015.

Carbondale, Pa.’s Brett Tonkin is another star of bullring racing in Pennsylvania and New York. Tonkin is a past champion at Afton (N.Y.), Five Mile Point (Kirkwood, N.Y.) and Penn Can (Susquehanna, Pa.) and would love to add a victory with the STSS to his resume.

ALSO IN ACTION

The Crate 602 Sportsman begin their quest for the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region championship. The 25-lap event rewards the winner with a $1,500 winner’s share to open the North Region championship.

GATES AND PRICES

For the May 10 event, all gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start with racing set to take place at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand Admission is $28 for Adults, $25 for Seniors (ages 65 & up) and $3 for Kids ages 11 and under. Reserved outdoor seating is also available for a $2 upgrade.

Limited indoor reserved seating is also available for $35. Call 845.626.1494 or e-mail accordspeedway@outlook.com to reserve indoor seating.

Pit admission is $40 (no license required).

HOW TO WATCH

The entire night of racing, along with every STSS race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).  

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404 and can be reached by phone at 845.626.1494. The speedway website is www.accordspeedway.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.

Back to the Bullring: Accord Speedway Hosts Short Track Super Series Tuesday, May 10

Written by Chris Moore

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

ACCORD, NY – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Sunoco invades Accord Speedway on Tuesday, May 10 for Round No. 2 of the River Valley Builders North Region.

The return to the ‘Big A’ is the ninth edition of the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ at the Palmer family’s tight quarter-mile oval.

For the 2022 edition, the STSS Modifieds race 50 laps for a $6,000 top prize with 10th-place paying $1,000 and $500 to take the green. A total pay structure of more than $26,000 is up for grabs at the Ulster County Bullring.

Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego is the only multi-time victor of the ‘Battle of the Bullring,’ having won on three separate occasions including the most recent event in 2021. Perrego’s triumph last year was an emotional one, paying $5,440 in honor of his late father Tom Perrego. Perrego also claimed the 2014 and 2017 editions of the event.

2021 Batte of the Bullring winner Anthony Perrego. Accord Speedway May 11th 2021 Tom Morris/Myracenews

Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti claimed a dramatic ‘Battle of the Bullring’ victory in 2019 over Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular, who had driven from the consolation in a borrowed ride to claim the runner-up spot.

Newburgh, N.Y.’s Jerry Higbie registered his one and only STSS triumph in the 2018 edition of the ‘Battle of the Bullring.’ Higbie is one of the few drivers to top Perrego at Accord.

Stewart Friesen claimed his sole ‘Battle of the Bullring’ victory in the 2016 edition. The Sprakers, N.Y., native bested Jimmy Horton, and Danny Johnson in a thrilling three-car duel.

Jackie Brown Jr., like Higbie, claimed his only STSS triumph at Accord Speedway in the 2015 ‘Battle of the Bullring.’ Brown was the runner-up in 2013, avenging that defeat to pick up the third edition of the event.

Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden won the 2013 ‘Battle of the Bullring’ in the first-ever BD Motorsports Media LLC program run prior to the formation of the Short Track Super Series.

The Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region kicks off for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman as well. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman race for 25 laps in a $1,500-to-win and $100-to-start event.

The FWD Four Cylinders, under Accord Speedway rules, will complete the program paying $300 to the winner.

A ‘Battle of the Bullring 9’ general information sheet has been posted on the web: https://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/BattleoftheBullring9GeneralInfoSheet.pdf

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404 and can be reached by phone at 845.626.1494. The speedway website is www.accordspeedway.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.