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Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ Kicks Off Eastern States Weekend for Third Straight Year

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ Kicks Off Eastern States Weekend for Third Straight Year

MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the third consecutive season, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco hosts the ‘kickoff party’ to Eastern States Weekend.

On Thursday, October 24, the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ fires off with a fan-pleasing doubleheader of STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars.

STSS Modifieds race in the eighth and final round of the Halmar International North Region, a 50-lap main event offering a massive $10,000 to win and $500 to take the green from a posted pay structure of $40,475. The series’ $12,500 North Region title will be decided at this event.

Joining the Modifieds are the 360 Sprint Cars in a 25-lap, $3,000-to-win event presented by Rapid Tire. This will mark the second appearance by the 360 Sprint Cars during the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ event.

The first ‘Hard Clay Finale’ hit the five-eighths-mile in the 2017 season as a precursor to Eastern States Weekend.

In the event’s first running, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., charged through the field after pitting with 12 laps to go to earn the victory over Andy Bachetti, Rick Laubach, Craig Mitchell and Jeremy Smith.

A year ago, Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular shocked the field and won the event which ultimately led to him racing weekly at Orange County Fair Speedway this season. Gular bested Mat Williamson, Anthony Perrego, Tyler Dippel and Mike Mahaney.

With an all-new ‘soft clay’ surface in place at the Legendary House of Power, the ’19 edition will be wide open.

Last year’s 360 Sprint Car debut saw Pennsylvania’s Lucas Wolfe invade and take the $3,000 triumph in a late-race battle with Davie Franek. Billy Van Inwegen, Justin Barger and Coleman Gulick completed the front five.

Complete Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ information has been posted on the Short Track Super Series website at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SaturdaySTSNInformationSheet.pdf

STSS Modified complete pay structure: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/hard-clay-finale-stss-modified-pay-structure/

360 Sprint Car complete pay structure: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/hard-clay-finale-360-sprint-car-pay-structure/

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, 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 – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN

Tuesday, July 9 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. –Battle of the Bullring – WINNER: ANDY BACHETTI

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

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

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

HARD CLAY OPEN KICKS OFF 2019 STSS NORTH REGION AT ORANGE COUNTY APRIL 7

MIDDLETOWN, NY – A memorable 100th anniversary season for Orange County Speedway gets the green flag on Sunday, April 7.

And the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco has the honor of kicking off the celebration at the Middletown, N.Y., facility.

The Escape RV-presented ‘Hard Clay Open’ takes the track on April 7 to launch the STSS Halmar International North Region $12,500 championship battle. The series’ North Region has nine events on the docket for the 2019 season, beginning and ending the points race at Orange County.

The 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event will celebrate the richest-ever edition this year. In honor of the Orange County Fair Speedway centennial, a massive $11,919 is up for grabs in the winner, with $1,150 going to the 10th-place finisher and $700 just to take the green flag.

“I grew up spending every Saturday night in the half-covered grandstands at Orange County Fair Speedway,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “It’s a huge honor to have our series be the first to hit the track as the speedway celebrates 100 years of auto racing.

“Michael Gurda and Chris Larsen have done amazing things in the past couple of years to upgrade the facility. We’re honored to be part of it.”

Sail panels will adorn the side of the Modifieds for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ with engine rules allowing for big- and small-block combinations. A diverse and talented field is expected to congregate at the five-eighths-mile ‘Hard Clay’ oval led by defending STSS Halmar International North Region champion Billy Decker driving for Jeremy Smith Racing.

Previous ‘Hard Clay Open’ victors have included: Stewart Friesen (2018 & 2015), Andy Bachetti (2017 & 2014) and Tommy Meier (2016). Who will take home the big money in April?

Joining the STSS Modifieds on the OCFS docket are Crate 602 Sportsman, running under the speedway’s weekly rules, for $1,000 to win. A quick-hitting, two-division open wheel doubleheader is on the agenda.

The speedway has an Open Practice planned prior to the ‘Hard Clay Open’ on Saturday, April 6.

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