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FRIESEN WINS $10,400 HARD CLAY FINALE, SHEPPARD NORTH REGION CHAMP

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The new wide and racy “soft clay” of Orange County Fair Speedway suited Stewart Friesen well Thursday night.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., rode the outside rim to a $10,400 victory in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at the Legendary House of Power in the eighth and final round of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region.

Matt Sheppard, with a fourth-place finish, clinched his first STSS Halmar International North Region title worth $12,500 for the Hurlock Auto & Speed team. Sheppard, more importantly, inched closer to the Insinger Performance-Sunoco Race Fuels ‘Grand Championship’ worth $58,500. Sheppard only needs to take the green next Saturday (Nov. 2) at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway to clinch the STSS Velocita-USA South Region title and secure the huge payday.

A new record field of 89 competitors signed in for competition on the eve of Eastern States Weekend. Through eight heat races and three consolations, the starting field was trimmed to 32 for the 50-lap main event.

Friesen, by virtue of the redraw, started 12th on the field.

Andy Bachetti, a three-time series champion, was the dominant force early on. Bachetti launched into the lead from the outside pole and accrued a seven-second lead prior to the first caution on lap nine.

Michael Storms and a rim-riding Friesen emerged to race with Bachetti. On lap 17 Bachetti and Storms collided momentarily on the frontstretch. Friesen shot the gap on the inside lane and took over a lead he would never relinquish.

Friesen drove to his 17th career STSS victory, the most of any driver.

Larry Wight, making his debut for Delaware-based car owner Gary Simpson, throttled from 26th to chase Friesen across the line. Unfortunately for Wight, the No. 12K came up light on the scales and he was disqualified.

Anthony Perrego, who started 25th in Ray Graham’s No. 18, placed second, receiving $5,000 for his efforts plus $400 from Land Hoe Maintenance as the race’s Hard Charger.

Sheffield, Mass., resident Bachetti placed third, taking home $4,000. Sheppard, who started his championship drive from 13th, finished fourth and Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., advanced from 18th to place fifth in the Jeremy Smith Racing No. 91. Decker ran as high as second in the event.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were 10th-starter Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J.; Mat Williamson of St. Catharines, Ont., in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3; Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J., from 21st in the Bill Pascual No. 3; Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., who nursed the Terry Fasnacht No. 2A home with a broken fan; and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., who started 28th.

Rob Sherlock Roofing $100 heat-race winners were Horton, Mike Trautschold, Gular, Brett Hearn,Brian Gleason, Sheppard, Williamson and Jeff Heotzler.

Consolation victories went to Perrego, Wight and Bobby Varin.

Rapid Tire of Montgomery, N.Y., was the presenting sponsor of the 360 Sprint Car 25-lap main and the event was a thriller. Jordan Thomas, after trading the lead with Davie Franek, fought off the high-side advances of Billy Van Inwegen on the final lap to take the $3,000 victory.

Van Inwegen, who has vast Orange County experience in a Modified, found the extreme high line to his liking and swept past Thomas coming to starter Joe Kriss’ white flag.

The leaders raced side-by-side down the backstretch on the final lap. A slower car on the outside lane broke Van Inwegen’s momentum. Thomas won the drag race off turn four for the victory.

Van Inwegen placed second, taking home $2,000 for his efforts. Lucas Wolfe, Franek and Justin Barger completed the front five.

360 Sprint Car heat winners were Joe Kata, Wolfe and Thomas.

Racing resumes for the Short Track Super Series Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 with the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend. The STSS Modified Velocita-USA South Region presented by Sunglass Central and Design for Vision South Region STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South Region championships will be decided amongst a huge weekend of racing at the Sussex County track.

The complete weekend breakdown can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MidAtlanticChampionshipWeekendBreakdown.pdf

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.


BEHRENT’S PERFORMANCE WAREHOUSE ‘HARD CLAY FINALE’ RACE SUMMARY – OCTOBER 24, 2019

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Halmar International North Region Event No. 8 Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Anthony Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Jimmy Horton, Mat Williamson, Billy Pauch Jr., Mike Gular, Erick Rudolph, Brett Hearn, Mike Mahaney, Dan Creeden, Bobby Varin, Mike Storms, Billy Van Pelt, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Daniel Morgiewicz, J.R. Hurlburt, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., David Schilling, Joe Bonetti, Rick Laubach, Jeff Strunk, Allison Ricci, Matt Stangle, Dillon Steuer, Jeff Heotzler, Michael Trautschold, Craig Mitchell, Larry Wight (DQ – Weight).

Did Not Qualify: Marc Johnson, Brian Malcolm, Bob McGannon, Billy Van Inwegen, Danny Bouc, Alex Tonkin, Roger Henion, Mike Kolka, Jerry Higbie, Ricky Wegner, Josh Delea, Alex Yankowski, Rocky Warner, Stan Frankenfield, Corey Lowitt, Tyler Boniface, Shane Jablonka, John Illanovsky, Ric Hill, Randy Green, Geoff Quackenbush, Gary Edwards, Tyler Treacy, John Redner, Jeremy Smith, Joe Barbagallo, Michael Sabia, Jim Maher, Yanick Mathieu, Peter Britten, Chris Grbac, Tim McCreadie, Tommy Collins, Chris Stevens, Justin Lalancette, Tighe Sherlock, Matt Hitchcock, Steve Dodd, Tyler Jashembowski, Joe Bruning, Terry Arnold, John Brown, Danny Tyler, Jessica Friesen, Travis Green, Troy Arnold, Christian Rumsey, Danny Carlough, Sean Mandel, Kirk Horton, Peter Carlotto, Dylan Smith, Ryan Godown, Ryan Godown Jr., Christian Eckes, Ryan Neiger, Tommy Meier.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificate): Mike Gular (ninth) & Mike Mahaney (12th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): 
Billy Decker (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Card): 
Matt Sheppard (fourth) & Mike Gular (ninth)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Jimmy Horton (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Brett Hearn (11th)
Land Hoe Maintenance Hard Charger ($400): Anthony Perrego (25th to second)
MJK Home Maintenance Heat-Race Hard Charger ($150):
 Matt Sheppard
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): Andy Bachetti (third)
Rob Sherlock Roofing Heat Winner Bonuses ($100 each): Jimmy Horton, Mike Trautschold, Mike Gular, Brett Hearn,Brian Gleason, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson & Jeff Heotzler
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates):
 Anthony Perrego (second), Mike Mahaney (12th) & David Schilling (22nd)
Superior Remodeling/Evergreen Fuels Halfway Leader ($400): Stewart Friesen
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): Allison Ricci
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mat Williamson


‘Rapid Tire 25’ 360 Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 laps): 
JORDAN THOMAS, Billy Van Inwegen, Lucas Wolfe, Davie Franek, Justin Barger, Joe Kata III, Mike Walter, Eric Jennings, Matt Tanner, William Glover, Larry McVay, Dallas Schott, Bob Tersillo, Zack Burd, Mark Sasso, Christian Rumsey, Ryan Stillwaggon, Scott Goodrich, Brett Wright, Thomas Radivoy.

Did Not Start: Scott Flammer

IT’S TITLE TIME FOR THE STSS HALMAR NORTH REGION AT OCFS OCTOBER 24

MIDDLETOWN, NY – For the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region, title time is near.

The $12,500 STSS Modified Halmar International North Region championship will be decided after 50 laps of racing in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Orange County Fair Speedway Thursday, October 24.

The ‘Hard Clay Finale’ marks the eighth and final event on the Halmar International North Region with increased championship points offered.

Following his victory at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on October 12, Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., holds a lead of 47 points entering the finale with 607 markers. Andy Bachetti sits second with 560 points and Mike Gular is third, 57 points behind, with 550.

Via the championship point breakdown, a race winner receives 150 points and 60 points are offered from 24th to take the green flag, a 90-point swing. Sheppard, Bachetti and Gular are the three drivers mathematically in the running for the title.

For Sheppard and his Hurlock Auto & Speed team, the pressure is on. Sheppard has already clinched the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco ‘home-track’ championship ($11,000) and needs only to take the green at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway to secure the $10,000 STSS Velocita-USA South Region crown on Nov. 2.

Should Sheppard secure the North Region championship at Orange County, he will receive the Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance ‘Grand Champion’ bonus of $25,000, bringing his earnings to $58,500.

The top-12 drivers in the year-end STSS Halmar International North Region standings will share in a posted point fund of $38,900. The point fund will be distributed on Jan. 4 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Lehigh Valley, Pa., where the ‘Night of Champions’ STSS Awards Banquet will be held.

Current STSS standings can be found at the following link: https://stss.racestatcentral.com/?IDseries=1&IDseason=2019

The Championship Point breakdown to be utilized at the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ is as follows: 1) 150; 2) 145; 3) 140; 4) 135; 5) 130; 6) 125; 7) 120; 8) 116; 9) 112; 10) 108; 11) 104; 12) 100; 13) 96; 14) 92; 15) 88; 16) 84; 17) 80; 18) 77; 19) 74; 20) 71; 21) 68; 22) 65; 23) 62; 24-Last) 60. Did Not Qualify: 35

Complete ‘Hard Clay Finale’ event information can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/HCFGeneralInformationSheet2019.pdf

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 – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD

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

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