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Stewart Friesen Needs All 50 Fonda Speedway Laps to Win STSS ‘Firecracker 50’ Wednesday Worth $10,700

Written by Chris Moore

FONDA, NY – For the first time in the history of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Fonda Speedway joined the series schedule in 2019.

And what a debut it was on Wednesday night.

After a wild 50-lap roller-coaster of a race, it was Sprakers, N.Y.’s, Stewart Friesen grabbing the win and the $10,700 in the inaugural Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Firecracker 50’ presented by Teo-Pro Car at the Track of Champions.

Friesen needed every one of the race’s 50 laps to get the job done before the largest crowd in Short Track Super Series history.

After blowing a right-rear tire with 19 laps to go, Friesen roared back to beat Matt Sheppard to the line on the final lap to grab the Sunoco checkered flag in Event No. 5 of the Halmar International North Region.

At the drop of the green it was a Friesen leading the way. However, it was Jessica Friesen who grabbed the lead from her front-row starting position in the early going.

After a yellow on lap five for Larry Wight, who made his STSS debut Wednesday night, Jessica Friesen began to show the field, and the crowd, she was there to win.

Friesen pulled away from Rocky Warner and Erick Rudolph before catching lap traffic. Meanwhile, Stewart Friesen had climbed from his eighth starting position, and got to second.

Stewart would eventually make the move past his wife, Jessica, to take the lead on lap 23. However, on lap 31 the entire race flipped on its ear.

The yellow flag came out with Jessica slowing due to engine issues off of turn two, while nearly simultaneously, Stewart blew a right-rear tire in turns three and four.

All of a sudden, Waterloo, N.Y.’s, Matt Sheppard would inherit the lead after stealthily climbing from his seventh starting position to third. However, on the restart, Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., jumped to the outside and drive around Sheppard for the lead.

It appeared his lead would be short lived with Sheppard applying the pressure, going high and low, searching for a lane. Meanwhile, Friesen had quickly gone from the back of the pack, to the sixth position after slicing through the field.

After a yellow on lap 37, Sheppard took advantage of the restart, taking the lead and pulling away from Rudolph. After a couple of laps, it became apparent, Sheppard’s biggest competition was a blue and black number 44 machine powered by a 360 small-block engine.

Friesen had gotten to the runner-up spot with eight laps to go, but it appeared he would run out of time. That was until Sheppard caught the tail of the field with three laps to go. Friesen closed fast and was on Sheppard’s bumper at the white flag.

Setting up a last lap for the ages, Sheppard left the top open in turns three and four, and it was all Friesen needed. Side-by-side, door-to-door, sparks flying and a roaring crowd, it was Friesen edging Sheppard for the win.

“I thought we were gonna drive away when we got the lead, but Stew’s just so fast here,” Sheppard said afterward.

“This is just awesome,” was the most Friesen could muster in Victory Lane following the win in front of a vocal crowd.

Rudolph hung on for a podium finish in third. Middletown, N.Y.’s, Anthony Perrego would drive the Graham Racing No. 18 machine to a fourth-place finish. Track regular and four-time Fonda winner Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., rounded out the top five.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., recorded a sixth-place result.  Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight came back for seventh after his lap-five flat tire. The “Corporate Jet” Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., grabbed an eighth-place finish. Mat Williamson of St. Catharine’s, Ont., finished ninth and Johnstown, N.Y.’s Craig Hanson got his second consecutive STSS 10th-place finish.

$100 Rob Sherlock Roofing heat winners were Mike Gular, Rudolph, Perrego and Friesen with 39 Modifieds in attendance. Larry Wight topped the consolation.

Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., took home $2,000 as the winner of the 25-lap STSS Crate 602 Sportsman main event. Hartman, the current point leader at Fonda and in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region, started third and took the lead on lap seven from pole starter Adam McAuliffe.

Brian Calabrese, Adam McAuliffe, Mark Mortensen and Chad Edwards put on the most entertaining battle of the night, battling back-and-forth for the second and third positions.

When the checkered flew, it was Calabrese grabbing the runner-up spot and McAuliffe would round out the podium finishers. Edwards and Mortensen completed the front five.

Hartman won for the second time this season with the STSS. He was a Memorial Day weekend victor at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., to kick off the North Region.

FONDA FINDS: The stout 39-car STSS Modified field was joined by 35 Crate 602 Sportsman on hand. The spacious grandstand area was filled to near capacity with a huge crowd on hand….

John Lakata designed a custom, unique trophy for the STSS winner that encompassed the freedom theme and the historic Fonda covered grandstand….

Andy Bachetti has earned top-10 finishes in all of the Halmar International North Region events run this season….

The family of late race fan Mike Cole were prominent during the evening and offered the command of ‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines’ before the main….

The night’s program was filmed with multiple camera angles for national MAV-TV broadcast in September….

Racing resumes for the STSS on Tuesday, July 9 with the ‘Battle of the Bullring 7’ at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway featuring the Halmar International North Region Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman North Region and Four Cylinders.

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.

he 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.


FUCCILLO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP ‘FIRECRACKER 50’ PRESENTED BY TEO-PRO CAR RACE SUMMARY – FONDA SPEEDWAY JULY 3, 2019

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 5 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Anthony Perrego, Rocky Warner, Andy Bachetti, Larry Wight, Brett Hearn, Mat Williamson, Craig Hanson, Michael Maresca, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, David Schilling, Mike Mahaney, Matt DeLorenzo, Allison Ricci, Billy Van Pelt, Cody Bleau, Steve Akers, Danny Creeden, Mike Gular, Jessica Friesen, Jeremy Smith, Corey Cormier, Billy Pauch Jr., J.R. Hurlburt, Alan Barker, Dave Constantino. 

Did Not Qualify: Tim Hartman Jr., Vinnie Sanganetti, Brian Gleason, Jimmy Horton, Josh Hohenforst, Scott Huber, Roger Henion Jr., Danny Varin.

Lap Money Breakdown ($5,005): Brett Hearn ($500); Matt Sheppard ($400); Stewart Friesen ($300); Michael Maresca ($300); Alan Barker ($300); Anthony Perrego ($300); Matt DeLorenzo ($300); Craig Hanson ($200); Jessica Friesen ($200); Erick Rudolph ($200); Jeremy Smith ($200); David Schilling ($200); Larry Wight ($200); Billy Decker ($200); Danny Creeden ($200); Dave Constantino ($200); Bobby Varin ($200); Mat Williamson ($105); Allison Ricci ($100); Cody Bleau ($100); Corey Cormier ($100); Mike Gular ($100)

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Brett Hearn (eighth) & Bobby Varin (13th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): 
Rocky Warner (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): 
Anthony Perrego (fourth) & Mat Williamson (ninth)
Fonda Fair Bonus ($100): 
Rocky Warner (fifth)
Fuccillo Automotive Group ‘Move of the Race’ ($100): 
Stewart Friesen
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): 
Andy Bachetti (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Michael Maresca (11th)
James Osterhoudt Heat No. 1 Award ($200): 
Larry Wight
John Grant Racing Engines Hard Charger ($100): 
David Schilling (29th to 14th)
Long Haul Bonuses by Timco Transportation ($150): 
Jimmy Horton & Roger Henion Jr.
MJK Home Maintenance Heat-Race Hard Charger ($125): 
Rocky Warner (eighth to second)
One Spot Out Bonus by Timco Transportation ($100): 
Jimmy Horton and Danny Varin
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): 
Erick Rudolph
Rob Sherlock Roofing Heat Winner Bonuses ($100 each): 
Mike Gular, Erick Rudolph, Anthony Perrego & Stewart Friesen
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 each): 
Matt Sheppard (second), Billy Decker (12th) & Mike Gular (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): 
Stewart Friesen
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE Wheel): 
Roger Henion Jr.
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Larry Wight (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco North Region Event No. 3 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): TIM HARTMAN JR., Brian Calabrese, Adam McAuliffe, Chad Edwards, Mark Mortensen, Tim Dwyer, Jimmy Johnson, JaMike Sowle, Aaron Burton, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dan Santabarbara, Cody Clark, Travis Green, Blaine Klinger, Harry Shaffer, Jim Housworth, Joe Orlando, Dustin Jordan, Brendan Gibbons, Jonathan Swift, Brett Mortensen, Joe Williams, Andrew Buff, Bobby Flood, Nick Scavia, Brian Borst, Jeremy Tuttle, Matt Shultz, Tommy Collins.

Did Not Qualify: Tom Princiotta, Jeff Holt, Griffen Mansmith, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Morgiewicz, Dustin Jordan, Will Eastman, Tony Farone.

ACR Performance Hard Charger ($100): Joe Orlando (29th to 17th)

Tom Morris Myracenews photo

DIRTY JERSEY 6 POSTPONED TO AUGUST 20 AT NEW EGYPT

NEW EGYPT, NJ – With rain in the area throughout the morning and predicted severe weather in the evening hours, Thursday night’s ‘Dirty Jersey 6’ at New Egypt Speedway has been postponed to Tuesday, August 20.

Rain formed over the Central Jersey facility during the morning hours and forecasters called for another wave in the late afternoon and evening, forcing the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco to shift the date to the 20th of August.

The program in its entirety will go to August with the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central big-block/small-block Modifieds offering $6,000 to win for 40 laps, Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Cars ($2,000 to win) and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.

All times and prices will remain the same.

Next up for the STSS is the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., on Sunday, May 26 with STSS Halmar International North Region Modifieds (Event No. 2), STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Event No. 1 and the Chad Sindoni Memorial for Street Stocks.

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.

SHEPPARD BREAKS THROUGH AT OCFS FOR STSS HARD CLAY OPEN VICTORY

Written by Chris Moore

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Matt Sheppard has a long resume of victories in his dirt Modified career.

Orange County Fair Speedway, however, had eluded him.

Until Sunday, that is. ‘Super Matt’ collected his first-ever victory at the Legendary House of Power in the Escape RV Inc. ‘Hard Clay Open’ to launch Race No. 1 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region.

Sheppard collected $11,919 from the posted $47,219 payout plus $100 from Rob Sherlock Roofing for winning his heat race, $150 as a Precision Hydraulic & Oil Halfway Cash Dash winner and $200 from Superior Remodeling as the Halfway Leader for a total of $12,369 for 50 laps!

The win for Sheppard came from 12th starting position aboard the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s.

“There were no excuses tonight,” a smiling Sheppard said after climbing to the roof of his Bicknell race car. “We started 12th and had to drive our way to the front.”

A field of 60 STSS Modifieds rolled through the gates in hopes of kicking off the 100th anniversary of OCFS in Victory Lane. The car count was the highest in the six-year history of the ‘Hard Clay Open’ springtime event. A large crowd took in the action from both sides of the five-eighths-mile oval.

Invader Danny Varin and defending OCFS champion Anthony Perrego led the field to the drop of the green flag for the 50-lap affair. Varin grabbed the initial lead in the Magsarus No. 93, with Perrego wasting little time in his drive to the front. He rolled the outside lane to the lead on lap three.

Following a yellow on lap seven, two cars stood out from the rest. Matt Sheppard had made his way from his 12th starting spot to sixth in the first seven laps. Not too far behind was Stewart Friesen who was up to 11th from his 20th starting position.

When the race resumed, Sheppard and Friesen continued their assault on the field. After Varin took the lead back from Perrego on the restart, a three-car battle ensued after Sheppard climbed into the third spot. After three laps of intense, door-to-door racing, Sheppard emerged from the fray with the lead on lap 16 and went to work on lapped traffic.

Friesen’s Halmar International No. 44 had clawed his way into the top-five and caught the battle up front. He along with, Perrego, Varin, Brett Hearn, and Mat Williamson fought for the runner-up spot until a yellow came out on lap 31.

Sheppard motored away on the restart, leaving the chasers battling each other. Williamson began to show signs of an ill-handling racecar, sliding back to fifth before cutting the right-rear tire on the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3 prior to the final yellow on lap 48.

Friesen’s climb from the 10th row ended with a runner-up finish as Savannah, N.Y.’s Sheppard broke his long winless drought at Orange County.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., earned $5,000 as the race’s runner-up plus $400 from Rock Fantasy Concert Shop in Middletown, N.Y., as the race’s Hard Charger for his 18-position ascent.

Middletown, N.Y.’s Perrego placed third in the Superior Remodeling No. 44 ($4,000), followed by Sussex, N.J.’s Brett Hearn, who survived a 360-degree spin in turn one to place fourth ($2,600 including heat win money) and Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular, who drove forward from 16th to finish fifth in the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A ($1,800).

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., in the Olum’s No. 33 ($1,600); Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., who started 13th aboard the Zubi’s Racing No 17z ($1,400); Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., driving the Petruska family No. 66 ($1,300) up from 21st on the grid; three-time STSS North Region champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. ($1,300); and 15th-starter Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., the defending North Region champion, driving Jeremy Smith’s No. 91 ($1,150).

Rob Sherlock Roofing $100 heat winners were Varin, Mahaney, Bachetti, Hearn, Craig Hanson and Sheppard. Billy Pauch Jr., Friesen and Johnson topped the consolations. Jerry Higbie took the 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

A split 6-lap Precision Hydraulic & Oil Cash Dash rewarded winners of two 3-lap segments. Varin and Sheppard each collected $150.

Grant Hilfiger rim-rode to victory in the accompanying 20-lap Crate 602 Sportsman feature. Hilfiger, of Canadensis, Pa., powered past longtime OCFS competitor Jimmy Johnson in the final laps to take home a $1,000 top prize.

“I’ve always been intimidated by this place,” Hilfiger said. “But I took a different approach tonight.”

Hilfiger completed his pass of Johnson with three laps to go. Johnson settled for second, followed by Leiby, Pat Reiser and Sammy Martz Jr.

The Crate 602 Sportsman event was a non-points program run under OCFS weekly rules.

HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: Despite a huge turnout of 106 total race cars, series and track officials completed pre-race and safety inspections quickly and the event rolled off on time….

The outstanding night for Danny Varin ended two laps from the finish when he was clipped and spun in turn four. The Fonda, N.Y., driver went off on the business end of the wrecker….

Andy Bachetti caught the inside wall in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Cash Dash, requiring his race team to scramble to make repairs in time for the main event….

Stewart Friesen was a consolation qualifier after spinning while challenging for the lead in his heat race….

Pennsylvania driver Mike Gular continued his affinity for Orange County, driving from 16th to finish fifth in the 50-lap feature….

The WELD Racing Wheels Hard Luck Award went to J.R. Hurlburt who was eliminated in a heat-race tangle before reaching the starter’s stand….

Next up for the STSS: Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., presents the ‘Diamond State 50’ for the Velocita-USA South Region paying $5,000 to win for 50-laps plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, Delaware Super Trucks and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.

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.

ESCAPE RV ‘HARD CLAY OPEN’ RACE SUMMARY – ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY APRIL 7, 2019

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps):  MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Brett Hearn, Mike Gular, Mike Mahaney, Brian Krummel, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Billy Decker, Jimmy Horton, Danny Creeden, Chris Whitehead, Mat Williamson, Allison Ricci, Ryan Watt, Tommy Meier, Brian Gleason, Craig Hanson, Brett Tonkin, Danny Varin, Tyler Dippel, Brandon Grosso, Jeremy Smith, Willy Decker, Rick Laubach, Tyler Boniface, Jerry Higbie, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Janiak.

Did Not Qualify: Dominic Roselli, Michael Storms, Ryan Krachun, Billy Van Pelt, Bob McGannon, Sam Martz, Roger Henion Jr., C.G. Morey, Donnie Wilson, Mike Kolka Jr., Kenny Tremont Jr., Joey Bruning, Danny Tyler, Billy Van Inwegen, Joe Falanga, Rich Eurich, Tyler Treacy, Gary Edwards, Kurt Hundeland, Joe Judge, Stan Frankenfield, Leo Fotopoulos Jr., Danny Cronk, Tim Hindley, John Ferrier, Craig Mitchell, J.R. Hurlburt, Corey Lowitt, Jeff Heotzler, Rich Eggers.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Brian Krummel (seventh) & Chris Whitehead (13th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Mike Gular (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Brett Hearn (fourth) & Andy Bachetti (ninth)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Jimmy Horton (11th)
MJK Home Maintenance Heat-Race Hard Charger ($150): Mat Williamson (ninth to second)
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): 
Anthony Perrego (third)
Rob Sherlock Roofing Heat Winners ($100 each): Danny Varin, Mike Mahaney, Andy Bachetti, Brett Hearn, Craig Hanson & Matt Sheppard
Rock Fantasy Hard Charger Award ($400 cash): Stewart Friesen (20th to second)
Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): 
Stewart Friesen(second), Danny Creeden (12th) & Tyler Dippel (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200): Matt Sheppard
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): J.R. Hurlburt
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): 
Brian Krummel (seventh)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): GRANT HILFIGER,Jimmy Johnson, Jesse Leiby, Pat Reiser, Sammy Martz, Matt Schultz, Jimmy Leiby, Daniel Morgiewicz, Kenny Ferrier, Will Shields, Tyler Thompson, Brian Neiger, Nick Plumstead, Jordan Lawrence, Ryan Macartney, Greg Sleight, Austin Smith, Danny Carlough, Joe Toth, Jake Mason, Bobby Flood, Jeffery Lapalme, Jared Labagh, Scott Zehnacker.

Did Not Qualify: Rich Ricci III, John Aumick, John Brown, Charles Loiodice, Brian Jones, Howie Finch, Kenny Ryder, Winter Mead, Mel Schrufer, Tighe Sherlock, Travis Billington, Eric Avenengo, Kyle Redner, Mike Talmadge, Billy Eggers, Troy Arnold, Bob Jashembowski, Aaron Doolittle, Anthony Falanga, Pat Mann, Michael Sabia, Willis Mann.