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Short Track Super Series Honors Top Performers at Saturday ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet

Distributes Record $572,469 in 2018

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA – Champions all.

Talented competitors from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic congregated in the Mountain Ballroom of the Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center Saturday night to officially culminate the 2018 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

Top performers from the traveling STSS Modified and Sportsman circuits and home-track American Racer Cup were recognized during the festive affair.

STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as the master of ceremonies for the largest crowd ever assembled at the STSS ‘Night of Champions’ event.

STSS organizer Brett Deyo addressed attendees and offered many impressive numbers from the ’18 season. During the season, 299 drivers attempted to qualify for at least one STSS Modified event, with an average of 43.7 cars per event. The expanded Sportsman program attracted 274 different competitors.

The series hit a new record one-year payout total of $572,469 for the ’18 season: $482,748 in purse money, $14,771 in bonuses and a STSS high $74,950 point fund.

Deyo added that two events in the upcoming ’19 season will be nationally televised on MAV-TV: the July 3 Firecracker 50 at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway and Aug. 27 ‘Blast at the Beach’ at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

Seven champions were honored during the evening.

Taking home $12,500 as the STSS Halmar International North Region champion for the first time in his accomplished career was Sidney, N.Y., native Billy Decker. Decker was a model of consistency during the season: his worst finish came in the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., where he placed ninth to secure the championship by a mere two points.

Decker and his Jeremy Smith-fielded team produced an average finish of 6.0 en route to the crown with five top-five finishes in the nine races.

Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., earned 764 points, just two less than Decker’s total and placed runner-up in the North Region for the second straight season. Perrego earned $7,000 for his Brian Smith-fielded Superior Remodeling operation.

Mat Williamson of St. Catharines, Ont., took third, eight points out of the lead. Williamson and car owner Jeff Behrent took home $4,000. Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., like Williamson a first-year series regular, missed the title by 18 points driving for Terry Fasnacht ($3,000). Waterloo, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard finished fifth ($2,500) after splitting his time on the circuit between Vic Coffey’s No. 92s and the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s.

Finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., in the Steve Lowitt-owned No. 48 ($2,000); Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden ($1,750); three-time series champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. ($1,650); championship car owner Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y. ($1,550); Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y. ($1,450); Duane Howard of Oley, Pa. ($1,000); and Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. ($1,000).

Four drivers outside the Top-12 had perfect attendance in the Region and receive $250 each: Nick Nye (13th), Brett Tonkin (14th), J.R. Hurlburt (16th) and Craig Hanson (17th).

Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., secured his third STSS Velocita-USA South Region title for Ron Roberts Racing and left the ‘Night of Champions’ with $10,000 cash. Watt started the season with a dramatic triumph at Georgetown Speedway in March and won what was ultimately the series finale at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., in October.

Watt finished five of the six STSS South Region events inside the top-five, with an average of 3.8. Perhaps the performance that sealed Watt’s fate as champion was the ‘Blast at the Beach’ in August at Georgetown when he survived a flip in turn three to finish fifth.

The steady David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., finished second in the standings with Fred Vahlsing’s No. 323ov team, 43 behind Watt. Van Horn collected $5,000. Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., finished third for Dick Biever’s team ($3,000), followed by Duane Howard, also of Oley, driving for Norm Hansell ($2,000) and Empire State driver Sheppard, who won two events driving for Hurlock Auto & Speed ($1,500).

The sixth- through 12th-place finishers were New Jersey’s Ryan Godown ($1,400); New Yorker Anthony Perrego ($1,300); a tie between Mass. native Andy Bachetti and Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa. ($1,150 each); Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J. ($1,050); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. ($1,000); and Danny Bouc of Pipersville, Pa. ($1,000).

Four drivers with perfect attendance placed outside the top 12: Mike Gular (13th), Jordan Watson (14th), Jimmy Horton (15th) and Jim Britt (16th). Each will receive $250.

Dustin Leverknight, representing American Racer and Lias Tire Company of Indiana, Pa., was on hand to officially crown the ’18 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco overall champions.

For the second consecutive year, Matt Sheppard earned overall honors for the American Racer Cup utilizing Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., as his home track. Sheppard received $11,000 for his efforts: $10,000 from the overall point fund and $1,000 as the Insinger Performance North Region champ.

Of the 10 best finishes utilized to determine American Racer Cup standings, Sheppard won seven times.

Teenager Alex Yankowski of Throop, Pa., who competes at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., took the Sportsman American Racer Cup crown and the $2,000 that accompanied it: $1,500 from the point fund and $500 as the Insinger Performance South Region champion. Yankowski won six of the required 10 events at Big Diamond.

American Racer rep Leverknight noted that 242 drivers registered for the Cup in ’18, with $51,450 cash distributed and a total of 575 tire certificates handed out to racers.

The STSS produced a three-pronged Sportsman program during the ’18 campaign with Open Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman North and South series.

Second-generation driver Dominic Roselli of Highland Lake, N.Y., took the STSS Open Sportsman title. Roselli won the Sept. 16 event at Thunder Mountain Speedway and defeated Dale Welty by just 10 points at season-end. Roselli, running the blue No. 80 paint scheme made familiar to PA/NY race fans by his father, received $1,000.

Lansing, N.Y.’s Tommy Collins reigned supreme in the five-race STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region. Collins picked up a series win on Labor Day weekend at Thunder Mountain and recorded three other top-five finishes to clinch the championship by 33 points over Dustin Jordan. Collins took home $1,000 for the title.

Corey Cormier made the long journeys south from his home in Otisville, N.Y., worthwhile by taking the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South Region title and the $1,000 that accompanied it. Cormier had a pair of runner-up finishes and took the title by 17 points over Adam McAuliffe.

A number of special awards were presented during the evening.

Three ‘Horizon Awards’ were handed out by STSS organizer Brett Deyo to competitors emerging as a force on the series while exhibiting a positive influence at the track and on social media. Recipients were Mike Gular (Modified North), Danny Bouc (Modified South) and Daniel Morgiewicz (Sportsman).

The Car Owner of the Year honors for 2018 were bestowed upon Brian Smith of Superior Remodeling. Smith fielded the No. 44 Modified for Anthony Perrego on both the North and South Regions and No. 44 Crate 602 Sportsman for Kyle Rohner in the North Region.

Series official Angela Hanson received the Contribution to the Series Award. She traveled from her home in Johnstown, N.Y., to every series event in addition to many events at Georgetown Speedway, where she handled registration and lineups.

The award teams never want to receive, the Hard Luck Awards, went to J.R. Hurlburt in the Modified North Region and Rick Laubach in the South Region.

By passing a total of 50 cars in the Velocita South Region, Ryan Watt picked up the overall VAHLCO Wheels Hard Charger Award, a set of four VAHLCO Elite Series wheels worth $1,370.

Series partner Velocita-USA provided two custom race suits, minimum value $999, which were handed out via a pair of random draws to Danny Creeden (North) and Craig Von Dohren (South).  

Velocita also distributed nine gift certificates worth $100 each. Recipients were in the North Region: Mat Williamson (third), Danny Creeden (seventh) and Ryan Godown (12th); South Region: Craig Von Dohren (third), Anthony Perrego (seventh) and Danny Bouc (12th); and Sportsman: Dominic Roselli (Open Sportsman champion), Tommy Collins (Crate 602 Sportsman North Region champion) and Corey Cormier (Crate 602 Sportsman South Region champion).

Kirkey certificates went to each of the three Sportsman champions.

Halmar International North Region competitors were eligible to win a Henry’s Exhaust System (value $650). The winner of the draw was Anthony Perrego.

Flach Performance Products provided a radiator (value $575) to be given away via a draw to Craig Von Dohren.

Taking home WELD Racing Wheels via drawings were Jerry Higbie (North) and Ryan Watt (South).

North Region runner-up Anthony Perrego and South Region champion Ryan Watt each received two FOX Shocks as the highest-finishing driver utilizing the brand in each sector of the series.

Anthony Perrego took home a pair of $500 certificates as the highest-placing Teo-Pro car in each region.

Bicknell Racing Products $500 certificates went to champions Ryan Watt and Billy Decker as the top BRP representatives.

Nick Nye received $500 from Hig Fab Chassis (HFC) for placing 13th in the North Region (HFC founder Jerry Higbie actually placed sixth and was in line for the award, but passed it on to Nye).

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse offered $200 gift cards to drivers finishing fourth and ninth in the STSS Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region. Taking the certificates were Mike Gular and Jeremy Smith in the North and Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk in the South.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear distributed $7,500 worth of certificates at the ‘Night of Champions’ to the top-20 drivers in STSS Modified North and South Regions in addition to the top-10 in all three Sportsman programs and American Racer Cup champions.

BANQUET BITS: All champions received custom champagne bottles complete with photos of their title-winning cars, a unique touch that was much appreciated….

Video highlight reels prepared by Gary Silverman added to the points presentations….

A plethora of door prizes were distributed from a number of sponsors including K&N Filters, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Sunoco Race Fuels, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse and more….

DJ Jammin’ Jimmy Payne provided the musical entertainment as the STSS ‘Night of Champions’ took place at Bear Creek for the first time. Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the Bear Creek staff….

The 2019 season gets underway on March 15-16 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Georgetown Speedway for the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Sunglass Central and Design for Vision. The Halmar International North Region goes green on Sunday, April 7 at Orange County Fair Speedway with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ sixth edition.

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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, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.


ACCORD, NY – There’s no question ‘Old Man Winter’ arrived early in the Hudson Valley and foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

The entourage of wet weather has now claimed the Northeast dirt-track finale ‘Gobbler’ at Accord Speedway. The event, which had previously been postponed to Dec. 1, has been canceled and will not be made up.

Rain, wintry mix and snow has left the grounds and track surface at the Ulster County facility completely saturated.

“Everything is soaked,” speedway promoter Gary Palmer said. “The track, the pits, the parking lot – there is no way we could be race ready for Saturday, even with three days of hot weather and sunshine.”

In the previous five editions of the ‘Gobbler’ the event went off twice on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (2013 & ’18) and on two occasions the first Saturday of December (’15 & ’16). Only once, in ’14, the event was pushed back to the following April after racers and competitors had arrived.

“We aren’t giving up on the ‘Gobbler’ at all,” event co-promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC said. “This November was extreme, even for New York weather. We will put it back on the schedule for next year and hope for better luck with Mother Nature.”

The ’18 season is now complete for both Accord Speedway and BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. To learn more about the speedway, visit, call the speedway office at 845.626.1142 or the race day line: 845.626.3478. E-mail the speedway at

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – Second verse, better than the first.

In May, Pennsylvania small-block standout Mike Gular made his first-career start at the legendary Orange County Fair Speedway, finishing a respectable 11th On Thursday, Gular returned for the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ to kick off Eastern States Weekend and fared better – much better.

Gular, of Boyertown, Pa., upset a stacked field to win the Halmar International North Region finale for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco big-block/small-block Modifieds at the five-eighths-mile facility.

For the most lucrative victory of his career, Gular and his Terry Fasnacht-owned team pocketed $10,250 – $10,000 from the posted purse, $200 as the Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader and $50 from Rock Fantasy as a heat-race winner.

Gular started from the pole, but relinquished the lead at the outset to track regular Jerry Higbie. On lap nine, he reclaimed the top spot and authored a mistake-free drive for the remainder of the race’s 50 grueling laps.

“Of all the places we went this year for the series, can you believe I won one here?” Gular exclaimed after climbing to the roof of his big-block-powered No. 2A Bicknell mount.

Sidney, N.Y.’s Billy Decker, meanwhile, drove the Jeremy Smith Racing No. 91 to a conservative ninth-place finish after starting 17th and clinched the $12,500 STSS Halmar International North Region championship. While winless on the series, Decker’s consistency led him to the ultimate prize by a margin of just two points.

Gular, the champion at his home track of Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., showed speed in his qualifying performance. But it was Higbie – in the United Pump & Tank-sponsored No. 48 – who got the jump at the start of the main.

Gular stalked Higbie before working to his inside on the ninth tour to take over the lead.

But the challenge was far from over.

Gular not only had to conserve the rubber on his American Racer tires. He also had to stave off challenges from a number of drivers who occupied the runner-up spot during the remainder of the distance.

Higbie, Andy Bachetti, Matt Sheppard and ultimately Mat Williamson took shots at the leader.

However, it was Gular – who has attended every 2018 Short Track Super Series event in both the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region – outrunning the field.

Gular became the 28th different winner in the 64-race history of the Short Track Super Series.

St. Catharines, Ont., native Williamson earned $5,050 as the runner-up in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3, chasing Gular to the finish. Williamson ended the ’18 STSS North Region with back-to-back runner-up efforts.

After starting 11th, Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego advanced to third ($4,000), filling out the podium in Brian Smith’s Superior Remodeling No. 44 small-block. Perrego fell just two points shy of earning the series championship.

Wallkill, N.Y.’s Tyler Dippel, who has been competing in NASCAR K&N East and Camping World Truck Series competition, made a rare dirt Modified start and authored an impressive drive from 21st to finish fourth, worth $2,500. Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., advanced to fifth in the Buzz Chew Racing No. 88 ($1,800). Mahaney started 15th.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who blasted through the field to sixth in the Halmar International No. 44 after pitting for fresh tires on lap 33 ($1,500); Newburgh, N.Y.’s Higbie, who led early on ($1,400); Hard Charger Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., up from 30th on the grid (a series provisional) earning $200 from Land Hoe Maintenance, a $200 Beyea Custom Headers Certificate and $50 QA1 Certificate ($1,000); series champion Decker ($1,200); and track regular Craig ‘Hollywood’ Mitchell of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., who had run as high as fourth ($1,150).

A record field of 77 STSS Modifieds attempted to qualify for the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ requiring seven heat races. Winners received $50 cash from Rock Fantasy Concert Shop and $50 certificates courtesy of Beyea Custom Headers. Heat victors were Stan Frankenfield, Higbie, Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Williamson, Gular and Sam Martz.

Consolation wins went to Brian Krummel, Shane Jablonka and Mike Ricci.

A special 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier saw Allison Ricci gain the 28th starting position for the main. Drivers missing a qualified spot by one in each of the consolations took part in this event.

For the first time, 360 Sprint Cars joined the STSS Modifieds on the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ program.

In a down-to-the-wire 25-lap event, Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg, Pa., held off a relentless Davie Franek to earn a $3,000 payday for his R.C. Faigle-backed Pabst Blue Ribbon team.

Wolfe started fifth and avoided a multi-car tangle in turn two on the race’s opening lap. Then, he jetted past outside-pole starter Franek to lead the second lap.

Franek was not done, however.

In the race’s final five laps, Franek powered his car to the topside and reeled in Wolfe, nearly pulling even with the leader entering turn three coming to the checkered flag. Wolfe prevailed off the fourth turn to take the win.

Franek, from nearby Wantage, N.J., placed second, followed by a rim-riding Billy Van Inwegen of Sparrowbush, N.Y., Montrose, N.Y., native turned North Carolina resident Justin Barger and Binghamton, N.Y.’s Coleman Gulick, who started 16th.

360 Sprint Car winners were Barger and Franek.

Next up for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco is Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del., Friday-Saturday October 26-27. The Velocita-USA South Region Modified title will be decided along with the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman championship. 10 divisions of racing are planned over the two days.

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HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: The evening honored the career of veteran driver Rich Eurich, who has competed at OCFS since the late-1960s. Eurich signed commemorative posters in the grandstand area prior to the start of racing and spoke to the crowd before the National Anthem. He was bestowed a $1,000 guaranteed starting spot for the event as part of the recognition….

The 77-car STSS Modified field registered on Thursday night at OCFS set a new standard as the largest car count in history since the inception of the series in 2014….

The unofficial top-five in points were: Billy Decker (766), Anthony Perrego (764), Mat Williamson (758), Mike Gular (748) and Matt Sheppard (705). Of the top-five finishers, only one of the top-five was able to win a North Region series event and that was Gular on Thursday night….

The WELD Racing Wheels Hard Luck Award went to Michael Storms, who ran inside a qualifying spot in his heat race until suffering a flat tire on the final lap. Storms will receive a free WELD Racing Wheel….

All-time OCFS win leader Brett Hearn was eliminated after hot laps with water pump failure on the Madsen Motorsports No. 20….

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region Event No. 9 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MIKE GULAR, Mat Williamson, Anthony Perrego, Tyler Dippel, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Jerry Higbie, Danny Creeden, Billy Decker, Craig Mitchell, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Sheppard, Bob McGannon, Jeremy Smith, Ryan Godown, Jackie Brown, Tyler Boniface, Andy Bachetti, Sammy Martz, Duane Howard, Brian Krummel, Billy Van Inwegen, Rich Eurich, Allison Ricci, Mike Kolka, Donnie Elliott, Mike Ricci, Stan Frankenfield, Shane Jablonka, Matt Hitchcock.

Did Not Qualify: C.G. Morey, Brett Tonkin, Rick Laubach, Ric Hill, Tommy Meier, Corey Lowitt, Steve Dodd, Nick Nye, Joe Bonetti, J.R. Hurlburt, Roger Henion Jr., Kurt Hundeland, Leo Fotopolous Jr., Yanick Mathieu, John Ferrier, Dillon Steuer, Ricky Davis, Cass Bennett, Mark Pullen, Kyle Armstrong, Chris Stevens, Ed Burgess, Gary Edwards, Sean Mandel, Marc Johnson, Jeremy Markle, Jason Kosch, Brett Haas, Austin Smith, LJ Lombardo, Anthony Falanga, Craig Hanson, Rich Eggers, Tom Hindley, Frankie Harper, Tom Foley, Michael Horton, Danny Cronk, Jessica Friesen, Joe Falanga, Jeff Heotzler, Donnie Wilson, Connor Otten, Mike Storms, Brett Hearn, Rob Rowe.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Jerry Higbie (seventh) & Jimmy Horton (11th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Tyler Dippel (fourth) & Billy Decker (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Hard Charger ($200 Certificate): Danny Creeden (30th to eighth)
Beyea Custom Headers Heat Winners ($50 Certificates): Stan Frankenfield, Jerry Higbie, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular & Sam Martz.
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Stewart Friesen (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Jimmy Horton (11th)
Land Hoe Maintenance Hard Charger ($200): Danny Creeden (30th to eighth)
QA1 Hard Charger ($50 Certificate): Danny Creeden (30th to eighth)
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): Anthony Perrego (third)
Rock Fantasy Heat Winners ($50): Stan Frankenfield, Jerry Higbie, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular & Sam Martz.
Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Mat Williamson (second), Billy Pauch Jr. (12th) & Brian Krummel (12th)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($200): Mike Gular
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jerry Higbie

360 Sprint Car Open Feature Finish (25 laps): LUCAS WOLFE, Davie Franek, Billy Van Inwegen, Justin Barger, Coleman Gulick, Joe Kata, Kyle Smith, Tyler Jashembowski, Thomas Radivoy, Mike Walter, Eric Jennings, Geoff Quackenbush, Bill Unglert, Floyd Billington, Scott Flammer, Matt Tanner, Scott Goodrich.