SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES HEADED TO NEW EGYPT MAY 24 FOR DIRTY JERSEY

Written by Chris Moore

NEW EGYPT, NJ – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco is prepared to “get dirty” in New Jersey.

New Egypt Speedway hosts the eighth running of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ on Tuesday, May 24. The Garden State invasion serves as Round No. 3 of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region for the STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds.

The stars of the STSS look to conquer the unique, D-shaped oval in pursuit of a $5,000 payday, just part of a purse totaling more than $26,000.

With two podium finishes, Potsdam, N.Y.’s Michael Maresca currently paces the South Region standings by just five points over Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown. Savannah, N.Y., star Matt Sheppard rounds out the top three, 20 markers behind Maresca.

The first two editions of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ were contested without STSS sanctioning (2013 & 2014), before the third affair took place in ‘15. Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden was the winner seven years ago, topping Godown and Anthony Perrego for the second of his five career STSS victories.

In ‘16, Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. got his first taste of STSS glory, winning at his then home track over his father Billy Pauch Sr. and Keystone State driver Duane Howard – two legends of the sport.

The 2017 ‘Dirty Jersey’ was contested at neighboring Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park and returned to New Egypt in ‘19 after not occurring in the ‘18 calendar year.

The ‘Dirty Jersey’ returned home to New Egypt for its sixth running in ‘19 and saw track regular David Van Horn Jr. grab his second career STSS victory. The Milford, N.J., resident topped fellow New Egypt regular Brandon Grosso and Pennsylvania’s Ryan Watt for the win. 

After another hiatus in 2020, the ‘Dirty Jersey 7’ took place in grand fashion last year. Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego won a thrilling race over fellow New York State driver Mike Mahaney and Mooresville, N.C.’s Max McLaughlin. Perrego outdueled the other two in the final laps, after coming from his eighth starting position.

The Belmont’s Garage South Region for the Crate 602 Sportsman are on the racing card as well. Round No. 2 of the South Region is another 25-lap affair paying $1,500 to win.

New Egypt Speedway regular Nick Van Wickle won the region opener at Delaware International Speedway, topping defending South Region champion Joe Toth and Fleetwood, Pa.’s Dylan Swinehart.

A complete general information center for the ‘Dirty Jersey’ is available at: https://shorttracksuperseries.com/event-info/.

For the May 24 event, pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing slated for 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $30 for Adults and $25 for Seniors (ages 65 & up). Teens ages 12-15 and Military with valid ID admit for $20 and Kids 11 & Under get in FREE.

Pit admission is $40 (no license required).

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

New Egypt Speedway is located at 720 Route 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 and can be reached by phone at 609.758.1900. The speedway website is www.newegyptspeedway.net.

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.

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SET FOR MORE NASCAR STOCK CAR RACING SATURDAY NIGHT, HOPING FOR A BREAK FROM THE WEATHER

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. – The management of Grandview Speedway is preparing to host a two-division program of professional auto racing action this Saturday night under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series banner, however they are hoping for cooperation from the weatherman.

The T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be running a series of qualifying events leading to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature and the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main event. Race time on Saturday night is 7:30 pm. with pit gates opening at 4 pm. grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:30 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, while children ages 11 and under are admitted free of charge.

The weather has become the hot topic of the new 2022 season, and it has not been because it has been good. Four of the first seven scheduled events have fallen to rain so far to start the season, including the last two in a row. This is not good, as the racers, fans and Speedway management can not get into a rhythm and start building from the spring season heading into the main part of the season during the summer months.

“It has been very frustrating so far not knowing whether or not we can run from week to week” stated Speedway Assistant Manager Tina Rogers, referring to the string of wet weather.

As frustrating as it has been, it is not something new for Grandview Speedway, now celebrating the 60th season of competition in 2022. The first four programs were lost to start the 1972 season, and the first three consecutive to begin the 1973 and 1975 seasons.

Equaling this season’s being rained out in four of the first seven events were the 2002, 2011, 2017 and the 2018 seasons. Just about as bad was the 2000 season which saw five of the first eight race events fall to rain to start the year.

This is a big turnaround from last season, which saw the Speedway run eight straight race events to start the year before suffering the first rain out. That was then followed by being rained out in four of the next eight races, before running off the final nine straight races to end the 2021 season.

Everyone is hoping for some dry and sunny weather for this Saturday’s program of NASCAR Stock Car racing.

In T.P. Trailer Modified competition this year, just two-point races have been run so far. Brett Kressley is on top of the point standings after winning the most recent event on April 30 and defending Champion Craig Von Dohren is the only other feature winner. Von Dohren was also victorious in the season opening VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial for Big Block/Small Block Modifieds

In T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman action, Jordan Henn, Parker Guldin and point leader Brian Hirthler have all been to Victory Lane so far this season.

All race teams are being reminded by Speedway management that tire sales will resume this week at the racetrack ONLY. The tire truck will be at the track when the pit gate opens at 4 pm, and all teams will be allowed to purchase two tires. To be certain the tire sales are monitored fairly, we are requiring that all cars must be signed in first for the night’s event, before purchasing, and the driver of each car is required to make the tire purchase.

We appreciate your understanding and your support during the tire shortage issue.

Once again, as last season, there will not be a fuel truck at the track, so racers need to plan accordingly.

Officials are reminding race teams that run 602 engines in the Sportsman division that a new local rebuilding center will be available in the coming months under the supervision of the RUSH racing series, hopefully by June. The rebuild center will be KB Performance 6807 Mosserville Road, New Tripoli, Pa. 18066, phone number is 610.751.9650. KB was selected by RUSH as our first local rebuild and repair center, however, he must first go through the RUSH certification and training process.

Until KB Performance is ready, Mike Ingram from RUSH will be available to help in any way he can. He may be contacted at 724.954.4340.

Saturday night May 28 will be a triple-header, as the 602 Crate Sportsman mini-series will join the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman starting at 7:30 pm.

The first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Event will happen on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29 with the first time running of the Balls to the Wall 50 for 358 Modifieds plus the return of the SpeedSTR’s starting at 7:30 pm. The 358 Modified portion of this program will be part of the newly re-formed Tri-Track series.

Looking ahead to next month, Saturday, June 4 will see the T.P. Trailer Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman in another double-header show starting at 7:30 pm.

Since the 1960’s, Grandview Speedway has been presenting exciting wheel to wheel NASCAR stock car racing every Saturday Night starting in April and running through September, plus special events. Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, Pa. 19505, just off Route 100, ten miles north of Pottstown, Pa.

Information is always available at www.grandviewspeedway.com or on Facebook, or by telephone at 610.754.7688.


Granite State Pro Stock Series Set For Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway

By Jeff Brown, Granite State Pro Stock SeriesRob Branning Photo

In its first two races of 2022, the Granite State Pro Stock Series has been the star attraction. But as the series travels to Lee USA Speedway for its third event of the season, it finds itself among elite company.

The GSPSS serves as the featured fendered attraction for Saturday evening’s inaugural Granite State Derby presented by USA Insualtion, part of the two-day May Madness opening weekend at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.” And for the first of two dates this year, the GSPSS will race alongside the stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in their own 100-lap contest.

Only a short drive from the seacoast, Lee USA Speedway is a storied venue that has welcomed legends from Dale Earnhardt to Bentley Warren through its gates. Designed as a dirt tri-oval in 1964, Lee was paved a year later and reconfigured in 1984 to today’s traditional oval layout. Lee’s first Oktoberfest that fall set track attendance records that still stand today. Lee has hosted nearly every major touring series in New England, plus national curiosities like the American IndyCar Series and the Stock Car Connection.

And since 2014, Lee has welcomed the Granite State Pro Stock Series as well. GSPSS’ twelve appearances at Lee have run the gamut from standalone summer appearances to anchoring the final day of Oktoberfest. This weekend is the second time, and the first since 2019, that GSPSS will race under the May Madness banner.

With Pro Stocks returning to Lee’s roster of weekly divisions in 2022, Lee is the only track on the GSPSS schedule that sanctions its own Pro Stock class.

Repeat performances have been the story of this GSPSS season so far. Reigning champion Gabe Brown opened the season with his third straight win at Claremont Motorsports Park. At Star Speedway, Bryan Kruczek duplicated his winning drive from last May’s visit to the Epping, N.H. quarter-mile.

This weekend, Kruczek will try to go two-for-two in 2022, as he and the Bobby Webber Racing team have made a last-minute call to head to Lee. Kruczek was a force in Lee’s Late Model Sportsman ranks last year, though he still seeks a touring win at the track.

Luke Hinkley, meanwhile, is looking for more than a repeat performance. The Claremont, N.H., veteran has finished second in the last three GSPSS races and leads the points standings, but Hinkley is eager to break through for his first series win. Hinkley’s recent results have set the bar high for his first visit to Lee since 2019.

Second in the standings is Joey Doiron, who has found highs and lows at the track not far from his Berwick, Maine, home. Doiron won at Lee in 2019 en route to the GSPSS title, and picked up another Super Late Model win last May. Tire management is critical at Lee, and Doiron’s experience and patience make him a favorite.

Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. has plenty of his own Lee experience to draw from. The youngster dominated Street Stock action at the track in 2020, but he found speed in a Pro Stock too, finishing third in that year’s Oktoberfest feature and second the year before. A jumped restart kept Renfrew from challenging for the win at Star, and a win at Lee would go a long way to avenge that error.

GSPSS rookie Dylan Estrella finished seventh at Lee’s Oktoberfest in 2020, improving on an eleventh-place run in that fall’s open-competition Freedom 300. The former Seekonk Speedway ace looks to build on that run on Saturday. Casey Call led 46 laps in last fall’s Oktoberfest, and the third-year driver will try to back up last year’s strong start with a strong finish.

Four drivers have won twice at Lee in GSPSS competition, but only Brandon Barker will try to go for a third this weekend. Barker wheeled Wright Pearson’s car to victory in 2018’s Oktoberfest, then picked up another win in 2019’s May Madness headliner, winning both the shortest and longest GSPSS features at Lee to date. The Mainer has a weekend doubleheader in store, as he will head west for another race Sunday afternoon.

Barker and Doiron head up a long list of Pine Tree State peers, many with ties to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Rookie Nick Cusack is gunning for his first top-five finish of the year at Lee. Corey Bubar, last August’s GSPSS Beech Ridge winner, was fourth in last year’s Oktoberfest. Ryan Green picked up a second-place finish at Lee last year and will put that experience toward a matching performance in GSPSS trim. Dan McKeage, Jr. finished tenth in his series debut at Claremont and returns for another start in his family’s “Naughty 40” entry. And Charlie Buxton, who made his first GSPSS starts since 2017 last fall, will return for his first start of 2022.

Josh King, by contrast, is the sole Vermonter in the lineup for Saturday’s race. King has fit in a lot of racing on the road this year, but he returns to the GSPSS in search of his first series win since 2017.

Derek Gluchacki will follow Barker’s lead, racing for Rollie Lindblad on Saturday before traveling to another race Sunday. In three GSPSS starts for Lindblad, Gluchacki has yet to finish outside the top ten.

Local veteran Bobby Baillargeon, North Country newcomer Sammy Gooden, and Pro Stock rookie Bobby Frappier are looking for brighter days after being knocked around a bit at Star. And Jeremy Sorel, who ended last season on a high note with a sixth-place finish at Claremont, will be hoping for a reversal of fortune after a challenging start to the season.

One driver, however, comes to Lee with a clean slate. Isaac Bevin will make his GSPSS debut Saturday, a crucial step as he makes the move from Legends cars to full-sized stock cars. The Kentucky teen is racing for Maine’s Petit Motorsports, with a team of decorated veterans guiding his racing education.

Saturday’s race is the first of two visits to Lee this year, and with July’s Friday-night showdown promising $10,000 to the winner, May’s early-season shakedown has a special significance for amateurs and experts alike. The lessons learned Saturday evening may decide who comes home with the big payday in two months’ time.

Lee USA Speedway and JDV Productions are proud to welcome fans to the inaugural Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation on Saturday, May 21. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Granite State Pro Stock Series headline a full day of action including Pro 4 Modifieds, NEMA Lites, and the NHSTRA Mini Stocks. Qualifying begins at 2:45pm with feature races kicking off at 3:30pm.

Advance tickets for Saturday’s program are available through JDV Productions at www.jdvproductions.com through Friday, with tickets also available at the track. General admission seats are $40.00, and children 12 and under are admitted free. VIP packages are also available.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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