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FRIESEN & HARTMAN WIN STSS CHEROKEE FINALE SATURDAY

Written By Bobby Sweeney

GAFFNEY, SC – Stewart Friesen has had a great week in the Carolinas, capping off the weekend with a Short Track Super Series win at Cherokee Speedway after a tough battle with Larry Wight. 

It was Friesen’s second win in three days and gave him three podium finishes and a nice $4,000 check.

The event at the Gaffney, S.C., facility was broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV and run before large crowd spread around the facility.

A rough start to the 40-lap feature meant polesitter Larry Wight had to fend off front row partner Erick Rudolph multiple times in the first laps, with multiple restarts in the early stages.

Alan Johnson slipped by Rudolph to grab the runner up spot early, with Friesen following suit into third. While Wight cruised out front, Friesen stalked Johnson and snagged second on lap eight.

Unfortunately, Johnson slowed to a stop on lap 10, ending his strong run a quarter of the way into the event. Wight’s unchallenged experience out front was over, as Friesen latched onto Wight’s rear bumper on the restart.

With Wight down low, Friesen tried lower, then switched to the top near halfway. After a couple close bids on the cushion, Friesen dropped low once more, trying to pry Wight off the lightning fast bottom lane.

On lap 28, Friesen did so, getting under Wight and getting the lead. With the leaders in traffic, Wight didn’t drop off of the pace nor give Friesen an ounce of breathing room.

“Larry was doing a good job out there,” Friesen said of the battle. “I don’t know whether it was rubber or just the abrasion of the surface, but the bottom was super gripped up. I tried to roll him up top, I was pretty good up there in three and four, but he slipped up and I got him on the bottom.”

However, Friesen held the point as the laps wound down, working lapped cars methodically. With five laps left, Anthony Perrego slowed with a flat tire, drawing the yellow and removing the traffic the leaders had been dealing with.

Friesen snuck away on the late-race restart, leaving Wight to fend off Rudolph. Wight surrendered second to Rudolph in the final circuits, allowing Friesen to cruise to his 22nd career Short Track Super Series victory at Cherokee.

Rudolph had the rebound of the week. On Thursday, Rudolph had a car on top of him, and Friday saw a mediocre run. Rudolph ends the week with a strong second place, moving forward.

“The first night didn’t go good, and last night wasn’t much better,” stated Rudolph. “At least we finished last night, but we finished really good tonight on the podium. The bottom was the place to be, and Larry slipped up at the end and we were able to capitalize. Overall it was a good race and maybe someday we’ll be back.”

While Wight led over half the race and finished podium, he noted the result didn’t come easily.

“I couldn’t rotate the bottom good enough to stay tight to the wall,” Wight said. “Three and four I could stay right on the berm, but I knew he would be right there hounding me. The way the water was down there, as soon as I touched it I’d lose the nose, I couldn’t run through it like these guys were. With the 360 motor and everyone the same weight, we were down probably 100 horsepower, but we’re swapping our big motor into this car and try again next week.”

Peter Britten had his best run of the week finishing in fourth and earned $1,556 for the Marcia Wetmore Perseverance Award raised by the racing community in her memory, while Danny Creeden finished in fifth.

In the 602 Sportsman feature, Tim Hartman Jr., outraced Brian Calabrese for the victory in the 35-lap affair.  Hartman worked forward from seventh.  He first took second from Eric Kormann before making a mid-race charge to get by Calabrese for the $1,500 win.

Calabrese settled for second with Joe Toth finishing third.  Kormann claimed fourth with young Tanner Van Doren finishing in fifth.

Cherokee Speedway concluded the three-race Carolinas Swing for the STSS. Keep posted for upcoming schedule announcements.

The Short Track Super Series “Return to Racing” was presented by Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, Mike’s Racing Heads, Competition Carburetion, St. Lawrence Radiology, Swagger Factory Apparel/Harry Shar Evergreen Fuels Inc., K&B Auto, The Scumgang, Midstate Recycling, Manmiller Electric and a host of special award, bonus and purse booster contributors.

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.

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, Evergreen Fuels Inc., ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, 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.

HURLOCK AUTO & SPEED RACE SUMMARY – CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, MAY 23

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Erick Rudolph, Larry Wight, Peter Britten, Danny Creeden, Billy Decker, Tyler Dippel, Matt Sheppard, Danny Bouc, Danny Johnson, Brett Tonkin, Allison Ricci, Mike Maresca, David Schilling, Jessica Friesen, Kyle Weiss, Anthony Perrego, Alex Yankowski, Richie Pratt Jr., J.R. Hurlburt, Tyler Siri, Mike Franz, Alan Johnson, Danny Tyler, Andy Bachetti, Barry White, Jeff Strunk, H.J. Bunting.

Did Not Qualify: Josh Delea, Billy Pauch Jr.

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Peter Britten (fourth) & Danny Bouc (ninth)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): Stewart Friesen (fifth to first)
Diversified Machine Inc. Heat Winners ($100 Certificates): 
Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti & Stewart Friesen
Driven Design & Embroidery Heat-Race Winners ($100): 
Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti & Stewart Friesen
Dufel Basement Systems, Piping Solutions & Moisture Management ($100): Allison Ricci
KB’s Racing Photos Halfway Leader ($50):
 Larry Wight
Marcia Wetmore Perseverance Award ($1,556): 
Peter Britten (fourth)
On-Track Automotive Ironman Award ($150): 
J.R. Hurlburt
Rock Fantasy Danny Serrano Memorial Sixth-Place Finisher: 
Billy Decker (sixth)
Rock Fantasy Lap-29 Leader In Memory of Tommy Laner ($100): Stewart Friesen
Scumgang “Biggest Sender” Award ($200): 
Danny Johnson (25th to 10th)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (35 laps): TIM HARTMAN JR., Brian Calabrese, Joe Toth, Eric Kormann, Tanner Van Doren, Ryan Conrad, A.J. Custodi, Kyle Belmont, Vinny Troia, Maverick Eldridge, Nick Van Winkle, Bobby Flood, Tom Moore Jr., Scott Hulmes, Derrick McGrew Jr., Scott Hitchens, Tom Princiotta.

Did Not Start: Greg Nailor

Ad-Art Sign Company Bonuses ($50 Each): Ryan Conrad (sixth), A.J. Custodi (seventh), Kyle Belmont (eighth), Vinny Troia (ninth) & Maverick Eldridge (10th)
Competition Carburetor Fastest Feature Lap ($50): 
Tim Hartman (17.390 seconds)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central (Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses): 
Tim Hartman Jr., Brian Calabrese & Joe Toth
Tailored Home Care Inc. Hard Charger ($200): Kyle Belmont (17th to eighth)
Training Tails Heat Winners ($75):
 Scott Hitchens & Joe Toth

CRATE 602 SPORTSMAN ADDED TO STSS RETURN TO RACING AT CHEROKEE

GAFFNEY, SC – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply “Return to Racing” for the Modified division has gained traction in a few short weeks.

Now, the Crate 602 Sportsman division will have its chance.

This Saturday (May 23), the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will join their Modified counterparts on the storied Cherokee Raceway in Gaffney, S.C., running a 35-lap, $1,500-to-win, $150-to-start event. Just as bonus bucks are being accepted for the Modifieds, any individuals or businesses may contribute to the pay structure for this event. Those wishing to contribute should PayPal: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com or Venmo: @Brett-Deyo-1.

“We wanted to give our Crate 602 Sportsman drivers the option to get away on Memorial Day weekend,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “I’ve had so many questions about adding the Crates to a show.  I know it isn’t ideal and the addition comes at the last minute, but the Northeast has been quiet for so long, racers are anxious.

“As soon as this announcement hit social media, my phone has been buzzing, so the interest is there.”

Drivers will follow STSS South Region Crate 602 Sportsman specs (6,200 rev chip and 2,350 lbs. minimum weight). The tire rule is as follows: left-front – 33 compound; right-front – 38 or 44 compound; left-rear – 44 compound; right-rear 48 or 53 compound.

Heats will be determined by a draw for position with a redraw of top qualifiers for the feature. Qualifying events will be 10 laps.

For the Cherokee event only, there is no limit on the number of crew members in the pit area.

The “Return to Racing” for the STSS is highlighted by two events for the Modifieds at Ray Cook’s Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C., on Thursday (May 21) and Friday (May 22) paying $3,000 and $5,000 to win for 40 and 50 laps, respectively, before venturing to Cherokee Speedway on Saturday (May 23) with a $4,000-to-win 40-lap Modified event joined by the STSS Modifieds and the track’s “Run What You Brung” full-fender division.

Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. each night, with racing at 7:30 p.m.

These events will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv) exclusively with single-night and package pricing available.

Cherokee Speedway is a high-banked, three-eighths-mile oval located at 153 Speedway Road Gaffney, SC 29341. To learn more, call 864.489.1969 or visit www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com.

Tri-County Racetrack, operated by Late Model star Ray Cook, measures one-quarter mile through the center. The speedway address is 10456 Old US 64 Brasstown, NC 28902. On the web: www.tricountyracetrack.net.  Track phone is 828.837.3815.

Reminder: the STSS Modified events at Tri-County are invite only with teams allowed to bring a maximum of 8 people in the pits.

The Cherokee event is open for all competitors – Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman – and there are no pit-area attendance limits.

As of Sunday (May 17), the grandstand areas will not be open to the general public at either facility.

The Short Track Super Series “Return to Racing” is presented by Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, Mike’s Racing Heads, Competition Carburetion, St. Lawrence Radiology, Evergreen Fuels Inc., K&B Auto, The Scumgang, Midstate Recycling, Manmiller Electric and a host of special award, bonus and purse booster contributors.

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.

STSS INVADES CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 23

GAFFNEY, SC – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco journey south on Memorial Day weekend has expanded.

Following back-to-back events on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C., the STSS Modifieds will roll into Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., on Saturday, May 23.

The STSS “Return to Racing” brings the STSS brand south to the Carolinas for the first time in series history. All three events will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV exclusively.

The Saturday event at Cherokee – The Place Your Mama Warned You About – features a 40-lap, $4,000-to-win STSS Modified event that is open to all big-block/small-block Modified competitors wishing to take part. This is not an invitational event.

Rules will mirror the events at Tri-County with one exception: a 53 option American Racer right-rear will be permitted. Heat races will be set by a draw for position.

Support divisions will be announced on Saturday for this event.

All three events will go live on Dirt Track Digest at 7 p.m.  Racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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, Evergreen Fuels Inc., ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, 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.