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Written by Cody Manmiller

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NEW EGYPT, NJ – For the 25th time in his career – and for the second time in eight days – Matt Sheppard dominates Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco competition en route to a $5,000 payday on Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway for the ‘Dirty Jersey 8.’

Sheppard, the 2007 track champion at New Egypt, raises his season total to four wins on the STSS circuit, including his third in the last five races contested under the STSS banner. Just last week, Sheppard captured the ‘Outlaw Showdown’ in Dundee for his second win in three River Valley Builders North Region races. This, however, serves as Sheppard’s first win in the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region.

“We are rolling around pretty good,” Sheppard, of Savannah, N.Y., said in Victory Lane following a $5,600 payday. “We’ve had a lot of good luck and good draws, but we’ve been good enough to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Sheppard led the final 36 laps after stealing the lead from Matt Stangle, who logged a terrific runner-up finish, on a lap-14 restart from his third starting spot. Ryan Godown advanced forward from 10th to score another podium finish, ahead of hard-charging, consolation qualifier Danny Bouc and Jeff Strunk.

At the drop of the green, Stangle jumped out front ahead of Sheppard, Strunk, pole-sitting Paul Mancini and Jimmy Horton. By lap two, Horton moved into fourth by Mancini with Frank Cozze, Mike Mahaney, Billy Pauch Jr., Godown and Stewart Friesen following along.

In the first 10 laps, the main battle on the racetrack was the fight for seventh involving Pauch Jr. and Godown. On lap 11, after pulling alongside multiple times, Godown cleared Pauch for the spot as they and Mahaney closed on fifth-place Cozze.

On lap 12, Stangle entered lapped traffic, but that was short-lived as Brandon Grosso, a five-time winner at New Egypt this season, slowed with a flat for the first caution of the night.

After a series of stops and starts due to a slew of cautions, including the final one of the race on lap 19, Sheppard led the way over Stangle and Strunk. 

Pauch Jr. leapt from sixth to fourth with a strong move around the outside of Godown and Horton as Godown shoved the nose and dropped two spots.

By that stage of the race, Bouc, who suffered a mechanical issue while leading his heat race, had driven all the way up to 10th from 21st. By halfway, Bouc had passed Mahaney and Cozze, in addition to Pauch Jr., who slowed and pulled in the infield off the backstretch, ending his night.

With 20 to go, Godown returned to fourth, passing Horton on the inside while Bouc inched closer to the top five with a slider on Friesen. Six laps later, Bouc moved by Horton for fifth as the lead trio entered lapped traffic for really the first time, on lap 35.

As the race neared 10 to go, Stangle slowly closed on Sheppard in traffic, but once the No. 9s rolled around a pair of cars, Sheppard quickly extended his advantage.

While Sheppard pulled away and cruised to his second win in as many Tuesdays, the race for second was heating up as Stangle fought to hang on.

“We had a good car, just not as good as Matt’s (Sheppard),” Stangle said from the homestretch. “I felt I could hold with him through the middle of the race, but I may have killed my tires because the final five to six laps, I was just trying to hang on.”

Stangle did scrap and claw to earn a runner-up finish, his best result in STSS competition, while Godown and Bouc passed Strunk in the final handful of laps as the trio finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Godown, who entered Tuesday second in points and just five tallies behind Mike Maresca, who finished 14th, earned a hard fought third-place finish from 10th.

“I am proud of another top-three,” Godown explained after the race. “I needed more laps or a couple more restarts; the car kept getting better and better throughout the race.”

After Bouc and Strunk, finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: Friesen, who advanced from 16th after drawing dead last in his heat race; Mahaney, who notched another top 10 in STSS action; Max McLaughlin in eighth after quietly moving through the field from his 18th-starting spot; Horton, who flexed his muscle in and around the top five all night; and provisional starter Mike Gular from 27th.

Ryan Godown Jr. captured the top prize in the 25-lap 602 Crate Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region feature event. Godown jumped into the lead on lap four and never looked back, crossing the checkered flag more than two-and-a-half seconds ahead of runner-up Steve Davis. Joe Toth, Justin Grosso, who came from the rear on more than one occasion, and Nick Van Wickle, the points leader entering the night, rounded out the top five.

In two weeks, the STSS resumes with a North/South combination event for the ‘Battle at Bloomsburg,’ a $7,000-to-win and $700-to-start event at Pa.’s Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

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, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region Round No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Matt Stangle, Ryan Godown, Danny Bouc, Jeff Strunk, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Horton, Mike Gular, Frank Cozze, Louden Reimert, Justin Grosso, Michael Maresca, Brandon Grosso, Ryan Watt, Anthony Tramontana, D.J. Hunt, John McClelland, Clay Butler, Billy Pauch Jr., Cale Ross, Paul Mancini, Jordan Watson, Billy Osmun, John Willman, Rick Laubach

Did Not Qualify: Dakota Kessler, Michael Trautschold, David Schilling, Cole Stangle, Danny Tyler, Chris Grbac, Ryan Riddle, Matt Smith, Richie Pratt, Jack Butler.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): 
Jimmy Horton (ninth) & Louden Reimert (12th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Danny Bouc (fourth) & Jimmy Horton (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Brandon Grosso (Redrew 12th)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): Frank Cozze (ninth to third)
Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader ($100): Matt Sheppard
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Bonus (FREE Sunglasses): 
Matt Sheppard
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): 
Stewart Friesen (sixth)
FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 each): 
Ryan Godown, Jeff Strunk, Matt Stangle & Mike Mahaney
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Frank Cozze (11th)
Jimmy DiFulvio Construction 10th-Place Bonus ($200): Mike Gular (10th)
Mancini Custom Homes Hard Charger ($350): 
Danny Bouc (21st to fourth)
M&M Trailer Repair Winner’s Bonus ($500): 
Matt Sheppard (first)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: 
Matt Sheppard (winner – $150 certificate); Matt Stangle (second – $75 certificate); Ryan Godown (third – $50 certificate)
Schultz Racing Fuel Cells Bonus ($100 Certificate): Mike Gular (10th)
Spyder Performance Filters Bonuses: 
Jeff Strunk (fifth – FREE Filter); Brandon Grosso (15th – 50-percent off certificate)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): 
Matt Stangle (second), Louden Reimert (12th) & Cale Ross (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 2 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): RYAN GODOWN JR., Steve Davis, Joe Toth, Justin Grosso, Nick Van Wickle, Stephen Kemery, Dylan Swinehart, Sam Martz Jr., Jim Housworth, Tom Moore Jr., Johnny Bangs, Dan Fleming, Ryan Simmons, Eric Kormann, Tom Princiotta, Rick Wegner Jr., David Burns, David Miloszar Jr., Brandon Watkins, Thomas Prychka, Kevin Borden, Joe Brown, Scott Hitchens, Kenny Bock, Paul Mancini, Robert Dutton, Sean Weiss.

Did Not Qualify: Bobby Watkins, Matt Ellery, Dakota Kohler, Will Protinick, Matt Yoder, Richie Walls Jr., Billy Chester, Shon Elk, John McGeoy, Thomas Sherby, Logan Watt, Jimmy Avery.

Accurate Collision Halfway Leader Bonus ($100): Ryan Godown Jr.
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): 
Dylan Swinehart (seventh)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Steve Davis (Redrew 12th)
Belmont’s Garage First Non-Qualifier Bonus ($100): Bobby Watkins
Belmont’s Garage Hard Charger Bonus ($100): 
Johnny Bangs (27th to 11th)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Steve Davis (second) & Dan Fleming (12th)
Mancini Custom Homes Hard Charger ($150): Johnny Bangs (27th to 11th)


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.


Written by Chris Moore

NEW EGYPT, NJ – Dirtier than the rest.

Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego claimed the seventh running of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ at New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night.

The win was Perrego’s eighth Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified victory in his career, and second in the last three STSS races.

The driver of the Brian Smith-owned No. 44 also became only the second driver to claim multiple STSS victories on the 2021 campaign thus far.

Perrego, the Hurlock Auto & Speed North Region Point leader, also vaulted himself closer to the top of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision & Sunglass Central South Region top spot with the $5,000 payday.

Current New Egypt Speedway Brandon Grosso and invader Max McLaughlin led the field to STSS starter Joe Kriss’ green flag for the 50-lap main event following the Beyea Custom Headers Redraw.

McLaughlin – driving Norm Hansell’s No. 357 – outgunned the New Egypt point leader Grosso on the initial start to pace the field in the early going.

Following a few early yellows, Anthony Perrego did not appear to have a winning racecar. After starting in fifth, Perrego fell to eighth and was under fire from Billy Pauch Jr.

Meanwhile, King Ferry, N.Y., star Mike Mahaney had worked by Grosso and claimed the runner-up spot.

Following a lap-nine yellow for a flat tire on Frank Cozze’s Dave Renaldo-owned No. 401, the field settled into a green flag rhythm and Perrego began to march forward.

By lap 20, Perrego had made his way to third, while Mahaney and McLaughlin were catching lap traffic. Just as they entered traffic at the halfway point, the 16-lap green flag run came to an end as Richie Pratt Jr. slowed to bring out the yellow.

On the ensuing restart, McLaughlin secured the $100 Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz halfway bonus.

While the top three continued to pace the field, Stewart Friesen had risen to the top-10 from his 21st starting position and was continuing his charge.

While Friesen continued his march to the front, the top-three had once again caught slower traffic; this time, with just 10 laps to go.

McLaughlin struggled to make the top side work, allowing Mahaney to slip underneath. As the two went side-by-side, Perrego saw an opportunity.

Perrego followed McLaughlin on the top side, as McLaughlin cleared Mahaney, Perrego quickly switched to the bottom, getting around Mahaney and underneath McLaughlin.

The two went door-to-door into turns three and four, but Perrego’s momentum carried him to the lead.

From there, Perrego set sail, racing underneath the Sunoco checkered flags to land his second STSS victory in two weeks, and the first-ever New Egypt win.

Mahaney worked by McLaughlin in the closing laps, coming home with another STSS second place finish in his George Huttig owned No. 35. McLaughlin, of Mooresville, N.C., held on for third.

Brandon Grosso of Belle Mead, N.J., secured a fourth-place effort in his family-owned Grosso Homes No. 32 while Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., completed his surge forward from 21st starting position in fifth, claiming a $200 Hard Charger Award presented by Rock Fantasy of Middletown, N.Y.

Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., fought hard for a sixth-place finish in the Rick Holsten-owned No. 96 with Boyertown, Pa.’s Jeff Strunk chasing Pauch Jr. to the line the Zubi’s Racing No. 88z. Mike Gular, also of Boyertown, Pa., brought the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A home eighth. Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard placed ninth in the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s and Ryan Krachun of Branchburg, N.J., rounded out the top-10.

Ad-Art Sign Company $50 STSS Modified heat winners were Cozze, McLaughlin, Grosso and Strunk. The two consolations were split by Friesen and Matt Stangle.

Thirty-seven STSS Modifieds signed in for the first series event at New Egypt since 2019.

Johnny Bangs of Bordentown, N.Y., notched his first career Short Track Super Series victory in the Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap main event, Round No. 4 of the Belmont’s Garage South Region.

Bangs earned $1,500 for his efforts and became the 39th different winner in 54 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman events.

Bangs, a New Egypt Speedway regular, raced underneath polesitter Scott Hitchens just past the halfway point, grabbing the Sunoco checkered flags and defending his home turf.

Belle Mead, N.J.’s Justin Grosso rebounded from an early spin to finish in the runner-up position. Forked River, N.J.’s John Meyer grabbed his best-career STSS finish rounding out the podium. Newport, Pa’s Joe Toth was the Mancini Custom Homes $150 Hard Charger, coming from 15th to fifth and New Egypt, N.J.’s Steve Davis rounded out the top-five.

A stout field of 38 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman took part in the program.

Heat winners were Grosso, A-Jay Potrzebowski II, Adam White and Sean Weiss. Will Protnick and Dan Fleming won the consolations.

NEW EGYPT NOTES: A solid midweek crowd attended the return of the Short Track Super Series to New Egypt after an absence of nearly two full seasons from Central Jersey facility….

Max McLaughlin relied on YouTube videos to get a feel for the speedway before making his New Egypt debut on Tuesday. McLaughlin was a quick study, winning his heat race….

The STSS Modified main event was completed just after 9:30 p.m. for the third consecutive Tuesday night….

Former speedway owner/promoter Ricky Grosso spent the entire day assisting with track preparation. He was rewarded with top-five finishes by his sons Brandon (fourth – Modified) and Justin (second – Crate 602 Sportsman)….

Racing resumes for the STSS this Sunday, May 30 at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., with the ‘Clash at the Can’ serving as Race No. 3 of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region for the Modifieds.

Complete race information can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/DirtyJersey7GeneralInformationSheet.pdf

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, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Velocita-USA South Region Presented By Design for Vision & Sunglass Central Round No. 5 Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Mike Mahaney, Max McLaughlin, Brandon Grosso, Stewart Friesen, Billy Pauch Jr., Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Krachun, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Blewett, Ryan Watt, David Van Horn, Billy Osmun, Tyler Dippel, Matt Stangle, Cale Ross, Andy Bachetti, Brian Kuhl, Ryan Godown, John McClelland, Danny Bouc, Richie Pratt Jr., Frank Cozze, Dominick Buffalino, Dakota Kessler.

Did Not Qualify: P.J. Oliver, David Burns, Chris Grbac, Danny Hieber, Davey Sammons, John Willman, Frank Venezia, Jim Housworth, Michael Maresca, Kevin Vaclavicek.

Ad-Art Sign Company Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Each): Frank Cozze, Max McLaughlin, Brandon Grosso & Jeff Strunk
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Jeff Strunk (seventh) & Rick Laubach (11th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Brandon Grosso (fourth) & Matt Sheppard (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Dominick Buffalino (Redrew 12th)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): Mike Gular (eighth to third – lap time 17.187 seconds)
Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader Award ($100): Max McLaughlin
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Award (Oakley Sunglasses):  Anthony Perrego
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Rick Laubach (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Anthony Perrego (winner – $150 certificate); Mike Mahaney (second – $75 certificate); Max McLaughlin (third – $50 certificate); Ryan Krachun (10th – $25 certificate)
Rock Fantasy Hard Charger ($200): 
Stewart Friesen (21st to fifth)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates):
 Mike Mahaney (second), Jimmy Blewett (12th) & John McClelland (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Jeff Strunk (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 4 Feature Finish (25 laps): JOHNNY BANGS, Justin Grosso, John Meyer, Joe Toth, Steve Davis, Ryan Simmons, Tom Princiotta, John Guarino, A-Jay Potrzebowski II, Kenny Bock, Will Dupree, Will Protnick, Adam White, Matt Miller, Michael White, Doug Snyder, Paul Mancini, Dan Fleming, Anthony Raisner, Sean Metz, John Stevenson, Anthony Tramontana, Sean Weiss, Bob Lineman Jr., Tyler James.

Disqualified: Scott Hitchens

Did Not Start: Ryan Krushinski

Did Not Qualify: Larry McVay, Jordan Cox   Joe Brown, John Scarpati, Pat Wall, Kevin Borden, Sammy Martz Jr., Nick Van Wickle, Aaron Weaver, Ryan Godown Jr., Logan Watt
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): 
A-Jay Potrzebowski II (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): 
Kenny Bock (Redrew 12th)
Mancini Custom Homes Hard Charger ($150): 
Joe Toth (15th to fourth)
Mancini Custom Homes 7th-Place Bonus ($50): 
Tom Princiotta