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Matt Sheppard Earns $5,939 Payday at Orange County Hard Clay Open

Written by Chris Moore

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Emphatic.

Orange County Fair Speedway called on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco to kick off the historic 60th running of Eastern States Weekend.

Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard emphatically picked up the $5,939 payday after leading all 50-laps in the ‘Hard Clay Finale.’

The win was the 20th of Sheppard’s STSS career, and his second STSS triumph at the Legendary House of Power.

The non-points event began with Newburgh, N.Y.’s Jerry Higbie going from the pole with Sheppard along side of him following the Beyea Custom Headers Redraw.

Sheppard led right from the drop of the green flag off the outside of the front row.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen made a charge from his sixth starting position, as the four-time STSS winner at Orange County had reached the runner-up position by lap six and set his sights on the leader Sheppard.

Friesen’s night, however, ended on lap nine when his Halmar International No. 44 slowed with a driveline issue, drawing the caution.

While Sheppard continued to set a torrid pace at the head of the field, Montgomery, N.Y.’s Bobby Flood and East Greenbush, N.Y.’s David Schilling held down the remaining podium positions.

That changed on a lap-27 restart when Schilling charged underneath Flood for the runner-up spot, forcing Flood up the track in the first turn. Flood also lost positions to Anthony Perrego and Mat Williamson.

As the long green-flag run continued, Sheppard began to struggle in slower traffic, bringing the likes of Schilling, Perrego and Williamson within striking distance of the leader.

However, the trio themselves began to take time getting through lapped cars themselves, allowing Sheppard to slip back away for good.

The race for the runner-up spot became a great one, as Perrego, the Middletown, N.Y., native, began throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at Schilling, trying to move to the second spot.

As the trio came to four laps to go, Schilling slipped off the bottom groove, allowing Perrego and Williamson to drive underneath him for the second and third spots, respectively.

For Perrego and Williamson, the charge was too little, too late, as Sheppard was long gone, dominating the kickoff to one of racing’s most lucrative weekends.

Sheppard claimed the win in his Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply No. 9s, with Perrego taking second behind the wheel of the Brian Smith-owned No. 44. 

Williamson raced to the final podium spot in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3.

Schilling claimed fourth in his No. 20, a PMC chassis with a W-16 engine, and Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight rounded out the top five in the Gypsum Racing No. 99L.

Crate 602 Sportsman graduate Flood raced to a sixth-place finish in the Evergreen Fuels No. 91 and Valatie, N.Y.’s J.R. Heffner grabbed seventh after starting 24th on the grid. Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti raced to eighth at the helm of the Garrity Asphalt Reclamation No. 4 with Wallkill, N.Y.’s Tyler Dippel taking the Grand True Value Rental $200 Hard Charger Award, advancing from 29th to ninth in the No. 1 Teo-Pro car. Johnstown, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner rounded out the top-10 in the Jason Simmons Racing No. JS98.

Heat winners, receiving $50 each courtesy of Bob Hilbert Sportswear, were Danny Creeden, Friesen, Williamson, Sheppard and Higbie.

Consolation victors were Peter Britten and Allison Ricci.

Fifty-four STSS Modifieds signed in to take part in the ‘Hard Clay Finale.’

Racing resumes October 29 & 30 for the Short Track Super Series at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway for the ‘Mid-Atlantic Championship.’ The STSS Modifieds compete in the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central championship. The event will be 40-laps and up to $7,000-to-win and $400-to-start. It all kicks off on Friday night with ‘Spec’tacular small block Modified 30-lap main event.

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.

HARD CLAY FINALE RESULTS SUMMARY – ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEWDAY OCTOBER 22, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region Event No. 12 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps, non-points): MATT SHEPPARD, Anthony Perrego, Mat Williamson, David Schilling, Larry Wight, Bobby Flood, J.R. Heffner, Andy Bachetti, Tyler Dippel, Rocky Warner, Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Mike Mahaney, Danny Tyler, Allison Ricci, Demetrios Drellos, Kyle Inman, Sean Beardsley, Stan Frankenfield, Alan Barker, Jerry Higbie, Marc Johnson, Dillon Steuer, Will Shields, Jimmy Horton, Peter Britten, Shane Jablonka, Stewart Friesen, Billy Van Inwegen, Tanner Van Doren.

Did Not Qualify: Roger Henion Jr., Daniel Morgiewicz, Cody Higbie, Tyler Jashembowski, Doug Snyder, L.J. Lombardo, Bob Hentschel, Leo Fotopoulos, Geoff Quackenbush, Michael Sabia, Chris Stevens, Jim Maher, Tim McCreadie, Corey Cormier, Stanley Wilkins, Nick Plumstead, Tom Hindley, Charles LoiodiceTommy Meier ,Joe Bonetti, Rich Eurich, Sean Mandel, Gary Lindberg, Tyler Boniface

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Bobby Flood (sixth) & Danny Tyler (14th)
Autism Awareness Winner’s Award presented by Halmar ($250): Matt Sheppard
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses: David Schilling (fourth) & Tyler Dippel (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Marc Johnson (Redrew 10th)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Heat Winner Bonuses ($50): Danny Creeden, Stewart Friesen, Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard & Jerry Higbie
Evergreen Fuels Inc. High Temperature Bonus ($64 High Temperature Match): 
Matt Sheppard
Grand True Value Rental Ron Goodrich Memorial Lap 30 Leader Bonus ($300): 
Matt Sheppard
Grand True Value Rental Hard Charger Award ($200): Tyler Dippel (29th to ninth)
Henry’s Exhaust System Bonus ($50 Certificate):
 Danny Creeden (11th)
Rock Fantasy Halfway Leader Bonus ($250): Matt Sheppard
Spyder High Performance Filters Bonuses:
 Larry Wight (FREE Filter – fifth); Allison Ricci (50-percent Certificate – 15th)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Anthony Perrego (second); Richard Smith (12th); Marc Johnson (22nd)
TKS Painting Front-Row Bonuses:
 Jerry Higbie (Pole – $50); Matt Sheppard (Outside Pole – $25)
Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7 Bonus ($75 Certificate): J.R. Heffner (seventh)

MORE THAN $21,000 IN SPECIAL AWARDS ADDED TO EASTERN STATES WEEKEND PURSE AND LAP PRIZE MONEY AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

Competitors in all seven racing divisions—United Rentals Big-Block DIRTcar Modifieds, H.O. Penn Small-Block Modifieds, Arkel Motors Sportsman, Street Stocks USAC Wingless Sprints, Short Track Super Series Modifieds, and  Pro Stocks—will see their posted purse and lap prize money enhanced by more than $20,000 in special awards and lap-leading money during the four-day 60th Annual Eastern States Weekend, Thursday through Sunday, October 21-24 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.

In addition to the $40,000-to-win with $1,500 to start the headline United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds Eastern States 200 Presented by T-Mobile for the ground-pounding earth-shakers, the winner of the Race to the Pole race will earn a $1,500 bonus from T-Mobile, while the second-place Race to the Pole finisher will bank $1,000 from Powder Tech Powder Coating. 

Drivers finishing third through sixth in time trials will each receive a $100 bonus from E. Tetz & Sons. Each heat race winner and the two Last Chance race winners will receive $100 Gift Cards from Behrent’s Performance Warehouse.

The leader of each sponsored lap in the 200 will see his prize money increased by $25, with the exception of the $1,000 Busch Beer Halfway Lap Award from Dana Distributors and $660.66 for Lap 66 in Memory of Jared Petruska from the Petruska Family and Friends. The 11th place finisher in the 200 will take home $511 in Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends. 

Other Big-Block Modified special awards include the $1,000 Superior Remodeling Hard Charger Award; the $500 Wicked Truck Worx Rookie of the Race Award; each of the top-three finishers in the 200, $150 Gift Certificates from Penske Shocks; $50 from Competition Carburation for the fastest lap of the race; a $50 Gift Card for the Most Laps Led as well as a $200 Hard Luck Gift Card from East Coast Speed; two tires given randomly from the race finishing order by Hoosier Tire; and for the winning crew chief and pit crew, a case of Bud Light from Dana Distributors.

Special Awards for the 100-lap $20,000-to-win with $500 to start Hauser Brothers Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Presents the H.O. Penn Small-Block Modified Eastern States Championship race include $1,000 Pole position from Aden Aggregates and $500 Outside Pole starting position from Evergreen Fuels. Those who time trial third through sixth will each earn $100 gift cards from Behrent’s Performance Warehouse. Winners of Small-Block Modified heats and Last Chance races will each take home $100 from WLR Construction NY. The Hard Charger will see his winnings increased by $500 from Escape Powersports Plus, while Mike Sparta Trucking will present the halfway leader also with $500. Each sponsored lap will pay the race leader an additional $20, with $111 to the 11th place finisher In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends.

Other Small-Block Modified awards include $150 Gift Card Hard Luck Award and $50 Gift Card for Most Laps Led both from East Coast Speed, $50 for the fastest lap of the race, $300 to the Rookie of the Race from Wicked Truck Worx, $150 Gift Certificates to each of the top-three finishers from Penske Shocks; $50 from Competition Carburation for the fastest lap of the race, one tire given away randomly from the finishing order by Hoosier Tire; and a case of Bud Light to the winning crew chief and pit crew from Dana Distributors.

Special awards for the 50-lap $5,000-to-win with $250 to start Fox Shocks Presents the Arkel Motors Sportsman Eastern States Championship race include $500 to the pole position winner from Wicked Truck Worx, and $300 for the outside pole slot from POWDER TECH-Powder Coating. Heat and Last Chance race winners will each get $75 Gift Cards from Interstate Batteries. The leader of each sponsored lap will bank an additional $15.

Other Sportsman division awards include a $500 Hard Charger Award compliments of RJ Smith; $500 to the halfway race leader from Accurate Collision; $200 Rookie Award presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil; $50 Gift Card for the most laps led and $100 Gift Card Hard Luck Award from East Coast Speed; $150 Gift Certificates for first, second, and third finishers from Penske Shocks; Competition Carburation has $50 for the fastest lap of the race; the 11th place finisher will receive $111 In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends; Hoosier Tire will give away one tire randomly based on the race finishing order; and from Dana Distributors, a case of Bud Light to the winning crew chief and pit crew. 

The Crackers Motorsports Marketing LLC Eastern States Street Stock race is set for 20 laps, paying the winner $1,000 with $100 to start. In addition, the halfway leader will bank $250 from Rock Fantasy-Steve Keeler, with another $250 hard charger from FDI & Saloon Bleu. Frank Frasco Home Inspections will brighten the day of the hard luck recipient with $100. Always Hair has $100 for the rookie of the race, while the driver turning in the fastest lap of the race will receive $50 from Competition Carburation. In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends, the 11th place finishers will bank an additional $111. Dana Distributors has a case of Bud Light for the winning crew chief and pit crew.  

The Bulldog Concrete Eastern States Pro Stock Race is set for 25 laps, paying $2,000 to win and $150 to start also has several special awards awaiting the competitors. Heat and Last Chance race winners will each earn $50 from Northeast Happy Hour with Predmore & Murns, while FDI & Saloon Bleu will award $300 to the hard charger, $300 to the halfway leader, and $100 to the hard luck driver. The rookie of the race will win $100 from Always Hair; Competition Carburation has $50 for the fastest lap of the race, and the 11th place finisher will earn $111 extra In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends. A case of Bud Light is ready for the winning crew chief and pit crew compliments of Dana Distributors.

The Rapid Tire USAC Wingless Sprints Eastern States 25-lap feature race will pay the winner $2,000. Dana Distributors has a case of Bud Light for the winning crew chief and pit crew, and the 11th place finisher will have $111 added to his purse money In Honor of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends.

Friday night’s Short Track Super Series race—50 laps with $5,000 to win—has its own special awards program, but Dana Distributors will see that the winning crew chief and pit crew has a case of Bud Light with which to celebrate their victory.

Fans and competitors are reminded to frequently check the Orange County Fair Speedway website (www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net) and social media for the latest news concerning the 60th Annual Eastern States Weekend.

FOR FUN & FIVE GRAND: STSS HEADS TO ORANGE COUNTY THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

Written by Chris Moore

MIDDLETOWN, NY – For fun and five grand!

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco returns to the site of its inaugural race on Friday, October 22 for the ‘Hard Clay Finale.’

The event will be run as a non-points race run under Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region rules to kick off Orange County Fair Speedway’s (OCFS) Eastern States Weekend.

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will run for 50-laps around the five-eighths mile speedway for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start.

The STSS returns to the ‘House of Power’ for the first time since October of 2019. The 2021 edition of the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ will be the 10th visit for the STSS to the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen has won four of the previous nine STSS events at the famed Orange County Fair Speedway, including the most recent in the 2019 ‘Hard Clay Finale.’

Sheffield, Mass., resident Andy Bachetti won the first STSS event in history which took place at Orange County Fair Speedway back in April of 2014. The ‘Wild Child’ also won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in April of 2017.

Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard and Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular each won their first career Orange County Fair Speedway races with the STSS. Sheppard triumphed in the 2019 ‘Hard Clay Open.’ Mike Gular’s win came in the preceding STSS event – the 2018 ‘Hard Clay Finale.’

Waldwick, N.J.’s Tommy Meier is the only other STSS winner at the ‘House of Power,’ claiming the 2016 ‘Hard Clay Open.’ The victory was Meier’s one and only STSS triumph.

Now the STSS returns for another running of the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ to kick off OCFS’s biggest weekend of racing.

With no points on the line, drivers will simply be in pursuit of the $5,000 payday and momentum going into the rest of the weekend for the one of the Northeast’s most prestigious events.

The General Information Sheet has been posted at: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HardClayFinaleGeneralInfoSheet.pdf

The event will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.

Orange County Fair Speedway is located at 239 Wisner Avenue in Middletown, NY 10940. To contact Orange County Fair Speedway, e-mail info@ocfsracing.com or call the speedway office at 845.342.2573.

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.


STSS ORANGE COUNTY HISTORY: PAST EVENT WINNERS

October 24, 2019 – STEWART FRIESEN – Anthony Perrego – Matt Sheppard – Andy Bachetti – Matt Sheppard – Billy Decker

April 7, 2019 – MATT SHEPPARD – Stewart Friesen – Anthony Perrego – Brett Hearn – Mike Gular

October 18, 2018 – MIKE GULAR – Mat Williamson – Anthony Perrego – Tyler Dippel – Mike Mahaney

May 8, 2018 – STEWART FRIESEN – Rick Laubach – Jerry Higbie – Brett Hearn – Billy Decker

October 19, 2017 – STEWART FRIESEN – Andy Bachetti – Rick Laubach – Craig Mitchell – Jeremy Smith

April 9, 2017 – ANDY BACHETTI – Stewart Friesen – Brett Hearn – Billy Decker – Tommy Meier

April 2, 2016 – TOMMY MEIER – Danny Johnson – Mike Ricci – Andy Bachetti – L.J. Lombardo

April 11, 2015 – STEWART FRIESEN – Jerry Higbie Jr. – Danny Johnson – Tommy Meier – Brett Hearn

April 6, 2014 – ANDY BACHETTI – Tim Hindley – Danny Tyler – Danny Johnson – Jeff Heotzler