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HOME TURF DEFENDED: RYAN GODOWN TOPS SOUTH JERSEY SHOOTOUT AT BRIDGEPORT

Written by Cody Manmiller

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Ryan Godown defended home turf for his ninth win of the season at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, outrunning Matt Sheppard and then Ryan Krachun in the final laps to bag the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ on Tuesday night, under the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco banner.

Godown, who is enjoying a career season, sits third on the STSS all-time wins list with 11 now, including an impressive three during this 2022 campaign.

‘The Ringoes Rocket’ has been especially terrific in STSS competition this year, entering the night as not only the point leader for the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region, but also in the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series. Godown’s three STSS victories this year have come at Cherokee (S.C), Port Royal (Pa.) and now Bridgeport.

The Ringoes, N.J., driver earned more than $5,000 in Round No. 5 of the series’ Hurlock Auto & Speed South Region.

“The car was awesome tonight,” Godown said in Victory Lane. “It fired off really well out of the gate, and sometimes you don’t want to be too good, too early, but it was awesome all night.”

Cale Ross and Danny Bouc led the 26-car field to the green and, after a slider on lap three, Bouc took control of the race as Godown and Sheppard quickly raced to the front from their fifth and 11th starting spots, respectively.

Godown wasted just five laps to get to second and then snatched the lead from Bouc on lap seven. Once in the lead, Godown’s first challenge came from Jordan Watson, who kept pace with the leader until a right-rear flat ended his night on lap 13.

With Watson’s departure, Sheppard, who entered the evening with more than 20 wins on the season, moved into the front row, outside of Godown. Meanwhile, Krachun, who drew No. 9 on the starting grid, was up to third, Bouc sat fourth and Billy Pauch Jr. rounded out the top five.

Godown chose the bottom and defended Sheppard’s early-run advances just about perfectly on restarts on laps 13, 17 and 20, never relinquishing the lead. Behind them, Krachun held third ahead of Pauch Jr., a hard charging Matt Stangle, Bouc and Ryan Watt, another consolation qualifier.

“Can you imagine restarting next to Matt Sheppard all those times,” Godown jokingly asked in front of a stellar crowd. “I didn’t know what to do; I didn’t know if I should go early, go late, run the bottom, run the middle, he’s just so good it’s hard to get that edge on restarts.”

Just after halfway, Ross slowed to bring out the caution on lap 27. Disaster struck for Pauch Jr. on the ensuing restart, as he entered too high and made heavy contact with the turn-one wall, bouncing him from fourth to outside the top 10 as the field clicked off lap 30. Max McLaughlin, who had driven into the top five, suffered a similar fate, getting into the fence between turns three and four, costing him a few positions.

Meanwhile up front, Krachun slipped by Sheppard to claim the runner-up position with 19 laps remaining, just before the devastating caution for Stangle on lap 35. Stangle, who came from the 23rd starting spot, was solidly in fourth spot when he slowed down the backstretch, ending his night.

On the final restart of the night, with 15 to go, Godown chose the inside once again and gained control of the race, ahead of Krachun, Sheppard, Watt and Bouc.

Just when it looked like Godown was going to cruise to another win at the ‘Kingdom of Speed,’ a record fifth in a row at the New Jersey facility, Krachun inched closer and closer with 10 laps left. On lap 40, Krachun, who was running a line just a tick below Godown’s, pulled alongside of the leader in turn one. Down the backstretch, Godown crept ahead and then moved his line down a hair to stay in the rubber and keep Krachun at bay.

After mounting one final charge with five to go, Krachun settled for second, his best career finish under the STSS banner.

“I could see where I was faster than him,” Krachun said on the home stretch. “When I got under him, I got tight and I could either put him in the fence or get out of the gas and I chose option No. 2.

“He saw me and moved down and his experience showed tonight.”

Sheppard, who trailed Godown by just 15 points in the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region points chase, earned another podium finish in third.

“We had a good car, drew a bad number, but got up there and felt every bit as good as the 26,” Sheppard said. “I thought I had a good enough car to win, but it’s still a good night to drive from 11th to the front, battling for the win and landing on the podium.”

Watt, who advanced through the consolation and started 18th in the 50-lap feature, finished fourth and Bouc, who sat just three tallies out of third place in the STSS South Region point standings, rounded out the top five with another consistent night.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: Alex Yankowski, who was involved in a few mid-race skirmishes yet advanced back through the field to finish sixth; Mike Gular, another driver who had to come back from the rear after being involved in the same incident, managed to work a seventh-place result after entering the night in third in the South Region standings; pole-sitter Cale Ross was forced to the pits, but rebounded for eighth; Richie Pratt Jr. started 12th, was battling for a top-five spot and spun before settling for ninth; and Davey Sammons rounded out the top 10 from 20th.

Joe Toth sliced through the field from 12th, ran down race leader Brian Papiez and made the winning slider in lapped traffic with just two laps to go after exchanging slide jobs to capture the 25-lap Crate 602 Sportsman feature win worth $1,500.

Newtown, Pa.’s Toth, who leads the Belmont’s Garage South Region standings, beat Papiez, Tom Sherby, Matt Ellery and Steve Davis.

A healthy field of 42 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman registered for competition.

The Hurlock Auto Speed & Supply South Region returns to action in the First State on Tuesday, August 30 for Georgetown Speedway’s ‘Blast at the Beach.’ For just 35 laps, the winner will pocket $6,000. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will be in action for a $1,500 top prize.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park is located at 83 Floodgate Rd in Swedesboro, NJ 08085. The official website is www.bridgeportmotorsportspark.com/ and can be reached by phone at 856.467.4407.

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.

‘SOUTH JERSEY SHOOTOUT’ RESULTS SUMMARY – BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK JULY 26, 2022

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region Round No. 5 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Ryan Krachun, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Watt, Danny Bouc, Alex Yankowski, Mike Gular, Cale Ross, Richie Pratt Jr., Davey Sammons, Max McLaughlin, H.J. Bunting, Brandon Grosso, Billy Osmun, Ryan Riddle, Anthony Tramontana, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Stangle, John Willman, Neal Williams, W.B. James, Mike Mahaney, Jordan Watson, Clay Butler, Sam Martz, Mike Trautschold.

Did Not Start: Anthony Perrego, Jeff Strunk

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): 
Davey Sammons(10th) & Ryan Riddle (15th)
BDR Speed Hard Charger ($200): Ryan Watt (18th to fourth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): 
Ryan Watt (fourth) & Richie Pratt Jr. (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Matt Sheppard (Redrew 12th)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): 
Ryan Godown (eighth to third)
Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader ($200): 
Ryan Godown
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Bonus (FREE Sunglasses): 
Ryan Godown
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): 
Alex Yankowski (sixth)
FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 each):  Matt Sheppard, Brandon Grosso & Ryan Krachun
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Max McLaughlin (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Ryan Godown (winner – $150 certificate); Ryan Krachun (second – $75 certificate); Matt Sheppard (third – $50 certificate)
Schultz Racing Fuel Cells Bonus ($100 Certificate): 
Davey Sammons (10th)
Spyder Performance Filters Bonuses: 
Danny Bouc (fifth – FREE Filter); Ryan Riddle (15th – 50-percent off certificate)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates):
 Ryan Krachun (second), H.J. Bunting (12th) & Mike Mahaney (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Mike Gular (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 3 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps):  JOE TOTH, Brian Papiez, Thomas Sherby, Matt Ellery, Steve Davis, Ryan Godown, Jr., Scott Hitchens, Stephen Kemery, Ethan Bill, Sam Martz, Jr., Sean Weiss, Dylan Swinehart, Steven Yankowski, Tom Princiotta, Eric Kormann, Will Dupree, Tom Moore Jr., Thomas Prychka, Matt Yoder, Nick VanWickle, Rick Wegner Jr., Brian Rogers, Ethan Young, Billy Chester, Greg Humlhanz, Michael Ballestero, Ryan Simmons.

Did Not Qualify:  David Burns, Bob Lineman Jr., Brian Hughes, Michael White, Adam White, Bubba McPhee, Logan Bauman, Dan Fleming, Jason Musser, Colby Steele, Matthew Luzi, John Scarpati Jr., Will Protinick, Logan Watt, Daniel Hulmes.

Accurate Collision Halfway Leader Bonus ($100): Brian Papiez
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): 
Scott Hitchens (seventh)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Joe Toth (Redrew 12th)
Belmont’s Garage First Non-Qualifier Bonus ($100): David Burns
Belmont’s Garage Hard Charger Bonus ($100): Ethan Bill(22nd to ninth)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Brian Papiez(second) & Dylan Swinehart (12th)

SHEPPARD 22nd to 1st IN RICHIE EVANS 61 STSS UTICA-ROME STOP

Written by Chris Moore

VERNON, NY – Super Form.

For the sixth time this season on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, Matt Sheppard was triumphant, this time at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Sheppard raced from his 22nd starting position to claim the $6,100-plus payday in the ‘Richie Evans Remembered 61,’ which was his seventh of the season at his Friday night home track in Round No. 7 of the River Valley Builders North Region.

“I told one of my guys before the feature, I’d rather start 22nd with a car that’s driving well than start on the pole with a car that’s not driving well,” proclaimed Sheppard of his confidence despite coming from the outside of the 11th row to start the main event.

“I kind of stalled out in the middle there, but the track started blowing off and when that happened, we started rolling really good,” an elated Sheppard said of his charge to the front.

With Sheppard starting deep in the field, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada’s Mat Williamson and Pittsfield, Mass., native Brett Haas occupied the front at the drop of the green flag following the Beyea Custom Headers Redraw.

Williamson raced out to the front of the field while Edwards, N.Y.’s Tim Fuller quickly occupied the runner-up spot after getting by Haas on the initial start.

Gloversville, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner was on the march in the early going, racing from the ninth starting position into the top five just six laps into the 61-lap affair.

Three laps later, Fuller used the inside groove to drive underneath Mat Williamson and take the lead just as the field completed the ninth circuit.

Stewart Friesen was looking to join Fuller up front, as he raced by Williamson one lap later for the runner-up spot after starting in fifth.

The race’s first yellow flew on lap 13, as Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph slowed to a stop at the entry of the third turn.

Fuller raced back to the lead on the restart, but his lead was short-lived. Friesen began to use the outside groove, finding speed at the top of the speedway and driving around Fuller on lap 17.

With Friesen setting the pace at the front of the field, Sheppard was continuing his charge through the field. The next yellow fell on lap 26 after Alex Yankowski had mechanical problems, parking his No. 84Y over the turns one and two banking.

With the race just short of the halfway mark, Friesen was leading Fuller, Williamson, Warner, and Haas, with Sheppard lurking in the seventh position.

The following restart was a key one for Sheppard, as the Savannah, N.Y., resident drove underneath Haas, Williamson, and Jessica Friesen to get to fourth by the completion of the 26th circuit.

Two laps later Sheppard used the outside line to get around Warner for a podium position. Sheppard then cleared Fuller for the runner-up spot as the field completed lap 37.

The race’s next yellow fell on lap 41, giving Sheppard the opportunity he needed to take the lead away from Friesen. Sheppard used the outside line to get around Friesen, taking the lead away for good.

Sheppard led the remaining 20 laps to pick up his sixth STSS victory of the season and extend his lead atop the River Valley Builders North Region standings.

“I saw him sneaking up the leaderboard and didn’t know if we’d have enough to hold him off. When he got by us on that restart it was game over after that,” said Friesen of his runner-up finish.

“Keeping this company? There are no complaints for us,” said Rocky Warner, who rounded out the podium finishers. “To be racing with the guys we were battling shows we’re gaining ground.”

Williamson came home fourth in his Behrent’s Performance Warehouse No. 3, remaining within shouting distance of Sheppard atop the North Region point standings.

Baldwinsville, N.Y.’s Jimmy Phelps rounded out the top five after starting in 10th, his best career STSS finish aboard his HBR No. 98H.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: Fuller, who faded late to finish just outside the top five; Anthony Perrego, who came from the consolation piloting his Brian Smith-owned No. 44 car; Marc Johnson, who advanced from 16th starting position to race into the top-10 late; Ronnie Johnson, who went back and forth for much of the 61-lap affair; and Max McLaughlin, matching Ronnie Johnson with an up and down night to round out the top ten aboard his HBR No. 8H ride.

Thirty-eight STSS Modifieds signed in to compete in the ‘Richie Evans Remembered 61.’

Heat race winners, receiving $61 each courtesy of FloRacing, were McLaughlin, Phelps, Justin Wright, and Ronnie Johnson. Billy Decker and Sheppard were the consolation winners.

Durhamville, N.Y.’s Matt Janczuk captured the 30-lap, $2,061-to-win Crate 602 Sportsman victory, the first of his STSS career and 62nd at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Janczuk came from the ninth starting position to outduel Payton Talbot on a lap-12 restart for the win in Round No. 5 of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region.

Talbot took second after starting on the pole with Tyler Corcoran claiming his first ever STSS podium finish. Jim Nagle and Mike Richmond completed the top five.

Thirty-nine STSS Crate 602 Sportsman took park in the night of racing.

Up next for the STSS is the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at N.J.’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Tuesday, July 26 with a 50-lap STSS Modified event paying $5,000 to win (Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region Round No. 5) and a 25-lap, $1,500-to-win Crate 602 Sportsman main (Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 3).

Utica-Rome Speedway is located at 5591 NY-5 (Seneca Turnpike) Vernon, NY 13476. The official website is www.uticaromespeedway.com and can be reached by phone at 315.953.4097.  Like Utica-Rome Speedway on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @UR_Speedway.

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.

‘RICHIE EVANS REMEMBERED 61’ RESULTS SUMMARY – UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY JULY 21, 2022

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco River Valley Builders North Region Round No. 7 Feature Finish (61 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Rocky Warner, Mat Williamson, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Fuller, Anthony Perrego, Marc Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Max McLaughlin, Jessica Friesen, Erick Rudolph, Michael Trautschold, Bobby Hackel IV, Dan Creeden, Darren Smith, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Brett Haas, Andy Bachetti, Dave Marcuccilli, Shaun Walker, Justin Wright, Kyle Coffey, Alex Yankowski, Pat Ward, David Schilling.

Did Not Qualify: Will Shields, Nick Heywood, Alan Johnson, J.R. Hurlburt, Willy Decker, Neil Stratton, Randy Shantel, JaMike Sowle, Roger Henion, Daniel Morgiewicz, Joel Thomas.

Algonkin Motel Hard Charger ($261): Matt Sheppard (22nd to 1st)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Anthony Perrego (seventh) & Mike Trautschold (13th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Mat Williamson (fourth) & Ronnie Johnson (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Max McLaughlin (Redrew 12th)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Tim Fuller (sixth)
FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($61 Each): Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Justin Wright & Ronnie Johnson
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Jessica Friesen (11th)
NYSSCA Bonus ($100): Matt Sheppard
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Matt Sheppard (first – $150 certificate); Stewart Friesen (second – $75 certificate); Rocky Warner (third – $50 certificate)
Schultz Racing Fuel Cells Bonus ($100 Certificate): Max McLaughlin (10th)
Spyder Performance Filters Bonuses: Jimmy Phelps (fifth – FREE filter); Dan Creeden (15th – 50-percent off)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Stewart Friesen (second); Erick Rudolph (12th); Shaun Walker (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): Stewart Friesen
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Anthony Perrego (seventh)

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Round No. 5 Feature Finish (30 laps): MATT JANCZUK, Payton Talbot, Tyler Corcoran, Jim Nagle, Mike Richmond, Will Shields, Chris Mackey, Addison Bowman, Brad Alger, Travis Green, Stephen Denton, Justin Comes, Kyle DeMetro, Rocco Leone, Allan Hodge, Steve Davis, Kreg Crooker, Mike Nagel Jr., Tyler Peet, David Dickey, Matt Richardson, Brent Joy, Gordon Smith, Josh Amodio, David Hackett Jr., Landon Cummings, Blaine Klinger.

Did Not Qualify: Willy Decker, Jr. Ben Feldman, Michael Ballestero, Ed Lukas, Doug Kline, Dale Welty, Steve Kotary, Seth Martin, Dave Richer, A.J. Miller.

Accurate Collision Halfway Leader Bonus ($100): Matt Janczuk
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Addison Bowman (eighth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Kreg Crooker (Redrew 12th)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Payton Talbot (second) & Justin Comes (12th)
Fastline Performance Heat Winners ($61 Each): Kyle DeMetro, Tyler Corcoran, Matt Janczuk & Will Shields

STSS HEADS TO BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK TUESDAY

Written by Chris Moore

SWEDESBORO, NJ – South Jersey high banks.

On Tuesday, July 26, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco returns to Bridgeport Motorsports Park to tackle the high banks in the ‘South Jersey Shootout.’

The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region return to action at the four-tenths-mile oval for Round No. 5 of the 2022 South Region $15,000 championship battle.

The 50-lap, $5,000-to-win feature event will pay $500 to take the green flag, with a purse reaching north of $26,000.

Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown leads the South Region standings into his home track. The ‘Ringoes Rocket’ is also an eight time-winner at his Saturday night stomping ground in 2022 and the defending champion of the speedway.

Godown holds a 15-point advantage over Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard, the current North Region point leader.

Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular rounds out the top three in South Region standings, a distant 72-markers off the pace set by Godown.

Sheppard was the runner-up in last year’s ‘South Jersey Shootout,’ coming home second to Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt. The win for Watt was the sixth of his STSS career.

The 2021 edition of the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ was the only one of its kind on the current configuration at Bridgeport.

Of the previous five trips to the South Jersey facility before the 2021 visit; four were contested on the old five-eighths-mile with one coming on the inner three-eighths-mile in 2018.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the program for Round No. 3 of the Belmont’s Garage South Region. The 25-lap affair will pay $1,500 to the winner and $100-to-start.

Newtown, Pa.’s Joe Toth holds a slim five-point advantage over Edgewater Park, N.J.’s Nick Van Wickle. Belle Mead, N.J.’s Justin Grosso rounds out the top three.

Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown Jr. – the most recent South Region winner at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway – won last year’s STSS Crate 602 Sportsman feature at Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

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

Bridgeport Motorsports Park is located at 83 Floodgate Rd in Swedesboro, NJ 08085. The official website is www.bridgeportmotorsportspark.com/ and can be reached by phone at 856.467.4407.

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.