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NEW EGYPT, NJ – Four years and 15 days.

That’s how long it had been since David Van Horn Jr. reached Victory Lane with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

On Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway, Van Horn picked up his first series win since August 5, 2015 in style, topping the ‘Dirty Jersey 6’ 40-lap main for a $6,250 payday in Round No. 6 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central.

The win – Van Horn’s second with the series – came at the controls of Fred Vahlsing’s VAHLCO Wheels-sponsored No. 323ov with big-block power between the frame rails.

Van Horn, whose prior checkered flag came at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., felt he brought the right combination to the unique D-shaped 7/16ths – mile New Egypt track.

“It was awesome,” Van Horn, who resides in Ringoes, N.J., reflected. “Even last week, when the track was slick here the car was perfect. Tonight the track had a little more bite. The bottom was the place to be early then the top cleaned off and I moved up.

“It feels good to win one of these (STSS) races again. The competition is always tough.”

Van Horn started third in the main event. From the pole, veteran Wade Hendrickson shot into the lead and paced the opening four circuits before Van Horn took command for the first time.

Hendrickson held second position through a lap-15 restart when Danny Bouc – driving the Craig and Leslie Pondish No. 6 – rolled the extreme outside lane to second after starting ninth. 

Bouc continued his drive toward the front, sweeping by Van Horn to take the lead before a caution on the 19th lap.

Bouc picked the outside lane for the restart, but Van Horn was ready. DVH surged off the bottom to lead the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Halfway Lap. Van Horn now changed his line to the outside with Bouc in pursuit.

Bouc’s effort stalled on lap 24 with a flat right-rear tire. Van Horn led Hendrickson and an emerging Brandon Grosso, who started seventh.

Grosso took over the runner-up spot on the 26th lap. Despite four cautions in the race’s final 14 circuits, Van Horn was flawless, powering to a victory at the track where he is the defending champion.

Montgomery, N.J.’s Grosso finished a stout second, collecting the $3,000 payday that accompanied it. Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., righted his New Egypt misfortunes with a third-place result in the Ron Roberts-owned No. 14W. Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., raced amidst the top-six for the entire distance and placed fourth with Terry Fasnacht’s No. 2A.  Lawrenceville, N.J.’s Hendrickson was fifth in Pat Michael’s No. 51M.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who charged forward after pitting early in the event; 12th-starter Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., in Norm Hansell’s No. 357; Craig Von Dohren, also of Oley, Pa., after starting 15th; track regular Cale Ross of Lambertville, N.J., up from 18th; and a resurgent Bouc of Pipersville, Pa.

Billy Pauch Jr. set the Beyea Headers Fast Time Award with a lap of 16.613 seconds, collecting $100.

Heat winners were Howard, Blewett and Pauch Jr. Anthony Perrego topped the consolation.

The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars returned to New Egypt for the $2,000-to-win ‘Turnpike 25’ event. Wantage, N.J.’s Davie Franek took home the cash. After a mid-race challenge from J.J. Grasso (who succumbed to a flat tire), Franek motored away for the triumph on Garden State soil.

Adam Carberry, Josh Weller, Tyler Ross and Ryan Stillwaggon completed the front five.  

Steve Davis of Jackson, N.J., led wire-to-wire in the 20-lap STSS Crate 602 Sportsman main event, taking home a $1,500 payday aboard the Howie Finch Jr. Hig Fab Chassis.

The Crate 602 Sportsman drivers completed timed hot laps to set the order for the fourth event of the ’19 South Region. Davis set the fast time and started from the pole. In a fast-paced event slowed just twice by caution flags, Davis led wire-to-wire.

Ryan Simmons finished a stout second, followed by Ryan Heim, Joe Toth and Jim Housworth.

NEW EGYPT NOTEBOOK: The efficiently run program saw the final checkered flag of the night for the URC 360 Sprint Cars waving at 10:10 p.m. with 76 total race cars in the pit area (30 STSS Modifieds, 26 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman and 20 URC Sprint Cars)….

The Chemidlin family presented a $747 Hard Charger Award in the STSS Modified division in memory of late driver and car owner John Chemidlin. Rick Laubach received the extra cash driving from 24thto 13th with members of the Chemidlin family making the presentation….

The STSS Modified podium saw a trio of engine combinations. Van Horn won with a traditional big-block; Grosso a large cubic inch small-block; and Watt a sealed spec engine on gasoline….

Uncharacteristic tough night for Matt Sheppard, who suffered a flat tire running inside the top six, spun once and was collected in a turn-three incident before limping home 16th….

Track conditions were wide and tacky with limited dust for the event, drawing praise from competitors and fans….

Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway hosts the next STSS event with the VAHLCO Racing Wheels ‘Blast at the Beach’ presented by Melon 1 on Tuesday, August 27 (rain date Wednesday, August 28). The event will be recorded for broadcast on MAV-TV and features STSS Modifieds (35 laps, $6,000 to win) in a Velocita-USA South Region event, STSS Crate 602 Sportsman (20 laps, $1,500 to win), Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

To learn more about the 2019 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, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, 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.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 6 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): DAVID VAN HORN JR., Brandon Grosso, Ryan Watt, Mike Gular, Wade Hendrickson, Andy Bachetti, Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Cale Ross, Danny Bouc, Jimmy Blewett, Jeff Strunk, Rick Laubach, Anthony Perrego, Jordan Watson, Matt Sheppard, Richie Pratt Jr., Mike Butler, Rich Rutski, Billy Osmun, Jeremy Smith, Jimmy Horton, Matt Stangle, Pat Wall, Ryan Krachun, Billy Pauch Jr.

Did Not Qualify: Johnny Guarino, Clay Butler, Dominic Buffalino, Chris Grbac.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Craig Von Dohren (eighth) & Rick Laubach (13th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200 Certificate): 
Wade Hendrickson(fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Card): 
Mike Gular(fourth) & Cale Ross (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Fast Time Bonus ($100): Billy Pauch Jr. (16.613 seconds)
Bill Brown & Company ‘Move of the Race’ Award ($50): David Van Horn Jr. 
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Bonuses (Wiley X ‘Ignite’ Sunglasses): 
David Van Horn Jr. (winner), Brandon Grosso (second) & Ryan Watt (third)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): Andy Bachetti (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): 
Jimmy Blewett (11th)
John Chemidlin Memorial Hard Charger ($747): 
Rick Laubach (24th to 13th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil Halfway Leader ($200): 
David Van Horn Jr.
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): 
Ryan Watt(third)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Brandon Grosso (second), Jeff Strunk (12th) & Jimmy Horton (22nd)
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): Ryan Krachun

Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 laps): DAVIE FRANEK, Adam Carberry, Josh Weller, Tyler Ross, Ryan Stillwaggon, Curt Michael, Chad Layton, Steve Buckwalter, Brian Carber, Austin Bishop, Joe Kata, Jason Shultz, Ed Aikin, Chris Allen Jr., Thomas Radivoy, Art Liedl, Ryan Quackenbush, J.J. Grasso, Troy Betts, Robbie Stillwaggon.

The Eighth “Working Man’s Race” Takes Place This Weekend At I-88 Speedway

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AFTON, NY – The ‘little series that could’ is set to conclude its 2015 season at a race, they said, would never work.

Yes, it is an unlikely pairing, but the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek – a series aimed at weekend warriors, not high-budget teams – wraps up its 2015 Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region this weekend, Friday-Saturday October 9-10, at I-88 Speedway with the eighth running of the Halmar International Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s.

Dubbed the “Working Man’s Race” when it was created by Brett Deyo in 2006, then with Afton Speedway promoters Pat and Janet Jordan, the Short Track SuperNationals was designed to provide Friday, Saturday and Sunday night racers with an affordable option to the Columbus Day weekend festivities at the New York State Fairgrounds during Super DIRT Week.

Skeptics doubted the concept. Yet, the Short Track SuperNationals has persevered – and thrived – carving its own niche in the dirt Modified landscape.

The first SuperNationals was contested in ’06 at Afton with short-track specialist Mike Ricci taking the inaugural victory. Shortly thereafter, the Jordans ended their run as managers of the Afton oval. The event moved to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y., for five years (2009-2013) before, with increased car counts and camping, the race had outgrown the rustic FMP layout.

Last October, buoyed by widespread improvements to the Afton Fairgrounds facility by promoters Jamie and Denise Page – the Short Track SuperNationals returned “home” to its birthplace at I-88 Speedway. A vast, flat pit area, plentiful camping room with water and electricity hook-ups, neat-and-tidy grounds and excellent, three-wide racing greeted attendees.

The change of venues was so well-received it was announced on the spot last October I-88 would again host the event in 2015 in another BD Motorsports Media LLC co-promotion.

With the marketing support of Halmar International’s Chris Larsen and Kevin Lillie of Olum’s, a huge weekend lineup has been set with 11 different feature events set for two busy days of racing.

Of course, the Short Track SuperNationals headliner is the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified ‘Working Man’s Race” 50-lap feature on Saturday night offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green. A series champion – pocketing $15,000 – will be crowned when the checkered drops on Saturday night.

Race History
The aforementioned first Short Track SuperNationals rolled off in 2006 as a virtual unknown. Tillson, N.Y.’s Mike Ricci, a short-track ace and multi-time track champion put the first triumph on the board with a mid-race pass of Joey Grammes.

To date, there have been no repeat Short Track SuperNationals victors.

Grandview (Pa.) Speedway driver Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa., scored the ’09 victory in an upset. A year later, it was Kauneonga Lake, N.Y., driver Justin Holland taking the triumph. Duane Howard bought the trophy back to his Oley, Pa., home in ’11 at the controls of the Mike Petruska-owned No. 66. In 2012, Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., became the second Accord (N.Y.) Speedway regular – joining Ricci – to take top SuperNationals honors. Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., a Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway and Glen Ridge (N.Y.) mainstay, parlayed his first-ever SuperNationals start into the ’13 victory.

The theme of “working man winners” continued last year in the race’s return to I-88. Masonville, N.Y., low-key talent Shaun Walker thwarted the challenges of Mike Mahaney and Mitch Gibbs to earn what was easily the biggest win of his career before a partisan hometown crowd.

In its existence the Short Track SuperNationals mission statement has gone unchanged, to provide weekend warriors with a healthy payout, virtually open rules, a legitimate draw for position and a chance to showcase their talents.

The Series Finale
Saturday’s Short Track SuperNationals Modified 50-lap event serves as the final round of the eight-race STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region, which offers $15,000 to the champion and a $38,000-plus total point fund distributed to the top-12 finishers.

The series has visited six different venues in ’15, the lid-lifter at Middletown, N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway in April, followed by trips to Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., Accord Speedway, Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., (twice) I-88 and Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway.

Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., has enjoyed a dominant season on the STSS North Region with four victories: Orange County, I-88 in July, Woodhull and the most recent event, the Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain. Friesen takes a commanding lead of 109 points into the finale, just having to take the green to secure his crown.

Friesen has not entered a Short Track SuperNationals race since ’11. He will end a four-year absence from the event on Saturday. The Jeff Daley owned No. 44 “short-track car” will be awaiting Friesen’s arrival in the I-88 pits.

Trailing Friesen’s 665-point total with 556 markers is Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who is locked into a battle with Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., (522 points) and Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., (521 points) for second in points. Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., completes the front five with 449 points.

Second-place in the STSS North Region pays $7,000, meaning the battle for the runner-up spot will be intense through the 50-lap main.

Rounding out the top-12 in the standings are Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa., (425 points), Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., (424 points), Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y. (410 points), Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., (403 points), Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., (392 points), Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., (337 points) and Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y. (327 points).

Increased “championship points” will be distributed at the SuperNationals with 150 points going to the race winner and 60 to take the green flag. The first seven STSS North races this year operated on a 100-point scale.

North Region victors this season have included Friesen (four checkered flags), Jackie Brown Jr. (Accord) and Brian Malcolm (Thunder Mountain June event).

Series Ironman
This season, in addition to the eight-race STSS North Region, a five-race South Region sponsored by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. was contested in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. One driver – Anthony Perrego – has run every event, both North and South, driving for Wurtsboro, N.Y., car owner Gary Mann.

Perrego, 21 years old, the series “ironman” driver, finished second in the South Region to Ryan Watt. He is in contention for the runner-up spot in the North Region, trailing Danny Johnson by 34 points. Should Perrego finish second in both regions, he will take home more than $10,000 at the series Awards Banquet.

Huge Money
The Short Track SuperNationals is annually one of the most lucrative events in the Southern Tier each year. 2015 is no different. The base purse structure for this event – before any bonuses or awards – is a massive $26,430. Bonuses will bring that number well over the $30,000 mark.

Additionally, there is plentiful lap money that will be distributed to the top-seven drivers during the event, topped by a huge $600 Halfway Leader bonus posted by Dale and Sue Smith of Afton, N.Y. The Smiths have sponsored the halfway cash at every SuperNationals beginning with the inaugural.

A massive total of $1,670 in lap money will be distributed to the top-seven drivers in the running order throughout the main.

Other bonuses include heat-race cash, a $200 Craig Decker Forest Products Top Crew Chief recognition, $288 Zubi’s Racing Hard Charger Award, $111 Crunchco Snacks 11th-place bonus and more. A full lineup of STSS contingency awards will also be handed out to Modified competitors.

International Flair
The STSS Modified field at the SuperNationals is expected to draw competitors from at least seven different states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland and Connecticut.

But the headline division will not be the sole class bringing in invaders from afar. The 1000cc Mini-Sprints of the Empire Lightning Sprints are expecting a strong influx of Quebec-based racers. The division thrives in the French-speaking Canadian province in addition to New York State.

Last year, Alex Therrien of the noted Quebec racing family was able to notch a victory at I-88. Therrien will lead a list of his Canadian counterparts looking to win on U.S. soil this season.

Perfect Record
Four drivers have perfect attendance in all seven Short Track SuperNationals events contested thus far. Mike Ricci, the ’06 winner, last year’s winner Shaun Walker, Joey Grammes and Bobby Varin. At least three are expected to be on hand this weekend: Ricci in the Halmar-backed No. 76, Walker in the family fielded No. 21 and Varin driving for Norm Hansell in the famed No. 357.

Fast Friday
Friday’s program will be a busy one at I-88. Modified competitors will be invited to take part in a series of timed practice sessions. The fastest six cars move into a Dash, 8 laps in distance. The Dash winner receives a guaranteed redraw position for Saturday’s 50-lap main.

The Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman are featured in a 35-lap main offering $1,500 to win and $125 to take the green flag. Crate bonuses are $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pit pass for the first Crate 602 Sportsman across the line.

Also on Friday, XCel 600 Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win in a tour race, Empire Lightning Sprints in a preliminary program, Street Stocks, now racing for a minimum of $600 to win thanks to Green’s Flag Car Service and Star Spa Services, Four Cylinders and Empire Sport Trucks.

Split Saturday
Saturday’s program of the Short Track SuperNationals will again be split into afternoon and evening sessions for the benefit of racers and fans. During the afternoon, GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win), Empire Lightning Sprints ($500 to win), and XCel 600 Modifieds ($1,000 to win) will run their qualifying events. Vintage Modifieds will complete their feature.

At 6 p.m., Modifieds will hit the track for the first time on Saturday with hot laps, followed by qualifying. Features for the Crates, Lightning Sprints and XCel Modifieds will be cycled in leading up to the STSS Modified finale.

41 And Beyond
After hosting the very first BD Motorsports Media LLC event on Oct. 7, 2006 with the first Short Track SuperNationals, the Afton Fairgrounds is set for event No. 41 this weekend. Since that fledgling effort, BD Motorsports Media promotions have been held at 12 tracks in four states. In 40 events, 23 different drivers have visited Victory Lane, none more than Stewart Friesen who won his seventh career BD Motorsports Media LLC race at Thunder Mountain on Sept. 27.

Registration, rules, detailed weekend info and more can be found online at www.shorttracksuperseries.com under “Events” and “Short Track SuperNationals” on the main menu. Registration forms have been posted for the Modified, Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com.  “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

I-88 Speedway is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about I-88 Speedway, visit www.i-88speedway.com.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group (COMP Cams, Driven Racing Oil & Quarter Master), Crane Ignition, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Hyperco, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Lineman Racing, Pilat Graphic Design, Race Pro Weekly, Racers Guide, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & VP Racing Fuel.

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek 2015 Schedule

Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region
Saturday, April 11 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, May 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault – WINNER: RICK LAUBACH
Tuesday, May 19 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3 – WINNER: JACKIE BROWN JR.
Monday, June 29 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain – WINNER: BRIAN MALCOLM
Wednesday, July 22 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, August 11 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51 – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Sunday, September 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
FridaySaturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Point Fund (*based on 8 events): 1. $15,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,500; 5. $2,000; 6. $1,650; 7. $1,550; 8. $1,450; 9. $1,350; 10. $1,250; 11. $750; 12. $650.

Drivers with perfect attendance outside the Top-12 receive $250.