MIDDLETOWN, NY A one-month delay has only built more anticipation for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway next Tuesday, May 8.


A full 30 days after its originally scheduled date was nixed by a late winter, the 2018 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region gets underway at the ‘Legendary House of Power’ five-eighths-mile track.


STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds bring their brand of “sail panel racing” to Orange County in a 50-lap main event offering a total purse structure of more than $30,000: $5,000 to the winner, $4,000 for second, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.


This event marks the first midweek event under the Orange Motorsports & Entertainment LLC management group topped by Chris Larsen of Halmar International and general manager Michael Gurda IV.


Aside from the novelty of the midweek event, race fans will notice widespread progress and improvements across the historic fairgrounds thanks to Halmar’s financial support. From track equipment to upgraded grandstands, the Hard Clay is getting a makeover.


Bonus award sponsors have jumped on board to make the ‘Hard Clay Open’ a lucrative lid-lifter for STSS teams.


Grand Rental Station, located at 388 East Main Street in Middletown, will once again offer an event-specific $500 cash Hard Charger Award for the driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled starting position to the finish of the 50-lap ‘Hard Clay Open’ main event. Learn more about Grand Rental Station Middletown online at www.equipmentrentalinmiddletown.com.


At every STSS Halmar International North Region event this season, John Brown’s Land Hoe Maintenance of Danbury, Conn., have offered $200 cash to the Hard Charger Award recipient. Find Land Hoe Maintenance online at www.landhoemaintenance.com.


This means a huge $700 cash will be up for grabs to a competitor marching through the field at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ event!


Superior Remodeling, based in Slate Hill, will reward the STSS Modified leader at halfway – lap 25 – a cash bonus of $200.


Each of the STSS Modified heat-race winners will take home $50 cash thanks to Rock Fantasy Hard Rock, Metal and Classic Rock Concert & Smoke Shop proprietor Stephen Keeler. Rock Fantasy, located at 75 West Main Street in Middletown, can be found on the web at www.rockfantasy.com.


A long line of product awards and certificates are also set for STSS Modifieds placing throughout the field.


The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is Event No. 1 of 10 for the STSS Halmar International North Region with a $12,500 championship looming at year-end.


Joining the STSS Modifieds on the ‘Hard Clay Open’ doubleheader are the Orange County Fair Speedway Crate 602 Sportsman racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green under weekly track rules and procedures.


Complete race rules and information have been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-prices-general-info/


Registration is now open for both the STSS Modified and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions.


STSS Modified entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenSTSSModifiedEntry.pdf


Crate 602 Sportsman entry form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018HardClayOpenCrate602Entry.pdf


Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.


To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail [email protected], check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.


-BD Motorsports Media Press Release

-Photo credit: Speed51.com/MoJo Photos

Anticipation High for STSS Hard Clay Open at Orange County