AFTON, NY – A championship is on the line when the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek rolls into I-88 Speedway next weekend.
On Friday-Saturday October 9-10, the Afton Fairgrounds becomes a hub of activity with the running of the Halmar International Short Track SuperNationals 8 presented by Olum’s. The two-day ‘Working Man’s Race’ has become more lucrative for competitors and intriguing for race fans.
Headlining the event is the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek (STSS) finale for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region. Not only is the 50-lap race paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag, there is also a $15,000 championship at stake and much more for those battling to earn a top-12 position in the final STSS North Region standings. The North Region point fund alone tops $38,000!
Seven of the eight Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region events have now been completed. The most recent event was contested at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., on Sunday (Sept. 27).
Stewart Friesen earned the MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial $5,140 payday at Thunder Mountain and extended his lead in the standings. Friesen has won four of seven events this year (N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway, I-88 Speedway, N.Y.’s Woodhull Raceway and Thunder Mountain) and finished second twice with the potent Jeff Daley No. 44.
Friesen plans to make his return to the Short Track SuperNationals for the first time since the event’s 2011 edition in an attempt to claim the STSS North Region crown. The Sprakers, N.Y., driver has accrued 665 points this season.
A tight battle for second involves three drivers: Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y. (556 points), Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y. (522 points) and Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. (521 points). Veteran Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., completes the top-five with 449 points.
Rounding out the top-10, currently, entering the finale 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); and Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J. (392 points).
The top-12 drivers in the standings will share in point fund money at the December STSS Awards Banquet. Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa. (337 points) and Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y. (327 points) sit 11th and 12th, respectively.
As the series finale, increased ‘Championship Points’ will be awarded: 150 to the event winner, 60 for last and 35 markers for those on hand failing to make the main event.
Two very busy days of racing are planned during the SuperNationals weekend.
On Friday, Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman headline the program with a $1,500-to-win feature, 35 laps in distance, offering Crate 602 bonuses of $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pit pass for Saturday. Also competing on Friday: XCel 600 Modifieds in a $1,000-to-win tour race, newly added Street Stocks offering $500 to win thanks to Green’s Flag Car Service, Empire Lightning Sprints, Empire Sport Trucks, FWD Four Cylinders and an open practice for Modified teams. A Dash will be held for the fastest Modifieds in practice giving away a redraw position for Saturday’s main.
For Friday, gates open at 3 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Friday grandstand admission is $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $8 for Students (ages 9-17) and Kids 8 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
Saturday’s program is jam-packed with racing. Of course, the 50-lap STSS Modified finale tops the card, but there is much more. Also in action: Crate 602 Sportsman under the GRIT American Series banner racing for $1,000 to win, XCel 600 Modifieds in a $1,000-to-win tour race, Empire Lightning Sprints ($500 to win) and a Vintage Modified exhibition.
The Saturday program will be split into an afternoon and evening program.
Gates open at 1 p.m. Hot laps for Crate 602 Sportsman, XCel 600 Mods, Lightning Sprints and Vintage Modifieds hit the track at 3 p.m. with qualifying for the aforementioned classes and the Vintage feature at 3:45 p.m. Modified hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30 p.m.
Grandstand admission for Saturday is $20 for Adults. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $18. Students (ages 9-17) are $12. Kids 8 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Pre-registration is now underway. The early entry deadline for Modified, Open Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman reduced car entry is October 1.
Entry forms can be found at the links below.
Open Sportsman: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/SuperNationalsOpenSportsmanEntry.pdf
Crate 602 Sportsman: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/SuperNationalsCrateSportsmanEntry.pdf
Reserved camping spots, limited in number with electricity and proximity to water, can be obtained by completing the following form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ReservedCampingFormSuperNationals.pdf
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 [email protected] “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
Friday-Saturday 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.
-BD Motorsports Media Press Release & Photo