The Dirt Modified season is always one of the most intense seasons in all of short track racing. It begins early and it ends late. With schedules being released for the 2018 season, it seems as though that trend will continue next season. We catch you up on all of the offseason news in this edition of the Dirt Modified Times on Speed51.com.
Short Track Super Series Schedule to Be Broadcast Live
The Short Track Super Series and Speed51.com made a major announcement just two weeks ago that all STSS Modified feature races on both the North and South schedules will be streamed live and on-demand on the Speed51 Network in 2018. In addition, all STSS Open and Crate 602 Sportsman events held in conjunction with the Modifieds will be streamed as well.
The broadcasts will be available to both monthly and yearly premium subscribers to the Speed51 Network. Fans will also have the option to purchase separate pay-per-view tickets for each race.
17 Events at 13 Tracks for Short Track Super Series
Combined, the STSS North and South Modified divisions will compete in 17 events at 13 tracks across the Northeast in 2017.
STSS South gets the season rolling with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial on Saturday, March 17 at Georgetown Speedway in Delaware. It will be the first of three appearances for the STSS South Modifieds, who return for the Blast at the Beach on Tuesday, August 28. The final appearance will conclude the South schedule with the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.
The STSS South Modifieds will also have appearances at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday, April 29 for the South Jersey Shootout. Delaware International Speedway hosts the Diamond State 50 on Thursday, May 24. The $10,000 to win York County Nationals return to BAPS Motor Speedway Sunday, July 29. STSS Modifieds will visit Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania for the first time in series history on Friday, October 12 for the Speed Showcase.
The lone combined points show for STSS North and South will take place at Big Diamond Speedway in Pennsylvania during the Anthracite Assault on Tuesday, June 5.
New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway will serve as the site for the start and finish of the STSS North schedule, with the Hard Clay Open Sunday, April 8 and the Hard Clay Finale Thursday, October 18. Afton Motorsports Park returns for a twin bill in 2018, with the Afton Action 50 on Wednesday, July 25, and the ‘Working Man’s Race’ the Short Track SuperNationals 11, Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6.
Outlaw Speedway returns to the STSS North slate after a one-year absence with the Outlaw Showdown Wednesday, June 20. Also returning for 2018 is Lightning on the Mountain at Thunder Mountain Speedway Sunday, May 27, the Battle of the Bullring 6 at Accord Speedway on Tuesday, July 3, Hustlin’ the High Banks 54 at Woodhull Raceway Wednesday, August 8, and the second Stampede at ‘toga, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Tuesday, August 14.
Five Nights for the Big-Block Modifieds at Volusia
The Super DIRTcar Series gets set to head south to Florida to kick off the 2018 season with the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, where the Big-Block Modifieds will be in action for five straight nights of racing from Tuesday, February 13 to Saturday, February 17.
King of Dirt Introduces Home Track Points System
Add the King of Dirt Series to the list of touring series and sanctioning bodies that will award home track points in 2018. The series recently announced a bonus program that will allow drivers on tour to earn extra points to be added in with their tour points through the racing season by racing their home track a set number of races.
A full explanation of the program can be found by clicking here.
BRP Modified Tour Schedule Still Being Worked On
While the BRP Modified Tour 2018 calendar is still officially in the working process, already Big-Block Modified racers from New York to Ohio have been presented with a stout lineup.
Ohio’s Sharon Speedway is on schedule for six appearances in 2018, all six races also make up the track’s Super Series championship schedule for Big-Blocks.
Presently, the season will start off in West Virginia at Tyler County Speedway on April 14. The season will also feature one-off appearances at Eriez Speedway, Raceway 7, Stateline Speedway, Expo Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway, which is scheduled to host the season finale.
Short Track Super Series Expands Sportsman Program
A brand-new Sportsman Modified program is also in effect for the 2018 Short Track Super Series season. Open Sportsman will run a five-race schedule. Big Diamond Speedway, Accord Speedway, and Afton Motorsports Park will be companion races along with STSS Modifieds, while Thunder Mountain Speedway and the paved Bethel Motor Speedway in New York will host standalone events.
Crate 602 Sportsman Modifieds will have the option of running North and/or South schedules, each consisting of five races. Four of the North races will be Modified companion races, while Thunder Mountain hosts a standalone race September 2. The South races will all be companion races with the South Modifieds.
Super DIRTcar Regular Season Begins at Fulton; Ends in Charlotte
The points battle for the 2018 season is set to begin April 28 with their lone stop at Fulton Speedway in New York and will run all the way through to the World of Outlaws World Finals on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For the third straight season, Super DIRT Week will return to the shore of Lake Ontario at Oswego Speedway, following a triumphant week of racing in 2017.
A trio of visits to Weedsport Speedway on May 28, July 28, and September 3 is on the docket in 2018. Brewerton Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, and Fonda Speedway will each host two appearances this coming season. The SDS Big-Blocks will also make one stop each at Bridgeport Speedway, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, Utica-Rome Speedway, Outlaw Speedway, Autodrome Granby, Airborne Park Speedway, Merrittville Speedway, Ransomville Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, Le RPM Speedway, Mohawk International Raceway, and Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Big Bonuses on the Line for Short Track Super Series
The Short Track Super Series also welcomes Sunoco Race Fuels as the official fuel for the series in 2018. Sunoco will also expand its sponsorship of the American Racer Cup, the home track championship where drivers at 13 different tracks earn weekly points towards the season title.
Sunoco and Insinger Performance will also team up for a ‘grand champion’ bonus of $25,000 should any driver sweep the STSS North, South and American Racer Cup titles in 2018.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Regional Editor (CT, MA & NY)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos