MINERSVILLE, PA – Pennsylvania’s Coal Region will be the meeting point between North and South on Tuesday, May 5.
For the only time this season, the North and South Regions of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek will meet at Big Diamond Speedway with the ‘Anthracite Assault’ special event. This 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified clash will feature one of the most diverse and talented fields seen at any venue all season, drawing from the north, south, east and west.
A purse of more than $25,000 has been posted, with the winner taking home $5,000-plus, 10th-place paying $1,000 and $400 to take the green flag. Lap money, contingency awards and bonuses will make the ‘Anthracite Assault’ even more attractive for competitors.
Valuable STSS points will be at stake for two point funds: the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region ($15,000 title from a $38,000 total fund) and Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel ($7,500 championship from a $20,000 point fund).
Heading into Big Diamond, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., leads the STSS North Region chase, having won the opener at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway on April 11 over Jerry Higbie Jr., Danny Johnson, Tommy Meier and Brett Hearn.
The South Region began at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway on April 19 with Hellertown, Pa.’s Rick Laubach scoring the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ victory. David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Watt and Jack Swain chased the ‘Quaker Shaker’ across the line.
Unique to the ‘Anthracite Assault’ at Big Diamond: the Modifieds will utilize sail panels for the only time this season. Sail panels are a staple of the STSS North Region and will be used during South Region events at Big Diamond and N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway June 11.
The 2015 ‘Anthracite Assault’ running will be the second edition of this race. The first took place nearly four years ago, on July 26, 2011, and was won by Friesen, narrowly holding off Duane Howard.
STSS Modifieds will be joined on the program by Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) in a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start 25-lap main. Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modifieds will be in action with $1,000 on the line for the winner of the 20-lap special.
BD Motorsports Media LLC takes on a co-promotional role for the Tuesday night special. A rain date is set for Wednesday, May 6.
Gates, both in the grandstand and pit areas, will open at 4 p.m. in the grandstand and pit areas. The drivers’ meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 7 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $25. Kids under 12 and active military with ID are admitted free. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Complete race rules and general information have been posted on the STSS website at: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/general-information-and-rules/
The complete pay structure is also available: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/modified-pay-structure/
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shortttracksuperseries.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.
Big Diamond Speedway is a three-eighths-mile clay oval located in Minersville, Pa., just miles from Pottsville. The facility offers free parking, state-of-the-art concession areas and restrooms and not a “bad seat” in the house, with hillside grandstands overlooking the on-track action. The speedway GPS address is 392 Forest Lane Pottsville, PA 17901. The official website is www.bigdspeedway.com.
-BD Motorsports Press Release. Photo Credit: Big Diamond Speedway Facebook