MIDDLETOWN, NY – The road to a $15,000 championship kicks off Tuesday, April 7 (rain dates: April 8 and 9) at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The second edition of the Halmar International ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank and East Coast Speed/ECS Auto Inc. is headlined by a 50-lap big-block Modified event offering a hefty $30,000 purse structure. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ kicks off the battle for the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region $15,000 championship.

A year ago, Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in April and parlayed the triumph to the $10,000-plus STSS point title. Again in 2015, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region crown will be decided at the Olum’s Short Track SuperNationals held at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., Oct. 9-10.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is among the season’s most lucrative events for racers, offering a non-top-heavy purse structure throughout the field: $5,000 is guaranteed to the event winner, with $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green in the starting field of 28 cars.

A long and growing list of bonus awards is taking shape as well.

The driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled starting position to the finish in the 50-lap ‘Hard Clay Open’ Modified event will receive $500 cash courtesy of Grand Rental Station Tool & Party Rental Station in Middletown, N.Y. Grand Rental Station is online at www.grandrentalmiddletown.com.

The leader at halfway, lap 25, of the 50-lap main will receive $400 cash from Stephen Keeler, proprietor of Rock Fantasy Hard Rock, Metal and Classic Rock Concert Shop & Smoke Shop in Middletown, N.Y. To learn more about Rock Fantasy, visit www.rockfantasy.com.

The driver finishing 21st in the main event will take home a bonus of $210 from McGannon Excavating of Garnerville, N.Y., raising that driver’s earnings to a massive $710! McGannon Excavating is operated by dirt Modified racer Bob McGannon.

The Hard Charger in each of the Modified heat races will take home $50 cash bonuses from Zubi’s Racing owner Dave Zubikowski for their efforts.

‘Lucky 7’ lap money, approaching the $1,000 mark, will be distributed to drivers running inside the top-seven positions during the 50-lap main event. To sponsor a lap for a minimum of $20, contact Brett Deyo at [email protected]

Product and certificates will be distributed from American Racer/Lias Tire, ATL Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fast Axle, Hi Tek Race Fuel/VP Racing Fuel, Shiley Fabrication and Vahlco Wheels.

Winners’ hardware will be custom made by S&W Awards & Photos in Lindley, N.Y.

A complete list of ‘’Hard Clay Open’ special awards and bonuses can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-2015-special-awards-bonuses-2/

Crate 602 Sportsman will also be featured at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ in the Elmo’s Speed & Supply 25 paying $1,250 minimum to the winner and $100 to take the green flag.

The BD Motorsports Media LLC promoted ‘Hard Clay Open’ is unique in that big-block Modifieds and dry sump small-blocks will be outfitted with traditional windows, while standard small-blocks will utilize high sail panels, setting up a decision for competitors and true distinction between engine combinations for fans.

Complete rules and ‘Hard Clay Open’ general information can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-rules-general-information/

The Modified purse structure, from first to last, has also been posted: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-modified-pay-structure/

Registration is ongoing for both the Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman. Entry forms have been posted on the event website.

For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 1 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. with a drivers’ meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the pit tower. Hot laps will follow and racing is set to begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $22 (Adults), $20 (Seniors) and $2 (Kids 6 and under). Pit admission is $35, with no license required.  Advance tickets are on sale through the speedway office by calling 845.342.2573.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: [email protected] The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”

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.

-BD Motorsports Media Press Release.  Photo Credit: BD Motorsports Photo

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