The Short Track Super Series is preparing for what has become their Independence Day weekend tradition, with the fourth race of the 2017 North Region schedule set to roll off with the Battle of the Bullring 5 at Accord Speedway (NY) Monday night, July 3. Nestled between the Catskills and Hudson River in eastern New York State, Accord is a tight quarter-mile with a big tradition of Dirt Modified racing. A corps of big name drivers race weekly on Friday nights both past and present.
One driver who has moved up through the ranks is Anthony Perrego, a former Sportsman champion at the “Bullring.” He won “The Battle” in 2014, and is a two-time winner of Accord’s special “Gobbler” event. With such a record and familiarity, the “Montgomery Missile” is eager to return to one of his home tracks.
“It’s exciting to get back to Accord, we’ve been racing there all year so we got a good idea of what we need and we should have one the best race cars there. We won the Gobbler back in November, so we have some momentum coming back for the bigger races at Accord,” Perrego told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Perrego has one win in Friday competition this season in what has been a combined effort in the familiar No. 44 as well as the No. 3 for Bill Pascaul. Unfortunately, motor issues and prior plans have derailed track championship hopes, but he wants to make up for it with what would be a big win this coming Monday.
“We didn’t go this past Friday,” Perrego explained. “I was running for Bill Pascual and we lost the motor. I was actually taking the 44 there for a couple of weeks, but we have some big races lately, we went to New Egypt this past Tuesday and we have the race Monday. We didn’t want to bang up the car too bad so we’ll be in good shape for Monday.”
The Short Track Super Series North season has also been a bit of a mixed bag for Perrego. After winning the second race of the season at Thunder Mountain Speedway, he did not come away with the result he wanted last time out at Afton Motorsports Park. Despite this, Perrego has been satisfied with the run in STSS and feels that a momentum building result at Accord, coupled with taking advantage of STSS rule of dropping the worst finish of the season’s first eight races from the season points total, will give him a great shot at the North title.
“Afton we just ran the wrong tire I believe,” Perrego stated. “We had a good car in the heat race, and had the wrong compound in the feature, so that set us back. The Series gives us one drop, if the 11th is the worst finish of the year, you’ll be right there at the top. We’re looking for a good run at Accord and I think we will as long as nothing mechanical breaks, we’ll be good. We can win Monday.”
With the Battle of the Bullring 5 being added to Speed51.com’s Summer Thunder TV Series, it will give the event, as well as Accord, exposure to a wider racing audience, and Perrego is eager for a chance for the STSS to show just how great a track he knows Accord is.
“That’ll be awesome, to give people around the world a view of Accord. It’s a racy little place, there’s definitely going to be good racing, with some bigger names there’s not going to be a lot of contact. Racing there Friday, there’s a little more contact, but with this group of drivers and everything there, the racing will be even better.”
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-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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