Anthony Perrego has wracked up quite the list of accomplishments in Northeast Dirt Modified racing this year, including a win on the Short Track Super Series. But that win came down south at Georgetown Speedway in Delaware, quite the drive from his stomping grounds in New York State.
Now with just two races remaining for the Short Track Super Series North Modified Championship, time is running out for a STSS win in the Empire State. But the odds have turned in the favor of the “Montgomery Missile,” with tracks that he knows very well coming up.
The first, Thunder Mountain Speedway for one of the year’s big events, the Short Track SuperNationals. Fresh off a series race at the track on September 23, Perrego is confident that his No. 44 team can elevate from the team’s fourth-place finish two weeks prior and overcome the track’s home guard.
“We did okay the last time we were there. We were a little better prepared since the track changed from year’s past. If we throw some different things at the car, I think we’ll have a better run this weekend. I think with us traveling guys there just a week ago we’ll have a little bit to go off of. Maybe we can learn something and bring it on home,” Perrego told Speed51.com.
Overall, Perrego’s numbers for the year are very impressive, with a career best 18 wins and two championships at each of his home tracks: Accord Speedway in the Modified division and Orange County Fair Speedway in the Big-Blocks. In fact, he came within three points of a third title, just missing out on the Orange County Small-Block title.
It is a career year that Perrego knows is far from over.
“It’s been a great year. We got 18 wins, the track championships, it’s one of the best seasons I’ve ever had in the Modified. But we got quite a few races left and we got the potential to get to 20 wins or more. So we want to make it even better.”
After a string of consistent finishes in STSS North, Perrego has also managed to trim Billy Decker’s points lead to 40 with two races left. Not only are the two remaining races favored tracks for Perrego, but Decker will be running a tight schedule with double-duty at Oswego Speedway and Super DIRT Week on Saturday.
“With Decker racing the Small-Block race at Oswego, you never know. Last year he showed up to Afton a little late and he started in the back. There’s definitely potential to gain some points there, then we show up at our home track at Middletown for the last race. If we can close the gap this weekend, hopefully we can be in a good position there.”
But making up points this weekend will still be difficult, with the “Working Man’s Race” expecting to bring plenty of talent to Thunder Mountain in the race’s first ever staging at the Center Lisle, NY ¼-mile.
“It’s going to be good, a little change of pace from previous years, which is always good. I think the car count is going to be right up there in the 60 range or so, there will be a lot of competition. It should be good for the series and us the racers.”
Despite the close quarters, Perrego likes his chances of winning another check courtesy of Brett Deyo and the Short Track Super Series.
“ I’ve seen a couple of pictures of the winner’s check this week, it would look pretty cool on the wall in the shop. It’s always good to win any of Brett’s shows because he supports all of us, and this is definitely one of the bigger ones.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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