The Short Track Super Series has created many great opportunities for Northeast Dirt Modified teams in different capacities since its creation in 2014. The newest opportunity is now on deck for this Friday night, October 12, as the STSS South Modified South Region will bring the dirt ground pounders to one of Pennsylvania’s great Sprint Car meccas, Port Royal Speedway, for the first time in over 30 years.
The excitement and anticipation throughout the ranks can be found with even some of the most seasoned veterans, including New Jersey great Ryan Godown.
“We are really looking forward to going. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Godown told Speed51.com. “It’s a win for us and the series because all those fans down there, all they ever see is Sprint Cars, so it’s something different for them and it’s something different for us.”
Matching the level of excitement is the anticipation of a great challenge not just for Godown but all Modified drivers that will attempt to make the field for the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win Speed Showcase.
“Pretty much going to be learning on the fly because I’ve never even been there,” Godown admitted. “I’ve never even seen the place, but I think the same can be said of a lot of other Modified guys that are going.”
Although Godown has never competed at Port Royal, the “Ringoes Rocket” has scored a victory in Pennsylvania Sprint Car country before. That win came two years ago when the STSS first visited BAPS Motor Speedway in the town of York.
“It would be really cool to win at Port Royal. When I won at BAPS Motor Speedway that was a pretty cool deal,” he said. “Not having shown up before, hadn’t seen the red clay, winning that race was very unique. It would be really special.”
This occasion has another challenge added for Godown and his team, as they must turn around the No. 5 Dieter Schmidt Big-Block Modified from a tough Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway (NY).
After dealing with the usual challenges of the week, things looked to be coming together during the second half of Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200, with Godown pursuing eventual race winner Larry Wight in the last 20 laps of the race. Unfortunately, that charge came to a halt when his No. 5 experienced engine problems.
“It would help me forget this past Sunday a little,” Godown said. “I thought we had something at the end there, but I conserved too much. Looking back at it I wish we didn’t have so many cautions at the end of that race. Who knows, the motor went south with two to go, but it started going south with ten to go. We just got to put our best foot forward. We got a new motor in the 5 car for Friday, the same car we ran at Super DIRT Week. We got a lot of work the next couple days to get it done.”
They say the best medicine is winning your next race but preparing for it can be an effective treatment as well, even with some fatigue added on.
“You got to try and put it behind you as quick as possible or you drive yourself crazy,” Godown stated. “I’m excited to get to Port Royal Friday, then we got Grandview Speedway (PA) Saturday, so we need to get everything in order before then. All my crew guys are beat up from Oswego and Thunder Mountain, so we’re trying to refresh and revive, and we’ll go for some wins.”
The Big and Small-Block Modifieds of the Short Track Super Series will also race alongside the same 410 Sprint Cars that call Port Royal Speedway home this Friday during the Speed Showcase.
Fans unable to make the trip to “The Port” can see all of the Short Track Super Series racing live on Speed51.com’s broadcast, which as usual will be free to all Speed51 premium subscribers. If you’re not a premium subscriber, click here to join today.
-Story by Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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