Whether it be four-legged at the old Saratoga Race Course or four-wheeled just to the south at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, racing in Saratoga County is a tradition. On Wednesday night, the tradition of four-wheeled racing will continue in fine fashion with the second running of the Short Track Super Series Stampede at ‘toga.
Brett Deyo and the Short Track Super Series expanded the Saratoga County racing tradition in 2017 by bringing mid-week thunder to “The Great Place” during the inaugural Stampede at ‘toga. The result was a packed field full of stars, even surpassing the large car count seen at Brett Hearn’s Big Show IX that past June.
In 2018, a staggering 55 cars showed up in Malta, New York for the Big Show X, one of the largest car counts all season on the Super DIRTcar Series. Once again in August, Deyo is determined to show the continuing growth of his series and the Stampede at ‘toga.
Deyo’s determination resulted in an online campaign both on the STSS website and on social media dubbed, “Brett Deyo’s Bigger Show Challenge,” all leading up to this year’s Stampede, now scheduled for this Wednesday, August 15.
“I just wanted to make a little buzz because Brett Hearn does a good job with his race there in June. He promotes the heck out of it and does a good job,” Deyo told Speed51.com. “He got a lot of cars this year; last year we were able to beat him. When he did really well in June, it kind of raised the bar for us.”
With help from race sponsors Recovery Sports Bar & Grill and American Racer Tires, should the car count hit 56 (or more) this Wednesday night at Albany-Saratoga, the total race purse will get a boost from $25,170 to $30,170, with the winner getting a boost from $5,000 to $7,500 and an increase from $400 to $500 for taking the green flag.
“I thought if we throw this out there and get a sponsor, it just makes it that much better for the racers because it raises the winner up to $7,500 and raise the back of the purse up to $500 to take the green instead of $400.”
The Short Track Super Series has also received extra sponsorship support for the 15-lap B-Main with the winner receiving $400 and a minimum of $50 to start with Bob Hilbert Sportswear, New Country Toyota of Clifton Park, Elmo’s Speed & Supply, Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming Inc. and Dig Race Products stepping up to provide funding.
“Once it got rolling, I started to get people calling in who wanted to sponsor a B-Main, so now we have an A and B-Main, so everybody will get something at Albany. It blew up and got even bigger than I thought than when we started.”
Despite a 24-hour postponement due to a wet forecast on Tuesday, Deyo is highly encouraged from what he has heard from teams interested in participating.
“We got 49 last year for this race,” he stated. “I’ve had people call up who were interested, and probably a few surprises. The weather does throw a bit of a monkey wrench into it, but I think it will be one of our higher car counts of the year no matter what.”
Overall, the trip to Malta in 2017 provided unique exposure for the Short Track Super Series. Deyo hopes that trend will continuing with the second running of the Stampede at ‘toga in 2018.
“It gets us in a different region, the Capital District, than any other time during the season,” he began. “Last year we were very well received there on a day that wasn’t very nice out. We still had a great crowd and car count. I look forward to going there. It’s different, it exposes the series somewhere else where we don’t normally go. It’s also an awesome race track. It’s one of the premier tracks in the Northeast with some of the best crowds and car counts every week. That’s what’s great about going there.”
For the first time, race fans all over the globe will be able to witness the Stampede at ‘toga with Speed51.com’s live Summer Thunder TV broadcast on Wednesday night. The broadcast will be available to Speed51 Network monthly and yearly subscribers. If you’re not a premium subscriber, click here to sign up today.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/MoJo Photos