Throughout the spring of the 2018 racing season, the Dirt Modifieds of the Short Track Super Series have begun to blaze season long trails across the Northeast, with both the North and South region championships. This Tuesday night, for the only time in 2018, both trails are coming together.
The annual coming together of both North and South Modified teams will pit all of the STSS top teams together at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway on Tuesday for points in both championships and $5,000 to win in the 50-lap Anthracite Assault. As it has for the first four STSS events of 2018, Speed51.com will be providing a free live broadcast online for Speed51 Network premium subscribers (monthly or yearly) who are unable to make the trip to the Coal Region.
After the rain out and postponement of the Lightning On The Mountain event at Thunder Mountain Raceway (NY) from May to September, the points battle for the North Region is still fresh and juicy with just the Hard Clay Open at Orange County Fair Speedway (NY) in the books.
Stewart Friesen’s win back in May at the “House of Power” has given the early points lead in the North to the all-time wins leader in the STSS. He will have plenty of company with other veterans such as Rick Laubach, Billy Decker, and Tommy Meier vying for the early title advantage.
While in the Modified South region, the season is now well underway, with Anthracite Assault marking the midway point of the eight-race schedule for STSS South. Matt Sheppard and Ryan Watt are the two drivers that have put on the most fireworks in the first three races, with Watt winning a furious duel in the season opening Melvin L. Joseph Memorial back in March at Georgetown Speedway.
Last time out at Delaware Int’l Speedway (DE), Sheppard evened the score against Watt, to win the Diamond State 50. In between the two events, Jeff Strunk collected his first career STSS win in the South Jersey Shootout at Bridgeport Speedway (NJ) in April.
All the while, Sheppard has taken control of the South points with his win and consistency. Watt is still in the fight, with David Van Horn, Andy Bachetti, and Craig Von Dohren not far behind in the top five.
These are only a sampling of what is expected to be one of the most competitive fields of the entire Short Track Super Series fields this Tuesday night.
The evening will also mark the start of the five-race schedule for the Short Track Super Series Open Sportsman championship, as they will start their 2018 slate with a 20-lap feature. Big Diamond Speedway’s XCel 600 Modifieds will also pound the clay for 20 laps of excitement.
The action heats up with hot laps this Tuesday, June 5, with hot laps rolling off at 7:15 p.m. ET and post-time for heat racing at 7:45 p.m. Speed51’s live broadcast will begin when heat racing begins.
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-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/MoJo Photos