50 Rich Laps of Racing Kicks Off Eastern States Weekend Thursday: Bonuses Add Up For Behrent’s ‘Hard Clay Finale’
Story By: Brett Deyo/SSTS
Photos By: Harry & Jane Cella/RacersGuide.com
MIDDLETOWN, NY – On Thursday night (October 19), the 56th annual Eastern States Weekend will kick off with 50 rich laps of racing.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Modifieds invade Orange County Fair Speedway with the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ to conclude the nine-race STSS Halmar International North Region.
STSS Modified competitors will battle for a purse structure of $30,900 total: $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.
Bonuses sweeten the pot even further for STSS Modified racers.
Grand Rental Station of Middletown has signed on for a $500 Hard Charger Award, going to the driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled starting position to the finish of the 50-lap feature.
Rock Fantasy, also located in Middletown, has posted a $250 cash award to the driver leading at halfway – lap 25 – of the main event.
A Dewalt tools giveaway at the drivers meeting will reward three great prizes to teams randomly for just taking part in the event.
Product and certificates have been posted from the following companies: American Racer/Lias Tire, ATL Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Fast Axle, Keizer Wheels, QA1, VP Racing Fuels, Weld Wheels and Wilwood Brakes.
The $12,500 STSS Halmar International North Region champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ before the OCFS crowd.
Teams will be permitted to enter the facility beginning on Wednesday (October 18). A Thursday pit pass, however, will be required for entry in the pits beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Drive-in gates will be unlocked at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m.
Cars will hit the track at approximately 5:45 p.m., with the first heat race rolling off at 6:30 p.m.
General admission is $25 for Adults, $23 for Seniors and $5 for Kids 12 and under. Reserved seats (Rows H-O of the covered grandstand) are available for $30 by calling the speedway at 845.342.2573.
Pit admission is $35 with no license required.
Complete STSS Modified rules and race information can be found on the web: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-finale-rules-prices-general-information/
Street Stocks, under Orange County rules, will complete the doubleheader racing for $200 to win (no car entry fee).
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: email@example.com. The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”
Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP 2017 Schedule
Halmar International North Region
Sunday, April 9 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. ‘Hard Clay Open’ – WINNER: ANDY BACHETTI
Sunday, May 28 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ – WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO
Wednesday, June 21 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – ‘Afton Action 50’ – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Monday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ – WINNER: ANTHONY PERREGO
Sunday, July 16 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – ‘Anthracite Assault’ – WINNER: RYAN GODOWN
Tuesday, August 15 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Recovery Sports Grill Stampede ‘toga – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD
Wednesday, August 23 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ – WINNER: ANDY BACHETTI
Saturday, October 7 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 10 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – WINNER: RUSTY SMITH
Thursday, October 19 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Eastern States Weekend (Rain Date: October 20) – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS