Delaware International Speedway ‘Diamond State 50’ Next Up For Short Track Super Series South Region; Huge 50-Lap Event Boasts $25,000-Plus Payout; Rick Laubach & Ryan Watt Tied For Point Lead
DELMAR, DE – A tie for the series point lead, one of the richest Modified events in Delaware International Speedway history and the return of a storied event after a decade-long absence.
Yes, there is plenty of buzz for the 2015 ‘Diamond State 50’ spectacular.
On Tuesday, August 4 (rain date: Aug. 5), the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek big-block/small-block Modifieds journey south to Charlie Cathell’s half-mile oval for the ‘Diamond State 50’ for the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel. STSS Modifieds race 50 laps for a minimum of $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag from a total purse of more than $25,000.
Lap money, series contingency awards, bonuses and more will further sweeten the pot for ‘Diamond State 50’ competitors.
The ‘Diamond State 50’ was last run at Delaware International Speedway in 2005. The race’s comeback is highly anticipated by the First State racing community.
“We used to attract cars from all over for this race,” noted Charlie Cathell, owner and promoter of the Route 13 facility. “There has been a lot of talk about its return from fans and racers down here.”
Taylor & Messick, home of the “Long Green Line” in Harrington, Del., and Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply of Hurlock, Md., have already pledged marketing support for the event.
After three races on the STSS South Region (held at N.J.’s Bridgeport, Pa.’s Big Diamond and N.J.’s New Egypt), there is a tie atop the point standings. Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., is now dead even with Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., the winner of the opening two events on the South circuit. Both drivers have accrued 242 points.
Lurking in third place, just five markers back, is New York State standout Anthony Perrego, a driver who has placed inside the Top-10 in every STSS event – North and South – run this season.
Just 19 points separate the first six drivers in the standings: Watt, Laubach, Perrego (237), Billy Pauch Jr. (228), David Van Horn Jr. (225) and Ryan Godown (223).
Joining the Modifieds at the ‘Diamond State 50’ are the Crate 602 Sportsman in a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start 25-lap main and the Super Trucks, running 12 laps in a feature-only program.
Gates open at 3 p.m. for the ‘Diamond State 50’ with a drivers’ meeting planned for 5:45 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:20 p.m. and racing begins promptly at 7 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $22. Students (ages 7-13) pay $5. Kids 6 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 (no license required). Students (ages 7-13) pay $10 for pit admittance and Kids 6 and under are $2.
Complete rules and information have now been posted on the Short Track Super Series website: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/diamond-state-50-rules-general-information.
Delaware International Speedway, located at 37854 Sussex Highway Delmar, Delaware 19940, is on the web at www.delawareracing.com and can be contacted by phone,Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 302.846.3911.
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Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Presented By Scotty’s Speed & Diesel
Sunday, April 19 – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ: South Jersey Shootout – WINNER: RICK LAUBACH
Tuesday, May 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault – WINNER: RICK LAUBACH
Thursday, June 11– New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ: Dirty Jersey 3 – WINNER: DANNY CREEDEN
Tuesday, Aug. 4 (Rain Date: Aug. 5) – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE –Diamond State 50
Tuesday, Sept. 1 (Rain Date: Sept. 2) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE –Beach Blast 2 – Championship Points
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Presented By Scotty’s Speed & Diesel Point Fund (*based on 5 events): 1. $7,500; 2. $3,000; 3. $2,250; 4. $1,500; 5. $1,250; 6. $1,000; 7. $900; 8. $850; 9. $800; 10. $750.
Drivers with perfect attendance outside the Top-10 receive $250.