50 Laps – $30,900 Purse – $12,500 Championship: Behrent’s Hard Clay Finale Set For Entertaining Eastern States Kickoff
Story By: Brett Deyo/SSTS
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
MIDDLETOWN, NY – 50 laps. $30,900 in purse money. A championship on the line.
All signs point to an entertaining, dramatic inaugural Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ on Thursday, October 19 at Orange County Fair Speedway. The event serves as a kickoff to the historic Eastern States Weekend at the venerable five-eighths-mile oval.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds are featured in a 50-lap main event at the ‘Legendary House of Power’ with $5,000 going to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start. A field of 30 cars minimum will take the green flag.
The Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ serves as the ninth and final round of the Halmar International North Region. Andy Bachetti currently leads the $12,500 championship chase.
Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti won the spring STSS stop at Orange County, driving from 20th to the victory with late-race passes of both Stewart Friesen and Brett Hearn.
The non-top-heavy payout posted for this event is favorable for all teams: 1) $5,000; 2) $4,000; 3) $2,500; 4) $1,800; 5) $1,500; 6) $1,400; 7) $1,300; 8) $1,200; 9) $1,100; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $600: 14) $550; 15) $525; 16) $515; 17) $510; 18-30) $500.
Pit gates for the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ will officially open on October 19 at 3 p.m. 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