Home Turf Defended: Jackie Brown Jr. Wins Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ At Accord Speedway & Earns $5,760; STSS Again Defeats The Weather With Rapid Program
ACCORD, NY – Jackie Brown Jr. tamed the invaders and protected home turf on his way to the New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ victory at Accord Speedway.
Fighting for redraw positions have become vital in Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek (STSS) events, and Brown’s front-row starting spot enabled him to jump out front early and lead all 53 laps. The ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ stood as the third act of the eight-race Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region.
Tuesday night’s win sent Brown home with $5,760. The victory marks the second straight win for Brown in a BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion at Accord; Brown captured ‘The Gobbler’ and $7,808.11 in April. He also improved his ‘Battle of the Bullring’ second-place finish from 2013.
With storms attacking the area around the track, the show was hustled along and the Modifieds took the checkered flag by an impressive 9:05 p.m. despite a brief hold-up for a shower.
“Starting second gave me this win,” Brown said in Victory Lane. “You got to have track position in these races, and you need it here.”
The Hurley, N.Y., driver raced from sixth to an all-important third-place in his heat race to qualify for the redraw. After picking second, Brown raced out to an early lead over Tommy Meier, Anthony Perrego, Danny Tyler and Danny Johnson.
Following a few early tangles on the Bullring, the drivers settled into a rhythm. After 20 green-flag laps around the midpoint of the race, Brown entered some difficult lapped traffic. With Brown held up, Meier, of Waldwick, N.J., and Tyler, of Cottekill, N.Y., raced in hot pursuit. The battle was calmed when the fourth caution waved on lap 31 for a slowing Rich Ricci Jr.
When the green was brandished again, it was all Brown, with some help from an outside starting choice. “My car was really tight,” Brown noted. “I had to run the top, especially on the restarts.”
As Brown began to pull away, the real battle was for second. Meier, Tyler and Johnson wrestled in some close quarters for the remainder of the race. Tyler, on many occasions, inched underneath Meier, while Johnson searched for a way pass them both running all over the track in every lane possible.
It was Meier who held on for the runner-up spot earning him over $3,000 for his second top-five finish in the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region’s three races.
“This track is nice for us,” Meier stated. “We are really trying to learn some of these other ones.”
Accord Speedway regular Danny Tyler finished third in his STSS Fueled By Hi-Tek season debut.
“I’m really happy to come home third. We are a low-buck team, and this is really good money,” Tyler said. “I felt Danny (Johnson) behind me, but if you keep them guys behind you, you’re doing something right.”
Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., continued his championship contention with a fourth in the Chris Gennarelli-owned 27J. Anthony Perrego rounded out the top five in the Gary Mann-owned No. 55.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were heavy mover Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y. charging from the 14th starting spot; Newburgh, N.Y., native Jerry Higbie clawed for seventh from 17th, highlighting the passing ability; the Economy Movers Hard Charger, earning $200, was Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., who came home eighth after starting in 19th; Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., battled back from an early incident to finish ninth; and Jeff Strunk of Bechtelsville, Pa., rounded out the top ten in the Zubi’s Racing No. 88.
Another strong field of 35 Modifieds were on hand at Accord Speedway including drivers from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Jeff Strunk, Danny Tyler, Danny Johnson and Brad Rothaupt, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., captured the four heat wins. Craig Hanson, of Johnstown, N.Y., and J.R. Heffner, of Valatie, N.Y., won the two consolations to earn feature event positions.
Danbury, Conn.’s L.J. Lombardo drove to victory in the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap main, earning $1,000. Lombardo fended off the relentless advances of Kevin Ward throughout the event. Brian Krummel drove Johnny Illanovsky’s No. 88 to third, followed by Robbie Knipe and Joey Decker.
Demetrios Drellos of Queensbury, N.Y., won the $300 Slingshot main event. Drellos inherited the win when Wyatt Clark, who took the checkered first, was disqualified for losing a muffler per Speedway Entertainment rules. Drellos, who also won the April ‘Gobbler’ make-up Slingshot main, had chased Clark for the entire distance. Bobby Flood, Matthew Schultz, Hunter Lapp and Dillon Steuer trailed.
The next STSS event is Thursday, June 11 when Lentini Auto Salvage presents the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ at N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway. Modifieds race for $10,000 to win in a 40-lap event joined by the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars and Crate 602 Sportsman. New Egypt serves as event No. 3 of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel.
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BULLRING BITS: STSS point leader entering Tuesday’s program, Stewart Friesen, battled mechanical issues throughout the night in Jeff Daley’s No. 44. Friesen was forced to take a provisional and had climbed 10 positions prior to his involvement in a tangle that ended his night….
In his second start since his return to racing in the Steve Lowitt-owned Modified, Robbie Green qualified through the consolation and finished 13th….
Billy Van Pelt entered the night eighth in the North Region point standings, but failed to make the call for the consolation due to cooling issues. He did not use a provisional in the feature….
A strong group of Pennsylvania drivers were on hand with the likes of Duane Howard, Rich Laubach, Doug Manmiller and Jeff Strunk all qualifying for the feature through the heat races….
NEW YORK TRUCK PARTS ‘BATTLE OF THE BULLRING 3’ RACE SUMMARY – MAY 19, 2015
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Modified Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Race No. 3 Feature Finish (53 Laps): JACKIE BROWN JR. ($5,760), Tommy Meier, Danny Tyler, Danny Johnson, Anthony Perrego, Mike Mahaney, Jerry Higbie Jr., Mike Ricci, Jeff Heotzler, Jeff Strunk, Andy Bachetti, J.R. Heffner, Robbie Green, Bob McGannon, Rich Ricci Jr., Doug Manmiller, Rick Laubach, Brad Rothaupt, Tommy Johnson, Clinton Mills, Mike Sabia, Scott Ferrier, Duane Howard, Stewart Friesen, Craig Hanson, Danny Creeden.
Did Not Qualify: Billy Van Pelt, Richard Smith, Joe Judge, Corey Lowitt, Ryan Darcy, Justin Holland, Jessey Meuller, Nick Nye, Kurt Hundeland.
‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money ($1,372.90): Jackie Brown Jr. ($310), Anthony Perrego ($190), Danny Johnson ($173), Tommy Meier ($169.90), Danny Tyler ($160), Mike Mahaney ($150), Anthony Perrego ($110), Jeff Strunk ($50), Jerry Higbie Jr. ($40) & Mike Ricci ($20)
Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Danny Tyler (third) & Mike Ricci (eighth)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tires): Jeff Strunk (10th) & Bob McGannon (14th)
ASI Trophy & Awards Top Accord Speedway Regular ($100): Jackie Brown Jr.
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($100 Certificate): Anthony Perrego (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Danny Johnson (fourth) & Jeff Heotzler (ninth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Jackie Brown Jr. (winner), Andy Bachetti (11th) & Mike Sabia (21st)
Economy Movers Hard Charger Award ($200): Mike Ricci (19th to eighth)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jerry Higbie Jr. (seventh)
Halmar International Orange County Fair Speedway Top Big-Block Regular Bonus ($150): Tommy Meier ($150)
Halmar International Orange County Fair Speedway Top Small-Block Regular Bonus ($100): Bob McGannon (14th)
Heat Race Charger Awards Presented By Lias Tire ($50 Each): Danny Creeden, Jessey Mueller, Scott Ferrier & Jackie Brown Jr.
Hi-Tek Race Fuels/VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Jackie Brown Jr. (winner), Tommy Meier (second) & Danny Tyler (third)
Rock Fantasy Halfway Leader Award ($150): Jackie Brown Jr.
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award (Bumpers & Rubrails): Billy Van Pelt
S&W Awards Winner’s Hardware: Jackie Brown Jr.
Thunder Mountain Speedway Top Regular Bonus ($100 Cash): Mike Mahaney (sixth)
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (FREE Certificate): Anthony Perrego
Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): L.J. LOMBARDO ($1,000), Kevin Ward, Brian Krummel, Robbie Knipe, Joey Decker, Jimmy Wells, Greg McCloskey, Chris Stevens, Jackie Brown Jr., Phil Goetchius, Jeff Hulseapple, Chris Lynch, Matt Janiak, Steve Williams, Ken Ferrier, Dan Speedling, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Allison Ricci, Randy Green, Ryan Stortini, Tyler Treacy.
Hunt’s Machine Top Accord-Sealed Crate Bonus ($200): Robbie Knipe
Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): DEMETRIOS DRELLOS ($300), Bobby Flood, Matthew Schultz, Hunter Lapp, Dillon Steuer, Tommy Zwart, Charlie Lawrence, Corey Cormier, Danny Morgiewicz, Don Boonstra, Alan Selemba, Jordan Lawrence, Nick Del Campo, Marty Kelly IV, Jared Miller, Samantha Muller, Ryan McCartney, John Kendall, Joe Krum.
Disqualified: Wyatt Clark.
Did Not Start: Randy Johnston.
The ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ is presented by New York Truck Parts Inc., Shakelton Auto & Truck, ASI Trophy& Awards, Economy Movers, Halmar International, Rock Fantasy, Thunder Mountain Speedway, Zubi’s Racing & many other marketing partners.
The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group (COMP Cams, Driven Racing Oil & Quarter Master), Crane Ignition, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Hyperco, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Lineman Racing, Pilat Graphic Design, Race Pro Weekly, Racers Guide, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & VP Racing Fuel.