Run With Us Or Race For Less: Another ‘Season Of Money’ For Modified Racers Kicks Off Tuesday, April 7 With ‘Hard Clay Open’ Short Track Super Series Event; Lap Money Tops $2,000, Bonuses Adding Up For Second Annual Orange County Fair Speedway Event

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MIDDLETOWN, NY – “Run with us or race for less.”

It’s a slogan that supporters of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek threw around during the inaugural season in 2014. Now, entering year two, it holds even more truth, as evidenced by the rich Halmar International ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank and East Coast Speed/ECS Auto Inc. Tuesday, April 7 (rain dates: April 8 and 9) at Orange County Fair Speedway.

A massive $30,000 base purse has been established for the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event, set to kick off the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region $15,000 championship battle. Unique to the Orange County special, big-block Modifieds will be outfitted with traditional windows, while small-blocks will utilize sail panels.

The second annual ‘Hard Clay Open’ is among the season’s most lucrative 50-lap Modified events, offering a non-top-heavy purse structure of $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag.

The complete purse structure is available on the web:

And there is more! As of this writing, more than $2,000 in lap money, in cash, had been collected for the main event. The lap money will be distributed in ‘Lucky 7’ format: rotated through the top-seven drivers in the running order throughout the main.

The latest lap sponsor list is at:

A number of unique, cash bonuses have been put in place for the ‘Hard Clay Open’ special, as well.

The Halfway Leader at lap 25 of the event will receive $400 courtesy of Rock Fantasy Hard Rock, Metal, and Classic Rock Concert Shop and Smoke Shop of Middletown, N.Y.

The event’s Hard Charger will take home $500 from another Middletown-based business: Grand Rental Station Tool & Party Rental Center located on East Main Street, just one block outside turns one and two at the speedway.

Each heat race will offer a $50 Hard Charger Award courtesy of car owner Dave Zubikowski and his Zubi’s Racing team, which is expected to field ‘Hard Clay Open’ entries for Mike Mahaney and Jeff Strunk.

The highest-finishing Orange County Fair Speedway track regular in the field takes home $200 extra in cash from Ryan Sacco, the owner of Simplicity Designs in Middletown, N.Y.

The 21st-place finisher will receive a $210 cash bonus via McGannon Excavating of Garnerville, N.Y., boosting that driver’s ‘bad day’ to a minimum $710 payday.

Race fan Scott Hanley, known as the “Tolltaker” on internet forums, added $100 cash to the highest ‘Hard Clay Open’ feature finisher coming out of a consolation event.

Product awards and certificates are in place from the following companies: Allstar Performance, American Racer/Lias Tire, ATL Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fast Axle, Hi-Tek Race Fuels/VP Racing Fuel, Shiley Fabrication, S&W Awards and Vahlco Wheels.

A complete list of special awards and bonuses is online at:

Crate 602 Sportsman join the STSS Modifieds on the open-wheel doubleheader. The Elmo’s Speed & Supply 25-lap event pays $1,250 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag. The race will be run under Orange County Fair Speedway weekly rules, including the Hoosier tire rule.

For the ‘Hard Clay Open’ pit gates will open at 1 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. with a drivers’ meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the pit tower. Hot laps will follow and racing is set to begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $22 (Adults), $20 (Seniors) and $2 (Kids 6 and under). Pit admission is $35, with no license required.  Advance tickets are on sale through the speedway office by calling 845.342.2573.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at or Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: 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

The Hard Clay Open is presented by Halmar International, United Pump & Tank, ECS Auto Stores Inc./East Coast Speed, American Racer/Lias Tire, Grand Rental Station of Middletown, Rock Fantasy, McGannon Excavating, Elmo’s Speed & Supply, Simplicity Designs, Zubi’s Racing and many other fine 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, 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.

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek 2015 Schedule

Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region
Tuesday, April 7 (Rain Dates: April 8 and 9) – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open
Tuesday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 6) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault
Tuesday, May 19 (Rain Date: May 20) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3
Sunday, June 28 (Rain Date: June 29) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain
Wednesday, July 22 (Rain Date: July 23) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special
Tuesday, August 11 (Rain Date: Aug. 12) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51
Sunday, September 13 (Rain Date: Sept. 20) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial
FridaySaturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Point Fund (*based on 8 events): 1. $15,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,500; 5. $2,000; 6. $1,650; 7. $1,550; 8. $1,450; 9. $1,350; 10. $1,250; 11. $750; 12. $650.

Drivers with perfect attendance outside the Top-12 receive $250.

Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Presented By Scotty’s Speed & Diesel
Sunday, April 19 (Rain Date: April 26) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ: South Jersey Shootout
Tuesday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 6) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault
Thursday, June 11 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ: Dirty Jersey 3 – $10,000 to win!
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.