Short Track Super Series Takes Over Thunder Mountain Speedway Sunday, May 27 with Fifth ‘Lightning on the Mountain’
Story By: Brett Deyo/SSTS
Photos By: Jay Fish/RacersGuide.com
CENTER LISLE, NY – One of the original six Short Track Super Series events during the 2014 inaugural series season, the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is an event fans circle on their calendars each season.
Again in 2018, Thunder Mountain Speedway serves as a Memorial Day Weekend stop for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region on Sunday, May 27.
The fifth edition of the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is highlighted by a 50-lap STSS big-block/small-block Modified main paying $5,000 to win and $400 to take the green flag, plus the first-ever STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region event ($1,000 to win) and Street Stocks ($1,000 to win).
The STSS Halmar International North Region opened its season at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., on Tuesday, May 8. Stewart Friesen won the ‘Hard Clay Open’ over Rick Laubach and Jerry Higbie. All three drivers are expected to contend on the Mountain.
The very first ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ took place on May 20, 2014 with Matt Sheppard driving Norm Hansell’s No. 357 to victory over Chad Cook, Vic Coffey, Stewart Friesen and Danny Johnson.
In 2015, the event was held on a rare June Monday night rain date. Brian Malcolm scored the most prolific win of his career, defeating Friesen, Johnson, Anthony Perrego and Jeff Strunk.
Memorial Day weekend was chosen as the date for ’16 and local driver Chad Cook won a rain-shortened 46-lap main over Mike Mahaney, Perrego, Higbie and Colton Wilson.
A year ago, an epic battle to the checkered flag on Memorial Day Sunday saw Perrego defeat Friesen, Andy Bachetti, Jeremy Smith and Ryan Jordan.
Who will it be in 2018? Only time will tell.
Complete race information for ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is on the STSS website at: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-on-the-mountain-rules-prices-general-info/
Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.
To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.
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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2018 Schedule
Halmar International North Region
Tuesday, May 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Sunday, May 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain
Tuesday, June 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO
Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown
Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6
Wednesday, July 25 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50
Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 54
Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at ‘toga
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11
Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale