AUDIO/FEATURE: They Call Him 17-Time; Van Pelt Sounds Off On 2016 Including Woodhull Championship

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PAINTED POST, N.Y. — Story and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Susan Van Pelt photos —

Webster’s dictionary defines the term dominant as being, “more important, powerful or successful than most or all others”.  They also describe it as being, “commanding, controlling, or prevailing over all others”.

If you’re a fan or follower of Woodhull Raceway in Upstate New York, you know exactly what this looks like as Dirt Modified competitor Billy Van Pelt has redefined dominance.  The Westfield, Pennsylvania pilot just locked up his 17th track championship in the Modifieds at Woodhull and did so in convincing fashion.

Van Pelt had to take a week off late in the season to attend a family wedding, but still maintained a solid lead that allowed him to prevail in the final tally over rising Modified talent Donnie Lawson.  For the Grant Hilfiger Racing ‘hired gun’, winning another championship was more about the efforts of his car owner and team members as it was for his own personal satisfaction.

Winning championships is nothing new to the driver affectionately known as ‘BVP’ and ‘Billy The Kid’, but it is very impressive to see this dirt track legend continue to prove himself during a time in the sport when the competition level has never been higher.  The 2015 Woodhull championship was an opportunity to prove that a championship in 2014 in their first year paired together was no fluke.

Van Pelt Hilfiger 2015 banquet

Not only did they find success at their home track, the pairing also found a fair amount of success while traveling on the Short Track Super Series promoted by Brett Deyo.  Van Pelt brought home a solid 10th place finish in the STSS final rundown, which Van Pelt and owner Hilfiger felt to be a great effort by their smaller scale Modified team.

2016 might see a scaled back schedule for the 78 team depending upon the amount of sponsorship that comes aboard for this season.  If there is a lack of sponsorship, the team will scale back their STSS efforts and primarily focus on Woodhull Raceway.  2016 will provide the team an opportunity to win their third straight track championship since joining forces in early 2014 when, prior to that point, Van Pelt had been left without a ride.

Van Pelt sat down with Turn 5 Live’s Steven and Brad Ovens to talk dirt modifieds, the Short Track Super Series and being a 17-time champion on the high banks of the Woodhull Raceway.


To listen to Race Chaser Online’s full interview with Van Pelt, click the player below:

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