DIRT MODS: Anthony Perrego Banks Short Track Super Series Win at Accord

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ACCORD, N.Y. – official release — Dave Dalesandro/RPW photo — Dash-for-Cash disappointment set Anthony Perrego up for a huge victory on Wednesday night at Accord Speedway.

A failed fuel pump in the dash event reserved for top heat-race qualifiers forced Perregos’ car to slow and drop to the infield. The timing of the misfortune allowed the team to make repairs in time for the main event of the New York Truck Parts Inc. Battle of the Bullring 2 presented by Handsome Devil Barbecue LLC, Alex’s Marine Plus and D&D NAPA Auto Supply.

Perrego’s Gary Mann-owned No. 55 took over the lead with 10 laps remaining in the 52-lap Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block modified event after starting eighth. The track regular earned $5,530 including the base purse of $5,200, plus a $100 bonus from Simplicity Design, $180 in lap money and Dash for Cash earnings ($50).

Perrego, a Montgomery, N.Y.-based 20-year-old sophomore modified driver who made his debut driving for Mann in the Battle of the Bullring a year ago at the Ulster County facility, won his second career BD Motorsports Media LLC event. His first, also at Accord, came last November in the post-Thanksgiving Gobbler special.

“We got lucky to find the problem with the fuel pump in the Dash for Cash,” Perrego said while holding his unique bullring trophy. “If we weren’t in the Dash, we wouldn’t have made five laps in the feature.”

The second annual Battle of the Bullring midweek special was postponed by 24 hours after rains hit the speedway Tuesday night during the Modified consolation events. A cool, dry night prevailed on Wednesday for the program to be completed in full.

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point leader Andy Bachetti picked the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers and led the 27-car starting field at the start of the main. Bachetti’s most prominent challenger during the caution-marred early laps was Tommy Meier, whose Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3 started from second position.

Bachetti arrived in lapped traffic at lap 17, setting up a four-car battle for the lead including Meier, Jackie Brown Jr. and an emerging Perrego.

Following a restart on lap 22, Bachetti’s No. 34 – suffering from brake issues – pushed across the track. Meier then pressed into the lead with Brown and Perrego moving into second and third, respectively.

Meier, the veteran from Waldwick, N.J., set the pace for the next 10 laps comfortably before a caution tightened the field on the 32nd circuit for a double-file restart. Perrego shot into second when Brown and Bachetti became momentarily entangled on the backstretch.

Perrego’s pursuit of Meier was now underway.

Lap-after-lap, Perrego’s Teo-Pro mount stalked Meier, looking high and low on the racy quarter-mile oval. Ultimately, the winning move took place at the exit of turn four on lap 41. Meier’s car pushed up the speedway slightly, breaking his momentum. Perrego darted low to take command at the line for lap 42.

“I thought we had a little better car than he (Meier) did,” Perrego said. “He opened the door once and we had the line. I’ve got to thank Gary (Mann) for all he’s done for me.”

Despite a final caution on lap 48, Perrego was never headed. He drove to the victory by five car-lengths.

Meier settled for a second-place payday but collected a hefty $3,539 for his efforts. Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., advanced from 21st position to finish third in his No. 76R, receiving the Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room $200 Hard Charger Award from Stephen Keeler. Ricci’s third-place earnings totaled $2,300. Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y., guided the family owned No. 406 big-block to fourth from 19th. He took home $1,720.

Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y., who originally started 16th, recovered from involvement in three early skirmishes to recover for a fifth-place finish, earning $1,593.

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