BOYERTOWN, Pa. – official series release — Dave Dalesandro/RPW photo —
The tentative framework of the Short Track Super Series is set for 2016.
Thirteen unique dates, divided into North and South Regions, are planned for the third-year big-block/small-block Modified series. One event, at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., May 10, will offer points toward both regions as it did a year ago.
Four states – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – will be represented.
All tracks that had been featured in 2015 have returned to the series. Two point fund structures will again be paid to competitors separately in the North and South regions.
“There could be tweak or two, and possibly an addition, but we wanted to get the base schedule out as early as possible so our fans and racers can make their plans,” series organizer Brett Deyo said. “We are fortunate to have all our participating tracks back on board for next season. Despite our battles with Mother Nature, the ’15 season was very successful and showed the strength of our supporters.”
The North Region opens, for the third season, at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., on Saturday, April 2. The 50-lap ‘Hard Clay Open’ on the five-eighths-mile oval has opened the New York State dirt Modified season for the last two seasons.
The aforementioned Big Diamond date, on Tuesday, May 10, dubbed the ‘Anthracite Assault’ will offer points toward both the North and South point battles, capitalizing on the track’s central location and size, which allows for even competition between big- and small-block engine combinations. The ‘Anthracite Assault’ carries a rain date for May 17, the following Tuesday.
Thunder Mountain Speedway, the resurgent Center Lisle, N.Y., three-eighths-mile, will host two STSS events again in ’16: the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ run Memorial Day Sunday (May 29) and the Wade Decker Memorial on September 18, another Sunday. For the last two seasons, Thunder Mountain has drawn the largest STSS Modified car count.
I-88 Speedway, the Afton, N.Y., oval operated by Jamie and Denise Page, again has two STSS stops: the ‘Crazy 8s Special’ on Wednesday, July 27 and the ninth edition of the Short Track SuperNationals on Columbus Day weekend in October. This will mark the fourth running of the ‘Crazy 8s’ and third rendition of the SuperNationals at the neat-and-tidy Afton Fairgrounds track.
Accord (N.Y.) Speedway’s fourth ‘Battle of the Bullring’ moves to July 5 as the only STSS ’16 stop. This event carries a rain date of the next day.
After a successful debut on the schedule last summer, Ted White’s Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway is set for a Tuesday, Aug.16 date, the Hustlin’ the High Banks 52 paying $5,200 to win.
A “drop” race will again be in effect for the North Region of the series.
The STSS South Region opens with a Saturday, March 12 date at Delaware’s historic Georgetown Speedway half-mile, the return of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial 49-lap event. This race, run in memory of the Delaware business icon who built the speedway, will be preceded by a Friday night practice on March 11.
Georgetown is also on the agenda with its traditional date on Tuesday before Labor Day, the ‘Blast at the Beach’ special in its third running on Aug.t 30.
Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway is on the schedule for the second year in a row with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ on Sunday, April 17. This event was well attended last season in its debut at the popular South Jersey facility.
The Diamond State 50 at Delaware Int’l Speedway moves to the month of May in, as a lead-off to Memorial Day weekend on Thursday, May 26. This event will be made up in August in the event of rain on the original date.
Fred Vahlsing’s New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway serves as the June venue of choice for the Dirty Jersey 4 featuring a doubleheader with STSS Modifieds and United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars.
VP Racing Fuels, through its signature brand, returns as the official fuel of the STSS, returning to the ‘Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP’ moniker for the 2016 campaign.
American Racer will return for the second consecutive season as the official tire of the STSS, distributed by Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa.
Reigning champions of the STSS are Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who earned $15,000 as the North Region champion and Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., the $7,500 South Region title winner. Both will be recognized on Saturday, Dec. 19 during the STSS Awards Banquet in Breinigsville, Pa.
2016 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Schedule
Date – Venue – Location
April 2 – Orange County Fair Speedway – Middletown, N.Y.
May 10 – Big Diamond Speedway – Minersville, Pa.
May 29 – Thunder Mountain Speedway – Center Lisle, N.Y.
July 5 – Accord Speedway – Accord, N.Y.
July 27 – I-88 Speedway – Afton, N.Y.
Aug. 16 – Woodhull Raceway – Woodhull, N.Y.
Sept. 18 – Thunder Mountain Speedway – Center Lisle, N.Y.
Oct. 7-8 – I-88 Speedway – Afton, N.Y.
March 12 – Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, Del.
April 17 – Bridgeport Speedway – Bridgeport, N.J.
May 10 – Big Diamond Speedway – Minersville, Pa.
June 14 – New Egypt Speedway – New Egypt, N.J.
Aug. 30 – Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, Del.
CREDIT: Short Track Super Series