Written by Chris Moore
BLOOMSBURG, PA – The 2022 edition of the Civil War on wheels is ready to commence.
The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco prepares for its own version of a “civil war” on Tuesday, June 7.
The stars of the STSS River Valley Builders North Region take on the top drivers of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway. The ‘Battle at Bloomsburg’ is the site of the annual combination race, carrying points for both the North and South Region.
The ’22 edition offers $7,000 to win and $700 just to take the green flag for 50 laps around the Bloomsburg oval.
The combination race began in 2015, when the STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds were split into two separate regions. In years past, the combination race took place at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa.
In the five previous combination races, the South Region drivers have claimed four victories, with the only exception coming in 2019. Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard qualified for the main event through a consolation race, driving from the rear of the field to take the win back to Central New York. Sheppard enters the 2022 combination race atop the River Valley Builders North Region standings.
The 2018 and 2021 combination events both fell by the wayside due to weather.
Hellertown, Pa.’s Rick Laubach won the first-ever combination race in 2015, his second career and most recent STSS win to date. The triumph over Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen was Laubach’s second consecutive STSS win at the time.
Ryan Watt followed suit with Laubach, as the Boyertown, Pa., driver became the second consecutive Keystone State star to claim the North vs. South battle. Watt, like Laubach, upended Friesen, who finished as the runner-up for the second consecutive year.
The Garden State took bragging rights in ’17, as Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown topped the star-studded field for his fifth career STSS win. Godown has since doubled his STSS win total, and currently sits on top of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region standings entering the ‘Battle at Bloomsburg.’
After the 2018 rainout and Matt Sheppard’s triumph in 2019, New Jersey once again took the combination race back south. Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. took home the victory, passing Jimmy Horton in the late stages for the victory.
The combination race winner has finished in the top five in points in their respective region in each of the five previous editions, with Sheppard being the most successful. The only Empire State driver to win the combination race went on to win both the North and South Region titles in 2019.
This year’s edition shifts gears, heading to Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, where the STSS visited one time in 2021. Boyertown, Pa.’s Jeff Strunk was the winner of the inaugural trip to the famed fairgrounds.
The Crate 602 Sportsman of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region will join the program going for 25-laps and a $1,500 winners’ share. Cream Ridge, N.J.’s Steve Davis leads the North Region standings heading into Round No. 3.
Davis maintains a 44-point lead ahead of Wallkill, N.Y.’s Travis Green and a 50-point advantage over Fair Haven, Vt.’s Justin Comes.
The event carries a Wednesday (June 8) rain date.
A complete General Information center is available at: https://shorttracksuperseries.com/event-info/.
The entire night of racing, along with every STSS race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).
Bloomsburg Fair Raceway is located at 620 West Third Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 and can be reached by phone at 570.784.4949. The speedway website is https://racing.bloomsburgfair.com/.
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The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.
STSS COMBINATION RACE HISTORY: PAST EVENT WINNERS
June 16, 2020: BILLY PAUCH JR. – Jimmy Horton – Mike Gular – Tyler Dippel – Richie Pratt Jr.
June 4, 2019: MATT SHEPPARD – Ryan Godown – Mat Williamson – Billy Pauch Jr. – Mike Gular
July 16, 2017: RYAN GODOWN – Billy Pauch Sr. – Craig Von Dohren – Andy Bachetti – Billy Decker
May 17, 2016: RYAN WATT – Stewart Friesen – Erick Rudolph – Duane Howard – Jordan Watson
May 5, 2015: RICK LAUBACH – Stewart Friesen – Jeff Strunk – Anthony Perrego – Jamie Mills