Mahaney Continues with Strong STSS Runs, Speed Showcase Notes – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

Mike Mahaney continued his strong run of success in search of the 2021 STSS South Region title. So far in the three races completed, Mahaney has finished third (Georgetown), ninth (Selinsgrove) and second at Port Royal. Mahaney’s strong runs have not gone unnoticed.  I’ve seen many posts and comments as to how the Huttig No. 35 team has come out of the gate this year to continue their success from the end of last season.

Sunday at Port Royal, Mahaney started in the sixth spot in the main-event and methodically worked his was into the mix early on taking the third spot from Jessica Friesen at the halfway mark of the 40-lap race. Once into third, and the track starting to lockdown on the bottom, Mahaney was just biding his time as the leaders started to approach the tail end of the field allowing him to draw in on the top two for Stewart Friesen and Mat Williamson.

Not wanting to settle for third, Mahaney did his best to make the outside work but there just wasn’t enough bite out there for him get by the leaders. Mahaney was able to get by (Stewart) Friesen on a late race restart to finish second.

“With about eight laps to go, I figured what the hell, I’ll try the top to see what happens,” stated Mahaney.  “I knew that I had a pretty good lead over the fourth-place car at that point.  I tried and I sent it in there pretty hard.  I really thought I was going to hit the wall honestly.




“I did get up beside Mat (Williamson) and I think Stewie was on the bottom. It was three-wide coming out of (turn) two and then the caution came out so there’s not too much you can do about that. Lapped traffic was helpful to me today and it’s hurt me on other days and sometimes you need a caution and sometimes you don’t, but we brought it home in second in one piece after a pretty good weekend.”

Mahaney has never raced for points in the STSS South series and is enjoying himself racing on tracks that he does not have too much experience on.

“Racing down here on the South Series has been great,” explained a smiling Mahaney. “A lot of these places are places I am not used to racing at but now we are starting to get used to it. I love this place though, Port Royal we’ve been to a few times, so I have a little experience here.

“I am starting to get used to what I need to do with car and how to drive the track. Today’s track was tough in the daytime, the shade in turns one and two made the top pretty good for awhile but then it did lockdown the last ten laps. We’re really enjoying this racing down here.”

Mahaney mentioned how tough it is for an Upstate New York driver to run the South Region of the Short Track Super Series.

“It’s a long drive down here for us to race on the South Series and I couldn’t do it without my crew and great sponsors like Adirondack Auto, Marcella’s Appliance Center, Tony Monaco Landscaping, Digs Shocks, Huttig Nissan, NAPA Auto Parts, Precision Hydraulics & Oil, Bosch, Skip’s Racing and everyone who helps us out. My crew has been working really hard and now we have to make the long drive home and then come back down here again next weekend for Bridgeport. It’s a hectic schedule but I love it and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. It’s been a good start to the season for us and I am here being interviewed by you again, so I know it’s been a good day. It is just good to know that all of our hard preparation over the winter is paying off for us.”

Speed Showcase Notes

After having 50 cars sign in at Selinsgrove on Saturday, the STSS South series Modifieds had 48 sign in on Sunday at Port Royal. The five qualifying heats were won by Max McLaughlin, Mat Williamson, Alex Yankowski, Tyler Dippel and Stewart Friesen. Consi’s were won by Peter Britten and Erick Rudolph…

Series provisionals for the 40-lap main event were given to Michael Maresca, Ryan Watt and Danny Bouc…

Billy Decker joined the field for the Port Royal race after not racing on Saturday at Selinsgrove. Decker was aboard the Jeremy Smith No. 91. Decker finished 10th in the feature race…

Danny Hieber did not return to race at Port Royal after having problems on Saturday at Selinsgrove…

It was a nice seventh place finish for young Matt Stangle at Port Royal. Although his finishes in the first two STSS South series race do not show it, the Neshanic Station, NJ driver has had a very fast No. 6 TEO in all three races…

Tyler Dippel has been the model of consistency so far with three top ten finishes in three races so far in the STSS South series…

It was a very disappointing day for Matt Sheppard who came into Sunday’s race with the STSS South points lead. Sheppard had a bad pill draw for his heat and was an DNQ. Sheppard did qualify in the consi finishing second to Peter Britten. Come feature time, the crowd was waiting for the typical Sheppard charge to the front like he has done many times before. However, Sheppard struggled during the feature even after pitting for new tires on lap 17 ending up finishing 21st…

Anthony Perrego had another strong run going when the motor in his No. 44 exploded on lap 17 laying oil down all over the track…

After three races on the STSS South series, Mike Mahaney is the points leader over Matt Sheppard, Tyler Dippel, Anthony Perrego and Larry Wight…

The STSS South series will take a break after three race in two weeks with the next race scheduled for Tuesday, April 27th at the Delaware International Speedway for the running of the Diamond State 50…

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