ACCORD, NY – Elbow’s-up!
It’s the only phrase fitting for the annual invasion by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco to the tight confines of Accord Speedway. Nestled in the base of the Catskills, Gary and Donna Palmer’s quarter-mile oval annually provides no-holds-barred, in-your-race racing action.
The ‘Battle of the Bullring 7’ rolls into Ulster County this Tuesday night (July 9) featuring the sixth round of the STSS Halmar International North Region for Modifieds and fourth Crate 602 Sportsman North Region event of 2019.
STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds race 50 laps with more than $5,000 up for grabs to the victor, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. STSS Crate 602 Sportsman take part in a $1,500-to-win, 25-lap main offering $100 to start.
As the season hits overdrive, STSS point battles are heading up.
With five of nine STSS Modified events in the books, Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen sits at the head of the class in the Halmar International North Region with a $12,500 championship looming.
Friesen enters Accord off the strength of two consecutive wins with the series at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., and Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway. Friesen, with 434 points, leads Matt Sheppard (397), Mat Williamson (389), Andy Bachetti (365), Mike Gular (342), Billy Decker (325), Anthony Perrego (318), Mike Mahaney (286), Danny Creeden (377), Craig Hanson (269), Jeremy Smith (245) and Allison Ricci (231) in the series top-12.
Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., like Friesen, took a series victory on his Fonda home turf last Wednesday night. It was Hartman’s second of the season with the STSS. Hartman has accrued 280 points in his quest for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region crown.
Trailing Hartman in the top-10 are Tommy Collins (211), Bobby Flood and Dustin Jordan (185), Jimmy Johnson (162), Travis Green and Blaine Klinger (160), Jim Housworth (150), Daniel Morgiewicz (149) and Corey Cormier (132).
Four Cylinders complete the Tuesday program with a 20-lap feature.
Gates open Tuesday night at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is planned for 5:45 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:15 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
Adult admission is $25. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $23. Kids 11 and under pay $3. There is Outdoor Reserved Seating available at a $2 upgrade. Indoor reserved seating is $35 and can be reserved by calling 845.626.1142.
Pit admission is $40, with no license required.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch live at home in your living room on www.dirttrackdigest.tv. All events for the Short Track Super Series will be available on 2019 on www.dirttrackdigest.tv.
Complete ‘Battle of the Bullring 7’ race information can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BattleoftheBullring7GeneralInfoSheet.pdf
Accord Speedway is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. To learn more, visit www.accordspeedway.com or contact the speedway’s race day line at 845.626.DIRT (3478).
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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco 2019 Schedule
Modified Halmar International North Region
Sunday, April 7 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD
Sunday, May 26 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain – WINNER: BILLY DECKER
Tuesday, June 4 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – COMBO – WINNER: MATT SHEPPARD
Wednesday, June 19 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Wednesday, July 3 – Fonda Speedway/Fonda, N.Y. – Firecracker 50 – $10,000 to win – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, July 9 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring
Tuesday, August 13 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin’ the High Banks 55
Friday-Saturday October 11-12 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12
Thursday, October 24 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale – $10,000 to win – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS