By CHRIS MOORE
GEORGETOWN, DE – On the final night of the Georgetown Speedway season, the hometown kid, Jordan Watson, won his second career Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified feature event.
Milford, Del.’s Watson survived the war of attrition in the 40-lap Velocita-USA presented Design for Vision/Sunglass Central South Region finale for the STSS. Watson took home the $5,000 Mid-Atlantic Championship victory, and after posting the $100 Stockley Materials “Gambler’s Fee” at the beginning of the night, added $2,000 to his winning total.
The two-day event brought 231 race cars through the Georgetown Speedway gates.
After a back-and-forth night for Watson, he took advantage of the misfortune of multiple drivers in front of him to take starter Joe Kriss’ Sunoco checkered flags. Watson earned a total of $7,400 including Taylor & Messick lap money for his efforts in the Brent Hall No. 18.
Watson had previously won the STSS-sanctioned ‘Blast at the Beach’ at Georgetown Speedway in 2015.
Keystone State drivers Craig Von Dohren of Oley and Mike Gular of Boyertown led a 26-car L&J Sheet Metal Modified starting field to the green flag.
Von Dohren jumped out the lead in his Dick Biever-owned No. 14s, while Gular struggled in the early going. Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight quickly slipped by Gular to take the runner up spot on lap six.
After a couple of yellow flags, Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen was the man to watch, going from his seventh starting position into the top-three behind Von Dohren and Wight before a lap-14 yellow.
On the ensuing restart, Friday night’s small-block winner, Billy Pauch Jr., went from sixth to third with a bold move, before relinquishing the third running spot back to Friesen.
At the lap 20, halfway point, the race flipped upside down in the blink of an eye. Billy Pauch Jr.’s, Rick Holsten No. 96 motor went up in smoke, ending his night.
After a couple attempts the restart, the last one would change the race. Larry Wight and Craig Von Dohren made slight contact, causing both cars to have terminal rear end damage.
At the blink of an eye, Friesen had inherited the lead, and Watson pulled up alongside. Friesen chose the inside lane on the next restart, and Watson took advantage.
Watson would take the lead and began to pull away until the leaders caught lap traffic. Friesen reeled in Watson and made the pass with six laps to go.
It appeared Friesen was on his way to his second Georgetown win of 2019, but coming to the two-to-go sign, Friesen came up lame, a result of running out of fuel.
Watson would lead the final two laps and defend the home turf. “I grew up in the grandstands here and at Delmar… this one means a lot to us,” and elated Watson said in Victory Lane.
Savannah, N.Y.’s “Super Man” Matt Sheppard needed only to take the green to secure the south region STSS title. After qualifying through the consi, Sheppard would bring his Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s home in seventh and $57,500 richer, winning the Insinger Performance Grand Championship consisting of the STSS North and South Region along with the American Racer Cup.
Despite an ill-handling racecar, Mike Gular brought the Terry Fasnacht No. 2A to a runner up finish. Hellertown, Pa.’s Rick Laubach came to life in the late stages of the race, bringing the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K home third. Montgomery, N.J.’s Brandon Grosso used the outside to go from sixth to fourth on the last lap and grab a fourth-place finish. Bechtelsville, Pa.’s Jeff Strunk had another quiet night that resulted in a solid fifth-place finish.
Milford, N.J.’s David Van Horn finished in sixth position, Matt Sheppard came home seventh. Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt took home the Roberts Racing No. 14W with an eighth-place finish after an up-and-down night. Sewell, N.J.’s Richie Pratt Jr. came from 20th position to grab ninth in the Dan Sommeling-owned No. 51. Friesen rebounded to grab the 10th position.
Ross Robinson won his first Sunoco Super Late Model feature of 2019 at the Georgetown Speedway, in the 40-lap event.
Robinson, like Jordan Watson, posted the $100 JD Shuckers Georgetown “Gambler’s Fee” and turned $5,000 into $7,000 for the win.
Robinson, of Georgetown, Del., started in the second row, and Rick Eckert and Donald Lingo led the field to green. Lingo quickly shot from the outside, to the lead and set sail.
Robinson pressured Eckert for the second spot until a lap 11 caution came out. Under yellow, Eckert pulled to the pits and would not return, allowing Robinson to inherit the runner up spot.
On the following restart, Lingo chose the outside. Robinson got a great jump and threw a slider on Lingo into turn one. Lingo and Robinson made contact, causing Lingo to roll to a stop before heading pit side.
Robinson would battle with a hard charging Mark Pettyjohn for several laps until they caught a now lap car, Donald Lingo.
Lingo and Robinson would again make contact on lap 20. Robinson went over the bank in turn two and continued forward motion. Lingo was parked for the night.
After the yellow, Robinson was dominant and relatively unchallenged for the top spot.
Mark Pettyjohn’s good run would be cut short on lap 31, as he pulled to the infield under green.
Millsboro, Del.’s Amanda Whaley would come home in the runner up position. After falling back to eighth in the early going, the “Wild Child” battled back to a second-place finish.
Trevor Feathers of Winchester, Va., made the long tow worthwhile, coming home with a third-place finish. Danny Snyder battled for a fourth-place result and Maryland star Dale Hollidge completed the front five.
Scott Hitchens of Dagsboro, Del., won his 20th career Chesapeake Paving/J.W. Brown Trucking Crate 602 Sportsman feature at the Georgetown Speedway. After battling for much of the first 10 laps with Brad Trice, Hitchens would ultimately make the pass and take the win worth $1,500.
Trice would hold on for a second-place run. Tim Buckwalter came all the way from his 21st starting position to come home third. Tom Sherby, a Georgetown winner this season, grabbed the fourth spot. Dylan Swinehart rounded out the top five in the Hitz Racing No. 32H.
The battle for the STSS 602 Crate Sportsman was thrilling all the way to the checkered. Jim Housworth and Joe Toth entered the night first and third in points, both would have their night cut short due to damage.
New Jersey’s Cole Stangle would cross the line in sixth and hold off Jimmy Johnson for the $1,500 STSS South Region title.
The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) were at Georgetown for their lone appearance of 2019. Jeff Geiges led all 20 laps to grab his fourth win of the season. Andy Best climbed through the field for a runner up finish.
Tom Carberry had a solid showing, coming home in third. Ricky DiEva came fourth, good enough to secure the MASS Series Championship for 2019 in his rookie season. C.J. Faison, in just his fourth race of the season rounded out the top-five.
Sean Smith won a wild Little Lincoln feature for his first victory of 2019. The top five came to the line nose-to-tail in a thrilling ending. Smith made a last-lap pass to take the win. Danny Martin would hold on for second.
Matt White came home third, right behind the side-by-side battle for the win. Jordan Herbert and Todd Sammons rounded out the top-five.
The Delmarva Chargers were back for the second night on Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend. This time, it was Brandon Reifler going wire-to-wire to from the front row to grab the 12-lap victory. Ashley Merritt followed Friday night’s win with a runner up on Saturday night. Jarrett Chandler rounded out the top three.
The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Club saw Andy Cassel grab his first win of the season. Cassel was able to unseat Freddie Brightbill and C.J. Schirmer, who had been the two dominant cars all season. Brightbill and Schirmer would round out the top three in the 18-car field.
The 2019 season has now concluded for both the STSS and Georgetown Speedway. Keep posted for news and updates regarding the 2020 season in the coming days and weeks.
Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.
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MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND RESULTS SUMMARY – NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region Event No. 8 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): JORDAN WATSON, Mike Gular, Rick Laubach, Brandon Grosso, Jeff Strunk, David Van Horn, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Watt, Richie Pratt Jr., Stewart Friesen, Erick Rudolph, Jimmy Horton, Andy Bachetti, Kevin Sockriter, Brad Trice, Ron Roberts Jr., H.J. Bunting, Ryan Riddle, Matt Stangle, Craig Von Dohren, Larry Wight, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Bouc, Shawn Ward, Duane Howard, Ryan Krachun.
Did Not Qualify: Bobby DeLeon, John Willman, Jeremy Harrington, Billy Pauch Sr., Kevin Gardner, Norman Short, Jordn Justice, Brian Hitz.
Stockley Materials “Gambler’s Bonus” ($2,000): Jordan Watson
Taylor & Messick Lap Money Breakdown ($1,000): Craig Von Dohren ($525); Jordan Watson ($400); Stewart Friesen ($75)
Ad-Art Sign Company Hard Charger ($250): Matt Sheppard (21st to seventh)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificate): Ryan Watt (eighth) & Andy Bachetti (13th)
ATL Fuel Cells Bonus ($200): Jeff Strunk (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Brandon Grosso (fourth) & Richie Pratt Jr. (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Fast Time Bonus ($100): Rick Laubach (19.170 seconds)
Bill Brown & Company Move of the Race ($50): Billy Pauch Jr.
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 certificate): David Van Horn Jr. (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust System Bonus ($50 Certificate): Erick Rudolph (11th)
Precision Hydraulic & Oil/Holly Hill Farms Halfway Leader Bonus ($700): Craig Von Dohren
Racing Optics Bonus (Tear-Off Sleeve): Rick Laubach (third)
Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Mike Gular (second), Jimmy Horton (12th) & Billy Pauch Jr. (22nd)
WELD Wheels Hard Luck Award (FREE 5XL Wheel): Craig Von Dohren
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Matt Sheppard (seventh)
Sunoco Super Late Model Feature Finish (40 laps): ROSS ROBINSON, Amanda Whaley, Trevor Feathers, Danny Snyder, Dale Hollidge, Kyle Lear, Derek Magee, David Dill, Kellie Lewis, Mark Pettyjohn, Donald Lingo Jr, Dan Stone, Rick Eckert, Robbie Emory, Kelly Putz.
Did Not Start: Andy Anderson, Jamie Lathroum
JD Shuckers Georgetown “Gambler’s Bonus” ($2,000): Ross Robinson
Kruger Trailers Hard Charger ($250): David Dill (15th to eighth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco South Region Event No. 6 Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): SCOTT HITCHENS, Brad Trice, Tim Buckwalter, Thomas Sherby, Dylan Swinehart, Cole Stangle, Michael White, Sammy Martz Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Bangs, Tom Moore Jr., Marshall Hurd, Samantha Muller, Matt Smith , Justin Grosso, David Jenkins, Jeff Brown, James Hill, Jason Smythe, Jeff Coffey, Trent Van Vorst, Sean Metz, Adam White, Jim Housworth, Joe Toth, John Stevenson.
Did Not Qualify: Greg Humlhanz, Sean Weiss, Zachary Merola, Rocky Whitley, Ted Reynolds, Paul Griffin Jr, Jordan Long.
Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Feature Finish (20 laps): JEFF GEIGES, Andy Best, Tom Carberry, Ricky DiEva, C.J. Faison, Larry McVay, Tim Tanner Jr., Dave Brown, Scott Frack, Dom Melair, Eddie Wagner, Keith Andersen, John Brenflec, Josh Bricker, Kevin Nagy, Joe Kay.
Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish (12 laps): ANDY CASSEL, Freddie Brightbill, C.J. Schirmer, Josh Smith, David Schamp, David Tucker I, Todd Lapp, David Tucker II, Art Workman, Robert Paczkowski, Charlie Moore, Kelly Putz, Todd Miller, Terry Cheney, Don Davidson, Ronnie Paulsen, Harold Sylvester, Robert Blann, John Burton.
Little Lincoln Feature Finish (12 laps): SEAN SMITH, Danny Martin, Matt White, Jordan Herbert, Todd Sammons, Scott Calhoun, Bryan Piercy, Wayne Seaton, Kirk Lawson, Mel Joseph Jr., Bunky White, John Wothers.
Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): BRANDON REIFLER, Ashley Merritt, Jarrett Chandler, Tippy Martinez, John Bailey, Greg Nailor, Randy Merritt, Chase Robinson, Bill Smith, Jimmy Waters.