DELMAR, DE – A Delaware dirt-track tradition continues Tuesday, August 11 at Delaware International Speedway.
The Cathell family’s half-mile clay oval hosts the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman next Tuesday during the ‘Diamond State 50’ annual running sponsored by Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply of Hurlock, Md.
STSS Modifieds of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central will race 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 to win and $400 to start plus special awards and bonuses. STSS Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,500 to win), Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers complete the program.
The ‘Diamond State 50’ moniker brings with it a storied history at Delaware International Speedway.
The first ‘Diamond State 50’ was contested in 1999 as a Modified vs. Late Model Challenge. Legendary Gary Stuhler etched his name as the inaugural winner. The same format continued for ’00 and ’01 with Kenny Brightbill and Jimmy Horton taking the victories.
Modifieds and Super Late Models split for the ’02 edition and again it was Horton with the Modified triumph and David Hill the Super Late Model winner.
After weather took the ’03 edition, Ricky Elliott topped the ’04 Modified portion and Kenny Pettyjohn was the Super Late Model victor. New York State invader Danny Johnson bested the Modified field in ’05 and David Hill again was the Super Late Model victor.
After an absence of 10 years, Delaware International promoter Charlie Cathell and Short Track Super Series organizer Brett Deyo agreed to bring the event back in 2015 under the STSS sanction.
David Van Horn Jr. broke through in the return of the ‘Diamond State 50’ in ’15 and first-ever Short Track Super Series race at the speedway. Stewart Friesen invaded and won the ’16 event. A year later, Friesen was again in contention for the win, but Ryan Watt swept past on the outside to steal the checkered.
Matt Sheppard emerged from a side-by-side battle with Watt to earn the ’18 triumph and repeated that conquest a year ago, this time after racing wheel-to-wheel with Keystone State veteran Craig Von Dohren.
Whose name will be added to this prestigious list on Aug. 11?
Complete ‘Diamond State 50’ race information can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DiamondState50GeneralInfoSheet.pdf
There is an added incentive for a Modified driver to sweep both STSS events in the state of Delaware in August: the ‘Diamond State 50’ on Aug. 11 and the ‘Blast at the Beach’ at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway Aug. 25.
Should one driver sweep the ‘Diamond State 50’ and ‘Blast at the Beach’ feature events with back-to-back victories, that competitor will receive a cash bonus of $2,000 thanks to Stockley Tavern of Georgetown.
If a single driver is not able to win both events, the driver with the best average finish between the two races will take home $1,000. The tiebreaker will be the finishing order of the ‘Blast at the Beach’ event at Georgetown.
Keep posted to the Short Track Super Series website – www.shorttracksuperseries.com – for complete information as the series takes over the First State in August.
If you can’t attend, you can watch all the action live on Dirt Track Digest TV.
Delaware International Speedway is located at 37854 Sussex Highway in Delmar, Delaware 19940. The speedway office phone is 302.846.3911 and the website is www.delawareracing.com.
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.
A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail email@example.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.
The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.
Past ‘Diamond State 50’ Winners
2019: Matt Sheppard (STSS Modified)
2018: Matt Sheppard (STSS Modified)
2017: Ryan Watt (STSS Modified)
2016: Stewart Friesen (STSS Modified)
2015: David Van Horn Jr. (STSS Modified)
2005: Danny Johnson (Modified) & David Hill (Late Model)
2004: Ricky Elliott (Modified) & Kenny Pettyjohn (Late Model)
2002: Jimmy Horton (Modified) & David Hill (Late Model)
2001: Jimmy Horton (Modified vs. Late Model)
2000: Kenny Brightbill (Modified vs. Late Model)
1999: Gary Stuhler (Modified vs. Late Model)