Story By: BRETT DEYO / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – CENTER LISLE, NY – A talented field is set to congregate at Thunder Mountain Speedway this Sunday, May 28 for the annual ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special.
The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds battle 50 laps around the three-eighths-mile clay oval with $5,000 going to the winner and $400 just to take the green flag.
Some of the Northeast’s most recent winners will converge on the Mountain for the STSS special.
Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., is three-for-three at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park this season, in addition to besting the field at Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, N.Y.) on Opening Night and scoring the ‘Hard Clay Open’ victory during the STSS Halmar International North Region lid-lifter April 9 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. Bachetti leads the North standings into Thunder Mountain, where he searches for his second career victory.
Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., is off to an outstanding start in 2017. He was the Accord (N.Y.) Speedway Opening Night winner and, on Saturday, broke into the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358-Modified win column at Pa.’s Grandview Speedway. Krummel and his Zubi’s Racing team will chase STSS North points this season after a top-10 effort at the Orange County opener.
The very first checkered flag of the ’17 Northeast season fell on Neshanic Station, N.J.’s Jimmy Horton in March at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway. Horton, also an Orange County winner, plans to make his Thunder Mountain debut in the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Sunday.
Horton’s Halmar International teammate Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., has earned checkered flags in ’17 at Bridgeport (N.J.), Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., and Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway. Friesen is a past STSS winner at Thunder Mountain and will search for another score on Sunday.
Already having Accord wins to their credit, Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., both plan the trek to Thunder Mountain: Higbie in the Lowitt family No. 48 and Perrego driving Brian Smith’s Superior Remodeling No. 44.
As announced, Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., will return to Thunder Mountain on Sunday aboard a Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91. Decker topped the Super DIRTcar Series opener at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway in April.
The invaders will have to face Thunder Mountain’s regulars, led by defending champion Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., who has already won twice at Thunder Mountain in addition to an April Five Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway score.
Joining the Modifieds on the program are the STSS Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win) and Chad Sindoni Memorial for Street Stocks paying $1,000 to the winner.
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Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.
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Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region
Saturday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. ‘Hard Clay Open’ – WINNER: ANDY BACHETTI
Sunday, May 28 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ (Rain Date: May 29)
Tuesday, June 6 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – ‘Anthracite Assault’ – COMBO (Rain Date: TBA)
Wednesday, June 21 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – ‘Afton Action 50’ (Rain Date: June 22)
Monday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ (Rain Date: July 4) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT
Tuesday, August 15 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Recovery Sports Grill Stampede ‘toga (Rain Date: August 16)
Tuesday, August 22 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ (Rain Date: August 23) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT
Saturday, October 7 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 10 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. (Rain Date: October 8)
Thursday, October 19 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Eastern States Weekend (Rain Date: October 20) – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS