Story By: BRETT DEYO / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – MIDDLETOWN, NY – With $11,919 up for grabs to win the 50-lap main event, drivers from across the Northeast have circled Sunday, April 7 at Orange County Fair Speedway on their calendars.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ gives competitors 47,219 reasons to invade the Legendary House of Power for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International North Region opener.
The 100th anniversary kickoff at OCFS will pay drivers handsomely. The STSS big-block/small-block Modified winner takes home $11,919 (in honor of the speedway’s 1919 opening) with a non-top-heavy structure to follow including $5,000 for second, $1,150 for 10th, $1,000 for 15th and $700 just to take the green flag. Bonuses and special awards have been posted to augment the $47,219 total payout.
The event kicks off the ’19 championship battle in the Halmar International-sponsored STSS North Region, which will again reward the title winner with a handsome $12,500 for nine races.
The first OCFS ‘Hard Clay Open’ entry has reached the STSS offices and it comes from Hall of Fame driver Kenny Tremont of West Sand Lake, N.Y. Tremont will bring the familiar No. 115 to the five-eighths-mile oval in search of the big payday against what is certain to be a talent-laden field of competitors.
Previous ‘Hard Clay Open’ victors have included: Stewart Friesen (2018 & 2015), Andy Bachetti (2017 & 2014) and Tommy Meier (2016). Who will take home the big money in April?
Joining the STSS Modifieds on the OCFS docket are Crate 602 Sportsman, running under the speedway’s weekly rules, for $1,000 to win. A quick-hitting, two-division open wheel doubleheader is on the agenda.