Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – DELMAR, DE – Three races into the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central points chase and the championship contenders are starting to take shape.
Next up for the series is the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply ‘Diamond State 50’ at Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) on Tuesday, April 27 (rain date: April 28). Both the STSS Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman take part in the event.
The STSS Modifieds opened the season at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway for the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, then headed north to the Keystone State for the ‘Icebreaker’ at Selinsgrove Speedway followed by the ‘Spring Speed Showcase’ at Port Royal Speedway.
Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard won the points opener at Georgetown, coming from 19th starting position to kick off his pursuit of another STSS championship. Andy Bachetti (Selinsgrove) of Sheffield, Mass., and Canadian Mat Williamson (Port Royal) were the big winners in Pennsylvania the following weekend.
Despite not yet visiting Victory Lane this season, Kings Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney heads to Delaware International Speedway as the South Region point leader. Mahaney has finished in the top-10 in all three events, including a runner-up to Williamson at Port Royal and a podium run at Georgetown.
The 11-race series heads to the Cathell family’s half-mile for the fourth round of the title chase for the STSS South Region. Mahaney holds a 17-point margin over Sheppard. Wallkill, N.Y.’s Tyler Dippel is another driver who has shown consistency thus far, as he sits third in points just 21 behind Mahaney.
Two more Empire State drivers – Anthony Perrego and Larry Wight – round out the top-five in points. Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown sits sixth in points, while Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen and Mat Williamson are tied for seventh. Andy Bachetti finds himself in ninth with Mooresville, N.C.’s Max McLaughlin rounding out the top-10.
The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman head to Delaware International Speedway for their third race of the Belmont’s Garage South Region.
Melvin L. Joseph winner A-Jay Potrzebowski II of Horseheads, N.Y., holds a seven-point advantage over Newfield, Pa.’s Joe Toth and Sherrill, N.Y.’s Matt Janczuk, who sit tied for second. Otisville, N.Y.’s Corey Cormier is fourth, just 12 points out of first and Belle Mead, N.J.’s Justin Grosso rounds out the top-five, sitting 20 points behind Potrzebowski.