Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – LAKE CITY, FL – The final night of the ‘Sunshine Swing’ at All-Tech Raceway was canceled due to persistent showers beginning in the late afternoon and continuing into the evening.
A beautifully forecasted day turned gloomy around the 3 p.m. hour, annexing the final night of racing for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in the Sunshine State.
With the cancellation, Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight was crowned as the ‘Sunshine Swing’ champion for the STSS Big Block/Small Block Modifieds. Wight’s week consisted of one win, a runner-up, and a fifth-place finish, which came after spinning out early in the race. Wight bested Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr., and Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph by just five points for the ‘Sunshine Swing’ title. Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard – the opening night winner – and Rochester, N.Y.’s Danny Johnson rounded out the top-five in points for the week. Mike Maresca, of Potsdam, N.Y., was the third and final winner of the week on Friday night.
Spencertown, N.Y.’s Dylan Madsen, who was competing in his first set of STSS races, was crowned as the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman champion after finishing in the top-five of all three races. Frankford, Del.’s Scott Hitchens, and Newtown, Pa.’s Joe Toth rounded out the top three in ‘Sunshine Swing’ standings in a wild week for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.
Next up, the STSS heads to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., for the inaugural Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series event. The weekend begins on February 24 with a practice night for both the STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman along with any other drivers wishing to participate. February 25 represents Penske Racing Shocks ‘Qualifying Night’ with paid heat races for both the STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, setting the stage for the weekend finale. The weekend concludes on February 26 with a 50-lap, $25,000-to-win main event for the STSS Modifieds. The Crate 602 Sportsman will race for 30-laps and a $2,000 top prize for the first driver across the line.
Sunday (Feb. 27) is reserved as a rain date for the weekend.
STSS Modified Sunshine Swing 2022 Championship Points (from Race Stat Central)
|2||Billy Pauch Jr.||270||-5||3||0||3||3||$6,600|
STSS Sportsman Sunshine Swing 2022 Championship Points (from Race Stat Central)
|5||Marty Kelly III||195||-70||3||0||0||3||$525|
|8||Mike Nagel Jr.||187||-78||3||0||0||2||$500|