Selinsgrove, Port Royal Short Track Super Series Weekend Opens ’22 South Region Title Fight

Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – MILLSBORO, DE – Change of plans. With the postponement of the ‘Melvin L. Joseph Memorial’ at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco shifts gears.

Next on tap for the STSS is the ‘Keystone State Double,’ as the stars travel to Central Pennsylvania, visiting Selinsgrove Speedway (Saturday, March 19) and Port Royal Speedway (Sunday, March 20) to open the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region.

Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the STSS for the second time in history, with the second running of the ‘Icebreaker.’ Sheffield, Mass., star Andy Bachetti claimed the series’ first-ever visit to the Snyder County half-mile in March 2021.

Bachetti bested two New York stars, Anthony Perrego and Matt Sheppard to claim the inaugural visit to Selinsgrove Speedway.

This year’s ‘Icebreaker’ once again pays $5,000 to win, with a boosted $500 to take the green. The eighth STSS Modified appearance at Port Royal Speedway will also pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start. Both events are 40 laps in distance.

The Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region boasts an increased point fund for ’22, with $15,000 reserved for the champion and $1,250 for 12th from a total of $46,650.

The spring version of the ‘Speed Showcase 40’ hosted by the ‘Speed Palace’ is the third of its kind.

Five of the previous seven appearances at the Juniata County half-mile have taken place in the month of October.

St. Catherines, Ont., resident Mat Williamson is the only two-time STSS winner at Port Royal, claiming back-to-back victories in October of 2020 and March of 2021. Williamson’s 2020 triumph came in the inaugural ‘Speed Showcase 200’ which paid him $53,000.

Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen joined Williamson as ‘Speed Showcase 200’ winners in the fall of 2021, claiming the $50,000 victory at the ‘Speed Palace.’

Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego is the only other Port Royal winner in the spring, claiming the first March event in 2018 in a classic battle over Matt Sheppard.

Sheppard claimed his ‘Speed Palace’ victory in October of 2020, during the ‘Speed Showcase’ weekend Thursday night.

King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney, the defending South Region champion, used a win during the ‘Speed Showcase’ weekend of 2021 to vault himself to his STSS championship.

Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt was the first-ever STSS winner at Port Royal, picking up the inaugural victory in October of 2018.

The Belmont’s Garage Crate 602 Sportsman South Region championship battle begins on Saturday at Selinsgrove with a $1,500-to-win event.

On Sunday, the ULMS Super Late Models join the STSS Modifieds at Port Royal for a double-headline show.

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