Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – MIDDLETOWN, NY – Elite Power. The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco brings the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series to the Legendary House of Power – the Orange County Fair Speedway – on Saturday, April 2.
With the postponement of the ‘Melvin L. Joseph Memorial’ at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ takes the role of Round No. 2 of the six-race STSS Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ is the second of four ‘Elite’ Series races paying $25,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 16th and $500 to start the main event. The purse totals $80,000 for the 50-lap main event.
The six-race mini-series includes four races paying $25,000 to win and two races paying at least $50,000 to win later in the season.
The ‘Hard Clay Open’ returns to the STSS schedule for the first time since 2019 in the 11th visit for the STSS to the Middletown, N.Y., fairgrounds five-eighths-mile.
The event also serves as the opening round of the River Valley Builders North Region for the STSS Modifieds with a $15,000 championship on the line from an increased regional point fund of $46,650.
Defending North Region champion – Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard – also won the last STSS visit to OCFS: a non-points event in October of 2021.
Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown heads to Orange County at the head of the ‘Elite’ class after claiming the ‘Rebel 50’ at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C.
The Crate 602 Sportsman will take part in the night of racing for $1,000-to-win under the speedway’s rules package.
The night of racing will be preceded by a practice on April 1 (Friday).
For the April 2 event, pit gates open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands and drive-in opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and racing to follow at 6:30 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $40 for reserved seating and $35 for general admission. Senior admission (ages 65 and up) is $30. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE.
Pit admission is $40 for OCFS Members and $45 for Non-Members.