Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – ACCORD, NY – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco invades Accord Speedway on Tuesday, May 10 for Round No. 2 of the River Valley Builders North Region.
The return to the ‘Big A’ is the ninth edition of the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ at the Palmer family’s tight quarter-mile oval.
For the 2022 edition, the STSS Modifieds race 50 laps for a $6,000 top prize with 10th-place paying $1,000 and $500 to take the green. A total pay structure of more than $26,000 is up for grabs at the Ulster County Bullring.
Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego is the only multi-time victor of the ‘Battle of the Bullring,’ having won on three separate occasions including the most recent event in 2021. Perrego’s triumph last year was an emotional one, paying $5,440 in honor of his late father Tom Perrego. Perrego also claimed the 2014 and 2017 editions of the event.
Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti claimed a dramatic ‘Battle of the Bullring’ victory in 2019 over Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular, who had driven from the consolation in a borrowed ride to claim the runner-up spot.
Newburgh, N.Y.’s Jerry Higbie registered his one and only STSS triumph in the 2018 edition of the ‘Battle of the Bullring.’ Higbie is one of the few drivers to top Perrego at Accord.
Stewart Friesen claimed his sole ‘Battle of the Bullring’ victory in the 2016 edition. The Sprakers, N.Y., native bested Jimmy Horton, and Danny Johnson in a thrilling three-car duel.
Jackie Brown Jr., like Higbie, claimed his only STSS triumph at Accord Speedway in the 2015 ‘Battle of the Bullring.’ Brown was the runner-up in 2013, avenging that defeat to pick up the third edition of the event.
Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden won the 2013 ‘Battle of the Bullring’ in the first-ever BD Motorsports Media LLC program run prior to the formation of the Short Track Super Series.
The Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region kicks off for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman as well. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman race for 25 laps in a $1,500-to-win and $100-to-start event.
The FWD Four Cylinders, under Accord Speedway rules, will complete the program paying $300 to the winner.