Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – NEW EGYPT, NJ – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco is prepared to “get dirty” in New Jersey.
New Egypt Speedway hosts the eighth running of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ on Tuesday, May 24. The Garden State invasion serves as Round No. 3 of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region for the STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds.
The stars of the STSS look to conquer the unique, D-shaped oval in pursuit of a $5,000 payday, just part of a purse totaling more than $26,000.
With two podium finishes, Potsdam, N.Y.’s Michael Maresca currently paces the South Region standings by just five points over Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown. Savannah, N.Y., star Matt Sheppard rounds out the top three, 20 markers behind Maresca.
The first two editions of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ were contested without STSS sanctioning (2013 & 2014), before the third affair took place in ‘15. Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden was the winner seven years ago, topping Godown and Anthony Perrego for the second of his five career STSS victories.
In ‘16, Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. got his first taste of STSS glory, winning at his then home track over his father Billy Pauch Sr. and Keystone State driver Duane Howard – two legends of the sport.
The 2017 ‘Dirty Jersey’ was contested at neighboring Bridgeport (N.J.) Motorsports Park and returned to New Egypt in ‘19 after not occurring in the ‘18 calendar year.
The ‘Dirty Jersey’ returned home to New Egypt for its sixth running in ‘19 and saw track regular David Van Horn Jr. grab his second career STSS victory. The Milford, N.J., resident topped fellow New Egypt regular Brandon Grosso and Pennsylvania’s Ryan Watt for the win.
After another hiatus in 2020, the ‘Dirty Jersey 7’ took place in grand fashion last year. Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego won a thrilling race over fellow New York State driver Mike Mahaney and Mooresville, N.C.’s Max McLaughlin. Perrego outdueled the other two in the final laps, after coming from his eighth starting position.
The Belmont’s Garage South Region for the Crate 602 Sportsman are on the racing card as well. Round No. 2 of the South Region is another 25-lap affair paying $1,500 to win.
New Egypt Speedway regular Nick Van Wickle won the region opener at Delaware International Speedway, topping defending South Region champion Joe Toth and Fleetwood, Pa.’s Dylan Swinehart.
A complete general information center for the ‘Dirty Jersey’ is available at: https://shorttracksuperseries.com/event-info/.
For the May 24 event, pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing slated for 7:15 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $30 for Adults and $25 for Seniors (ages 65 & up). Teens ages 12-15 and Military with valid ID admit for $20 and Kids 11 & Under get in FREE.
Pit admission is $40 (no license required).