Five-Race Short Track Super Series ‘Cajun Swing’ Kicks Off Tuesday At Rocket Raceway Park
Story By: CHRIS MOORE / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – SHREVEPORT, LA – Cajun party time. The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco heads to Texas and Louisiana for the third annual Ollie’s ‘Cajun Swing’ presented by Wegner Automotive Tuesday-Saturday Nov. 8-12.
The stars of the Northeast trek south to take on the growing field of ‘Cajun Region’ drivers in the Louisiana-Texas region.
Defending ‘Cajun Swing’ champion Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., heads the Northeast class after claiming two wins during the five-night swing in 2021. Godown was victorious at Greenwood, La.’s Boothill Speedway – the site of this year’s $20,000-to-win ‘Gunslinger 50’ – and The Rev in Monroe, La.
Jackson, N.J.’s Steve Davis will join Godown as Garden State representatives in Louisiana and Texas.
The most dominant driver in Modified racing will also head south for the ‘Cajun Swing.’ Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard has won four of the eight races contested in ‘Cajun Swing’ competition dating back to 2020, including both $20,000-to-win affairs.
Other Empire State drivers returning for another trip to the Bayou include Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., a winner last season at Ark-La-Tex, Jack Lehner of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, N.Y.
Sheffield, Mass., resident Andy Bachetti headlines the strong list of first timers for the Ollie’s ‘Cajun Swing.’ The three-time STSS champion has recently committed to the trek into the Bayou.
Several other first-timers from New York will be making the trip as well including J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., Darren Smith of Binghamton, N.Y., Rusty Smith of Oxford, N.Y., Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., Addison Bowman of Mexico, N.Y., Jim Introne Jr. of East Berne, N.Y., and East Greenbush, N.Y.’s David Schilling, who will be donning a full Ollie’s Bargain Outlet paint scheme.
Rex King Jr. will also be on hand, representing Bristolville, Ohio and Barry White and Craig Whitmoyer from Pennsylvania will all be making their inaugural ‘Cajun Swing’ trip.
The Ollie’s ‘Cajun Region,’ which just completed its second season of action, will have a strong contingent throughout the week as well.
Two-time defending series champion Caleb Dillard of Many, La., is set to take on the best of the Northeast along with fellow ‘Cajun Region’ winners this season Alan Myers of Sibley, La., Tommy Rascoe of Converse, La., Korey Keimig of Waxahachie, Texas, and Koty Adams of Doyline, La.
Five consecutive nights of racing are set for the ‘Cajun Swing’ this week.
The STSS heads to Rocket Raceway Park in Petty, Texas for a two-night stampede in the Lone Star State on Tuesday (Nov. 8) and Wednesday (Nov. 9).
Following the trip to Texas, the ‘Cajun Swing’ tours to Vivian, La., to visit Ark-La-Tex Speedway, the ‘Land of the Three Wide’ on Thursday (Nov. 10).
The trip concludes with two nights (Nov. 11 & 12) at Boothill Speedway, which is celebrating its 50th season of racing. The Saturday (Nov. 12) feature event takes the lead role of the weekend as the Modifieds go for 50 laps and a $20,000 top prize.