A New Day Dawns: Inaugural STSS South Region Kicks Off At Bridgeport Speedway Sunday, April 19
By BRETT DEYO
I’ve heard it from fans and racers in this area for years: “When are you going to start having races close to home?”
The answer is now! After concentrating many of my past promotions, and last year’s inaugural Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek, in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and New York, a new era will kick off with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at Bridgeport Speedway Sunday, April 19 (rain date: April 26).
Bridgeport will make history as our first Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel event. Our five-race STSS South Region, designed with PA/NJ/DE racers in mind, boasts a point fund of approximately $20,000, with $7,500 for the champion and $750 reserved for 10th-place in the standings. Drivers missing the top-10 with perfect attendance will receive $250.
Each race in the STSS South region will be lucrative, too, with a minimum of $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.
Contingency sponsors have posted bonuses and product certificates not only for each race, but the year-end Awards Banquet, as well.
Along with our opener at Bridgeport, the STSS South Region will visit Big Diamond, New Egypt, Georgetown and Delaware International speedways.
The ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at Bridgeport has already attracted attention from across the Northeast. As of this writing, we have Modified entries on file from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts.
The STSS South Region will be unique in that some of our North Region drivers, competitors such as Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Mike Mahaney, defending STSS champion Andy Bachetti, will venture south to compete against the best Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have to offer.
The development of the STSS South Region has attracted plenty of attention from the First State of Delaware, with Delaware International’s defending champion Jordan Watson leading a strong contingent north to include Matt Jester, Jamie Mills, Shawn Ward, Scott Van Gorder, Howard O’Neal, the Hawkins (Matt and Dale), Howard O’Neal, Michael White and more.
Of course, the Delaware gang will have to battle Bridgeport’s tough field of weekly big-block racers, New Egypt Speedway invaders and PA drivers crossing the bridge to do battle in the Garden State. It’s shaping up to present PA/NJ/DE battles reminiscent of the MODCAR organization in the 1980s.
You won’t want to miss out on being part of history on Sunday, April 19 at Bridgeport when it all gets underway.
As an added bonus, both the five-eighths-mile track and the inner quarter-mile will be in action on the same day! The touring XCel 600 Modifieds will make their first appearance at Bridgeport on the inner oval in conjunction with the STSS visit.
See you at the track!
To learn more: www.shorttracksuperseries.com
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