GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply Return to Racing for the modified division has gained traction in a few short weeks.
Now, the Crate 602 Sportsman division will have its chance.
This Saturday, the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will join their modified counterparts at Cherokee Raceway in Gaffney, S.C., running a 35-lap, $1,500-to-win, $150-to-start event. Just as bonus bucks are being accepted for the modifieds, any individuals or businesses may contribute to the pay structure for this event. Those wishing to contribute should PayPal: [email protected] or Venmo: @Brett-Deyo-1.
“We wanted to give our Crate 602 Sportsman drivers the option to get away on Memorial Day weekend,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “I’ve had so many questions about adding the Crates to a show. I know it isn’t ideal and the addition comes at the last minute, but the Northeast has been quiet for so long, racers are anxious.
“As soon as this announcement hit social media, my phone has been buzzing, so the interest is there.”
Drivers will follow STSS South Region Crate 602 Sportsman specs (6,200 rev chip and 2,350 lbs. minimum weight). The tire rule is as follows: left-front – 33 compound; right-front – 38 or 44 compound; left-rear – 44 compound; right-rear 48 or 53 compound.
Heats will be determined by a draw for position with a redraw of top qualifiers for the feature. Qualifying events will be 10 laps.
For the Cherokee event only, there is no limit on the number of crew members in the pit area.
The Return to Racing for the STSS is highlighted by two events for the Modifieds at Ray Cook’s Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C., on May 21-22 paying $3,000 and $5,000 to win for 40 and 50 laps, respectively, before venturing to Cherokee Speedway on Saturday (May 23) with a $4,000-to-win 40-lap Modified event joined by the STSS Modifieds and the track’s “Run What You Brung” full-fender division.
Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. each night, with racing at 7:30 p.m.