BOYERTOWN, Pa. – For the 2014 season, a manageable series of big-block/small-block modified events has been established and will be known as the Short Track Super Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels.
The mini series features six events and boasts a point fund of more than $16,000 to be paid to the top-10 finishers, plus additional cash for competitors with perfect attendance outside the top 10.
The series, managed by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC, kicks off on March 23 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with the inaugural Hard Clay Open headlined by a 50-lap modified event offering a lucrative $30,000 total purse including $5,000 to the winner. The rain date is March 28.
Orange County is one of five participating tracks on the Short Track Super Series. Others include Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.; I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y.; Accord (N.Y.) Speedway; and Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa. Each of the events on the schedule is a BD Motorsports Media promotion or co-promotion.
“This is obviously a very exciting concept for weekend racers and the host tracks,” Deyo said of the Short Track Super Series. “Not only have we been able to present ‘big events little guys can win’ we now have a lucrative point fund for these drivers, as well. If you look at our history of promotions, the Friday, Saturday or Sunday night racer has been able to take home some huge paydays. This series further expands that tradition and ups the ante.
“I think we’ve put together a schedule that just about any team can follow. It is a healthy point fund for limited time and travel. By allowing one ‘mulligan’ in the first four races, we’re putting the greatest emphasis on our teams with limited budgets. One bad night or missed event will not take a driver out of the championship hunt by any means.”
The series champion will be decided at the seventh edition of the Short Track SuperNationals on Oct. 10-11 at I-88 Speedway (rain date: Oct. 12). The SuperNationals, which began at the Afton Fairgrounds track in 2006, returns to its roots in ’14 on Columbus Day weekend at I-88, the immaculate facility promoted by local businessmen Jamie Page and Ron Ford. The event – backed by Alpine Building Supply in Schuylkill Haven, Pa. – takes on added significance this year as the final leg of the Short Track Super Series.
The point fund will be paid out on-site following the drop of the checkered flag at the SuperNationals.
The point fund breakdown is as follows: champion: $5,000; second: $3,000; third: $2,500; fourth: $1,500; fifth: $1,000; sixth: $750; seventh: $650; eighth: $600; ninth: $550; and 10th: $500. All drivers with perfect attendance placing outside the top 10 will receive $250.
A number of contingency and product incentives are in the works, in addition to the posted cash point fund.
Following the March opener at Orange County, the Short Track Super Series heads to Thunder Mountain Speedway for the Lightning on the Mountain 50-lap main paying a minimum of $5,000 to the winner on May 20 (rain date: May 21). The third leg of the Short Track Super Series takes place at I-88 Speedway with the second annual Crazy 8s Special paying a mammoth $8,888 to win for 48 laps of racing on the three-tenths-mile oval on July 23 (rain date: July 24).
Accord Speedway, the neat-and-tidy quarter-mile nestled in the Catskill Mountains operated by Gary Palmer, serves as the host of Round No. 4 of the Short Track Super Series on Aug. 5 (rain date: Aug. 6) with the Battle of the Bullring 2, a 52-lap main event offering $5,200 to the winner. On Aug. 12 (rain date: Aug. 13), the Hot Summer Night returns to Penn Can Speedway for Round No. 5 of the Short Track Super Series.
The first five events on the Short Track Super Series – Orange County, Thunder Mountain, I-88, Accord and Penn Can – will offer points based on a 100-point distribution: 100 to the winner and 40 for last place. Drivers failing to qualify will receive 15 points.
Four of a driver’s best five finishes will be counted in the point standings entering the championship event, Short Track SuperNationals, at I-88. Should a driver miss one of the first five events, their four finishes will be used, etc. The advantage of competing in each of the first five events is the opportunity to drop the worst finish.
The Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals will then decide the 2014 Short Track Super Series title. A 150-point distribution will be utilized for the Short Track SuperNationals, with 150 points going to the winner, 60 for last and 25 for drivers unable to qualify for the main event.
Two of the events on the schedule are run head-to-head with big-block Super DIRTcar Series events, ensuring weekend racers take home the lion’s share of the cash awards. The Aug. 5 event at Accord is run opposite a Super DIRTcar Series race at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway, while the Oct. 10-11 Short Track SuperNationals – as it has since its inception – is contested head-to-head with Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.