AFTON, N.Y. – History will be made this season at the Short Track SuperNationals – and the racers stand to benefit.
When the seventh edition of the ‘Working Man’s Race’ takes place on Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10-11) at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y. – the very same venue that hosted the inaugural event – a record-setting purse will be paid out to big-block/small-block modified competitors. Olum’s, with New York locations in Vestal, Johnson City and East Syracuse, joins Alpine Building Supply of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., as a lead marketing partner of the co-promotion involving Short Track SuperNationals founder Brett Deyo and I-88 track managers Jamie Page and Ronnie Ford.
As a result of the new Olum’s agreement, the 50-lap Short Track SuperNationals Modified main event will pay an unprecedented $600 to take the green flag. This is a substantial boost from the previous high $455 that had been paid out during the last two editions. The announcement was made Saturday during the I-88 Speedway Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cobleskill in Oneonta, N.Y.
Not only has the green money been bumped up to record levels, all drivers finishing seventh on back will see thicker pay envelopes at the 2014 edition of the SuperNationals. The event offers $5,000 to the winner plus a host of lap money, special awards and incentives. Last year’s winner Craig Hanson pocketed more than $6,000 for his efforts.
“Thousands of dollars have been added to the Short Track SuperNationals purse for this year’s edition,” Deyo said. “To offer $600 to start in a 50-lap event is truly remarkable. We wouldn’t be able to do it without the outstanding marketing support through Olum’s and Alpine Building Supply.”
As the final, championship-deciding, event of the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the Short Track SuperNationals will be a hugely profitable event for competitors. A point fund approaching $20,000 in cash will be divided among the Short Track Super Series top-10 finishers and drivers outside the top-10 with perfect attendance. Additionally, a long list of product and contingency awards will be handed out following the drop of the checkered flag.