LAKE CITY, Fla. – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco will make its debut in Florida in 2020.
Series director Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and Wendell Durrance, promoter of All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla., have reached an agreement for both the STSS big-block/small-block modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman to compete at the half-mile oval next February.
One night of open practice will be followed by three consecutive nights of racing Feb. 5-8, 2020 at All-Tech, comprising the inaugural Sunshine Swing for the Short Track Super Series. American Racer Tires and Sunoco Race Fuels have both signed on to support the Florida events.
“This is a huge step forward for the Short Track Super Series brand,” Deyo said. “All eyes are on Florida in February. We’re looking forward to showcasing the Short Track Super Series exciting style of racing, its competitors and marketing partners next February.”
The STSS Modifieds will race for unprecedented payout structures for the state of Florida.
Following Wednesday night’s (Feb. 5) open practice, a 30-lap main event will be on the docket for Thursday paying $5,000 to win. On Friday, 40 laps will be run with the victor’s share boosted to $7,500. On Saturday, a 50-lap finale offers $10,000 to the winner.
“The modifieds will now have the opportunity to compete for purses comparable to the national super late model and 410 sprint car series,” Deyo added.
The Crate 602 Sportsman class has not been forgotten. Thursday and Friday nights will include 25-lap features for $1,250 to win. The 30-lap finale pays $1,500 to win on Saturday.
“The Crate division showed there was an interest in Florida racing,” Deyo said. “We are going to build on the tradition of Crate 602 Sportsman racing in February and provide three days of racing with balanced payouts through the field.”
Two local divisions – tentatively the C Class Late Models and Thunder Stocks – will complete the shows.
Durrance, a former racer for more than two decades and local machine shop owner, said now is the time to take on an event of this magnitude.
“We’re ready to do something like this now,” Durrance said. “We’re here seven days a week working on this place. We’ll keep improving right through next February. This will bring attention to our track; it’s going to be very good for us.”