MILLSBORO, Del. – Spanning four states and nine months, the 2019 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco schedule has taken shape.
The STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds will again compete in the Halmar International North Region and Velocita USA South Region, creating feasible travel schedules for race teams and crews.
Crate 602 Sportsman cars will also have a North and South regional STSS format next year.
Legendary Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., serves as the bookend for the STSS Modified Halmar International North Region schedule. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ kicks off the season for the sixth consecutive year on April 7, while the ‘Hard Clay Finale’ will bring down the curtain on Oct. 24 as the opener to Eastern States Weekend.
Single events will take place at Thunder Mountain Speedway on May 26; Big Diamond Speedway on June 4 (a combination North and South program); Outlaw Speedway on June 19; Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway on July 3 ($10,000 to win); Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on July 9; Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway on Aug. 13; and the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 12 at resurfaced Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Oct. 11-12.
The STSS Modified Velocita-USA South Region makes three stops on the neutral ground of Georgetown (Del.) Speedway, including the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend March 15-16, the Blast at the Beach on Aug. 27 and the Mid-Atlantic Championship on Nov. 1-2.
After a popular debut last year, Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway moves to the early season on March 24, with a back-up ‘weather date’ of Friday, Oct. 18 in place.
Delaware Int’l Speedway slots in on the schedule April 30, getting a jump on the busy summer season. Other events include a return to New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on May 23; the aforementioned combo event at Big Diamond on June 4; and the $10,000-to-win York County Nationals at BAPS Motor Speedway on July 14.
Sunoco Race Fuels, in conjunction with Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., returns with its lucrative STSS Modified bonus program. Should a driver with the ‘home-track’ American Racer Cup and the North or South STSS Modified title, that driver will receive a $10,000 cash bonus.
If one driver is able to sweep the American Racer Cup and both the STSS Modified North and South championships, a $25,000 cash bonus will be paid.
The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region is comprised of six dates: Thunder Mountain on May 26; Big Diamond in a combined event on June 4 (the first-ever Crate 602 only event at the Minersville oval); Fonda on July 3; Accord on July 9; Woodhull on Aug. 13 and Afton Oct. 11-12.
Georgetown plays host to three stops on the South Region: March 15-16, Aug. 27 and Nov. 1-2. Delaware Int’l welcomes the Crate 602 series on April 30; New Egypt on May 23; and Big Diamond on June 4 in the combined regional race.
Like their North counterparts, six races make up the South Region.