MINERSVILLE, Pa. – Regional barriers will be erased on July 16 at Big Diamond Speedway.
Drivers from both the Halmar Int’l North Region and Velocita-USA South Region converge at the Coal Region facility when the annual Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Anthracite Assault takes center stage.
A lucrative payout, more than $25,000 total, is set for the STSS Modifieds, $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag will be available at the completion of 50 laps.
The only North-South combined point event of this year on the STSS schedule will be a treat for race fans.
Serving as a dual-citizen as a regular and past champion of the North and South circuits, Stewart Friesen, looks to better runner-up finishes in the past two editions in the Anthracite Assault before he heads to Ohio to participate in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Eldora Speedway next week.
Leading the southern region is red-hot Ryan Watt who won the most recent STSS South Region contest at Delaware International Speedway in June among many recent conquests on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey circuit. Watt is the defending ‘Anthracite Assault’ winner.
Joining Watt representing the South are Duane Howard, Jimmy Horton, Jordan Watson, Brett Kressley, David Van Horn, Rick Laubach, Jamie Mills, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Sr., Billy Pauch Jr., Jim Britt, Danny Bouc, Jeff Strunk, Matt Jester, Frank Cozze, Craig Von Dohren and more.
Friesen currently heads the STSS North Region class with a narrow 10-point advantage over Anthony Perrego who has a pair of North triumphs to his credit at Accord Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.
In addition to Friesen and Perrego from the North is two-time series champion Andy Bachetti, Billy Decker, Jeremy Smith, Jerry Higbie, Tommy Meier, Danny Creeden, Ryan Jordan, J.R. Hurlburt, Matt DeLorenzo, Nick Nye, Craig Hanson and more.
Of course, the weekly contingents of the Big Diamond Speedway will look to defend their home turf with extra money on the line.
Unique to this event, Modifieds will utilize sail panels for the Anthracite Assault, the only time all season at the three-eighths-mile oval.
Joining the STSS Modifieds on the card are Sportsman battling for a $1,000 winner’s share in a 25-lap contest and the popular, full-fender Roadrunners offering Big Diamond weekly points.