Area Stock Car Racing: Return to Racing field set

The latest stock car racing news from Thomas Coughlin Jr.

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The selection of names has been finalized for the Short Track Super Series Return to Racing Invitational modified race.

Here is an overview of the field that will be in competition on May 21-22. Racing will take place at the 1/4-mile clay oval at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, North Carolina. Drivers confirmed for the first-on-track modified racing since early March include Andy Bachetti, Danny Bouc, Peter Britten, H.J. Bunting, Danny Creden, Billy Decker, Tyler Dippel, Billy Dunn, Jessica Zemken-Friesen, Stewart Friesen, Dillon Groover, Jimmy Horton, J.R. Hulburt, Alan Johnson, Danny Johnson, Michael Maresca, Billy Pauch Jr., Anthony Perrego, Richie Pratt, Allison Ricci, David Schilling, Matt Sheppard, Tyler Siri, Jeremy Smith, Jeff Strunk, Brett Tonkin, Danny Tyler, Jared Umbenhauer, Billy Van Pelt, Larry Wight and Alex Yankowski.

Yes, there are 31 drivers, as promoter Brett Deyo was able to add one more to the field. This was allowed seeing that Decker and Smith will be using one transporter between both teams and they will be using the same crew to help field/prepare both cars.

Johnstown driver Craig Hanson was one of the initially invited 30 drivers because of is finishing in the final top-10 ranking of the 2019 STSS point standings. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond his control, Hanson had to pass on the offer.

The bonuses have been adding up in an effort to boost the pay off throughout the field of drivers. After 19 of the invited teams confirmed that they were able to attend, there were a total of 55 drivers in the pool for the final 11 positions for the invitational racing.

Plans are in the works for another STSS event in the state of Louisiana on the weekend of May 30. 


Remember that Saturday the Gas-Up will have its work day and monthly meeting at the Gas-Up grounds in Gallupville. The work day will begin at 9 a.m., with the meeting taking place at 2 p.m.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont, was able to hold practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Attendance was limited to Vermont residents only. All government restrictions were in place throughout the facility, but at least it offered an opportunity for racers to put on their helmets and turn some laps on an actual track.

Sprakers resident Stewart Friesen and his NASCAR Truck Series Halmar Race team brought a little excitement to the area as they delivered pallets of food to the Montgomery County Sheriffs office to help out with area food banks and food distribution to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Halmar-Friesen #52 hauler also made stops in Massachusetts and Maryland. 

While there is plenty of talk about dates of possible race tracks reopening in the Northeast, much of it is nothing more than speculation and rumors.
Stay healthy, stay safe.

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