Watt secures STSS South title
Boyertown’s Watt secures STSS South title; Godown, Howard lead winners at Mid- Atlantic Championships
GEORGETOWN, DEL. » Two full days of racing brought more than 200 competitors to Georgetown Speedway for Mid- Atlantic Championship Weekend on Friday and Saturday.
Ryan Godown ( Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified), Ricky Elliott ( Super Late Model) and Duane Howard ( SmallBlock Modified) headlined the winners during the season finale event at the Sussex County facility.
Ryan Watt, meanwhile, secured the STSS Velocita South Region championship for the second time in his career. The Boyertown native will receive $ 10,000 for the crown.
A total of 219 unique entries were filed by competitors over the two- day event.
Ringoes, N. J.’ s Godown dominated the eighth and final STSS South Region event of the season in the Steve Searock- backed No. 26. The ‘ Ringoes Rocket’ earned $ 6,000 for his efforts: $ 5,000 from the posted purse and $ 1,000 from Chesapeake Paving and Holly Hill Farms as the Modified driver with the best combined finish from Friday and Saturday.
“I don’t get to run this car very often with my other commitments, but I love it,” Godown said. “I brought the big- block down but this car felt so good I decided to run it both days.”
Godown started second in the 26car field and overcame an early battle with Danny Johnson to take over a lead he wouldn’t relinquish in a rough- andtumble 40- lap main. Johnson and Godown traded the lead before Godown
established himself as the leader following a series of restarts on lap five.
As Godown led, all eyes were on Watt and his quest for the series championship.
Watt spent much of the race battling with Danny Johnson for second spot. Watt secured the runnerup position and chased Godown to the finish.
Watt’s effort secured the STSS crown for his Ron Roberts- owned team.
“I could hear on the radio how many cars were left on the lead lap and I knew we were in good shape,” offered Watt, who needed to finish 12th or better to clinch the crown.
“This is a great series. To win the championship two out of three years with this competition is awesome.”
Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., advanced late in the race to finish third, followed by Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., up from fourth in Norm Hansell’s No. 357, and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N. Y., aboard the Superior Remodeling No. 44.
In a down- to- the- wire battle, Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Del., took home a $ 5,000 top prize in the 40lap Super Late Model event Saturday. Elliott withstood a late charge from Austin Hubbard as the pair battled through slower traffic.
Elliott used the outside lane on an early restart to sweep past Mark Pettyjohn. For much of the race it appeared Elliott would cruise to victory unchallenged.
That changed dramatically in the final 10 laps.
First, Kyle Hardy closed to Elliott’s bumper. Then, Hubbard – who had pitted for a tire change and rebounded from a spin – burst into second. With three laps remaining Hubbard drove to Elliott’s inside in turn three. He pulled even with Elliott but was unable to complete the pass.
Hubbard chased Elliott to the line.
In Victory Lane, Elliott said he had reconsidered his previously announced plans of retirement and will be back behind the wheel of a Super Late Model in 2018.
Hubbard settled for second, followed by Virginia invader Hardy, Jamie Lathroum and early leader Pettyjohn.
Mike Wharton earned a $ 1,000 payday in the RUSH Crate Late Model event. The 20- lap event. Austin Hubbard and Mark Pettyjohn had swapped the lead until tangling in turn two late in the race. Wharton slipped by and took the checkered, surviving a pair of late restarts. Billy Thompson, Sparky White, Charles Shawver and Kelly Putz completed the front five.
Great Barrington, Mass., driver Kyle Smith made the long tow to Delaware worthwhile with a win in the 20lap debut of the Mid- Atlantic Sprint Series at Georgetown. Austin Bishop, Eddie Wagner, Tim Tanner and Scott Frack trailed.
Joseph Tracy dominated the 12- lap Little Lincoln event over Landy Adams, who started last.
Jerry Hill went from third- to- first in the 12- lap Delaware Super Truck main when the leaders tangled exiting turn four on the final lap.
Jerry Barker emerged from a competitive 12- lap Delmarva Charger event to pick up the win.
Duane Howard headlined Friday night’s event with a dramatic win in the 30- lap Small- Block Modified championship. Howard, of Oley, Pa., garnered the $ 3,000 payday for Norm Hansell’s No. 357 team, defeating First State driver Jamie Mills.
Howard started second and took the top spot at the outset. Mills, however, uti- lized the outside lane on a restart to put his Blue Hen Racing No. 30 into the top spot.
During a long stretch of green- flag racing during the event’s mid- portions, Howard ran down and passed Mills, completing a threewide sweeping move into turn three on the 23rd lap.
Mills and an emerging Ryan Godown chased Howard to the line with Godown ultimately muscling by for second. Mills, Mike Gular and Ryan Watt completed the front five.
Jordn Justice worked by David Jenkins at the halfway mark and drove on to victory in the 20- lap L& J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman event, worth $ 1,000. The win was Justice’s second of the season at Georgetown. Stephen Kemery, Matt Stangle, David Jenkins and Tom Moore Jr. trailed.
Landy Adams earned an emotional 12- lap Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car win driving for Mark Williams, who is sidelined due to health issues.
David Smith completed a last- lap pass of Robert Smith to win the 12- lap Delaware Super Truck event, while Joe Waters drove his Ford- powered car past Scott Calhoun on the final circuit to top the Delmarva Charger 12- lap main.
Boyertown’s Ryan Watt, joined in victory lane by wife Lori and son Logan, was crowned STSS South Region champion on Oct. 28at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del.
Austin Hubbard ( 11) and David Pettyjohn ( 8) trade paint during the Late Model feature at Georgetown, Del., on Oct. 28.