Lo­cals Watt, Howard among ti­tle con­tenders at Ge­orge­town

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Brett Deyo For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. » The ‘neu­tral’ ground of Delaware’s Ge­orge­town Speed­way will de­cide a 2017 Bob Hil­bert Sports­wear Short Track Su­per Se­ries (STSS) cham­pion.

The eight-race STSS Ve­loc­i­taUSA South re­gion ti­tle – and the $10,000 that ac­com­pa­nies it – comes down to 40 laps around the Sus­sex County half-mile track on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28 as part of the two-day Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship Week­end.

Fol­low­ing his ‘Dirty Jer­sey 5’ con­quest at Bridge­port (N.J.) Speed­way on Sept. 30, Boy­er­town driver Ryan Watt has ac­crued 587 points and leads Duane Howard of Oley, by 52 mark­ers. Howard and the Norm Hansell op­er­a­tion have 535 points on the board.

Ne­shanic Sta­tion, N.J., driver Jimmy Hor­ton sits third (529), fol­lowed by Ryan Godown of Rin­goes, N.J., with 524 and David Van Horn Jr. of Har­mony, N.J., with 513.

As the fi­nal leg of the STSS South Re­gion chase, in­creased Cham­pi­onship Points will be of­fered for the Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship Week­end. The win­ner re­ceives 150 points and last-place of­fers 60 points, mean­ing there is a po­ten­tial 90-point swing.

The top-five driv­ers, as a re­sult, have a chance at the ti­tle en­ter­ing Ge­orge­town.

Should Howard – the most re­cent STSS vic­tor at Ge­orge­town – win the race, Watt will need to fin­ish 12th.

If Hor­ton – who opened the Ge­orge­town sea­son with a tri­umph in March – takes the check­ered first, Watt must fin­ish 13th.

A Godown win re­quires a 15th-place fin­ish for Watt, while Watt must cross the line 18th to take the ti­tle if Van Horn wins.

Watt is a past STSS South Re­gion cham­pion, tak­ing the ti­tle in 2015.

The top-12 driv­ers in the STSS South Re­gion stand­ings will share in point fund cash. Cur­rently sixth through 12th, are Billy Pauch Sr. of French­town, N.J. (491); Jor­dan Wat­son of Mil­ford, Del. (467); Stewart Friesen of Sprak­ers, N.Y. (457); Rick Laubach of Heller­town, Pa. (447); Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa. (438); Brett Kress­ley of Ore­field, Pa. (429) and Billy Pauch Jr. of Mil­ford, N.J. (417).

At Ge­orge­town, the STSS Mod­i­fied fi­nale is part of a huge two days of rac­ing dur­ing the Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship. On the docket are STSS Mod­i­fieds, Su­per Late Mod­els, small-block Mod­i­fieds, Mid-At­lantic Sprints, RUSH Late Mod­els, South­ern Delaware Vin­tage Stock Cars, Lit­tle Lin­colns, Del­marva Charg­ers and Delaware Su­per Trucks.

STSS Mod­i­fieds run heat races Fri­day night and re­turn for con­so­la­tions and a 40-lap fea­ture on Satur­day.

A com­plete week­end break­down has been posted to the Ge­orge­town Speed­way web­site: http://www.the­ge­orge­town­speed­way.com/?page_ id=881

Rules for all classes are also avail­able at the fol­low­ing link: http://www.the­ge­orge­town­speed­way.com/?page_ id=906

Regis­tra­tion is open for the STSS Mod­i­fieds, Su­per Late Mod­els, small-block Mod­i­fieds, RUSH Crate Late Mod­els and Crate 602 Sportsman. Forms have been posted on the Ge­orge­town Speed­way web­site.

The Qual­ity Inn & Suites just north of the speed­way on Route 113 in Ge­orge­town has set aside a block of rooms for Fri­day and Satur­day nights at a dis­counted rate of $108. To re­serve a room, call 302.854.9400 and men­tion you are at­tend­ing Ge­orge­town Speed­way.

Ge­orge­town Speed­way, orig­i­nally con­structed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 113 and Speed­way Road in Ge­orge­town, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A new web­site is live for the speed­way at www.the­ge­orge­town­speed­way.com. Like Ge­orge­town Speed­way on Face­book, fol­low @theg­town­spdwy on Twit­ter, e-mail george­town­speed­way@gmail.com or by con­tact­ing the speed­way hot­line at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

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The 2017 Short Track Su­per Se­ries is pre­sented by Amer­i­can Racer/Lias Tire, VP Rac­ing Fuel, Bob Hil­bert Sports­wear, Hal­mar In­ter­na­tional, Al­ls­tar Per­for­mance, ATL Rac­ing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Per­for­mance Ware­house, Bick­nell Rac­ing Prod­ucts, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Rac­ing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Ex­haust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Rac­ing Fabri­ca­tion, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Rac­ing Op­tics, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Ve­locita, Weld & Wil­wood.

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