Watt wins STSS South ti­tle; Godown, El­liott, Howard lead win­ners at Ge­orge­town

The Southern Berks News - - SPORTS - By Brett Deyo For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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 (Small-Block 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 two­day 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 26-car field and over­came an early bat­tle with Danny John­son to take over a lead he wouldn’t re­lin­quish in a rough-and-tum­ble 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

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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.

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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.

Boy­er­town’s Ryan Watt, joined in vic­tory lane by wife Lori and son Lo­gan, was crowned STSS South Re­gion cham­pion on Oct. 28 at Ge­orge­town Speed­way in Ge­orge­town, Del.

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