Short Track Su­per Se­ries adds new top spon­sors

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Sun, fun and the Ve­locita-USA South Re­gion of the Bob Hil­bert Sportswear of Boy­er­town Short Track Su­per Se­ries (STSS) Fu­eled By Sunoco go hand-in-hand.

So it’s only ap­pro­pri­ate that De­sign for Vi­sion/Sun­glass Cen­tral have joined the STSS as sea­son-long part­ners dur­ing the 2019 big-block/small-block Mod­i­fied South Re­gion kick­ing off on March 15-16 at Del.’s Ge­orge­town Speed­way with the Melvin L. Joseph Me­mo­rial.

The eight-race ’19 STSS Ve­locita-USA South Re­gion will now be pre­sented by De­sign for Vi­sion/Sun­glass Cen­tral.

Both De­sign for Vi­sion and Sun­glass Cen­tral are owned and op­er­ated by the Man­ning fam­ily. Mod­i­fied fans are fa­mil­iar with the De­sign for Vi­sion/Sun­glass Cen­tral No. 414 driven by Roger Man­ning on the clay ovals of Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jersey and Delaware.

De­sign for Vi­sion/Sun­glass Cen­tral will have an ex­panded pres­ence at three se­ries events: the ‘Speed Show­case’ at Port Royal (Pa.) Speed­way Sun­day, March 24; ‘Dirty Jersey’ at New Egypt (N.J.) Speed­way Thurs­day, May 23; and ‘Blast at the Beach’ at Del.’s Ge­orge­town Speed­way Tues­day, Au­gust 27.

De­sign for Vi­sion is the premier eye care cen­ter and sup­plier for all eye glasses, sun­glasses and con­tacts in Bucks County, Pa., with lo­ca­tions in Mor­risville/Tren­ton, Le­vit­town/Langhorne, New Hope/Lam­bertville, New­town/Rich­boro and Jami­son/Doylestown. De­sign for Vi­sion is on the web at www.de­sign­forvi­sion.com. Sun­glass Cen­tral was de­vel­oped out of the need for qual­ity, prop­erly fit sport and pre­scrip­tion sun­glasses. Sun­glass Cen­tral car­ries all ma­jor sun­glass brands such as Oak­ley, Maui Jim, Costa del Mar, Ray-Ban, Wi­ley X, Smith and many more. Check out their lo­ca­tions in New­town, Jami­son and New Hope or shop on­line at www.sun­glass­cen­tral.net.

Early-ar­riv­ing fans will have the op­por­tu­nity to take home free sun­glasses at th­ese events by stop­ping by the De­sign for Vi­sion/ Sun­glass Cen­tral dis­plays in the grand­stand area. Topfin­ish­ing driv­ers will also take home eye­wear from Ray-Ban, Oak­ley or Wi­ley X.

Driv­ers, own­ers, crew mem­bers, fans and track em­ploy­ees filled the Bridge­port Fire Com­pany’s So­cial Hall re­cently to cel­e­brate the 2018 sea­son cham­pi­ons.

For the third con­sec­u­tive year Boy­er­town’s Ryan Watt and his Ron Roberts No. 14w Rac­ing Team dom­i­nated the Spirit Auto Cen­ter Big Block Mod­i­fieds, cap­tur­ing six wins and fin­ish­ing no worse than third in any of the Big Block ac­tion on the 5/8th mile track.

“I just re­ally want to thank Ron­nie and Fay for giv­ing us what we need to race ev­ery week,” the vet­eran driver said. “It’s hard to be­lieve, but the 2019 sea­son will be our 10th year to­gether.”

Watt orig­i­nally came to Bridge­port as a driver for car owner, Chad Si­non’s BPG op­er­a­tion. When a blown mo­tor late in the sea­son, threat­ened to bring an end to Watt’s sea­son, it was Roberts who of­fered him a power plant to com­plete the sea­son. Watt was al­ways will­ing to help an­other team out and it was that level of sports­man­ship that prompted Roberts’ of­fer to help. And as they say, the rest is his­tory.

Leg­endary dirt racer Billy Pauch raced to three wins dur­ing the 2018 sea­son and was Watt’s clos­est com­peti­tor. Sam Martz, Richie Pratt Jr. and Wade Hen­drick­son each won a sin­gle fea­ture dur­ing the sea­son.

Jim Britt, Tommy Beamer and Neal Wil­liams trailed Watt and Pauch in points to com­plete the top five. Pratt, Hen­drick­son, Roberts, Martz and Bucky Kelly fin­ished sixth through tenth.

Watt was also crowned as the 2018 811 Dig Safely Poker Se­ries Cham­pion spon­sored by Colo­nial Pipe­line. Watt’s pair of Aces (2 wins – 60 Over Spe­cial and King of the Big Blocks) gave him the best Poker Se­ries hand over Jimmy Hor­ton who had a pair of nines and Jim Britt with a pair of sev­ens. Jeff Strunk re­ceived an award for the worst hand in this year’s Poker Se­ries events.

Steve Ke­mery took the 811 Dig Safely Poker Se­ries for the 602 Crate Sports­man, win­ning twice in the fi­nal three races of the sea­son. Wayne Weaver’s pair of Queens placed him sec­ond to Ke­mery’s pair of Aces. Chris Jenk­ins fin­ished third with Frank Dorry win­ning the prize for the worst hand in the 2018 811 Dig Safely Poker Se­ries.

Tom Wills, Jr. win in the fi­nal 811 Dig Safely Poker Se­ries race of the sea­son gave him his third Poker Se­ries Cham­pi­onship. Open­ing day win­ner, Rich Stin­son fin­ished sec­ond with Jer­amy Do­err tak­ing third.

Sammy Martz, Jr. was crowned as the 2018 DA’s Auto Body & Re­pair Rookie Cham­pion. Seth Spayd fin­ished sec­ond in points with one win. Danny Buc­ca­fusca, who had a Rookie win on both the 3/8th and 5/8th mile tracks and Parker Guldin tied for third in points. Guldin was the only Rookie to win a 602 Crate Sports­man fea­ture event this year. David Hart­man fin­ished fifth

A Pre-Sea­son Point Se­ries was con­ducted with three races sched­uled to be run on the 3/8th mile track early in the sea­son. Two races were run with the third race fall­ing to the weather.

With two wins – in­clud­ing his first win in the Short Track Su­per Se­ries – Jeff Strunk won the Pre-Sea­son ti­tle in the Hyne­man No. 126. Ryan Godown fin­ished sec­ond with Duane Howard and Rick Laubach tied for third. Matt Stan­gle fin­ished fifth.

Could this be the fu­ture of motorsports? The all­new Nis­san LEAF NISMO RC, an elec­tric race car with more than dou­ble the max­i­mum power and torque out­put of its pre­de­ces­sor, was un­veiled Thurs­day in Tokyo.

The car was de­vel­oped by Nis­san’s rac­ing arm, NISMO. It will make its track de­but Dec. 2 at the an­nual NISMO Fes­ti­val at Fuji In­ter­na­tional Speed­way, ap­pear­ing along­side Nis­san’s new For­mula E elec­tric race car.

With dual elec­tric mo­tors, all-wheel drive and an ag­gres­sive, restyled body shape, the pur­pose-built car demon­strates how Nis­san’s elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy can de­liver ex­cit­ing yet quiet, zero-emis­sion power, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. The model is equipped with ad­vanced bat­tery tech­nol­ogy and driv­e­train com­po­nents from the Nis­san LEAF, the world’s best-sell­ing elec­tric car.

Nis­san plans to build six LEAF NISMO RC ve­hi­cles to de­ploy around the world.

Pow­er­ing the all-new Nis­san LEAF NISMO RC are two elec­tric mo­tors at op­po­site ends of the chas­sis. The mo­tors pro­duce 240 kilo­watts com­bined and an 472 lb-ft of in­stant torque to the wheels. Nis­san more than dou­bled the max­i­mum power and the torque out­put of the pre­vi­ous LEAF NISMO RC, which was in­tro­duced in 2011. Driv­e­train tech­nol­ogy sourced from the new Nis­san LEAF in­clude the high-ca­pac­ity lithium-ion bat­tery and in­vert­ers.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Boy­er­town’s Ryan Watt has been the dom­i­nant force in the Bob Hil­bert Sportswear Short Track Su­per Se­ries in re­cent years.

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