Boyertown’s Watt the big winner at STSS banquet
The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series ( STSS) Fueled By VP concluded its 2017 season on Saturday night by distributing a record $ 72,000 cash at its ‘ Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet.
The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center served as the backdrop with approximately 200 guests on hand. Some 25 drivers were slated to share the huge cash payout plus thousands more in contingency awards and prizes.
STSS champions Andy Bachetti ( Halmar International North Region), Ryan Watt ( Velocita- USA South Region) and Corey Cormier ( Sportsman) shared the limelight.
STSS announcer Jeff Ahlum served as master of ceremonies, with series organizer Brett Deyo handled the distribution of special awards and offered comments on the ‘ 17 season and future of the program.
Deyo outlined some astounding numbers from the recently completed campaign. A total of 445 drivers filed a registration at a series event in ’ 17, while racing for $ 498,065 in payouts, not including any certificates or bonuses distributed. The $ 72,000 point fund pushed that number upward of a half- million dollars.
The evening also marked the transition to Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance as prominent backers of the series. The Sunoco four- year partnership officially gets underway in 2018. Bruce Insinger addressed the attendees and expressed his enthusiasm for the new partnership.
For the second time, Boyertown driver Ryan Watt was lauded as the STSS Velocita- USA South Region title winner. Watt, driving for Ron Roberts, received $ 10,000 for his efforts.
Watt won twice on the series – at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., in June and his home track of Bridgeport ( N. J.) Speedway in September – and finished second on three other occasions.
Five drivers entered the season finale at Georgetown ( Del.) Speedway with a shot at the title, but a runner- up effort was enough to bring home the crown.
Like Watt, runner- up Ryan Godown was a twotime winner on the series. The Ringoes, N. J., driver won at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., the series’ annual North- South combo event, and ended the season in Georgetown Victory Lane. He received $ 5,000 in point fund cash.
Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., won his first STSS event at Georgetown in August driving for Norm Hansell and placed third in points, worth $ 3,000. David Van Horn of Harmony, N. J., was fourth and took home $ 2,000, while Georgetown Opening Day Melvin L. Joseph Memorial winner Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N. J., finished fifth, receiving $ 1,500.
Drivers completing the top- 12 were Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, N. J. ($ 1,400); Jordan Watson of Milford, Del. ($ 1,300); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. ($ 1,200): Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N. J. ($ 1,100); Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. ($ 1,050); Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa. ($ 1,000); and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N. Y. ($ 1,000).
For the third time in four years, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti was lauded as the STSS Halmar International North Region champion. Bachetti received $ 12,500 in point fund cash for his efforts.
Bachetti won two events on the STSS circuit in ’ 17, kicking off the season with a dramatic 20th- to- first drive at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N. Y., to garner the ‘ Hard Clay Open’ event, and taking the checkered first at Woodhull ( N. Y.) Raceway in August.
Corey Cormier of Otisville, N. Y., utilized consistency to win the STSS Sportsman title, with top10 finishes in four of the five races. Cormier received $ 1,500 for the crown. Runner- up Larry Mekic of Moscow, Pa. ($ 750) and thirdplace Shayne Spoonhower of Berkshire, N. Y. ($ 500) were also present at the Awards Banquet.
The Speed51. com Most Popular Driver Award went to Watt. Thousands of votes were cast online via the Speed51. com website. Daryl Canfield presented the award and announced Speed51 would be handling the pay- per- view live streaming of all STSS events in ’ 18.
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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.