Boy­er­town’s Watt the big win­ner at STSS ban­quet

The Hamburg Area Item - - Sports - By Brett Deyo For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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.

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Su­per Series Fu­eled By Sunoco, visit www.short­track­su­per­, e- mail bd­mo­tor­sports­me­


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.

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