“Go” Time: Historic STSS Halmar Elite Series Fires Off Feb. 24-26 at Cherokee Speedway

Written by Chris Moore

GAFFNEY, SC It’s “go” time.

With the ‘Sunshine Swing’ complete, attention turns to the highly anticipated kickoff to the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Thurs.-Sat. Feb. 24-26.

The inaugural event takes place at one of the country’s most notorious facilities: Gaffney, S.C.’s Cherokee Speedway. The STSS heads to the Gaffney oval for the second time in three years.

“The Place Your Mama Warned You About” serves as the home of the inaugural event for the highest-paying series in Northeast Modified history. The Modifieds will race in pursuit of a $25,000 grand prize, the first of six ‘Elite’ events during the season.

The ‘Rebel 50’ features a purse of over $80,000 total, with certificates and bonus awards to be handed out to competitors as well.

Fans and competitors alike have circled the ‘Rebel 50’ event on calendars since the announcement of the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series came last November.

The event has also caught the attention of actor, musician and part-time racer John Schneider best known for his role as ‘Bo Duke’ in the television series the Dukes of Hazzard. Schneider will serve as the Grand Marshal for the event and appear on Saturday.

The ‘Rebel 50’ weekend will bring arguably one of the best fields Modified fans will see throughout the entire calendar year.

A full practice night takes place on Thursday (Feb. 24) for both the STSS Modifieds and the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman along with any other divisions who wish to participate.

The following night, (Feb. 25) racing begins with Penske Racing Shocks presenting ‘Qualifying Night.’ The Modifieds will take part in 20-lap qualifiers paying $1,000-to-win and $200-to-start.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will race in 15-lap qualifiers for $500-to-win and $100-to-start. The local Street Stocks ($1,000 to win) and Thunder Bombers ($750 to win) will also be on hand for Penske Racing Shocks ‘Qualifying Night.’

Saturday (Feb. 26) concludes the historic weekend of racing, as the STSS Modifieds begin their quest for the ‘Elite’ Series title with the $25,000-to-win ‘Rebel 50.’

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will conclude their weekend with a 30-lap, $2,000-to-win main event.

B-Mains for both divisions will precede the main events on Saturday plus complete programs for the Street Stocks ($1,500 to win) and SHARP Mini Late Models ($1,000 to win).

Car registration and advance three-day pit passes can be purchased online at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rebel-50-tickets-231044258597

Advance Saturday tickets are available on the web at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-schneider-appearance-at-cherokee-speedway-tickets-251178179697

A complete ‘Rebel 50’ information center has been posted on the web at the following link: https://shorttracksuperseries.com/event-info.

The entire weekend of racing, along with every STSS race in 2022, will be broadcast LIVE on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).  

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, River Valley Builders, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, St. Lawrence Radiology, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Elite Welder Testing & Training, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Penske Racing Shocks, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Wegner Automotive & Wilwood.