‘Rebel 50’ Weekend Kicks Off with 61 Modifieds On Hand at Cherokee Speedway

Written by Chris Moore

GAFFNEY, SC – Practice night is in the books.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco completed Open Practice on Thursday night.

The first night of the three-day weekend set the stage for the first race of the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series, a six-race mini-series paying a minimum of $25,000-to-win at each event.

Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. laid down the quickest lap overall for STSS Modifieds with 61 cars on hand. The ‘Kid’s Kid’ went around the banked three-eighths-mile at a time of 15.483 seconds in the first session which stood up through all five practice sessions.

Branchburg, N.J.’s Ryan Krachun (15.681 & 15.950 seconds) had the quickest time in both the second and fourth sessions. Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard (15.780), and Potsdam, N.Y.’s Mike Maresca (16.118)each laid down quick times in the third and fifth sessions, respectively.

Mexico, N.Y.’s Addison Bowman (17.153) was the quickest overall for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, timing fastest overall and turning the quickest lap in two different sessions.

Boyertown, Pa.’s Logan Watt (17.202), Middlesex, N.J.’s Matthew Ellery (17.243), Hamburg, Pa.’s Craig Whitmoyer (17.301) were the other three quick timers in the remaining three sessions.

Tomorrow night (February 25), Penske Racing Shocks presents Qualifying Night for the ‘Rebel 50’ at the ‘Place Your Mama Warned You About.’

The STSS Modifieds take part in 20-lap qualifiers to determine their starting positions for the ‘Rebel 50.’ The Modified qualifiers pay $1,000-to-win and $200-to-start.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman run 15-lap qualifiers that pay $500-to-win and $100-to-start.

The Mid-East Street Stocks ($1,000 to win) and Thunder Bombers ($700 to win) also join the night, running full programs to complete the night.

All gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. and racing is scheduled to get under way at 7:45 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $15 for Adults (13 & over). Kids 12 & under get in FREE. Two-day grandstand passes will be available as well for $40.

Pit Admission is $35 for Adults and Kids 12 & under get in FREE. Two-day pit passes are also available for $75.

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.