14 for 14: Demetrios Drellos Tops “Working Man’s Race” Modified Event at Afton Motorsports Park

Written by Chris Moore

AFTON, NY – The beat goes on.

Demetrios Drellos parked his family-owned No. 111 in Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Victory Lane for the first time in his career, becoming the 14th different winner of the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals.

One hundred and forty-five racecars across the three divisions packed the pit area of the Chenango County facility, with Drellos walking away with the top honors.

The event – a non-points race for series competition – netted Drellos $5,500-plus for his efforts and his first ever STSS victory.

The Queensbury, N.Y., resident outdueled fellow Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway regular Craig Hanson in a mid-race tussle for the lead to drive away with the race designed to support the weekend warriors of the sport.

“It’s awesome,” Drellos said of his first career STSS win. “It couldn’t happen in a better race; the ‘Working Man’s Race’… we do this for fun and it’s a very fitting race (to win).”

Drellos fired off from the inside of the second row following the Beyea Custom Headers redraw. Triangle, N.Y.’s Matthew Meade and East Greenbush, N.Y.’s Bobby Hackel IV occupied the front row starting positions.

Hackel jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green flag. Multiple yellows occurred before the field could complete the second lap, including a large pileup in turn three.

Once the field cleared the lap one hurdle, Drellos went to work. 

Drellos cleared Meade for the runner-up spot and set his sights on Hackel for the top spot.

With Hackel running the bottom groove, Drellos rolled the top groove of the Afton Fairgrounds oval to drive around Hackel and take the top spot.

Just behind the lead duo, Hanson – the 2013 winner of the Short Track SuperNationals – was on the move toward the lead duo from his sixth starting position.

Hanson drove around Danny Creeden on lap five, then cleared Meade at the completion of the sixth lap to set his eyes on the pair up front.

A lap-seven yellow brought the field together and put Hanson on the bumper of the leader Drellos. Hanson would pounce on the opportunity, diving underneath Hackel for the runner-up spot.

Drellos pulled away from Hanson on the ensuing green flag run, until the leader reached lap traffic on lap 14. Hanson reeled Drellos in quickly to set up the heavyweight bout between the pair of Fonda Speedway drivers.

Hanson cleared Drellos in lap traffic on lap 19, just before another yellow came out to reset the field. Hanson and Drellos would again pull away and battle for the top spot amongst themselves.

The pair raced side-by-side for several laps battling for the lead. Hanson led at the halfway mark.

Drellos finally used the inside groove to clear Hanson for the lead at the completion of the 29th circuit.

The race would fall under red flag conditions on lap 31 after the lights went out on the speedway. Fortunately, no incidents occurred while the field slowed to a halt after the outage.

When resumed, Drellos picked up where he left off, leading the remaining 19 laps for his first career STSS win.

Hackel slid by Hanson for the runner-up spot in the late stages.

“We finally got our first STSS podium… there was a really good group of cars and we’re happy to be here,” Hackel proclaimed of his best career STSS finish.

Hanson rounded out the podium after his bid to become the first repeat winner of the Short Track SuperNationals.

“We had a good battle going, I just started to get a little loose and should’ve moved to the bottom, but I felt more comfortable on the top,” explained Hanson of his battle with Drellos.

Bohemia, N.Y.’s Dillon Steuer drove his Zubi’s Racing No. 17z to a fourth place run and Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden rounded out the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were East Greenbush, N.Y.’s David Schilling, who was the Upstate Automotive Hard Charger Award winner after coming from the 18th starting position; Kauneonga Lake, N.Y.’s Justin Holland, who was the highest finishing Afton Motorsports Park regular; Norwich, N.Y.’s Alan Barker, who was as high as fourth before falling back on a late race restart; Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. aboard his Kid Racing No. 15; and Matt Meade.

Heat winners, receiving $50 each courtesy of FloRacing, were Geoff Quackenbush, Creeden, Steuer, Danny Bouc and Drellos. Consolation winners were J.R. Hurlburt and Cale Ross.

Fifty STSS Modifieds took part in the 2022 Short Track SuperNationals.

Craig Hanson came up short in the 50-lap ‘Working Man’s Race,’ but was triumphant in the American Racer Cup One-on-One Match Races.

Hanson won five consecutive One-on-One Match Races to take the $2,000 payday.

After Billy Pauch Jr. outgunned Nick Nye in the opening match, Pauch Jr. selected Hanson as his next opponent. Hanson would take it from there.

Hanson swept his way by Pauch Jr., Andy Bachetti, Justin Holland, Danny Bouc, and then Danny Creeden to win the title.

“I learned you just gotta drive it a little harder than I did in the heat, and it worked out… it’s a great start to the night,” smiled Hanson in Victory Lane.

Kreg Crooker claimed his third career STSS Crate 602 Sportsman victory, leading all 25-laps of the affair for the $1,500 paycheck.

Last year’s winner – Tim Hartman Jr. – was the runner-up. Travis Green, Steve Davis, and Blaine Klinger rounded out the top five.

The fourth-place finish was enough to crown Steve Davis as the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region champion for the first time in his career.

Forty-three Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds signed in for competition in three 15-lap features.

Up next for the STSS is the ‘Speed Showcase’ Weekend at Pa.’s pristine Port Royal Speedway on Thurs.-Sat. Oct. 13-15. The three day weekend consists of Round No.’s 7 & 8 of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region for the STSS Modifieds along with Saturday’s headline event, the 75-lap, $50,000-to-win ‘Speed Showcase 75,’ which also serves as Round No. 5 of the Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the weekend for Round No. 5 of the Belmont’s Garage South Region. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman battle for a $4,000 winner’s share in the Ice Less LLC. ‘Speed Showcase 50.’ The 410 Sprint Cars of Port Royal Speedway and the New York Based Pro Stocks are also on tap for the weekend of racing.

Afton Motorsports Park is located at 46 East Main Street Afton, NY 13730 and can be found on the web at www.aftonmotorsportspark.com or contacted by phone at 607.624.3772.

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.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco River Valley Builders North Region “Working Man’s Race” Feature Finish (50 laps): DEMETRIOS DRELLOS, Bobby Hackel, Craig Hanson, Dillon Steuer, Danny Creeden, David Schilling, Justin Holland, Alan Barker, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Meade, Tyler Siri, Pat Ward, Bobby Varin, Danny Bouc, JaMike Sowle, J.R. Hurlburt, Ryan Jordan, Dennis Clapperton, Brandon Walters, Bobby Flood, Shaun Walker, John Willman, Geoff Quackenbush, Paul Jensen, Andy Bachetti, Jerry Higbie, Will Shields, Allison Ricci, Mike Ricci, Cale Ross.

Did Not Qualify: Nick Nye, Ryan Darcy, Joey Coppola, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Craig Whitmoyer, Nick Mady Jr., Doug Snyder, Jim Becker, Alissa Cody, Brandon Loucks, Chad O’Hara, Brad Rothaupt, Ken Titus, Dan Hineline, Casey Plummer, Landon Cummings, Scott Ferrier, Steve Young, Addison Bowman, Derek Cornish.

Afton Officials Top Afton Regular ($300): Justin Holland  (seventh)
Afton Officials Second Afton Regular ($50): Matt Meade (10th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Matt Meade (10th) & Pat Ward (12th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Dillon Steuer (fourth) & Billy Pauch Jr. (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Geoff Quackenbush (Redrew 12th)
Competition Carburetors Fast Lap Award ($100): Demetrios Drellos (14.999 seconds)
Dale & Sue Smith Halfway Leader ($300): Craig Hanson
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): David Schilling (sixth)|
FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Each): Geoff Quackenbush, Danny Creeden, Dillon Steuer, Danny Bouc & Demetrios Drellos
Gusher Farms & Trucking Top Afton Draw ($100): Nick Mady (fourth)
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Tyler Siri (11th)
Last-Place Afton Regular ($50): Paul Jensen  (24th)
NYSSCA Top Representative ($100): Demetrios Drellos (winner)
NYSSCA Second Representative ($50): Bobby Hackel (second)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Demetrios Drellos (first – $150 certificate); Bobby Hackel (second – $75 certificate); Craig Hanson (third – $50 certificate)
Schultz Racing Fuel Cells Bonus ($100 Certificate): Matt Meade (10th)
Spyder Performance Filters Bonuses: Danny Creeden (fifth – FREE filter); JaMike Sowle (15th – 50-percent off)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Bobby Hackel (second); Pat Ward (12th); John Willman (22nd)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader Bonus ($200): Craig Hanson
Ted’s Body Shop Halfway Leader ($100): Craig Hanson
Upstate Automotive Hard Charger ($250): David Schilling (18th to sixth) Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Justin Holland (seventh)

American Racer Cup Modified One-on-One Match Races: CRAIG HANSON, Dan Creeden, Danny Bouc, Justin Holland, Andy Bachetti, Nick Nye, Billy Pauch Jr.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Round No. 7 Feature Finish (25 laps): KREG CROOKER, Tim Hartman Jr., Travis Green, Steve Davis, Blaine Klinger, Allan Hodge, AJ Digsby, Tyler Peet, Matt Brewer, Mike Nagel Jr., Dominic Roselli, Justin Comes, Ryan Stortini, Jared LaBagh, Payton Talbot, Cody Higbie, Tim Guild, David Burns, Gary Smith, Scott Torbitt, Rich Ricci III, Dale Welty, Dustin Harris, Blake Sarpriacone, Jimmy Wells, Michael Ballestero, Cody Clark, Rich Talada, Jeremy Hamilton.

Did Not Qualify: Todd Titus, Mike Grover, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Dave Rosa, Brad Weaver, Eric Winsor, Allan Hammond, Ben Feldman, Eddie Owens, Steve Cummings, Darrell Quackenbush, Kadon Hohensheldt, Thomas Klimkowski, Jared Miller, Lugs Diamond, David Stanton, Randy Gates, Doug Polhamus, John Williams, Stacy Jackson, Dane Hedlund, Kyle Pierce, Frank Frasco, Kurtis Hohensheldt

2022 Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Champion: Steve Davis

Accurate Collision Halfway Leader Bonus ($100):  Kreg Crooker
Afton Officials Highest-Finishing Crate 602 Sportsman ($50): Blaine Klinger (fifth)
Afton Officials Second Afton Regular ($50): A.J. Digsby (seventh)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Tyler Peet (eighth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Mike Nagel Jr. (Redrew 10th)
Chris Zacharias Highest-Finishing Afton Regular ($100): Blaine Klinger (fifth)
Comfort Experts Highest-Finishing Afton Regular ($250): Blaine Klinger (fifth)
Competition Carburetor Fast Lap ($100): Kreg Crooker (15.318 seconds)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Tim Hartman Jr. (second) & Justin Comes (12th)
Last-Place Afton Regular ($50): Jeremy Hamilton (29th)
NYSSCA Top Representative ($50): Blaine Klinger (fifth)
Penn Can Speedway Highest Representative ($50): Mike Nagel Jr. (10th)
Ted’s Body Shop Halfway Leader ($100): Kreg Crooker