Best Racers, Best Track: $50,000 ‘Speed Showcase’ Set for Port Royal Speedway Oct. 12-14
Written by Chris Moore
PORT ROYAL, PA – “Best racers, best track.”
It’s Speed Showcase weekend.
The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco returns to Port Royal Speedway for the fourth annual October visit to the iconic Speed Palace.
The annual three-day affair – featuring the best of dirt Modified racing – takes place Thurs.-Sat Oct. 12-14.
The three-day weekend features two STSS big-block/small-block Modified feature events – the latter of which pays $50,000 to the winner – a full show for the 410 Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars of Port Royal Speedway, a $4,000-to-win event for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman, and a full program for the New York-based Pro Stock division.
The ’Speed Showcase’ weekend has become an October staple on the STSS schedule, with the 2023 edition set to be the fourth consecutive running of the event.
Saturday’s headline event – a 75-lap event paying $50,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start – represents the Championship Round of the Ollie’s ‘Elite’ Series and Round No. 6 of the Rent Equip/Party Central South Region.
The crown jewel event is preceded by a full weekend of racing.
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Preliminary Night (Thursday, Oct. 12) racing includes a 40-lap affair around the ‘Speed Palace’ for a $5,000 top prize, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start. The event serves as Round No. 5 of the South Region $15,000 championship chase.
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse will reward each of the top-10 finishers with $500 cash should they display the company decal.
STSS Crate 602 Sportsman of the Belmont’s Garage South Region will also be on hand for practice rounds, with the two fastest drivers transferring to the Saturday redraw.
A practice session will take place from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Thursday morning for all divisions.
On Friday (Oct. 13), the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars join the program as part of Bob Hilbert Sportswear Qualifying Night.
The lightning-fast 410 Sprint Cars race for 25 laps around the sprawling half-mile for a $5,000 winner’s share.
The STSS Modifieds begin their quest to qualify for Saturday’s main event, with 15-lap Qualifying Races.
The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman hit the sprawling half-mile for the first time on the weekend, taking part in 15-lap Qualifying Races.
The full-fender Pro Stocks – based in New York State – will also be on hand for practice rounds as part of Bob Hilbert Sportswear Qualifying Night.
All roads lead to the main event on Saturday (Oct. 14). The STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will run last chance races to set the field for their respective main events.
The ‘Speed Showcase’ championship for the Modifieds battle for 75 laps around the ‘Speed Palace’ with $50,000-plus reserved for the winner.
The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman race in their most prestigious event of the season, as the ‘Speed Showcase 50,’ pays $4,000 to win and $200 just to take the green.
The Pro Stocks run a full program on Saturday as well to complete the program.
Complete information is available on the STSS website at: https://shorttracksuperseries.com/event-info/
The entire weekend will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail email@example.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, FloSports, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Rent Equip/Party Central, BDR Speed, Bicknell Racing Products, Ollie’s, Penske Racing Shocks, Wegner Automotive, River Valley Builders, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, DIG Race Products, Velocita-USA, Franklin Products, Design for Vision & Sunglass Central, Belmont’s Garage, Quality Drywall, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Prime MAC Tools, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Algonkin Motel, Beyea Custom Headers, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH, Electric Neon Custom Signs, Fastline Performance, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Spyder Filters, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO & Wilwood.
‘Speed Showcase’ Weekend Schedule & Pricing
Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, Pa.
October 12-14, 2023
Wednesday, October 11
Camper Parking Begins: 2 p.m.
Hauler Parking: 5-9 p.m.
Thursday, October 12 – Morning Open Practice
8 a.m. – Pit Gates Open
10 a.m.-Noon – Open Practice (all divisions)
Thursday Morning Pit Admission: $30
Thursday, October 12 – Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Preliminary Night
STSS Modified Behrent’s Performance Warehouse 40 laps, $5,000 to win, $500 to start plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Open Practice Rounds (two fastest drivers to Saturday redraw)
Gates Open: 4 p.m.
Hot Laps: 6:15 p.m.
Racing: 7 p.m.
Thursday Night Grandstand Admission: $25 (Adults) – $10 Students (ages 13-18) – Kids 12 and under FREE
Thursday Night Pit Admission: $40
Friday, October 13 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Qualifying Night
Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars (25 laps, $5,000 to win) STSS Modified Qualifying Races (15 laps), STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Qualifying Races (15 laps) plus Pro Stock Practice Rounds (two fastest to Saturday redraw)
Gates Open: 4 p.m.
Hot Laps: 6:15 p.m.
Racing: 7 p.m.
Friday Grandstand Admission: $25 (Adults) – $10 Students (ages 13-18) – Kids 12 and under FREE
Friday Pit Admission: $40
Saturday, October 14 – ‘Speed Showcase 75’ STSS Modified event paying $50,000 to win (preceded by B-Mains), Crate 602 Sportsman 50 paying $4,000 to win (preceded by B-Mains) & Pro Stock 25 (preceded by heat races)
Gates Open: 2 p.m.
Hot Laps: 5 p.m.
Racing: 6 p.m.
Saturday Grandstand Admission: $40 (Adults) – $20 Students (ages 13-18) – Kids 12 and under FREE
Saturday Pit Admission: $50
Sunday, October 15 – Rain Date
Weekend Pit Pass: $160 ($130 after Thursday morning practice)