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Continued Growth: 14 Events, 10 Tracks, Three States Comprise 2022 STSS ‘Cajun Region’ Schedule

Written by Chris Moore

SHREVEPORT, LAContinued growth.

The schedule is in place for the second season of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Cajun Region’ with a 14-race schedule at 10 facilities across three states (Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas).

Increased car counts during the inaugural ‘Cajun Region’ last year set the stage for an expanded slate of events.

New for the 2022 season:

  • Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas hosts the series for the first time on March 26, the season opener.
  • Boothill Speedway (Greenwood, La.) booked a pair of ‘Cajun Region’ dates (April 9 and Sept. 10) after hosting the ‘Cajun Swing’ last year.
  • Under new management with numerous upgrades, Sabine Speedway in Many, La., welcomes the series on two occasions (May 20 and Aug. 26).
  • The newly renamed Rocket Raceway Park (Petty, Texas) hosts the series on Saturday, June 18.
  • The state-of-the-art The Rev in Monroe, La., joins the series for a points-season event on Saturday, July 23. Like Boothill, the Rev hosted a ‘Cajun Swing’ event last November.
  • The ‘Cajun Region’ debuts in Arkansas on Friday, September 23 at 67 Speedway of Texarkana, Ark.

Returning to the schedule are Super Bee Speedway (Chatham, La.), Thunder Valley Speedway (Glenmora, La.), Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, La.), sold by longtime owner Gene Boyter and now operated by Ralo Pilkington, and Big O Speedway in Ennis, Texas, which is the site of the ’22 championship-deciding event.

Day Motor Sports of Tyler, Texas returns as the presenting sponsor of the ‘Cajun Region’ point series for the second year in a row.

Caleb Dillard of Robeline, La., picked up the inaugural STSS ‘Cajun Region’ crown last season, taking home $2,000 from the $8,000 point fund.

After the conclusion of the points season in October, attention turns to the five-race ‘Cajun Swing’ in November pitting the Northeastern STSS stars against the Louisiana and Texas locals Nov. 8-12 with events at Boothill (Nov. 8, $4,000 to win), Ark-La-Tex (Nov. 9 and 10, $4,000 and $5,000 to win, respectively), Super Bee (Nov. 11, $4,000 to win) and The Rev (Nov. 12, $20,000 to win).

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Cajun Region, visit www.shorttracksuperseriescajun.com, call Tim Bates at 318.773.7704 or e-mail TCBMotorsports@aol.com. Like “Short Track Super Series Cajun Region” on Facebook or follow @shorttrackss_cajun_region on Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series ‘Cajun Region’ is presented by Day Motor Sports, American Racer, Sunoco Race Fuels, Tim Bates Painting, Shed Road Auto Parts and Bob Hilbert Sportswear.


2022 Short Track Super Series ‘Cajun Region’ Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 26 – Superbowl Speedway/Greenville, Texas – Points Begin

Saturday, April 9 – Boothill Speedway/Greenwood, La.

Saturday, May 14 – Thunder Valley Speedway/Glenmora, La.

Friday, May 20 – Sabine Speedway/Many, La.

Saturday, May 28 – Super Bee Speedway/Chatham, La.

Saturday, June 18 – Rocket Raceway Park/Petty, Texas

Saturday, July 9 – Ark-La-Tex Speedway/Vivian, La.

Saturday, July 23 – The Rev/Monroe, La.

Saturday, July 30 – Super Bee Speedway/Chatham, La.

Friday, August 26 – Sabine Speedway/Many, La.

Saturday, August 27 – Thunder Valley Speedway/Glenmora, La.

Saturday, September 10 – Boothill Speedway/Greenwood, La.

Friday, September 23 – 67 Speedway of Texarkana/Texarkana, Ark.

Saturday, October 15 – Big O Speedway/Ennis, Texas – Points End

 

2022 Short Track Super Series ‘Cajun Swing’ Schedule of Events

Tuesday, November 8 – Boothill Speedway/Greenwood, La. – 40 laps, $4,000 to win, $400 to start

Wednesday, November 9 – Ark-La-Tex Speedway/Vivian, La.  – 40 laps, $4,000 to win, $400 to start

Thursday, November 10 – Ark-La-Tex Speedway/Vivian, La. – 40 laps, $5,000 to win, $400 to start

Friday, November 11 – Super Bee Speedway/Chatham, La. – 40 laps, $4,000 to win, $400 to start

Saturday, November 12 – The Rev/Monroe, La. – 50 laps, $20,000 to win, $500 to start

Short Track Super Series Cajun Region Celebration January 15

On Saturday, January 15, the Short Track Super Series Cajun Region will celebrate its 2021 season and look ahead to 2022! The event will be held at Silver Star Smokehouse at 1201 Silver Star Way Bossier City, LA.

Tickets are $30 per person and will include buffet Pulled Pork, Sausage, Barbecue Beans, Au Gratin Potatoes, Bread and Non-Alcohol Drinks. Alcohol drinks will be available to order.

The gathering will begin at 4 p.m. Awards will be handed out to the top-10 in the final standings. All are welcome to attend.

RSVP by contacting Susie Bates. Call or text 318.481.1804.

Best for Last: Sheppard Pockets $20,000 ‘Mods in the Marsh’ Victory at Super Bee Speedway

Written by Chris Moore

CHATHAM, LA – Saving the best for last.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco concluded its 2021 season with Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard standing in Victory Lane Saturday night at Super Bee Speedway.

Sheppard topped the ‘Mods in the Marsh 75’ claiming the $20,000-plus payday, the third largest winner’s share distributed by the STSS all season.

“This was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. To get this win, it’s gonna make the ride back up to New York a heck of a lot easier,” said an elated Sheppard of his second consecutive ‘Mods in the Marsh’ triumph.

Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown finished the night in third. The podium finish was good enough to secure the Wegner Automotive ‘Cajun Swing’ Championship worth $750 from a $2,000 total point fund.

The 75-lapper began with Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s Jack Lehner on the pole position with Robeline, La.’s Greg Dillard alongside.

Sheppard took the green flag from the third spot, wasting no time getting by Dillard and beginning his quest to slide around Lehner for the lead.

After a lap-two yellow, Sheppard restarted alongside Lehner and quickly found the outside groove to his liking. Sheppard raced to the front by the conclusion of the third circuit and began to stretch his advantage.

Sheppard pulled away from the rest of the field, affording him the ability to meticulously dice through lap traffic. Lehner meanwhile was locked in a battle with King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney and Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph for the runner-up spot.

Godown was also on a charge, after pulling 12th in the Beyea Custom Headers Redraw, Godown was on a mission to get to the front, as he slid by Mahaney and Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen to get to fourth.

Sheppard’s large advantage would be annexed by a lap-27 caution for a flat tire on Mike Krompegal’s racecar.

On the restart, Godown’s assault on the field continued, as the ‘Ringoes Rocket’ quickly disposed of Rudolph before another yellow flag flew on lap 29.

Godown used the ensuing restart to drive by Lehner and take the runner-up spot. Friesen also got a great jump on the restart, going from fifth to third and appearing as though he was going to become a factor for the $20,000 victory.

The field settled into its longest green-flag run of the night, allowing Sheppard and Godown to show they were the top-two cars in the field.

While the top-two stretched their advantage over the field, Rudolph worked back to third after fading to sixth on the lap-29 restart.

Up front, Godown was pacing Sheppard’s Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply No. 9s until a stretch of five slower cars allowed Sheppard to flex his muscle on the outside, putting four cars between himself and Godown.

The lead pair eventually both cleared the lapped cars, giving Godown a clean racetrack to try and run Sheppard back down. That is exactly what he did.

By lap 57, Godown was up to Sheppard’s back bumper, as ‘Super Matt’ was no longer able to use the outside groove to pass lap cars effectively.

The pair battled for the next three laps. Godown slipped by Sheppard, who got bottled up behind a lap car on lap 59, but Godown slid wide in the third and fourth corner, allowing Sheppard to drive back by and lead the 60th circuit.

Before the pair could race back into traffic, a caution for a slow car on the backstretch reset the field and gave them a clear racetrack.

Sheppard’s pass of Godown before the yellow proved to be the difference. Despite late-race restarts, Sheppard had the preferred groove on the bottom and controlled the top spot.

Sheppard passed under Cajun Region starter David Carbello’s double checkered flag to grab the $20,000 payday.

Rudolph surpassed Godown to take the runner-up spot in his Revive Spine Center No. 25. Godown’s third-place run capped off the ‘Cajun Swing’ championship for him, pocketing him just under $20,000 for the five days of racing.

Jackson, N.J.’s Steve Davis brought his PA/NJ Spec 358 Small-Block home with an impressive fourth-place finish and Mahaney rounded out the top-five in the George Huttig-owned No. 35 utilizing big-block power.

Friesen ended his night in the sixth position after pitting to replace a right-rear tire late in the event and Lehner wound up with a seventh-place run after leading early on. Vernon, N.Y.’s Willy Decker brought his JSD Express No. 1x home in the eighth spot with Ballston Spa, N.Y.’s Derrick McGrew Jr. running ninth in his family-owned No. 26. Red Oak, Texas resident Jon White Jr. ended the night in 10th as the highest-finishing ‘Cajun Region’ driver.

Twenty-seven cars registered and took the green in the 2021 ‘Mods in the Marsh 75.’

Heat winners, receiving $50 each courtesy of FloRacing in addition to a $50 ERK Steering Repair gift certificate were Sheppard, Davis and Rudolph.

Saturday’s ‘Mods in the Marsh 75’ concluded the 2021 season for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco. Be sure to follow the off-season happenings on the series website or Facebook page.

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, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

MODS IN THE MARSH 75 RESULTS SUMMARY – SUPER BEE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Swing Event No. 5 Modified Feature Finish (75 laps):  MATT SHEPPARD, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Godown, Steve Davis, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Willy Decker, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jon White Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Korey Keimig, Kodey Keimig, Rocky Warner, Caleb Dillard, Dale Wester, Richard Holt, Eric Williams, John Lutes, Brent Buckley, Mike Krompegal, Greg Dillard, David Forbis, Thomas Holt, Joe Boswell, Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Keith Badiali.

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card):  Steve Davis
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($100 Gift Card): Jon White Jr. (10th)
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Ryan Godown (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Willy Decker (eighth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate):
 Matt Sheppard, Steve Davis, Erick Rudolph
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Matt Sheppard, Steve Davis & Erick Rudolph
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Tommy Rascoe (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Matt Sheppard ($150 – winner): Erick Rudolph ($75 – second); Ryan Godown ($50 – third); Jon White Jr. ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($100): Ryan Godown (12th to third)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Jack Lehner

‘MODS IN THE MARSH 75’ RESULTS SUMMARY – SUPER BEE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Swing Event No. 5 Modified Feature Finish (75 laps):  MATT SHEPPARD, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Godown, Steve Davis, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Jack Lehner, Willy Decker, Derrick McGrew Jr., Jon White Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Korey Keimig, Kodey Keimig, Rocky Warner, Caleb Dillard, Dale Wester, Richard Holt, Eric Williams, John Lutes, Brent Buckley, Mike Krompegal, Greg Dillard, David Forbis, Thomas Holt, Joe Boswell, Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Keith Badiali

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card):  Steve Davis
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($100 Gift Card): Jon White Jr. (10th)
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Ryan Godown (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Willy Decker (eighth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate):
Matt Sheppard, Steve Davis, Erick Rudolph
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Matt Sheppard, Steve Davis & Erick Rudolph
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Tommy Rascoe (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Matt Sheppard ($150 – winner): Erick Rudolph ($75 – second); Ryan Godown ($50 – third); Jon White Jr. ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($100): Ryan Godown (12th to third)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Jack Lehner

Finally: Stewart Friesen Breaks Through in Louisiana with Super Bee Victory

Written by Chris Moore

CHATHAM, LA – Finally.

After several tries and close calls, Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen conquered the state of Louisiana, picking up the $4,000 payday at Super Bee Speedway on Friday night.

Friesen’s 33rd career Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco was his first in the Bayou State, after falling out of each of the two features the prior nights.

“It’s been a tough week. I’m proud of our Halmar team, great to finally get a win down here… Matt (Sheppard) made me work for that one,” explained Friesen of his Louisiana conquering.

Friesen and Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard wrote another chapter in their history, trading the lead on multiple occasions in the last ten laps.

Vernon Center, N.Y.’s Willy Decker and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s Jack Lehner brought to the field to Cajun Region starter David Carbello’s green flag.

Decker drifted up off the second turn of the race, and Friesen got a run underneath both Decker and Lehner to take the lead and set the pace on the opening lap.

The first yellow flew on lap eight with Friesen leading and Lehner in second, as Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph looking to get in contention for the top spot.

Rudolph went to work, searching the outside groove for a way around Lehner. As the field came to complete the 12th circuit, Rudolph gained the outside momentum to work around Lehner and get to the runner-up spot.

Rudolph’s charge hadn’t concluded there, as the Revive Spine Center No. 25 was zeroing in on Friesen for the top spot. Rudolph continued to rip the outside, closing to Friesen’s bumper before a lap car stole his momentum on the 16th circuit.

Three laps later, King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney slowed to a stop on the back straightaway due to rear-end trouble. Under the yellow flag, Rudolph’s left-front tire went soft, sending him to the pits for a tire change.

Sheppard was becoming a factor, rising to the third spot and challenging Lehner for the runner-up spot.

Sheppard worked by Lehner on lap 21 and brought Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown with him into the top-three.

Multiple yellows between lap 27 and lap 31 brought the race’s momentum to a halt with Sheppard continuing to pressure Friesen for the top spot.

The lap-31 yellow would be the final caution of the race, setting up nine laps of a historic chapter in the Friesen-Sheppard rivalry.

Sheppard pounded the outside groove, finally getting the momentum he needed to work around his nemesis for the lead off turn two. Friesen answered the bell in the following corner, sliding up in front of Sheppard to take the lead back at the start-finish line.

Sheppard took the lead on the back straightaway to lead the 37th circuit, which would be the only lap Friesen wouldn’t lead in the 40-lap main. A lap later, Friesen retained the lead and cleared two lap cars, appearing well on his way to pick up the win.

Sheppard, however, wasn’t ready to quit. ‘Super Matt’ pulled up to within two car-lengths of Friesen heading into the final corner. Sheppard made one last-ditch effort on the inside of turns three and four, but Friesen’s topside momentum carried him to his first career Louisiana triumph.

Sheppard came across the line a car-length short with a runner-up and ‘Cajun Swing’ point leader Ryan Godown rounded out the podium finishers.

Gloversville, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner came home fourth in the Jason Simmons Racing No. 98 and Erick Rudolph rebounded for a fifth-place finish.

Jack Lehner ended up with a sixth place run in his family-owned No. 2 and Ballston Spa, N.Y.’s Derrick McGrew Jr. also recovered from a mid-race collision to come seventh.

Converse, La.’s Tommy Rascoe claimed his second consecutive top-10 with an eighth-place run with Ovilla, Texas resident Dale Wester picking up his best finish of the ‘Cajun Swing’ with a ninth-place run. Waxahachie, Texas native Kodey Keimig finished 10th, giving him his second consecutive top-10 finish as well.

Twenty-six STSS Modifieds registered at the trailer for the fourth night of the ‘Cajun Swing.’

Heat winners, receiving $50 each courtesy of FloRacing in addition to a $50 ERK Steering Repair gift certificate were Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney and Rudolph.

Racing concludes for the STSS on Saturday, November 13 at Super Bee Speedway for Night No. 5 of the ‘Cajun Swing.’ The Modifieds (75 laps, $20,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th & $500 to start) are joined by the Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, and Limited Modifieds.

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, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

CAJUN SWING RESULTS SUMMARY – SUPER BEE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Swing Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Rocky Warner, Erick Rudolph, Jack Lehner, Derrick McGrew Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Dale Wester, Kodey Keimig, Eric Williams, Korey Keimig, Richard Holt, Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Brent Buckley, Mike Krompegal, Jon White Jr., Willy Decker, John Lutes, Joe Boswell, Corey Oltz, Keith Badiali, Mike Mahaney, Steve Davis, Thomas Holt

Did Not Start: David Forbis

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card): Rocky Warner
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($100 Gift Card): Tommy Rascoe
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Ryan Godown (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Jack Lehner (sixth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate): Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney & Erick Rudolph
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney & Erick Rudolph
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Eric Williams (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Stewart Friesen ($150 – winner): Matt Sheppard ($75 – second); Ryan Godown ($50 – third); Kodey Keimig ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($50): Derrick McGrew Jr. (26th to seventh)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Derrick McGrew Jr.

CAJUN SWING NIGHT NO. 4 RESULTS SUMMARY – SUPER BEE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Swing Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Rocky Warner, Erick Rudolph, Jack Lehner, Derrick McGrew Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Dale Wester, Kodey Keimig, Eric Williams, Korey Keimig, Richard Holt, Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Brent Buckley, Mike Krompegal, Jon White Jr., Willy Decker, John Lutes, Joe Boswell, Corey Oltz, Keith Badiali, Mike Mahaney, Steve Davis, Thomas Holt

Did Not Start: David Forbis

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card): Rocky Warner
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($100 Gift Card): Tommy Rascoe
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Ryan Godown (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Jack Lehner (sixth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate): Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney & Erick Rudolph
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney & Erick Rudolph
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Eric Williams (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Stewart Friesen ($150 – winner): Matt Sheppard ($75 – second); Ryan Godown ($50 – third); Kodey Keimig ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($50): Derrick McGrew Jr. (26th to seventh)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Derrick McGrew Jr.

CAJUN SWING NIGHT NO. 4 RESULTS SUMMARY – SUPER BEE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Swing Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Rocky Warner, Erick Rudolph, Jack Lehner, Derrick McGrew Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Dale Wester, Kodey Keimig, Eric Williams, Korey Keimig, Richard Holt, Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Brent Buckley, Mike Krompegal, Jon White Jr., Willy Decker, John Lutes, Joe Boswell, Corey Oltz, Keith Badiali, Mike Mahaney, Steve Davis, Thomas Holt

Did Not Start: David Forbis

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card): Rocky Warner
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($100 Gift Card): Tommy Rascoe
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Ryan Godown (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Jack Lehner (sixth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate): Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney & Erick Rudolph
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Willy Decker, Mike Mahaney & Erick Rudolph
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Eric Williams (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Stewart Friesen ($150 – winner): Matt Sheppard ($75 – second); Ryan Godown ($50 – third); Kodey Keimig ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($50): Derrick McGrew Jr. (26th to seventh)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Derrick McGrew Jr.

Right at Home: Godown Continues Louisiana Success with Thursday Victory at the Rev

Written by Chris Moore

MONROE, LA – Feeling right at home.

Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown picked up his second win in three nights on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Cajun Swing.’

Godown’s win came at one of the country’s state-of-the-art facilities at ‘The Rev’ on Revolution Park in Monroe, La. The event was the first appearance for the STSS and the big-block/small-block Modifieds at the nationally known facility.

“I haven’t seen a dirt track this awesome and this close to Bridgeport (N.J.) before tonight,” explained Godown of his fondness of The Rev and its likening to his home track in the Garden State.

The historic triumph puts Godown in the driver’s seat for the Wegner Automotive championship on the 2021 ‘Cajun Swing,’ having added $5,000-plus to his weekly total for his efforts at The Rev.

Godown’s chase for his second win in three nights began from the outside of the front row, with Ballston Spa, N.Y.’s Derrick McGrew Jr. going from the pole position.

Godown quickly made his way to the top spot and set the pace in the early going. Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen, who started third, made quick work of McGrew Jr. to climb to the runner-up spot and set his sights on Godown.

The race’s first yellow came on lap nine, when Joe Boswell slowed on the front straightaway due to a mechanical failure, and collected Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph, ending his night prematurely.

After multiple restarts in the early going, Godown continued to pace Friesen out front while Vernon, N.Y.’s Willy Decker and King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney traded third and fourth multiple times.

On the lap-16 restart, Friesen timed Godown’s jump perfectly. Friesen slid up in front of Godown into the first turn, with Godown choosing the top for the restart.

Friesen appeared well on his way to do what he does and drive away with an STSS triumph. However, his lead was short-lived. On lap 18, Friesen’s right-rear wheel came off the Halmar International No. 44 as he entered the first turn. Friesen’s car flipped multiple times but he walked away uninjured.

Godown’s new challenger was STSS South Region champion Mike Mahaney.

Mahaney appeared to be one step behind Godown throughout the second half of the feature. Despite multiple restarts, the ‘Ringoes Rocket’ maintained his edge throughout the event, picking up the win in Night No. 3 of the ‘Cajun Swing.’

Mahaney held on for second in his George Huttig-owned No. 35 and Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard quietly rounded out the podium finishers. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s Jack Lehner brought his No. 2 to a fourth-place finish and Willy Decker rounded out the top-five.

Gloversville, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner brought the Jason Simmons Racing No. 98 home with a hard fought sixth-place finish and Derrick McGrew Jr. ended up with a seventh-place run. Converse, La.’s Tommy Rascoe raced from 14th starting position to a respectable eighth-place finish and Waxahachie, Texas resident Kodey Keimig chased him across the line in ninth. Bossier City, La.’s Keith Badiali rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Twenty-nine STSS Modifieds signed in at the series trailer to compete in the first ever Modified appearance at The Rev.

Heat winners, receiving $50 each courtesy of FloRacing in addition to a $50 ERK Steering Repair gift certificate were Lehner, Friesen and Godown.

Racing resumes for the STSS on Friday, November 12 at Super Bee Speedway for Night No. 4 of the ‘Cajun Swing.’ The Modifieds (40 laps, $4,000 to win, $750 for 10th & $400 to start) are joined by the Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks, and Compacts.

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, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

CAJUN SWING RESULTS SUMMARY – THE REV AT REVOLUTION PARK THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Region Event No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Mike Mahaney, Matt Sheppard, Jack Lehner, Willy Decker, Rocky Warner, Derrick McGrew Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Kodey Keimig, Keith Badiali, Mike Krompegal, Eric Williams, John Lutes, Richard Holt, David Forbis, Stewart Friesen, Dale Wester, Cody Robbins, Steve Davis, Brent Buckley, Erick Rudolph, Jon White Jr., Joe Boswell, Caleb Dillard, Greg Dillard

Did Not Start: Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Thomas Holt

Did Not Qualify: Danny Baglio, Korey Keimig

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card): Jack Lehner
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($50 Gift Card): Tommy Rascoe (eighth)
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Erick Rudolph (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE American Racer Tire Certificate): Kodey Keimig (ninth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate): Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen & Ryan Godown
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen & Ryan Godown
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Mike Krompegal (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Ryan Godown ($150 – winner); Mike Mahaney($75 – second); Matt Sheppard ($50 – third); Keith Badiali ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($50): Mike Krompegal (25th to 11th)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Derrick McGrew Jr.

CAJUN SWING NIGHT NO. 3 RESULTS SUMMARY – THE REV REVOLUTION PARK THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Region Event No. 3 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Mike Mahaney, Matt Sheppard, Jack Lehner, Willy Decker, Rocky Warner, Derrick McGrew Jr., Tommy Rascoe, Kodey Keimig, Keith Badiali, Mike Krompegal, Eric Williams, John Lutes, Richard Holt, David Forbis, Stewart Friesen, Dale Wester, Cody Robbins, Steve Davis, Brent Buckley, Erick Rudolph, Jon White Jr., Joe Boswell, Caleb Dillard, Greg Dillard

Did Not Start: Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Thomas Holt

Did Not Qualify: Danny Baglio, Korey Keimig

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card):   Jack Lehner
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($50 Gift Card):  Tommy Rascoe (eighth)
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Erick Rudolph (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE American Racer Tire Certificate): Kodey Keimig (ninth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate): Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen & Ryan Godown
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Jack Lehner, Stewart Friesen & Ryan Godown
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Mike Krompegal (11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Ryan Godown ($150 – winner); Mike Mahaney($75 – second); Matt Sheppard ($50 – third); Keith Badiali ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($50): Mike Krompegal (25th to 11th)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Derrick McGrew Jr.

Shining on the Bayou: Erick Rudolph Takes $4,000 Top Prize at Ark-La-Tex

Written by Chris Moore

VIVIAN, LA – Rudolph shines on the Bayou.

Ransomville, N.Y.’s Erick Rudolph raced to a $4,000-plus payday in Round No. 2 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Cajun Swing’ at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Louisiana.

“The track changed a lot during the race… later in the going it seemed like the car came to life,” explained Rudolph of his late charge for the win.

Rudolph’s triumph was the fourth of his STSS career, three of which have occurred outside the STSS home in the Northeast.

After a runner-up finish the previous night, Rudolph is tied with Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown atop the ‘Cajun Swing’ points standings with three races remaining.

Rudolph’s chase for the Bayou State victory began from the 11th starting position for the second night in a row.

Gloversville, N.Y.’s Rocky Warner started on the front row with the previous night’s winner – Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown – alongside.

Godown used the topside momentum to take the lead and set the pace in the early going, while Warner raced in second and Ballston Spa, N.Y.’s Derrick McGrew Jr. battled for third with King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney.

After a pair of early yellows, Mahaney shook off McGrew Jr. and brought Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen with him in the battle for third.

Friesen would work by Mahaney and set his sights on Warner for the runner-up spot before a lap-13 caution restacked the field.

Friesen’s assault continued as he worked around Warner on lap 18 and began reeling in Godown as the two carved through lap traffic into the second half of the feature.

Friesen stalked Godown before a moment came that changed the complexion of the race. As the leaders completed the 26th circuit, lapped traffic was three-wide directly in front of the top two.

Friesen darted to the inside of Godown just as Godown was moving to the bottom, both searching for a way by the lapped cars. The contact sent Friesen into an infield tire, breaking his front end and terminating his night prematurely.

The lap-26 restart was when Rudolph suddenly broke into contention. Rudolph restarted from the fourth position and ran his way into the runner-up spot, slipping by Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard and Rocky Warner.

From lap 29 to the checkered flag, Rudolph and Godown were trading slide jobs for the Ark-La-Tex win.

Rudolph outdueled Godown and claim Night No. 2 of the ‘Cajun Swing’ for his fourth-career STSS triumph in his Revive Spine Center No. 25.

Godown brought home a runner-up finish in his R&M Motorsports No. 26 and Rocky Warner rounded out the top-three in his Jason Simmons Racing No. 98.

Derrick McGrew Jr.’s up-and-down night ended with a fourth-place finish in his family-owned No. 26 and Vernon, N.Y.’s Willy Decker rounded out the top-five in his No. 1x.

Matt Sheppard finished in the sixth spot after a tumultuous evening in the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply No. 9s. Mike Mahaney faded to seventh in the George Huttig-owned No. 35 and Jackson, N.J.’s Steve Davis grabbed eighth in his Masker Racing No. 72.

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s Jack Lehner came home ninth in the No. 2 and Knox, N.Y.’s John Lutes rounded out the top-10 in his self-owned No. 959.

Twenty-nine STSS Modifieds signed in at the gate for night No. 2 of the ‘Cajun Swing.’

Heat winners, receiving $50 each courtesy of FloRacing in addition to a $50 ERK Steering Repair gift certificate, were Decker, Friesen and Rudolph.

With weather approaching, series management opted to move up the starting time for the evening and the main event for the STSS Modifieds was completed by 7:55 p.m.

Racing resumes for the STSS on Thursday, November 11 at ‘The Rev’ at Revolution Park for Night No. 3 of the ‘Cajun Swing.’ The Modifieds (40 laps, $5,000 to win, $750 for 10th & $400 to start) are joined by the Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks.

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The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, FloRacing, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Penske Racing Shocks, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Algonkin Motel, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, Superior Remodeling, Spyder High Performance Filters, Fastline Performance, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

CAJUN SWING RESULTS SUMMARY – ARK-LA-TEX SPEEDWAY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2021

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Cajun Swing Event No. 2 Modified Feature Finish (40 laps): ERICK RUDOLPH, Ryan Godown, Rocky Warner, Derrick McGrew Jr., Willy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Mike Mahaney, Steve Davis, Jack Lehner, John Lutes, Jon White Jr., Caleb Dillard, Eric Williams, Darrell ‘Brother’ Fowlkes, Richard Holt, Tommy Rascoe, Thomas Holt, Corey Oltz, Danny Baglio, Mike Krompegal, Kodey Keimig, Stewart Friesen, Glenn Stone, Brent Buckley, David Forbis, Keith Badiali, Korey Keimig, Greg Dillard

Did Not Start: Tyler Siri

Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fourth-Place Bonus ($50 Gift Card): Derrick McGrew Jr.
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Top LA/TX Driver ($50 Gift Card): Jon White Jr. (11th)
Beyea Custom Headers Bonus ($50): Jon White Jr. (Redrew 12th)
Day Motor Sports Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Steve Davis (eighth)
ERK Steering Repair Heat Winners ($50 Certificate): Willy Decker, Stewart Friesen & Erick Rudolph
FloRacing Heat Winners ($50): Willy Decker, Stewart Friesen & Erick Rudolph
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Jon White Jr.(11th)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Erick Rudolph ($150 – winner): Ryan Godown ($75 – second); Rocky Warner ($50 – third); John Lutes Jr. ($25 – 10th)
Shed Road Auto Parts Hard Charger ($50): Matt Sheppard (20th to sixth)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (seventh)

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