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RAINOUT AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY, RAINDATE NOV. 10TH

RAIN POSTPONES DAY #2 OF DUTCH HOAG WEEKEND AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY

DUNDEE,NY.....On and off showers and sleet set in at Outlaw Speedway about halfway through hot laps, forcing speedway officials to postpone the second day of the Dutch Hoag Weekend.  The raindate has been set for Saturday, November 10th with heats beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Further details will be posted at www.outlawspeedwayllc.com.

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Mike Gular Tops 77-Car Field For OCFS 'Hard Clay Finale' $10,250 Payday; Billy Decker STSS North Region Champion

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Second verse, better than the first.

In May, Pennsylvania small-block standout Mike Gular made his first-career start at the legendary Orange County Fair Speedway, finishing a respectable 11th.  On Thursday, Gular returned for the 'Hard Clay Finale' to kick off Eastern States Weekend and fared better – much better.

Gular, of Boyertown, Pa., upset a stacked field to win the North Region finale for the Short Track Super Series big-block/small-block Modifieds at the five-eighths-mile facility.

For the most lucrative victory of his career, Gular and his Terry Fasnacht-owned team pocketed $10,250.

Gular started from the pole, but relinquished the lead at the outset to track regular Jerry Higbie. On lap nine, he reclaimed the top spot and authored a mistake-free drive for the remainder of the race's 50 grueling laps.

"Of all the places we went this year for the series, can you believe I won one here?" Gular exclaimed.

Sidney, N.Y.'s Billy Decker, meanwhile, drove to a conservative ninth-place finish after starting 17th and clinched the $12,500 STSS North Region championship. While winless on the series, Decker's consistency led him to the ultimate prize by a margin of just two points.

Gular, the champion at his home track of Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., showed speed in his qualifying performance. But it was Higbie – in the United Pump & Tank-sponsored No. 48 – who got the jump at the start of the main.

Gular stalked Higbie before working to his inside on the ninth tour to take over the lead.

But the challenge was far from over.

Gular not only had to conserve the rubber on his American Racer tires. He also had to stave off challenges from a number of drivers who occupied the runner-up spot during the remainder of the distance.

Higbie, Andy Bachetti, Matt Sheppard and ultimately Mat Williamson took shots at the leader.

However, it was Gular – who has attended every 2018 Short Track Super Series event in both the North Region and South Region – outrunning the field.

Gular became the 28th different winner in the 64-race history of the Short Track Super Series.

St. Catharines, Ont., native Williamson earned $5,050 as the runner-up in the Behrent's Performance Warehouse No. 3, chasing Gular to the finish. Williamson ended the '18 STSS North Region with back-to-back runner-up efforts.

After starting 11th, Middletown, N.Y.'s Anthony Perrego advanced to third. Perrego fell just two points shy of earning the series championship.

Wallkill, N.Y.'s Tyler Dippel, who has been competing in NASCAR K&N East and Camping World Truck Series competition, made a rare dirt Modified start and authored an impressive drive from 21st to finish fourth. Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., advanced to fifth. Mahaney started 15th.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Stewart Friesen; Higbie, Danny Creeden; series champion Decker and track regular Craig 'Hollywood' Mitchell.

A record field of 77 STSS Modifieds attempted to qualify for the 'Hard Clay Finale' requiring seven heat races. Heat victors were Stan Frankenfield, Higbie, Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Williamson, Gular and Sam Martz.

Consolation wins went to Brian Krummel, Shane Jablonka and Mike Ricci.

A special 3-lap Last Chance Qualifier saw Allison Ricci gain the 28th starting position for the main. Drivers missing a qualified spot by one in each of the consolations took part in this event.

For the first time, 360 Sprint Cars joined the STSS Modifieds on the 'Hard Clay Finale' program.

In a down-to-the-wire 25-lap event, Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg, Pa., held off a relentless Davie Franek to earn a $3,000 payday for his R.C. Faigle-backed Pabst Blue Ribbon team.

Wolfe started fifth and avoided a multi-car tangle in turn two on the race's opening lap. Then, he jetted past outside-pole starter Franek to lead the second lap.

Franek was not done, however.

In the race's final five laps, Franek powered his car to the topside and reeled in Wolfe, nearly pulling even with the leader entering turn three coming to the checkered flag. Wolfe prevailed off the fourth turn to take the win.

Franek, from nearby Wantage, N.J., placed second, followed by a rim-riding Billy Van Inwegen of Sparrowbush, N.Y., Montrose, N.Y., native turned North Carolina resident Justin Barger and Binghamton, N.Y.'s Coleman Gulick, who started 16th.

360 Sprint Car winners were Barger and Franek.

Short Track Super Series North Region Event No. 9 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MIKE GULAR, Mat Williamson, Anthony Perrego, Tyler Dippel, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Jerry Higbie, Danny Creeden, Billy Decker, Craig Mitchell, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Sheppard, Bob McGannon, Jeremy Smith, Ryan Godown, Jackie Brown, Tyler Boniface, Andy Bachetti, Sammy Martz, Duane Howard, Brian Krummel, Billy Van Inwegen, Rich Eurich, Allison Ricci, Mike Kolka, Donnie Elliott, Mike Ricci, Stan Frankenfield, Shane Jablonka, Matt Hitchcock.

360 Sprint Car Open Feature Finish (25 laps): LUCAS WOLFE, Davie Franek, Billy Van Inwegen, Justin Barger, Coleman Gulick, Joe Kata, Kyle Smith, Tyler Jashembowski, Thomas Radivoy, Mike Walter, Eric Jennings, Geoff Quackenbush, Bill Unglert, Floyd Billington, Scott Flammer, Matt Tanner, Scott Goodrich.

Short Track Super Series North Region Standings (*FINAL, after OCFS Oct. 18)
1. Billy Decker 766
2. Anthony Perrego 764
3. Mat Williamson 758
4. Mike Gular 748
5. Matt Sheppard 705
6. Jerry Higbie 666
7. Danny Creeden 650
8. Andy Bachetti 619
9. Jeremy Smith 598
10. Mike Mahaney 577

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