Andy Bachetti will bring a five point lead into tomorrow's "Lightning on the Mountain" Short Track Super Series/NDRL modified clash. And he'll be looking to increase that margin at a facility he's never seen before.
Bachetti and several other notables including Stew Friesen, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Watt, Jerry Higbie, Doug Manmiller and current 2nd place driver Tim Hindley have not one lap turned at the central, NY facility which officially re-opened after a seven year dark period this year. And while those drivers are formidable enough, experience might be the key to winning on the 3/8 mile.
For those who've never had the opportunity to see the place, here's a video of a special event from last year:
Full Length Thunder Mountain Video
This is the 2nd leg of the series that features the added dimensions of sail panels, open tires, and enough contingencies and prize money to draw drivers from over six states and two Canadian provinces for a weeknight special.
But it's hardly just a special! This is a tour race for the first year STSS, and there's more than enough reasons to go if you're a fan and have the time! The scenery is fantastic, the place is incredibly racy and the $20 ticket price is amazing for the quality of competitors you'll be seeing.
We could be looking at 40-60 cars at the very least and possibly more battling for a total of over $30,000 ($5,000 to win- $500 to start).
Of course there's the usual suspects expected to show, but the caveat here is that for a mid week show there'll be a few drivers from almost all areas of the modified geography, Niagara Frontier, Central NY, Southern Tier, Capital District, 358 PA Territory and others. So most fans will have a "dog in the fight" from their home tracks to cheer on.
What to expect? We really have no way of knowing, and that lends a good bit of intrigue to the event. This could be won by a Sheppard, Friesen, Hearn (yes, we hear he'll be there), or just as easily by a Ryan Watt, Brian Weaver, or Mike Mahaney who's been having a good start to 2014.
WHAT: "Lightning on the Mountain" Round 2 of the Inaugural Short Track Super Series/NDRL Modifieds; $1,000 to win "Open" Sportsman vs 602 Sportsman also on the card.
WHERE: Thunder Mountain Speedway. Thunder Mountain Speedway Directions
WHEN: Tuesday May 20th. Gates open at 4 PM, Hot Laps at 6:40 PM, Racing at 7:15 PM
TICKETS: General Admission $20; $18 for seniors; $15 for students; Kids under 9/Free; $35 pits
Follow along on twitter for live updates: @DTDMike (Mike Mallet)
Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified Payout (50 Laps): 1. $5,100; 2. $3,250; 3. $2,250; 4. $1,800; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,350; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,100; 9. $1,050; 10. $1,000; 11. $700; 12. $650; 13. $600; 14. $550; 15. $525; 16. $515; 17. $510; 18. $505; 19-Last: $500
Lightning on the Mountain Main Page- Brett Deyo Motorsports
Thunder Mountain Speedway Main Site
This one's hard to peg. Might be a struggle for the usual suspects, and there's so many good drivers that can get it done.
1. Matt Sheppard will learn quick, but not quick enough to take the checkered.
2. Anthony Perrego continues his progression with a great performance
3. At the end of the day...Billy Decker snags the win
4. Some guys that made the show at OFCS don't even come close to qualifying here