Georgetown Speedway hosts Blast at the Beach

Anthony Perrego had a mirror full of Craig Van Dohren, who was 0.159 seconds behind him, when he took the checkers in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region event No. 5, Sunoco Modified at Georgetown Speedway last Tuesday, Aug. 28.

“It was a pretty wild race,” Perrego described. “I did it myself. I went off the racetrack down there in Turns 3 and 4 pretty early in the race. It was getting a little treacherous getting the entry there.

Van Horn, he said, “missed the entry, and went off the bank. I think he went in there a little hard. It was unfortunate for him, but a good break for us. The car handled good. We had a second-place car. Craig was very good. He ran a couple of car lengths ahead of us. We just waited, and now we’re here.”

Duane Howard was 1.034 seconds late, for third in the 35-lap feature. David Van Horn followed in fourth, and Ryan Watt capped the top five.

Perrego pocketed $6,000 for the win, and he also received a one-of-a-kind Surfboard trophy.

A five-lap dash was also part of the Modified racing that night. Rick Laubach reached the stripe with a 0.698-second cushion over Craig Van Dohren. Watt was third across the stripe, followed by Ryan Kressley and Brett Godwin in fourth and fifth.

The fifth running of the “Blast at the Beach” show also included a 20-lap L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman class. Scott Hitchens easily handled that win. When the checkers waved, Hitchens owned a huge 2.013-second advantage over second-place Tom Moore Jr.

Joe Toth trailed in third, and behind him David Jenkins and Adam White were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Two other 12-lap support races also competed that night. David Smith of Delmar dominated the Delaware Super Truck feature.

“I was trying to keep to the bottom side, but it was slick down there, and she kept bogging me,” Smith said. “I kept getting hit down there, so I went high and found out the top of the track was faster than the bottom. The truck handled good when I went high. We came through, and the track came around and we went on with it.”

Jerry Hill was second across the stripe, followed by Matt Esham, Robert Smith and Kirk Miles Sr.

Robert Paczkowski posted his first Georgetown win, taking the Delmarva Charger checkers.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Paczkowski said. “The track was awesome on the top. That was the lane to be in. Everything else was bumpy. The car was good. I could almost flat-foot around the track.”

Plenty of racing action is still planned for the 2018 season. On Friday, Sept. 21, the URC 360 Sprint Cars will join the Sunoco Modified, L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman with a $1,000 purse to be plucked. Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks will also race in this event.

The entire night’s program was filmed by MAV-TV the motorsports network, and will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

That will be followed by the Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27.

Friday night, a 30-lap, $3,000-to-win will be raced, along with RUSH Crate Late Models $1,000-to-win, the Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco Velocita South Region Modified Qualifying Super Late Models qualifying, Little Lincoln Cars, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

Saturday’s schedule includes Short Track Super Series (STSS) Modified fueled by Sunoco Modified Championship 40-lap, $5,000-to-win; Super Late Models 40-lap, $5,000-to-win; STSS L&J Sheet Metal Crate 602 Sportsman $1,000-to-win; Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.

By Bruce C. Walls
Special to the Coastal Point