A strong field of 61 modifieds was on hand for Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series Elite opener Friday night at the Cherokee (South Carolina) Speedway.
Four $1,000-to-win, 20-lap qualifiers Friday night locked in 20 teams for Saturday night’s Rebel 50 finale that carries a huge $25,000 first-place payoff. In the first qualifier, Larry Wight of Phoenix, New York, wheeled his Gypsum Express machine from deep in the starting lineup and through the field for the $1,000 win.
Stewart Friesen of Sprakers and Matt Sheppard of Savannah both drew the pole for their respective qualifiers and both easily cruised into victory lane at this half-mile oval.
In the final qualifier, Danny Creeden pulled out the $1,000 victory in a mild upset in the star-studded STSS modified field.
Many top local teams failed to qualify Friday night and will forced to run in a pair of B-mains Saturday night that will precede the Rebel 50 feature.
Erick Rudolph, Peter Britten, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Jimmy Horton and Ronnie Johnson were just a few of the top runners who failed to qualify Friday night.
STSS sportsman machines are also on the Cherokee Speedway program, and their 30-lap main event Saturday is worth $2,000.
Brett Deyo’s Elite series consists of six events throughout the 2022 racing season, with four paying $25,000 to win, along with a pair of $50,000-to-win shows.
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