72 Cars Take Part in Georgetown Speedway’s Saturday Open Practice; Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Up Next

Written by Chris Moore

GEORGETOWN, DE – The 2021 season at Georgetown Speedway got underway on Saturday with an Open Practice session for all divisions. An impressive 72 cars took laps throughout the three-hour session at the historic First State facility.

A smooth, multi-groove surface greeted competitors with minimal tire wear despite heavy rains over Delmarva in the past month.

The Chesapeake Paving Modifieds had 13 competitors take the opportunity for hot laps including a pair of New York State drivers making the tow in Michael Maresca (Potsdam) and Dillon Steuer (Bohemia).

Steuer was quickest overall at 18.875 seconds in the first of four sets. Fastest in the next three sets, respectively, were Kevin Sockriter (20.775 – Round No. 2), Danny Bouc and Joseph Watson (20.624 – Round No. 3) and 20.467 (Sockriter – Round No. 4).  

Twenty Blue Hen Dispose-All Crate 602 Sportsman checked into the pit area. Greg Humlhanz was quickest overall with a lap of 20.016 seconds in the first round. Humlhanz led Round No. 2 at 21.339, RUSH Late Model convert Zac Weller in Round No. 3 (21.709) and Nick Stephan in Round No. 4 (21.703).

The quickest recorded time of nine First State Chevrolet RUSH Late Models was 20.070 seconds by Ben Scott.

A total of eight divisions were represented, with the Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks, Super Late Models, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars and Little Lincolns also taking part.

Attention now turns to the sixth running of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at the Georgetown Speedway on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13.  

The Saturday (March 13 program) features both the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central South Region STSS Modifieds (49 laps, $10,049 to win) and Belmont’s Garage South Region Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,549 to win).

Other divisions competing over the weekend include Small-Block Modifieds (30 laps, $4,049 to win), RUSH Late Models (20 laps, $1,049 to win), Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers.

The complete Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend breakdown can be found at the following link: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/MelvinLJosephTimesPricingInformation2021.pdf

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

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, 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, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.