No More Rust: Tuesday Practice Sets Stage for STSS ‘Sunshine Swing’ at All-Tech

No More Rust: Tuesday Practice Sets Stage for STSS ‘Sunshine Swing’ at All-Tech

Written by Chris Moore

LAKE CITY, FL – No more rust.

Practice night is complete at All-Tech Raceway for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco.

The fifth annual ‘Sunshine Swing’ presented by Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches is officially underway after three hours of practice rounds to kick off the next four days of racing.

Alex Payne laid down the fastest lap of the night for the STSS Modifieds in the final set of practice.

The Canandaigua, N.Y., native posted a time of 18.732, which was .079 seconds faster than Bobby Hackel IV in the final session.

The only other driver in the 18 second bracket for the night was Fonda, N.Y.’s Danny Varin in the opening set.

Varin’s lap of 18.901 was the fastest time of the night until Payne rolled out for the final set.

Phoenix, N.Y.’s Larry Wight paced the second set with a 19.822 while Guilderland, N.Y.’s Marc Johnson topped session three’s chart with a 19.999.

Alex Payne posted laps of 19.693 and 18.732, respectively, in the final two sets to pace each of the final two full sessions of the night.

Johnstown, N.Y.’s Brian Calabrese topped the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman speed charts with a 19.539-second circuit in the final session as well.

Other drivers to top sessions were Paulie Hartwig III (sessions No. one & five), Cedric Gauvreau (sessions No. two & three) and Joe Toth (session No. three).

More than 60 cars hit the track at the Wendell Durrance-promoted facility.

Racing begins Wednesday night with a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win STSS Modified event and 25-lap, $1,500-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman program.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates to follow at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing will follow at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $25. Kids 12 and under get in FREE.

Pit admission is $45 for Adults, $15 (Kids ages 6-12), and Children 5 and under are $5.

The entire week of racing will be broadcast live on FloRacing ( via the annual subscription.

All-Tech Raceway is located off Interstate 75 at 1024 SW Howell Rd. Lake City, FL 32024. Learn more at, call 386.754.RACE (7223) or like All-Tech Raceway on Facebook.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit, e-mail, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook, @ShortTrack_SS on Twitter or @ShortTrackSS on Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, FloRacing, American Racer, Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, BDR Speed, NJ Quality Drywall, River Valley Builders, Ollie’s, Penske Racing Shocks, Saint Lawrence Radiology, Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches, Bicknell Racing Products, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Madsen Overhead Doors, Belmont’s Garage, Wegner Automotive, DIG Race Products, ATL, Dirt Draft, Swagger Factory Apparel, F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Algonkin Motel LLC, Beyea Custom Headers, Design for Vision, Sunglass Central, Dirt Track Digest TV, DKM Fabrication, EIBACH, Fastline Performance, Flach Performance Products, Henry’s Headers & Exhaust Systems, JK Signworks, JLR Technologies, Dave Prime Jr. MAC Tools, Schultz Racing Fuel Cells, Superior Remodeling, TV 12 Racing Products, VAHLCO Wheels & Wilwood Disc Brakes.