The Short Track Super Series will return to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., in 2022. (Adam Fenwick Photo)
The Short Track Super Series will return to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., in 2022. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

Short Track Super Series Confirms Cherokee Return

GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco will head back to South Carolina’s Cherokee Speedway next year on Feb. 24-26. 

The famed Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., will host both the STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman in the Palmetto State, just 40 minutes south of the Charlotte, N.C., hub of racing.

The STSS program will offer $25,000 to the winner for 50 laps on the Cherokee red clay. The purse, which falls just shy of $80,000, pays $1,000 for 16th-place and $500 to take the green flag.

The race at Cherokee is part of the Elite STSS program that is a mini-series of events paying $25,000 or more to the winner.

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will compete for a $2,000 top prize on Saturday, joining the big-block/small-block Modified brethren. A complete Crate 602 Sportsman pay structure will be finalized in the coming weeks.

The weekend of racing at Cherokee begins Feb. 24 with an open practice. Track time will be allotted to both STSS competitors and local drivers.

Feb. 25 will include fully paid Qualifying Races for both the STSS Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman to set up Saturday’s feature events.

B-Mains for the STSS Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman will kick off the action on Feb. 26, followed by the main events.

The series returns to Cherokee after a one-race visit in 2020 when the Northeast was shut down by COVID-19 regulations. Stewart Friesen (STSS Modifieds) and Tim Hartman Jr. (STSS Crate 602 Sportsman) were the winners that evening. 

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