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Author: Ernie Saxton   Date: 1/1/2019 8:58:06 AM   

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Design for Vision join STSS as partners

Sun, fun and the Velocita-USA South Region of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear of Boyertown, PA Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco go hand-inhand.

So it’s only appropriate that Design for Vision/Sunglass Central have joined the STSS as season-long partners during the 2019 big-block/smallblock Modified South Region kicking off on March 15-16 at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.

The eight-race ’19 STSS Velocita- USA South Region will now be presented by Design for Vision/Sunglass Central.

Design for Vision is the premier eye care center and supplier for all eye glasses, sunglasses and contacts in Bucks County, Pa., with locations in Morrisville/Trenton, Levittown/ Langhorne, New Hope/ Lambertville, Newtown/Richboro and Jamison/Doylestown. Design for Vision is on the web at

Sunglass Central was developed out of the need for quality, properly fit sport and prescription sunglasses. Sunglass Central carries all major sunglass brands such as Oakley, Maui Jim, Costa del Mar, Ray-Ban, Wiley X, Smith and many more. Check out their locations in Newtown, Jamison and New Hope or shop online at www.


Ernie Saxton

Both Design for Vision and Sunglass Central are owned and operated by the Manning family. Modified fans are familiar with the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central No. 414 driven by Roger Manning on the clay ovals of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Design for Vision/Sunglass Central will have an expanded presence at three series events: the ‘Speed Showcase’ at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway Sunday, March 24; ‘Dirty Jersey’ at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway Thursday, May 23; and ‘Blast at the Beach’ at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway Tuesday, August 27.

Early-arriving fans will have the opportunity to take home free sunglasses at these events by stopping by the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central displays in the grandstand area. Top-finishing drivers will also take home eyewear from Ray-Ban, Oakley or Wiley X.

Drivers, owners, crew members, fans and track employees filled the Bridgeport Fire Company’s Social Hall recently to celebrate the 2018 season champions.

For the third consecutive year Boyertown, PA’s Ryan Watt and his Ron Roberts No. 14w Racing Team dominated the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, capturing six wins and finishing no worse than third in in any of the Big Block action on the 5/8th mile track.

“I just really want to thank Ronnie and Fay for giving us what we need to race every week,” the veteran driver stated. “It’s hard to believe, but the 2019 season will be our tenth year together.”

Watt originally came to Bridgeport as a driver for car owner, Chad Sinon’s BPG operation. When a blown motor late in the season, threatened to bring an end to Watt’s season, it was Roberts who offered him a power plant to complete the season. Watt was always willing to help another team out and it was that level of sportsmanship that prompted Roberts’ offer to help. And as they say, the rest is history.

Legendary dirt racer Billy Pauch raced to three wins during the 2018 season and was Watt’s closest competitor. SamMartz, Richie Pratt Jr. and Wade Hendrickson each won a single feature during the season.

JimBritt, Tommy Beamer and Neal Williams trailed Watt and Pauch in points to complete the top five.

Pratt, Hendrickson, Roberts, Martz and Bucky Kelly finished sixth through tenth.

Watt was also crowned as the 2018 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Champion sponsored by Colonial Pipeline.

Watt’s pair of Aces (2 wins – 60 Over Special and King of the Big Blocks) gave him the best Poker Series hand over Jimmy Horton who had a pair of nines and JimBritt with a pair of sevens. Jeff Strunk received an award for the worst hand in this year’s Poker Series events.

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IN TODAY'S "THE REPORTER" NEWSPAPER Ernie Saxton 1/1/2019 8:58:06 AM