Bridgeport, NJ – Defending Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Godown’s win streak came to an end at seven as Billy Pauch, Jr. raced to the victory in the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modified feature event. 2021 DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Champion, Ethan Bill raced to a career first win in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman feature. Tom Wills, Jr. raced by Nick Sandone III late in the race to win his second EZ Work Truck feature event of the season. Geoffrey Sutton repeated his efforts from earlier this season and picked up the win in the Xcel 600 feature event. Saturday night’s program was sponsored by Ice Less.
The race met the criteria – Godown finished fifth at the wave of the checkered flag and Pauch collected the prize money and the bounty for the $5,000 payday. Godown had to be running at the end of the race in order to satisfy the qualifications for the bounty and he was. However, Godown was forced to restart from the back of the field following a lap six restart that saw Godown and the No, 26 turned around and off the track in turn four. The body on the Camp Out No. 26 was mangled – the right side of the car elevated from its original position and the damage was not just cosmetic but Godown took his position at the rear of the field with twenty-five laps remaining.
Polesitter, Brad Roberts grabbed the lead on the start and led through lap five, including several restarts after cars slowed with issues, bringing out the caution flag several times. On the second attempt to get lap six scored, Roberts raced three wide with Jim Gallagher and Ryan Krachun for the lead. Krachun won the battle followed by Gallagher as Dominick Buffalino raced the Big Spring Car Wash No. 126 into third and Pauch followed in fourth. Krachun, who holds the one lap record for the Modifieds on the High Banks, raced ahead. One lap later, Pauch took over second and set his sights on Krachun.
Krachun, Pauch and Buffalino raced in the top three with Ryan Watt in fourth after starting in seventeenth and Sam Martz completing the top five.
Krachun used the inside for every restart just as he did on lap eighteen as he and Pauch raced side by side down the backstretch and Watt raced into third. Pauch pulled ahead of Krachun when the two drivers exited turn two.
HJ Bunting raced the Blue Hen No. 30 into the top five, trailing Pauch and Krachun with ten to go as Buffalino and Watt trailed the leaders. Buffalino, Watt and then Godown raced by Bunting in the final laps to secure top five finishes.
Pauch raced to the win over Krachun, Buffalino, Watt and Godown. Neal Williams finished sixth followed by Bunting, Martz, Tommy Beamer and Davey Sammons.
Ethan Bill raced to his first win in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman, leading from the wave of the green to the checkered. Bill has come close on several occasions but was finally able to seal the deal on Saturday night.
Pete Serra raced in second behind Bill until Greg Humlhanz and Howie Finch raced by at mid-race. Travis Hill raced into the top five by half way.
Humlhanz and Finch battled through the late stages of the race as Bill raced into lapped traffic.
Bill was headed to the checkered flag when Eric Matson and Ethan Young tangled on the final lap. Everyone had one chance as the field raced to the green and then the checkered.
Bill took the win over Humlhanz, Finch, Hill and Brian Papiez who raced into fifth on the final lap. Steve Yankowski finished sixth followed by Serra
Nick Sandone led the way in the EZ Work Truck Street Stock feature through lap ten when defending champion, Tom Wills, Jr. challenged Sandone for the lead. Wills took the lead and raced to his second win of the 2022 season. Sandone finished second in spite of handling issues that plagued the NS3 late in the race. Jeff Dirkes finished third followed by last week’s winner, Jeramy Doerr and current point leader, Lee Allen.
The Xcel 600 Modifieds made their second appearance of the 2022 season with Geoffrey Sutton again racing to the win in the fifteen lap feature event. Tyler Bartik finished second followed by Eric Whitby, Richie Hitzler and Justin Schraden.
Action returns to the Kingdom of Speed on Saturday with the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series joining the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks for the show.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIEDS (30 LAPS)
- Billy Pauch, Jr., 2. Ryan Krachun, 3. Dominick Buffalino, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Ryan Godown, 6. Neal Williams, 7. H.J. Bunting, 8. Sam Martz, Sr., 9. Tommy Beamer, 10. Davey Sammons, 11. Matt Peck, 12. Richie Pratt, Jr., 13. Mike Franz, 14. Don Barone, 15. Roger Manning, 16. Howard O’Neal, 17. Mark VanVorst, 18. Ron Roberts, 19. Jim Britt, 20. Clay Butler, 21. Billy Osmun, III, 22. Tom Maccherone, 23. Brad Roberts, 24. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 25. Sammy Martz Jr
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 LAPS)
- Ethan Bill, 2. Greg Humlhanz, 3. Howie Finch, 4. Travis Hill, 5. Brian Papiez, 6. Stephen Yankowski, 7. Pete Serra, 8. Thomas Prychka, 9. Matt Ellery, 10. Brian Rogers, 11. Aaron Weaver, 12. Scott Hulmes, 13. Ryan Godown, Jr., 14. Ethan Young, 15. Erik Mattson, 16. David Jenkins, 17. Brian Hughes, 18. T.J. Orr, 19. John Scarpati
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK STREET STOCK FEATURE (15 LAPS)
- Tom Wills, Jr., 2. Nick Sandone, III, 3. Jeff Dirkes, 4. Jeramy Doerr, 5. Lee Allen, 6. Kyle Saylor, 7. Spider Ensinger, Jr., 8. Mike Hughes, 9. Al Suhr, 10. John Parker
XCEL MODIFIED FEATURE (15 LAPS)
- Geoffrey Sutton, 2. Tyler Bartik, 3. Eric Whitby, 4. Richie Hitzler, 5. Justin Schraden, 6. Brice Smith, 7. Keith Inglin, 8. Tiffany Mays, 9. Kory Inglin, 10. Chris Frabble