ALLEN, WEAVER & SCARBOROUGH OPEN BRIDGEPORT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Bridgeport, NJ – In spite of Mother Nature’s lack of cooperation, Bridgeport Motorsports Park opened the 2022 season with Friday night action in the Kingdom of Speed weekend. While the cold, wet and windy weather derailed the plans for the Saturday and Sunday portion of the show, it could not stop the hot competition displayed by the Bridgeport Motorsports Park Street Stocks, the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman and the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series in the Friday night race program.
The Doug Hoffman Memorial will be rescheduled at a later date. Details to follow.
Lee Allen opened his Street Stock Season off with a win despite pressure from Kyle Saylor and Mike Hughes.
Joe Infante and his Precision Hydraulic & Oil boosted the winner’s share of the Street Stock purse to a cool $1,000 on Friday night.
Saylor led the first six laps of the fifteen lap main event. For several laps, Saylor, Allen and Hughes raced wheel to wheel for the lead with Allen putting his No. 98B on the outside. With six laps scored, Mike Creamer slowed with a flat, drawing the race’s first caution. Saylor had the lead on the restart but Allen used the outside line to race into the lead before the leaders completed lap seven.
Saylor and Hughes continued the battle for second. Hughes took over second on lap nine but Saylor raced back into second on lap fourteen. He then made one last effort to challenge for the lead but Allen got to the checkered first over Saylor, Hughes, TJ Henry and Creamer who rebounded after his trip to the pits.
Allen shared the win with his brother, Chris Allen, Sr. as well as Jeff Carpenter, Todd Dige, Chris Allen, Jr. and Derek Jones in addition power under the hood from Mark Bitner.
Wayne Weaver picked up his first win on the 4/10th mile configuration when he raced ahead of Tom Sherby to capture the victory in the twenty lap Underdog race for the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman. “I knew I had about two laps to take the lead from the outside,” Weaver explained after his win. And that’s exactly what he did. Weaver raced to the outside of James Hill and Sherby on the first lap and went on to score the victory.
The fast line on the track changed throughout the race, making for some interesting challenges. James Hill raced into second with Jordan Justice taking over third in the early going. By halfway, Sherby raced past Justice for third with Tom Moore, Jr. rounding out the top five.
When Hill broke at the halfway mark, Sherby started to work the bottom of the track – something he’s excelled at on this configuration. Sherby was able to keep some pressure on Weaver during the final laps but it was Weaver who raced to the win. “We’ve been working on this car over the winter,” Weaver explained, “and I think we may have found something.” Sherby finished second with Moore taking third. Bryan Brobst finished fourth with Justice rounding out the top five. Scott Hulmes, Nick DeSantis, Brandon Shipley, Tommy Klimkowski and Brian Rodgers completed the top ten at the checkered.
Jon Scarborough made the five and a half hour drive from his home in Vermont to compete with the MASS 305 Sprint Cars and made it all worthwhile when he captured the twenty-five lap feature win. Scarborough started from the pole and held off the challenges of Larry McVey to secure the win. It was the first of fifteen appearances at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park this season for MASS and Scarborough plans on making the trip several more times this season.
Rory Janney finished third followed by Tim Iulg and Jeff Paulson. Iulg is currently the all time feature win leader for limited sprints at Bridgeport going back the Jasper Sprint days on the 5/8th mile track. 2021 MASS Champion, Kevin Nagy, is second on the list with twelve. After his dominating performance last season, Nagy was an early retiree from Friday night’s race after getting upside down in turn two.
Racing action returns to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park this weekend with the two-day, Ron Faison Memorial 305 Spring Nationals for the Delaware Auto Exchange MASS Sprints. The USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints will also appear on Saturday along with the 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks. On Sunday, the MASS Sprints are joined by the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds for their first race of the 2022 season with $5,000 going to the winner. The Four Cylinder Enduro cars will also be part of Sunday’s program. It will be another big racing weekend at the Kingdom of Speed.
Pits will open at 3 on Saturday with grandstand access starting at 4pm. Racing gets underway following warm-ups at 5pm. On Sunday, times move up one half hour with the pits opening at 2:30pm, grandstands at 3:30 and warm-ups at 4:30pm.
Come out and celebrate the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park!
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK
Friday, March 25, 2022
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE (25 laps)
1.Jon Scarborough, 2. Larry McVay, 3. Rory Janney, 4. Tim Iulg, 5. Jeff Paulson, 6. Samantha Lieberman, 7. Josh Bricker, 8. Cory Hunsberger, 9. D.J. Tanner, Jr., 10. Justin Nowlen, 11. Chase Moran, 12. Aiden Borden, 13. Cory Cornell, 14. Dave Brown, 15. Buddy Schweibinz, 16. Kevin Nagy, 17. Dominic Melair, 18. Rich Janney, 19. Eddie Wagner, 20. Kristina Pratt, 21. Dave Graber, DNS – John Brennfleck, DNQ – Mike Melair, Andy Mahan, Mike Keen, Joe Kay, C.J. Faison, Rick Stief
UNDERDOG 602 SPORTSMAN (20 laps)
- Wayne Weaver, 2. Tom Sherby, 3. Tom Moore, Jr., 4. Bryan Brobst, 5. Jordan Justice, 6. Scott Hulmes, 7. Nick DeSantis, 8. Brandon Shipley, 9. Tommy Klimkowski, 10. Brian Rodgers, 11. Thomas Prychka, 12. James Hill, 13. Dan Hulmes., 14. Eric Loyer, DNS – Pete Serra, Ethan Young, Joseph Brown, Howie Finch
STREET STOCKS (15 laps)
- Lee Allen, 2. Mike Hughes, 3. Kyle Saylor, 4. T.J. Henry, 5. Mike Creamer, 6. John Parker, 7. Keith McKinley, 8. Terry Chaney
Thank you to everyone that makes the Kingdom of Speed Possible…..
Church’s Auto Parts
Precision Hydraulic & Oil
Millville Glass & Door
Design For Vision
Rodota Trucking & Excavating
Scrappy’s Auto Service
Izzi Trucking & Rigging
Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz
Ellery’s Pub & Grill
Ice Less llc.
Hoffman Discount Parts
Spirit Auto Center
Bob Hilbert Sportswear
M. Massari and Sons Disposal Services
On The High Side Apparel
Atmostemp Heating & Cooling
Triple R Truck Parts
John Blewett Scrap & Waste Recycling