Bridgeport, NJ – The Kingdom of Speed weekend sponsored by Milville Glass and Door kicked off the 2021 season at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park and the racing confirmed that this is the place to be. Just like the inaugural season, the racing was fast and furious. Three and four wide and slide jobs through all divisions, it was racing at its best.
The Underdog 20 event for the non-winners in the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Sportsman was a hell of a race, but ‘a Hill of a race’ would be a more accurate description. Homegrown Bridgeport driver, Travis Hill and Delaware’s James Hill produced some great wheel to wheel racing for the lead in this twenty lap event. From the halfway mark, Hill and Hill swapped the lead back and forth and raced side by side, door to door, lap after lap. Wayne Weaver, John Micek and Payton Talbot had front row seats to some great racing as they race in third, fourth and fifth with ten laps scored.
Hill and Hill swapped the lead back and forth multiple times, lap after lap. With five to go, James Hill had his No. 1 out in front. Travis Hill came back one lap later with the Brett Cogdill No. 98 to take the lead. A little smoke could be seen coming from the No. 1 and one lap later, James Hill was forced to pull off the track as the motor expired just laps before the checkered.
Travis Hill took the checkered flag followed by Weaver and Micek. Anthony Tramontana made a late race charge to finish fourth with Payton Talbot finishing fifth. Hill, Weaver and Micek have a lot of experience among them but the young guns – Tramontana and Talbot represented their peers well.
Will Dupree finished sixth followed by Brett Belmont, Kevin Borden, Andy Walko and Billy Chester.
Kevin Nagy opened the Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) 2021 season with a win after an exciting battle with Dave Brown.
Nagy is always a strong competitor when MASS comes to Bridgeport. His last Bridgeport win came in 2016 on the 5/8th mile track.
Nagy can now add a win on the 4/10 mile track. But it certainly wasn’t easy. Nagy had one eye on his gauges as the temperature climbed. And Brown was close enough that he could smell the anti-freeze.
Brown tried several times to slide his way into the lead but came up a little short.
Nagy led the way to the checkered flag at the end of twenty-five laps followed by Brown, Dom Melair, Rory Janney and Bryant Davis.
Larry McVay finished sixth and then, check out seventh and eighth. Zach Bealer drove his family-owned No. 44 to a seventh place finish with Cody West in eighth in Fred Kennedy’s No. 56 – both drivers were making their first sprint car starts! John Brennfleck finished ninth with Eddie Wagner rounding out the top ten.
2020 Sunbelt Rentals Street Stock Champion, Rich Stinson picked up where he left off last season by capturing the win on Friday night.
Fan favorite, Nick Sandone III led the first eight laps of the feature with Stinson taking over on lap nine.
Stinson led the way to the checkered over Mike Creamer, Gary Klimeczak, Sandone and Ken Moren.
Time hot lap sessions were held for the Foley Caterpillar Modifieds with the fast timer in the each of two sessions earning a spot in the six lap Cash Dash on Saturday as well as a redraw spot in the Doug Hoffman Memorial. Ryan Krachun set fast time in the first session with a lap of 16.187 seconds just a few one hundredths of Dominick Buffalino. Mike Maresca set the pace in the second session with a time of 16.330 over Dillon Steuer.
Night one of racing was on the books and the bar was set for another great day of racing on Saturday.
Underdog 20 – South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Sportsman
- Travis Hill, 2. Wayne Weaver, 3. John Micek, 4. Anthony Tramontana, 5. Payton Talbot, 6. Will Dupree, 7. Brett Belmont, 8. Kevin Borden, 9. Andy Walko, 10. Billy Chester, 11. Joe Brown, 12. Pete Serra, 13. Scott Hulmes, 14. Ryan Stangle, 15. Kenny Bock, 16. Matt Ellery, 17. Cameron Reif, 18. Ryan Krushinski, 19. James Hill, 20. Erik Mattson, 21. Dan Reif, 22. Lance Irwin
Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (25 laps)
- Kevin Nagy, 2. Dave Brown, 3. Dom Melair, 4. Rory Janney, 5. Bryant Davis, 6. Larry McVay, 7. Zach Bealer, 8. Cody West, 9. Johm Brennfleck, 10. Eddie Wagner, 11. Rich Janny, 12. Josh Bricker, 13. Rick Stief, 14. Matthew Swift, 15. Scott Frack, 16. Zach Berghof, 17. Ryan Stillwaggon, 18. Kristina Pratt, 19. Craig Pellagrini, 20. Darren Cox, 21. Joe Kay, 22. Phil Mesiner, Jr., 23. Justin Clark, 24. Keith Anderson
Sunbelt Rental Street Stocks (25 laps)
- Rich Stinson, 2. Mike Creamer, 3. Gary Klimeczak, 4. Nick Sandone, 5. Ken Moren, 6. Mike Hughes