WATT, KRESSLEY & DUGAN LIGHT UP BRIDGEPORT 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Poker Series Hand #3 produced some great at the Bridgeport Speedway as the track launched the Fourth of July weekend with some Thursday night racing and spectacular fireworks display. And even though the weatherman didn’t deliver with a great weather package for the night of the race, a lot of fans were on hand for three divisions of racing excitement.
2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt took the lead from Neal Williams on lap fifteen and went on to capture his second Bridgeport Speedway feature win of the season and collect an Ace for his Poker Series hand in the process. Although he ran well in the first two events, Watt ran into problems during the first two races, collecting a three card in the first race of the season.
Polesitter, Neal Williams led the first fourteen laps of the forty lap feature event as HJ Bunting, Ryan Godown and Duane Howard trailed. Watt cracked the top five on lap five as he moved ahead of Craig VonDohren, racing his way into the top five from his tenth place start. With five complete, Williams led Bunting, Howard, Godown and Watt.
Watt methodically made his way through the top five, taking over second from Bunting on lap thirteen. Two laps later, Watt put his Roberts Racing #14w into the lead.
Watt put some distance on the field with Williams running second until lap twenty-four when Howard moved his Glen Hynemann owned #126 into the runner-up spot. Howard narrowed the gap on Watt’s lead but was unable to challenge for the top spot in spite of several caution flags during the remainder of the race.
The real contest was for the third spot that was traded between VonDohren and Piazza on several occasions.
With five laps to go, Williams came to life after dropping back to the fifth position. On lap thirty-six, Williams used the outside line to take fourth from VonDohren. A last lap pass, netted Williams a third place finish.
Watt sailed to his twelfth Bridgeport Big Block victory with Howard finishing second. Williams was closing fast in third as Piazza and VonDohren rounded out the top five.
Brett Kressley had it all go his way as he drew the pole after winning his qualifying heat for the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman part of the show. Kressley led the twenty-five lap main event from green to checkered to pick up his third Ace in the 2015 Poker Series competition. CJ Jones chased Kressley from second for most of the event and then survived a last lap, finish line challenge from Jim Britt to finish in the runner-up spot. Britt finished third followed by Gary Hieber and Brad Roberts.
After winning his first ever Bridgeport PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock feature event during the Drive for Dylan 50 just a few weeks ago, Scott Dugan proved that he is the real deal when he picked up the win in the twenty lap Poker Series event. Brian Ludwig finished second to Dugan, just as he did in the Drive for Dylan 50. Rick Broschard had a strong race to finish third with Ron Frees and Jeramy Doerr completing the top five.
Thirty-seven Modifieds, thirty-four Crate/Sportsman and nineteen Outlaw Stocks competed in the third hand of the 2015 Poker Series.
Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds (40 laps)
1. Ryan Watt, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Neal Williams, 4. Sammy Piazza, 5. Craig VonDohren, 6. Richie Pratt, Jr., 7. Ryan Godown, 8. Rick Laubach, 9. Jamie Mills, 10. Scott Ambruster, 11. Jesse Hill, 12. David Hunt, 13. Jordan Watson, 14. Tommy Beamer, 15. Ron Roberts, 16. Billy Pauch, Jr. 17. Rocco Infante, 18. Ian Humphreys, 19. Dominick Buffalino, 20. Sam Martz, 21. HJ Bunting, 22. Tommy Carberry, 23. Billy Pauch, Sr., 24. Ryan Anderson, 25. Mike Franz, 26. Rich Acolia, 27. Bob Sarkisian, 28. Jimmy Horton
Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman (25 laps)
1. Brett Kressley, 2. CJ Jones, 3. Jim Britt, 4. Gary Hieber, 5. Brad Roberts, 6. Mike Hendershot, 7.Art Liedl, 8. Brandon Grosso, 9. Mike Lyons, 10. Clyde Cox, 11. Pete Visconti, 12. Scott Hulmes, 13. Dave Damiano, 14. Jason Dunn, 15. Frank Venezia, 16. Matt Stangle, 17. Steve Kemery, 18. Tom Tanner, 19. Melissa Scarpatti, 20. Pat Wall, 21. Jeremy Harrington, 22. John Micek, 23. Justin Lilick, 24. Matthew Peck, 25. David Crossman
PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks (20 laps)
1. Scott Dugan, 2. Brian Ludwig, 3. Rick Broschard, 4. Ron Frees, 5. Jeramy Doerr, 6. Bill Connolly, 7. Jimmy Avery, 8. Billy Wroble, 9. Mike Creamer, 10. Joe Meron, 11. Art Avery, 12. Darren Cox, 13. Jim Neely, 14. Tom Wills, Sr., 15. Tom Wills, Jr., 16. Spider Ensinger, 17. Everett Taylor, 18. Jeff Masker
Friday, July 10, 2015 – Fridayroble night quarter mile action with Open Mods, 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cylinder Enduros – Racing at 8pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Jeep Jamboree – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and TSRS Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Bridgeport Speedway Three for All – Super Late Models, 358 Small Block Modifieds & URC Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm