‘Ladies Night’ this Saturday at Bridgeport highlighted by the Women’s Powder Puff Races

‘Ladies Night’ this Saturday at Bridgeport highlighted by the Women’s Powder Puff Races

This Saturday night will see the usual suspects back in action at the 5/8 mile South Jersey speed plant. The mighty Spirit Autocenter Big Block Modifieds will compete in a 25-lap event. The Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman will battle it out for 20 laps, while the Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks will continue to thrill the crowd in their 15-lap affair. All of our women race fans will receive half admission at the front gate! So gentleman, bring you wife, girlfriend, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, or just a female friend to Bridgeport this Saturday.

Saturday: The women in racing will be spotlighted on Saturday as the first of two Powder Puff Races this season will take place on the 1/4 mile track. Currently 15 of Bridgeport’s finest ladies have signed up for Powder Puff competition on Saturday. All three divisions will have their own race at the end of the night after the activity on the 5/8 mile is complete. Rolferry’s T-shirts and Awards of Brooklawn, NJ will be sponsoring this year’s Powder Puff Series. They will be supplying winner trophies for both races and the a best over all trophies for the best average of both races (Oct 3). The Ladies competing on Saturday will also receive a framed certificate for competing. Several of the Powder Puff drivers will be out front when the gates open signing autographs along with current Crate/Sportsman lady driver Melissa Scarpati on Ladies Night.

Racing Roundtable: Two former Big Block track champions are locked in a tight battle for the track title with only a handful of point races left on the 2015 schedule. Pa’s Rick Laubach and DE’s Jamie Mills sit atop the current point standings only separated by 11 points. Richie Pratt and Tommy Beamer are both coming off of great finishes last week, will be looking for their first victory of the season, while David Hunt will be looking to complete the trifecta going for his third win in a row!.

The Crate/Sportsman division is another class where the championship is up for grabs as three drivers have seemed to create some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Multi-winners Jim Britt, CJ Jones, and Pat Wall are fighting tooth and nail for this year’s track title. This year’s D.A’s Auto Body Rookie champion Steve Kemery, who already has a win to his credit, sits fourth in the standings. Meanwhile last year’s Rookie champ Matt Peck currently holds the fifth spot and is looking for his first win of the season.

What can you say about the Outlaw Stocks? Once again they proved their worth by giving the fans one of the best features of the season in last week’s 15-lap contest. Tom Wills Jr. came out on top last week as he held off the two point leaders (tied) Jeramy Doerr, and his dad Tom Wills Sr. Terry Griffin and Jimmy Avery will be strong contenders as they are both in search of their first win of the season.

The Details: Adults are $20 (Ladies $10), Students (10-15) $10, Kids 9 and under FREE. Pits open at 4:30pm, Spectator gates 5:30pm, and racing begins at 7pm. ‘Crashing Saturn’ will be performing live under the pavilion before the races and during intermission. The children’s moon bounce by One Stop Party Stop is free of charge for all children as is the Bandit Bus Pit Tour Rides which are continuous throughout the evening.

Next Saturday Event: The Spirit Autocenter Big Block drivers will using Saturday’s racing program as a tune up for the big ‘Friends of Mike’ 50-lap Race of Champions sanctioned event next Tuesday, August 18. Many of the top stars are expected to invade Bridgeport for the $5,000 pay day. The Crate/Sportsman will also be dialing in their machines for their big race on Tuesday as the ‘Third Annual Bill Hill Memorial’ will take place with the event winner taking home a whopping $1,951. The 1,000 Modified Race in Bridgeport Speedway’s history will be celebrated in grand style on Tuesday, as many of the former racers that have made history at the facility will be in attendance. Drivers such as Garry Gollub, Roger Laureno, Kenny Brightbill, Newt Hartman, The Weaver Brothers, Ken Brenn Jr., Bobby Braxton, and more will be in attendance for this special occasion. Pit gates open 4pm, Main Grandstands 5pm, Racing begins at 7:15pm.

Friday Night Action: The Bridgeport quarter mile track gets the weekend started with 270 & 600cc Micro Sprints, 4 & 8 Cylinder Enduros and Slingshots this Friday night, starting at 8pm. The competition is always close on the Bridgeport quarter mile where many of Bridgeport’s drivers have gotten their start. Drivers like Richie Pratt, Jr. are Steve Kemery are graduates of the quarter mile competition. Race time on Friday night is 8pm.
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Bill Hill Memorial Race Returns to Bridgeport Tuesday, Aug 18

Bill Hill Memorial Race Returns to Bridgeport Tuesday, Aug 18

Bridgeport, NJ – On Tuesday, August 18, the 3rd Annual ‘Bill Hill Memorial’ for the Stewart Stainless Supply Crate/Sportsman will share the spotlight with the 10th annual ‘Friends of Mike’ two-division program.  Bill Hill, a fixture, a friend, and competitor for many years at the speedway, sadly passed away in the winter of 2012.   His two sons Jesse and Travis, along with the Hill family, will once again honor their late father come next week.Hill Bros. in the shop

Delaware’s Jordan Watson and 2014 Bridgeport Speedway Crate/Sportsman champion Travis Hill were the winners of the first two Bill Hill Memorials in 2013 and 2014.  This year’s version will consist of a 28-lap feature for the Crate/Sportsman.  The #28 has significant meaning for the Hills as that is one of the car numbers that was driving by Bill Hill.  The 28-lap event, which is also Hand #4 for the 2015 Bridgeport Speedway Poker Series, will see the winner take home a nice pay day worth $1,951 (The year Mr. Hill was born).  The winners of each heat race winner will receive $50 and the leader of each lap in the feature will earn $20 while all 24 positions will pay more than the standard Poker Series purse.  $1,000 is reserved for second place, $750 for third, $600 for fourth, and $500 for 5th.  The driver finishing 10th will take home a very respectable $300 in a race that will see last place earning $150 with pay increase for each and every finishing position.


There are three $100 bonuses that include ‘Hard Charger’, ‘Tough Luck’, and ‘Highest Finishing Crate Engine’.

“This is a good way to rememjesse hill and dadber our Dad, as well as giving back to the racers at a place that he really loved,” offered Jesse Hill.  Jesse and Travis will be accepting sponsors and donators up until race day.  You can reach Jesse at 856-981-3401 if you’d like to become a Bill Hill Memorial sponsor or contributor to the race.  The Hill Brothers have also expressed their gratitude towards all of the sponsors that have already helped with this year’s Bill Hill Memorial The family is also taking shirt orders for the event, as hundreds of sharp-looking t-shirts were designed and sold the last two years.
“We hope to see drivers from all over come to Bridgeport for a good time and to remember a great man,” stated Big Block modified driver Travis Hill.  Any questions in regards to the division rules should contact Danny Serrano at 609-433-4487.  Racing starts at 7:15pm on August 18 for the Spirit Dodge Big Blocks and the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman.






What does “Friends of Mike” really mean?


What does “Friends of Mike” really mean?


“Friends of Mike”; what’s it all about?  What’s it really mean?  Some fans and drivers don’t really know, but I do think most people know the meaning behind the ‘race’.  While some, REALLY know how and why this annual event is now going on its 10th year!

Ten years ago a very good friend of mine, Mike Rogie, was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2005.  I met Mike at New Egypt in ohh I’d say the year 2000.  We just happened to sit next to each other in the famous ‘Section 6’ and as they say the rest is history.

Mike was an avid race fan.  He grew up going to Flemington and East Windsor and traveled to many other tracks for special events.  As Mike and I became closer friends we traveled together along with our good friend Jim, who was from Illinois.  The three of us took trips to Syracuse, Hagerstown, Volusia, Williams Grove, you name it. mike_1

Mike also loved sports, especially football (both college and pro).  On almost any given Sunday, you’d find the three of us at Mike’s house drinking some beers, eating from the bbq, and yelling at the television.  I might add, Mike was an excellent cook, he was our master chef at all our tailgates throughout the racing season.

So fast forward to the fall of 2005 and Mike just blurts out that the doctors told him he had cancer.  Mike was a pretty quiet guy and kept his business just that, his business…especially compared to the styles of myself and ‘Jimbo’.  He didn’t talk about the cancer much at all.  To this day I don’t know if he really knew how bad it was and didn’t want to tell anyone or, was he just in denial, or was he thinking ‘No biggie, I got this thing beat”.  I still don’t know that answer.



As the winter and spring of 2006 progressed so did Mike’s cancer.  He was able to make to a few races in the spring but by the time June rolled around, Mike was in bad shape.  To be honest, it was sad!  I thought:  Here’s a guy that’s just an all-around good guy and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop this monster they call cancer.  I was feeling really down about Mike’s situation and I knew it was only a matter of time until he would dreadfully lose this battle.  I called Jim up one day out of the blue and said, “Hey meet me here for a drink, I wanna talk to you about something.”  Jim met me and as we made a toast to Mike, I told him what I wanted to do.


I said, “I don’t know really what to do at this point but, what if we and a couple of our friends put some money together and give it to the drivers in Mike’s honor.”  I thought maybe it’s a stupid idea maybe it’s not but, if we could give the drivers a little something extra to race for while paying tribute to a friend, we might just be able to put a smile on Mike’s face for a little while.  The plan was to have Mike there and let him know that he was loved by many and that he wasn’t going through this journey alone.

Well, I got on the horn and talked to our fellow race fans and before you knew it, people were kicking in $20 here, $50 there, $100 here, $200 there.  I couldn’t believe it be honest.  While many new Mike personally, just as many didn’t but they were down with the cause.  Now I know what some people might be thinking.  How about some money for Mike or his bills, or his family right?  Well, I had a long talk with his parents and they wanted and needed nothing from us but were in full support of this race.

Now as July rolled around, Mike’s health took a turn for the worse.  The date was July 29 that we set for this race to pick Mike’s spirits up.  Two weeks prior, Mike’s condition even worsened.  At this point we knew     Mikmike_2e wasn’t going to be able to attend his own race, but the race went on.

My good friend and track photographer Jim Brown said one day, “Why don’t we have an auction to try and raise some more money for the race?”  I thought he was     crazy,   I swear.  But I listened, and we put together one hell of an auction where fans won all types of prized (race orientated and things that weren’t).  The one             thing I do remember was there were tons of tailgaters, horseshoes were flying and it was well over 100 degrees that day!

We were having a good time but we were missing our friend.  And then we received a call as the cars were about to come out to pack the track in.  It was call that I       never thought would happen on this day.  Mike had passed away just a couple of hours before race time.  I truly believe that Mike had all intentions of witnessing         this race, his race, he was going to watch it come hell or high water.  And I can tell you he had the best seat in the house too!

We were able to raise just over $7,000 in just 4 weeks’ time!  It would be an injustice if I told you it was an extremely emotional day for me that day.  I just couldn’t believe that so many people would gather together for one person.  I couldn’t believe that we pulled off this spectacular race (keep in mind I was simply a fan at this point in time), and most of all I couldn’t believe that Mmike_4ike was no longer with us.

No more racing trips, no more Sunday football bbqs (and I can tell you, I haven’t been into football at all since then either, it just doesn’t mean as much to me).  It just all-around sucked to be honest.

Well, I won’t bore you with the statistics of this race but, I will mention a few things:  Over $135,000 has been raised and all been given back to the drivers over the course of 9 years!  It’s been a total group effort and this race could not be possible without the generous givers that nowadays never even had the chance to meet Mike Rogie.  We’ve had Modified 30 lappers, 38 lappers, 50, 60, 100-lap races, Four 20’s you name it.  The one thing that I am extremely proud of is that in 2011 we were able to pay a whopping $20,000 to win.   We’ve had match races where it was winner take all for $1,000!  We’ve had $500 to win heats as well as $1,000 to win heats, races that paid $1,000 to for dead last!

The days of finding that kind of sponsorship are most likely past us but, the whole idea of this race is to remember a great person.  That’s the one thing that cannot and should not be lost in all of this hoopla.  No matter the purse, no matter the laps, no matter the winner…what really matters is that my friend Mike Rogie’s name lives on and he is remembered along with ALL the other racing family members that we’ve lost in these last nine years.

So if you love racing, or if you’ve lost someone close to you that you’d like to remember in your own way, then Bridgeport Speedway is the place to be on Tuesday, August 18.  Bring your friends, bring your own ‘Mike Rogie’ and have a beer with them…talk racing, stay connected, enjoy the moment, because we never know when that will be taken away from us.  Here’s to F.O.M. X.



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Wall & Wills, Jr. Add to Win Totals


Just one week after winning the fourth Bridgeport Speedway Big Block Modified feature of his career, David Hunt made a very strong statement as he picked up his second win of the season, coming from mid-pack to pick up the win in the Spirit Auto Center twenty-five lap feature event on First Responders Night at the Bridgeport Speedway.  CJ Jones was also a back-to-back feature winner with his win in the first of two fifteen lap features for the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman.  Pat Wall added another win in the second fifteen lap event while Tom Wills, Jr. earned his second PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock feature win as he raced ahead of the competition to take the checkered flag.


In dramatic fashion, Hunt tracked down race leader, Richie Pratt, Jr. and took the lead with a move to the inside of turn three, taking the lead as he led the field to the two to go sign.  Ian Humphreys took the lead at the start.  The 2013 Bridgeport Rookie Champion, led the first four laps before Pratt raced into the lead from his ninth place start.  Pratt set a torrid pace and had started to pull away from the field when Hunt reached second just one lap later.  On several occasions, Hunt was able to close the gap on Pratt and even take a run at the leader but each time, Pratt prevailed.  Hunt had his hands full with a hard charging Tommy Beamer who took over second just after the half way mark but was forced to pit for a tire change with just ten laps to go.


Hunt led Pratt to the finish line followed by current point leader, Rick Laubach, Beamer, who rebounded to finish fourth and Jamie Mills who rounded out the top five.


CJ Jones captured the first fifteen lap feature event for the Crate/Sportsman competitors, taking the lead from Pat Wall with just four laps to go.  Steve Davis charged to a second place finish followed by Wall in third.  Pete Visconti and Bob Lineman, Jr. rounded out the top five.


The top nine finishers were inverted for the start of the second fifteen lap feature.  Chris Jenkins led the first six laps but the leader spun between turns one and two on lap seven.  Steve Kemery led the field to the restart but Wall had the lead by the time the field crossed the start/finish line the next time around.  Wall appeared to be his way to the win but a late race charge saw Davis go to the top of the track and take the lead as the field came to the white flag.  Davis led the way to the checkered followed by Wall, Jones, Gary Hieber, Jr. and current point leader, Jim Britt.  Wall was awarded the win when Davis’ No. 13 failed post race tech.


Tom Wills, Jr. raced his dad to the checkered flag to claim his second PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock feature of the season.  There were plenty of challengers in the closing laps of the fifteen lap main event but Wills, Jr. prevailed with Wills, Sr. finishing second.  Terry Griffen, who led the way for most the race, finished third with Jeramy Doerr and jack Beaumont rounding out the top five.


The 1,000th event will be celebrated during the Friends of Mike event on Tuesday, August 18th along with the Bill Hill Memorial for the Crate/Sportsman competitiors.  Many former track champions will be returning to celebrate this milestone at the Bridgeport Speedway on Tuesday night.




1. David Hunt, 2. Richie Pratt, Jr., 3. Rick Laubach, 4. Tommy Beamer, 5. Jamie Mills, 6. Dominick Buffalino, 7. Jordan Watson, 8. Mike Franz, 9. Scott Irwin, 10. Travis Hill, 11. Howard O’Neal, 12. Willie Osmun, 13. Rusty Smith, 14. Ian Humphreys, 15. Jimmy Chester, 16. Ron Roberts, 17. Wade Hendrickson, 18. Matt Hawkins, 19. Ricky DiEva, 20. Jesse Hill, 21. Bob Sarkisian, 22. Ryan Forte

1. CJ Jones, 2. Steve Davis, 3. Pat Wall, 4. Pete Visconti, 5. Bob Lineman, Jr. 6. Steve Kemery, 7. Gary Hieber, 8. Brandon Watkins, 9. Billy Osmun, 10. Jason Bittner, 11. Scott Hulmes, 12. Jim Britt, 13. David Crossman, 14. Matthew Peck, 15. Melissa Scarpatti, 16. Steve Desmelyk, 17. Chuck Potts, 18. Matt Davis, 19. Chris Jenkins, 20. Dave Damiano, 21. Pete Serra, 22. Scott Hitchens, 23. Tom Holding, 24. Dave Banko

1. Pat Wall, 2. CJ Jones, 3. Gary Hieber, 4. Jim Britt, 5. Pete Visconti, 6. Billy Osmun, 7. Jason Bittner, 8. Bob Lineman, Jr. 9. Steve Kemery, 10. Scott Hitchens, 11. Steve Desmelyk, 12. Scott Hulmes, 13. Dave Damiano, 14. Chuck Potts, 15. Matthew Peck, 16. Melissa Scarpatti, 17. Dave Banko, 18. Matt Davis, 19. Brandon Watkins, 20. David Crossman, 21. Ernie Miles, III, 22. Pete Serra, 23. Steve Davis



  1. Tom Wills, Jr., 2. Tom Wills, Sr., 3. Terry Griffin, 4. Jeramy Doerr, 5. Jack Beaumont, 6. Art Avery, 7. Fred Tomarchio, 8. Jimmy Avery, 9,. Mike Creamer, 10. Brian Ludwig, 11. Ken Moren, 12. James Rader, 13. Draper Ellis, 14. Mike Vanimen, 15. Doug DeBray, 16. Rick Broschard


Upcoming Events

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 270 & 600cc Micros, 8 Cylinders and Slingshots – Racing at 8pm

Saturday, August 15, 2015 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Powder Puff races -racing at 7pm

Tuesday,August 18, 2015 – Friends of Mike – Race of Champions – Hand #4 of the Poker Series – Big Block Modifieds, in 60 lap main event and 25 lap Bill Hill Memorial for Crate/Sportsman – racing at 7:15



                                JOE LORD CLAIMS FIRST BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY WIN;       



Joe Lord scored his second win of the season with the TSRS 305 Sprints but earned his first career win on the Bridgeport Speedway 5/8th.  Jay Hartman did double duty winning the wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature and the finish runner-up to Tyler Reinhardt in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and Joe King, Jr. returned to win his seventh ServPro Four Cylinder feature of the season.


Joe Lord led from green to checkered flag in scoring his first win at Bridgeport Speedway.  Lord took command from his pole starting spot and immediately put distance on second running Ryan Stillwaggon.  Tim Tanner, Jr. held third through halfway before Mike Haggenbottom passed him and set sail for the leaders.  The race’s only caution came out with one lap remaining.  On the restart, Stillwaggon attempted an outside pass of Lord through the first and second turns but Lord held strong and went on for the win.  Stillwaggon finished second followed by Haggenbottom for third. John Barnett finished fourth after starting 15th on the grid with Tommy Carberry finishing fifth.


Jay Hartman won his first wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature of 2015.  Rob Vivona led the first half of the feature event before Jeff Hartman took the lead on lap 11.  Vivona would fall to third on the next lap as Jay Hartman chased down his brother.  The Hartman brothers ran very different but fast line around the quarter mile with Jeff running the high groove and Jay completed laps around the inside barrier.  The pair traded the top spot several times before Jay took command for good with two laps remaining.  Jay raced under the checkered flag followed by Jeff.  Vivona held on for third with Ed Barber, III and Lee Nardelli completing the top five.


This week Reinhardt started tenth in the field, spun off turn three on the opening lap and then charged to the front in the closing laps to claim his fifth win of the season in the 270cc Micro Sprint division.  Sean Huesser and Steve Coslop traded the lead until Jay Hartman took control on lap 4. Hartman continued to lead the event until Reinhardt completed the pass for the lead with two laps to go.  Hartman held on for second followed by Coslop, Rich Keller edged out Huesser to finish fourth at the line.


Joe King, Jr. returned to Bridgeport Speedway after a two month absence to claim his seventh ServPro Four Cylinder Enduro event of the year. King led the entire 20-lap distance to claim the win.  Michael Bentley, Chris Sammons, Art Knapp and Scott Millers followed King across the line.




TSRS 305 SPRINTS (20 laps – 5/8th mile): 1. Joe Lord, Jr., 2. Ryan Stillwaggon, 3. Mike Haggenbottom, 4. John Barnett, 5. Tommy Carberry, 6. Tim Tanner, Jr., 7. Adam Carberry, 8. Eddie Wagner, 9. Dave Brown, 10. Jeff Geiges, 11. Rick Stief, 12. Karl Freyer, 13. Joe Kay, 14. Randy Wilbert, 15. Keith Anderson, 16. Bryant Davis, 17. Samantha Lieberman, 18. Harris Kohen, 19. Pat U’Selis, DNS – Jason Rochelle


WINGLESS 600CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Jay Hartman, 2. Jeff Hartman, 3. Rob Vivona, 4. Ed Barber, III, 5. Lee Nardelli, 6. Bill Thomas, 7. Steve Kemery, 8. Nick Havens, 9. Rich Mellor, 10. Doug Snyder, 11. Billy Murphy, 12. Dave Damaio, 13. Tony Hodgson, 14. Ernie Miles, Jr., 15. Sal Tossona, 16. Wayne Scott, 17. Gary Forsythe, 18. Mike Fillbrunn, 19. Jim Tippin, 20. Jermain Godshall


270CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Tyler Reinhardt, 2. Jay Hartman, 3. Steve Coslop, 4. Rich Keller, 5. Sean Huesser, 6. John Blanda, 7. Colin Bustard, 8. Ryan Wozunk, 9. Roland Saxton, 10. Jimmy Potts, 11. Tyler Gnau, 12. Decker Morrow, 13. Joe Bednarik, 14. Brandon Pavel, 15. Jon West, 16. Gary Waegel, 17. Jonathan John, DNS – Chuck Palmucci, R.J. Magyari


SERVPRO FOUR CYLINDERS ENDURO (20 laps): 1. Joe King, Jr., 2. Michael Bentley, 3. Chris Sammons, 4. Art Knapp, 5. Scott Miller, 6. Keith McKinley, 7. Carly Rocap, 8. Cheri LaClaire, DNS – Bryan Olsen

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 14, 2015 – OPEN MODIFIEDS – 270 & wingless 600 Micro Sprints, Eight Cylinder Enduros and Slingshots, racing starts at 8pm

Saturday, August 15, 2015 – POWDER PUFF (on ¼ mile) – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks, racing starts at 7pm

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – POKER SERIES #4 – 10TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF MIKE – RACE OF CHAMPIONS TOUR – BILL HILL MEMORIAL – Big Block Modifieds (60 laps) and Crate/Sportsman (25 laps), racing starts at 7:30pm






     Jimmy Horton won the final 811 Dig Safely Open-Comp Modified feature of the series.  For Horton it was his second win of the series.  Horton was the only driver to win more than once race in the series, the series champion and earned a guaranteed starting position for the 811 Call before you Dig Romp in the Swamp, $10,000 to win event on Saturday, September 26th on the Bridgeport Speedway quarter mile.  Sam Locuson won his first wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature of the season while Tyler Reinhardt and Chris Sammons repeated in the 270cc Micro Sprint and ServPro Four Cylinder Enduro divisions.


Jimmy Horton added another win to his already impressive list of wins at Bridgeport Speedway.  The win was Horton’s second-in-a-row in the series.  Dominick Buffalino led the opening lap of the feature before Richie Pratt, Jr. assumed command on lap two.  Pratt began to pull away from second until Horton completed the pass of Buffalino for second on lap six. Mike Iles moved into third two laps later.


Once Horton moved into second he quickly closed in on Pratt.  Pratt and Horton traded the top spot three and four times a lap but Pratt remained on top at the finish line until lap 12 when Horton took the lead.  Pratt continued to challenge Horton for the lead over the next several laps and reclaimed the top spot with five to go.  Horton retook the lead one lap later.  At the checkered flag, Horton led Pratt across the finish line.  Buffalino came on strong in the closing laps to finish third with Johnny Cornell fourth and Ryan Forte finishing fifth.


Sam Locuson won his first wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature of the season.  Bill Thomas jumped out to the early lead over Ed Barber III and Locuson.  Locuson passed Barber for second on lap two and then took the lead from Thomas on a fourth lap restart.  Rob Vivona and a fast moving Lee Nardelli passed Thomas and Barber for second and third.  Locuson led Nardelli, Vivona, Thomas and Tyler DeVault under the checkered flag.


Tyler Reinhardt took advantage of his pole starting position to win his fourth 270cc Micro Sprint feature of the season.  Reinhart led from green to checkered flag and was not seriously challenged for the entire distance.  Sam LaMothe, Billy Gray, Sean Huesser and John Blanda finished second through fifth.


Chris Sammons has started his own winning streak in the ServPro Four Cylinder Enduros as he returned to Victory Lane for his second win in a row.  Sammons overhauled Joe Garey for the lead and then raced to the checkered flag.  Michael Bentley finished third followed by Keith McKinley and Scott Miller.




OPEN-COMP MODIFIEDS (25 laps): 1. Jimmy Horton, 2. Richie Pratt, Jr., 3. Dominick Buffalino, 4. Johnny Cornell, 5. Ryan Forte, 6. Mike Iles, 7. Bobby Drayton, 8. Corey Andersen, 9. Mike Butler, 10. D.J. Ruppert, 11. Tommy Tanner, 12. Bobby Butler, 13. Ron Roberts, 14. Tommy Carberry, DNS – Lou Cicconi, DNQ – Bobby Firth, Brad Roberts, Brett Ballard, Frank Holmes


WINGLESS 600CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Sam Locuson, 2. Lee Nardelli, 3. Rob Vivona, 4. Bill Thomas, 5. Tyler DeVault, 6. Jim Tippin, 7. Jon Keller, 8. Nick Havens, 9. Ed Barber, III, 10. Gary Bozowski, 11. Ernie Miles, Jr., 12. Sam LaMothe, 13. Joe Butts, 14. Mike Fillbrunn


270CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Tyler Reinhardt, 2. Sam LaMothe, 3. Billy Gray, 4. Sean Huesser, 5. John Blanda, 6. Dave Nelson, 7. Roland Saxton, 8. Joe Dopke, 9. Ryan Wozunk, 10. Tyler Grau, 11. Rich Keller, 12. Colin Bustard, 13. Joe Bednarek, DNS – Jonathan John


SERVPRO FOUR CYLINDERS ENDURO (20 laps): 1. Chris Sammons, 2. Joe Garey, 3. Michael Bentley, 4. Keith McKinley, 5. Scott Miller, 6. Art Knapp, 7. Laura John, DNS – Bryan Olsen

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 7, 2015 – TSRS 305 SPRINTS – 270 & wingless 600 Micro Sprints & 4-Cylinder Enduros, racing starts at 8pm

Saturday, August 8,’s 2015 – FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman Twin-15 & Outlaw Stocks, racing starts at 7pm

Friday, August 14, 2015 – OPEN MODIFIEDS – 270 & wingless 600 Micro Sprints, Eight Cylinder Enduros and Slingshots, racing starts at 8pm

Saturday, August 15, 2015 – POWDER PUFF (on ¼ mile) – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks, racing starts at 7pm




     It was a first Bridgeport win of the season for Spirit Auto Centers Big Block feature winner Dave Hunt and TJ Henry who picked up the win in the first of twin twelve lap features for the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks while  CJ Jones captured his third win of season in the Steward Stainless Crate/Sportsman feature and Jeramy Doerr won the second twelve lap Outlaw Stock feature event for his fourth win of the season. 

     Scott Ambruster led the first three laps until Dave Hunt drove his Furino & Sons General Contracting No. 27 into the lead on lap four of the twenty-five lap Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified feature event and then proceeded to drive away from the field to capture his first win this season.  Several times after taking the lead, Hunt had to restart with 2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt to his outside but each time, Hunt was able to drive away from the competition.  Watt was the first to congratulate Hunt in Victory Lane followed by third place finisher, Ryan Anderson. 

     Hunt and his team had just installed the Kenny Capraun engine into the No.27 after picking the engine up in the wee hours of Friday morning.  It was worth the effort as Hunt led the way to the checkered flag followed by Watt, Anderson, 2012 Bridgeport Champion, Rick Laubach and Jamie Mills. 

     It was a similar story for CJ Jones who was forced to replace the engine in his Sal DeBruno owned No. 0 car after last week’s feature event.  Jones led that event until a punctured oil pan cost him an engine as well as a win.  This week, Jones returned with a Friesen Chevrolet Crate Engine under the hood and drove to victory.

     Jeff Bubori led the first six circuits before current point leader, Jim Britt took the lead on lap seven.  Britt passed Jones in traffic and led through lap fifteen.  Jones closed in on the leader and took the lead on lap sixteen.  Jones took the win over Britt, Pete Visconti, Gary Hieber, Jr. and Pat Wall. 

     The PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks competed in Twin Twelve lap feature events with TJ Henry taking the win in the first event.  Joe Meron led the first lap before Jeramy Doerr took over on lap two.  There was plenty of side by side racing as the laps counted down.  Doerr spun in turn four with just three laps remaining.  Henry took the lead and raced to the checkered after twelve laps followed by Tom Wills, Sr., Jeff Dirkes, Jack Beaumont and Jimmy Avery.

     In the second twelve lap event, Doerr was not to be denied.  His biggest challenge came from Jeff Dirkes, driving a second Doerr entry.  Dirkes raced side by side with Doerr for several laps before Doerr pulled away.  Doerr picked up the win followed by Dirkes, Tom Wills, Jr., Terry Griffth and Joe Meron.

     Action returns to the quarter mile track this Friday night as the Hilborn TSRS Sprint Cars join the 270 & 600cc Micro Sprints and 4 Cylinder Enduros with racing getting underway at 8pm.  Action switches to the 5/8 mile track on Saturday for First Responders Night at the Bridgeport Speedway.  The Big Block Modifeds and Outlaw Stocks will compete in a regular show while the Crate/Sportsman division races in Twin Fiftleen lap feature events.  Race time on Saturday is 7pm.


1. Dave Hunt, 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Ryan Anderson, 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Jamie Mills, 6. Wade Hendrickson, 7. Richie Pratt, Jr. 8. Jack Swain, 9. Kyle Hieber, 10. Howard O’Neal, 11. Jesse Hill, 12. Bob Sarkisian, 13. Jimmy Chester, 14. Tommy Beamer, 15. Dominick Buffalino, 16. Scott Irwin, 17. Ricky DiEva, 18. Ron Roberts, 19. Travis Hill, 20. Scott Ambruster, 21. Mike Franz, 22. Dave Shirk, 23. Jordan Watson


1. CJ Jones, 2. Jim Britt, 3. Pete Visconti, 4. Gary Hieber, Jr. 5. Pat Wall, 6. Jeff Bubori, 7. Billy Osmun, 8. Steve Kemery, 9. Matthew Peck, 10. Jeremy Harrington, 11. Kevin Belmont, 12. David Crossman, 13. Pete Serra, 14. Melissa Scarpatti, 15. Scott Hulmes, 16. Ernie Miles, III, 17. Steve Desmelyk, 18. Chuck Potts


1. TJ Henry, 2. Tom Wills, Sr., 3. Jeff Dirkes, 4. Jack Beaumont, 5. Jimmy Avery, 6. Joe Meron, 7. Jeramy Doerr, 8. David Kramer, 9. Mike Vanimen, 10. Art Avery, 11. James Rader, 12. Brian Ludwig, 13. Fred Tomarchio, 14. Tom Wills, Jr. 15. Draper Ellis, 16. Cleve Riehl, 17. Pete Ellis, 18. Mick Search, 19. Terry Griffen, 20. Jim Neely


1. Jeramy Doerr, 2. Jeff Dirkes, 3. Tom Wills, Jr., 4. Terry Griffen, 5. Joe Meron, 6. David Kramer, 7. Cleve Riehl, 8. Art Avery, 9. Mike Vanimen, 10. Draper Ellis, 11. Tom Wills, Sr., 12. Jack Beaumont, 13. Mick Search, 14. TJ Henry, 15. Jimmy Avery

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 7,2015 – TSRS Sprints cars join 270 & 600 Micros and 4 Cylinders – Racing at 8pm

Saturday, August 8, 2015 – First Responders Night – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman in Twin 15s and Outlaw Stocks – racing at 7pm

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 270 & 600cc Micros, 8 Cylinders and Slingshots – Racing at 8pm

Saturday, August 15, 2015 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Powder Puff races -racing at 7pm

Tuesday,August 18, 2015 – Friends of Mike – Race of Champions – Hand #4 of the Poker Series – Big Block Modifieds, in 60 lap main event and 25 lap Bill Hill Memorial for Crate/Sportsman – racing at 7:30

Rekindling the “Love for Car”

Rekindling the “Love for Car”



Whatever happened to the love for car anyway?  That once coveted pass time, that sense of obligation to have the know-how to fix your own vehicle, and that overall obsession for raw American made horsepower has dripped through the finger-tips of our culture into the land that once was.  Now kids are enamored with bright lit screens on smart phones, lap tops, game consoles, and personal tablets.  Long gone are the days where hobbies and family tradition are passed down from one generation to the next.  No951D6441.jpgw, kids are given smart devices to pacify them and they are embraced by a world that doesn’t really exist.  Some say that they don’t make cars like they use  to(and I’m not arguing that point at all), others say that the family unit on average in our culture isn’t as strong as it once was, and some say kids just plain out are not interested anymore.  I would like to propose a solution to this problem with the pop-culture stricken youth that we have today.  I would propose that the only thing that can rekindle the love for car in our culture today is a good ole’ fashioned dirt track race!


In order to rekindle that love for car we need to bring back that excitement and respect that people once had for raw horsepower in the golden age of motorsports, muscle cars, and building a real race car.  We need to reignite the flame of intensity that once existed between two rival drivers, two race teams who have worked day and night on their cars, or two fans who are rooting for opposing drivers.  See, we live in a culture where people have an attention span of .8 to 8 seconds long and that’s it.  That’s all you got.  Can you build a race car, run heats, and run a feature in that amount of time?  Can you watch a race in that amount of time?  Our culture today needs instant satisfaction and people don’t receive that in motorsports whether it be from the racers perspective or the fans perspective.


So, how can we try and remedy this iDayRace2121ssue?  I believe that if we can get people(new people; new fans, new interested race teams) to the track and we can show them the excitement that lives in the world of short track dirt racing and we can show them the hard work and rewards that come from building and racing a car that maybe we can rekindle that love for car that once was.  This isn’t going to be an easy task and I believe it will have to be done one person at a time. Keep in mind, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Many people are saying “the sport is dying,” “it’s just not the way it once was,” and many other excuses about the state of motorsports in general.  I’m sick to death of hearing that.  The excitement, rewards, intensity, competiveness, strong bond, and fun factor of dirt track racing has not changed.  It’s still there!  I simply feel that we need to reintroduce people to this Saturday night tradition.  So, maybe it wasn’t passed down to little Timmy because his dad wasn’t around or maybe Johnnie has never been to a race because he plays Xbox at home all day and night.  Let’s show them what a good time really is!  Let’s show them the love for car!
















Lee Nardelli continues to dominate the wingless 600cc Micro Sprint division as he won his sixth feature of the season.  Sean Huesser and Andrew Kreis garnered their first Bridgeport Speedway checkered flags in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature and Slingshot divisions, respectively. While Christopher Allen, Sr. became the third different winner in the John Gasko & Son Farm & Greenhouse Eight Cylinder Enduro series.


Lee Nardelli won his sixth wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature of the season.  Bill Thomas took the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by Ernie Miles, Jr., Jim Tippin and Chris Locuson.  Nardelli, who started ninth, was fifth by the end of the first lap and sat second by lap four when the caution flew for a spin.  On the restart it was all Nardelli as he took the lead from Thomas.  Nardelli and Thomas were never challenged for the top two positions.  Sam Locuson was third followed by Jim Tippin and Jermain Godshall.


Sophomore driver, Sean Huesser finally won his first feature of his career in the 270cc Micro Sprint division after finishing second five times this season.  R.J. Magyari grabbed the lead at the onset with Sam LaMothe and Huesser in tow.  Magyari led the event though the ninth lap when Tyler Grau spun and made contact with current point leader, Tyler Reinhardt.  On the restart, Huesser passed Magyari and LaMothe for the lead as the trio crossed under the halfway mark.  A late race caution bunched the field but Huesser was able to hold on for the win.  Rich Keller finished second followed by LaMothe, John Blanda and Billy Gray.


Andrew Kreis became the fourth different 14-year old to capture a win in the Slingshot division at Bridgeport Speedway.  Dillon Steuer took the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by Louden Reimert and Kreis.  Kreis completed the pass for second on lap 2 and challenged Steuer for the lead.  Kreis took the lead on lap 4 and then pulled away from the field.  Reimert held on for second with B.J. Antonio finishing third.  Steuer finished fourth with Richard Partite fifth.


Christopher Allen, Sr. became the third different winner in the John Gasko & Son Farm & Greenhouses Eight Cylinder Enduro series.  A three-way battle between Christopher, his brother, Lee and Tom Wolf ensued from the halfway mark.  Lee led the way from the outset.  With the laps running down Christopher Allen and Wolf caught Lee Allen while he struggle to pass a slower car.  Wolf took the lead only to drive off the backstretch giving the lead back to Lee Allen.  Then Lee Allen slowed with mechanical problems handing the lead over to Christopher Allen, Wolf closed in to finish second followed by Rick Troca.




WINGLESS 600CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Lee Nardelli, 2. Bill Thomas, 3. Sam Locuson, 4. Jim Tippin, 5. Jermain Godshall, 6. Sam LaMothe, 7. Tyler DeVault, 8. Rob Vivona, 9. Ernie Miles, Jr., 10. Chris Locuson, 11. Mike Fillbrunn, 12. Nick Havens, 13. Ed Barber, III, 14. Jon Keller, 15. Gary Forsythe, 16. T.J. Greve


270CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Sean Huesser, 2. Rich Keller, 3. Sam LaMothe, 4. John Blanda, 5. Bill Gray, 6. Jonathan John, 7. Colin Bustard, 8. Tyler Reinhardt, 9. R.J. Magyari, 10. Brandon Pavel, 11. Tyler Grau, 12. Joe Bednarik, 13. Chuck Palmucci


SLINGSHOTS (20 laps): 1. Andrew Kreis, 2. Louden Reimert, 3. B.J. Antonio, 4. Dillon Steuer, 5. Richard Partite, 6. Dylan Swinehart, 7. Anthony Raisner, 8. Dave McCullough, 9. Mike Toth, 10. Dave Morrell, 11. Louie Partite, 12. Natasha Henn, 13. Steve Svanda


JOHN GASKO & SON FARMS & GREENHOUSES EIGHT CYLINDERS ENDURO (40 laps): 1. Christopher Allen, Sr., 2. Tom Wolf, 3. Rick Troca, 4. Derek Jones, 5. Lee Allen, 6. Rick Burnham, 7. Nick Van Winkle


Upcoming Events

Friday, July 31, 2015 – OPEN MODIFIEDS – 270 & wingless 600 Micro Sprints and Four Cylinder Enduros, racing starts at 8pm

Saturday, August 1, 2015 – KIDS $$$ SCRAMBLE – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks Twin-12’s, racing starts at 7pm

Friday, August 7, 2015 – TSRS 305 SPRINTS – 270 & wingless 600 Micro Sprints & 4-Cylinder Enduros, racing starts at 8pm

Saturday, August 8,’s 2015 – FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman Twin-15 & Outlaw Stocks, racing starts at 7pm



     2013 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt picked up his third Bridgeport Speedway win of the season inSaturday night action while current Crate/Sportsman point leader, Jim Britt picked up win number four.  Tim Tanner was the winner of the twenty lap Bethman Auto Center/Bruce’s Speed Shot/Thayer Performance Poker Series Hand #4 for the Tri State Race Savers Sprint Cars – his first of the season.

     Ian Humphreys took the lead at the start of the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified Feature event and led the first lap before Travis Hill put the Joel’s Automotive No. 19 out in front on lap two.  Hill led the way through lap five with Sam Martz, Humphreys, Tommy Beamer and David Hunt making up the top five.

     Martz took the lead from Hill on lap six as Watt moved into the top five.  With Martz out in front, Watt took over second on lap seven. 

     Watt ran the inside of the 5/8 mile track and took the lead from Martz just before the half way mark.  Watt led Martz, Dominick Buffalino, Jamie Mills and Beamer at the crossed flags.

      Buffalino muscled his way up to second on lap fourteen and Mills went to third on the next circuit.   Three laps later, Martz slowed with a left rear flat. 

     With five to go, Watt led Buffalino, Mills, Richie Pratt, Jr. and Ryan Anderson and it looked like that was the way they would finish but Mills got out of shape on the final lap as the field drove through turns one and two, allowing Anderson and Pratt to advance their positions

     Watt took the checkered flag followed by Buffalino, Anderson, Pratt and Mills.

     In Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman action, Jim Britt took the lead on alp fourteen of the twenty lap feature event and went on to collect his fourth win of the season.

     Melissa Scarpatti took the lead at the start and led one lap before CJ Jones drove to the front in his Sal DeBruno Overhead Door No. 0.  Jones had his car on a rail as he ran out front through the half way point, leading Gary Hieber, Jr, Matt Peck, Britt and Chris Jenkins.  But as Jones headed into turn one on lap twelve, smoke billowed from the No. 0 and the caution flag waved.

     After Jones’ misfortune, Hieber led the field for two laps before Britt took over on lap fourteen. 

     Britt drove to the finish for the win followed at the line by Hieber, Peck, Pat Wall and Steve Kemery.

     Tim Tanner picked up his first win of the season in the TSRS Sprint Car feature event, paying triubute to his late grandfather, Jake Tanner.  It was Jake Tanner who took his grandson racing at the age of eighteen and that grandson honored his grandfather with another feature win on Saturday night. 

     Rick Stief and Tanner led the starting line-up to the green flag with Stief taking the lead on the start.  Tanner switched to the inside of the track to take the lead on lap four.  Stief ran second for three laps before Adam Carberry took over the runner-up spot.  With Tanner out in front, TSRS Champion, Mike Haggenbottom took over second on lap fifteen with Carberry regaining the position on nineteen.  Tanner led the field to the checkered flag with Haggenbottom regaining second on the final lap.  Adam Carberry finished third followed by Eddie Wagner and Tommy Carberry.   . 


1. Ryan Watt, 2. Dominick Buffalino, 3. Ryan Anderson, 4. Richie Pratt, Jr. 5. Jamie Mills, 6. Rick Laubach, 7. Kyle Hieber, 8. Tommy Beamer, 9. Mike Franz, 10. Jesse Hill, 11. Travis Hill, 12. Howard O’Neal, 13. Ian Humphreys, 14. Sam Martz, 15. Jimmy Chester, 16. Ron Roberts, 17. David Hunt, 18. Wade Hendrickson, 19. Bobby Firth, 20. Dave Shirk, 21. Jordan Watson


1. Jim Britt, 2. Gary Hieber, 3. Matthew Peck, 4. Pat Wall, 5. Steve Kemery, 6. Pete Visconti, 7. Jeremy Harrington, 8. David Crossman, 9. Scott Hulmes, 10. Chuck Potts, 11. Tom Holding, 12. JR Burritt, 13. Matt Davis, 14. Chris Jenkins, 15. Steve Desmylek, 16. Melissa Scarpatti, 17. Dave Damiano, 18. CJ Jones, 19. Jeff Bubori, 20. Ernie Miles III



1. Tim Tanner, 2. Mike Haggenbottom, 3. Adam Carberry, 4. Eddie Wagner, 5. Tommy Carberry, 6. Bob Devault, Jr. 7.Ryan Stillwagon, 8. Joe Lord, 9. Keith Anderson, 10. Zack Byrd, 11. Jason Rochelle, 12. Harris Kohen, 13. Joe Kay, 14. Bryant Davis, 15. Pat U’Selis, 16. Rick Stief, 17. Karl Freyer, 18. Dave Brown, 19. Gabe Fox, 20. Samantha Lieberman

Upcoming Events

Friday, July 31, 2015 – 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cylinder Enduros and Open Modifieds on quarter mile – Racing at 8pm

Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Philly Night – Kids Money Scramble – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Twin 12 lap features for Outlaw Stocks, racing at 7pm

Friday, August 7,2015 – TSRS Sprints cars join 270 & 600 Micros and 4 Cylinders – Racing at 8pm

Saturday, August 8, 2015 – First Responders Night – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Twin 15s for Outlaw Stocks – racing at 7pm

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