SWEDESBORO, NJ – John Scarborough captured the Mid-Atlanti Sprint Car Series A-Main win Friday night at Bridgeport Motorsport Park. Lary McVay was second with Rory Janney completing the podium. More to come…
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT CAR SERIES: 1. John Scarborough, 2. Larry McVay, 3. Rory Janney, 4. Tim lulg, 5. Jeff Paulson, 6. Samantha Leiberman, 7. Josh Bricker, 8. DJ Tanner Jr., 9. Justin Nowlen, 10. Chase Moran, 11. Aidan Borden, 12. Cory Cornell, 13. Cory Hunsberger, 14. Dave Brown, 15. Buddy Schweibinz, 16. Dom Melair, 17. Kevin Nagy, 18. Rich Janney, 19. Eddie Wagner, 20. Kristina Pratt, 21. Dave Gruber, 22. John Brennfleck DNQ Mike Melair, Michael Keen, CJ Faison, Andy Mahan, Rick Stief, Joe Kay
602 SPORTSMAN UNDERDOG 20: 1. Wayne Weaver, 2. Tom Sherby, 3. Tom Moore Jr., 4. Bryan Brobst, 5. Jordn Justice, 6. Scott Hulmes, 7. Nick DeSantis, 8. Brandon Shipley, 9. Tommy Klimkowski, 10. Brian Rogers, 11. Thomas Prychka, 12. James Hill, 13. Dan Hulmes, 14. Eric Loyer
STREET STOCKS: 1. Lee Allen, 2. Kyle Sailor, 3. Mike Hughes, 4. TJ Henry, 5. Mike Creamer, 6. John Parker, 7. Keith McKinley, 8. Kyle Deneen
Bridgeport, NJ – As the opening of the 2022 racing season approaches here in the Northeast, Bridgeport Motorsports Park prepares to celebrate their 50th Anniversary season. Fifty years of anything is an impressive achievement but it is even more so when you look back over the last eleven years at this Logan Township facility.
The track’s future was uncertain at the completion of the 2011 racing season. Jay James had tried several different approaches over recent seasons, trying to find the recipe of success for the 5/8th mile track. Most recently, James had eliminated the Big Block Modifieds from weekly Saturday night competition and replaced the division with a Crate Modified class instead. The change fell short of its goal and James was ready to walk away from the track. That left the ball in the hands of Bridgeport’s co-owner, Brian Ramey.
Ramey and James were business partners but Ramey did not come from a racing background. What he knew about racing was what he had observed through James’ involvement as a car owner and then as a promoter. But he knew business so when Doug Hoffman approached him about taking on the management of the Bridgeport Speedway, Ramey recognized what could be the solution to his problem.
Doug Hoffman had achieved a lot of success during his racing career. A good part of that success, came on the Bridgeport 5/8th mile track where Hoffman remains second to only Jimmy Horton on the All-Time Feature Winners List. Hoffman’s success behind the wheel extended throughout the North and Southeast and into Canada, including the coveted win on the Syracuse mile one October.
Hoffman had also established a reputation as a promoter after several successful seasons at the helm of the Mahoning Valley Speedway.
Hoffman wanted to bring back the excitement and prestige of winning at Bridgeport. The first thing he did was to bring back the Big Block Modifieds. He introduced the Bridgeport fans to his Poker Series events and he brought the starting line-up behind the grandstands and most importantly, to the fans. Things were looking up at Bridgeport by the end of the 2012 season.
Hoffman’s untimely death brought about another management change as Ramey recruited Dave Adams, Keith Hoffman and Danny Serrano for his Management Team and brought in Kolby and Haili Ramey to spearhead the marketing and financial side of the business. There is no doubt that Ramey and team continued to build on what Hoffman had started. Traveling divisions returned to Bridgeport to race and new attractions were added – all the while, Ramey looked for a new owner for Bridgeport that would continue to operate the race track. He had hoped that in two years time, he could show that the track could be a profitable business and a new owner could be found.
Two years stretched into seven years before Doug Rose entered the picture. The 2020 season served as a period of transition with Doug and Brittany Rose taking the lead for 2021.
Rose had a vision and that vision did not include the 5/8th mile track. He had the same goals as Hoffman – to return the excitement and prestige to the Bridgeport track – but Rose had a completely new track design in mind. His 4/10th mile track was an essential part of what Rose wanted to do at Bridgeport. Just as soon as the final checkered flag waved on the 2020 season, Rose went to work.
It wasn’t long before sneak peaks appeared on social media – the high banks certainly caught people’s attention. There were some who resisted the change – the 5/8th mile track had a loyal following. There were others who were not fans of the “big track.” The size and speed of the 5/8th actually kept some people away. Rose was firm in his resolve and construction moved ahead.
Then came Covid-19. Not how anyone wanted to start a new business venture! Opening day didn’t come until what should have been mid-season. The delayed start did not detract from the impact of the new track configuration. It was a hit from the wave of the first green flag. Three and four wide racing and slide jobs that were typical only in open wheel cars before, now became the norm in all divisions. It didn’t take long for those naysayers to be converted to fans of the High Banks of the Kingdom of Speed.
Rose also dealt with another big blow before the start of the season when Danny Serrano suddenly passed away. After working side by side for months, Rose was now left on his own to find his way. Serrano held the keys to the past while they shared the vision of the future.
It wasn’t easy but Rose continued with his plan. Rose made many of the ideas that he and Serrano shared into a reality.
Bridgeport Motorsports Park – The Kingdom of Speed – quickly became the talk among fans and competitors alike. It brought excitement back to racing in Logan Township, New Jersey. People viewed the racing on the new venue from near and far. It wasn’t unusual to hear USAC or World of Outlaw drivers talk about watching the racing at Bridgeport via the internet.
The two Doug’s may have chosen different paths but their goal was to make Bridgeport successful and each has done so in their own, unique way. Both worked hard. Track management is a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week type job. There is no off-season for a track promoter. The days are long and the work is hard.
Both chose to be very hands-on. From running races to over-seeing everything that goes on behind the scenes. Doug Hoffman took responsibility for track prep. Doug Rose oversees everything from the refreshment stands to the racing schedule – from Drivers Meetings to pay-off. Both recognized that every and all decisions made could and would effect the bottom line and their success.
Both had open communication with the drivers. Both recognized the need for the fans to be able to connect to the drivers.
Both came to Bridgeport with promotional experience – Hoffman from Mahoning and Rose from the Action Track USA.
Hoffman brought years of racing experience and a very successful racing career. While Rose has done some racing – ARDC midgets, SpeedSTRS, Modifieds – his background was more unique. While one thing led to another, Rose’s associations in racing have mostly circled around professional race car drivers. He has crewed on Modifieds, Silver Crown cars, Busch Grand Nationals, NASCAR Modified Tour cars and sprint cars. Rose came to Bridgeport with a very large circle of relationship throughout many levels of racing.
This weekend, Doug Hoffman will once again be honored with the Doug Hoffman Memorial Race during the Kingdom of Speed weekend – the 2022 season opener. Hoffman laid some of the foundation that Rose built upon.
Racing owes both Doug Hoffman and Doug Rose a debt of gratitude. Attend the Doug Hoffman Memorial this weekend and honor and support the work of both men at the Bridgeport Speedway.
Thank you to everyone that makes the Kingdom of Speed Possible….. Liberty Kenworth Church’s Auto Parts Premio Sausage Precision Hydraulic & Oil Millville Glass & Door Design For Vision Rodota Trucking & Excavating Scrappy’s Auto Service Hyper Racing Izzi Trucking & Rigging Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Vahlco Wheels Ellery’s Pub & Grill Ice Less llc. Hoffman Discount Parts JPA Masonry Weaknecht Archery Spirit Auto Center Foley Caterpillar Hisko Lowboy Lineman Racing Cenco Oil Bob Hilbert Sportswear M. Massari and Sons Disposal Services Cassidy Painting TW Metals On The High Side Apparel Hessert Chevrolet Atmostemp Heating & Cooling Drydene Triple R Truck Parts John Blewett Scrap & Waste Recycling Pioneer Pole Buildings
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – More is at stake than a $2,000 payday in the opener for the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil March 26 at Bridgeport Speedway.
The driver taking home that top check writes his or her name in the record book as the winner of both the first-ever IMCA Modified event in New Jersey and the first leg of the Allstar Performance Modified Challenge, while earning Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility.
“There are a lot of drivers from New York and Pennsylvania working hard to get their cars built and ready for opening night,” said tour and regional director Jake Maynard said. “There’s been a lot of interest in Michigan and we’re expecting 13 or 14 guys from there, too.”
Ken Schrader will join the IMCA regulars at Bridgeport and 2021 national rookie of the year Cody Thompson was the first entry from the Midwest.
The idea behind the Bridgeport date, branded as the Battle of the Highbanks 30, came from Joe Infante at Precision Hydraulic & Oil, a tour and IMCA sponsor, who thought the IMCA Modifieds would be perfect for the big, wide Bridgeport oval.
Talks with promoter Doug Rose ensued and IMCA’s calling card division soon found itself on the first-night schedule for the 50th anniversary season at The Kingdom of Speed with Precision Hydraulic & Oil the presenting sponsor.
“Bridgeport Speedway is a beautiful facility, nice, wide and smooth, and very well lit. I know from all the inquiries I have received from drivers making the trip that they are excited to take on a new area and a new facility right away,” Maynard said. “A ton of them keep telling me the more they watch videos of racing in the Northeast, the more excited they get to show up and put a show on.” “My goal taking this job was to spread out the IMCA product into new and old areas,” he added. “This year is quite diverse as to where and when you will see us, from western and central Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.”
An open practice will be Friday night. Depending on the weather, pit gates open at noon Saturday, the grandstand opens at 1:30 p.m. and racing follows 2:30 p.m. hot laps. Pit passes are $40 and spectator admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students.
Eleven dates are on the schedule for the second annual NY-Penn Series with Bridgeport the first of four races in the Allstar Performance Modified Challenge.
Bonuses of $500 will be paid to the driver who can win three of four, or $250 for winning two of four races at Bridgeport; the Sean Lias Memorial at Skyline Raceway Motorsports Park on June 25; the Billy Maynard Memorial at The Hill Speedway on July 8; and at Clinton County Speedway on Aug. 13.
“Ten of the races on the schedule are already Fast Shafts All-Star qualifiers and we’re working hard to get sponsors to make the 11th race another $1,000 to win event,” Maynard said. “We’ve also seen a number of sponsors step up to give awards throughout the series.”
Velocita gives $200 gift certificates to hard luck, longest tow and the driver leading at halfway at Bridgeport, plus a random draw certificate for half off a driver suit during the Billy Maynard Memorial. The series champion receives a free custom team suit while the runner-up and third place driver in points get half off certificates good toward custom team suits.
Nano Pro MT gives the $300 hard charger award at Bridgeport.
Random draw awards of $50 from Allstar Performance and $50 off a purchase of $100 or more from Wilwood Racing will be given at each event. Drivers finishing between fifth and 10th in series points will be eligible for a random draw for a drive shaft from Fast Shafts.
Bob Harris Enterprises gives a certificate good for two shock rebuilds to a top 10 finisher at each event while a pair of certificates to attend Race Tech Info Dirt Chassis School sessions will be given at random over the course of the series.
PEM gives a certificate good for a set of lightweight gears to the third place finisher each night and Midosa USA LTD gives $30 to all heat race winners. Force Flow Pressure Services gives $40 to the hard charger of each race starting April 30 at Skyline.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and KMJ Performance State points are awarded at all NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series events.
Thank you to everyone that makes the Kingdom of Speed Possible….. Liberty Kenworth Church’s Auto Parts Premio Sausage Precision Hydraulic & Oil Millville Glass & Door Design For Vision Rodota Trucking & Excavating Scrappy’s Auto Service Hyper Racing Izzi Trucking & Rigging Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Vahlco Wheels Ellery’s Pub & Grill Ice Less llc. Hoffman Discount Parts JPA Masonry Weaknecht Archery Spirit Auto Center Foley Caterpillar Hisko Lowboy Lineman Racing Cenco Oil Bob Hilbert Sportswear M. Massari and Sons Disposal Services Cassidy Painting TW Metals On The High Side Apparel Hessert Chevrolet Atmostemp Heating & Cooling Drydene Triple R Truck Parts John Blewett Scrap & Waste Recycling
Bridgeport, NJ – There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming 2022 season at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. As the days of the off-season dwindle and the new season approaches, the anticipation grows for what lies ahead.
For starters, Doug and Brittany Rose will lead the Kingdom of Speed through the track’s 50th Anniversary season and that celebration will begin on opening day and continue through the year until the final checkered waves.
The Roses have already brought so much to Bridgeport. The 4/10th mile, high banked track has produced some of the best racing around in all divisions. They have continued to offer the popular and successful shows of the past while adding other first-time events in 2022.
Whether it’s the special shows like the Saturday night Rumble in the Kingdom events for the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds or the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Sportsman making three mid-week appearances this season or the more than twenty sprint car events, excitement is in the air and Bridgeport’s Street Stock Division is right in the middle of the flurry of activity. The full fendered division has not been left out of the plans for this exciting season!
Street Stock competitors have been encouraged to paint their cars to reflect an iconic NASCAR Cup Series car. The paint scheme will offer fans another level to connect with the competitors. A fifty-dollar bonus will be paid to the first two NASCAR themed cars across the finish line each week.
2021 Street Stock Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. has spent the off-season preparing his family-owned entry for the new season. The Wills entry will display the famed colors of the seven-time NASCAR champion, Richard Petty. There have been more than cosmetic changes made over the winter as Tom Wills, Sr and Jr. have done some upgrading and made some changes that they think will improve their performance this season.
Nick Sandone and his crew will reveal their NASCAR tribute on opening day. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Sandone’s paint scheme, but Sandone assures us that he has not chosen the Goodwrench No. 3. We will all find out together at the first race of the year!
Like Wills, Sandone has used the off-season to prepare and update his ride. Changes have been made as a result of lessons learned last season as Sandone anxiously prepares for the new season. And that means that Sandone’s legion of fans will have a lot to cheer for. Sandone’s following is like no other – they cheer on their driver through the good, the bad, and the ugly. And their support means a lot to their driver. “I can hear them when I am in the car,” Sandone exclaims, “and that really pumps me up!”
Rule changes made for the 2022 season have helped to level the playing field in this division. Rose explains, ” I had asked the race teams to get together and discuss anything they would like to see adjusted in the rules. I think about 17 of them got together and presented a very nice package,” Rose continues, both Ray (Carroll – Bridgeport Tech Inspector ) and I reviewed their thoughts and ideas for the division. Pretty much everything they requested seemed to be within reason and good for the division so Ray and I decided to make those changes. These guys are great to work with and they work well together. We are very proud to have this group at Bridgeport week after week.” There’s nothing better than a promoter who is willing to listen and work with his drivers!
Jeff Dirkes emerged as a top contender last season. A freak accident in one of the final races, added to Dirkes’s “To Do List” during the off-season as he has build and rebuilt the No.06 from bumper to bumper.
Dirkes will have the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of a IMCA Modified during the season opener. Dirkes’ brother-in-law will put Dirkes in his No. 1 when IMCA Modifieds make their first-ever Bridgeport appearance.
Tony Bozowski plans to join the Bridgeport Street Stock ranks this season. Bozowski has been behind the wrenches, preparing and maintaining cars for his sons to race in recent seasons. Last year, the Bozowskis joined forces with the Mowery family to field Slingshots for both Tomas Mowery and PJ Bozowski as the youngest Bozowski moved up from quarter midget competition. They also joined forces with Cobbs Mills 600 Micro Sprints to field cars for Steven Bracall and Gary Bozowski. The Slingshots and micro sprints will remain as Tony Bozowski’s primary focus however, thanks to his family, Tony will have the opportunity to climb behind the wheel once again
Bozowski was surprised by his family when they purchased a Street Stock for Tony to race this season. Danielle Bozowski saw how much driving still meant to her husband when he raced a Slingshot during the indoor shows this winter. She led the way for the purchase of a Street Stock to surprise Tony. With the help of her family and their race teams, the car was purchased and delivered without Tony’s knowledge. The No. 17G will hit the track this season.
After a successful inaugural event last season, Doug Rose and Frank Cozze will present the Second Annual Street Stock Nationals at Bridgeport this Fall. They continue to make revisions to rule packages for this event to include as many different Street Stocks from as many tracks as possible while keeping the competition fair for everyone.
The Bridgeport competitors did well in the first Nationals and the teams have been preparing for this year’s event ever since the checkered flag waved at the end of the 100-lap event last year.
This division is one of the closest-knit group of competitors on any Saturday night. While there’s plenty of close racing on the track, it is not unusual to find these competitors helping each other in the pits. Last year’s Nationals found the Bridgeport Street Stock drivers take on the invaders and a sense of “team” was formed among these weekly competitors. “That weekend changed the way we raced each other” stated Sandone. Respect was earned as teams helped each other behind the scenes. Wills agreed. ” I’ve always had respect for the other drivers and now I think it goes both ways,” the track champion explained.
Races were won by Wills, Jr., Rich Stinson, Dirkes and TJ Henry who each had multiple victories last season. Mike Hughes was a first time winner in 2021 and will join the likes of Jeramy Doerr, John Parker, Ken Moren, Mike Creamer and Gary Klimeczak when the 2022 season rolls around along with Lee Allen, Brian Ludwig and others.
Bridgeport Street Stock drivers never leave anything on the track. They may be a support division but they take their racing seriously. They set a great example, spending time with their fans after every race as well as supporting each other behind the scenes. They will add another dimension to the exciting 50th Anniversary season at the Kingdom of Speed in 2022!
Thank you to everyone that makes the Kingdom of Speed Possible….. Liberty Kenworth Church’s Auto Parts Belmont’s Garage Premio Sausage Precision Hydraulic & Oil Millville Glass & Door Design For Vision Rodota Trucking & Excavating Scrappy’s Auto Service Hyper Racing Izzi Trucking & Rigging Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Vahlco Wheels Ellery’s Pub & Grill Ice Less llc. Hoffman Discount Parts JPA Masonry Weaknecht Archery Spirit Auto Center Foley Caterpillar Hisko Lowboy Lineman Racing Cenco Oil Bob Hilbert Sportswear M. Massari and Sons Disposal Services Cassidy Painting TW Metals On The High Side Apparel Hessert Chevrolet Atmostemp Heating & Cooling Drydene Triple R Truck Parts
Bridgeport, NJ – The excitement that abounds in weekly action at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park will be expanded to several different types of racing as the Kingdom of Speed features several special events throughout the 2022 season.
Fans won’t be kept waiting as the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modifieds are featured during the season opener (presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil) – The Kingdom of Speed weekend on Saturday, March 26th. While Modified Stock Cars are popular here in the Northeast, IMCA Modifieds have gained popularity throughout the US and are certain to be a good fit on Bridgeport’s high banks.
The team at Bridgeport bounce right back the following week with the inaugural Ron Faison Memorial, 305 Spring Nationals. The 305 Sprint Cars will be on the ticket bot Saturday and Sunday, while racing for the $1000 to win payday on the Sunday event. Saturday’s event will also host the USAC Wingless Sprint Cars, 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks. Sunday, the Modifieds return with another big payday of $5000 to win and fans being treated with a 50 lap feature event. The 4 cylinders will round out the show.
The first mid-week special event comes early with the Tuesday night April 19th “Invasion of the Posse”. This event attracted thirty 410 sprint cars last year and this year’s event promises to exceed those numbers. Promoter, Doug Rose spent the weekend of the Racing Xtravaganza talking with the Central PA racers and learned that many of the competitors have all five Bridgeport 410 events on their 2022 schedule.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Super DIRTcar series returns to Bridgeport for the King of the Big Blocks 75 lap event. Tim Fuller picked up the win in last year’s event over Stewart Friesen and Max McLaughlin. It was Fuller’s second win at Bridgeport – his first came 18 years earlier in a season opener. Bridgeport’s Alex Yankowski led all the Bridgeport competitors with a sixth- place finish.
Just two weeks later on Tuesday, May 17th the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprints makes its only appearance in the Garden State as Logan Schuchart and Shark Racing return to defend their win in the 2021 event. The No. 1S will begin its 2022 season in Florida this month, picking up a few runs before the WoO opener on February 25th. A record-breaking crowd was on hand to see Schuchart’s popular win last season. .
The WoO returned to Bridgeport in 2019, after a sixteen-year absence. The 2019 event was raced on the 3/8th mile track, a race dominated by PA Posse driver, Danny Dietrich. Donny Schatz mounted a late race challenge to take the lead on lap thirty-three but Dietrich came right back to capture the win.
There is always plenty of excitement when the Outlaws come to town and are challenged by the drivers of the PA Posse.
The Monster Trucks make their first of two Bridgeport appearances on Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th. Always a fan favorite, the Monster Trucks will make their second appearance on September 17th and 18th.
The USAC Eastern Storm will roll into Logan Township on Wednesday, June 15th. The Mad Man, Robert Ballou will be looking to defend his win during USAC’s 2021 appearance. Ballou dominated the field to capture the win over Shane Cottle in the Hogue No.39. Chris Windom and Brady Bacon followed with home crowd favorite, Briggs Danner rounding out the top five in the Gallagher No. 5G.
On Saturday, June 18th, Bridgeport will host the first of two Saturday Night Rumble events. When the 2022 season was revealed, Rose made it known that he wanted to offer his Saturday night competitors the chance to compete for a higher purse on their regular night of racing. Frequently, these opportunities come as special mid-week events but Rose wanted his weekly racers and fans to have a “special” event on a Saturday night.
The second Saturday Night Rumble is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th.
The Fourth of July Spectacular is a new event for the 2022 season and will feature two days of racing with eight different divisions taking to the High Banks during the event. On Saturday, July 2nd the USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints will be featured along with the Bridgeport Street Stocks, 602 Crate Sportsman and Vintage Cars. Sunday’s show will feature Triple 40s – 40 lap features for the Modifieds, Super Late Models and USAC All Pro SpeedSTRS. This event will mark the first ever event of the Super Late Models on the High Banks of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. The Modifieds will race for up to $10,000 while the SpeedSTR’s payday will feature a $4,000 payday for the winner.
The Bob Hilbert Short Track Super Series will heat things up on Tuesday, July 26th. Five-time Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt was the winner of the 2021 South Jersey Shootout, driving to his first win on the high banks over Matt Shepperd and Stewart Friesen. The fifty-lap feature event ran caution-free and was completed in just under fifteen minutes.
The All-Star Circuit of Champions will make its first ever Bridgeport appearance on Thursday August 25th. With Tony Stewart at the helm of the All Stars, fans are guaranteed a night of great winged sprint car racing with the likes of Tyler Courtney, Cory Elaison and Hunter Schuerenberg as well as many local Posse competitors who will meet the challenge of the All-Star drivers.
The three-day Danny Serrano Memorial 100 Weekend is scheduled for Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25. This event has become one of the highlights of the Bridgeport season with great racing paying tribute to one of the sport’s most dedicated promoters. Action will begin on Friday night with the MASS Sprints, 602 Sportsman Underdog 20 and Street Stocks with the top three Modified times locking into the Saturday qualifiers. Saturday will feature the Triple 20s for the Modifieds, MASS Sprints, Modified Dash, Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman Invitational as well as practice for Sunday’s Sportsman event. The Modified Match races, 100 lap Modified feature, 40 lap 602 Sportsman feature and 4 Cylinders will complete the weekend on Sunday. No one will forget Alex Yankowski’s win and spectacular finish in the inaugeral event! Domnick Buffalino was the winner of last year’s race over 2021 Track Champion, Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch, Jr.
The Second Annual Street Stock Nationals weekend is slated for Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th, co-promoted by Frank Cozze and Doug Rose. Friday night action will feature the Street Stocks, MASS Sprints, 4 Cylinders and Vintage Stock Cars. The 100 lap Street Stock National will take on the High Banks on Saturday along with the MASS Sprints, 4 cylinders, Vintage and the Underdog 20 event for the Modifieds.
SprintOberfest will close out the month of October at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park with a big three-day event. “We wanted to show our gratitude to those who support us and pay them well,” Rose stated. This event will feature 410 Winged Sprints, URC Sprints and USAC East Coast Wingless Sprint cars. Friday night will feature Non-winners Triple 20 feature events for each of the three divisions of sprint cars. The 410s will be featured in a twenty-five lap main event on Saturday paying $5,000 to win and $500 to take the green. URC and USAC East Coast Wingless will compete in Triple 20 qualifiers. Sunday will feature forty lap feature events for all three sprint car divisions with $15,000 going to the winner of the 410 Sprint Car feature event and pay $1,000 to take the green.
“Start money has become more and more important these days,” Rose explained. “We debated a while about whether to go bigger on the win or offer the $1,000 to start. We went with the $1,000 start money.” “This is going to be a great event. I’m really looking forward to it,” Rose added.
The High Banks Classic will close out the 50th Anniversary season at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. USAC East Coast Sprints will be featured on Friday night along with a Underdog 20 feature for the 602 Sportsman, USAC All Pro SpeedSTRS and practice for URC, URC takes center stage on Saturday along with a 602 Sportsman Topless event, Street Stocks and Vintage Cars. A $5,000 to win fifty lap featuure for the Modifieds runs on Sunday along with a thirty lap 602 Sportsman feature, paying $2,000 to win and the 4 Cylinders will throw the checkered on the 2022 season with their main event.
Doug Rose and company have planned an incredible celebration for Bridgeport’s 50th Anniversary Season. In addition to outstanding weekly events, all of the top national sanctioning bodies will make and appearance on the High Banks as Rose brings the World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar, USAC, the All Star Circuit of Champions, Short Track Super Series and the Monster Trucks to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park this season. The 2022 season is a race fan’s dream – no matter if you are a sprint car or stock car fan, there is something for everyone! Attractive purses and fan favorites are part of the mix.
Circle those dates on your calendars! Start taking your vitamins now! And hang on, as the Bridgeport Motorsports Park takes you on a 50th Anniversary Celebration you are not soon to forget!!
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Bridgeport, NJ – The Bridgeport Speedway heads into its 50th Anniversary with the start of the 2022 season. It hasn’t always been clear sailing for the Logan Township speedplant but Doug and Brittany Rose have brought new life to Bridgeport with the construction of the high banked, 4/10th mile speedway and have planned an extraordinary schedule for this very special milestone!
It all started with the Paz Brothers and Leon Manchester. Construction was completed and the first races run during the 1972 season with Manchester as promoter.
Over the years, ownership of the Bridgeport Speedway has changed hands numerous times. The promoter position has changed even more frequently.
In spite of the numerous transitions, the Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks (Outlaw Stocks) made up the weekly race cars throughout most of the track’s history. Ed Kelly introduced the Jasper Sprints – open wheel cars that were all powered by Jasper engines. The division proved to be successful during Kelly’s tenure.
Jay James and his businesss partner, Brian Ramey came to Bridgeport in 2004. James had the racing experience as a successful Modified team owner so the track was his primary responsibility. James introduced the Crate Divisions to Bridgeport’s Spirtsmen. James dropped the Big Block Modifieds from his racing program for the 2010 season, substituting Crate Modifieds for the former headliners. The plan was not successful.
Doug Hoffman was hired to promote the speedway for the 2011 season and the first thing he did was bring back the Modifieds. Hoffman also introduced his Poker Series to Bridgeport as well as bringing the feature line’-up behind the grandstands.
Hoffman breathed new life into the Bridgeport Speedway that year but his death left Ramey back at square one as he faced the 2012 season.
As a non-racer, Ramey formed a management team of experienced racers to run the track. Dave Adams, Keith Hoffman and Danny Serrano brought their racing backgrounds to Bridgeport and continued the work that Hoffman had started. Later, Ramey’s son, Kolby and daughter, Haili joined the team to work with marketing and finance.
The World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar and USAC came back to race at the Bridgeport Speedway. Kolby also brought in the Monster Trucks to attract a whole new audience to the track as well as off road events.
It had always been Brian Ramey’s plan to prove that Bridgeport was a viable speedway and then sell the track. He succeeded but his plan took several more years than he had planned.
Enter Doug and Brittany Rose. The Roses worked with Ramey and his team for the 2019 season and then took full control for the 2020 season.
Rose wasted no time as he began construction of the new high banked, 4/10th mile track to replace the 5/8th mile track that had been Bridgeport for all those years. The timing couldn’t have been worse when the start of the 2020 season had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Then the untimely death of Danny Serrano came as another blow to Rose. The two had worked side by side for months, working to create the vision they had for the new Bridgeport Motorsports Park. Now Rose was left without his right-hand man but he trudged ahead and continued the work that they had started.
Finally, the 2020 opener came and the racing was outstanding! The high banks produced three and four wide racing in all divisions. Slide jobs and crossover moves became the new normal. Racing was exciting again!
Two weekends of racing – one on the 4/10th and one on the quarter mile -, were dedicated to Serrano’s memory. The support of the competitors and fans was overwhelming.
The 2021 season produced more of the same with special shows like the World of Outlaws, USAC Wingless Sprints and Midgets and the SuperDirt Car Series. Rose and Frank Cozze partnered to bring the first Street Stock Nationals to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park.
” I could not be more proud of Doug and his family and their commitment to the legacy of Bridgeport Speedway,” Brian Ramey stated. “Many lives were changed, and several literally ended in the struggle that has made Our speedway what it is today. I do not know a better Ambassador than Doug to carry the torch and fully make it what we have always known it to be. We (ALL) Are Bridgeport, and we are proud.”
“It’s awesome to see Doug adding to the legacy of the track,” added Kolby Ramey. “You have a track that had an uncertain future not too long ago, was then given a new life, and was then entrusted to Doug and he has really worked to take it to the next level. I’m super pumped for him and all of the Bridgeport speedway fans, race teams, and employees.”
And the excitement is building for the 2022 season! The Bridgeport Motorsports Park has everyone talking!! Many competitors and fans alike have marked their calendars for the exciting events on this year’s schedule.
More than twenty events will feature sprint cars this season – 410s, 360s, 305s, winged and wingless. Bridgeport will welcome the All Star Circuit of Champions for their first appearance in New Jersey! The IMCA Modifieds will make their first Bridgeport appearance this season.
With Bridgeport’s events televised on FloRacing, the track has moved onto the national stage with their weekly racing program.
Bridgeport Motorsports Park is where you want to be this racing season!
Oaks, PA – Race fans headed to the Philadelphia Expo Center this past weekend for Motorsports – anxious for the opportunity to talk racing and mingle among the racing crowd with nearly two months remaining of the area’s off season.
For two days, Doug and Brittany Rose welcomed fans and competitors to the Bridgeport Motorsports – The Kingdom of Speed – display where the excitement for the 2022 season was ever present. The 2022 schedules for both the High Banks and the Spirit quarter mile were a hot commodity throughout the weekend.
You could look at the Bridgeport display and follow the storyline of the last two seasons and see what the Roses have brought to the racing industry.
Front and center was the beautiful new Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz No. 51 that will return to Bridgeport this season with Richie Pratt Jr. behind the wheel. Once again, those blue No.51 shirts will be seen throughout the grandstand. This team certainly made a lot of Bridgeport fans happy with the news of their return.
The World of Outlaws were represented by Logan Schuchart and his popular Shark Racing No.1S. Schuchart was on hand to greet fans and sign autographs on Saturday. Schuchart is looking forward to returning to Bridgeport this season to defend his 2021 victory on the high banks. “Any time you win at a track, it gives you confidence,” Schuchart explained. “We watched videos and you could see there was good racing.” Schuchart is hoping to build on his success last season. “We had speed but we had some problems that have hopefully been resolved.”
The Cassidy Painting 600 Micro Sprint driven by Chris Fenimore was the third car displayed over the weekend. Fenimore is a regular competitor on the Spirit quarter mile. Fenimore’s No. 92 is sponsored Cassidy Painting of New Castle, DE. Cassidy does commercial and industrial painting, fireproofing, sandblasting and so much more. Cassidy came onboard last season to sponsor the Danny Serrano Skyscraper weekend.
The No. 51 represented the successful Saturday night program that the Rose’s have created at Bridgeport over the last two seasons. The No. 1S of Logan Schuchart represented the successful special shows that have thrilled the Bridgeport fans. Certainly, the World of Outlaw shows have seen record breaking attendance. The Fenimore No. 92 is an example of the growing quarter mile program on the Spirit quarter mile – all part of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park.
And, the Bridgeport influence wasn’t just felt at the Bridgeport display. Fifteen Bridgeport competitors were displayed – some helping to support other vendor displays throughout the show including Dominick Buffalino and the Hyneman No. 126, the Belmont No. 14 of Joe Toth, Billy Pauch and his No. 1, Billy Pauch, Jr. and the Rick Holsten No. 96, Joe Toth’s No. 9, Alex Yankowski and his No. 84Y, Brett Ballard’s No. 5B, David Crossman’s No. 80, Davy Sammons No, 79, Ryan Watt’s No. 14w, Dave Adams’s No. 37 to be piloted by Brian Papiez, Eric Kormann’s and the Hoffman No. 10 and Kormann’s No,. 36. Sammy Martz Jr.’s No. 24 and of course, the Danny’s Pizza Pizazz Mo. 51.
For the entire sixteen hours of the two-day show, Doug and Brittany Rose answered questions and listened to the fans and competitors who expressed their gratitude for the work that they have done and the racing that they have brought to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. Racers were taking advantage of the Motorsports weekends to secure their parking spots, season passes or just get their questions answered about the upcoming season. Many times, racing teams filled the aisles as they visited with their fellow competitors and fans.
“It was a great show for us,” Doug Rose stated. “Our new Bob Hilbert designed shirts were a big hit and we sold a lot of shirts. These shirts were the first to carry our 50th Anniversary Logo.”
A lot was accomplished during this two-day event as we move one weekend closer to the 2022 racing season.
Bridgeport, NJ – Since the first green flag waved on the new Bridgeport Motorsports Park two seasons ago, area race fans have experienced a new level of competition that had fans on the edge of their seats from the start to the finish. The high banks and the wide track allowed slide jobs, slingshot moves and crossovers in all divisions in all types of race cars from open wheeled to full fender racers. That excitement is building as we move closer to the start of the 2022 season with announcement of what the new year has in store for the Foley Cat Modifieds.
Nine races will pay the race winner at minimum of $5,000 during the 2022 season. It will all get started with the Kingdom of Speed Weekend and the Doug Hoffman Memorial – sixty laps for $6,000 to win and $600 to take the green. One week later, the Modifieds will race in a fifty lap main during the Ron Faison Memorial Weekend with $5,000 on the line. The King of the Big Blocks Super DIRTcar race follows in May ($7,500), a Rumble in the Kingdom show in June and again in August ($6,000) The Triple 40 show in July will feature the Modifieds($10,000) , Super Late Models and USAC All Pro SpeedSTRS. The Short Track Super Series comes to Bridgeport in late July ($6,000). The Danny Serrano Weekend returns in late September ($10,000) and then the season finale in November with the fifty lap High Banks Classic ($5,000).
In addition to the special events, Bridgeport offers a strong weekly purse and point fund that can be accessed on the track’s website under Competition Info.
“There is a lot of money on the line at Bridgeport this season,” Doug Rose asserted. “We have come a long way in just two seasons and I am very proud to give back to all of the drivers in all of the divisions!” Bridgeport didn’t forget the Families either, the Modifiesds have 5 Saturday Nights off to get some needed family time and to help keep their equipment at top level – 4/2, 4/30, 5/28, 7/2, 7/23.
Rose’s efforts during the last two seasons have not gone unnoticed. “Doug has put together a schedule that has caught my eye,” says Billy Pauch, Jr. “He has gone above and beyond to give back to the racers. It’s a great time to be a modified driver!” Pauch raced several events last season in the Joel’s Technologies No .19 and contended for the win in the season finale. Look for Pauch and Rick Holsten to make the move to Bridgeport for the 2022 season.
Jimmy Blewett has put Bridgeport on his schedule for the new season. “To see what Doug and his family have done with the Bridgeport Speedway is great! They brought excitement back to Saturday night racing,” Blewett expresses. “And with that, they are also giving back to the racers – seeing the schedule, the payouts and the fire-suits for their champions just adds to the excitement! Doug understands what it takes and what we all sacrifice to get to the races week in and week out. It’s nice to have someone who gets that part of racing,” Blewett adds.
Danny Bouc is ready to call Bridgeport his Saturday night home this season. “I’m really excited for Bridgeport this year,” Bouc states. “After burning myself out last year, it’s really refreshing to see a solid Saturday night pay at a local race track and not having to race as much during the workweek – I’m all for it! Those $6,000 to win Saturday night shows mid-season are really nice to see.” Bouc will be behind of the wheel of the Bouc No. 32 on Saturday nights
Jordan Watson will add his name to the roster with the family-owned No. 18. “We’re looking forward to racing weekly at Bridgeport against a stout field of cars at one of the best facilities in the Northeast” Watson stated. Watson’s brother, Joseph and the Blue Hen Racing Team are Bridgeport regulars, picking up a win last season.
Craig Whitmoyer will be making the trip south to become part of Bridgeport’s starting line-up on Saturday nights this season. “We already planned to come to Bridgeport every week before they even announced those races (9 bonus features),” Whitmoyer explained. “We ran some races at the end of the year and decided to try something different.”
Mike Barone reappeared at the end of the 2021 season after stepping away from racing for nearly five years. He liked what he saw and will return to action with a new Bicknell with Lombardo power under the hood. “A lot of things have changed since I last raced,” Barone explained. “One thing I know for sure is this schedule is going to produce a stacked field of talented drivers and exciting racing. I’m looking forward to battling it out with everyone and having my brother alongside of me.” Mike’s brother, Donald will also be returning to Saturday night action.
Donald Barone raced at Bridgeport from 1998 – 2008. He stopped racing when he married and started his family. He brought his eleven year old daughter to a race last year and she enjoyed the races. “My old crew chief approached me last year to talk about getting back into racing,” Barone related. “I missed competing and I missed the people.” Like Mike, Donald will race a Bicknell chassis with Lombardo power. The brothers haven’t decided who will race the family number – No. 267. It was their dad’s number when he raced snowmobiles and both Donald and Mike have used the number in the past. “It’s going to be fun. I’m really looking forward to it,” Donald Barone added.
Davey Sammons will be behind the wheel of his own Modified this season – the No. 79 to be revealed at Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show this coming weekend. “Bridgeport is doing great things for local Modified racing and we want to support them as much as possible. Last season, we ran all of the special shows and had some good runs,” Sammons continues. “This year, we look forward to running all the big races plus weekly events in hopes to pick up our first victory in a Modified at Bridgeport!”
Delaware’s Sean Metz will make Bridgeport his Saturday night home this season. “Doug has done an awesome job on the schedule for Bridgeport this year,” Metz stated. “We are looking forward to the new challenge of moving up to the Modifieds but we still plan to run our family-owned crate car as much as we can.”
And if you heard the rumor – it’s true. “Last Lap”, Richie Pratt, Jr. will make his return to Bridgeport this season.
Stop by the Bridgeport Motorsports Park display at Motorsports for your 2022 schedules. Pit passes and season passes will be available for purchase both days of the show.
Let the countdown begin to the start of the 2022 season!