Bridgeport’s 50th Anniversary Season


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!

BRIDGEPORT HAS VERY BUSY MOTORSPORTS WEEKEND

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’S FOLEY CAT MODIFIEDS TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER

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!

Bridgeport Motorsports Park ready to set up at Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show, Jan 21 & 22 with surprise Sprint Car on display

Oaks, PA – After a one-year absence, the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car and Trade show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA Friday January 21 (2 – 9 pm) and Saturday January 22 (11 am – 7 pm).

Bridgeport Motorsports Park has a tremendous schedule in place for the 2022 race season and you can get yours at their display located at booth no. 220-226 / 321-327. They will have 3 hot rods on display, Chris Fenimore’s Hyper Racing 600 Sprint sponsored by Cassidy Painting, along with a brand-new Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz #51, debuting their new driver for the 2022 season.

“Bridgeport’s 2022 schedule is packed full of 35 Sprint Car races, so it’s only appropriate to have a Sprint Car in the booth” stated owner Doug Rose. “We want to make an impact and I think with the car we have in place will make a strong statement of the caliber of racing we will have throughout the 2022 season. Having a Sprint Car of this magnitude along with Danny Sommeling debuting his new team for the 2022 season at our booth and Chris’s always beautiful 600 sprint. I feel we will make a strong statement at this show of what our fans are in store for this coming 2022 season.”

Bridgeport drivers and their race cars will be out in droves at the show this weekend. As you make your way around you will find the following Bridgeport cars on display. At the Pioneer Pole Buildings booth Billy Pauch Sr, Billy Pauch Jr (#15), and Davey Sammons cars will be on display. Bob Hilbert Sportswear booth you will find the Ronnie Roberts owned #14 of Ryan Watt. The Belmont Garage #14 driven by Joe Toth and the infamous Keystone Racing 126 owned by Glenn and Bonita Hyneman driven by Dominic Buffalino will be at the STSS booth, Rick Holsten’s 96 with chauffeur Billy Pauch Jr will be displayed at the Georgetown Speedway booth. American racer will have 2 Bridgeport Drivers in their booth with the 84 of Alex Yankowski and the #9 of Joe Toth. Dave Adams Motorsports will be making his return to the show with a beautiful designed and painted Sportsman for Brian Papiez. Eric Korman will have his Modified on display at the Erk Steering booth and Wiz Motorsports will have a booth full of racecars including the #5 of Brett Ballard and the #80 of David Crossman.

At Bridgeport’s display you will find plenty of 2022 schedules along with newly designed 2022 Bridgeport T-shirts designed by Bob Hilbert Sportswear.

The Bridgeport team will be on hand selling Season Licenses and passes, along with pit parking, grandstand parking, skyboxes, and much more.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park opens with a practice session on the big track March 12th and The ¼ mile opens the following weekend March 18th with a World Series of Slingshot weekend along with 600 and 270 practice.

The Doug Hoffman Memorial returns in full force to kick off the season on March 27th with the modifieds going 60 laps, for $6000 to win and $600 to start.

For up-to-date information stay tuned to their website at https://bridgeportmotorsportspark.com/ and the Facebook page at Bridgeport Speedway.

SPRINT CARS, SPRINT CARS AND MORE SPRINT CARS AT BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK

Bridgeport, NJ – Stock car racing has always been the headliner of New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. In addition to Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman and Street Stocks, the Bridgeport Motorsports Park will feature more than twenty sprint car events throughout the 2022 season.


Doug and Brittany Rose have put together an action-packed schedule for the 2022 season and sprint cars – both winged and wingless will play a major role.


“From the time we were building the track, we knew we wanted Sprint Car races,” Doug Rose explains. “Our Northeast fans love their Modifieds and they love their Sprint Cars but we realize that in order to produce Sprint Car races, you have to have a track that is conducive to Sprint Car racing.” It didn’t take long for Rose to realize that his newly configured high banked four-tenth mile track would produce great racing.


The 2021 season saw Rose move ahead with his plan. “We got more aggressive with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) and put together our “Invasion of the Posse” event. Our World of Outlaws show was basically a sell-out, the PA Posse event went very well and MASS put on great events week after week,” Rose continued. As the 2021 season came to an end, Rose approached Eddy and Erika Wagner of MASS, Ryan Stillwaggon of the United Racing Club (URC) and Curt Michael of USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints about promoting more events in 2022. “They were all great to work with. They made it easy for me to blend together a great schedule and then we landed our All-Star Circuit of Champions event,” Rose explained. “And that date fit perfectly in our schedule!”


“We are really excited to see what 2022 brings,” exclaimed MASS’s Eddy Wagner. “Doug and Brittany have been a pleasure to work with. They want Sprint Cars at Bridgeport and we really want to be there so it works out perfectly! Bridgeport is the central hub of all of our race teams so it’s good to call Bridgeport our home track.” Wagner continued, “We are trying some two day races there this season to really get the excitement going starting with the Ron Faison 305 Spring Nationals in April and we are really looking forward to that event.”


MASS made eight appearances on the High Banks last season with 2021 MASS Champion, Kevin Nagy dominating the win column with six wins with Wagner and Dave Grube each earning a single victory. In addition to seasoned veterans like Tim Tanner, Rick Stief, Dave Brown and others, there are several up-and-coming young drivers like Zach Bealer, Cody West and Buddy Schweibinz who brought another element of excitement to the 305 events.


In addition to the Ron Faison Spring Nationals in April, MASS will also be a part of the Street Stock National weekend in October. “I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do,” Rose explains, “but October is so full of big Modified events that I had to start thinking about a Sprint Car dominant show. “I scoured the schedules trying to find the perfect date and not step on anyone else’s show.” After a few hiccups along the way and conversations with several other promoters, Rose reached out to URC and USAC EC and came up with a fourth 410 Sprint Car event – Sprintoberfest – a three day weekend of sprint car racing at the end of October that will feature 410 winged sprint cars as well as 360 winged and wingless sprints.” “This weekend is going to be huge,” Rose exclaims with pride! There are some teams that are exploring the possibility of competing in all three classes! “Saturday’s 410 race will pay $5,000 to win while Sunday’s race will pay $15,000 to win, $1,000 to start.)


URC will have four shows at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park during the 2022 season. URC president, Ryan Stillwaggon says, “Bridgeport has always been a favorite stop for URC over the years but the new high banks have teams and fans circling the dates!” “It’s always an exciting show and URC is excited for all four appearances on the high banks.”
Ryan Smith and Anthony Macri were winners in URC shows at Bridgeport last season.


The wingless warriors of the USAC East Coast Sprints will compete in four events on the 2022 Bridgeport schedule. “The new Bridgeport Motorsports Park provides fantastic non-wing sprint action, says USAC EC’s Curt Michael. “Our series racers love racing on the high banks. We are excited to have some of our biggest races at Bridgeport.”


2021 USAC EC action was dominated by 2021 Champion, Alex Bright and 2021 Rookie of the Year, Briggs Danner but the competition will be tough when the green flag waves on the new season as past champion, Steven Drevicki, Christopher Allen, Jr. and Ed Aiken take on the young bloods like Tommy Kunsman, Damon Paul and Colin White.

URC opens their season on March 26th with additional date in July, October and November. MASS will open their season on March 25th and then return for the Ron Faison Spring Nationals on April 2nd and 3rd. MASS will return for nine Saturday night races before the season culminates with a two-day event in October when MASS appears with the Street Stock Nationals. USAC EC will be part of the Spring Nationals on April 2nd and will appear three more times, including the November 5th season finale.

The 410 Sprint Cars first appear in the Invasion of the Posse on Tuesday, April 19th. ($7,500 to win, $700 to start) Pennsylvania’s finest will return to compete against the World of Outlaws on Tuesday, May 17th and again on Thursday, August 25th with the first Bridgeport appearance of the All-Star Circuit Champions. ($12,000 to win) USAC’s Eastern Storm returns to the High Banks on Wednesday, June 15th.

So sharpen your pencils and get out your calendars! The Bridgeport Motorsports Park is where you want to be this season!

602 Crate Sportsman Are Part of Bridgeport Success

Bridgeport, NJ – ​Planning for the future is an integral part of any success story and the 602 Crate Sportsman represent that future in dirt track racing. The stars of tomorrow launch their futures from this division and give us a glance at what the future holds for our sport. The 2022 Bridgeport Motorsports Park schedule reflects how important this division is to Bridgeport’s Doug Rose. Eight races will pay $2,000 or more to the winner while the 602 Crate Sportsman perform on the national stage via FloRacing broadcasts.

After increasing the purse for the 2021 season, Rose continues to fine tune the pay-outs which are available on the track’s website along with the point fund. 2021 Champion, Sammy Martz, Jr. took home the point money and a brand new Velocita racing suit as a result of his efforts last season.

The Third Annual Precision Hydraulics and Oil Invitational moves to the Danny Serrano 100 weekend in 2022. Joe Infante’s annual event is one of the highlights of the season. “Joe and his family have played a significant role with the speedway since I took over,” says Rose. “His support has been over the top. He could have taken the Precision Hydraulics and Oil event to any speedway but he chose Bridgeport. The Infantes have the same appreciation for the 602 Sportsman division as I do and this event shows that,” adds Rose. “Joe has also been key to bringing the IMCA Modifieds to Bridgeport for the first time ever!”

The Third Annual Precision Hydraulics and Oil Invitational will be held on Saturday of the Serrano 100 weekend. Then the 602 competitors will return on Sunday for another full show climaxing with a forty lap feature event with $4,000 going to the race winner.

The 602 Crate Sportsman will benefit from the FloRacing coverage on a weekly basis along with their four midweek appearances with the PA Posse in April, USAC Eastern Storm in June, the Short Track Super Series in July and then the All Star Circuit of Champions in August.

“These are some exciting events that get our sportsman teams in the limelight but with that comes more races on the schedule,” Rose explains. “We know some family time is always needed so we will factor in three or four Saturday nights off for them.”

Ryan Godown, Jr. is looking to start out 2022 right where he left-off in November. The second generation driver finished out the 2021 season with five Bridgeport victories, a strong showing during Super DIRTcar week at Oswego and then a win in the Short Track Super Series Finale at Georgetown. Godown has his eye on the 2022 track championship and has made his Saturday night program a priority. Godown knows that the laps he’s turned on Bridgeport’s high banks have made him a better driver. “You have to drive every lap of the race at Bridgport,” Godown explained. “You’ve got to give it 110% every lap. Other tracks may be more about set-up or the car in general but Bridgeport is about the driver.” Godown knows that his Bridgeport experience has paid dividends when he went on the road with his No. 26.

The “Super Rookie”, Ethan Bill, is looking for his first feature win in 602 competition. The second year driver will build on his Rookie success as he continues to develop as a driver and the father and son team build on their racing knowledge.

Matt Ellery was another first year driver in 2021 and he quickly proved to be a contender. Ellery is also looking for his first 602 win after picking up a late season win in the Underdog 20. “Doug is giving us a lot of opportunities this season, especially with the FloRacing,” Ellery stated. “That is great for the sponsors as well as for family members who can’t get to the track.” Ellery will have a brand new DKM chassis No. 29 for Bridgeport this season.

Jim Dallett was another first year driver during the 2021 season. The school teacher from Vineland, NJ is also seeking his first win and looks to build on his late season success. “It’s really exciting to see everything that is going on at the track,” Dallett exclaimed. “With twenty-two point races on the schedule, we’ll concentrate on our Saturday night program but I would love to run whatever special shows we can. We learned a lot of good stuff late in the season and we’re updating the car for the new year.”

The excitement is building for the 2022 Bridgeport Motorsports Park season as some new faces join the old on the high banks for some outstanding racing.

Street Stocks to Receive “NASCAR Retro” Bonus in 2022

Bridgeport, NJ – The Street Stock Division at Bridgeport Motorsports Park puts on some of the greatest racing on the High Banks each week and in 2022 they will find some new opportunities available to them. “Danny (Serrano) and I had talked about something he wanted to do prior to him passing. He said he always liked when he would go to tracks and see a Street Stock painted in a “Retro NASCAR” scheme,” explains Doug Rose. In 2022, Bridgeport will offer a weekly $50 bonus to each of the top 2 finishers in the feature event that have their race car graphics in a “Retro NASCAR” theme. “The original plan was to give the winner a $100 bonus if his car had the retro look, but I wanted to be sure that these guys that all take the time to do this get the opportunity for the bonus, plus whats better than one team? Lets have two teams get the bonus,” says Rose. The teams will need to contact Doug Rose and register their retro scheme, they don’t want seven Dale Earnhardt #3 Goodwrench cars, a nice split of schemes is preferred. The racing in the Street Stock division is already insane, but seeing the Wrangler #3, the Coors #9, and the Skoal Bandit #33 battling it out will be even more entertaining for race fans to see.

That’s not the only new perk for the Street Stocks in 2022, they will also be a part of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car event. They will be competing for a healthy $500 to win and $100 to start purse. Rose mentions, “We met with several of the teams at our last event to get their thoughts on running this mid-week event and the response was outstanding.”

Frank Cozze and Rose also plan to promote the second annual $10,000 to win, 100 lap, Street Stock Nationals, October 7 and 8. “The inaugural event in 2021 went very well. We learned a lot from the initial event and have some great plans to make this year’s show even more spectacular. There are some modifications we saw that could be implemented to the rules that would help everyone be on a level field and allow more teams to have cars that fit our rules package even better,” explains Cozze.

“From the start, I have been impressed with the racing that our Street Stocks put on and in 2022 they will start reaping more of the rewards they deserve. On top of that all of their events will be Live Streamed on Flo giving them National Recognition for all of their hard work they put in every week.” Rose adds.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park continues to climb to the top of the racing world here in the Northeast with great additions like these for their racers and fans. They plan to “Kick Off” the season at the Motorsports show in Oaks, PA January 22 & 23. Stop by and check out more of the exciting news.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park Embraces FloRacing’s Live Stream CoveragE


Bridgeport, NJ – Bridgeport Motorsports Park Embraces Flo Racing’s Live Stream Coverage 

Live streaming has become a major part of the promotion of dirt track motorsports in recent years.  FloRacing, and its parent company, FloSports, leads the industry in broadcasting live stream auto racing events.  Bridgeport Motorsport Park made the decision to partner with FloRacing early on – recognizing the direction that the Motorsports Industry was taking.   

“Our weekly viewership numbers are outstanding,” Bridgeport’s Doug Rose exclaims.  And Rose should know.  He replaced the “big ole 5/8th” mile track with a 4/10 mile, high banked facility that has seen outstanding racing across the board –  in every division, in every type of race car that has taken to the surface.  Drivers continue to migrate to Bridgeport after seeing what Rose and his staff are doing at Bridgeport with incredible racing, a professional atmosphere and great purse structures.  The ability to pass at will is the end result of a wide racing surface that often eliminates the potential for many crashes.  Bridgeport’s Foley Cat Modifieds ran five non-stop, caution free feature events during the 2021 season.   

The FloRacing broadcasts allows sponsors to watch and to be seen on a higher level than ever before.  It also allows for more friends and family to be able to watch their drivers perform on a national stage. 

“Flo has helped us bring on several new marketing partners for 2022,” Brittany Rose explains.  “Before nightly sponsors or divisional sponsors exposure was primarily heard solely at the track during the event. Now these same sponsors are heard nationally not only live during the event, but also throughout the week during race replays. The value and exposure has multiplied in numbers no one could have imagined and will continue to grow as our partnership does.”

Alex Yankowski , the teenage sensation known as “Kid Rocket”, has finished second in championship points at Bridgeport for the last two seasons.  “FloRacing has been great exposure for the Big Block Modifieds on a national level.  It’s been cool to see people who can’t go to the races still be able to watch by tuning in,” Yankowski relates. 

Kevin Bates, himself a successful Modified racer, is the crew chief on Yankowski’s No. 84Y.  Bates has been charged with grooming the young driver for bigger and better things in the future.   Bates is all about putting his driver in the spotlight in order to find the best opportunities for him.  “It really helps the sport and gives recognition to the tracks, drivers and northeast dirt track Modifieds that we wouldn’t have and didn’t have before,” Bates proclaims.  “I have heard from a lot of people that now know us nationwide that didn’t know what a Northeast Dirt Modified was before these races were broadcast,” Bates adds.  “It’s absolutely big with seeking corporate sponsorships and that’s what we need more of.” 

Ryan Krachun is another young driver that calls “The Kingdom of Speed” home on Saturday nights during the racing season.  Krachun runs his family owned race team with the help of his parents, Trish and Mike.  While Ryan and Mike are busy working on the No. 29s, Trish is busy promoting their apparel sales.  

Krachun has seen first-hand how the FloRacing exposure has benefited his racing team.  “It is definitely a plus when you can bring a large audience to sponsors, as well as having family that can’t make it to the track weekly still be able to watch the races and cheer us on from home.”  Krachun continued, “I get messages from people from all over the country who watch on Flo who say that they love the racing at Bridgeport and they buy our apparel.  We’ve shipped  items across the country.”  Krachun adds, “I also think that it showcases Bridgeport as the best dirt track around!  I have heard that from numerous people that haven’t had the chance to make it to the track as of yet.” 

With shows like the All Star Circuit of Champions or the Amsoil National USAC Wingless Sprint Cars on the schedule, you hear those competitors talking about watching the races on television in preparation for their appearances.   

Briggs Danner is a young driver from Allentown, PA.  Danner moved into a full time wingless sprint car ride this season with the USAC East Coast Non-wing sprints.  Danner has a wide variety of racing experience – on dirt as well as on pavement.  He has been a competitor in Lenny Sammons Indoor Racing Productions for the past several seasons.  Danner was approached by Ryan Flores during a 2020 event.  Flores, who hails from New Jersey, works full time on a NASCAR Cup car but comes north to race during the winter months when racing moves indoors.  Flores knew all about Danner’s ability because he and his crew watch the Flo broadcasts from the Cup car garage.   

“It was cool to hear Matt Williamson say, “Everyone watches Bridgeport,“ during a Flo interview,” Rose interjects.  “That kind of opened my eyes that all the modified drivers are tuning into Flo to watch the incredible racing our racers and track surface produces.” 

Racing at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park allows competitors in all divisions to race in front of a national audience on one of the region’s, if not the nation’s most popular race tracks.  There’s no need to go anywhere else! 

“We are proud to give our racers, sponsors and everyone who supports us a National stage to perform on,” Rose adds. 

And there’s plenty more to come!

BRIDGEPORT HONORS 2021 TRACK CHAMPIONS

Bridgeport, NJ – For the first time since taking over the helm of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Doug and Brittany Rose hosted the Awards Banquet at the Bridgeport Fire Hall on Saturday night. Last year’s event was derailed due to the concerns over Covid-19 but this year’s event went off without a hitch in front of a full house of drivers and owners. This year’s event was catered by Ellery’s Grill and Pub of Middlesex, NJ.

Rose presented every driver from both the 4/10th mile track and the Spirit Auto Center Speedway with their awards during the course of the evening. Rose thanked the competitors for their support throughout the season and told them how much he appreciated the support that they gave to Bridgeport. Rose made sure to include all drivers and owners, not just the top ten or so in each division. “Every one of them (competitors) is important, whether they finish in the top ten or not,” Rose explained. “Each and every one is vital to our racing program.”

Rose also recognized the Bridgeport employees and staff and revealed the new shirts that will be provided for the coming season. “Each one performs a vital job,” Rose continued.

Ryan Godown and his R&M Motorsports were center stage as their 2021 Bridgeport Speedway Foley Cat Modified championship was celebrated. Godown’s performance throughout the season was one of winning and consistency. Godown raced to nine victories on the 4/10th mile surface and placed in the top five eighteen times during the twenty-four race season.

As has been the case following every feature win, Godown praised his race team and his sponsors who have supported him throughout his career. Some of these sponsors have been with Godown throughout his career including Michael Strober of Strober-Wright Roofing who has supported Godown’s racing for the past eighteen years. Godown had Strober join him center stage when he accepted his championship trophy and point fund moneys. ($10,000)

Sponsors on the No. 26 are Camp Out, Ellery’s Grill and Pub, Izzy’s Trucking, Creston Hydraulics, TMI Trucking, Montrose Mouldings, R&M Motorsports and Strober-Wright Roofing plus many product sponsors also keep the No. 26 on track week in and week out. Crew members worked at home in the garage as well as at the track, led by Sam Godown as crew chief. Working on the No. 26 crew are Mike Carlucci, Ryan Godown, Jr., Ron Bennitez, Roger Cox, Dan Fleming, Bruce Johnson, Matt Ellery, John Ellery (trustee), Don Miller, Chelsea Miller and Savannah. Godown always remembers his mom and dad whenever the opportunity arises.

Following the end of the 2020 season, Godown and his crew were looking to improve on the past season’s performance. After exploring some options with other teams, Godown, his brother, Sam and his best friend, Mike Carlucci made the decision to form their own team for the coming season and that’s how R&M Motorsports came to be. They then approached their sponsors who jumped on board for the 2021 season.

Putting the 2020 season behind them, work was begun on the new team. Their goal was to concentrate their efforts on their Saturday night car. When that task was accomplished, then and only then would they think about doing any traveling.

The No. 26 was fast out of the box but the first three races of the season fell short of a feature win as Godown finished third and then second in the next two races. On May 15th, the R&M Motorsports No. 26 went to the Weaknecht Archery Victory Lane for the first time in 2021. Three days later, they returned to win a mid-week show. They were on their way.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,” Godown said, indicating his sponsors and crew members. “My job is easy. I just have to drive the car. It’s because of them that I am here!”

Alex Yankowski finished second to Godown in the final point standings after collecting a pair of wins, fifteen top fives and twenty top tens. For the second year in a row, Yankowski finished second in points ($5,000) at the Kingdom of speed.

Dominick Buffalino was ranked third in points in his first season behind the wheel of the potent Hyneman No. 126. Buffalino won three times during the 2021 season – one mid-week show, one point contest and the second annual Danny Serrano 100 for the biggest win of his career to date.

Joseph Watson had one win this season and finished fourth in points ahead of Billy Osmun III in fifth.

Ryan Krachun, Matt Stangle, Sam Martz, Sr., Billy Pauch, Sr. were sixth through ninth in the standings, each with a single feature win. Neal Williams completed the top ten in the South Jersey Overhead Door No. 0.

Sammy Martz, Jr. carried on with the family tradition and captured the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman title for 2021. Martz was the 2018 DA’S Auto Body & Repair Rookie Champion on the 5/8th mile track and now just three years later, was being crowned as the Crate Sportsman Champion. After very limited experience on the new Bridgeport surface, Martz started the season off with a win in the opener and then won five more times before the end of the season. The third generation driver gained a lot of confidence by winning the first race of the season. Martz collected fifteen top five finishes and twenty top tens in twenty-four events.

Steve Kemery raced to seven wins and finished second in points followed by Matt Ellery, Tom Sherby and Howie Finch. It was the first season of competition for Ellery who earned a win in one of the Underdog 20 races at the end of the season. Ryan Godown, Jr. finished sixth in points followed by Travis Hill, Rookie Champion, Ethan Bill, Jim Dallett and Ryan Higgs. It was also Dallett’s first year in a 602 Crate Sportsman.

After a very challenging 2021 season, Tom Wills, Jr. claimed his third Street Stock point championship with five feature wins.

Wills spoke about the how the Street Stock competitors came to his aid whenever mechanical issues arose at the track. ” I just hope that I can repay all the kindness that I was shown,” the champion stated.

Jeff Dirkes finished second with four wins, followed by Mike Hughes with one win, Jeramy Doerr and Nick Sandone III. John Parker, Ken Moren, Gary Klimeczak, TJ Henry and Rich Stinson rounded out the top ten.

Ethan Bill raced to the 2021 DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Championship, winning all but two of the Rookie feature events. He finished second in the other two races won by Bryce Higgs and Shane Kassekert. It was a big season for the “Super Rookie” who also graduated from high school during the 2021 season.

Several competitors were honored with special awards, presented by Doug Rose. Jim Gallagher was recognized as the Modified Rookie of the Year as well as Billy Osmun, III whose consistent top ten performances gained him recognition for his 2021 efforts. Billy Chester and Pete Serra were honored for their weekly support and achievements in 602 Crate Sportsman competition. Nick Sandone’s NS3 Street Stock team was honored for their weekly support of both their driver and the speedway in general. This team also raised thousands of dollars in tornado relief for areas surrounding the Bridgeport Speedway that were devastated by summer storms. Doug Rose honored John Ellery for his support throughout the season.

Track champions Godown, Martz, Jr. and Wills, Jr. were presented with beautiful red racing suits from the Bridgeport Speedway.

Most Popular Driver Awards were presented to the winners from the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Fans voted via ballots found in the official Bridgeport Speedway program, the Bridgeport Bullet. For the 2020 season, the winners were Alex Yankowski (Modifieds), Scott Hulmes (602), Nick Sandone (Street Stocks), Gary Bozowski (600 Micros), Alex Swift (270) and Amanda Angstadt (Slingshots). The 2021 winners were Ryan Krachun (Modifieds), Jonathan John (270) and PJ Bozowski (Slingshots). Scott Hulmes, Nick Sandone and Gary Bozowski were repeat winners in 2021.

Connor Gross was crowned as the 2021 Hyper Racing/EVO Injection 600 champion in his first full year of competition on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile. Gross won on two occasions and collected an impressive eleven top fives and fourteen top tens in fourteen events. All this on top of missing the first two races of the season.

Steve Bracall finished second to Gross with two wins followed by Frank Holmes, Eddie Barber, III and Robert Pierce. Rich Deck, PJ Williams, Steven Snyder, Chris Fenimore and Brandon Pavel rounded out the top ten in a division that saw one hundred and eighty different drivers throughout the 2021 season.

Alex Swift celebrated his third 270 Micro Sprint Championship with car owner, John and Amanda Blanda. The driver and owner came together late in the 2017 season and then won the 270 championship in 2018 (tied with Nick Skias), 2019 and now again in 2021 after a second place finish last season.

Nick Skias finished second followed by Nick Walton, Tommy Rinck, and John Wagner, Jr. Jimmy Wagner, Dom Pomponi, Lee Nardelli, Tom Landwher and Tyler Grau completed the top ten in points.

Amanda Angstadt raced to her first Spirit title in the All Star Slingshot division with four wins during the 2021 season along with eight second place runs. All of the champion’s finishes were in the top five, including one race where an engine was provided by the team of Ryan Davey after Angstadt had mechanical issues.

Michael Beckett finished second in points with three feature wins followed by Ryan Davey with one win, rookie PJ Bozowski and Tim Franks.

In Poker Series competition on the quarter mile, Colin White was the Poker Series Champion for the Hyper 600/EVO Injection 600s. Alex Swift won the title in the 270 micro sprints with Brett Bieber crowned as the champion in the All Star Slingshots. Poker Series titles are determined based upon the cards that a driver earns with his top thirteen finish in each event.

2020 Champion, Steve Kemery finished second to Martz in points with seven wins during the 2021 season. Matt Ellery finished third in points in what was his first season of competition in the 602 Crate Sportsman. Ellery earned a win in an Underdog 20 race in the final weeks of the season. Tom Sherby and Howie Finch rounded out the top five with consistent finishes throughout the season.

Mutli-time feature winner, Ryan Godown, Jr. finished sixth in points followed by Travis Hill, Rookie Champion, Ethan Bill, another first year driver, Jim Dallett and Ryan Higgs.

Tom Wills, Jr. earned his third Bridgeport Street Stock championship in what proved to be a very tough season for the father and son team. They collected five wins during the 2021 season in addition to six top fives.

Wills spoke about the relationships made among the Street Stock competitors. When the Wills No. 856 lost an engine, they thought their season was over but the Beaumont family provided a power plant. “Any time we had problems at the track,” Wills explained, “other competitors were right there to offer whatever we needed.” Ken Moren even gave up the seat in his No. 73 for Wills to compete in a feature event. “I just hope that I can repay all the kindness that we were shown,” Wills added.

Jeff Dirkes finished second in points with four wins followed by Mike Hughes with one win, Jeramy Doerr and Nick Sandone III. John Parker, Ken Moren, Gary Klimeczak, TJ Henry and Rich Stinson rounded out the top ten in Street Stock points. Henry and Stinson were both multi-time feature winners.

Ethan Bill earned a nickname along with the championship title in the 2021 DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Championship, winning all but two of the Rookie feature events. “Super Rookie” Bill had runner-up finishes in the other two races won by Bryce Higgs and Shane Kassekert. In addition to finishing eighth in the 602 Crate Sportsman points, winning the Rookie Championship, the young driver also celebrated his high school graduation during the season.

Several competitors were honored with special awards, presented by Doug Rose. Jim Gallagher was recognized as the Modified Rookie of the Year as well as Billy Osmun, III whose consistent top ten performances gained him recognition for his 2021 efforts. Billy Chester and Pete Serra were honored for their weekly support and achievements in 602 Crate Sportsman competition. Nick Sandone’s NS3 Street Stock team was honored for their weekly support of both their driver and the speedway in general. This team also raised thousands of dollars in tornado relief for areas surrounding the Bridgeport Speedway that were devastated by summer storms. Doug Rose honored John Ellery for his support throughout the season as well as for his wonderful service, preparing and serving the banquet meal.

Doug Rose had an additional surprise for 4/10th track champions as they were presented with Bridgeport Speedway racing suits, beautifully made by Velocita.

Race fans selected the Most Popular drivers on both the 4/10th mile and quarter mile tracks by submitting ballots found in the official Bridgeport Speedway program, the Bridgeport Bullet. For the 2020 season, the winners were Alex Yankowski (Modifieds), Scott Hulmes (602), Nick Sandone (Street Stocks), Gary Bozowski (600 Micros), Alex Swift (270) and Amanda Angstadt (Slingshots). The 2021 winners were Ryan Krachun (Modifieds), Jonathan John (270) and PJ Bozowski (Slingshots). Scott Hulmes, Nick Sandone and Gary Bozowski were repeat winners in 2021.

How about racing to a championship in your first full season of competition on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile? Well, that’s exactly what Connor Gross did. After missing the first two weeks of the season, Gross strung a series of top five finishes together. He added two wins and had collected an impressive eleven top fives and fourteen top tens by season end in the Hyper Racing/EVO Injection 600 Micro Sprints. And Gross managed to find time to graduate from high school in June as well.

Also with two wins on the season, Steve Bracall finished second to Gross with Frank Holmes, Eddie Barber, III and Robert Pierce rounding out the top five. Rich Deck, PJ Williams, Steven Snyder, Chris Fenimore and Brandon Pavel rounded out the top ten in a division that saw one hundred and eighty different drivers throughout the 2021 season.

For the third time since joining forces with John and Amanda Blanda, the team of Blanda and Swift claimed their third championship in the 270 Micro Sprints. The No. 15 team as shared the title once with Nick Skias, one the title outright twice and finished 2nd in the other year. This team has won more than thirty races together and has no plans of stopping any time soon.

Nick Skias finished second followed by Nick Walton, Tommy Rinck, and John Wagner, Jr. Jimmy Wagner, Dom Pomponi, Lee Nardelli, Tom Landwher and Tyler Grau completed the top ten in points.

Amanda Angstadt raced to her first Spirit title in the All Star Slingshot division with four wins during the 2021 season along with eight second place runs. Amanda was the third Bridgeport track champion of 2021 to graduate from high school during the 2021 season. All of the champion’s finishes were in the top five, including one race where an engine was provided by the team of Ryan Davey after Angstadt had mechanical issues.

Michael Beckett finished second in points with three feature wins followed by Ryan Davey with one win, rookie PJ Bozowski and Tim Franks.

In Poker Series competition on the quarter mile, Colin White was the Poker Series Champion for the Hyper 600/EVO Injection 600s. Alex Swift won the title in the 270 micro sprints with Brett Bieber crowned as the champion in the All Star Slingshots. Poker Series titles are determined based upon the cards that a driver earns with his top thirteen finish in each event.

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