BRIDGEPORT 5OTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON TO BE CELEBRATED IN A BIG WAY
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!!
Thank you to everyone that makes the Kingdom of Speed Possible…..
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