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Bridgeport, NJ – The pits were full of invaders but when the checkered flag waved at the end of the King of the Big Blocks Super DIRTcar season opener sponsored by Liberty Kenworth of South Jersey, it was the defending Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Godown who wore the crown. With names like Friesen, Shepperd, Williamson, McLaughlin and Britten, the Bridgeport regulars made their fans proud.
Godown followed the Super DIRTcar Series for the 2019 season. A lot of miles and a lot of races but Godown got to the end of the season without a win in series events. He returned to his regular tracks the next season with a wealth of knowledge, experience and determination. In 2021, that knowledge, experience and determination had a name – R&M Motorsports as Godown and those closest to the driver -crew, family and sponsors, came together to form their own team. Godown promised his team – “I told my guys that no one would beat my heart – I don’t give up!”
That promise was clearly illustrated late in the seventy-five lap Super DIRTcar main event. First, Billy Pauch, Jr. took his shot at the leader. In the final laps. it was former DIRTcar Champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Stewart Friesen who took on the leader. Godown protected his position and raced to the checkered flag as the winner!
“Surreal” was how Godown described the win and his first Super DIRTcar Series victory.
Alex Yankowski drew the pole for the start with Dominick Buffalino to his outside. Yankowski raced out in front leading the first eleven laps before Godown succeeded to completing his pass for the lead. Yankowski continued in the runner-up spot until Billy Pauch, Jr. took the position on lap twenty-one after a three car race for position that also included Ryan Krachun. At this point of the race, the top five was dominated by Bridgeport regulars – Godown, Pauch, Yankowski, Krachun and Buffalino.
Yankowski’s efforts came to an end with a lot of steam with twenty-three laps on the books. A faulty hose clamp was the issue that ended his race prematurely.
With twenty-five laps scored, Mark Johnson joined the Bridgeport top four as he raced in fifth behind Buffalino. Mechanical issues sideline Matt Shepperd at this point in the race. Max McLaughlin broke into the top five on the restart.
Lapped traffic allowed Pauch to close in on the race leader but he wasn’t able to challenge for the lead until just before lap sixty. After several slide jobs that fell short of their mark, Pauch had to switch to defense from offense when Friesen caught the leaders and pressured Pauch for the position.
Friesen took over second for the final ten laps and set his sights on the leader. For the final two laps, Friesen threw everything he had at Godown but the defending Bridgeport Champion prevailed. Godown moved his line to block the threat of a slide job on the final lap and drove to the checkered flag. Friesen was second followed by Pauch, Matt Williamson and McLaughlin. Krachun finished sixth followed by Peter Britten, Mike Gular, Billy Decker and Jimmy Phelps. Four time Big Block Modified Champion, Ryan Watt finished twelfth while Sam Martz finished fifteenth.
While the Bridgeport regulars may have had home track advantage, they were at a disadvantage running Hoosier tires which are the tires run on the Super DIRTcar Series. Godown, Pauch, Jr. and Martz practiced on Saturday night – an off night for the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds.
The F&L Doors sponsored heat races for the Modifieds were won by Godown, Friesen and Krachun while Phelps won the Last Chance Race.
Godown set fast time in the first group of cars on the track at 16.205 seconds. That time stood until the third group of cars when Krachun’s mark of 16.170 displace Godown from the top of the list but the fast time of the night went to Max McLaughlin in the final group of cars. McLaughlin’s time of 16.092 was the fastest of the night but fell short of the record set by Peter Britten in 2020 with a time of 15.970.
The Speedway Entertainment All Pro SpeedSTRS were part of the double header show. Steve Buckwalter was the winner of their twenty-five lap main event sponsored by Glick Fire Equipment.
Louden Reimert jumped into the early lead. As the polesitter, Reimert had lane choice and chose to start the race from the outside. Reimert led the first six laps but it was all Steve Buckwalter on lap seven and all the way to the checkered.
Buckwalter set a blistering pace as he led Billy Pauch, Sr., Reimert, Alex Bright and Cole Stangle to the checkered flag. It was Stangle’s first ever race in the All Pro SpeedSTRS but the young driver adapted quickly and raced three and four wide for position. Rich Tobias finished sixth followed by Ryan Krachun, Jason Musser, Jack Helget and Steve Struele.
SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MODIFIEDS (KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS) 75 LAPS: 1. Ryan Godown, 2. Stewart Friesen, 3. Billy Pauch Jr, 4. Mat Williamson, 5. Max McLaughlin, 6. Ryan Krachun, 7. Peter Britten, 8. Mike Gular, 9. Billy Decker, 10. Jimmy Phelps, 11. Jack Lehner, 12. Ryan Watt, 13. Anthony Perrego, 14. Marc Johnson, 15. Sammy Martz, 16. Gary Lindberg, 17. Darren Smith, 18. Kevin Root, 19. Dominick Buffalino, 20. Mike Mahaney, 21. Adam Pierson, 22. Joseph Watson, 23. Alex Yankowski, 24. Matt Sheppard, 25. Jimmy Horton, 26. Marcus Dinkins, 27. Jim Britt
Kevin Root and Marcus Dinkins – series Provisionals, Jimmy Horton – Bridgeport provisional
SPEEDWAY ENTERTAINMENT ALL PRO SPEEDSTRS (25 LAPS): 1. Steve Buckwalter, 2. Billy Pauch, Sr., 3. Louden Reimert, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Cole Stangle, 6. Rich Tobias, 7. Ryan Krachun, 8. Jason Musser, 9. Jack Helget, 10. Steve Stuele, 11. TJ Mayberry, 12. Mike Bednar, 13. Briggs Danner, 14. Cale Zangli, 15. Andy Ressler
Bridgeport, NJ – Briggs Danner, Dave Brown, Brandon Shipley and Lee Allen raced to victory in Saturday night action at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park sponsored by JPA Masonry.
For the fifth time this season and the second time on Bridgeport’s high banks, Briggs Danner drove the Heffner Racing Enterprises No. 5G to victory in the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Wingless Sprint twenty-five lap feature event.
Alex Bright and Danner started side by side in row three at the start as polesitter, David Swanson led the field through the first two laps. Joey Amantea raced into second on lap two and then drove the Brian Zyck wrenched JPA Masonry No. 88J into the lead on lap three. Amantea led Danner, Kenny Miller III, Bright and Billy Pauch, Jr. in the Hogue No. 39 through lap five.
Danner went to the inside in turns three and four to grab the lead before switching to the outside as the leaders raced down the homestretch.
By halfway, Danner had caught the back of the field as Bright bested Miller for the runner-up spot. Billy Ney brought out the caution with ten to go, tightening the field for the restart. Danner commanded the lead as Pauch drove up to the third when the green flag waved.
The red flag was needed with just three laps to go as Preston Lattomous rode out a rough one in turn four and then Brentt Shearer and Brian Spencer got together going in to turn one, with Spencer going up and over. All drivers escaped injury.
The excitement built for the final restart. Who had the tires for the finish? Did those right rears seal over under the red? Danner answered all those questions when the green flag waved and he pulled away from his challengers. Pauch dove to the bottom of the track and stole second from Bright but Bright recovered to regain the position.
Danner took the win over Bright, Pauch, Amantea and Kyle Spence who has just returned to competition this weekend. Late race moves saw three time USAC EC Champion, Steve Drevicki finish sixth followed by Miller, Ed Aiken, Chris Allen, Jr. and Colin White.
The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series celebrated the fifth anniversary of their first race as MASS five years ago. Rick Steif was the winner five years ago but it was Dave Brown who grabbed the checkered on Saturday night.
Brown had the longest drive in the heat race and then the shortest run to the front in the feature event. Brown drew the next to the last spot in the third heat – a race that he won with a last lap pass for the lead. Brown then drew the pole for the feature event, taking the lead at the wave of the green and racing out in front all the way to the checkered flag. The twenty-five laps were run without a single caution and were completed in 6:33.873.
John Brennfleck chased Brown from the start to the finish. The leaders caught the back of the field on the seventh lap. Brown skillfully raced through the traffic that allowed Brennfleck to close in on the leader as the laps counted down. Rory Janney raced in third after taking the spot from CJ Faison in the early laps.
Buddy Schweibinz was making great strides as he raced from his fourteenth place start. Scheweibinz and defending MASS Champion, Kevin Nagy raced for position seven for several laps, trading the position back and forth. Scheweibinz won the spot and then raced on, taking spots from Larry, McVay and Bob DeVault. In the final laps, Schweibinz raced by Faison to finish fourth.
Brown took the win over Brennfleck, Janney, Schweibinz and Faison. DeVault finished sixth followed by McVay, Nagy, Aiden Borden and rookie, DJ Tanner.
Borden picked up few extra dollars when he had the fastest lap in the pre-race warm-ups.
Brandon Shipley raced to his first win in the Precision Hydrualics & Oil 602 Sportsman feature, leading every lap and racing ahead of two time winner and current point leader, Ryan Godown, Jr.
Shipley, from Hamilton Township, NJ is in only his second hear of Sportsman competition after competing as a rookie a year ago. Numerous cautions kept the field tight but Shipley hit his marks and raced to the win over Godown, Jr., Tom Moore, Stephen Yankowski and Wayne Weaver.
Moore raced in second until lap eighteen when Godown took over the spot.
A fourth place finish for Yankowski was his best finish to date. The older brother of Alex Yankowski, Stephen returned to race a few times last season after being away from the sport for nearly ten years. He has become a regular at Bridgeport and promises to be a contender in this 2022 season.
Matt Ellery finished sixth followed by Ethan Bill who rebounded from an early race spin. Bill was challenging for the lead when he hit a wet spot on the track. Last week’s feature winner, Brian Papiez finished eighth followed by Sammy Martz, Jr. and Howie Finch.
Lee Allen raced to his third win of the season in the Rent Equip Party Central Street Stock feature. Nick Sandone led the first two laps of the fifteen lap distance with Allen taking the lead on lap three as the two drivers raced down the backstretch.
Positions behind the leader were changing throughout the distance. Mike Creamer trailed Allen to the checkered for checkered followed by Jeramy Doerr, Sandone and Mike Hughes.
Allen felt that they had the No. 98B back to where they started the season out with a pair of wins.
Action returns to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Tuesday as the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series take on the drivers of the Tri-State area in the King of the Big Blocks. Tim Fuller won last year’s event that was won by Stewart Friesen in 2020. Both drivers are expected to be in Tuesday night’s field along with Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, Jr., Dominick Buffalino and Ryan Watt who is a past winner of this event.
RAPID TIRE USAC EAST COAST SPRINT FEATURE (25 laps): 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Billy Pauch Jr., 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Kyle Spence, 6. Steve Drevicki, 7. Kenny Miller III, 8. Ed Aiken, 9. Chris Allen Jr., 10. Colin White, 11. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 12. Mark Bitner, 13. Jonathan Swanson, 14. David Swanson, 15. Jason Cherry, 16. Lee Kauffman, 17. Brent Shearer, 18. Brian Spencer, 19. Preston Lattomus, 20. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 21. Billy Ney
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT CAR FEATURE (25 laps): 1. Dave Brown, 2. John Brennfleck, 3. Rory Janney, 4. Buddy Schweibinz, 5. CJ Faison, 6. Bobby DeVault, 7. Larry McVay, 8. Kevin Nagy, 9. Aidan Borden, 10. DJ Tanner, 11. Rick Stief, 12. Eddie Wagner, 13. Jeff Paulson, 14. Tim Iulg, 15. Joe Kay, 16. Josh Bricker, 17. Bryant Davis, 18. Cory Hunsberger, 19. Darren Cox, 20. Jon Scarborough, 21. Justin Nowlen, 22. Keith Anderson, 23. Dan Leaper, 24. Cory Cornell, DNQ – Kristina Pratt, Ryan Simmons, Chase Moran
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 laps): 1. Brandon Shipley, 2. Ryan Godown Jr., 3. Tom Moore Jr., 4. Stephen Yankowski, 5. Wayne Weaver, 6. Matt Ellery, 7. Ethan Bill, 8. Brian Papiez, 9. Sammy Martz Jr., 10. Howie Finch, 11. Greg Humlhanz, 12. Ryan Simmons, 13. Jim Dallett, 14. Zach Cox, 15. Howard Huepful, 16. Brian Rogers, 17. Deana Cogdill, 18. Sarah Napora, 19. Daylton Strohl, 20. Billy Chester, 21. David Jenkins, 22. Pete Serra, 23. Scott Hulmes, 24. Will Protinick
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK STREET STOCK FEATURE (15 laps): 1. Lee Allen, 2. Mike Creamer, 3. Jeramy Doerr, 4. Nick Sandone III, 5. Mike Hughes
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IT’s RACE DAY Tonight the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series battle it out in the Kingdom. Who will be “King of the Big Blocks”? Tuesday May 3 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds USAC All Pro SpeedSTR’s Pits – 3:00 Grandstands – 5:00 Warmups – 6:00
Bridgeport, NJ – Ryan Godown and Mike Hughes raced to their second Bridgeport Motorsports Park wins of the 2022 season on DA’s Auto Body & Repair night while Brian Papiez put the Adams Motorsports No. 37 into Weaknecht Archery Victory Lane for the very first time.
The win for Godown was a tough one. “I didn’t think I was going to get there in time,” the defending track champion said after the win. Godown led only the final two laps of the thirty lap feature.
Jordan Watson and Davey Sammons led the starting field to the wave of the green flag and Sammons quickly claimed the lead as the field raced out of turn two. Dominick Buffalino dove to the inside of Watson in turn three and came away with second the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds headed to the stripe to complete lap one. Sammons continued to lead through lap five with Buffalino, Jordan Watson, Jim Gallagher and Ryan Watt racing in the top five.
Buffalino drove the Big Spring Car Wash No. 126 into the lead on lap six and wasted no time driving away from the field. The running order remained the same through lap ten as the leader caught up to the back of the field.
With each lap, Buffalino seemed to extend his lead as the top five remained the same. Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Richie Pratt, Jr. were wheel to wheel, using the track’s multiple lanes to better their positions, looking to break into the top five. Buffalino took the crossed flags over Sammons, Watson, Gallagher and Watt while Neal Williams and Godown raced just outside the top five.
Williams picked up a spot as he raced by Watt just before the caution waved for the race leader. Buffalino’s night ended as he came to a stop on the homestretch with mechanical issues and Sammons led the way back to the green flag.
Williams and Godown raced up to second and third on the lap twenty restart with Watson and Pratt completing the top five. Godown took over second with Sammons next on his radar. Five laps to go and Sammons raced out in front of Godown, Williams, Pratt, Jr. and Watson.
Time was running out for the defending track champion as Sammons led the way. With two to go, Godown took the lead, shooting by Sammons out of turn two. Williams raced Sammons door to door to the checkered and picked up a second place finish with Sal DeBruno’s No. 0. Sammons finished third followed by Pratt and Watson. Pauch, Jr. finished sixth followed by Watt, Joseph Watson, Clay Butler and Alex Yankowski behind the wheel of the iconic Rio Brothers R10.
It was a satisfying race for Williams. “We’re right there – we’re good,” Williams stated at the end of thirty laps. It was a learning experience for Sammons who has collected a number of runner-up finishes at Bridgeport but that first win still eludes him. “We knew we weren’t going to our best at the end,” Sammons related, “but we have to learn.”
The F&L Door Modified heats were won by Williams, Jordan Watson and Joseph Watson.
It hasn’t been an easy start of the 2022 season for Brian Papiez. A flat tire deprived him of a win during the opener. Wednesday night the No. 37 team changed a driveline between the heat and feature. But that led the team to take a closer look and it all paid off with a win on Saturday night.
2021 DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Champion, Ethan Bill led the first seven laps of the Precision Hydraulics & Oil 602 Sportsman feature. Papiez got by on a lap eight restart. Ryan Godown, Jr. raced in third and challenged Bill for second but Bill was not to be denied as he raced to the checkered behind Papiez. Godown, Jr. finished third followed by Sammy Martz, Jr. and Wayne Weaver. Howie Finch finished in sixth followed by Travis Hill, Stephen Yankowski, Jim Dallett and Matt Ellery.
Hoffman’s Discount Parts 602 heats were won by Howie Finch, Wayne Weaver and Papiez with Matt Ellery winning the consolation.
Mike Hughes dominated the field in the Rent Equip Party Central Street Stocks. Jeramy Doerr had a strong race to finish second over Kyle Saylor, Tom Wills, Jr. and Lee Allen.
In a true show of sportsmanship, Nick Sandone came to the rescue at the end of the week when Hughes discovered that he had a broken brake rotor. Hughes knew that it wasn’t likely that the part would arrive in time for the weekend and placed a call to Sandone. Hughes knew that Sandone had a new rear assembled to go into his car. Sandone generously offered the rotor to Hughes and the No. 18 raced to its second win of the season.
Jeramy Doerr was the winner of the Rent Equip Party Central Street Stock heat race.
Chris Carroll drove to the checkered in the twelve lap Four Cylinder feature for his first win of the season. Bobby Johnson was the race leader for the first five times around the high banks. Carroll took the lead and lap six land led the way to the checkered. Joe Garey, Jr. finished second followed by Scott Dunn, Chris Gall and Ed Ford.
Scott Dunn picked up the win in the Cassidy’s Painting Four Cylinder heat race.
The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints and Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series joined the Precision Hydraulic 602 Sportsman and the Bridgeport Street Stocks for Saturday night action. The Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds are idle on Saturday night as the prepare for the King of the Big Blocks/Super DIRTcar event on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIED FEATURE (30 laps): 1. Ryan Godown, 2. Neal Williams, 3. Davey Sammons, 4. Richie Pratt Jr., 5. Jordan Watson, 6. Billy Pauch Jr., 7. Ryan Watt, 8. Joseph Watson, 9. Clay Butler, 10. Alex Yankowski, 11. Sam Martz Sr., 12. Jim Gallagher Jr., 13. Ryan Krachun, 14. Tommy Beamer, 15. Matt Peck, 16. Jim Britt, 17. W.B. James, 18. Matt Smith, 19. Roger Manning, 20. Ron Roberts, 21. Brett Kelly, 22. Dominick Buffalino, 23. Mike Franz, 24. Blaine Braclein, 25. Matt Stangle
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 laps ): 1. Brian Papiez, 2. Ethan Bill, 3. Ryan Godown Jr., 4. Sammy Martz Jr., 5. Wayne Weaver, 6. Howie Finch, 7. Travis Hill, 8. Stephen Yankowski, 9. Jim Dallett, 10. Matt Ellery, 11. Sean Metz, 12. David Jenkins, 13. Pete Serra, 14. Billy Chester, 15. Deana Cogdill, 16. Erik Mattson, 17. Nick Desantis, 18. Will Protinick, 19. Brian Rodgers, 20. Brandon Shipley, 21. Bryan Brobst, 22. Roger Gaskill, 23. Thomas Prychka, 24. Sean Weiss, 25. Ethan Young, DNQ – Danny Hulmes, John Scarpati, Danielle Cook, Nolan Openshaw, Zach Cox
RENT EQUIP PART CENTRAL STREET STOCK FEATURE (15 laps): 1. Mike Hughes, 2. Jeramy Doerr, 3. Kyle Saylor, 4. Tom Wills Jr., 5. Lee Allen, 6. Nick Sandone III, 7. Jeff Dirkes, 8. Ken Moren, DNS – Mike Creamer
PREMIOSAUSAGE FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE (12 laps): 1. Chris Carroll, 2. Joe Garey Jr., 3. Scott Dunn, 4. Chris Gall, 5. Ed Ford, 6. Julie Wieland, 7. Bobby Johnson, 8. Joe Garey Sr.
If you were in the area of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Wednesday evening, then you most certainly heard the noise! It was the sound of records being broken by the PA Posse 410 Sprint Cars on Specialty Rigging Night at the Bridgeport Speedway.
The “Concrete Kid”, Anthony Macri set the one lap record on the high banks of the Bridgeport Speedway during last year’s Invasion of the PA Posse event. That record was 13.581 seconds around the four tenth mile speedway. But that record fell on Wednesday night – not once – but repeatedly throughout the evening.
The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Ally Chevy Camaro was in the first group of timed hot laps and he promptly set fast time with his time of 13.092 – shaving about a half second off the previous record. Alex Bowman’s fast time only lasted until the second group of cars hit the clocks. Fourteen other drivers beat the original record but it was Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA who surpassed all other competitors and established the new one lap record of 12.705.
Kyle Reinhardt was the winner of the Dash in his Capitol Renegade No. 91, earning him the pole position for the thirty lap main event. When the green flag waved, it was Marks who charged into the lead from the outside pole and then drove away from the stellar field.
Marks set a torrid pace as he flawlessly raced through traffic as the green flag laps were scored. Justin Peck, the 22 year old driver from Monrovia, IN raced by Reinhardt to take over second. With ten laps on the books when Justin Peck made contact with the car driven by the “Outback Outlaw”, Linton Jeffries between turns three and four. Jeffries was done for the night but Peck’s crew made fast work of doing what they could to repair a right rear shock and change a tire, sending Peck back out to rejoin at the rear of the field.
Marks continued to pace the field with Macri, Reinhardt, Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Bowman making up the top five through halfway. Briggs Danner of Allentown, PA raced just outside the top five and battled with Ryan Smith throughout the race. It was Danner’s first ever race in a 410 winged sprint car.
As the laps counted down, everyone’s eyes were on Peck’s yellow No. 13 as he raced through the pack and into the top five. Marks took the five to go sign followed by Macri, Reinhardt, Rahmer and Peck. Christopher Bell had the Swindoll Speed Lab No. 39 challenging for position late in the race as he ran just outside the top five.
With just one lap to go, Marks slowed on the track. The closing rate was so significant that Macri tagged Marks’ No. 19, spun, did a 360 and never stopped. Marks was out of fuel and his quest for the win fell one lap short. Macri thought, at first, that it was the checkered flag and so Marks backed out of the throttle.
Macri led the field to the restart for the final lap. Macri scored the win followed by Peck who took over second in the final lap. Reinhardt finished third followed by Bell and Rahmer. Ryan Smith finished sixth after some late race passes followed by Parker Price Miller, Briggs Danner, Bowman and Marks.
The was Macri’s third in less than a week and there’s no doubt he likes the high banks of the Bridgeport Speedway. “It’s really a fun track,” Macri commented after collecting the $7,500 winner’s share of the purse. Macri had a pair of podium finishes in 410 events at Bridgeport last season as well as a win in the United Racing Club season finale behind the Christopher Dyson No. 20. Macri plans to race the remaining 410 shows at Bridgeport – including the World of Outlaw show on May 17th. Macri related that the lapped traffic was a little trickier than usual during the thirty lap feature event. Peck’s run from the back was certainly a crowd pleaser. “I think I ran about the last ten laps without a right rear shock,” the speedster stated. Peck talked about the contact between himself and Jeffries. “I ran up on him so fast – I just misjudged it. I was really able to move around and Cowboy up!” Peck is also expected to return for the World of Outlaws show next month.
Kyle Reinhardt was disappointed with his third place run after starting on the pole but the driver admitted to struggling the first half of the race. “I don’t know if it was the full load of fuel or what,” Reinhardt explained but he did feel that they were a third place car.
The Precision Hydraulics & Oil 602 Sportsman competed in a twenty-five lap feature event and it was Joe Toth in the Belmont’s Garage No. 14 who took home the $2,000 paycheck. Brandon Edgar was the early race leader until Toth came through to challenge. Toth was the race leader after five laps.
Edgar was still pressuring Toth when the caution waved with five laps to go. James Hill got turned around between turns one and two. The field was realigned for a single file restart. Toth not only executed a great restart but was then able to pull away from Edgar by several car lengths.
Toth took the win over Edgar, Craig Whitmoyer, Joseph Brown and Sammy Martz, Jr. who took the spot from for the top five in the final laps. Travis Hill finished sixth with Steve Kemery, Brian Papiez, Steve Davis and Matt Ellery rounding out the top ten.
Action returns to the high banks on Saturday for Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4 cylinder Enduro cars.
Invasion of the PA POSSE 410 SPRINT CARS (30 laps): 1. Anthony Macri, 2. Kyle Reinhardt, 3. Justin Peck, 4. Christopher Bell, 5. Freddie Rahmer, 6. Ryan Smith, 7. Parker Price Miller, 8. Briggs Danner, 9. Alex Bowman, 10. Brent Marks, 11. Tyler Ross, 12. Austin Bishop, 13. Justin Whitall, 14. Dave Brown, 15. Jo Kata, 16. Ricky Dieva, 17. Lucas Wolfe, 18. Chad Trout, 19. Danny Dietrich, 20. Mark Bitner, 21. Lynton Jeffrey, 22. John Brennfleck, 23. Chase Dietz, 24. Davie Franek
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN (25 laps): 1. Joe Toth, 2. Brandon Edgar, 3. Craig Whitmoyer, 4. Joe Brown, 5. Sammy Martz Jr., 6. Travis Hill, 7. Steve Kemery, 8. Brian Paipaz, 9. Steve Davis, 10. Matt Ellery, 11. Ryan Godown Jr., 12. Howie Finch, 13. Eric Kormann, 14. James Hill, 15. Brian Rodgers, 16. Tom Sherby, 17. Brad Brightbill, 18. Jon Swift, 19. Ryan Simmons
PA POSSE 410 SPRINT CARS DASH: 1. Kyle Reinhardt, 2. Brent Marks, 3. Justin Peck, 4. Alex Bowman, 5. Anthony Macri, 6. Freddie Rahmer
TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT, the Invasion of the Posse returns to Bridgeport Speedway for the 1st 410 Sprint Car event of the season. Come see the biggest stars of the PA Posse, the All Star Circuit of Champions, plus Nascar’s Christopher Bell for one Star Studded event, TONIGHT! Weather looks great with plenty of Sunshine! Going to be HUGE!!! Wednesday April 20 6:15 Warmups, heats to follow. 3:00 pits open 5:00 Grandstands open
Bridgeport, NJ – The Bridgeport Motorsports Park beat the weather and 2021 Track Champion, Ryan Godown, defending Mid Atlantic Sprint Series champion, Kevin Nagy and Street Stock competitor, Jeff Dirkes beat the competition to capture their first wins of the 2022 season on F&L Door Night at the track.
Mike Franz and Jim Gallagher led the field to the wave of Kenny Golden’s green flag with Franz leading the way the first time around the High Banks in the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modified feature. Godown quickly moved in to challenge and had the R&M Motorsports No. 26 our in front on lap two. Ryan Watt raced into second on lap seven with Franz, Jim Gallagher and Clay Butler making up the top five.
Richie Pratt, Jr. raced into third with Danny Sommerling’s No. 51 on lap ten with Franz and Gallagher still battling in the top five.
Godown’s biggest challenge came from the lapped traffic that he encountered by lap ten as he set a blistering pace around the four tenths mile track.
The thirty lap feature event ran without a caution until five to go when Sammy Martz Jr. had his powerplant go up in smoke on the No. 24. The burning oil produced a significant flame so the red was thrown and the fire was quickly extinguished.
The restart brought Godown back to the field and erased his significant lead but the Ringoes Rocket was up to the challenge as he led Watt and Pratt back to the green. The restart found Franz holding on to fourth with Gallagher challenging. With three laps to go, Matt Stangle raced into fifth but Franz held on to a popular fourth place finish.
Godown took the checkered over Watt and Pratt. Both Godown and Watt were in cars rebuilt during the week after last Saturday’s backstretch crash. Pratt finished a strong third over Franz and Stangle. Billy Pauch, Jr. raced home in sixth after electrical issues took him out of a handicap spot in his heat race. Sam Martz finished seventh followed by Gallagher, Butler and Ryan Krachun.
“We were good last year,” the feature winner stated, “but we worked hard over the winter to be even better.”
Godown, Dominick Buffalino and Watt picked the wins in the F&L Doors sponsored heat races.
Kevin Nagy raced to the win in the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series feature event that was shortened by one lap when the rain started to fall. Nagy dominated the MASS action at Bridgeport last season and returned to his winning ways Saturday night.
Nagy quickly raced into the lead while Josh Bricker, Aiden Borden and Tim Iulg battled for second. Borden took the spot but Iulg followed quickly to take over second.
Nagy pulled to a large lead but racing through lapped traffic enabled Iulg to cut into some of that distance. Borden was also able to close the gap on Iulg late in the race but Wind Gap, PA’s, Kevin Nagy drove to the win over Iulg in the Ale No. 19a, Borden, current point leader, Larry McVay and Buddy Schweibinz who charged into the top five in the final laps of the Pioneer Pole Building sponsored event.
Bricker, Mark Bitner, Rory Janney, Bryant Davis and Kristina Pratt completed the top ten at the finish.
Iulg, Borden and Schweibinz picked up the wins in the F&L Doors heat races.
The Triple R Truck Parks sponsored Street Stock feature was a thrill a minute as the winner was never determined untilt he field raced to the checkered flag.
Kyle Saylor looked like he was ready to redeem his three second place finished for a victory as he took the lead from Lee Allen on lap five after battling side by side. Last week’s winner, Mike Hughes took over third and then battled with Allen for second, taking the spot just before the five to go mark.
A couple of single file cautions kept the field tight in the final laps. With just two laps to go, Saylor got crossed up out of turn two with Allen regaining the lead while Hughes and Dirkes battled for second. With Hughes then challenging Allen for the lead, Dirkes drove past them both to take the lead and the win.
The finish was Dirkes for his first win of the season followed by Allen, Hughes, Nick Sandone and Saylor.
The Street Stock heat race was sponsored by On the High Side Apparell with the win going to Saylor who just nipped Allen at the line for the win.
Tom Errico, Sr. took the win in the Vintage exhibition.
Action returns to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park with the Invasion of the PA Posse on Wednesday night. 410 Winged Sprint cars and the Precision Hydraulic and Oil 602 Sportsman will appear in the first mid-week show of the season. Then Saturday night it’s back to the a four division show with the Danny’s Pizza Pizazz Modifieds, the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman, the Bridgeport Motorsports Park Street Stocks and Four Cylinders.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIEDS FEATURE (30 laps): 1. Ryan Godown, 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Richie Pratt Jr., 4. Mike Franz, 5. Matt Stangle, 6. Billy Pauch Jr., 7. Sam Martz Sr., 8. Jim Gallagher Jr., 9. Clay Butler, 10. Ryan Krachun, 11. Joseph Watson, 12. Neal Williams, 13. Tommy Beamer, 14. W.B. James, 15. Jordan Watson, 16. Wayne Weaver, 17. Matt Peck, 18. Roger Manning, 19. Ron Roberts, 20. Sam Martz Jr., 21. Dominick Buffalino, 22. Alex Yankowski, 23. Davey Sammons
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE (25 laps): 1. Kevin Nagy, 2. Tim Iulg, 3. Aiden Borden, 4. Larry McVay, 5. Buddy Schweibinz, 6. Josh Bricker, 7. Mark Bittner, 8. Rory Janney, 9. Bryant Davis, 10. Kristina Pratt, 11. Jeff Paulson, 12. Dave Brown, 13. Rick Stief, 14. Cory Hunsberger, 15. DJ Tanner, 16. Darren Cox, 17. Dale Eggert, 18. Samantha Lieberman, 19. Andy Mahan, 20. Bobby DeVault, 21. Justin Nowlen, 22. Shelby Kelly
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK STREET STOCKS (15 laps): 1. Jeff Dirkes, 2. Lee Allen, 3. Mike Hughes, 4. Nick Sandone III, 5. Kyle Saylor, 6. Drew Brocklebank, 7. Jack Beaumont, 8. Jeramy Doerr, 9. Ken Moren, 10. Keith McKinley
‼️ DATE CHANGE for INVASION of the POSSE Event! 🌞 With a beautiful sunny day sitting in play for Wednesday forcast this week and Tuesday looking cold and very windy, we are utilizing our Wednesday date. 🏎 We have talked with many of the drivers and all have said they are good with the Wednesday date!