WATT CLOSES OUT BRIDGEPORT SEASON WITH BIG WIN
Billy Pauch charged to the feature win in the 358 Small Block Modified feature event in the Bridgeport Speedway’s Wild Card Weekend. It was Pauch’s sixteenth career win in Bridgeport Speedway small block modified competition – a track where he sits third on the Big Block Modified All Time Feature Winners List with fifty-eight victories. “I thought Wade (Hendrickson) had it won,” Pauch commented. “I don’t know what happened to him. With a couple of laps to go , I thought the hell with it – we came here to win!”
TJ Henry earned his second win of the season in the John Blewett III PennCo Poker Series Outlaw Stock Feature event while 2015 Champion, Mike Haggenbottom put an exclamation point on his championship season with the win in the twenty lap Tri State Race Savers Sprint Car feature.
At the wave of the green flag, it was polesitter, Wade Hendrickson who jumped into the lead in the thirty lap small block modified feature event. Hendrickson dominated the first nineteen laps of the race before Craig VonDohren used lapped traffic to make the pass for the lead on lap twenty. With VonDohren out in front, Hendrickson ran second for four laps before mechanical woes sidelined his C&S Equipment No. 6.
VonDohren led Pauch, Rick Laubach, Ryan Krachun and Ryan Watt with five laps to go. Pauch made a run on the leader on a lap twenty-six restart but VonDohren prevailed. The field was realigned for a single file restart with just two laps to go when Watt drew the caution in turn four. On the restart, Pauch made another run to the inside, pulling even with VonDohren. As the leaders raced through turns one and two, Pauch used a slide job to propel his K&A Excavating No. 1 into the lead and then pulled away as they raced out of turn two. The caution waved again with just one lap to go but Pauch prevailed to take the $3,000 payday followed by VonDohren, Laubach, Krachun and Richie Pratt, Jr.
2014 Outlaw Champion, Ron Frees looked to be on his way to his second win in the John Blewett II Poker Series for Outlaw Stock feature event when his plans went up in smoke on lap thirteen. TJ Henry took over the lead and went on to claim the victory over second place finisher, Rick Broschard. 2015 Champion, Tom Wills, Sr. finished third with Mike Creamer and Tom Wills, Jr. completing the top five at the finish line.
Mike Haggenbottom closed the 2015 Tri State Race Saver Sprint Car season with a flag to flag win in the 20 lap TSRS feature event. Adam Carberry and rookie, Eddie Strada, kept the pressure on the leader all the way to the checkered flag to finish second and third. Rick Stief and Karl Freyer rounded out the top five at the checkered flag.
WILDCARD WEEKEND – 358 MODIFIED FEATURE (30 LAPS)
1. Billy Pauch, 2. Craig VonDohren, 3. Rick Laubach, 4. Ryan Krachun, 5. Richie Pratt, Jr., 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Lou Ciconi, 8. Frank Cozze, 9. Ryan Grim, 10. Ron Roberts, 11. Craig Whitmoyer, 12. Bob Sarkisian, 13. Ryan Watt, 14. Mike White, 15. Pete Visconti, 16. Shawn Wood, 17. Neal Williams, 18. Wade Hendrickson, 19. Jerry Higbie, 20. Scott Ambruster, 21. Rusty Smith, 22. Dominick Buffalino, 23. Brad Roberts, 24. Jim Britt
JOHN BLEWETT III POKER SERIES FOR OUTLAW STOCKS (20 LAPS)
1. TJ Henry, 2. Rick Broschard, 3. Tom Wills, Sr., 4. Mike Creamer, 5. Tom Wills, Jr., 6. Jimmy Avery, 7. Ed Bischoff, 8. Jillian Long, 9. Todd Ahner, 10. Spider Ensinger, 11. George Ramos, III, 12. Jeramy Doerr, 13. Nate Hill, 14. Ron Frees, 15. Kenny Watson, 16. Jack Beaumont, 17. Jeff Dirkes, 18. Joe Meron, 19. Pete Ellis, Jr. DNS – Vern McLaughlin, Darren Cox
HILBORN TRI STATE RACE SAVER SPRINT CAR FEATURE – (20 LAPS)
1. Mike Haggenbottom, 2. Adam Carberry, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Rick Stief, 5. Karl Freyer, 6. Sam Lieberman, 7. David Bonner, 8. Ryan Stillwagon, 9. Keith Anderson, 10. Randy Wilbert, 11. Pat U’Selis
Rick Laubach, CJ Jones and Ron Frees capitalized on an opportunity when they picked up Aces as the result of their feature wins in the Bridgeport Speedway’s Bonus Hand for the 2015 Poker Series.
For 2012 Bridgeport Champion, Rick Laubach the win in the thirty lap Spirit Auto Centers Big Block Modified event was his sixth win of the 2015 season on the 5/8 mile track but this win came behind the wheel of Glenn Hyneman’s No. 126. It was Laubach’s first outing in Hyneman’s Big Block Modified. “This was a driver’s track tonight,” Laubach stated after his win. “I just want to thank Glenn and Bonita Hyneman for this opportunity to run their car.”
By virtue of the luck of the draw, Rocco Infante and Laubach led the field to the green flag. Laubach quickly jumped into the lead but Infante wasn’t giving up as he gave chase, keeping his JR1 in the tracks of Laubach and the No. 126. Mike Iles put the Active Environmental No. 711 into second following a lap seven restart for the disabled car of Ryan Krachun.
Laubach began to pull away from the field but the caution waved again with twelve complete when a chain reaction incident sent Richie Pratt, Jr. to the pits with the Overhead Door No. 0. Laubach chose the inside on the restart and Iles raced side by side with the leader when the race went back to green flag racing. As the field exited turn four on lap thirteen, Iles was the new race leader.
With ten to go, Iles led Laubach, Infante, Jordan Watson and Neal Williams but Laubach was closing fast. Laubach powered by Iles on lap twenty-one to regain the lead as Williams moved up to third. With just five laps to go, Ryan Watt drove into the top five with a pass by Watson. Watt had driven from 24th to fifth, powering his small block into the top five after engine problems sidelined his big block entry.
Laubach drove to the checkered without further challenge as Iles led Williams across the line for second and third. 2015 Modified Champion, Jamie Mills finished fourth with Watt rounding out the top five.
Steve Searock led the first two laps of the Steward Stainless Crate/Sportsman main event before young Brandon Grosso took the lead on lap three. Gross led the way for three circuits before CJ Jones took the lead on lap six. It was all Jones to the checkered flag as Jones drove to his Ace at the checkered flag. Grosso had another strong outing to finish second followed by 2015 Champion, Pat Wall, Dave Damiano and Frank Dorry.
Ron Frees returned to competition on dirt after competing on the asphalt for much of the 2015 season and quickly found his way into Bridgeport’s Victory Lane in the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock feature event. Jeramy Doerr finished second with pressure from TJ Henry at the finish. Jeff Dirkes finished fourth with Tom Wills, Jr. rounding out the top five.
Kristina Pratt (Modified), Courtney Picken (Crate/Sportsman) and Shanan Lea (Outlaw Stocks) picked up wins in the Powder Puff feature events on the quarter mile track.
Spirit Auto Centers Big Block Modified Feature (30 laps)
Steward Stainless Crate/Sportsman Feature (20 laps)
PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock Feature (15 laps)
Powder Puff – Outlaw Stocks
Powder Puff – Crate/Sportsman
Powder Puff – Modifieds
Friday, November 13, 2015 – WILD CARD WEEKEND, 358 Small Block Modifieds, TSRS 305 Sprints, Outlaw Stocks plus Practice for Saturday, Racing at 7pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Garden State Vintage Cars. Racing at 4pm
On Friday night, the Poker Series Bonus Hand takes the green flag with the Spirit Auto Centers Big Block Modifieds, Steward Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks taking the first green flag at7:30pm. Competitors will have the opportunity to pick up a bonus card that can only help their hands for the Poker Series competition.
While winless so far in the Poker Series competition this season, Duane Howard has a pair of Kings to show for his efforts. Ryan Godown, Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt and Stewart Friesen each hold an Ace in their hand for their Poker Series wins. Brett Kressley is undefeated in Crate/Sportsman competition with four Poker Series wins. Jeramy Doerr, 2015 Champion, Tom Wills, Sr. and Scott Dugan have Poker Series wins in the Outlaw Stock division.
Action moves to the quarter mile track for Saturday night’s events as the $10,000 to win, Romp in the Swamp takes to the track, sponsored by Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig. The Xcel 600 Modifieds will join the Open Modifieds on the quarter mile for Saturday night’s competition.
Bobby Drayton, Mike Iles and Bob Sarkisian each captured a single victory in Friday night Open Modified competition on the quarter mile in preparation for the Romp in the Swamp. The Bridgeport Speedway’s All Time Feature Winner, Jimmy Horton captured two wins in the Friday night action – his first ever on the quarter mile track. Horton also claimed the track title in the Friday night events and earned a guaranteed starting spot in the Romp on the Swamp.
Racing action gets underway on Saturday at 5pm. The Open Modifieds will race against the clock in time trials and then move onto qualifying events.
While the end of the 2015 season nears, there is still plenty of racing action at the Bridgeport Speedway!
On Saturday, October 31st, the long awaited $10,000 to win Romp in the Swamp comes to the Bridgeport quarter mile. The Romp in the Swamp is sponsored by Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig.
The Romp in the Swamp is a forty lap main event for Open Mods. Time trials and qualifying events will be used to determine the starting line-up in the feature event. The 600 Xcel Mods will also be in action on the quarter mile, competing in qualifying events before their twenty-five lap feature.
Racing gets underway at 5pm.
Friday, November 13th – Wild Card Weekend – 358 Small Block Modifieds, Hilborn TSRS Sprint Cars, Outlaw Stocks in Friends of Mike event and practice for all Saturday divisions, racing starts at 7pm
Saturday, November 14th – Gone But Not Forgotten Poker Series #5 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Garden State Vintage Cars, racing at 7pm
Friday, October 30 – Poker Series Bonus Hand – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks – racing at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 31 – Romp in the Swamp – $10,000 to win Open Mods on Quarter Mile & Xcel Modifieds – racing at 5pm
Friday, November 13 – Wild Card Weekend – 358 Small Block Modifieds, TSRS Sprints & Outlaw Stocks – racing at 7pm
Saturday, November 14 – Gone But Not Forgotten – Poker Series #5 – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Garden State Vingtage – racing at 7pm
BRIDGEPORT, NJ (October 14, 2015) The format and schedule for the quickly approaching 5th Annual Bill Thomas Memorial Weekend is now set for the three-day October 23-25 extravaganza. The Bridgeport ¼ mile program last saw action back on September 18 as their champions were crowned for the 2015 season (600s-Lee Nardelli, 270s-Tyler Reinhardt, 4 Cylinders-Chris Sammons, 8 Cylinders-Chris Allen Sr.). The focus has now shifted towards, what will certainly be a jam-packed weekend full of many different racing divisions along with excellent purses.
The Thomas Family has been such strong supporters of the ¼ mile program at Bridgeport Speedway over the years, as the speedway will once again honor the late Bill Thomas “There’s no doubt that this event has gained momentum each and every year that it’s taken place,” expressed track manager Danny Serrano. “The racing has been tremendous, especially in all of our Poker races this season. We wanted to not only honor the Thomas Family with a BIG weekend, we wanted to give the drivers a marquee event here at Bridgeport.” 9 different divisions have been inked onto this year’s B.T. ¼ mile Nationals Weekend over the course of the three days.
Friday: With cancellations and rainouts over the past few weeks, Bridgeport has altered its Friday portion of the B.T. Weekend. “Originally on the docket, we were going to have a Winner’s Classic for the 600s and 270s but with us losing the B.T. qualifiers we thought it made more sense to hold those races instead on Friday night,” Serrano explained. Friday’s show will consist of three 20-lap main events: one each for the wingless 600s, winged 270s, and the Servpro 4 Cylinders. The winners of the two micro divisions will not only be guaranteed starters for Sunday’s races but, will be locked into Sunday’s A-main redraw. There will be open practice throughout the night for winged 600s, 600 Xcel mods, super trucks, stage-1 mods, and slingshots. The winged 600s and Slingshots will have a little extra on the line on Friday as the fast timer during the night will receive a $100 bonus and be locked into the main event redraw.
Gates Open: 4:30
Warm Ups: 6:45
Racing Starts: 7:30
Saturday: Saturday’s racing card will see a four-division show that consists of the Winged 600s, 600 Xcel Modifieds, Delaware Super Trucks, and the Stage-1 Mods. The 600 micro sprints will see their first race in over a year using their wings. “Even though we’ve enjoyed the wingless action here at Bridgeport all year long, we still feel there’s a need to have a big ‘winged’ race for the 600s as well. Hopefully by bolting on the wing, we’ll attract some new faces and some drivers that normally run tracks like Path Valley, Lanco, and Greenwood Valley,” Serrano elaborated. The 600s will run 40 laps for $1,500 to win with a healthy $150 being posted to start the event.
Doug Borger’s Xcel Modifieds will be making their second appearance of the season, who have also been added to the Oct. 31 Romp in the Swamp. The fast-growing and exciting class will be racing for a $1,000 pay day. In their one and only appearance back in April, recently crowned champion Brian Carber was able to nail down the victory. Carber has already confirmed that he’ll be doing double duty on Saturday in both the Xcel mod and the winged 600.
The Delaware Super Trucks will be making their first appearance of the season after competing in a handful at the speedway in 2014. Courtesy Chevrolet of Salisbury, Md has posted a whopping $1,000 for first place for the trucks. This could possibly be the biggest purse in the division’s history. The very similar trucks from I-88 Speedway are welcomed to compete in this event (as long as they make weight requirements). The trucks will run in a 40-lap Enduro feature.
Rounding out Saturday’s racing program will be the Richie Smith created Stage-1 Modifieds. The Stage-1 Mods have had five appearances thus far in 2015 producing three different winners in their visits. Several new drivers are planning on making their first visit to Bridgeport’s ¼ mile for this final event.
Any drivers that are interested in shaking their cars down for Sunday’s show that include the 270s, Wingless 600s, and Slingshots will take place after the final checkered on Saturday night.
Gates Open: 2:00
Warm Ups: 5:00
Racing Starts: 6:00
Sunday: In the third and final day of the 5th Annual Bill Thomas Weekend, will feature the Wingless 600s, Winged 270s, OMS Racing/Action Track USA/Speedway All Star Bagel Stop Slingshots, and Gasko & Son Farm & Greenhouses 8 Cylinders. The start time for Sunday’s events have been moved up to 4pm from its original start time of 5pm.
Fresh off of his 2015 Poker Series Championship, James Morris was the only driver to duplicate a ‘Poker Series’ victory. 2015 track champ Lee Nardelli, Action Track champion Tim Buckwalter, and 2014 Bridgeport champion Luke Thomas were able to add $1,000 Bridgeport victories to their resumes earlier this season. These four drivers along with many other traveling 600 micro stars will be battling it out for the $1,500 first place prize on Sunday. The 40-lap event will also pay a very respectable $150 to start.
The Winged 270s will race for their largest pay day of the season at the south Jersey facility. $1,000 will go to the winner of this 30-lap race. Top drivers such as Jacob Hendershot (4 Poker Series wins), Jay Hartman, Tyler Reinhardt, Logan Diehl, Pat Bealer, and many others are expected to tow into town in search of Bridgeport glory.
The Tobias Slingshots basically have EVERYTHING on the line come Sunday, Oct. 25! In the first annual ‘King of the Sling’, the always exciting Slingshots will be racing a race within a race within a race if that’s even possible. For starters the 40-lap ‘King of the Sling’ event will paying a cool $1,000 to the first driver across the finish line. What’s even more remarkable is that the event will see each starter of the race walk home with at least $125! Then there’s the 2015 point championship on the line that will see the champion pocket $500 for their year-long efforts. The OMS Racing/Speedway All-Star Bagel Stop point series will pay an unheard of top 20 in the final point standings. If that’s not enough incentive to get the blood pumping, there’s still the 2015 Jeffrey Hogue Action Track USA Poker Series finale which will be decided on Sunday. Three drivers have a shot at the $500 championship. They include, Andrew Kreis, Travis Beiber, and defending ’14 Poker Series champion Dave McCullough. Second and third place are wide open as a dozen other competitors have a legitimate shot at earning the second and third best hands. Needless to say, there will be a ton riding on the line for each and every slingshot chauffer in the pits come day three of the B.T. Memorial Weekend.
Rounding out the Bridgeport ¼ mile Nationals will be the 8 Cylinders. The Gasko & Son sponsored division has seen five different winners in six races throughout the 2015 season. The ‘Old Bridge Outlaws’ team has claimed four of the six events while 2014 champion Tom Wolf has conquered the last two Enduros. The 40-lap event will put conclude, what you can bet will be, an extremely exciting weekend of racing on the Bridgeport ¼ mile.
Gates Open: Noon
Warm Ups: 3:00
Racing Starts: 4:00
Free camping is offered for the weekend (no hook ups) at the speedway for all racing teams and fans. The Holiday Inn located four miles south of the speedway at exit 10 off of Rt. 295 has extended a racer’s rate for the weekend. Rooms can be reserved by calling 856-467-3322. All entry forms can be found under the forms section at bpspeedway.com. Any other questions can be answered if you call the speedway at 856-467-4408.