DANNER, BROWN, SHIPLEY & ALLEN CLAIM SATURDAY NIGHT BRIDGEPORT WINS
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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