FAISON SWEEPS BRIDGEPORT WEEKEND
Bridgeport, NJ – Day two of the Danny Serrano 100 weekend sponsored by Izzy Trucking & Rigging was full of racing action from start to finish with the Danny’s Pizza Pizazz Modifieds, the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman and the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS).
CJ Fasion swept the weekend in the 305 Sprint Cars, picking up his second and third Bridgeport Motorsports Park victories of the 2022 season. Ethan Bill scored a $1,000 victory with his win in the Prelude to the All American 40 for 602 Sportsman for his third win of the season. Sam Martz, Ryan Godown and Neal Williams raced to wins in the Triple 20 Modified qualifiers to begin to set the field for the third annual Danny Serrano 100.
Following his twenty-five lap win on Friday night, CJ Faison came right back on Saturday, set fast time, won his heat race, won the six lap dash sponsored by ERK Steering and then took the win in the thirty lap feature event. Dave Brown again chased the leader for most of the race but with five laps to go, Mike Melair was able to put his No. 54 in front of Brown for second.
Faison led every one of the thirty laps to take his third Bridgeport win of the season. Melair finished second after starting the race in eleventh. Dave Brown finished third followed by Larry McVay and Jon Brennfleck. Tim Iulg, Ryan Stillwaggon, Dan Leaper, Tommy Carberry and Kristina Pratt rounded out the top ten at the checkered flag.
Buddy Schweibinz was crowned as the 2022 MASS Champion following the feature event. Schweibinz had an insurmountable lead going into Saturday night’s feature event. He had clinched the title at the start. He unable to complete the feature due to mechanical difficulties. “This is one of my favorite tracks,” Schweibinz stated following his win. Schweibinz is a former 600 Micro Sprint competitor. He first came to Bridgeport to compete on the Spirit quarter mile and quickly attracted the attention of Danny Serrano.
Ethan Bill has certainly avoided the Sophomore slump experienced my many drivers in their season following their Rookie year. Bill, the 2021 DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Champion, raced to his third win of the season in the Prelude to the All American 40.
The Bauman No. 14s made up the first row of the starting line-up with Dylan Swinehart on the pole and Logan Bauman on the outside. Swinehart quickly took the lead on the start while Matt Ellery raced into second. Swinehart led through lap thirteen but then came to a stop one lap later when the rear broke in the car.
Ellery became the race leader with Ethan Bill and Travis Hill racing for second and Logan Bauman and Tommy Beamer battling for fourth. Beamer was in a second Ellery No. 2.
Bill kept picking off the spots and after reaching second, turned his attention on the leader. Ellery and Bill raced for the lead with Bill taking over on lap nineteen.
Bill raced to the win over Ellery, Steve Davis, Steve Kemery and Steve Yankowski. The win was worth $1,000 for Bill and set him up to start the All American 40 on Sunday. “My dad gives me a good car,” Ellery stated. “All I have to do is drive it.”
Logan Bauman finished sixth followed by Beamer, Brian Papiez, Joe Toth and Louden Reimert (substituting for Bubba Hughes).
Three twenty lap qualifiers were run for Sunday’s Danny Serrano 100. The top three in each qualifier locked into the top nine redraw spots on Sunday with the fourth and fifth place finishers being able to redraw for tenth through fifteenth. The top three finishers also qualified for the cash dash sponsored by Elite Welder Training and Testing.
Sam Martz Sr. led from start to finish in the first twenty lap qualifier in spite of some pressure from Dominick Buffalino. Martz had built a considerable lead as Buffalino, Danny Bouc and Jeff Strunk raced in second through fourth.
Martz took the win over Buffalino, Bouc and Strunk. HJ Bunting and Dillon Steuer finished fifth and sixth to win their place in Sunday’s redraw.
Wade Hendrickson grabbed the lead in the second qualifier and led for three laps before Ryan Godown put the No. 26 out in front.
This twenty lapper was interrupted by a caution just past halfway when Alex Yankowski ‘s No. 84y went up in smoke. Yankowski quickly moved the car onto the quarter mile track and was immediately attended to by the fire crews when the fluids from the car blazed. Yankowksi was the winner of the first Danny Serrano 100.
On the restart, Godown pulled out if front with Matt Stangle now challenging Hendrickson for the position.
Godown led the way to the checkered over Stangle and Hendrickson followed by Brandon Grosso, Ryan Krachun and W.B. James.
Neal Williams was the winner of the third qualifier as he led from the green flag to the checkered. Billy Pauch Jr. finished second followed by Cale Ross, Frank Cozze and Jim Gallagher.
Sam Martz Sr. then picked up the win in the six lap dash for the top three finishers in the twenty lap qualifiers sponsored by Elite Welder Training & Testing. Wade Hendrickson showed his nose to Martz who was able to pull away from the competition after the first lap scored. Pauch, Jr. edged out Hendrickson for second at the checkered.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIED TRIPLE 20 QUALIFIERS SPONSORED BY F&L DOORS
1ST 20 – 1. Sam Martz, Sr., 2. Dominick Buffalino, 3. Danny Bouc, 4. Jeff Strunk, 5. H.J. Bunting, 6. Dillon Steuer, 7. Richie Pratt, Jr., 8. Roger Manning, 9. Stan Frankenfield, 10. Ron Roberts, 11. Justin Hoffman, DNS – Cole Stangle
2ND 20 – 1. Ryan Godown, 2. Matt Stangle, 3. Wade Hendrickson, 4. Brandon Grosso, 5. Ryan Krachun, 6. W.B. James, 7. Mike Gular, 8. John McClelland, 9. Anthony Tramontana, 10. Justin Grosso, 11. Kevin Vaclavicek, 12. Alex Yankowski
3RD 20 – 1. Neal Williams, 2. Billy Pauch, Jr., 3. Cale Ross, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 6. Sammy Martz, Jr., 7. D.J. Hunt, 8. Ryan Forte, 9. Tommy Beamer, DQ – Rick Laubach, DNS – Mike Franz
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 LAPS) – 1. Ethan Bill, 2. Matt Ellery, 3. Steve Davis, 4. Steve Kemery, 5. Stephen Yankowski, 6. Logan Bauman, 7. Tommy Beamer, 8. Brian Papiez, 9. Joe Toth, 10. Louden Reimert, 11. Skyler Sheriff, 12. David Miloczar, 13. Ryan Simmons, 14. James Hill, 15. David Jenkins, 16. Eric Kormann, 17. Brian Rogers, 18. Danny Hulmes, 19. Pete Serra, 20. Cody Higbie, 21. Sean Metz, 22. Travis Hill, 23. Ryan Godown, Jr., 24. Thomas Prychka, 25. Dylan Swinehart, DNS – Wayne Weaver, Billy Chester, Eehrik Mattson, Brian Brobst, DNQ – Tom Sherby, Johnny Bangs, Shane Kassekert, Mike Loney, Rich VanOrden, Sarah Napora, Mike Toth, Joseph Brown, Howie Finch
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE (30 LAPS) – 1. C.J. Faison, 2. Mike Melair, 3. Dave Brown, 4. Larry McVay, 5. Jon Brennfleck, 6. Tim Iulg, 7. Ryan Stillwaggon, 8. Dan Leaper, 9. Tommy Carberry, 10. Kristina Pratt, 11. Phil Meisner, 12. Cory Hunsberger, 13. Jeff Paulson, 14. D.J. Tanner, 15. Darren Cox, 16. Samantha Lieberman, 17. Buddy Schweibinz, 18. Dale Eggert, 19. Bobby DeVault, 20. Eddie Wagner, 21. Torrey Rose, 22. Logan Diehl, 23. Kevin Nagy, 24. Rich Janney, 25. Rick Stief, 26. Keith Anderson, DNS – Justin Nowlen, Aidan Borden