Bridgeport, NJ – Defending Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Godown’s win streak came to an end at seven as Billy Pauch, Jr. raced to the victory in the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modified feature event. 2021 DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Champion, Ethan Bill raced to a career first win in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman feature. Tom Wills, Jr. raced by Nick Sandone III late in the race to win his second EZ Work Truck feature event of the season. Geoffrey Sutton repeated his efforts from earlier this season and picked up the win in the Xcel 600 feature event. Saturday night’s program was sponsored by Ice Less.
The race met the criteria – Godown finished fifth at the wave of the checkered flag and Pauch collected the prize money and the bounty for the $5,000 payday. Godown had to be running at the end of the race in order to satisfy the qualifications for the bounty and he was. However, Godown was forced to restart from the back of the field following a lap six restart that saw Godown and the No, 26 turned around and off the track in turn four. The body on the Camp Out No. 26 was mangled – the right side of the car elevated from its original position and the damage was not just cosmetic but Godown took his position at the rear of the field with twenty-five laps remaining.
Polesitter, Brad Roberts grabbed the lead on the start and led through lap five, including several restarts after cars slowed with issues, bringing out the caution flag several times. On the second attempt to get lap six scored, Roberts raced three wide with Jim Gallagher and Ryan Krachun for the lead. Krachun won the battle followed by Gallagher as Dominick Buffalino raced the Big Spring Car Wash No. 126 into third and Pauch followed in fourth. Krachun, who holds the one lap record for the Modifieds on the High Banks, raced ahead. One lap later, Pauch took over second and set his sights on Krachun.
Krachun, Pauch and Buffalino raced in the top three with Ryan Watt in fourth after starting in seventeenth and Sam Martz completing the top five.
Krachun used the inside for every restart just as he did on lap eighteen as he and Pauch raced side by side down the backstretch and Watt raced into third. Pauch pulled ahead of Krachun when the two drivers exited turn two.
HJ Bunting raced the Blue Hen No. 30 into the top five, trailing Pauch and Krachun with ten to go as Buffalino and Watt trailed the leaders. Buffalino, Watt and then Godown raced by Bunting in the final laps to secure top five finishes.
Pauch raced to the win over Krachun, Buffalino, Watt and Godown. Neal Williams finished sixth followed by Bunting, Martz, Tommy Beamer and Davey Sammons.
Ethan Bill raced to his first win in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman, leading from the wave of the green to the checkered. Bill has come close on several occasions but was finally able to seal the deal on Saturday night.
Pete Serra raced in second behind Bill until Greg Humlhanz and Howie Finch raced by at mid-race. Travis Hill raced into the top five by half way.
Humlhanz and Finch battled through the late stages of the race as Bill raced into lapped traffic.
Bill was headed to the checkered flag when Eric Matson and Ethan Young tangled on the final lap. Everyone had one chance as the field raced to the green and then the checkered.
Bill took the win over Humlhanz, Finch, Hill and Brian Papiez who raced into fifth on the final lap. Steve Yankowski finished sixth followed by Serra
Nick Sandone led the way in the EZ Work Truck Street Stock feature through lap ten when defending champion, Tom Wills, Jr. challenged Sandone for the lead. Wills took the lead and raced to his second win of the 2022 season. Sandone finished second in spite of handling issues that plagued the NS3 late in the race. Jeff Dirkes finished third followed by last week’s winner, Jeramy Doerr and current point leader, Lee Allen.
The Xcel 600 Modifieds made their second appearance of the 2022 season with Geoffrey Sutton again racing to the win in the fifteen lap feature event. Tyler Bartik finished second followed by Eric Whitby, Richie Hitzler and Justin Schraden.
Action returns to the Kingdom of Speed on Saturday with the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series joining the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks for the show.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIEDS (30 LAPS)
Billy Pauch, Jr., 2. Ryan Krachun, 3. Dominick Buffalino, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Ryan Godown, 6. Neal Williams, 7. H.J. Bunting, 8. Sam Martz, Sr., 9. Tommy Beamer, 10. Davey Sammons, 11. Matt Peck, 12. Richie Pratt, Jr., 13. Mike Franz, 14. Don Barone, 15. Roger Manning, 16. Howard O’Neal, 17. Mark VanVorst, 18. Ron Roberts, 19. Jim Britt, 20. Clay Butler, 21. Billy Osmun, III, 22. Tom Maccherone, 23. Brad Roberts, 24. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 25. Sammy Martz Jr
Ethan Bill, 2. Greg Humlhanz, 3. Howie Finch, 4. Travis Hill, 5. Brian Papiez, 6. Stephen Yankowski, 7. Pete Serra, 8. Thomas Prychka, 9. Matt Ellery, 10. Brian Rogers, 11. Aaron Weaver, 12. Scott Hulmes, 13. Ryan Godown, Jr., 14. Ethan Young, 15. Erik Mattson, 16. David Jenkins, 17. Brian Hughes, 18. T.J. Orr, 19. John Scarpati
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK STREET STOCK FEATURE (15 LAPS)
Tom Wills, Jr., 2. Nick Sandone, III, 3. Jeff Dirkes, 4. Jeramy Doerr, 5. Lee Allen, 6. Kyle Saylor, 7. Spider Ensinger, Jr., 8. Mike Hughes, 9. Al Suhr, 10. John Parker
XCEL MODIFIED FEATURE (15 LAPS)
Geoffrey Sutton, 2. Tyler Bartik, 3. Eric Whitby, 4. Richie Hitzler, 5. Justin Schraden, 6. Brice Smith, 7. Keith Inglin, 8. Tiffany Mays, 9. Kory Inglin, 10. Chris Frabble
Bridgeport, NJ – The record stands at seven wins in a row as Ryan Godown and his R&M Motorsports Team continues their winning ways at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. Win number eleven was an exciting one as Tommy Beamer had the Thornton Gulf No. 31 out in front for twenty-two laps and twelve of those laps were with Ryan Godown racing in second!
Brian Papiez raced the Adams Motorsports No. 37 to their third win of the 2022 season while Jeramy Doerr picked up his first win of the season in the Street Stock competition. Justin Dunn raced to the win in the Four Cylinder feature event.
The showdown at sundown was presented by Church’s Auto Parts.
While the rest of the racing world tracks the wins and the records, the bounties and the rewards, Ryan Godown continues to race one race at a time. “I really try to lock out the noise,” the defending track champion explained. “It’s hard!”
“He’s just that good,” Tommy Beamer said after turning in his best performance of the season. “I guess that’s how we should look at it – ‘it took him however many laps to get me,” Beamer added with a laugh. Beamer was a worthy opponent, holding off the pass for the lead until lap twenty-three. “I was a little tight and I didn’t want to run it in there too hard,” Beamer explained. “And that’s where Ryan gets you – he rotates those corners so good.”
Neal Williams just shook his head. He is determined get that Sal DeBruno No. 0 out in front. “I had my foot all the way to the floor,” Williams said after collecting his second consecutive third place finish.
With Beamer out in front from the start, Williams raced into second on lap two. Billy Osmun III and Ryan Krahcun battled for third with Brad Roberts rounding out the top five through the early going. Godown marched into the top five following a lap seven restart. He was racing Williams for second when lap ten was completed.
By halfway, Billy Pauch, Jr., Sam Martz and Ryan Watt were battling for a top five spot. Pauch cracked the top five with ten laps to go.
Godown took the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modified win over Beamer, Williams, Pauch and Krachun. Watt finished sixth followed by Martz, Osmun, HJ Bunting and Richie Pratt, Jr.
F&L Door heat races were won by Williams, Brad Roberts and Beamer with Mike Franz picking up the win in the consolation.
2022 Rookie Champion, Thomas Prychka led the first lap of the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman feature in his last race before his seventeenth birthday. Papiez was the leader following a lap two restart. “You’ve got to get out there and run away and hide,” Papiez said after picking up this third victory of the season.
Travis Hill finished second after battling with current point leader, Ryan Godown, Jr. for the second half of the race. Godown finished third followed by Wayne Weaver and last week’s feature winner, Matt Ellery. Trent Willey finished sixth with Howie Finch, Eric Korman, Brandon Watkins and Tom Moore rounding out the top ten.
Hoffman Discount Parts heat races were won by Willey, Ellery and Hill.
After many weeks of trying and getting close, Jeramy Doerr, finally, won the EZ Works Truck Street Stock feature for his first win of the season.
Doerr has been so close, so many times but on Saturday night, he finally put the Bill O’Brien owned No. 3:16 into Weaknecht Archery Victory Lane. Doerr dedicated this win to his mother who passed away earlier this season.
TJ Henry finished second followed by Mike Hughes, Lee Allen and Jeff Dirkes. Tom Wills, Jr., Cole Stangle, Drew Brocklebank, Mike Creamer and Nick Sandone III completed the top ten at the finish.
Justin Dunn was the flag-to-flag winner of the EZ Work Trucks Four Cylinder feature event over Joe Garey, Sr. Joe Biederman, Ed Ford and Tim Jones.
Racing returns to the high banks next Saturday night with the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks and Xcel 600 Modifieds.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIED FEATURE – 30 LAPS
Ryan Godown, Sr., 2. Tommy Beamer, 3. Neal Williams, 4. Billy Pauch, Jr., 5. Ryan Krachun, 6. Ryan Watt, 7. Sam Martz, Sr., 8. Billy Osmun, III, 9. H.J. Bunting, 10. Richie Pratt, Jr., 11. Cale Ross, 12. Sammy Martz, Jr., 13. Cole Stangle, 14. W.B. James, 15. Mike Franz, 16. Jim Britt, 17. Ron Roberts, 18. Dominick Buffalino, 19. Tom Maccherone, 20. Don Barone, 21. Brett Ballard, 22. Roger Manning, 23. Brad Roberts, 24. Mark VanVorst, DNQ – Matt Peck, Jim Gallagher, Jr.
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 LAPS
Brian Papiez, 2. Travis Hill, 3. Ryan Godown, Jr., 4. Wayne Weaver, 5. Matt Ellery, 6. Trent Willey, 7. Howie Finch, 8. Erik Kormann, 9. Brandon Watkins, 10. Tom Moore, Jr., 11. Stephen Yankowski, 12. Greg Humlhanz, 13. Bryan Brobst, 14. Tim Millman, 15. Pete Serra, 16. Billy Chester, 17. David Jenkins, 18. Ethan Young, 19. Brian Rogers, 20. Bobby Watkins, 21. Erik Mattson, 22. Thomas Prychka, 23. Justin Newhard, 24. Matt Luzi, 25. Danny Hulmes, DNS – Ethan Bill
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK STREET STOCKS FEATURE – 15 LAPS
Jeramy Doerr, 2. T.J. Henry, 3. Mike Hughes, 4. Lee Allen, 5. Jeff Dirkes, 6. Tom Wills, Jr., 7. Cole Stangle, 8. Drew Brockelbank, 9. Mike Creamer, 10. Nick Sandone, III, 11. Terry Chaney, 12. Wes Camp
EZ WORK TRUCKS FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE – 12 LAPS
1. Justin Dunn, 2. Joe Garey, Sr., 3. Joe Biedermann, 4. Ed Ford, 5. Tim Jones, 6. Bobby Johnson, 7. Scott Dunn, 8. Eric Dengler
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZ MODIFIEDS: 1. Ryan Godown ($4600), 2. Tommy Beamer ($1200), 3. Neal Williams ($1000), 4. Billy Pauch Jr. ($900), 5. Ryan Krachun ($650), 6. Ryan Watt ($600), 7. Sam Martz Sr. ($575), 8. Billy Osmun III ($550), 9. HJ Bunting ($525), 10. Richie Pratt Jr. ($500), 11. Cale Ross ($400), 12. Sammy Martz Jr. ($300), 13. Cole Stangle ($300), 14. W.B. James ($300), 15. Mike Franz ($300), 16. Jim Britt ($300), 17. Ron Roberts ($300), 18. Dominick Buffalino ($300) 19. Tom Maccherone ($300), 20. Don Barone ($300), 21. Brett Ballard ($300), 22. Roger Manning ($300), 23. Brad Roberts ($300), 24. Mark Vanvorst ($300)
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN: 1. Brian Papiez ($500), 2. Travis Hill ($300), 3. Ryan Godown Jr. ($225), 4. Wayne Weaver ($175), 5. Matt Ellery ($150), 6. Trent Willey ($120), 7. Bobby Watkins ($115), 8. Eric Kormann ($110), 9. Brandon Watkins ($105), 10. Tom Moore Jr. ($100), 11. Stephen Yankowski ($80), 12. Greg Humlhanz ($80), 13. Bryan Brobst ($80), 14. Tim Millman ($80), 15. Pete Serra ($75), 16. Billy Chester ($75), 17. David Jenkins ($75), 18. Ethan Young ($75), 19. Brian Rogers ($75), 20. Bobby Watkins ($75), 21. Eric Matson ($75), 22. Thomas Prychka ($75), 23. Justin Newhard ($75), 24. Matt Luzi ($75), 25. Dan Hulmes ($75)
DNS: Ethan Bill
STREET STOCKS: 1. Jeramy Doerr, 2. TJ Henry, 3. Mike Hughes, 4. Lee Allen, 5. Jeff Dirkes, 6. Tom Wills Jr., 7. Cole Stangle, 8. Drew Brocklebank, 9. Mike Creamer, 10. Nick Sandone III, 11. Terry Chaney, 12. Wes Camp
4 CYLINDERS: 1. Justin Dunn, 2. Joe Garey Sr., 3. Joe Beidermann, 4. Ed Ford, 5. Tim Jones, 6. Bobby Johnson, 7. Scott Dunn, 8. Eric Degler
Bridgeport, NJ – Records were broken on Saturday night as Ryan Godown raced to his sixth win in a row on the high banks of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park in the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modified feature event. EZ Work Trucks sponsored the night of racing as history was being made.
Matt Ellery raced to the first win of his career in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman feature after being so close on several occasions. Jeff Dirkes raced to his third win of the season in the Triple R Truck Parts Street Stocks. Kevin Nagy raced to second win of the season in the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series.
The previous Bridgeport record was for five consecutive wins shared by both Kenny Brightbill and Wade Hendrickson. Of course, those records were set on the old 5/8th mile track while Godown’s mark was made on the new track configuration. Six wins in a row will not only be the new mark in Bridgeport history but the mark to beat in the current Bridgeport record book for the 4/10 mile track.
The Modified feature saw Mike Franz jump into the lead on the start. The caution waved with one lap on the books and Roger Manning raced by Franz to take the lead on the restart. Manning led the way through lap ten but Neal Williams raced into the lead on a lap eleven restart.
Williams led the way through halfway with Godown, Billy Pauch, Jr., Manning and Billy Osmun III trailing the leader.
Williams was closing in on the back of the field. As he raced his way through the lapped traffic, Godown raced by to take the lead on lap twenty-two. “I got a little free on me,” Williams explained. “I could feel the right rear getting out from under me when I got to the lapped traffic,” Williams added.
Pauch raced into second one lap later. Williams, Ryan Watt and Manning made up the top five as the field headed into the final five laps.
Godown raced to the checkered for his tenth Bridgeport win of the season over Pauch, Williams, Watt and Manning. Osmun finished sixth followed by Ryan Krachun, Richie Pratt, Jr., Cale Ross and Sammy Martz, Jr.
“I race one race at a time,” Godown commented. “This crew works hard every week. We keep making small changes to get better.”
It was a successful night for the R&M Team with Godown and Ellery taking feature wins and Ryan Godown, Jr. finishing second.
F&L Door heat races were won by Osmun, Watt and Williams with Sammy Martz, Jr. picking up the win in the consolation.
After many close finishes, Matt Ellery raced to his first Precision Hydraulic &Oil 602 Sportsman feature of his career. A former micro sprint competitor, Ellery is in just his second full season in the 602 Sportsman. He picked up a win in a non-winner’s race at the end of last season.
“I was waiting for the caution to come out,” Ellery stated following his win. “That’s what usually happens when I am leading a race.” But on this night, there weren’t any late race cautions and Ellery raced to the checkered first.
Brian Papiez and Ethan Bill were racing for second as they dealt with heavy lapped traffic. Ryan Godown, Jr. took advantage of the situation and dove to the bottom of the track to take second late in the race. Papiez finished third with Bill taking fourth. Howie Finch rounded out the top five.
Brandon Shipley finished sixth followed by Travis Hill, Trent Willey, Wayne Weaver and Brian Rogers to complete the top ten in the running order.
Hoffman Discount Parts heat races were won by Ryan McKinney, Ellery and Hill.
Jeff Dirkes raced to his second win in a row and third win of the season in the Triple R Truck Parts Street Stocks. Dirkes led all fifteen laps to take the win over point leader and five time feature winner, Lee Allen. Jeramy Doerr finished third followed by Mike Hughes and TJ Henry.
Mike Hughes picked up the win in the TW Metals heat race.
A full field of 305 sprint cars were on hand for the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS). Their feature event saw Kevin Nagy return to the Weaknecht Archery Victory Lane for his second win of the season.
Nagy was a big winner in MASS events at Bridgeport last season and captured the 2021 MASS Championship but the 2022 season has been a challenge for the defending champion. “This is the best I’ve felt so far this season,” Nagy explained. “I have speed early in the night but something happens later in the night.”
Nagy led from the green to the checkered as he raced ahead of Jon Brennfleck for the win sponsored by EZ Work Trucks. Aidan Borden and Brennfleck had traded the runner-up spot during the feature. Current MASS point leader, Buddy Schweibinz seemed to get better as the race progressed, challenging Borden for third. Schweibinz won the spot in the end with Borden and Mike Melair finishing fourth and fifth.
Dave Grube, Eddie Wagner, Tim Iulg, Rick Stief and Mark Bitner rounded out the top ten.
EZ Finance Trucks/Cornell H&E heat races were won by Borden, Jason Dunn, Wagner and Rich Janney. Joe Kay was the winner of the consolation.
Racing returns to the Kingdom of Speed on Saturday with Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25th when the All Star Circuit of Champions makes their first ever appearance at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park.
DANNY’S PIZZA PIZZAZZ MODIFIED FEATURE – 30 LAPS
1. Ryan Godown, 2. Billy Pauch, Jr., 3. Neal Williams, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Roger Manning, 6. Billy Osmun, III, 7. Ryan Krachun, 8. Richie Pratt, Jr., 9. Cale Ross, 10. Sammy Martz, Jr., 11. Mike Frantz, 12. Davey Sammons, 13. Joseph Watson, 14. Sam Martz, Sr., 15. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 16. Dominick Buffalino, 17. Ron Roberts, 18. Ryan Forte, 19. Howard O’Neal, 20. Tom Maccherone, 21. Brad Roberts, 22. Matt Peck, 23. Tommy Beamer, 24. Matt Stangle, DNQ – Jim Britt, Don Barone, Mark VanVorst
PRECISION HYDRAULIC & OIL 602 SPORTSMAN – 25 LAPS
1. Matt Ellery, 2. Ryan Godown, 3. Brian Papiez, 4. Ethan Bill, 5. Howie Finch, 6. Brandon Shipley, 7. Travis Hill. 8. Trent Willey, 9. Wayne Weaver, 10. Brian Rogers, 11. Bryan Brobst, 12. Stephen Yankowski, 13. Thomas Prychka, 14. Pete Serra, 15. Ethan Young, 16. David Jenkins, 17. Ryan McKinney, 18. Matt Luzi, 19. Billy Chester, 20. David Miloszar, 21. Danny Hulmes, 22. Aaron Weaver, 23. John Scarpati, DNS – Daylton Strohl
BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK STREET STOCKS – 15 LAPS
1. Jeff Dirkes, 2. Lee Allen, 3. Jeramy Doerr, 4. Mike Hughes, 5. T.J. Henry, 6. Nick Sandone, III, 7. Mike Creamer, 8. Chris Lane, 9. Ken Moren, DNS – Bobby Johnson,
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE – 25 LAPS
1. Kevin Nagy, 2. Jon Brennfleck, 3. Buddy Schweibinz, 4. Aidan Borden, 5. Mike Melair, 6. Dave Grube, 7. Eddie Wagner, 8. Rick Stief, 9. Tim Iulg, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. Dave Brown, 12. Larry McVay, 13. Rich Janney, 14. Cory Hunsberger, 15. Jeff Paulson, 16. Dale Eggert, 17. D.J. Tanner, Jr., 18. Cory Cornell, 19. Keith Anderson, 20. Bobby DeVault, 21. Dan Leaper, 22. Kristina Pratt, 23. Jason Dunn, 24. Joe Kay, DNQ – Kenny Laureno, Josh Bricker, Ryan Neil, Darren Cox, Justin Nowlen, Andy Mahan, Rory Janney, Shelby Kelly, Justin Mills, Dirk Rimrott
Bridgeport, NJ – Defending Bridgeport Motorsports Park Track Champion, Ryan Godown defended his “kingdom” when the Short Track Super Series invaded the Kingdom of Speed on Tuesday evening for the South Jersey Shootout sponsored by Liberty Kenworth.
Godown came into Tuesday’s night event with the points lead in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear
Short Track Super Series (STSS) fueled by Sunoco. Godown went home after adding a few more points to his lead in the Hurlock Auto & Speed South Region in addition to a payday in excess of $5,000.
Godown led all but six of the fifty laps but don’t assume that this win came easy. Godown romped into the lead on lap seven of the fifty lap main event and then wrote the book on how to race Matt Shepperd on restarts when the pair of drivers lined up side by side for at least five restarts while they ran first and second.
“He’s so good at what he does,” Godown said of Shepperd following his fifth win in a row on the high banks. “The hard part was knowing what to do – if I start late, he’s good at that. If I start early, he timed that right too. There were a couple of times that he timed it just right. I kept moving around – about a half of a lane – top, bottom, middle and that seemed to work.”
Polesitter, Cale Ross led the first three laps around the 4/10th mile surface until outside polesitter, Danny Bouc moved out in front on lap four. By lap six, Bouc and Godown were racing side-by-side for the lead with Godown moving out in front on the next lap.
When Godown moved into the lead, it was Jordan Watson who was the first to close in on the leader. Godown led Watson, Ryan Krachun, Sheppard and Bouc through lap ten. Sheppard moved up to third on the lap twelve as Watson closed in on the back bumper of the Camp Out sponsored No. 26. Watson’s race ended prematurely when he drew a caution on lap thirteen with what appeared to be a flat but Watson was not able to return to action after going to the attention of his pit crew.
The lap fourteen restart was Godown’s first with Sheppard running in second. This situation came again on lap eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-eight and lap thirty. The results were always the same but Sheppard kept the pressure on and was a threat to the leader at every juncture.
With less than twenty laps to go, Krachun raced by Sheppard to take second, using the bottom of the track to make his move. “Every car I passed tonight I passed on the inside,” Krachun commented later. Krachun picked up where Sheppard left off by keeping close to the leader and challenging Godown every chance he got.
Krachun had two restarts as the runner-up to Godown. On every previous restart, Godown restarted from the inside. On the lap thirty-six restart, Godown first indicated that he would restart from the outside. “I couldn’t believe it,” Krachun said. “I thought wow, you’re really going to give me the inside?” Krachun added. But Godown rethought his decision and moved back to the pole before the restart.
Krachun was able to get a nose under Godown at one point but the leader never actually saw him even though he did hear Krachun.
Godown raced to his second STSS victory of the season with Krachun chasing him to the checkered in the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds. Sheppard finished third.
Defending Shootout winner, Ryan Watt finished the fifty lap distance in fourth after winning the B Main. A poor draw saw Watt start scratch in the first heat where he finished just one spot out of a qualifying position – a heat race that was won by Sheppard. Watt started in seventeenth after Anthony Perrego was forced to scratch from the main event. By lap fifteen, Watt had raced his way into the top ten where he continued to pick off positions one at a time. Watt’s efforts were worth an additional $200 for the Hard Charger award sponsored by BRD Speed.
Danny Bouc finished fifth after leading several early laps.
Alex Yankowski was able to race the Stankiewicz No. 2s into sixth after restarting in the rear twice following racing incidents. Mike Gular, like Watt, qualified through the consolation and finished seventh. Polesitter, Cale Ross finished eighth after several trips to the pits. Richie Pratt, Jr. probably passed the most cars – some several times after a multi-car incident took Pratt out of the top five contention on lap eighteen. Pratt finished ninth while Davey Sammons raced ahead of Max McLaughlin to round out the top ten.
The F&L Door heat races were won by Sheppard, Brandon Grosso and Krachun with the consolation win going to Watt.
The Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman competed in a twenty-five lap main event.
Tom Sherby led the field for the first lap before Brian Papiez took over on lap two. Papiez raced away from the field and looked to be on his way to a STSS victory in the twenty-five lap feature event. Papiez led the way through the crossed flags followed by Sherby, Joe Toth, Matt Ellery and Steve Davis.
As the laps counted down, Papiez caught the back of the field. As he picked his way through the lapped traffic, his competition was closing in. Papiez took the five to go sign but by now, Toth had raced by Sherby and was closing in on the leader quickly. With just two laps remaining, Toth made his move to the inside of turn three. Papiez and Toth crossed the start/finish line side-by-side. Toth had the lead on the next lap in spite of Papiez executing a cross-over move to regain his position.
Toth took the win over Papiez, Sherby, Matt Ellery and Steve Davis. Ryan Godown, Jr. finished sixth followed by Scott Hitchens, Steve Kemery, Ethan Bill and Sammy Martz, Jr.
The win was Toth’s second STSS victory of the season.
The Hoffman Discount Parts heat races were won by Martz, Toth, Tom Princiotta and 2022 Dave’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie Champion, Thomas Prychka with Dylan Swinehart and 2021 Rookie champion, Ethan Bill winning the consolation events.
SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES MODIFIEDS 1. Ryan Godown, 2. Ryan Krachun, 3. Matt Sheppard, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Danny Bouc, 6. Alex Yankowski, 7. Mike Gular, 8. Cale Ross, 9. Richie Pratt Jr., 10. Davey Sammons, 11. Max McLaughlin, 12. HJ Bunting, 13. Brandon Grosso, 14. Billy Osmun III, 15. Ryan Riddle, 16. Anthony Tramontana, 17. Matt Stangle, 18. Billy Pauch Jr., 19. John Willman, 20. Neal Williams, 21. W.B. James, 22. Mike Mahaney, 23. Jordan Watson, 24. Clay Butler, 25. Sam Martz Sr., 26. Michael Trautschold
DNS: Anthony Perrego
SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES 602 SPORTSMAN: 1. Joe Toth, 2. Brian Papiez, 3. Tom Sherby, 4. Matt Ellery, 5. Steve Davis, 6. Ryan Godown Jr., 7. Scott Hitchens, 8. Steve Kemery, 9. Ethan Bill, 10. Sammy Martz Jr., 11. Sean Weiss, 12. Dylan Swinehart, 13. Stephen Yankowski, 14. Tom Princiotta, 15. Eric Kormann, 16. Will Dupree, 17. Tom Moore Jr., 18. Thomas Prychka, 19. Matt Yoder, 20. Nick Van Wickle, 21. Rick Wegner Jr., 22. Brian Rogers, 23. Ethan Young, 24. Billy Chester, 25. Greg Humlhanz, 26. Michael Ballestero, 27. Ryan Simmons
Bridgeport, NJ – With the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds and Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman taking the night off to prepare for Tuesday’s Short Track Super Series South Jersey Shootout, the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) and North East Wingless Sprints (NEWS) stepped in to headline the Saturday night action that also included Four Cylinder Enduros and Vintage Racers.
Both sprint car feature events were decided on the final lap at the checkered flag for another exciting evening of racing on the high banks of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park.
Defending URC Champion, Jason Shultz won the race to the checkered over Tyler Ross for his third URC win of the 2022 season. Rich Mellor had to hot foot it to the checkered to beat Eric Jennings who pressured Mellor in the final laps.
Shultz and Todd Gracey led the field to the start of the twenty-five lap URC feature event. Shultz grabbed the lead on the start and immediately began to pull away from the field. Cameron Merriman out of College Park, MD was making his first Bridgeport start and quickly moved into second. It was Shultz, Merriman and Tyler Ross throughout the race.
Shultz raced into lapped traffic in the final ten laps. The lapped traffic allowed Merriman and Ross to close in on the leader as the laps counted down. With five to go Shultz still held the lead over Merriman, Ross, Kyle Smith and Troy Betts.
On lap twenty-two, Ross took over second and set his sights on the leader. Coming to the white flag, with lapped cars all around, Ross went low to take the lead. Shultz came back and the two drivers raced side by side. When they headed to the checkered, it was again Shultz out in front.
The twenty-five lap feature event ran non-stop from green to checkered with Shultz taking the win over Ross, Merriman, Betts and Smith. Smith picked up the Hard Charger Award made in the memory of former URC competitor, Scott Pursell. Josh Weller finished sixth followed by Dallas Schott, Gracey, Mike Thompson and Joe Kata.
The NEWS competitors were making their first appearance on the high banks of the Bridgeport 4/10mile track. Fair to say that the drivers found the track very much to their liking!
Brian Spencer and Rich Mellor made up the first row for the start of the twenty lap feature event. The two drivers raced side by side until Mellor put the 02 out in front as they exited turn two on the first lap.
With Mellor out in front, Eric Jennings raced by Spencer on lap seven to take over the runner-up spot. Mellor led Jennings, Spencer, Mark Bitner and Brendan Hires through the crossed flags.
Two laps later, the leaders raced into lapped traffic and Jennings really began to pressure Mellor for the lead. A two car tangle in turn one brought out the caution and again gave the leaders a clear track ahead.
Jennings was all over Mellor as he kept the pressure on right to the checkered with Mellor taking the win. Jennings, Bitner, Spencer and Stan Ploski made up the top five. Heidi Hedin finished sixth followed by Duane Nixon, Charles Weslowski, Rick Rutt and Ken Nealis.
Bitner was behind the wheel of Brad Schaale’s No. 13, making his first start in NEWS competition. Ryan Godown, Jr. made his sprint car debut and qualified in his heat race but was then sidelined from the feature with mechanical issues.
Joseph Waters was the winner of the Four Cylinder Enduro feature over Jay Lowman and Justin Dunn. Lowman grabbed the lead at the start but Waters took over on the second lap and led all the way to the checkered.
Tim Jones and Scott Dunn completed the top five at the finish.
Action returns to the high banks with the South Jersey Shootout on Tuesday and then a regular show on Saturday night with the Modifeds, 602 Sportsman and Street Stocks returning to action
UNITED RACING CLUB 360 SPRINT FEATURE (25 LAPS):
1. Jason Shultz, 2. Tyler Ross, 3. Cameron Merriman, 4. Troy Betts, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Josh Weller, 7. Dallas Schott, 8. Todd Gracey, 9. Mike Thompson, 10. Joe Kata, 11. Jake Karklin, 12. Ryan Stillwaggon, 13. Brandon McGough, 14. Brian Krummel, 15. Larry McVay, DNS – Andy Best, Adam Carberry
NORTH EAST WINGLESS SPRINT FEATURE (20 LAPS):
1. Rich Mellor, 2. Eric Jennings, 3. Mark Bitner, 4. Brian Spencer, 5. Stan Ploski, 6. Heidi Hedin, 7. Duane Nixon, 8. Charles Weslowski, 9. Ricky Rutt, 10. Ken Nealis, 11. Eric Miller, 12. Shea Wills, 13. Walt Fletcher, 14. Brendan Hires, 15. Zach Brown, 16. Larry Drake, 17. Frank Lorenzi, 18. Al Cheney, DNS – Ryan Godown, Jr., Curtis Sodano
FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE (20 LAPS):
1. Joseph Waters, 2. Jay Lowman, 3. Justin Dunn, 4. Tim Jones, 5. Scott Dunn, 6. Ed Ford, 7. Joe Garey, Jr., 8. Joe Garey, Sr., DNS – Bobby Johnson