Bridgeport, NJ – It’s a sprint car fan’s dream! Where else could you go and see four divisions of sprint cars in a single racing program? Pretty sure the answer is nowhere!
Friday night Sprintober Fest action sponsored by Specialty Rigging opened the three day weekend program with the winged 410s of the PA Posse and more, the wingless 360s of the USAC East Coast Wingless, the winged 360s of the United Racing Club and the wingless sprints of the North East Wingless Sprints powered by 602 Crate Engines. There were timed hot laps for the 410s and both wingless and winged 360s, twenty lap Non-Winners races for each of those divisions as well as qualifying heats and feature for the NEWS competitors.
Gio Scelzi , Anthony Macri and Cory Eliason set the pace in the three sessions of timed hot laps for the 410s, with each earning a starting position for Saturday’a Dash.
Davie Franek took the lead on the second lap and dominated the twenty lap Non-winners race for the 410 Sprints. Franek cleared pole sitter Jordan Lynch and then drove away from the field to pick up the win over Tyler Ross. Ross, who raced by Jordan Lynch to take over second on lap thirteen, spent the final seven laps, closing the gap on the leader. It was Franek for the win over Ross, Lynch, Ryan Smith and Austin Bishop.
USAC EC 2022 Champion, Briggs Danner proved that he can race with a wing as he set fast time among the URC competitors on Friday night in the first set of timed hot laps. Jordan Thomas set the fast time in the second group of cars. Both drivers earned a redraw position in one of Saturday’s qualifiers.
Joe Kata picked up the win in the URC Non-Winners race after taking the lead from Mike Thompson at the halfway mark. A former Junior Slingshot National Champion, Kata was thrilled to put his team in Weaknecht Archery Victory Lane at the end of twenty laps, crediting the hard work of his crew for the accomplishment.
Thompson crossed the finish line in second followed by Buddy Schweibinz, the Mid Atlantic Sprint Series 2022 Champion who was making his first start in a winged 360 event. DJ Christie finished fourth with Tyler Ross rounding out the top five.
With two drivers accounting for seventeen of the twenty events this season, there were plenty of drivers in the USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints who were looking forward to getting to Victory Lane. Austin Graby led the field through lap one before Bobby Butler raced by to take the lead. Kenny Miller III raced into second on lap thirteen and set his sights on the leader.
Miller raced to the outside of Butler as they completed lap twelve and then took over the lead on the next circuit.
Miller led the way to the checkered over Butler, Kyle Spence, Austin Graby and Christian Bruno.
The NEWS Sprints raced in a complete show of heats and feature with Eric Jennings racing to the win in the twenty lap feature event.
Mike Dagostino used the outside to propel himself into the lead on the initial start. Brenden Hires raced his way into the lead on lap four as Eric Jennings took over second. With five laps to go, the leaders raced into lapped traffic and Jenning was able to race by Hires as they picked their way through traffic.
Jennings took the win over Hires, Dagostino, Rich Mellor and Brian Spencer. Jennings, who felt that he gave a win away earlier this year in NEWS previous Bridgeport appearance, gained some justification with this victory.
410 SPRINT NON-WINNERS FEATURE (20 LAPS)
Davie Franek, 2. Tyler Ross, 3. Jordan Lynch, 4. Ryan Smith, 5. Austin Bishop, 6. Danny Peebles, 7. Alex Bright, DNS – Tim Buckwalter, Steve Kisamore
URC 360 SPRINT NON-WINNERS FEATURE (20 LAPS)
Joe Kata, 2. Mike Thompson, 3. Buddy Schweibinz, 4. DJ Christie, 5. Tyler Ross, 6. Preston Lattomus, 7. Reese Nowotarski, 8. Brandon McGough, 9. Steve Downs, 10. Robbie Stillwaggon, 11. Cameron Merriman, 12. TJ Greve, DNS – Ryan Stillwaggon, Steve Kisamore, Larry McVay, Mark VanVorst, Alex Bright
USAC EAST COAST WINGLESS SPRINT NON-WINNERS FEATURE (20 LAPS)
Kenny Miller III, 2. Bobby Butler, 3. Kyle Spence, 4. Austin Graby, 5. Christian Bruno, 6. Mike Thompson, 7. Aiden Borden, 8. Jonathan Swanson, 9. Rich Carnathan, 10. David Swanson, 11. Nick Diagastino, 12. Charles Welowski, 13. Duane Nixon, 14. Jason Cherry, 15. Al Cheney, 16. Eric Jennings, DNS – Gary Bozowski
NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT FEATURE
Eric Jennings, 2. Brenden Hires, 3. Mike Dagostino, 4. Rich Mellor, 5. Brian Spencer, 6. Mike Thompson, 7. Al Cheney, 8. Charles Weslowski, 9. Stan Ploski, 10. Dan Mallen, 11. Heidi Hedin, 12 Walter Fletcher, 13. Eric Miller, 14. Joe Byer, 15. Ken Nealis, 16. Larry Drake, DNS – Shea Wills, Zach Brown
‼️ WE HAVE MOVED BACK START TIME TO 4:00 TODAY (SUNDAY). ALL GATE TIMES REMAIN THE SAME. With the beautiful fall weather we have had this weekend, we feel it is best to move back start time 1 hour for today’s conclusion of SPRINTOBERFEST ‼️ 🌟 TODAY IS THE CONCLUSION OF SPRINTOBERFEST. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL FALL DAY IN STORE FOR US AS WE ALL GATHER TO WITNESS AN AMAZING DAY OF SPRINT CAR RACING. WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE $15,000 PAYDAY 🌟️ 💥 Don’t miss out on this incredible event featuring all forms of Sprint Cars culminating with Triple 40 Laps Features on Sunday October 30 📌 FULL DETAILS can be found here on Facebook on our website at https://bridgeportmotorsportspark.com/. See the ad on the front page and racers you can find all info under the “Event Tab”. Links are also listed below. 🗓 Sunday October 30 🎟 Pits: 12:00 * Grandstands: 1:00 * Warmups 4:00 🌟 410 Sprint Cars 🌟 360 Sprint Cars – @United Racing Club 🌟 @USAC East Coast Sprint Cars Danny Dietrich Fans Justin Peck Racing Kreitz Racing 69K Rahmer Brothers Racing Kyle Reinhardt
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Bridgeport, NJ – The Bridgeport Motorsports Park offered a full slate of racing on Saturday as the Second Annual Street Stock Nationals highlighted the five division program.
Lernerville Track Champion, Tyler Dietz raced to the victory in the $10,000 to win one hundred lap Street Stock Nationals. Dave Brown raced to the win in the fifty lap F&W Grafix Fall Classic in memory of Bob Schweibinz for the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS). Frank Cozze picked up the win in the Underdog 30 sponsored by Fire Management Control of PA and Rent Equip of Delaware. Joe Garey Jr. made it a clean sweep in the John Blewett Inc. Scrap & Waste Recycling Four Cylinder feature event. The Vintage cars were also on hand as part of the Saturday program.
Two Last Chance Qualifiers were run to complete the starting line up for the Street Stock Nationals. Billy Walker traveled all the way from Alabama to compete in the Street Stock Nationals and was the winner of the first Last Chance Qualifier. Bridgeport regular, Drew Brocklebank picked up the win in the second Last Chance Qualifier.
Chris Murray of the Devil Bowl Speedway in Vermont led the field to the green flag from his pole position start and led the early laps of the race. Murray was also the reason for the first caution after making contact with the wall, sidelining Murray from the event. Tyler Dietz took over at that point with Kyle Daneen racing in second. Jasen Gessaman, a Hagerstown, MD regular, made his way through the top five and took over second on a lap twenty-one restart. Gessaman pursued Dietz, lap after lap. The leader couldn’t afford to make any mistakes because Gessaman was right there to take advantage of any opportunity. Gessaman had a lot of experience in this situation after he pressured Jimmy Blewett throughout the 100 lapper a year ago.
Dietz led the way through halfway followed by Gessaman, John Carpenter, Shane Wolf and Daneen. The caution was thrown at halfway as the cars filed onto the quarter mile track to the attention of the crews. The ten minute clock ran during the break with the field returning to a double file restart at the end of ten minutes.
Dietz went back to work with Gessaman hot on his trail but Wolf came to life and made it a three car race. Carpenter and Jimmy Blewett completed the top five with Ryan Smith looking for his opportunity to get into the top five.
With forty laps to go, Blewett headed to the attention of the Ormsbee crew for tires with left side flats. Blewett’s race came to an end with about twenty laps remaining when the drive shaft went on the No. 19.
Gessaman raced side by side with Dietz on a lap seventy-seven restart and came away with the lead. Gessaman led the way until Dietz was able to regain the spot on a lap eighty restart.
As the laps counted down, several competitors were getting stronger. Ryan Smith raced in the top five while Josh Bassino had his hands full with defending Bridgeport Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. as they battled for sixth. Daneen slowed with mechanical ills on lap ninety-four with Wolf’s mount going up in smoke just moments later. Both drivers were racing within the top five with ten laps remaining.
Dietz raced to the $10,000 payday followed by Gessaman and Smith, both finished in these same positions a year ago. Bussino won the drag race with Wills for fourth while Wills completed the top five. Wills was the first of the Bridgeport competitors to cross the finish line. Three generations of Spider Ensingers competed over the weekend but it was Spider Jr. who finished sixth followed by 2022 Bridgeport Track Champion, Lee Allen, Bailey Tolson, Rich Stinson who qualified through a Last Change Qualifier. Andrew Fitzgerald finished tenth. The top ten completed all one hundred laps.
Dietz was already a fan of longer distance races and of the High Banks of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. “This track is incredible,” the race winner exclaimed. “This is a one in a life time race.”
Dave Brown picked up the win in the fifty lap F&W Graphix Fall Classic honoring the late Bob Schweibinz. Schweibinz was the grandfather of 2022 MASS Champion, Buddy Schweibinz, It was Bob Schweibinz who introduced his family to racing. When Bob passed away before the start of the season, the driver and crew dedicated this season which included a feature win, the MASS Championship as well as the Tanner Brothers Dairy Store Bridgeport Championship.
Polesitter, Aidan Borden led the first lap but it was all Dave Brown from lap two on as Brown raced ahead of the field and through lapped traffic to capture the fifty lap victory. Brown led the way over Borden, CJ Faison, Tim Iulg and Schweibinz through the first five laps. The running order remained unchanged through the open red with fourteen laps scored. The cars remained on the track with a crew member adding fuel or making wing or shock adjustments. After the three minute break, the field lined up for the double file restart on lap fifteen.
Iulg had a good restart as he moved up to second behind Brown. Borden, Faison and 2022 MASS Rookie of the Year, DJ Tanner completed the top five through the halfway mark. Schweibinz battled with Tanner to climb back into the top five by lap thirty. Josh Bricker was the next driver to break into the top five, dropping Tanner to sixth with twenty laps to go.
Brown caught the back of the field on lap thirty seven but the Aston, PA driver had little trouble making his way through lapped traffic.
With just three laps to go, Dirk Rimrott had his No. 56 go up in smoke and drop moisture around the track. One lap later, Darren Cox ran into trouble going into turn one. Cox relinquished his top ten finish as he was towed back to the pits.
Brown led the field to the checkered followed by Iulg, Schweibinz, Bricker and Tanner. Mark Bitner finished sixth followed by Jeff Paulson, Phil Meisner, Jr. , Dan Leaper and Shelby Kelly.
The fifty lap event created a lot of interest for future races.
Brown credited his dad with the success of this season as well as the Bitner power under the hood of the No. 44.
Iulg finished ahead of Schweibinz in the final race of the season but it wasn’t enough to overcome the ten point deficit. Schweibinz collected the Tanner Brother Dairy Store Bridgeport Championship for 2022.
Frank Cozze raced to the win in the Underdog 30 sponsored by Fire Management Control of PA and Rent Equip of Delaware. It was Cozze’s first win on the High Banks and actually coincided with his big win in Syracuse on this same weekend some years ago.
JR Fulper celebrated his birthday by leading the starting line-up to the green flag. Fulper led the first five laps but it was Cozze who was out in front on lap six. HJ Bunting moved the Blue Hen Racing No. 30 into second on lap eight. Bunting was the fast timer in the timed warm-ups and was able to give Cozze a challenge on the restarts but Cozze was able to pull away when the race returned to green flag racing.
Cozze drove to the checkered for the win followed by Bunting, Richie Pratt, Jr., Rich Rutski and Roger Manning. Cozze was pleased with the wide, smooth track. “I finally get to win something,” Cozze stated, crediting his crew for all of their hardwork throughout the season. Cozze was joined in Victory Lane by his family, including several grandchildren who had the thrill of seeing him win a race.
It was the first Bridgeport start of the season for Rutski and David Hunt. Sammy Martz, Jr. used the event to shake down a new No. 24 Modified.
Joe Garey, Jr. made it a clean sweep in the John Blewett Inc. Scrap & Waste Recyling Four Cylinder feature event. Ken Johnson was the early race leader, falling to the challenge of Eric Deggler. Deggler led until just before halfway when Garey, Jr. took the lead.
Garey, Jr. picked up his second win of the weekend over Rich Page, Tim Jones, Shane Flaherty and Eric Deggler.
GIEL’S AUTOMOTIVE/HARRY U PULL IT STREET STOCK NATIONAL FEATURE (100 LAPS) – 1. Tyler Dietz, 2. Jasen Gessaman, 3. Ryan Smith, 4. Josh Bassino, 5. Tom Wills, Jr., 6. Spider Ensinger, Jr., 7. Lee Allen, 8. Bailey Tolson, 9. Rich Stinson, Jr., 10. Andrew Fitzgerald (all completed 100), 11. Jeff Dirkes, 12. Drew Brocklebank, 13. Kory Henry, 14. Walt Henry, 15. Gary Ronk, 16. Shane Wolf, Jr., 17. Kyle Deneen, 18. Christopher Allen, Jr., 19. John Parker, 20. Jonathan Carpenter, 21. Chris Lane, 22. Jimmy Blewett, 23. Jeramy Doerr, 24. Darren Cox, 25. Chris Stalker, 26. Billy Walker, 27. Shane Miller, 28. Spider Ensinger, 29. Kyle Saylor, 30. Duncan Molesworth, 31. Nick Sandone, III, 32. Chris Murray, 33. Ray Rothfuss, DNQ – Bill Leidtka, Dan Harrison, Rob Partridge, Andrew Joslin, Tim Lauguard, Scott Freed, Vern McLaughlin, Scott Hulmes, Mike Creamer, Spider Ensinger, III, Ray Rothfuss
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE SPONSORED BY F&W GRAFIX IN HONOR OF BOB SCHWEIBINZ (50 LAPS) – 1. Dave Brown, 2. Tim Iulg, 3. Buddy Schweibinz, 4. Josh Bricker, 5. D.J. Tanner, Jr., 6. Mark Bitner, 7. Jeff Paulson, 8. Phil Meisner, 9. Dan Leaper, 10. Shelby Kelly, 11. Darren Cox, 12. Dirk Rimrott, 13. C.J. Faison, 14. Rick Stief, 15. Kenny Laureno, 16. Torrey Rose, 17. Cory Cornell, 18. Jon Brennfleck, 19. Ryan Stillwaggon, DQ – Aidan Borden, DNS – Eddie Wagner, Bobby DeVault, Bill Case, Justin Nowlen, Keith Anderson, Logan Diehl, Joe Kay
FIRE MANAGEMENT CONTROL OF PA/RENT EQUIP OF DELAWARE MODIFIED UNDERDOG 30 (30 LAPS)
Frank Cozze, 2. H.J. Bunting, 3. Richie Pratt, Jr., 4. Rich Rutski, 5. Roger Manning, 6. Anthony Tramontana, 7. Kevin Vaclavicek, 8. J.R. Fulper, 9. Tom Maccherone, 10. Dan Waisempacher, 11. Trent VanVorst, 12. Cole Stangle, 13. David Hunt, 14. Eric Engstrom
JOHN BLEWETT INC SCRAP & WASTE RECYLING FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE (15 LAPS)
Joe Garey, Jr., 2. Rich Page, 3. Tim Jones, 4. Shane Flaherty, 5. Eric Deggler, 6. Joe Garey, Sr., 7. Mark Stein, Sr., 8. Ed Ford, 9. Daniel Jr., 10. Haley Smith, 11. Butch Helsel, 12. Bobby Johnson, DNS – Shane Flaherty
Thank you to everyone that makes the Kingdom of Speed Possible….. Liberty Kenworth Church’s Auto Parts Premio Sausage Precision Hydraulic & Oil Millville Glass & Door Design For Vision Rodota Trucking & Excavating Scrappy’s Auto Service Hyper Racing Izzi Trucking & Rigging Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Vahlco Wheels Ellery’s Pub & Grill Ice Less llc. Hoffman Discount Parts JPA Masonry Weaknecht Archery Spirit Auto Center Foley Caterpillar Hisko Lowboy Lineman Racing Cenco Oil Bob Hilbert Sportswear M. Massari and Sons Disposal Services Cassidy Painting TW Metals On The High Side Apparel Hessert Chevrolet Atmostemp Heating & Cooling Drydene Triple R Truck Parts John Blewett Scrap & Waste Recycling Pioneer Pole Buildings F&L Doors – FLDoors.com EZ Work Trucks J&S Electrical Highway Transport
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES QUALIFIER #1: 1. CJ Faison, 2. Ryan Stillwagon, 3. Dave Brown, 4. Buddy Schweibinz, 5. Phil Meisner, 6. Jeff Paulson, 7. Dan Leaper, 8. Darren Cox, 9. Keith Anderson, 10. Kenny Laureno, 11. Bill Case, 12. Justin Nowlen, 13. Eddie Wagner, 14. Cory Cornell
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES QUALIFIER #2: 1. Tim Iulg, 2. Aiden Borden, 3. Mike Melair, 4. Josh Bricker, 5. Bobby Devault, 6. DJ Tanner Jr., 7. Mark Bitner, 8. Logan Diehl, 9. John Brennfleck, 10. Rick Stief, 11. Joe Kay, 12. Shelby Kelly, 13. Torrey Rose, 14. Dirk Rimrott
STREET STOCK QUALIFIER #1: 1. Shane Wolf, 2. Shawn Miller, 3. Christopher Allen Jr., 4. Nick Sandone III, 5. Spider Ensinger Jr., 6. Christ Stalker, 7. Billy Walker, 8. Bill Liedtka, 9. Dan Harrison, 10. Rob Partridge, 11. Andrew Joslin
DNS: Tim Laughard, Rich Stinson, Ron Dirkes
STREET STOCK QUALIFIER #2: 1. Tyler Dietz, 2. Jasen Geesaman, 3. Chris Murray, 4. Tom Wills Jr., 5. Lee Allen, 6. Ryan Smith, 7. Drew Brocklebank, 8. Josh Bassino, 9. Michael Dianda, 10. Walt Henry, 11. Scott Freed, 12. Chris Lane, 13. Duncan Molesworth, 14. Vern McLaughlin, 15. Scott Hulmes
STREET STOCK QUALIFIER #3: 1. Jimmy Blewett, 2. Jonathan Carpenter, 3. Kyle Dineen, 4. Jeramy Doerr, 5. Kyle Saylor, 6. Baily Tolson, 7. Kory Fleming, 8. Spider Ensinger, 9. John Parker, 10. Mike Creamer, 11. Gary Ronk, 12. Spider Ensinger III, 13. Andrew Fitsgerald, 14. Ray Rothfuss
4 CYLINDERS: 1. Joe Garey Jr., 2. Tim Jones, 3. Steve Flaherty, 4. Ed Ford, 5. Joe Garey Sr., 6. Haley Smith, 7. Bobby Johnson, 8. Robby Dunn, 9. Jonathan Pitcher, 10. Butch Helsel
‼️ THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN, JUST 3 SHORT DAYS AWAY FROM THE GREATEST STREET STOCK RACE OF THE YEAR, OCTOBER 7 & 8. 2 DAYS OF STREET STOCKS, SPRINT CARS, & MODIFIEDS ‼️ 🗓 Friday October 7 & Saturday October 8 💥 The best Street Stock racers across the country collide at the Kingdom of Speed, Bridgeport Speedway 💥 🌟 STREET STOCKS 🌟 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series – presented by Delaware Auto Exchange 🌟 MODIFIEDS (Underdog 30) – presented by Rent Equip & Fire Management Control of Pennsylvania 🌟 4 CYLINDER STOCK CARS 🌟 VINTAGE MODIFIEDS
SWEDESBORO, NJ – With minimal open dates available on both the Bridgeport Schedule and North East Modified’s Schedule, Bridgeport felt it would be best to stick to a date they already have in place. “We didn’t want to schedule this date and conflict with another scheduled Modified race. We originally considered Saturday November 5th so we had the opportunity for a Sunday rain date, but we have 3 competitors planning on going to Charlotte. To be fair to them we have decided to revamp the November weekend in it’s entirety and run the Danny Serrano 100 and the All American 40 on Sunday November 6th“ stated promoter Doug Rose.
The revamped November High Banks Classic will take place over two days, Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6. “When moving Danny’s race to November 6th and looking what was originally scheduled the two dates had many similarities. So to make it easy we are simply going to replace the original schedule of events for the 6th with the scheduled events from September 25th“, Rose summarized.
With the new purse structures in place for Sunday’s events Bridgeport organizers felt it would be best to run the weekend as a Saturday and Sunday only event. Rose cited, “I have spoken with the organizers of the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR’s and the USAC EC Sprints on our decision to remove the Friday portion off the weekend. They understood the logistics and costs for Friday’s activities, it makes sense to remove at this time”.
With the new schedule in place, the High Banks Weekend will look like this for November 5 & 6……
Friday November 4 – NO RACING
Saturday November 5
* Sprint Cars – United Racing Club
* 602 Sportsman – TOPLESS (remove roof, front supports, & window frame. The triangle aluminum piece that that holds window frame can remain).
* Street Stocks
* Vintage Stock Cars
* Modified Open Practice
Sunday November 6
* Modifieds – Last Chance Race
* Modifieds – 1-on-1 Match Races presented by Amwell Auto Body
* Modifieds – Danny Serrano 100 presented by Izzi Trucking & Rigging Inc. & John Blewett, Inc.
* Sportsman – full program – All American 40 – $4000 to win presented by Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment, LLC., Ellery’s Grill & Pub & Ice Less, LLC
* 4 Cylinder Stock Cars
Bridgeport Speedway returns Friday and Saturday October 7 & 8 for the Street Stock Nationals. This incredible weekend of racing includes a 100 lap Street Stock event paying $10,000 to the winner along with for the FIRST TIME EVER a 50 lap Sprint Car race, along with Modified’s going 30 laps, plus 4 Cylinder Stock Cars and Vintage Modifieds. Going to be another great weekend at this Kingdom of Speed!
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
Bridgeport, NJ – Night one of Bridgeport Motorsports Park’s Danny Serrano Memorial Weekend has completed and we can be sure that Danny is pleased with the results. Jimmy Blewett drove the Ormsbee Team Outlaw No. 19 into Victory Lane as the EZ Work Trucks Street Stocks raced in their final event prior to the Street Stock Nationals. CJ Faison raced to his second Bridgeport win of the season in the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series MASS), paying tribute to not only Danny Serrano but to Danny Kinzer, a close friend and former member of Faison’s crew who passed away recently. Travis Hill came up with the win in a highly competitive Underdog 20 sponsored by Fire Management Control of PA.
More than 100 cars filed into the pit area for the first of three days of racing in Serrano’s honor.
The Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds raced in three sessions of hot laps with the fast timer in each group earning a redraw spot in the Triple 20 qualifiers for the Danny Serrano 100. HJ Bunting and the Blue Hen No. 30, Ryan Godown and the R&M Motorsports No. 26 and Neal Williams in Sal DeBruno’s No. 0 were the recipients of the redraw positions.
Blewett picked up the win in the twenty lap Street Stock feature that saw a lot of door-to-door racing throughout the field. 2022 Street Stock Champion, Lee Allen ran second to Blewett followed by Spider Ensinger, Sr., Jeff Dirkes and defending champion, Tom Wills, Jr. completing the top five at the checkered.
Spider Ensinger, Jr., Brian Ludwig, Drew Bocklebank, John Parker and Andrew Joslin rounded out the top ten at the end of twenty laps.
Blewett had nothing but praise for the Doug Rose facility. “Every time I come here there’s been more and more improvements,” Blewett expressed in Victory Lane. “In my opinion, it’s the best dirt facility that I’ve ever raced at.” Blewett honored Serrano, acknowledging how Danny’s ideas have come to life on the High Banks.
Triple R Truck Parts heat races were won by Rich Stinson and Jimmy Blewett.
CJ Fasion raced by Jon Brennfleck on the first lap and drove to the win in the MASS twenty-five lap feature event. Dave Brown didn’t make Faison’s job any easier as he closed in on the leader as they raced through lapped traffic for the first twenty-two laps of green flag racing. Tim Iulg brought out the caution for the first and only yellow flag of the event as he slowed on the homestretch with just three laps to go.
Brown kept it interesting as he challenged Faison after the restart and then dove to the inside off of turn four to cross the line with Faison at the checkered. Buddy Schweibinz, current MASS and Bridgeport point leader, drove to a strong third place finish with defending MASS Champion, Kevin Nagy taking fourth over Brennfleck. Mike Melair finished sixth followed by rookie, DJ Tanner, Jeff Paulson, Rick Stief and another 2022 rookie, Cory Hunsberger.
Mike Melair was the fast timer in the 305 Sprints. EZ Work Truck heat races were won by Dave Brown, Buddy Schweibinz and Jeff Paulson.
Travis Hill raced hard to pick up the win in the Underdog 20 for the non-winners in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman.
James Hill led the way through the first nine laps and multiple cautions. Hill used the outside to make a run for the lead on the lap ten restart. Logan Bauman made a great move on the restart to race by several cars including team mate, Dylan Swinehart but was then collected in turn three with the caution flying once again.
Swinehart raced by Hill to take over second with three laps to go and then used the time to cut into Hill’s lead. Travis Hill led the way to the checkered over Swinehart, James Hill, Billy Chester and Mike Toth.
Steven Yankowski set fast time for the 602 Sportsman.
FIRE MANAGEMENT CONTROL OF PA 602 SPORTSMAN UNDERDOG 20 FEATURE (20 LAPS): 1. Travis Hill, 2. Dylan Swinehart, 3. James Hill, 4. Billy Chester, 5. Mike Toth, 6. Pete Serra, 7. Stephen Yankowski, 8. Will Protinick, 9. Thomas Prychka, 10. Rich Wegner, 11. Rich VanOrden, 12. George Gareis, 13. Scott Hulmes, 14. Justin Newhard, 15. Robert Tete, 16. Dalyton Strohl, 17. Shane Kassekert, 18. Tommy Klimkowski, 19. Lew Moore, 20. David Miloczar, 21. John Micek, 22. Logan Bauman, 23.Sean Metz, 24. Brian Rogers, 25. Mike Baldwin, 26. Sara Napora, 27. Anthony Sisco, DNS – Joseph Brown, Erik Mattson, T.J. Mayberry
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE (25 LAPS): 1. C.J. Faison, 2. Dave Brown, 3. Buddy Schweibinz, 4. Kevin Nagy, 5. Jon Brennfleck, 6. Mike Melair, 7. D.J. Tanner, 8. Jeff Paulson, 9. Rick Stief, 10. Eddie Wagner, 11. Cory Hunsberger, 12. Dale Eggert, 13. Josh Eggert, 14. Tom Carberry, Jr., 15. Darren Cox, 16. Keith Anderson, 17. Kristina Pratt, 18. Sam Lieberman, 19. Justin Nowlen, 20. Aidan Borden, 21. Tim Iulg, 22. Larry McVay, 23. Dirk Rimrott, 24. Cory Cornell, 25. Rich Janney, DNS – Torrey Rose, Bob DeVault
EZ WORK TRUCKS STREET STOCKS FEATURE (20 LAPS): 1. Jimmy Blewett, 2. Lee Allen, 3. Spider Ensinger, Sr., 4. Jeff Dirkes, 5. Tom Wills, Jr., 6. Spider Ensinger, Jr., 7. Brian Ludwig, 8. Drew Brocklebank, 9. John Parker, 10. Andrew Joslin, 11. Ken Moren, 12. Rich Stinson, Jr., 13. Mike Hughes, 14. Tom Landwher, 15. Doug DeBray, 16. Kory Fleming, DNS – Duncan Molesworth, Dean Woolford, Al Suhr, Jeramy Doerr