On August 16th, the Bridgeport Speedway will present the second Three for All event on the 5/8th mile speedway – a tripleheader show featuring the Super Late Models, United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Cars and 358 Small Block Modifieds with each division competing in qualifying events and a twenty-five lap feature events. It’s a race fan’s dream – guaranteed to offer something for everyone’s taste in dirt track racing!
The Three for All will be sponsored by BRB Contractors of King of Prussia, PA. BRB Contractors is a family owned and operated business, specializing in demolition, excavation, paving, hauling and site work. Bob Lilick and his four sons – Bobby, Brian, Justin and Kris – are competitors at the Bridgeport Speedway. Kris Lilick has won twice this season in the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman Division and is currently second in the point standings with brother, Bobby in third. The Lilicks and BRB Contractors have been in business for sixteen years.
The inaugural Three for All event saw young Andrew Mullins make full use of a late race caution to erase Glenn Elliot’s advantage as he raced into the lead of Super Late Models as the field headed to the white flag. Curt Michael picked up the win in the URC feature event, earning his fourth win of the 2015 season followed by Robbie Stillwaggon and Josh Weller. Neal Williams earned his first ever Modifed feature win at Bridgeport with a flag to flag victory in the Small Block Modified feature, holding off the challenges of Jimmy Blewett and Ryan Watt.
Glenn Elliot’s second place finish didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for this event. “This is an awesome place,” Elliot exclaimed following the 2015 event. “I would love to come here.” Elliot will have his chance when the gates swing open on the 2016 event.
Echoing Glenn Elliot’s enthusiasm is Ricky Elliot – a former regular competitor in Bridgeport’s Big Block Modified Division. Elliot racked up ten feature wins on the Bridgeport 5/8 mile track during the 2004 season, losing the title by single digit points as he and eventual champion, Duane Howard battled to the final checkered flag for the 2004 title. Elliot made the move into Late Models during the following season. In spite of his success in the Modifieds, Elliot is still looking for his first Super Late Model victory on the Bridgeport clay.
“I thought I was smarter than everyone else,” Elliot said of his strategy in last year’s event. With all of his success and Bridgeport experience, Elliot chose a tire compound that was too hard. He finished fourth. “These cars are about a second and a half faster than the Modifieds (Big Blocks). They are more aero dynamic and a little lighter,” Elliot explained the factors that contributed to his miscalculation. “I’m really looking forward to this event,” Elliot stated. Elliot has been active with the Bridgeport management team, recruiting drivers for the 2016 event.
“Bridgeport has always been one of my favorite tracks,” Elliot related. “The faster you go, the better I like it!”
The inaugural Three for All event was also a red letter race for Neal Williams who picked up his first ever Modified win at the Bridgeport Speedway. Williams is a former Crate/Sportsman Champion at the Bridgeport Speedway with multiple feature wins in that division. It was Williams who gave New Jersey car owner, Sal DeBruno his first Bridgeport Championship while racing in the Crate/Sportsman Division.
DeBruno has fielded cars for many years. The list of drivers who have competed in the Overhead Door of Southern New Jersey No. 0 is like a “Who’s Who” in racing. That list includes drivers like Doug Hoffman, Ricky Elliot, Wade Hendrickson and Richie Pratt to name a few. Williams returned to Bridgeport this season in a second DeBruno owned Big Block Modified No. 0nw, joining rookie, CJ Jones who has won twice in the Overhead Door No. 0 so far this season.
Small Block Modified competition on the 5/8 mile track will find an interesting mix of Bridgeport regulars as well as invaders. Bridgeport Big Block Modified feature winners like Ryan Watt, Rick Laubach, Wade Hendrickson
Curt Michael would like nothing better than to pick up his winning ways when URC returns to the Bridgeport Speedway. Michael had high praise for the track preparation in last year’s event.
The nine time URC Champion from Oceanview, DE has 55 career URC wins and would welcome another Bridgeport victory to increase that total.
Davie Franek picked up a Bridgeport win back in April when URC opened their 2016 season on the 5/8 mile track. Franek has set the benchmark among URC competitors so far this season as he leads the points and has four wins. Robbie Stillwaggon, Curt Michael, Josh Weller and Troy Betts round out the top five in points with Weller being the only other driver to capture a URC victory to date.
If you are a racing fan then the Bridgeport Speedway’s Three for All has something for you! Super Late Models, Small Block Modifieds and Sprint Cars all on the same racing program!
The Bridgeport Speedway is committed to maintaining a safe, fun, family atmosphere, creating life-lasting memories of excitement!
Saturday, August 13 – SCOUT NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & TSRS Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm
Tuesday, August 16 – Three for All – Super Late Models, URC Sprint Cars and 358 Small Block Modifieds, racing at 7:30 (rain date Wednesday, August 17 if needed)
Saturday, August 20 – 1/4 Midget Night sponsored by Joy Auto Parts – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Twin 12s for Outlaw Stocks, racing at 7pm
Saturday, August 27 – BIKE NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and TSRS Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm