Three-Division Bridgeport ‘Pre-Season’ Point Series Endorsed By The Oliver Companies
Bridgeport, NJ – Who says that ‘pre-season’ doesn’t count? Not Bridgeport Speedway, and certainly not the Oliver Communications Group or Oliver Construction Enterprises. While Bridgeport’s ‘traditional’ points towards the 2016 track championships won’t start until Saturday, April 30, the ’16 schedule consists of four racing programs prior to that date. The Oliver Companies of Bordentown, NJ have signed on as the title sponsor for the four-race pre-season point championship series.
“How it will work is pretty simple,” offered track manager Danny Serrano. Opening Day, Saturday, March 26 will be the first leg of the 2016 ‘811 Dig Safe Poker Series’. Then Sundays, April 10, 17(South Jersey Shootout), and 24 will round out the ‘Oliver Companies Pre-Season Point Series.’ It should be noted that Sunday, April 24 will offer 50 ‘show up’ points toward the 2016 track title for any driver/car that registers and is present in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block, Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stock divisions. “The traditional Saturday night point system will be used in these four races in all three divisions, and we’ll crown three pre-season point champions on Sunday, April 24. All four of these races are ‘draw’ races with no handicapping system. The champions will receive $500 each, while second will take home $300, and third place will earn $200. I think it’s a pretty neat deal to offer the drivers a little something different and extra. Hopefully, it will give some guys some incentive to want to come race at Bridgeport before our regular point season kicks off. I’ve known the Oliver Family for some time now, and they are a great asset to our sport and I’m just proud to have them be a part of Bridgeport this year,” summarized Serrano.
The Oliver Companies are actually two completely separate operations both out of Bordentown, NJ. The Oliver Communications Group, formed in 1992, has been servicing the expanding industry of telecommunications. They provide a complete line of telecommunication cabling services from project engineering through final testing. Their installations include voice, data, audio, video, running copper, fiber, coax, or any type of media required. Oliver Communications Group installs both inside and outside plant projects holding electrical licenses in NJ, MD, DE, and VA. ‘OCG’ also has a knowledgeable support staff of Estimators, Salesman, Project Managers, and RCDD and on-site Cad operations. “We’re glad to be a part of this series,’ offered Phil Oliver, the man behind it all. “Anytime we go to Bridgeport, we always feel welcomed and we like to support dirt track racing in any way we can,’ Oliver added. For more information on ‘OCG’ you can visit www.olivercomm.com or call609-324-1750.
On the other hand, Phil’s son is the founder and president of Oliver Construction Enterprises. In 2011, young entrepreneur and racing enthusiast PJ Oliver decided to form his own business and has been busy ever since. ‘OCE’ is also a telecommunications operation that installs fiber optics and data cabling for commercial, industrial, school, and hospital industries. They offer both inside and outside plant work and specialize in directional boring and excavation. “I learned a lot and gained valuable experience working for my Dad and I’m proud to have my own business now,” relayed the current small/big block Cream Ridge, NJ driver. “I think the series is a pretty cool deal myself, especially in the support divisions. I know that every little bit can help when you’re driving an Outlaw Stock or Crate/Sportsman,” Oliver added. Although not a weekly regular at the 5/8 mile South Jersey oval, PJ Oliver does have Bridgeport circled on his calendar quite often in 2016. “We’ll be getting our Big Block back from Morrison real soon, and we’ll race at Bridgeport every opportunity we get this year,” admitted the former Outlaw Stock champion. For more information on Oliver Construction Enterprises you can reach them at 609-324-1753 or email them at[email protected].
The 2016 season all starts this coming Saturday, March 19 with an open-house practice. Gates open at 9am for early-bird inspection while cars will hit the track at noon sharp. Practice sessions on the 5/8 mile will conclude at 4pm. Racecars of all divisions are welcomed to the first of three pre-season practices. The second practice will take place on Friday, March 25 from 7pm to 10pm: the evening before the ‘Fourth Annual Doug Hoffman Memorial-60over Special”. Then on Saturday, April 2 the final practice session hits the track from 5pm to 9pm. For more information on the upcoming Bridgeport Speedway season please visit www.bpspeedway.com and don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.