Bridgeport, NJ (November 3, 2015) – Even though the 2015 racing season is quickly coming to an end, in less than two short weeks, Bridgeport Speedway will be hosting their annual year-ending Wild Card Weekend. An action-packed two-day racing program is planned for the final events of the 2015 racing season at the South Jersey oval. Three different Poker Series titles will be claimed once the final checkers fall on Saturday night. Friday, November 13 – 358 The Small Block Modifieds headline Friday’s three-division program as they will battle in a 30-lap feature paying $3000 to the victor, $500 for tenth and $225 to start the main event. Some of the drivers who plan on starting their weekend off by claiming a Friday night victory include Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt, Richie Pratt, Wade Hendrickson, Mike Iles, Ryan Godown, Jerry Higbie, Neal Williams, Jimmy Horton, Craig VonDohren, H.J. Bunting, and many many more.
The Outlaw Stocks will compete in Hand #5 of the John Blewett Inc. 2015 Poker Series paying $500 to the victor. The The Hilborn-TSRS 305 Sprint Cars will round out the first night of action with a 20-lap main event. At the conclusion of theFriday’s events, there will be a an “after-race” party under the pavilion behind the main grandstand. All drivers and fans are encouraged to stop and visit under the pavilion once the races have been completed. There will be live entertainment, as well as complimentary food and beverages available. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages.
*There will be two separate practice sessions for the Big Blocks as well as the Crate/Sportsman on Friday evening. The fastest driver of the night in either session will receive an automatic redraw spot for Saturday’s races (one for the Modifieds and two for the Crate/Sportsman-one for the fastest 602 crate and one for the fastest 358 open sportsman). The fast timers must pass a quick tech inspection (weight, gear, chip, wheels, tires, ect.) in order to receive the automatic redraw incentive.
The Big Block Modifieds take center stage on Saturday with the ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ race. This 40-lap Poker Series finale will pay homage to Doug Hoffman, the late promoter and all-time great driver. The top finisher of this extra distance event will receive $4000, $500 will go to the tenth place finisher, while $300 will be given take the green. The top thirteen place finishers in each Poker Series race will be awarded a playing card starting with an Ace going to the victor and ending with a Deuce going to the thirteenth place finisher. Entering the final event Jesse Hill leads the way with three ‘Dueces’. Rick Laubach sits in second with a pair of Aces while Duane Howard holds onto third place with a pair of Kings. Neal Williams, Jamie Mills, Ryan Anderson, Ryan Watt and Ryan Godown are still mathematically alive to better their hands.
Also on Saturday, the sixth hand of the Crate/Sportsman Poker Series will be contested with $1000 going to the winner of the 25-lap affair and $100 to start. With four Aces Brett Kressley has it all but locked up for the first place prize. However, Mike Lyons, Jim Britt, CJ Jones, and Pat Wall would all like to improve their Poker Hands.
The annual Friends of Mike Outlaw Stock feature which is also Hand #6 will see $600 go to the winner. After four races, Ron Frees leads the way a pair of Kings. Looking to finish with three of a kind are Tom Wills Jr. and Jimmy Avery which would knock Frees from having the best hand in 2015. Saturday’s four-division race card will be completed by an exhibition race by the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club.
Plenty of other incentives are available for competitors throughout the Wild Card Weekend. Non-qualifiers in the Small Block Modified, Outlaw Stock, Crate/Sportsman, and Big Blocks will receive tow money through lap sponsorship. Lap sponsorships start at $20 and interested parties can contact Danny Serrano at 609-433-4487 for further information.
On Friday, November 13, the pit area opens at 4 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:45 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, November 14, competitors can begin to enter the pits at noon with grandstands opening at 1:30 p.m. Warm-ups will start at 3:15 p.m.and the first green flag waves at 4:00 p.m. Adult (16 and older) admission will be $25 with a two day grandstand wrist band available for $45. Students (12-15) will be admitted for $10 per day. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit admission is $35 per day. In case of inclement weather on either Friday or Saturday,Sunday, November 15 has been reserved as a rain date.
Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways, and fan participation games. Free moon bounces and bandit bus rides will be available all throughout the weekend. As a premier racing complex, Bridgeport Speedway is a banked 5/8th mile dirt oval, featuring a dirt 1/4 mile oval embedded in the center, and is located in Southern New Jersey — just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at exit 14 off of I-295.