LORD HOLDS OFF WAGNER & HAGGENBOTTOM TO WIN CO-SANCTIONED FEATURE EVENT AT NEW EGYPT
New Egypt, New Jersey
By Erika Palmai Wagner
Joe Lord, of Allentown NJ, claimed not only his first victory of the 2015 season, but also the very first TSRS/NERS co-sanctioned feature event of the year. Lord led all twenty laps of the electrifying 305 sprint car showdown, with hotshot competitors Eddie Wagner and Mike Haggenbottom lurking closely behind, looking to capture their first win of the season as well. It was Lord though, who ultimately mastered the heavy lap traffic ahead, with Wagner, Haggenbottom, Tim Tanner Jr. and Dave Brown Jr. rounding out the top five.
There were twenty-nine competitors signed in for the night’s events, with three heat race wins going to Bob DeVault, Brad Franks, and Mark Bitner. The b-main event was won by rookie Randy Wilbert.
This was the first time the Tri-State Racesaver Series had returned to New Egypt Speedway in over a year, and what a way to come back!
Joe Lord and Eddie Wagner set the pace, front running the field to the green flag. Lord took charge of the lead immediately over Wagner. Mike Haggenbottom, who started in sixth place, sling-shotted his way to the top groove of turn one, finding his way to the second position coming out of turn two. By the time the lead cars were coming out of turn four to complete the first lap, the first and only caution of the race came out for Harris Kohen who spun out in turn two. With no laps completed, this meant the field was to return back to their initial starting positions.
On the restart, Joe Lord rushed to the lead with Eddie Wagner following in second. By lap two there was already some excitement beginning to erupt with the battle for third position between Tim Tanner Jr., Mike Haggenbottom and Chris Allen. The leaders reached lap traffic by lap five, but they were having no problem diving in and out of the slower cars. Samantha Lieberman made contact with the turn two outside wall, but saved her car enough not to bring out a second caution.
By lap 12, Lord had skimmed through some of the slower traffic and had clear sights ahead until reaching yet another pack of lapped cars. With the ten car length lead he had gained while running in clean air, Wagner was beginning to close the gap up, with Haggenbottom trailing not far behind.
“I didn’t really think about who was behind me and how close they were during that time,” stated Lord. “I figured my lead had shortened but it wasn’t the main thing on my mind. With the deterioration of track conditions and the traffic, my main focus was to stay calm and patient, and to not force the situation.”
In traffic, Wagner, who had reached Lord by lap sixteen, attempted multiple times to make the winning pass, but he could not complete the act. Both drivers showed their patience and skills throughout the feature, while still remaining determined to end as a victor. Mike Haggenbottom reached both cars by lap seventeen, throwing in his attempts to claim the top spot, but like Wagner, he too could not complete the pass.
Lord explained that he did not feel much pressure from Eddie and Mike the last few laps, even though they were closing in. “I knew where my line was and I knew where the lapped cars would be, and knowing that gave me the confidence to keep my cool and pull it off. For the last few laps, patience was the main thing on my mind. I knew I didn’t have much tread left in my tires and with the unpredictable lapped traffic, I had to keep a cool head.”
On the last tour around the Central Jersey D-Shaped oval, Wagner seemed to gain momentum going down the back stretch, coming up quickly on Lord going into turn three. Wagner dove in high and tried to come out low, peddling the car slowly enough not to break loose the back tires, but Joe Lord came out of turn four a car length quicker, grabbing the win.
Joe, who struggled the first few weeks of the season was very pleased with the outcome of the feature. “I’d like to thank Mark & Fred Bitner for all their help in getting this car dialed in over the past few weeks. I’d also like to thank Mark Smith at Mach 1 chassis, and my sponsors Hamilton Automotive, Lord Legal Nurse Consultants LLC, Bitner Automotive, and the entire Lord Racing Team, especially my cousin Mike Lord and my brother Rob Lord. Finally, I’d like to thank the man who made this all possible, my father, Joe Lord Sr.”
Next Saturday, May 2nd, The Hilborn Fuel Injection Tri-State Racesaver Series returns to the “fastest dirt track on the East”, Bridgeport Speedway. The main gates are open at 4:40pm, hot-laps are set to begin at 5:20pm and heat races will be on the track by 6pm. Visit www.tsrs1.com or our Facebook page for more details on upcoming events.
HEAT #1: DeVault, Davis, Carberry, Tanner, Lord, Anderson, Kohen, Wilbert, Cox
HEAT #2: Franks, Haggenbottom, Brown, Steif, Fryer, Kostic, Kata, Uselis
HEAT #3: Bitner, Allen, Wagner, Frack, Geiges, Poff, Kay, Lieberman, Byrd, Bonner, Rochelle
CONSI: Wilbert, Kostic, Franks, Uselis, Lieberman, Cox, Bonner, Byrd, Fox
FEATURE FINISH: Joe Lord, Eddie Wagner, Mike Haggenbottom, Tim Tanner Jr., Dave Brown Jr., Chris Allen Jr., Mark Bitner, Bob DeVault, Adam Carberry, Rick Steif, Jeff Geiges, Brad Franks, Scott Frack, Joe Kata, Brenden Poff, Randy Wilbert, Keith Anderson, Jamie Kostic, Joe Kay, Karl Fryer, Harris Kohen, Ryan Cox, Samantha Lieberman, Pat Uselis
DNS: Bryant Davis
DNQ: David Bonner, Zach Byrd, Gabe Fox, Jason Rochelle
HARD CHARGER: Jeff Geiges
FEATURE FAST TIME: Joe Lord – 15.819
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 26, 2015 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway - “Weld Racing Spring Classic” - (co-sanctioned by WAR)
Kansas City, Kansas…It was “take no prisoners” for Robert Ballou on Sunday night at Lakeside Speedway as the Rocklin, California driver decimated the field to win the 30-lap “Weld Racing Spring Classic.” After a caution with 12 laps to go, Ballou tore away from the field to an eventual 7.519-second victory in the Blakesley Auto - MPHG Promotions #12 Maxim/Ott on the first visit to the track by the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship since 2001.
“Our car was just a tick too tight on the cushion, and I had to search and go up a little higher to get it comfortable. It was a little smoother up there and I had just enough room to work past guys. It was crazy going through traffic, but I just kept digging. This place has always been good to us, and it’s nice to come back and win here,” Ballou said.
Tracy Hines led from the pole as the fastest part of the race track was way up high on the cushion. Chase Stockon ran in second as Ballou took third right away. Those three pulled away, and just as they hit traffic, Ballou moved in on Stockon. On lap seven, he tried going above Stockon, but couldn’t quite make it stick. A lap later, Ballou rolled into turn-one four wheels in the cushion to flash past Stockon for second.
With a big run down the backstretch, Ballou used the same maneuver through turns three and four to circle Hines for the top spot. After that, Ballou checked out, tearing through lapped traffic while building a lead well over a half-lap.
Stockon used traffic to slide past Hines, as well, and Brady Bacon came calling for the third spot from Hines on lap 19. After completing a slide past Hines, the two made contact and sent Hines spinning, causing the only caution of the night with 12 laps to go.
Ballou was not to be denied, again racing away from the field and lapping more cars as he collected his 12th career series victory to tie himself with Eric Gordon for 39th on the all-time list.
Behind him, it was a free-for-all for the second spot as Stockon and Bacon went after each other. Stockon held Bacon back at every turn, taking the second spot in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
“The race track tonight is just Robert Ballou’s forte. We knew coming in that he was probably the guy to beat, but we didn’t know he’d be that fast. It was frustrating to see him pull away like that, but it was a strong second for us at the same time. It’s a challenge to race with some new guys out here and try to work around them while having a battle of our own, but luckily Brady and I respect each other and race well with each other to settle the second spot,” Stockon said.
Bacon rounded out the podium in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“We thought we had something at the beginning, but then Robert got up there and just left us all. There was a big difference in speed between cars as we’re lapping them, and it was tough to gauge how things would go with some of them, especially with the track being pretty treacherous up top. I tried to go up where Robert was, but we just weren’t able to do it. Pretty happy with our night and ready to go back east to the next one,” Bacon said.
Dave Darland came home in the fourth spot after setting ProSource “Fast Time” aboard the Phillips Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five after starting tenth in the Bakken Concrete - Griffin’s Propane #17RW Maxim/Fisher.
QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.675; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.703; 3. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-17.866; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.872; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.986; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-18.094; 7. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-18.187; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-18.223; 9. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-18.281; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-18.365; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-18.375; 12. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-18.419; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-18.593; 14. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-18.768; 15. Ricky Stangl, 24X, Stangl-18.937; 16. Chris Parkinson, 75, Hockett-19.093; 17. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-19.415; 18. Ryan Kitchen, 11, Hafenstine-19.458; 19. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-19.480; 20. Josh Stephens, 09, Stephens-19.679; 21. Danny Thoman, 27, Thoman-19.754; 22. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-19.925; 23. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-20.017; 24. Mike Moore, 69X, Moore-20.046; 25. Robert Black, 7JR, Black-20.099; 26. Jeff Wingate, 8, Wingate-20.175; 27. John Helm, 12X, Helm-20.524; 28. Scott Comstock, 41, Comstock-20.564; 29. Mike Ell, 99, Ell-20.620; 30. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-21.141; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-21.155; 32. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-21.230; 33. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-NT
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Mellenberndt, 3. Shuman, 4. Andretti, 5. Thoman, 6. Black, 7. Ell, 8. Farney. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. K.Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Kitchen, 5. Kreisel, 6. Schriever, 7. Potter, 8. Wingate. 2:32.99
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Simon, 4. Stangl, 5. Johnson, 6. Helm, 7. Bell, 8. S.Thomas. 2:31.88
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Ballou, 3. Parkinson, 4. Windom, 5. Moore, 6. Stephens, 7. Knipp, 8. Comstock. 2:34.00
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Kreisel, 2. Farney, 3. Johnson, 4. Moore, 5. Stephens, 6. Thoman, 7. Helm, 8. Black, 9. Wingate, 10. Bell, 11. Potter, 12. S.Thomas, 13. Ell, 14. Schriever, 15. Comstock, 16. Knipp. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Casey Shuman, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Jarett Andretti, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Danny Thoman, 15. Riley Kriesel, 16. Ryan Kitchen, 17. Josh Stephens, 18. Mike Moore, 19. Chris Parkinson, 20. Ricky Stangl, 21. Warren Johnson, 22. Bret Mellenberndt. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Hines, Laps 8-30 Ballou.
NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-591, 2-Ballou-564, 3-Darland-563, 4-Bacon-559, 5-K.Thomas-503, 6-Stanbrough-477, 7-Hines-453, 8-Leary-433, 9-Windom-342, 10-Justin Grant-315.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: May 8 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends”
Eagle, Nebraska…Raindrops began to fall as Dave Darland picked up career AMSOIL National Sprint Car win #55 as he used traffic late in Friday’s 30-lapper at Eagle Raceway to win the “Rumble in the Bullring” co-sanctioned by WAR Sprint Cars. The 48-year old Lincoln, Indiana native made it back-to-back wins at the Nebraska oval, sweeping this year’s event after posting the ProSource “Fast Time” and winning his heat.
Jon Stanbrough out-dueled Chris Windom off the front row to lead the opening lap, as Windom fell into second with Darland getting a great start to take third early. After a lap-six stoppage for C.J. Leary who caught the turn-one guardrail, Windom pounced for the lead as Stanbrough got tight in the opening set of corners after the restart due to a low right-rear tire.
Stanbrough faded back through the top-five as Windom and Darland raced away and into thick lapped traffic. Behind them, Chase Stockon had rallied to third and defending series champion Brady Bacon broke into the top-five from ninth.
With 12 laps to go, Robert Ballou’s right-rear went flat to cause the final yellow. Windom and Darland again distanced themselves from the pack in the closing laps, with Windom encountering traffic again with six laps remaining. On lap 26, he tried to squeeze under a slower car down the backstretch but couldn’t complete the pass, as Darland ran the top through turns three and four to take the lead.
Darland raced away to score his second win of the season, this one by 2.215 seconds in the Phillips Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“I love Eagle and am glad they have us, and I’m happy to win close to the home of one of our sponsors, the Dursts. We’re happy to get one in their backyard. It was really fast on the bottom, and we ran down there for the most part. We just had a couple openings to go after, and our car was great.
Our start was really key, to get those couple spots right away. We were coming up fast on lapped cars, and you had to be careful to be in the right spot. That’s how we got Chris there; he got held up and I could see it coming and jumped outside of him.,” Darland said.
Windom narrowly held onto the second spot in his first night back aboard the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced.
“Lapped traffic played a huge part. You had to pick your moves just right, and I messed up once. You can’t mess up once with Dave behind you. Rick and I always seem to run well together, and I’m glad he gave me an opportunity to come out here with him. Hopefully we can get at least one win this weekend,” Windom said.
Hines came out on top of a slugfest with Stockon with just a few laps to go to fill the podium in the MP Environmental Services - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.
“We made some changes to our shock program after Florida, and we’ve been fast since then. We’re still learning on them, and the driver is getting back to shape to run up front. I was a bit too tight early - we needed more laps. The track was just so fast, it was tough to do much with those guys. You couldn’t give up anything and make sure not to make mistakes,” Hines said.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. sliced through to steal fourth on the final lap in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
National point leader Stockon fell to sixth on the final lap.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 24, 2015 - Eagle, Nebraska - Eagle Raceway - “Rumble in the Bullring” - (co-sanctioned by WAR Sprint Cars)
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-13.586; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.611; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.652; 4. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.680; 5. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.701; 6. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-13.712; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.925; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.928; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.938; 10. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.049; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.070; 12. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-14.104; 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.350; 14. Tony Rost, 99, Rost-14.381; 15. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.703; 16. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-14.723; 17. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-14.742; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.761; 19. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-14.826; 20. Jeff Wingate, 8, Wingate-14.975; 21. Mike Moore, 69X, Moore-15.216; 22. Billy Alley, 75, Hockett-15.225; 23. Josh Stephens, 09, Stephens-15.233; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.390; 25. John Manley, 8X, Wingate-15.588; 26. Scott Comstock, 41, Comstock-15.916; 27. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-17.215; 28. John Helm, 12X, Helm-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Parkinson, 6. Manley, 7. Moore. 1:52.13
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Andretti, 4. Simon, 5. Rost, 6. Alley, 7. Comstock. 1:54.30
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Ballou, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Potter, 5. Stephens, 6. S. Thomas, 7. Knipp. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shuman, 2. Hines, 3. Leary, 4. Bell, 5. Wingate, 6. Helm, 7. Schriever. 1:55.11
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Parkinson, 2. Moore, 3. S. Thomas, 4. Alley, 5. Stephens, 6. Schriever, 7. Wingate, 8. Knipp, 9. Helm, 10. Manley, 11. Comstock, 12. Rost. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Landon Simon, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Casey Shuman, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Jarett Andretti, 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Chris Parkinson, 15. Alex Schriever, 16. Mike Moore, 17. Billy Alley, 18. Josh Stephens, 19. Kenny Potter, 20. Steve Thomas, 21. Robert Bell, 22. C.J. Leary. NT
**Rost & Comstock flipped during the Semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Stanbrough, Laps 7-26 Windom, Laps 27-30 Darland.
NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-525; 2-Darland-498; 3-Bacon/Ballou-494; 5-K.Thomas-448; 6-Stanbrough-421; 7-Hines-406; 8-Leary-383; 9-Justin Grant-315; 10-Kyle Cummins-310.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: April 25 - McCool Junction, Nebraska - Junction Motor Speedway (co-sanctioned by WAR Sprint Cars)
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Friday, April 24, 2015 – OPEN MODIFIEDS on the quarter mile plus 270 & Wingless 600 Micros & Four Cylinder Enduros, starting time 8pm
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – REGULAR POINT SEASON OPENER - $1 DOG NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies, 6pm
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – CAMERA & AUTOGRAPH NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies plus TSRS 305 Sprints, starting time 6:00pm
Sunday, May 3, 2015 – POKER SERIES #1 – 270 & Wingless 600 Micros, Four Cylinders, Slingshots & Stage-1 Modifieds, starting time 5:30pm
SATURDAY NIGHT RACING RETURNS TO THE BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
After three weeks of special Sunday shows, Saturday night racing returns to the Bridgeport 5/8 mile speedway as the championship point season gets underway on Dollar Dog night as the Spirit Dodge Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Stewart Stainless Outlaw Stocks and D.A.’s Auto Body & Repair Rookies take to the track for a full night of racing.
The new clay surface has provided a lot of close, exciting racing during the early weeks of the racing season and conditions only promise to get even better with the later race starts of the Saturday night schedule.
The 2015 Bridgeport Championships will be up for grabs as the point season gets underway. Former champions, Ryan Watt, Rick Laubach and Wade Hendrickson will be looking to add another crown to their collection while drivers like Richie Pratt, Jr., Dominic Buffalino, Sam Martz, Jesse Hill, Ron Roberts and Tommy Beamer will be looking for their first ever titles.
The Crate/Sportsman championship will be up for grabs this season with CJ Jones, Bobby Lilick, Kris Lilick, Kevin Belmont and Scott Hulmes among the drivers seeking their first Bridgeport Championship.
After contending for the Outlaw Stock Championship right down to the wire last season, Jeramy Doerr has exerted himself as the man to beat with his dominant performance so far this season but 2014 Champion, Jim Avery, Tom Wills, Jr., Jack Beaumont and the rest of the field will have a lot to say about that on race night.
A new class of Rookies takes to the track for their eight lap feature event as they gain more and more seat time and experience as the weeks go by.
Saturday night race time is 6pm. Fan Fest will precede the night’s racing action, giving race fans the opportunity to meet some of their favorite drivers at the entrance to the speedway. The Bridgeport Speedway mascot, the Bridgeport Bandit will be on hand and offers his Bandit Bus for fans to tour the pit area throughout the course of the evening. There’s plenty to do for the whole family at the Bridgeport Speedway.
The mighty Modifieds will take to the quarter mile track on Friday night as the first of five Open Modified shows lead up to the Romp in the Swamp event on September 26. The Modifieds on the quarter mile are always a popular feature. The 270cc and 600cc Micro Sprints and 4 cylinder Enduro cars will also compete with racing getting underway at 8pm.
QUICK DRAW: RICK LAUBACH MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST-EVER ‘SOUTH JERSEY SHOOTOUT’ WINNER SUNDAY AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY; HELLERTOWN, PA DRIVER EARNS $5,400-PLUS IN SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES FUELED BY HI-TEK SOUTH REGION OPENER WITH 42 MODIFIEDS ON HAND
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Quick Draw: Rick Laubach Makes History As First-Ever ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Winner At Bridgeport Speedway; Hellertown, PA Driver Earns $5,400-Plus In Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region Opener
Written by Cody Manmiller
BRIDGEPORT, NJ - Rick Laubach was quickest to the draw and outgunned the competition on his way to a ‘South Jersey Shootout’ victory at Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday.
As the class of the field, Laubach took the pole starting position and cruised to the $5,400 payday plus contingency awards in the opening race of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel. Laubach, 44, of Hellertown, Pa., led all 40 laps of the big-block/small-block Modified feature event.
Sunday’s event at the spacious South Jersey oval kicked off the five-race STSS South Region, in its first season under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC.
“It just all worked out,” said Laubach in the familiar Bridgeport Victory Lane. “The track was good tonight, it was more my style. Obviously it didn’t hurt starting first but then everyone behind you can go where they want,” noted Laubach.
With Laubach, in the Gary Hermann-owned No. 7, and much of the leaders running the bottom groove early in the race, it allowed cars from deeper in the pack to make some headway on the outside.
At the drop of the green, it was Laubach who snatched the early lead ahead of David Van Horn, the outside pole-sitter. He quickly widened his margin while Van Horn and Duane Howard battled for the runner-up spot.
The second caution of the night came on lap 15 when J.R. Heffner slowed in turn four, a fortunate time for the race leader, as Laubach just began to catch lap traffic. The big mover at the time was Ryan Watt, coming from the 12th position. Watt’s extreme outside lane progress landed the Boyertown, Pa., driver in sixth position at the yellow.
Shortly after the green waved, Watt jumped into fourth, roaring around the outside of Ryan Godown and Richie Pratt Jr. before a caution halted things again on lap 24.
Watt electrified the crowd on lap 26 when he blistered passed Howard and Van Horn to take the second spot with Craig Von Dohren, the 24th-starter, now following suit on the outside, in fifth, driving the Dick Biever-owned No. 14s.
On lap 31, Watt made his charge for the lead, reaching the back bumper of Laubach’s machine. But when Laubach moved to the outside himself, it was all over.
“My crew was waving their arms at me, so I thought I better get going on the outside,” Laubach said.
Van Horn, of Harmony, N.J., battled back for a second-place finish in a rare Bridgeport Speedway start. Van Horn, a New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway regular, earned the largest single-event payday of his Modified career as a result of the runner-up effort. Van Horn earned $3,200 plus other incentives for his efforts.
Oley, Pa.’s Von Dohren placed third. Von Dohren was leading his heat race when a right-rear tire went down. He ultimately had to qualify via a consolation. Von Dohren’s advance netted him $500 cash as the Touch of Green Landscaping (Boyertown, Pa.) Hard Charger. Von Dohren’s third-place total was $2,560-plus.
Watt settled for fourth in the Ron Roberts-owned No. 14W but not without leaving an impression on the crowd. His run to the front was the only significant challenge that Laubach faced on the night.
Rounding out the top five was a returning Jack Swain, who started inside row two. Swain, of Pilesgrove, N.J., hovered somewhere inside the top five all evening and was able to bring home a solid finish.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., a winner at Bridgeport already this season; Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J., in the Pakenham Motorsports No. 18 Jr.; Milford, Del.’s Jamie Mills, the 20th-place starter; Mike Franz of National Park, N.J., another big mover from the 16th spot; and Montgomery, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego, who had to drop to the tail end of the field when he suffered a right-rear flat on lap 24.
A total of 42 big-block/small-block Modifieds attempted to qualify for the STSS South Region opener. Drivers in the field represented New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Massachusetts.
Heat winners - earning $50 each from C&S Equipment - were Wade Hendrickson (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Mike Iles (Medford, N.J.), Ryan Anderson (Peach Bottom, Pa.) and Perrego.
Consolation victors were Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., and Mike Barone of Hillsborough, N.J.
Brett Kressley continued his domination of the area’s Sportsman division, scoring a dominant win in the 20-lap Sportsman/Crate 602 headliner. Kressley, of Orefield, Pa., used a front-row starting berth to earn a $750 payday, holding off Pat Wall.
The win was Kressley’s third of the weekend and sixth of the very early ’15 campaign.
Brian Carber of Pipersville, Pa., drove from sixth position to win the 20-lap XCel 600 Modified main. Carber is a moonlighting Sprint Car and Micro-Sprint driver in Doug Borger’s traveling XCel 600 Modified series. He earned $1,000 for his efforts.
Jeramy Doerr of Richland, N.J., was the Outlaw Stock 20-lap victor.
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek continues Tuesday, May 5 (rain date: May 6) at Pa.’s Big Diamond Speedway with the ‘Anthracite Assault’ special offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag for 50 laps. The event is a combination North and South Region event. Sportsman and XCel 600 Modifieds complete the program.
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Located in South Jersey, just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at I-295 Exit 14, Bridgeport Speedway is a spacious five-eighths-mile clay oval with a quarter-mile embedded in the center. Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation. To learn more, visit www.bpspeedway.com.
SHOOTOUT SHORTS: On a beautiful spring day, 105 race cars filled the Bridgeport Speedway pit area. A large crowd migrated to the South Jersey track’s massive grandstands for the first-ever BD Motorsports Media LLC co-promotion at the track….
David Van Horn Jr. had a busy day running both the XCel 600 Modified event (finishing fifth) and the Modified 40-lapper (placing second). Van Horn expects to have a fresh chassis for the next STSS event at Pa.’s Big Diamond Speedway May 5….
With pulley and fan assembly issues, Jesse Hill scratched his No. 99H from the Modified feature and hopped into the Jordan Watson No. 1J for the main. He pulled off shortly after the start….
Anthony Perrego towed south to Bridgeport on the heels of his first Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway big-block triumph on Saturday night. Perrego’s 10th-place finish Sunday at Bridgeport was worth $1,103….
Rick Laubach righted his poor luck from the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region opener at Orange County April 11, where he broke while running second….
A base payout of more than $25,000 was distributed to the Modified field. Due to the large car count, two additional, fully paid starters were added to the lineup by STSS officials and Hi-Tek Race Fuels for a total of 26 taking the green in the main event….
The XCel 600 Modifieds were making their first Bridgeport visit, with a full field of 24 cars taking on the inner quarter-mile oval….
The new Kressley’s Auto & Truck Sales (Orefield, Pa.) STSS pace truck made its debut for the season….
Keith Gerhart performed the National Anthem prior to the start of racing, and then sang ‘God Bless America’ while the Modified feature field was staged in behind the grandstands….
The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group (COMP Cams, Driven Racing Oil & Quarter Master), Crane Ignition, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Hyperco, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Lineman Racing, Pilat Graphic Design, Race Pro Weekly, Racers Guide, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & VP Racing Fuel.
‘SOUTH JERSEY SHOOTOUT’ RACE SUMMARY – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region Presented By Scotty’s Speed & Diesel Event No. 1
Feature Finish (40 Laps): RICK LAUBACH ($5,400), David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Watt, Jack Swain, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Jr., Jamie Mills, Mike Franz, Anthony Perrego, Duane Howard, Wade Hendrickson, Billy Pauch Sr., Andy Bachetti, Dominic Buffalino, Brian Kressley, Eric Kormann, Mike Barone, Mike Iles, Richie Pratt Jr., Neal Williams, Tyler Dippel, Ryan Anderson, J.R. Heffner, Matt Jester, Jesse Hill.
Did Not Qualify: Corey Anderson, Shawn Ward, Bob Sarkisian, Sam Martz, Justin Grim, Scott Van Gorder, Kyle Merkel, Jordan Watson, Howard O’Neal, Ian Humphreys, Tommy Beamer, Sammy Piazza, Rob Roberts, Scott Ambruster, Brad Trice, David Hunt.
‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown ($1,218 Total): Rick Laubach ($400); David Van Horn Jr. ($200); Jack Swain ($130); Richie Pratt Jr. ($110); Ryan Godown ($105); Duane Howard ($80); Craig Von Dohren ($60); Anthony Perrego ($53); Ryan Watt ($40); Jamie Mills ($20); Billy Pauch Jr. ($20).
Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Craig Von Dohren (third) and Jamie Mills (eighth)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Jamie Mills (eighth) and Andy Bachetti (14th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($100 Certificate): Jack Swain (fifth)
Bill Brown & Co. Fifth-Place Bonus ($100 Cash): Jack Swain (fifth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Craig Von Dohren (third), Billy Pauch Sr. (13th) & Ryan Anderson (23rd)
C&S Equipment Heat Winners ($50 Each): Wade Hendrickson, Mike Iles, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Perrego
‘Delmar Gang’ Halfway Leader ($200): Rick Laubach
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Billy Pauch Jr. (seventh)
Hi-Tek Race Fuel/VP Racing Fuel Bonuses ($50 Credit): Rick Laubach (winner), David Van Horn Jr. (second), Craig Von Dohren (third)
Lineman Racing Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Billy Pauch Jr. (seventh) & Brian Kressley (16th)
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award: Sam Martz
S&W Awards Winner’s Hardware: Rick Laubach
Touch of Green Landscaping Hard Charger ($500): Craig Von Dohren (24th to third)
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Jack Swain
WizFab ‘Lightning Lap Award’ Bonus (Bumpers & Rubrails): Rick Laubach (21.298 seconds)
Crate/Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): BRETT KRESSLEY, Pat Wall, Steve Searock IV, Scott Hitchens, Steve Davis, Brett Ballard, Brad Roberts, C.J. Jones, Dave Damiano, Brandon Grosso, Jim Britt, John Micek, Mike Hendershot, Mike Mammana, Matthew Peck, Kevin Belmont, Richie Wilson, Brandon Watkins, Bobby Butler, Melissa Scarpati, John Kelly, Steve Kemery, Clay Butler, Jordn Justice.
XCel 600 Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps, Inner Oval): BRIAN CARBER ($1,000), Ryan Higgs, Josh Pepe, Richie Hitzler, David Van Horn Jr., Aaron Bowes, Jonathan Josko, Jason Dunkleberger, Jonathan Pepe, Nick Mady, Nathan Brinker, Will Eastman, Kyle Inglin, Bud Leizaer, Brian Blankenbiller, Dakota Barlet, Jason Mills, Vincent Varano, Kam Maby, Shawna Schibilia, Billy Koch, Brian Mady, Charles Bowers, Kory Inglin.
Outlaw Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): JEREMY DOERR, Jack Beamont, Mick Search, Ken Moren, Mike Vanimen, Jim Neely, Jimmy Avery.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 18, 2015 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - “Spring Showdown” - (Co-sanctioned by MSCS)
Haubstadt, Indiana…After nearly having Saturday’s 30-lap “Spring Showdown” wrestled away from him inside the final ten laps, Brady Bacon fought back to re-take the lead from Robert Ballou and take the victory at Tri-State Speedway. The defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion took his second win of the season in a race that was also co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.
After a failed initial start, Tracy Hines got a run off the high side to lead the opening lap, but Kyle Cummins cut underneath to take the lead on lap three, looking for his first USAC Sprint Car win. Just a lap later, Bacon flashed by Cummins to take the top spot as the lead trio of Bacon, Cummins, and Ballou raced away from the field.
Ballou took second and started to stalk Bacon as they encountered traffic. He finally poked inside Bacon on lap 19 as the two nearly made contact while avoiding a slower car. Three laps later, Ballou got a run down the frontstretch and dove under Bacon for the lead. As they hit turn three, Ballou bobbled while Bacon hustled on the cushion to retake the lead as they passed the line.
On lap 24, third-running Kevin Thomas, Jr., who was slicing through traffic in pursuit of the lead duo, made contact with a lapped car and spun in turn-two, necessitating the only caution of the race.
With five lapped cars behind them, it was Bacon versus Ballou for the final seven laps, as Bacon was able to hold a narrow margin and take the win in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, his tenth career win to tie him with Tony Stewart for 43rd all-time.
“We were not gonna lose tonight from a lack effort; we threw everything at it. Ballou and Cummins are as good as they get here, so it’s nice to be able to beat them. It’s a different place, and what works here is backwards how we do it everywhere else. There were cars everywhere that were unpredictable, and I think it was a matter of time before it messed up one of us. I just went to the top after he passed me and caught a break that he had a bad corner with traffic or something. It gave us the momentum to get back around him. I could feel us fading in the final few laps, and I could see him, but I just tried not to make any huge mistakes,” Bacon said.
Ballou was visibly frustrated with his narrow miss of his third win this season, as he placed himself in the top-two for the third-straight USAC race at Tri-State in the Blakesley Auto - MPHG Promotions #12 Maxim/Ott.
“I really hate to miss that one, especially as good as our car was. We had a brake problem last night that we didn’t get fixed, and it cost us tonight. I ran all over him in traffic there but didn’t want to crash us both. I think the top may have even been better, but I didn’t feel confident that I could get it slowed down to run the cushion. The one time we pushed the front end was right after we passed him. It’s unfortunate, but those guys do their homework and prepare a great car to win these races. We’ll figure it out and try to get three wins next weekend,” Ballou said.
Cummins held on to round out the podium in the Rock Steady Racing - Vincennes University #3R Mach-1/Cummins.
“I was hoping we could get away from them a little bit in the beginning, but I knew when they went by me so early that we were in trouble. I tried to make adjustments and do anything I could to get us better, but that was all we had. I think if we could have gotten to the top, we could have tried to make a run at them, but traffic had it clogged up near the end. I normally run my own stuff, but getting in some different cars and running up front is great. You gotta have a car near perfect to be able to win these races, and we’re close,” Cummins said.
Brady Short came home fourth after starting 11th in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe’s Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC, and AMSOIL National point leader Chase Stockon, who started 12th, rounded out the podium aboard the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.
ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Dave Darland finished seventh, while Carson Short rallied from 21st to finish tenth, garnering the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award.”
QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.677; 2. Jeff Bland Jr., 04, Burton-13.692; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.715; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.734; 5. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.740; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.795; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.830; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.850; 9. Chase Briscoe, 5B, Briscoe-13.912; 10. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.937; 11. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-14.006; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.016; 13. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-14.043; 14. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.084; 15. Ted Hines, 12H, Hines-14.090; 16. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.110; 17. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-14.203; 18. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.368; 19. James Lyerla, 11, JL Motorsports-14.422; 20. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.427; 21. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.568; 22. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.729; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.701; 24. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-17.525.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Darland, 3. Jarrett, 4. Farney, 5. Thomas, 6. Lyerla, 7. Hery, 8. Stanbrough. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Leary, 3. Bland, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Cockrum, 6. Grant, 7. Williams, 8. Bell. 2:30.35
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Brackett, 3. Cummins, 4. Stockon, 5. Briscoe, 6. C.Short, 7. Ted Hines, 8. Wallace. 2:20.12
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. C.Short, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Lyerla, 5. Ted Hines, 6. Williams, 7. Hery, 8. Bell, 9. Wallace. 2:49.82
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Brady Short, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Carson Short, 11. Chase Briscoe, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Logan Jarrett, 15. Ted Hines, 16. Shane Cockrum, 17. Chet Williams, 18. Donnie Brackett, 19. Justin Grant, 20. James Lyerla, 21. Jeff Bland Jr., 22. Travis Hery. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Tracy Hines, Lap 3 Cummins, Laps 4-30 Bacon.
NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-467, 2-Ballou-452, 3-Bacon-439, 4-Darland-424, 5-Thomas-387, 6-Stanbrough-374, 7-Leary-364, 8-Tracy Hines-342, 9-Grant-315, 10-Cummins-310.
NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: April 24- Eagle (NE) Raceway - “Rumble at the Bullring”
RYAN STILLWAGGON EARNS FIRST CAREER SPRINT CAR VICTORY WITH TSRS AT BRIDGEPORT (Bridgeport, NJ)
By Erika Palmai Wagner
Ryan Stillwaggon, of Burlington, NJ, earned his first career sprint car victory Friday Night with the Tri-State Racesaver Series at Bridgeport Speedway. Stillwaggon held off a hard charging Bob DeVault in a thrilling twenty lap feature event at the newly resurfaced South Jersey five-eighths mile. Adam Carberry, who was a close contender for the win as well settled for third, Mike Haggenbottom, who pitted early in the race, restarted twenty-second and came through the field and finished 4th, and Eddie Wagner round out the top five finishing fifth.
Three heat race events were presented for the field of twenty-two 305 Sprints with victories going to Brad Franks, Mike Haggenbottom, and Eddie Wagner.
Ryan Stillwaggon and Jeff Geiges led the field to the green with Stillwaggon taking strong control of the top spot over Geiges. The first caution was brought out on lap 1, with Tim Tanner clipping the inside wall of turns one and two, side lining Tanner with front end damage, prematurely ending his attempt to challenge for the win.
Restarting the field in double file fashion, Stillwaggon checked out once again with Eddie Wagner climbing up the ranks very quickly from his 5th starting spot, obtaining two positions by lap 2, moving him up to third. Stillwaggon continued to show his dominance with a strong lead, followed by Jeff Geiges, Eddie Wagner, Adam Carberry and Bobby Devault who started back in 12th. Another caution was displayed on lap 5, with Samantha Lieberman spinning and coming to a stop in turn 3.
The green flag dropped to restart the race and Stillwaggon, Geiges and DeVault, who took advantage of the restart slicing and dicing his way to the 3rd spot, were the top three. Another caution was displayed on lap 6, with Dave Brown stopping in turn 3.
On the next restart, it was Adam Carberry and his green number 47 who took advantage of the very fast outside groove, jumping from 5th to 3rd, and then moving quickly to 2nd on the top by lap 10. Stillwaggon, showing the supremacy of his SEC Racing Engine power plant, continued to display his authority over the field with over a half a straightaway lead over the stout competition behind him. By catching up to lapped traffic, this allowed Carberry, DeVault, Haggenbottom and Wagner to reel him in. Bob DeVault, who started the feature back in 12th place, challenged Carberry for 2nd, defeating him and then set his eyes on the lead to which he conquered by lap 16. The caution was brought out for the final time due to a car stopping on the front stretch. Things were about to get interesting.
On the final restart, Bob DeVault lead the field to the final green flag, but Stillwaggon, who lost possession of the top spot a lap before, was not going to give it up without a fight. Stillwaggon challenged DeVault in a side by side dash down the back stretch, with the number 11 regaining the lead on lap 17. For the final laps, DeVault continued to challenge Stillwaggon, offering multiple runs at the lead, but Ryan prevailed. With the checkered flag in the air, Ryan Stillwaggon took his Quality Auto Body number 11 sprinter to victory lane with Bob DeVault finishing a close second, Adam Carberry third, Mike Haggenbottom fourth and Eddie Wagner finishing fifth.
HEAT 1: BRAD FRANKS, ADAM CARBERRY, RYAN STILLWAGGON, DAVE BROWN JR., JAMIE KOSTIC, RANDY WILBERT*, BRENDON TOFF*, DAVID BONNER*
HEAT 2: MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM, CHRIS ALLEN JR., TIM TANNER JR, RICK STEIF, JOE LORD, HARRIS KOHEN, SAMANTHA LIEBERMAN*
HEAT 3: EDDIE WAGNER, JEFF GEIGES, BRYANT DAVIS, BOB DEVAULT, SCOTT FRACK, ZACH BURD, JOE KAY*
FEATURE: RYAN STILLWAGGON, BOB DEVAULT, ADAM CARBERRY, MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM, EDDIE WAGNER, JEFF GEIGES, RICK STIEF, CHRIS ALLEN JR., BRYANT DAVIS, DAVE BROWN JR., RANDY WILBERT*, SCOTT FRACK, JOE LORD, JOE KAY*, SAMANTHA LIEBERMAN*, DAVID BONNER*, JAMIE KOSTIC, ZACH BURD, HARRIS KOHEN, BRAD FRANKS, BRENDON TOFF*, TIM TANNER
HARD CHARGER: BOB DEVAULT