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Sunday, May 13 - Pre-Season Championship Night - Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies on the 3/8th mile, racing at 6pm

Wednesday, May 16 - Battle of the Bridge - Super DIRTcar Series event - DIRTcar Big Blocks and 602 Crate Sportsman, racing at 7:15 (Rain date - Thursday)

Tuesday, May 22 - World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & 602 Crate Sportsman on Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile - racing at 7:30 (Rain date -Wed 5/23)

Satruday, May 26 - 5/8 & 1/4 mile Double Header - Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, Rookies, 270 & 600 Micro Sprints


​After struggling through a winless season last year, Billy Pauch rallied the troops and raced to victory in the twenty-five lap Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified feature at the Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night.

It was an emotional win for Pauch who has accumulated more than seven hundred victories throughout his career. A wreck during a heat race in Friday night competition left Pauch's K&A Excavating No. 1 questionable for a Saturday night race. "We really wadded it up last night," the winner explained. "We even had my grandson hammering on the car. Everybody worked so hard..." Pauch credited his family, including his two year old grandson, and crew for their hard work in preparing the winning car.

Richie Pratt, Jr. took lead at the wave of the green and immediately began to distance himself from the field but multiple cautions kept the competition close. Pratt led through the first six laps before Pauch raced into the lead on lap seven. After starting twelfth, Ryan Watt raced into third on lap nine and then took over second with a pass by Neal Williams just before the half way mark. Watt was closing on the leader before a lap fourteen caution set up a restart, putting Pauch and Watt side by side.

Pauch and Watt raced side by side on lap fifteen before the caution waved again. Pauch raced to the green ahead of the field and was able to pull away as the next ten laps remained under green. Pauch led Watt to the finish line to capture the 60th Bridgeport win of career. Watt fell one spot short of setting a new Bridgeport record for six consecutive wins on the 5/8th mile track. The record stands at five and is shared by Watt, Kenny Brightbill and Wade Hendrickson. Williams finished third with Jim Britt racing to fourth after starting eleventh. Pratt rounded out the top five at the checkered.

Brad Roberts led every lap of the twenty lap Stewart Stainless 602 Crate Sportsman feature event for his first Bridgeport win of the season. Roberts is racing a throwback number and paint scheme to honor his grandfather, Ron Roberts this season, racing the Bailey's Paving No. 123, just as his grandfather did some twenty seasons ago. It was Roberts first win since the 2016 season.

Eric Kormann trailed Roberts to the checkered with Tom Moore taking over third late in the race. Jeremy Harrington finished fourth with Bobby Bracall crossing the line in fifth.

Jeramy Doerr raced to his second win of the season in the Pennco Tech Outlaw Stock feature. Doerr took the lead from Andrew Joslin on the first lap and never looked back. 2017 Outlaw Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. finished second with Brian Ludwig racing into third in the closing laps. Mike Creamer held off Lee Allen for fourth as they raced to the checkered.

Dave Hartman led every lap of the caution free DA's Auto Body & Repair Rookie feature but it was Sammy Martz Jr. who captured his first feature win with a pass by Hartman as the leaders raced out of turn four on the final lap. Martz started deep in the field. Hartman had a sizable lead by the time that Martz made his way past Parker Guildin to take over second. The third generation racer, Martz took the victory over Hartman with Guldin finishing third.

Racing action returns to the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8 mile track at Bridgeport next Sunday for the final race of the Pre-Season Points. The Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookies will be in action with racing getting underway at6pm.

SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 laps): 1. Billy Pauch, Sr., 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Neal Williams, 4. Jim Britt, 5. Richie Pratt, Jr., 6. Rick Laubach, 7. Tommy Beamer, 8. David Hunt, 9. Bucky Kell, 10. Wade Hendrickson, 11. Butch Tittle, 12. Roger Manning, 13. Tom Macherrone, 14. Ernie Miles, III, 15. Ron Roberts, 16. Dave Shirk, 17. Rusty Smith, 18. Jack Swain, 19. Jesse Hill, 20. Sam Martz

STEWART STAINLESS SUPPLY 602 CRATE SPORTSMAN (20 laps): 1. Brad Roberts, 2. Eric Kormann, 3. Tom Moore, 4. Jeremy Harrington, 5. Bobby Bracall, 6. Tommy Errico, 7. Frank Dorry, 8. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 9. Danny Buccafusca, 10. David Crossman, 11. John Micek, 12. Chris Jenkins, 13. Dave Damiano, 14. Sammy Martz, Jr., 15. Roger Gaskill, 16. Parker GuldIn, 17. David Hartman, 18. Ray Cost, 19. Tom Holding, 20. Howard Huepfel, 21. Tom Sherby, 22. Steve Kemery, 23. Seth Spayd, 24. Pete Serra, DNS – Wayne Weaver, DNQ – Charles Stone, Ernie Miles, Jr., Rich Wegner, Sr., Matt Luzi, Olivia Ingersoll

PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS (15 laps): 1. Jeramy Doerr, 2. Tom Wills, Jr., 3. Brian Ludwig, 4. Michael Creamer, 5. Lee Allen, 6. Darren Cox, 7. Gary Elliott, 8. Ken Moren, 9. Andrew Joslin, 10. Keith McKinley, 11. Eric Mattson, 12. Scott Hulmes, 13. Rich Stinson, Sr.

D.A.’S AUTO BODY AND REPAIR ROOKIES (8 laps): 1. Sammy Martz, Jr., 2. David Hartman, 3. Parker Gulden, 4. Seth Spayd, 5. Danny Buccafusca

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Sunday, April 29 - Pre-Season #2 - South Jersey Shootout STSS - Big Blocks, 602 Crate Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks on 3/8th mile track, racing at 5pm

Saturday, May 5 - First Night of Points - Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookies, racing at 6pm

Sunday, May 13 - Pre-Season Championship Night - Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies on the 3/8th mile, racing at 6pm

Wednesday, May 16 - Battle of the Bridge - Super DIRTcar Series event - DIRTcar Big Blocks and 602 Crate Sportsman, racing at 7:15 (Rain date - Thursday)


"Build it and they will come." Remember that great line from the classic film, Field of Dreams?

Well the Bridgeport Speedway built it and they came to the Grand Opening of the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track at the Bridgeport Speedway!

The Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, the Stewart Stainless 602 Crate Sportsman, the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) and the DA's Auto Body & Repair Rookies each had their first crack at the new racing surface with Jeff Strunk, Ryan Simmons, Eddie Wagner and Danny Buccafusca writing their names in the history books as the first feature winners on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track.

There was a lot of excitement to go around but the Big Block Modifieds had the fans on their feet as the field raced to the checkered flag!

Danny Bouc was the race's early leader in the C&S Equipment No. 6, holding off challenges from Matt Stangle for the first six laps. Stangle took the lead on lap seven but Bouc was back in front the next time around.

Jeff Strunk was challenging for the runner-up spot prior to a lap ten caution. After starting outside row four, Strunk took over second on lap thirteen. Bouc led the way with ten to go with Strunk, Stangle, Ryan Godown and Duane Howard in tow.

As the field headed through turns one and two on lap sixteen, Bouc spun in front of the back. Everyone was able to get by as the field regrouped for the restart with Strunk out in front and Bouc restarting from the rear. Strunk led with pressure from Stangle through a caution on lap nineteen when Billy Pauch Jr. slowed on the backstretch. Stangle was on the throttle on the restart, taking the lead with seven laps to go.

Strunk wasn't giving up as he raced after Stangle and challenged several times in the final laps but each time, Stangle prevailed. Godown was right behind the leaders, just waiting for an opportunity. Stangle and Strunk raced side by side as they took the white flag and the race was on to the checkered. The fans were on their feet as Strunk put the Hyneman No. 126 on the inside of Stangle's Ace Materials No. 6 in turn three. It was anyone's race as the leader's exited turn four with Strunk winning the drag race to the checkered to be the first Modified feature winner on the new track. Stangle finished second followed by Godown, Howard and Rick Laubach.

Former Rookie Champion, Steve Kemery took the lead in the 602 Crate Sportsman feature from Jeremy Harrington following a lap six restart. Kemery ran the outside to take the lead but contact with Harrington between turns three and four sent both front runners spinning and then to the pits for repairs. Ryan Simmons was the race's new leader.

Simmons had his hands full with Brad Roberts until the final lap when Roberts clipped the inside barrier in turn two and spun. That put a very determined Eric Kormann on his bumper for the run to the checkered but Simmons prevailed for his first ever Bridgeport victory on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track. Kormann finished second followed by Joe Brown, Rookie, Danny Buccafusca and Tommy Sheetz, Sr.

Eddie Wagner came away with the win in the MASS Sprint Car feature and became the first driver to win on all three of the Bridgeport tracks. Wagner has a 600 Micro win on the Spirit quarter mile and now winged sprint car wins on both the 5/8th and 3/8th mile speedways.

Rick Stief led the way for the MASS competitors until lapped traffic became a factor in the closing laps. Wagner took the lead on lap eighteen as Mike Haggenbottom was on the move through the top five. Haggenbottom was challenging for second before contact by Tyler Reinhardt sent the cars of Stief, Haggenbottom and Reinhart spinning between turns three and four on the final lap. Wagner took the win over Dave Brown, Larry McVay, Brandon Poff and Logan Diehl.

Earlier in the day, Rockaway, NJ driver, Danny Buccafusca picked up the win in the DA's Auto Body & Repair Rookie Feature - the first of the 2018 and the first feature to be run on the new 3/8th mile track. Buccafusca, who has past experience in Slingshots and 600 Micros took the win over third generation driver, Sammy Martz Jr. making his first ever laps at Bridgeport. Another Slingshot competitor, Seth Spayd finished third followed by Parker Guldin and David Hartman. Buccafusca took the lead from Paige Brown as the two front row starters headed down the backstretch on lap one. Buccafusca never looked back but Martz was closing fast in the final laps.

SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 laps): 1. Jeff Strunk, 2. Matt Stangle, 3. Ryan Godown, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Rick Laubach, 6. Jordan Watson, 7. Frank Cozze, 8. Jimmy Horton, 9. Wade Hendrickson, 10. Jim Britt, 11. Chris Grbac, 12. Danny Bouc, 13. Dillion Steuer, 14. Sam Martz, 15. Roger Manning, 16. Ryan Krachun, 17. Steve Davis, 18. Billy Pauch, Jr., 19. Ron Roberts, 20. Ricky DiEva, 21. David Hunt, 22. Ryan Watt, 23. Neal Williams, 24. Billy Pauch, Sr., DNQ – Tommy Beamer, Derek Krum, Bob Sarkisian, Richie Pratt, Jr.

STEWART STAINLESS SUPPLY 602 CRATE SPORTSMAN (20 laps): 1. Ryan Simmons, 2. Eric Kormann, 3. Joe Brown, 4. Danny Buccafusca, 5. Tom Scheetz, Sr., 6. Frank Dorry, 7. Bobby Bracall, 8. Wayne Weaver, 9. Steve Kemery, 10. Alonso Morales, 11. Sammy Martz, Jr., 12. Pete Serra, 13. Dave Hartman, 14. Ernie Miles, Jr., 15. John Cavallero, 16. Brad Roberts, 17. Tom Moore, 18. Jeremy Harrington, 19. Parker Gulden, 20. Seth Spayd, 21. Ray Cost

MASS 305 SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Eddie Wagner, 2. Dave Brown, 3. Larry McVay, 4. Brendon Poff, 5. Logan Diehl, 6. Mark Bitner, 7. Jeff Geiges, 8. Tim Tanner, Jr., 9. Bryant Davis, 10. Samantha Lieberman, 11. C.J. Faison, 12. Jason Dunn, 13. Dom Melair, 14. Rick Stief, 15. Mike Haggenbottom, 16. Tyler Reinhardt, 17. David Bonner, 18. Zack Burd, 19. Joe Kay, 20. Dean Conk, Jr., 21. Ryan Stilwaggon, 22. Tom Carberry, Sr., 23. Austin Bishop, 24. Scott Frack, DNQ – Keith Anderson, Jon Haegele, Craig Pellegrini, Chad Conner, Dan Leaper

DA'S AUTO BODY & REPAIR ROOKIES (8 laps): 1. Danny Buccafusca, 2. Sammy Martz, Jr., 3. Seth Spayd, 4. Parker Guldin, 5. David Hartman, 6. Paige Brown

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Saturday, April 7 - Practice on 3/8 and 1/4 mile

Sunday, April 15 - URC Sprintsd, Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman & Rookies

Sunday, April 22 - Pre-Season #1 Big Blocks, 602 Crate Sportsman, MASS Sprints, Vintage Cars and Rookies


In spite of Mother Nature’s unrelenting grip on winter weather, the Bridgeport Speedway welcomed a host of dedicated racing fans and officially opened their 2018 season with the 60 Over Special – Doug Hoffman Memorial Event on Saturday. The start of the season was greatly anticipated by both fans and competitors alike as they lined up to gain entrance to the grandstands and pit area for this event.

More than forty Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, 29 Stewart Stainless 602 Crate Sportsman and 16 Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks, filed into the pit area for the first day of racing.

The fans were not disappointed as the race teams rose to the occasion to deliver a great day of racing. Ryan Watt became the first driver to repeat in the 60 Over Special – having won the 2014 event and now adding the win in the new season. Adam McAuliffe traveled some five hours from his home in upstate New York to capture the victory in the first 602 Crate Sportsman feature in his first ever Bridgeport appearance. Rich Stinson Jr. took his father’s Outlaw Stock to Victory Lane to open the new season.

The opening day event was also the first hand in the 811 Dig Safely 2018 Poker Series. Aces were earned by the three race winners – Watt, McAuliffe and Stinson – as the 2018 competition gets underway. Drivers finishing second through thirteenth will receive cards of a King through a deuce, respective of their finishing positions of second through thirteenth.

The top twelve qualifiers in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds participated in a revenge draw to determine the line-up for the forty-four lap 60 Over Special. Ricky DiEva drew the outside pole and gave that position to Bridgeport regular, Tommy Beamer who promptly outgunned Mike Gular at the wave of the green flag to lead the twenty-six car field at the start. Beamer led the way with Gular, Anthony Perrego, Craig VonDohren and Jim Britt in tow.

Making his way through the field from his eighth place start was Watt who had made his way to fourth by the second lap. Perrego fell to Watt’s challenge a lap later as Gular was next on Watt’s radar.

Beamer had the Thornton Gulf No. 31 well out in front when the first caution waved on lap seven as Roger Manning limped to the pits with a left rear flag. Watt raced by Gular on the restart and then, using the outside, Watt raced by Beamer to take the lead on lap eight.

Watt pulled away from the field while Beamer continued his hold on to the runner-up spot through a lap sixteen restart. 2017 60 Over winner, Stewart Friesen was on the move from his eleventh place start as he raced into fourth and began to pressure Perrego for third. First Perrego and then Friesen completed the pass by Beamer to take over second and third. Watt led Perrego, Friesen, Beamer and Bachetti through half way. By lap twenty-seven, Watt was making his way through lapped traffic.

With less than fifteen laps remaining, Ryan Godown broke into the top five after racing his way from twelfth. With Watt well out in front, Friesen continued to pressure Perrego while Godown chased Beamer for position. Friesen won the position in the closing laps while Godown was able to best Beamer for fourth.

Watt led the way to the checkered flag followed by Friesen, Perrego, Godown and Beamer. Bachetti, Duane Howard, Jim Britt, Jeff Strunk and Craig VonDohren rounded out the top ten at the finish.

Invader, Adam McAuliffe led the field of Stewart Stainless 602 Crate Sportsman to the start but it was third place starter, Jeremy Harrington who raced into the lead on the first lap. A lap six caution was a game changer for the race as Harrington headed to the pits for a tire change. Harrington's misfortune moved second place competitor, Dave Schilling into the lead but Schilling never had the chance to lead a lap as he, too, headed to the pits with a tire issue. McAuliffe became the new leader. McAuliffe led the way to the checkered flag with a hard charging Eric Kormann closing the gap in the final laps to finish second. Chris Jenkins finished third with Frank Dorry and Scott Kohler rounding out the top five.

Rich Stinson, Jr. took the field of Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks to the green flag, leading every lap until 2017 Outlaw Stock Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. completed the pass for the lead on lap ten. Two laps later, Wills, Jr. slowed with a right front flat, putting Stinson back out in front. Stinson raced to the win over Spider Ensinger. Mike Creamer recovered from a first lap spin to finish third over Lee Allen with Wills, Jr. racing back for a top five finish

Big Block Modified heat winners Duane Howard, Ricky DiEva, Ryan Godown and Mike Mahaney each received $50 courtesy of Mike Dise and the Mini Shed. Stewart Friesen received a $200 bonus as the race's Hard Charger from Precision Hydraulics & Oil.

Competitors will have the opportunity to practice on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8 th mile track as well as the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile on Saturday, April 7th. Racing action returns to the 5/8 mile track on Sunday, April 15th for the 2018 season opener for the United Racing Club Sprint Car season opener in addition to the Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman and Rookies.

SUMMARY - 60 Over Special – Doug Hoffman Memorial 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Hand #1

Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified (44 laps): 1. Ryan Watt, 2. Stewart Friesen, 3. Anthony Perrego, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Tommy Beamer, 6. Andy Bachetti, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Jim Britt, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Craig VonDohren, 11. Billy Pauch, Jr., 12. Jimmy Horton, 13. Wade Hendrickson, 14. Dominick Buffalino, 15. Davey Sammons, 16. Mike Mahaney, 17. Roger Manning, 18. Richie Pratt, Jr., 19. Rick Laubach, 20. Danny Bouc, 21. Brett Kressley, 22. Rick DiEva, 23. Billy Pauch, Sr., 24. Mike Gular, 25. Ron Roberts, 26. Neal Williams, DNQ – Sam Martz, Doug Manmiller, Butch Tittle, Dillon Steuer, Ernie Miles, III, Matt Stangle, Brian Papiez, Rusty Smith, Bob Sarkisian, Travis Hill, Mike Franz, Stan Frankenfield, Jesse Hill, J.R. Burritt, P.J. Oliver

Stewart Stainless 602 Crate Sportsman (20 laps): 1. Adam McAuliffe, 2. Eric Kormann, 3. Chris Jenkins, 4. Frank Dorry, 5. Scott Kohler, 6. Ryan Simmons, 7. John Criscion, 8. David Crossman, 9. Pete Serra, 10. Tom Creed, 11. Kevin Borden, 12. Mark Clauss, 13. Paul Hartwig, 14. David Schillings, 15. Tom Moore, 16. Jeremy Harrington, 17. Joe Brown, 18. Brad Roberts, 19. Wayne Weaver, 20. Steve Kemery, 21. Tommy Errico, 22. Rich Wenger, Jr., 23. Melissa Scarpati, 24. Parker Gulden, DNS – John Cavallero, Ernie Miles, Jr., Jim Gallagher, Jr., Ricky Thompson, Ray Cost

Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks (15 laps): 1. Rich Stinson, 2. Spider Ensinger, 3. Mike Creamer, 4. Lee Allen, 5. Tom Wills, Jr., 6. Brian Ludwig, 7. Billy Wroble, 8. John Parker, 9. Andrew Joslin, 10. Gary Klimeczak, 11. Keith McKinley, 12. Jeramy Doerr, 13. Bill Liedtka, 14. Paul Donahue, 15. John Meyer, 16. Scott Hulmes

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