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Friends of Mike Finale Coming Up At Bridgeport

The twelve year run of the Friends of Mike (FoM) event will come to a close on Tuesday, May 16 at the Bridgeport Speedway when it is run in conjunction with the Super DIRTcar Series event.

Friends of Mike all started back in 2006 when Danny Serrano, a racing fan, and several of his friends, set out to support Mike Rogie, an avid racing fan who was battling cancer. They came up with this event to give back to the drivers who put on the show for their enjoyment, week after week, and at the same time, honor their friend Mike. Serrano had not yet made the move into track management when he began this venture. “So many people wanted to be a part of it,” Serrano stated. “It was like a whirlwind.” No one would know then that this event would become a tradition that would extend through twelve racing seasons.

Sadly, Mike Rogie was never able to attend, his untimely passing came on the day of the inaugural FoM event. Brian Godown picked up the win in the first ever Friends of Mike.

Keith Hoffman put Pat Michael’s No. 51M into Victory Lane in the second FoM race a year later. “That race really turned our season around,” Hoffman offered. “We switched cars for that race and won.” Hoffman would be the first driver to repeat in FoM history when he won one of the four twenty lap events in 2008. Rick Laubach, Tim Tanner and Tad Cox were also twenty lap winners that year.

Billy Pauch picked up the win in 2009 and then Willie Osmun a year later. Another format change and it was Tim McCreadie who made a rare appearance for the win in 2011. McCreadie headed to a Late Model race the next day but not before collecting the checkered in the FoM event.

Danny Johnson was the 2012 race winner in the last event to be held at the New Egypt Speedway.

In 2013, Jimmy Blewett made history as the winner of the first FoM event at the Bridgeport Speedway as he earned his first ever Big Block Modified victory as he raced Billy Pauch for the win. In 2014, Stewart Friesen picked up his first FoM win which he promptly backed up with a second win the next year. In 2015, Serrano honored Sam Martz who was the only driver to compete in all ten FoM races. One year later, it was Martz who collected the victory as he raced to the win over Laubach, Dominick Buffalino and Ryan Watt.

Over the years, the format has changed as has the location, but the driver and fan support has never wavered. One year, Serrano engineered a horseshoe tournament among the drivers before the race. The fans and the drivers loved it! And every year, this race in run in conjunction with a huge Chinese Auction and this year is no exception! Tina Potts has been working hard with Serrano to make this year’s event the biggest one yet! Race car doors and roofs, driver t-shirts and all sorts of racing memorabilia have been collected and will be won by a lucky race fan on race night. Contributions for the Chinese Auction can be made by notifying Tina or Danny through Facebook.

Past FoM winners, Laubach, Pauch, Johnson, Friesen and Martz will be in the field, competing for a spot in the starting line-up of the final Friends of Mike. The DIRTcar series regulars with names like Hearn, Sheppard, Fuller, Decker, Wight and Ward, Britten, Mahaney, Flach, Phelps, McLaughlin and Scagliotta will be at Bridgeport for the second race of the Super DIRTcar series. They will have to meet the challenges presented by Bridgeport regulars led by reigning champion, Ryan Watt, past champions, Wade Hendrickson & Rick Laubach, back-to-back feature winner, David Hunt, Neal Williams, Richie Pratt, Jr., Dominick Buffalino and a host of others. Add in the invaders from the Tri-state area – Duane Howard who has already collected a Bridgeport victory with his Norm Hansell owned ride, Jeff Strunk who has been very competitive on the 5/8th mile track this season, Ryan Godown who recently picked up a second place finish with the Atlas Trucking No. 66 and then there’s the “Sensational One”, Jimmy Horton who has collected more wins than any other driver in the history of the Bridgeport Speedway.

This will be a night that every race fan dreams of – with all of the top names in Modifieds right here at the Bridgeport Speedway for the first Super DIRTcar Series event since 2005!

Racing gets underway at 7:15. Come early and enjoy! There will be musical entertainment before the races get underway. Bridgeport offers a wide selection of appetizing offerings at their concession stands. Pick up a new t-shirt to add to your collection. The Bridgeport Bullet – the official program of the Bridgeport speedway – will be a great keepsake for this event. Take a ride on the Bandit Bus and get a look at the behind the scenes action in the pits.

The Bridgeport Speedway is committed to maintaining a safe, fun, family atmosphere, creating life-lasting memories of excitement.

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May
07

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ROOKIES
1 – Jim Gallagher Jr, 2 – Jeff Stuart, 3 – Matt Luzi, 4 – Brett Belmont, 5 – Kevin Britt, 6 – Dave Izzi, 7 – Olivia Ingersoll, 8 – Walt McIntyre, 9 – Keith McKinley, 10 – Scott Kohler, 11 – Erik Mattson, 12 – Tommy Errico, 13 – Ray Cost

OUTLAW STOCKS
1 – Jeramy Doerr, 2 – Jimmy Avery, 3 – Mike Creamer, 4 – Jeff Dirkes, 5 – Tom Wills Jr, 6 – Brian Ludwig, 7 – Billy Wroble, 8 – Cleve Riehl, 9 – John Parker, 10 – Ken Moren, 11 – David Kramer, 12 – Paul Donahue, 13 – Andrew Joslin

MODIFIEDS
1 – David Hunt, 2 – Billy Pauch, 3 – Richie Pratt Jr, 4 – Wade Hendrickson, 5 – Ryan Watt, 6 – Dominick Buffalino, 7 – Sammy Martz, 8 – Rick Laubach, 9 – Brett Kressley, 10 – Jack Swain, 11 – PJ Oliver, 12 – Mike Barone, 13 – Jim Britt, 14 – Tommy Beamer, 15 – Ron Roberts, 16 – Bob Sarkisian, 17 – Mike Franz, 18 – Neal Williams, 19 – Dave Shirk DNS – Ernie Miles III

CRATE/SPORTSMAN
1 – Jeremy Harrington, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – Eric Kormann, 4 – Matthew Peck, 5 – Matt Stangle, 6 – Roger Manning, 7 – Bill Briggs, 8 – John Aumick, 9 – Adam Cox, 10 – Rich Wegner Jr, 11 – Clyde Cox, 12 – Chris Jenkins, 13 – Roger Gaskill, 14 – Andrew Belmont, 15 – Walt McIntyre, 16 – David Crossman, 17 – Joe Nappi, 18 – Brad Roberts, 19 – David Izzi, 20 – Jim Gallagher Jr, 21 – Rich Deck Jr, 22 – Dave Damiano, 23 – Brett Belmont DNS – Kevin Belmont DNQ – Pete Serra, Tom Holding, Ray Cost, Matthew Luzi, Ryan Simmons, Tom Sherby, Bobby Bracall, Scott Hulmes, Chuck Sayres, Olivia Ingersoll, Scott Kohler, Tommy Errico

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May
01

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MODIFIEDS

1 – David Hunt, 2 – Ryan Godown, 3 – Jeff Strunk, 4 – Richie Pratt Jr, 5 – Ryan Watt, 6 – Wade Hendrickson, 7 – Mike Barone, 8 – Neal Williams, 9 – PJ Oliver, 10 – Jimmy Horton, 11 – Dave Shirk, 12 – Rusty Smith, 13 – Jack Swain, 14 – Bob Sarkisian, 15 – Jim Britt, 16 – Ron Roberts, 17 – Tommy Beamer, 18 – Ricky Dieva, 19 – Billy Pauch Jr, 20 – Mike Franz, 21 – Sammy Martz, 22 - Rick Laubach

MASS SPRINTS

1 – Rick Stief, 2 – Tim Tanner Jr, 3 – Tommy Carberry, 4 – Mark Bitner, 5 – Dave Brown, 6 – Joe Kay, 7 – Stef Carberry, 8 – Eddie Wagner, 9 – Jamie Kostic, 10 – Jeff Geiges, 11 – Bryant Davis, 12 – Bobby Scherff, 13 – Keith Anderson, 14 – Douglas Snow, 15 – Craig Pellegrini, 16 – Harris Kohen, 17 – Gabe Fox, 18 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 19 – Sam Lieberman

CRATE SPORTSMAN

1 – Brian Papiez, 2 – Dave Damiano, 3 – Scott Hitchens, 4 – Brandon Grosso, 5 – Eric Kormann, 6 – Louden Reimert, 7 – Clyde Cox, 8 – Roger Manning, 9 – Chris Jenkins, 10 – Ryan Simmons, 11 – Matthew Peck, 12 – Tom Sherby, 13 – Rich Deck Jr, 14 – Bobby Bracall, 15 – Adam Cox, 16 – Scott Hulmes, 17 – Steve Kemery, 18 – Matt Stangle, 19 – Jim Gallagher Jr, 20 – Billy Briggs, 21 – Brad Roberts, 22 – Matt Budd, 23 – Chuck Sayres, 24 – David Crossman, 25 – Chad Kohler, 26 – Andrew Belmont

Apr
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MODIFIEDS

1 – Rick Laubach, 2 – Ryan Watt, 3 - Neal Williams, 4 – Jamie Mills, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Dominick Buffalino, 7 – Wade Hendrickson, 8 – Jim Britt, 9 – Jimmy Horton, 10 – Jesse Hill, 11 – Mike Barone, 12 – Tommy Beamer, 13 – Pete Visconti, 14 – Rusty Smith, 15 – Ron Roberts, 16 – Bob Sarkisian, 17 – Dave Shirk, 18 – Ricky Dieva, 19 – Richie Pratt Jr, 20 – Sammy Martz, 21 – Billy Pauch, 22 – Jack Swain, 23 – Mike Franz, 24 – David Hunt

OUTLAW STOCKS

1 – Tom Wills Jr, 2 – Jeramy Doerr, 3 – Brian Ludwig, 4 – Jeff Dirkes, 5 – Ken Moren, 6 – John Parker, 7 – David Kramer, 8 – Andrew Joslin

CRATE/SPORTSMAN

1 – Matt Stangle, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – Dave Damiano, 4 – Travis Hill, 5 – Eric Kormann, 6 – Roger Manning, 7 – Adam Cox, 8 – Clyde Cox, 9 – Jeremy Harrington, 10 – Chris Jenkins, 11 – Steve Kemery, 12 – David Crossman, 13 – Nick Nocotra, 14 – Bobby Bracall, 15 – John Gilroy, 16 – Dave Izzi, 17 – Roger Gaskill, 18 – Matt Peck, 19 – Matt Luzi, 20 – Scott Kohler, 21 – Brad Roberts, 22 – Bill Briggs, 23 – John Scarpati, 24 – Andrew Belmont, 25 – Tommy Beamer, 26 – Tommy Errico

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URC SPRINTS JOIN BIG BLOCKS, CRATE/SPORTSMAN AND ROOKIES IN BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY EVENT

Action returns to the Bridgeport Speedway this weekend as the winged warriors of the United Racing Club return to the 5/8th mile speedway in addition to the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman and DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookies.

URC welcomes title sponsor, Capitol Renegade for the 2017 season. Capitol Renegade – “The Headquarters” for all you Race Transport Needs – is a good match for the traveling sprint car club who is celebrating their 70th Anniversary season as America’s oldest traveling sprint car series. This will be the third consecutive year that URC has opened their season at the Bridgeport Speedway.

2016 URC Champion, Davie Franek picked up his first of seven wins in the Bridgeport opener on his way to his second career URC Championship.

Josh Weller is looking forward to returning to Bridgeport where he picked up one his four wins last season during Bridgeport’s Three for All event during mid-season. Weller returned to the cockpit of his family owned equipment in 2016 and had a momentous season. Weller is hoping to carry that momentum into the new season.

With nine URC titles to his credit, Curt Michael is looking forward to the season opener. Michael picked up a Brideport win last year during URC’s Big Track Classic weekend, winning the Friday night event while Lucas Wolfe earned his win on the next night. Bridgeport is special to Michael who won the 2015 season opener to celebrate his 50th win in URC competition.

There will be one URC competitor who will be very familiar to Bridgeport Speedway fans as Kris Lilick has made the switch from Crate/Sportsman competition to sprint cars for the 2017 season. Lilick tried his hand in a second Haggenbottom No. 24 during the Big Track Classic weekend and will race full time with URC this season.

Stewart Friesen was the feature winner of the only Big Block Modified race so far this season after capturing the win in the 60 Over Special/Doug Hoffman Memorial, taking the lead from Jeff Strunk in the final laps of the forty-four lap event. Strunk will be in the field Sunday, looking for his first ever Bridgeport Big Block Modified feature win but he has his work cut out for him.

Two time Bridgeport Big Block Champion, Ryan Watt had his Roberts Racing No. 14w in mid-season form during the opener but his efforts were derailed twice by flat tires. Watt had raced up to third before making his first visit to the pits. After restarting at the rear of the field, Watt had just raced back into the top five when fate struck once again.

Other Bridgeport regulars will be on hand to defend their home turf against the invaders. Sam Martz was one of the three drivers to lead laps in the season opener. Rick Laubach was sidelined with mechanical ills with the Gary & Lori Hermann No. 7 during the opener, after picking up the win in the Small Block Modifed event the night before. Dominick Buffalino made his presence known during the opening weekend and will certainly be looking for his first checkered flag of the season in addition to Neal Williams, Richie Pratt, Jr., Wade Hendrickson, Tommy Beamer, David Hunt, Jamie Mills, Ron Roberts, Jesse Hill and a host of others.

Brian Papiez picked up the Crate/Sportsman win during the 60 Over weekend and will be looking forward to continuing his winning ways. Chris Jenkins had his best ever finish during the 60 Over Weekend. After leading the first half of last week’s race, Jenkins will be looking for that first checkered flag in the races to come. Roger Manning and Kevin Belmont debuted new equipment during the first weekend of the season and will be competing for their share of the purse as will Stephen Kemery, Brad Roberts, Matt Stangle, Billy Briggs, Scott Hulmes and others.

DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookies division is one of the biggest to date. There were three lead changes during their first eight lap feature event, promising a very exciting Rookie season in 2017. Kevin Britt, brother of Modified driver, Jim Britt, picked up the win after Eric Mattson and Tom Errico Jr. both led several laps.

The green flag will wave on the Bridgeport Speedway at 4pm on Sunday with four divisions of racing coming your way. Come early and enjoy the musical entertainment as well as the delectable offerings of the Bridgeport Speedway concession stands. Or take a ride on the Bandit Bus and view the behind the scenes action in the pit area while the competitors prepare for the racing program. Keep up to date with the latest news with the Bridgeport Bullet, the official program of the Bridgeport Speedway.

The Bridgeport Speedway is committed to maintaining a safe, fun, family atmosphere, creating life-lasting memories.

Upcoming events

Sunday, April 9 - United Racing Club season opener, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Rookies, start time 5pm

Saturday, April 15 - 2017 Season Opener, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookies, 6pm start - 1st night of points

Sunday, April 23 - South Jersey Shootout, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks - 5pm start

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BRIDGEPORT 60 OVER/HOFFMAN MEMORIAL WINS FOR FRIESEN, PAPIEZ AND MEYER

The Bridgeport Speedway presented the fifth annual 60 Over Special/Doug Hoffman Memorial and the first hand of the 811 Dig Safely 2017 Poker Series that saw Stewart Friesen, Brian Papiez and Jon Meyer pick up an Ace for their Poker hands in addition to their wins in their respected divisions.

Rain fell after the heat races and Penn Co Tech Outlaw Stock feature had been run. After several showers passed through the area, the track crew - led by Keith Hoffman - went to work and restored the racing surface so that the event could be completed.

"I've always wanted to win one of these races (Hoffman Memorials)", Friesen stated following his win in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block fofty-four lap main event. "Doug was a friend of my family's - my uncle and grandfather so this means a lot," Friesen continued. Friesen led only the final two laps but it was the all that was needed to capture the prestigious win.

Fourteen drivers participated in the revenge redraw to determine the race's starting line-up - the top four qualifiers in each of the three qualifying heats and Friesen and Jamie Mills who set fast times in their timed hot lap sessions during Friday night's event. It was Ryan Watt who drew the pole but he then passed his draw on to Sam Martz. Friesen drew the third spot but passed that spot onto Jeff Strunk. Watt started tenth and Friesen started fourteenth.

Martz took command at the wave of Kenny Golden Jr.'s green flag with Strunk and outside polesitter, Billy Pauch Sr. trailing. Jamie Mills, Duane Howard and Ryan Watt made their way past by Pauch on lap three. Pauch slowed and headed to the pits on the next lap.

Strunk was closing on the leader before the first caution waved for Mills who came to a stop in turn four with mechanical woes. Strunk pulled ahead of Martz on the restart to become the new race leader on lap fourteen. At half way, Strunk led Friesen, Howard, Martz and Billy Pauch, Jr.

Strunk was able to pull away from the field and appeared to be on his way to his first ever Big Block Modified win at the Bridgeport Speedway. With less than ten laps to go, Strunk visibly slowed, allowing Friesen to close in. Strunk's All Fab sponsored, Hyneman owned No. 126 had a different sound to it as Friesen pressured Strunk for the lead. Friesen was able to run the inside into the corners and pull along side of Strunk who was then able to power off the outside to maintain his advantage.

Strunk and Friesen raced side by side to complete lap forty-two with Strunk pulling ahead off turn two before the final caution flag waved. Strunk went to the restart as the leader but Friesen had the advantage when the pair exited off of turn two. Friesen led the way to the checkered as Strunk was able to hold off Howard to finish second. Pauch Jr. finished fourth with Neal Williams rounding out the top five.

Brian Papiez started eighth in the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman feature event and raced by race leader, Chris Jenkins to take the half way sign at the front of the field. Papiez then drove away from the competition to capture his second Bridgeport feature win of his young career. "I plan to run the Poker Series so it was great to come away with an Ace right away," the race winner stated. Jordan Henn passed Jenkins for second in the closing laps. Jenkins picked up his best ever finish in third with Jeremy Harrington and Frank Dorry completing the top five at the line.

Jon Meyer closed out the 2016 season with a third and then second place finish in PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock competition for his best finishes to date. He opened the new season with a win after Jeramy Doerr, who took the checkered flag, failed to pass post race tech. The win gave Meyer an Ace to start out the 811 Dig Safely Poker Series. Tom Wills, Jr. finished second followed by Brian Ludwig, Vern McLaughlin and Jeff Dirkes.

It was a full day of fast paced racing that paid tribute to past champion and promoter, Doug Hoffman.

The Bridgeport Speedway will run a practice session on Saturday on both the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile and 5/8th mile tracks. Practice is open to all divisions and will get underway at noon.

60 Over/Doug Hoffman Memorial Results

Hand #1 of the 811 Dig Safely Poker Series

SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE (44 laps): 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Jeff Strunk, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Billy Pauch, Jr., 5. Neal Williams, 6. David Hunt, 7. Jordan Watson, 8. Jimmy Horton, 9. David Van Horn, 10. Frank Cozze, 11. Ryan Watt, 12. Travis Hill, 13. Danny Johnson, 14. PJ Oliver, 15. Sammy Martz, 16. Dominick Buffalino, 17. Wade Hendrickson, 18. Ryan Godown, 19. Jamie Mills, 20. Tommy Beamer, 21. Bob Sarkisian, 22. Richie Pratt, Jr., 23. Billy Pauch, Sr., 24. Jesse Hill, DNQ – Ryan Anderson, 2. Ron Roberts, 3. Jim Britt, 4. Mike Franz, Shawn Ward, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley

STEWART STAINLESS CRATE/SPORTSMAN FEATURE (20 laps): 1. Brian Papiez, 2. Jordan Henn, 3. Chris Jenkins, 4. Jeremy Harrington, 5. Frank Dorry, 6. Craig Whitmoyer, 7. Roger Manning, 8. Matt Stangle, 9. Jesse Landis, 10. John Aumick, 11. Cale Ross, 12. Steve Kemery, 13. Jeremy Martino, 14. Adam Cox, 15. Clyde Cox, 16. Joe Nappi, 17. Bill Briggs, 18. Matthew Peck, 19. Bobby Bracall, 20. John Gilroy, 21. Jim Gallagher, Sr., 22. Brad Roberts, 23. Scott Hulmes, 24. Kevin Belmont, DNQ – Roger Gaskill, Andrew Belmont, Jim Cheeeman, Brett Belmont, Scott Kohler, Pete Serra, Pat Wall

PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCK FEATURE (15 laps): 1. John Meyer, 2. Tom Wills, Jr. 3. Brian Ludwig, 4. Vern McLaughlin, 5. Jeff Dirkes, 6. Billy Wroble, 7. Gary Klimesczek, 8. Andrew Joslin, DQ – Jeramy Doerr DNS – Ron Frees, John Parker

Upcoming events

Saturday, April 1 - Open practice on both 5/8 and quarter mile track, 2nd DA's Auto Body & Repair Rookie event, starts at noon

Sunday, April 9 - United Racing Club season opener, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Rookies, start time 4pm

Saturday, April 15 - 2017 Season Opener, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookies, 6pm start - 1st night of points

Sunday, April 23 - South Jersey Shootout, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks - 5pm start

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Plenty of Talent Headed to Bridgeport this Friday & Saturday

This weekend is shaping up to be a one to remember for all those who will be attending Bridgeport Speedway. For the fifth consecutive year Bridgeport and their staff will be honoring the late Doug Hoffman and just what he meant to the track and racing in general. However, for the first time in it's history, the '60over Special' event will now be a two day racing affair. Everything kicks off on Friday, March 24 with 358 small blocks headlining the program. The D.A.'s Auto Body Rookies will be competing in their first race of the season and the Big Blocks, Crate/Sportsman, and the Outlaw Stocks will be hot lapping throughout the night trying to lock into Saturday's feature events. Then on Saturday, Hand one of this year's Poker Series will take place with the Big Blocks fighting for a $4,400 first place prize in their 44-lap race, while the Crate/Sportsman duke it out for $1,000 in their 25-lap tussle, and the Outlaw Stocks battle it out for $500 in a 15-lap event. Live music, Bandit Bus rides, Moon Bounce, Frisbee Redraw Giveaway, Doug Hoffman model car raffles, and most of all great side by side racing is what's in store for everyone this weekend at Bridgeport.

Many of the Northeast's top name drivers have been reaching out to the track to confirm that they'll be in attendance this coming weekend.

Current Camping World Nascar Truck driver Stewart Friesen will be making the tow to South Jersey as he will be doing double duty in his Halmar International No. 44.

Joining Friesen, is fellow NY chauffer Danny Johnson. The 'Doctor' loves making house calls to Bridgeport's 5/8 mile facility.

The track's all-time feature winner Jimmy Horton, who's coming off a huge win down at Georgetown, will be returning to his old stomping grounds this weekend as well.

Duane Howard, last year's Colonial Pipeline/811 Dig Safely Poker Series Champion, will be looking to pull out another 'Ace' from his sleeve on opening day. Howard will be behind the wheel of Norm Hansell's No. 357 on both nights.

Jeff Strunk will be piloting the well-known Hynemann No. 126 that has driven to so many Bridgeport victories. The Bechtelsville Bullet wants nothing more than to shake that monkey on his back when it comes to the 5/8 mile.

Teenager Ryan Krachun will make his debut behind the of the well-kown Lincoln Auto Body No. 5. Krachun has run well in his few starts at Bridgeport and hopes to represent the once driven Doug Hoffman machine.

David VanHorn is headed to Bridgeport this weekend piloting the Racer's Guide No.323. VanHorn would like to compete for the Poker Series title and Saturday could be a huge step in the right direction.

Ryan Godown will making his assault on Bridgeport in the Atlas Paving/Petruska No. 66 this weekend. Both car owner and driver know how to get it done at the 5/8 mile. This combo could be the team to beat!

Jordan Watson is another driver who has his sight set on being the 811 Dig Safely Poker Series champion in 2017. Watson was strong at Georgetown as he advanced more positions than any other driver.

The 'Cream Ridge Bad Boy' PJ Oliver will be driving an hour south this weekend as he will be mixing it up with the best in the business in his always sharp-looking No. 13xxx

Brett Kressley shocked everyone with his first Big Block victory last season at Bridgeport. After backing it up on several occasions, Kressley is now considered one of the guys to beat at every special event race held at Bridgeport.

Mike White will be trekking north to Bridgeport for the 5th Annual Doug Hoffman Memorial race in his familiar No. 43. The self-owned machine sponsored by Plum Creek Farms & Carey's Towing always knows the quick way around Bridgeport.

Pennsylvania driver Kyle Borror is extremely looking forward to coming back to Bridgeport to compete on Friday night. The Grandview small block driver enters as many Bridgeport shows as his schedule allows every season.

Kevin Sockriter will towing the No. 55 north on Fri day night to compete in the Small Block division. Kevin's been a strong competitor down in his home state of Delaware.

Delaware driver, Shawn Ward is excited about returning to Bridgeport Speedway. Ward likes to run The Port when his schedule allows him to do so. Look for the pristine looking No. 7 this weekend.

John Pakenham who supports the 5/8 when he can will be doing double duty this weekend. "The Puma" will be piloting his self-owned No. 18 Big and Small Block.

Billy Pauch Jr will be steering the Danny's Pizza Pizzazz No. 51 on both Friday and Saturday. Junior has more shows at Bridgeport scheduled in 2017 than any other year prior.

Danny Bouc informed Bridgeport that he'll be in the house this weekend. Friday for certain and possibly for Saturday. Bouc loves going fast and Bridgeport is the place he makes that happen!

Frank Cozze has indicated that he'll be doing double duty the entire weekend. Cozze will bring his new No.401 to South Jersey, as he races in the Doug Hoffman Memorial.

Justin Grim will be making a rare appearance at Bridgeport this weekend. The Grandview/Big Diamond driver is eager to get the season going.

There will probably be a few more drivers on the 'Invader List' but these are the ones that have informed us that they'll be competing.

Now if those driver's aren't enough to get the blood pumping what about all the Bridgeport Hot Shoes that will be in the house each and every week throughout the 2017 season.

2013 & 2016 Big Block track champion Ryan Watt will be doing double duty with his Big & Small Blocks at Bridgeport. Watt always puts on a show for the fans each week with his routine charges to the front of the pack.

Rick Laubach will be steering the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K and the Gary & Lori Hermann-owned No. 7 this weekend. The 2012 track champion is ready for another stellar year at the 5/8 mile in 2017

Sam Martz has been a fine addition to the weekly field since joining the Bridgeport Family in 2013. Martz is the defending Friends of Mike winner and finished 3rd in points last season.

Wade Hendrickson and the Craig & Leslie Pondish-owned No. 6 will be a threat as always. The 'Flying Farmer' showed the invaders the quick way around Bridgeport in last year's South Jersey Shootout by winning one for the home team.

Billy Pauch Sr has went on record stating that he'll call Bridgeport his home for the 2017 season. 'The Kid' sits 3rd on the all-time win list while also owning 3 track championships. Pauch fans are pumped for the new season!

Richie Pratt felt rejuvenated after last year's Wildcard Weekend performance. Pratt will be doing double duty in his familiar family-owned No. 28 cars this weekend. 'Last Lap' Pratt will be seeking revenge for a subpar 2016 season.

Neal Williams reunited with long-time car owner and friend Sal Debruno last season. 'The Wheel' got stronger and stronger as the season progressed. The Overhead Door car will have a brand new look to it for the '17 campaign.

Jamie Mills was sidelined for three months in 2016 after a wicked accident at Bridgeport. However, very little stops 'Jammin' Jamie from rebounding strongly. Look for the Blue Hen Racing No. 30 to be up front come Saturday while Mills gets back to his '15 championship form.

Dominick Buffalino will be returning back to Bridgeport in 2017 with high hopes. The second-generation driver is the defending winner of this race and expects no less than to be standing in victory lane once again in his No. 51M

David Hunt might just be the 'dark horse' of all the drivers this weekend. Another fine addition to Bridgeport since 2013, Hunt is always fast and has collected 5 wins in a short period of time being a regular at the 5/8.

Tommy Beamer has been known to put on some of the most exciting racing of any driver at Bridgeport in the Big Block division. The Don Thornton-owned No. 31 car drives in harder and higher than anyone on the 5/8.

Jesse Hill will be competing both days in the 358s and the Big Blocks with his familiar No. 99. 'The Thrill' had a top 5 run going in the Doug Hoffman event last season until the final turn. Hill will be looking for redemption on Saturday.

Where there's one Hill-Boy there's another. Jesse's brother and former Crate/Sportsman champion Travis Hill will be driving the Joel Boinske No. 19 on in Saturday's Big Block action. Travis is also a multi-winner in the 600 micro class.

CJ Jones is coming off of a phenomenal Big Block rookie season. Jones captured the '16 'Star of Tomorrow' award while driving to 2 victories last season. Jones looks to get back to his winning ways this season.

Jim Britt also had a great rookie season in 2016. Britt won in dramatic fashion last year over Duane Howard and finished 7th in the overall point standings. With a new paint scheme and some new equipment, Britt looks to top last year's efforts.

Third-generation driver Clay Butler will be calling Bridgeport his home track in the 2017 season. Butler will be piloting the Cray Motorsports No. 4B this year with a small block and big block as part of his arsenal.

Ryan Anderson...he's another 'dark horse'. Anderson is always fast at the 5/8 complex and he's had some great finishes to prove it. Anderson will be driving his own No. 27 for most of the shows at Bridgeport this year.

Mike Barone has been eagerly awaiting for the season to start in his No. 267. Barone was sat out most of last year regrouping for 2017. Barone has high hopes this season and will look to start that ball rolling on Saturday.

Mike Franz has been a loyal supporter of Bridgeport for many many years. Franz will be chauffeuring his own No. 28z all year long at the Port.

Ernie Miles III got his feet wet last year in the Big Block division. The former micro sprint driver moved into the Crate/Sportsman class two years ago and has now joined the talents of all the modifieds in 2017.

Ron Roberts will once again be turning left and going fast on the 5/8 mile. Roberts and his familiar No. Z14 have what it takes to pull off the upset this weekend. Let's see if the crafty veteran can get it done!

Dave Shirk will be calling Bridgeport his Saturday night home once again and looks to get everything going in the right direction this coming weekend. Dave and his crew are looking to turn some heads all year long.

Rusty Smith should be doing double duty this weekend with his small and big block chars. The 2013 Poker Series champion is looking to get back in the mix this year after racing on and off again the past two seasons.

Bob Sarkisian will be steering his always well-maintained No. 47 Big Block on Saturday. Sarkisian won a couple of features in the past few seasons on both the 5/8 and the 1/4 mile. Bob is yet another 'dark horse' to win.

We can't forget about a few more of Bridgeport's finest. Scottie Ambruster, Pete Visconti, Ricky DiEva, Tom Maccherone, Jack Swain, and Bucky Kell are a few guys that you'll on Saturday night's but probably won't be ready in time for this weekend.

The Crate/Sportsman division will be full of talent as well on Saturday. Outsiders who plan on stealing one away from the home team include Jason Rush, Pat Wall, Frank Dorry, Jeremy Martino, Craig Whitmoyer, Brian Hitz, Brian Papiez, Jordan Henn, and many more. Some of the guys who will look to defend the home turf are Brad Roberts, Matt Stangle, Matt Peck, David Crossman, Dave Damiano, Roger Manning, Chris Jenkins, Adam & Clyde Cox, Stephen Kemery, Eric Kormann, Jeremy Harrington, Scott Hulmes, Billy Briggs, Kevin Belmont, Tom Sherby, Jeff Bubori, Chuck Sayres, Pete Serra, Bobby Bracall, Melissa Scarpati and a bunch more!

The Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks, who always put on an awesome show for the fans will have Bridgeport's stars and cars as well as some 'invaders' this weekend. Ron Frees, Billy Wroble, Vern McLaughlin, and John Meyer are a few drivers looking to take down the regulars like TJ Henry, Tom Wills Jr., Brian Ludwig, Gary Klimeczak, Spider Ensinger, Jeff Dirkes, Jeramy Doerr, and Mike Creamer.

We'll see everyone this weekend as the weather looks to be almost perfect for this time of the year!
Friday Pits open 3pm - Stands 6pm - Racing 7:30pm
Saturday Pits open Noon - Stands 2pm - Racing 4pm

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