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Calling all patriots! Come spend your holiday weekend with us on Sunday May 26th for The All American 40 Hand 2 of the Poker Series brought to you by Arbor Material Handling

Plus: Live Music from Chaplin The Kid, Moon Bounces, Bandit Bus Rides, Ice Cream and Water Ice, BBQ, and much more!

Pit Gates open at 4:00pm
Grandstands open at 5:00pm

Racing starts at 7:00pm

General Admission is $25
Pit Admission is $35
Kids(10-15) are $10
Children 9 and under are FREE

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World of Outlaws

Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Danny Dietrich wins World of Outlaws debut at 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway

Sweat masked Danny Dietrich’s face. His breathing adjusted to the need for an extra pocket of air. His boisterous posture tired, but a smile stayed. The Gettysburg, Pa. native wore the appearance of a lonely diver seconds after surviving a shark attack.

And in his own way, he did.

Dietrich won his fifth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory Tuesday night in the Series’ debut at the 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway. To claim it, he fended off attacks by David Gravel, Carson Macedo and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – who even stole the lead from him late in the race.

“It was pretty nerve racking,” Dietrich said after the 35-lap Feature.

His night started on a less nerve-cringing note, setting Quick Time in Qualifying – making him the current track record holder for the new 3/8-mile track configuration. From there he went on to finish second in his Drydene Heat race to Schatz and then won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

His Dash victory lead to concern, though. He and his team discovered an issue with the rear end of their No. 48 car and had to change it. While sweat leaked from Dietrich and his crew, their nerves never faltered. Focused and determined, the Dietrich team, along with help from others were able to replace the car’s rear end in about 15 minutes.

Having a new rear end in the car was of no concern to Dietrich, but the new brakes were.

“We rolled out there (for the Feature), we had new brake pads and rotors. It needed to set the brake pads in a little bit,” Dietrich said. “We didn’t have very good brakes there rolling around before the green flag. They came in. That’s the only thing I was worried about.”

When the green flag flew, all that matter was the throttle. He mashed it, jolting to the lead over second-place Macedo and put several car lengths between them by the end of the first lap.

At the same time, Schatz – who was hungry for a win after getting passed for the win last week – almost found himself off the track on the first lap and fell from third to 10th. He wouldn’t stay there long, though.

At the front, Dietrich enjoyed a clear race track for six laps before catching lap traffic. Behind him, Gravel worked his way by Macedo for second-place and could sense the blood in the water with lap cars slowing Dietrich’s pace. The Watertown, Conn. native looked for déjà vu when lap cars helped him pass Dietrich at Williams Grove Speedway and he went on to win.

Gravel had set himself up to make a pass of Dietrich, finding grip on the bottom of the track, but a caution came out for a car stopped on the front stretch.

When the race went back green, Gravel didn’t let Dietrich pull too far away. Macedo didn’t let the No. 41 car get away either. On Lap 11, Macedo got by the No. 41 car, while Gravel tried to set himself up for another pass on Dietrich. At the same time, Schatz had made his way to fourth-place, steadily making his way back to the front.

For the next two laps Gravel and Macedo traded positions, while Schatz waited for his moment to strike. Macedo eventually won the battle for second-place with seven laps to go. Less than a lap later he was back in third, as Schatz found his way by Gravel and continued the run past Macedo. Next was Dietrich.

With three laps to go, Schatz snuck under the No. 48 car in turns three and four and took the lead.

“Slow down and just be patient,” Dietrich said is what he told himself at that point. “When he passed me, I hit the bottom of (turns) one and two and I just had to slow down and just wait for the moisture. It felt like I was just going so slow, but patients.”

A lap later his patients paid off. Dietrich slid underneath Schatz in turns three and four and fended him off to be the first Series winner on the 3/8-mile configuration of the Bridgeport, NJ track.

“Good hard, racing,” Dietrich said. “I’m sure he’s not happy to finish second, but I’m real happy to win.”

Digesting the result back at his hauler, Schatz said he wishes he could have pulled off the win but isn’t hanging his head too low.

“He did a little better job when I got by him and I probably should have used up more of the track a little bit,” Schatz said. “But, hey, it’s racing. There will be another one tomorrow.”

Schatz also continues to hold the points lead over Brad Sweet – extending it to a 36 point lead. Daryn Pittman remains third – 74 points back – and Gravel, who finished third, remains fourth – 80 points back.

“The track was awesome,” Gravel said. “It was really racey. A lot of grooves. Just disappointed I didn’t get my wing back earlier. We had a good enough race car to win. Just got stuck on the bottom a little bit. I should have kept my speed up a little bit more.”

Dietrich had the track figured out all night. Why? How?

“I have no idea,” he said with a chuckle.

Wiping the sweat from his face and regaining a normal breathing pattern, Dietrich just knows he survived the big sharks of the World of Outlaws – a special present on his 31st birthday.

Race Results: 5/21/19 – Bridgeport Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [6][$3,200]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,300]; 7. 37-J.J. Grasso [8][$2,200]; 8. 72-Ryan Smith [5][$2,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,100]; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,050]; 15. 70-Brock Zearfoss [17][$1,000]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$900]; 17. 91X-Kyle Reinhardt [22][$800]; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23][$800]; 19. 91-Tony Fiore [10][$800]; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$800]; 21. 28F-Davie Franek [16][$800]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$800]; 23. 67-Justin Whittall [24][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$800];
Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich 1-32, 34-35; Donny Schatz 33;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+8]

Qualifying – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.33; 2. 41-David Gravel, 13.384; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.424; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.467; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.543; 6. 72-Ryan Smith, 13.545; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.567; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.573; 9. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.594; 10. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.61; 11. 37-J.J. Grasso, 13.611; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.641; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.719; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.721; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.726; 16. 91X-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.74; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.761; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.767; 19. 67-Justin Whittall, 13.792; 20. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.807; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.86; 22. 28F-Davie Franek, 13.861; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.871; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.946; 25. 73B-Brett Michalski, 14.07; 26. 5Z-Zachary Burd, 14.888; 27. 91S-Sadie Siegel, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 91-Tony Fiore [4]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 6. 28F-Davie Franek [8]; 7. 91X-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 8. 73B-Brett Michalski [9]; 9. 67-Justin Whittall [7]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 37-J.J. Grasso [4]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 70-Brock Zearfoss [7]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 9. 5Z-Zachary Burd [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 72-Ryan Smith [2]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [8]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 9. 91S-Sadie Siegel [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 5. 72-Ryan Smith [3]; 6. 41-David Gravel [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1][-]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][-]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 4. 91X-Kyle Reinhardt [4][-]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3][-]; 6. 67-Justin Whittall [5][-]; 7. 5Z-Zachary Burd [8][$300]; 8. 73B-Brett Michalski [7][$250]; 9. 91S-Sadie Siegel [9][$225]

World of Outlaws at Bridgeport Speedway

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its eighth visit to Bridgeport Speedway, but first ever on the newly configured 3/8-mile dirt track, named Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at Bridgeport this year. It will be The Greatest Show on Dirt’s lone appearance in New Jersey for the 2019 season.

Don't miss this Show!


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Bridgeport Speedway MASS Winner Jeff Geiges (Rick Sweeten Photo)

It was South Jersey Overhead Door Night at the Bridgeport Speedway for the first race on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track.

Speedway management hoped for a big enough window in the weather to complete the Saturday night show but the window closed as the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman cars took to the track. One lap was completed before the rains came. The cars stayed on the track at first to try to preserve the surface. The starting line-up was then sent to the pits and returned a few minutes later when the rain stopped. But before the race could be restarted, the rain came again, forcing the cancellation of the rest of the show.

South Jersey Overhead Door competitor, Wayne Weaver was the race leader at the end of one lap. This race as well as the Spirit Auto Center Big Block feature will be rescheduled at a later date.

The DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookies opened the show with their second feature event of the season. Scott Maher, Jr. jumped out to the early lead. Maher led every lap with last week’s winner, Justin Moench following in his tracks. Maher picked up his first victory over Moench and Kathy Buzby.

The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series took to the track for their twenty lap feature event earlier in the evening. Jeff Geiges raced to the outside to take the lead as Mark Bitner, Jason Dunn, Andy Best and Tom Carberry followed.

Geiges led the way through the first eight laps with the first caution coming at the start of lap nine as third place competitor, Dunn, spun on entrance to turn one. Another caution followed when several cars tangled in turn two. The result was the No. 39x of Scott Frack taking a ride. There were no injuries.

Geiges restarted from the outside and maintained his lead over Bitner. Best, Carberry and Jon Haegele completed the top five at the half way mark.

The red flag was needed on lap thirteen as contact was made between the cars of Bryant Davis and Dave Brown. Brown ended up going over but neither driver was injured.

Geiges drove to his first win of the season and his first on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track. Geiges credited his family, his crew and his sponsors for the win. After making adjustments throughout the night, Geiges had the winning combination. “Clean air is so important in these cars,” Geiges explained after the win.

Rick Stief, 2018 MASS Champion, Tim Tanner, Ricky DiEva, Larry McVay and Eddie Wagner rounded out the top ten.
Jason Dunn, Geiges and Best were the winners of the three MASS heat races.

Matt Peck and Jim Gallagher, Jr. picked the victories in the qualifiers for the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman.

David Hunt and Billy Pauch were the winners in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified heat races.
Racing will continue on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track next Saturday as the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman, Sunbelt Rentals Outlaw Stocks and DA’s Auto Body & Repairs Rookies. Sunbelt Rentals will be the sponsor for the first Bike Night of the 2019 season. Motorcyclists will be admitted free. Their bikes will be displayed throughout the night with awards being given in certain categories. A number of lucky boys and girls will go home with a brand new bicycle, courtesy of the competitors of the Bridgeport Speedway. Racing gets underway 6:30.

DA’S AUTO BODY & REPAIR ROOKIES (8 laps ) – 1. Scott Maher, Jr., 2. Justin Moench, 3. Kathy Buzby

DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MASS SPRINT CARS (20 laps) – 1. Jeff Geiges, 2. Mark Bitner, 3. Andy Best, 4. Tom Carberry, 5. Jon Haegele, 6. Rick Stief, 7. Tim Tanner, Jr., 8. Ricky DiEva, 9. Larry McVay, 10. Eddie Wagner, 11. Dom Melair, 12. Stephen Vorhees, 13. Jason Dunn, 14. Marie McVay, 15. Dave Bonner, 16. Bryant Davis, 17. Dave Brown, 18. Scott Frack, 19. Chris Moll, 20. Randy Wilbert, 21. Chad Connor

Upcoming events

Saturday, May 18 – 3/8th Mile – Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate/Sportsman, Sunbelt Rentals Outlaw Stocks, Xcel 600 Mods, & DA’s Auto Body Rookies, racing at 6:30pm
Tuesday, May 21 – 3/8th Mile – World of Outlaws and South Jersey Over head Door 602 Crate Sportsman, racing at 7:30
Sunday, May 26 – 3/8th Mile – Poker Series Hand #2 – All American 40 – Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Southjersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman & USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints & 8 Cylinder Enduros, racing at 7pm


This Weekend at Bridgeport Speedway

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Bridgeport Speedway

Come on out as the Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series 305 Sprints, South Jersey Overhead 602 Crates, DA's Auto Body Rookie Division, and Vintage cars battle it out on the Design For Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8 mile track all brought to you in one night by South Jersey Overhead door

Grandstands - Adults(16 and up): $20, Kids(10-15) $10, and kids 9 and under are FREE

Pits: $30 with a license and $40 without a license


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World of Outlaws at Bridgeport Speedway

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its eighth visit to Bridgeport Speedway, but first ever on the newly configured 3/8-mile dirt track, named Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at Bridgeport this year. It will be The Greatest Show on Dirt’s lone appearance in New Jersey for the 2019 season.

Don't miss this Show!