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Bill Thomas Memorial


SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY PRESENTS BILL THOMAS MEMORIAL WEEKEND

Spirit Auto Center Speedway is preparing to wave the checkered flag on the 2016 season with a big three day weekend show - the 6th Annual Bill Thomas Memorial

Bill Thomas was instrumental in the building of the small car divisions on the Bridgeport quarter mile before his untimely death. The Speedway and the Thomas family continue to honor Thomas' memory with the running of this annual event.

Action gets underway on the quarter mile track on Friday evening with qualifying action for the winged 270s and wingless 600s. Both divisions will run qualifying races and then compete in twenty lap feature events that will lock both winners into their big races later in the weekend - the 270s on Saturday and the 600s on Sunday. The Four Cylinder Enduro cars will run their final race of the season on Friday night as well. Practice sessions will be offered for the Winged 600s and Slingshots with the fast time from each division being locked in to their main event on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Gates open at 5pm with racing getting underway at 8pm on Friday.

Saturday's action will highlight the winged divisions - the 270s and 600s. After completing the starting line-up with qualifying races, the 270 Micros will race in a thirty lap feature event with $1,000 going to the winner. The Winged 600s will compete in a forty lap main event with $1,500 as the top prize. (Both payouts are dependent upon a minimum 24 four car field.) The Xcel 600 Modifieds will complete the Saturday race card. The wingless 270s will have practice session at the conclusion of the day's racing. Gates open at 2:00 with racing to begin at 6:00.

It's Wingless Sunday as the 270s and the 600s are featured in the final day of the trifecta. After the field is determined through qualifying races, Wingless 600s doing battle in a forty lap main event with the winner's share posted at $1,500. $500 awaits the winner of the Wingless 270 main event at the end of twenty-five laps. The Slingshots will take to the quarter mile for the forty lap King of the Sling with a $1,000 payday for the race winner. (Both payouts are dependent upon a minimum 24 car field.) The Eight Cylinder Enduros will complete the weekend's action with a thirty lap main event.

This event is sure to attract the best of the best - including Spirit Auto Center 2016 Champions - Tyler Reinhardt and Jon Keller. It was Reinhardt's four consecutive Championship in the 270 division on the former Bridgeport quarter mile. While Keller earned the season title in the 600s, it was invader, Tommy Kunsman who won three races in a row to capture the Poker Series title in the same division. With three wins and a pair of runner-up finishes, Pat Bealer claimed the Poker Series title in the 270s. Chris Kurtz will be in the field for the King of the Sling after collecting four wins and the Poker Series Championship.

Camping will be available on the speedway grounds beginning on Thursday evening. No electric or hook-ups.

The action will be at Spirit Auto Center Speedway this weekend. Will you?

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PAUCH RACES TO KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS TITLE

Swedesboro, NJ September 24, 2016 - During his forty plus year career, Billy Pauch has earned many titles. King of the Big Blocks can now be added!

Billy Pauch raced to the win in the first King of the Big Blocks event at the Bridgeport Speedway in front of a huge crowd of racing fans, many of whom were seeing their first race on the 5/8th mile speedway. The King of the Big Blocks is sponsored by K&A Excavating and United Rentals.

Pauch's performance was flawless, starting out with a win in his qualifying event, drawing the pole for the fifty lap feature and then leading from the green to the checkered flag and the $12,000 pay check. Pauch spends most of his Saturday nights racing Small Block Modifieds but the accomplished veteran proved that he's got what it takes regardless of the division that he's racing. "I hope I can do this a few more times before I give it up," Pauch said following the victory.

Pauch took over sole possession of third on Bridgeport's All Time Feature win list as his win in the King of the Big Blocks moved Pauch's total to fifty-nine - just one win ahead of Wade Hendrickson. Pauch first won on the 5/8th mile Bridgeport Speedway in March of 1987.

Pauch held off challenges from 2015 Bridgeport Champion, Jamie Mills to capture the prestigious win. Mills finished second with his Blue Hen No. 30. Dominick Buffalino, the winner of the 2016 season opener, finished third in the Pat Michael No. 51m while former multi-time track champion, Duane Howard finished fourth in a new Norm Hansell owned No. 357. Young Brett Kressley finished fifth after running as high as third in his Kressley Truck Sales No. 19B.

Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Neal Williams followed the top five across the finish line. Sam Martz and 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt made tremendous comebacks to finish in the top ten after both were involved in early race incidents. Watt was forced to pit on two separate occasions to replace broken shocks.

The Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks joined the Big Block Modifieds on the King of the Big Blocks racing card.

The number to be was 99 in the Crate/Sportsman action as Craig Whitmoyer raced ahead of Brian Papiez to capture the feature win at the end of twenty laps. Whitmoyer last won at Bridgeport in during the 2012 season while Papiez was a feature winner earlier this season..

Eric Kormann finished third with pressure from Brandon Grasso who finished fourth. Ryan Lilick finished fifth, coming all the way from a twenty-third starting position to finish in the top five.

Tom Wills, Jr. picked up his second win of the 2016 season in the Outlaws Stock feature. After running fourteen consecutive green flag laps, there were two cautions before the final lap could be scored.

Wills raced ahead of Ken Watson, Jr. for the win after former track champion, Pat Conaway spun on the final circuit. Spider Ensinger picked up another solid finish to take third over Mike Creamer and Brian Ludwig.

The Bridgeport Speedway will present the bonus hand of the 811 Dig Safely 2016 Poker Series this coming Saturday, October 1st. The Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks will compete in the tripleheader show to be followed by Powder Puff competition on the quarter mile. Drivers have the opportunity to better their poker hands during this event. Racing gets underway at 6pm.

K&A EXCAVATING/UNITED RENTALS KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS (50 LAPS)
1 – Billy Pauch, 2 – Jamie Mills, 3 – Dominick Buffalino, 4 – Duane Howard, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Ryan Godown, 7 – Billy Pauch Jr, 8 – Neal Williams, 9 – Sam Martz, 10 – Ryan Watt, 11 – Craig VonDohren, 12 – Tyler Dippel, 13 – Ryan Anderson, 14 – Tommy Beamer, 15 – Mike Iles, 16 – Richie Pratt Jr, 17 – Jimmy Horton, 18 – Travis Hill, 19 – CJ Jones, 20 – Wade Hendrickson, 21 – Billy VanInwegen, 22 – Bobby Drayton, 23 – Rick Laubach, 24 – Dave Shirk, 25 – Jeff Strunk, 26 – Rocco Infante, 27 – Danny Bouc

CRATE/SPORTSMAN
1 – Craig Whitmoyer, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – Eric Kormann, 4 – Brandon Grosso, 5 – Ryan Lilick, 6 – Dave Damiano, 7 – Brad Arnold, 8 – Clyde Cox, 9 – John Micek, 10 – Jordan Henn, 11 – Kyle Lilick, 12 – Dakota Kessler, 13 – John McGovern, 14 – Roger Manning, 15 – Chuck Potts, 16 – Scott Hulmes, 17 – Tom Sherby, 18 – Brian Hitz, 19 – Devin Dodson, 20 – JR Burritt, 21 – Matt Stangle, 22 – Steve Searock, 23 – Adam Cox, 24 – Steve Desmylek

OUTLAW STOCKS
1 – Tom Wills Jr, 2 – Ken Watson Jr, 3 – Spider Ensinger, 4 – Mike Creamer, 5 – Brian Ludwig, 6 – Tom Princiotta, 7 – Art Avery, 8 – John Parker, 9 – Fred Tomarchio, 10 – Rich Stinson, 11 – Pat Conaway, 12 – Joe Meron, 13 – Tom Wills Sr., 14 – Roy Combs

Upcoming events

Saturday, October 1 - Poker Series Bonus Hand - Big Block Modifies, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Powder Puff Races on the 1/4 mile, racing at 6pm

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16 - Misfits 4x4 Fall Down & Dirty Weekend plus Demo Derby, 7pm Saturday

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 - URC/360 Sprints Big Track Classic plus Crate/Sportsman Showdown

Friday, November 11 - Wild Card Weekend - 358 Small Blocks, TSRS Sprint Cars, Outlaw Stocks plus practice for Saturday

Saturday, November 12 - Gone But Not Forgotten - 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Hand #5 - Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks

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IT'S COZZE OVER PAUCH IN BARNBURNER ON THE EVE OF THE KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS!

Swedesboro, NJ September 23, 2016 - It brought back memories for seasoned racing fans!

It was a show not many will forget as two drivers who have forged stellar careers in stock car racing over the span of forty years battled wheel to wheel and side by side for more than half the race.

Frank Cozze picked up his first Bridgeport Speedway win in more than twenty years as he held off the challenges of Billy Pauch to win the twenty-five lap 358 Small Block Modified feature event at the Bridgeport Speedway on the eve of the first running of The King of the Big Blocks! It was Cozze's seventh Bridgeport Speedway win while Pauch sits tied for third on the track's All Time Feature Winner's List with fifty-eight wins.

It was Cozze's fourth win of the season for car owner, Tom Umbenhauer. Cozze lined up along side of 2016 Bridgeport Champion, Ryan Watt for the start and quickly jumped out in front. Pauch drove into second from his sixth place start on lap eleven and the battle was on.

Lap after lap, Pauch would race ahead of Cozze on the inside as the two battled side by side through the turns but it was Cozze who would roll the outside off the corner to regain the lead. Pauch edged ahead as the leaders raced across the line to complete lap seventeen but Cozze was back in front as the pair exited turn two on the next circuit.

Cozze and Pauch led a stellar field of talent to the checkered flag at the end of twenty-five laps. The amount of racing history represented in those first to spots is nothing less than staggering. Billy Pauch, Jr. finished third in his own Kid Racing No. 15. Dominick Buffalino finished fourth with Brett Kressley racing into fifth on the final laps.

Watt, Tyler Dippel, Craig VonDohren, Ryan Krachun and Rick Laubach rounded out the top ten finishers.

Steph Palmai-Carberry returned to Bridgeport's Victory Lane when she picked up the win in the Hilborn Tri-State Race Savers Sprint Car (TSRS) feature event earlier in the evening after leading from the green flag to the checkered. The winner was greeted in Victory Lane by her father and grandfather who have played integral roles in her racing career.

Tim Tanner raced into second on lap fourteen and began to cut in to the lead but was unable to get to Palmai-Carberry's No. 99 before the checkered. Tanner finished second with Robbie Stillwaggon racing into third in the race's final laps. Tommy Carberry, the winner's husband finishing fourth with Mike Haggenbottom rounding out the top five. It was the final night of points for TSRS as Haggenbottom earned his fifth consecutive title with his fifth place finish.

Several hot lap sessions were offered for the Big Block Modifieds who will take center stage tonight (Saturday) in the first King of the Big Blocks event. Fifty laps of Big Block Modifieds with $12,000 going to the winner in an event sponsored by K&A Excavating Company and United Rental Inc.

By virtue of the quick laps in the final timed sessions, Craig VonDohren and Brett Kressley earned guaranteed starting spots in the King of the Big Blocks.

358 SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 LAPS)
1 – Frank Cozze, 2 – Billy Pauch, 3 – Billy Pauch Jr, 4 – Dominick Buffalino, 5 – Brett Kressley, 6 – Ryan Watt, 7 – Tyler Dippel, 8 – Craig Von Dohren, 9 – Ryan Krachun, 10 – Rick Laubach, 11 – John McClelland, 12 – Duane Howard, 13 – Jim Britt, 14 – Tommy Scheetz, 15 – Ray Swinehart, 16 – PJ Oiver, 17 – Ryan Forte, 18 – Ron Roberts, 19 – Brian Papiez, 20 – Eric Kormann, 21 – Kevin Vaclavicek, 22 – John Pakenham, 23 – Mike Iles, 24 – Ryan Godown, 25 – Jimmy Horton, 26 – Richie Pratt

HILBORN TRI-STATE RACE SAVER SPRINT CARS (20 LAPS)
1 – Steph Palmai-Carberry, 2 – Tim Tanner Jr, 3 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 4 – Tommy Carberry, 5 – Mike Haggenbottom, 6 – Eddie Wagner, 7 – Joe Lord, 8 – Dave Brown, 9 – Joe Kay, 10 – Kyle Purks, 11 – Chris Allen, 12 – Samantha Lieberman, 13 – Bryant Davis, 14 – David Bonner, 15 – Harris Kohen, 16 – Tim Smolenyak, 17 – Douglas Snow, 18 – Scott Frack, 19 – Doug Suiter, 20 – Jeff Geiges, 21 – Rick Steif

Upcoming events

Saturday, October 1 - Poker Series Bonus Hand - Big Block Modifies, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Powder Puff Races on the 1/4 mile

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16 - Misfits 4x4 Fall Down & Dirty Weekend plus Demo Derby, 7pm Saturday

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5 - URC/360 Sprints Big Track Classic plus Crate/Sportsman Showdown

Friday, November 11 - Wild Card Weekend - 358 Small Blocks, TSRS Sprint Cars, Outlaw Stocks plus practice for Saturday

Saturday, November 12 - Gone But Not Forgotten - 811 Dig Safely Poker Series Hand #5 - Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks

King of The Big Blocks

BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY PRESENTS THE KING OF THE BIG BLOCKS

The Bridgeport Speedway will introduce The King of the Big Blocks - sponsored by K&A Excavating Company, Inc. - on Saturday, September 24th on the lightning fast 5/8th mile speedway.

The Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds will be featured in qualifying events and a $12,000 to win, 50 lap feature event. The Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks will complete the line-up in the tripleheader program.

With the Bridgeport Speedway being the only track in the Garden State who headlines Big Block Modifieds, the Speedway Management wanted to offer a high dollar event to feature their Big Block Division since most of the special events throughout the Tri-State area are for the Small Block Modifieds. This event promises to attract the leading names in Modified drivers throughout the area.

K&A Excavating Company, Inc. came on board as the title sponsor for the King of the Big Blocks event. K&A Excavating is a company who has built their reputation on their commitment to providing quality service - a commitment that has them many valuable customers over the years. With more than thirty years of experience, K&a Excavating is the "go to" company when you need asphalt removal, land clearing or site preparation. On the best equipment is used for each job by a skilled staff who are able to perform the tasks involved in all projects. K&A's mission statement is to provide customers with courteous and friendly service and quality workmanship.

Competing for the big prize will be Bridgeport regulars - 2016 Bridgeport Modified Champion, Ryan Watt, 2012 Champion, Rick Laubach, Sam Martz, The Watson brothers - Jordan and Joseph, Neal Williams, Richie Pratt, Jr., David Hunt, Tommy Beamer, Ron Roberts as well as both rookie Big Block Feature winners, CJ Jones and Jim Britt. Jimmy Horton - the winningest driver in Bridgeport history and multi-time track champion - will be in the field to challenge the Bridgeport regulars along with former Orange County Speedway Champion, Jerry Higbie and young driving sensations - Tyler Dippel, Billy VanInwigen and Brett Kressley who earned his first Big Block Modified win right here at Bridgeport earlier this season. Drivers like Duane Howard, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Ryan Krachun, Ryan Godown, David VanHorn, Billy Pauch Sr., Billy Pauch Jr. and Dominick Buffalino are expected to pull double duty this weekend, racing in both the Friday and Saturday night events. Drivers like Mike Barone, Ryan Andersen, Donny Cogdill, Jamie Mills, Scott Ambruster, Mike Iles and both Jesse and Travis Hill will be returning to action for this featured event.

Racing will get underway at 6pm on Saturday, September 24th with the Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Outlaw stocks in action but the two-day show will start on Fridayevening, September 23rd when the Small Block Modifieds and Tri-State Race Saver Sprint cars will compete in a doubleheader show that gets underway at 7:30pm.

The track preparation has been excellent - just ask anyone who has competed on the lightning fast Bridgeport Speedway 5/8 mile track this season! Many races have been decided in the final laps and with the line-up of drivers expected for this big weekend, it should be racing action at its finest!

The final feature events of the season point chase in both the Big Blocks and Crate/Sportsman were decided in the final three laps. Ryan Watt took the lead with just three laps to go, racing ahead of CJ Jones and Tommy Beamer to capture his fourth Bridgeport Big Block win of the season. Brad Roberts raced side by side with Steve Davis in the final laps of the Crate/Sportsman main event to pick up his third win of 2016. TJ Henry has twelve wins in a row and a total of thirteen victories this season in the Outlaw Stock Division where a $200 bounty has been offered to any driver who can win a feature event with Henry still in competition. Eight different drivers have claimed victory in Tri State Race Saver Sprint Car competition at the Bridgeport Speedway with only former champion, Mike Haggenbottom able to repeat so far this season.

A special two-day pass is being offered to fans in advance of this event. For $45, fans will receive grandstand seats for both Friday and Saturday night's events AND a $10 food voucher that can be used at the Bridgeport Speedway concession stands. As always, there will be live music, basketball and volleyball, the Moon Bounce and rides on the Bandit Bus that will give you a behind the scenes view of the racing action from the pits before the night's action gets underway. Pick up a copy of the Bridgeport Bullet - the official program of the Bridgeport Speedway - and catch up on all of the racing action, filled with plenty of photos and suitable for collecting autographs throughout the weekend.

Handicapped seating is available on the homestretch.

Camping will be available starting on Thursday night at the Bridgeport Speedway.

Should it be necessary, Saturday, October 1st has been designated as a rain date for the King of the Big Blocks event.

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

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Sweedsboro, NJ August 13, 2016 - Dave Brown took the lead at the wave of the green flag and never looked back as he drove away from the competition to pick up a flag to flag win in the fifth hand of the Tanner Dairy Store/Thayer Performance 2016 Poker Series to pick up his first ace of the season. It was also a regional event for the Tri State Race Saver Sprints (TSRS) - a confidence builder for Brown who plans to travel to Nebraska in September for the national event. It was Brown's third win of 2016.

Brown had nothing but praise for his crew and sponsors. "If it wasn't for these guys," Brown indicated, "we wouldn't be able to run as competitively as we do!" Brown had high praise for his two man crew, made up of his dad and Damien and sponsors Ennis Oil, Fuels & Burner Service and D Capps Carpentry.

"We changed gears twice tonight," Brown explained. "The track was so heavy when we went out for warm-ups. It was kind of crazy - we ran our heats first and our feature last," Brown explained. "The track was completely different. I just watched the track."

Brown became the seventh different winner in Bridgeport TSRS competition and the fifth different winner in the Tanner Dairy Store/Thayer Performance Poker Series.

Mike Haggenbottom started outside Brown and finished second. After five hands in the 2016 Poker Series, Haggenbottom leads the way with three Kings. Haggenbottom has two Bridgeport wins this season - both Friday night races - but he has finished second on three different occasions in Saturday night events.

Haggenbottom was able to narrow the margin between first and second but Brown ran to the checkered unchallenged.

Eddie Wagner finished third after winning the first hand of the 2016 Poker Series. After all of the discussion throughout the day about the heat and humidity and the effect it would have on the drivers, Wagner claimed that when he's in the race car, he didn't even notice the heat. "I was actually hotter at six o'clock when I was grooving tires than I was in the race car," Wagner explained. "You don't even notice it while you're racing."

Tim Tanner was the fourth place finisher with the Tanner Dairy Store No. 18. In addition to competing with TSRS, Tanner brought his 360 sprint car along and took some hot laps in preparation for Tuesday night's Three for All event on the 5/8 mile track.

After running just outside the top five for most of the race, Joe Kay found himself behind the grandstand for the first time this season, picking up the fifth position in the final laps when Logan Diehl ran into mechanical difficulty.

Rick Stief, Brendon Poff, Diehl, Samantha Lieberman and Zach Burd rounded out the top ten.

The drivers of the Hilborn Tri State Race Saver Sprint Cars paid tribute to Bryan Clauson and Jim Campbell as they made their way around the 5/8 mile Bridgeport Speedway for the wave lap of their twenty lap main event on Saturday night. The "Missing Man" formation was used to honor both drivers. It was a day short of the one year anniversary of Campbell's fatal accident. Many of the cars carried bright green ribbons in honor of Clauson.

HILBORN TSRS 305 SPRINTS - 5th Hand of Poker Series (20 laps): 1. Dave Brown, 2. Mike Haggenbottom, 3. Eddie Wagner, 4. Tim Tanner, Jr., 5. Joe Kay, 6. Rick Stief, 7. Brendon Poff, 8. Logan Diehl, 9. Samantha Lieberman, 10. Zach Burd, 11. Bryant Davis, 12. Erika Palmai, 13. Douglas Snow

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Three For All



On August 16th, the Bridgeport Speedway will present the second Three for All event on the 5/8th mile speedway – a tripleheader show featuring the Super Late Models, United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Cars and 358 Small Block Modifieds with each division competing in qualifying events and a twenty-five lap feature events. It’s a race fan’s dream – guaranteed to offer something for everyone’s taste in dirt track racing!

The Three for All will be sponsored by BRB Contractors of King of Prussia, PA. BRB Contractors is a family owned and operated business, specializing in demolition, excavation, paving, hauling and site work. Bob Lilick and his four sons – Bobby, Brian, Justin and Kris – are competitors at the Bridgeport Speedway. Kris Lilick has won twice this season in the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman Division and is currently second in the point standings with brother, Bobby in third. The Lilicks and BRB Contractors have been in business for sixteen years.

The inaugural Three for All event saw young Andrew Mullins make full use of a late race caution to erase Glenn Elliot’s advantage as he raced into the lead of Super Late Models as the field headed to the white flag. Curt Michael picked up the win in the URC feature event, earning his fourth win of the 2015 season followed by Robbie Stillwaggon and Josh Weller. Neal Williams earned his first ever Modifed feature win at Bridgeport with a flag to flag victory in the Small Block Modified feature, holding off the challenges of Jimmy Blewett and Ryan Watt.

Glenn Elliot’s second place finish didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for this event. “This is an awesome place,” Elliot exclaimed following the 2015 event. “I would love to come here.” Elliot will have his chance when the gates swing open on the 2016 event.

Echoing Glenn Elliot’s enthusiasm is Ricky Elliot – a former regular competitor in Bridgeport’s Big Block Modified Division. Elliot racked up ten feature wins on the Bridgeport 5/8 mile track during the 2004 season, losing the title by single digit points as he and eventual champion, Duane Howard battled to the final checkered flag for the 2004 title. Elliot made the move into Late Models during the following season. In spite of his success in the Modifieds, Elliot is still looking for his first Super Late Model victory on the Bridgeport clay.

“I thought I was smarter than everyone else,” Elliot said of his strategy in last year’s event. With all of his success and Bridgeport experience, Elliot chose a tire compound that was too hard. He finished fourth. “These cars are about a second and a half faster than the Modifieds (Big Blocks). They are more aero dynamic and a little lighter,” Elliot explained the factors that contributed to his miscalculation. “I’m really looking forward to this event,” Elliot stated. Elliot has been active with the Bridgeport management team, recruiting drivers for the 2016 event.

“Bridgeport has always been one of my favorite tracks,” Elliot related. “The faster you go, the better I like it!”

The inaugural Three for All event was also a red letter race for Neal Williams who picked up his first ever Modified win at the Bridgeport Speedway. Williams is a former Crate/Sportsman Champion at the Bridgeport Speedway with multiple feature wins in that division. It was Williams who gave New Jersey car owner, Sal DeBruno his first Bridgeport Championship while racing in the Crate/Sportsman Division.

DeBruno has fielded cars for many years. The list of drivers who have competed in the Overhead Door of Southern New Jersey No. 0 is like a “Who’s Who” in racing. That list includes drivers like Doug Hoffman, Ricky Elliot, Wade Hendrickson and Richie Pratt to name a few. Williams returned to Bridgeport this season in a second DeBruno owned Big Block Modified No. 0nw, joining rookie, CJ Jones who has won twice in the Overhead Door No. 0 so far this season.

Small Block Modified competition on the 5/8 mile track will find an interesting mix of Bridgeport regulars as well as invaders. Bridgeport Big Block Modified feature winners like Ryan Watt, Rick Laubach, Wade Hendrickson

Curt Michael would like nothing better than to pick up his winning ways when URC returns to the Bridgeport Speedway. Michael had high praise for the track preparation in last year’s event.

The nine time URC Champion from Oceanview, DE has 55 career URC wins and would welcome another Bridgeport victory to increase that total.

Davie Franek picked up a Bridgeport win back in April when URC opened their 2016 season on the 5/8 mile track. Franek has set the benchmark among URC competitors so far this season as he leads the points and has four wins. Robbie Stillwaggon, Curt Michael, Josh Weller and Troy Betts round out the top five in points with Weller being the only other driver to capture a URC victory to date.

If you are a racing fan then the Bridgeport Speedway’s Three for All has something for you! Super Late Models, Small Block Modifieds and Sprint Cars all on the same racing program!

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

Upcoming event

Saturday, August 13 – SCOUT NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & TSRS Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm

Tuesday, August 16 – Three for All – Super Late Models, URC Sprint Cars and 358 Small Block Modifieds, racing at 7:30 (rain date Wednesday, August 17 if needed)

Saturday, August 20 – 1/4 Midget Night sponsored by Joy Auto Parts – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Twin 12s for Outlaw Stocks, racing at 7pm

Saturday, August 27 – BIKE NIGHT – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and TSRS Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm

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NEW FACES IN VICTORY LANE AT SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY

On a night with a full schedule of action, two drivers won for the first time this season while two other drivers scored their second win of the season. Matt Smith scored the victory in the wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature while Colin Bustard scored his first win of the season in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. The 2015 ServPro Four Cylinder champion, Chris Sammons won for the second time this season. Mike Haggenbottom, the consecutive four-time champion of the TSRS 305 Sprints won his second Friday night feature on the 5/8th mile.

In the Hilborn TSRS 305 Sprint feature, Haggenbottom started seventh after a three pill was drawn for the invert. Randy Wilbert and Ryan Stillwaggon battled for the lead on the opening lap with Wilbert gaining the advantage by the end of the first lap. Wilbert began to pull away from the rest of the field but by lap five Stillwaggon began to close the gap. Jeff Geiges slowed and pulled onto the 1/4 mile to bring out the first caution on lap eight. On the restart, Stillwaggon overtook Wilbert for the lead. The racing action was halted on the twelfth lap for a duel flip in the first turn by John Burnett and Zack Burd. Both drivers were uninjured. When racing resumed, Stillwaggon led Haggenbottom and Wilbert back to the green flap. Haggenbottom dogged Stillwaggon until moving to the high groove to complete the pass for the lead on lap 14. Haggenbottom recorded his second Friday night win. Kyle Purks finished second with Rick Stief gaining third on the last lap. Stillwaggon faded to fourth in the closing laps with Tim Tanner, Jr. finishing fifth.

Smith led the entire distance to record his first win of the season and second of his career at Spirit Auto Center Speedway. Nick Havens and Rich Mellor traded second back and forth until Mellor took the position for good at the thirteenth lap. Jermain Godshall took third from Haven with one lap remaining with Havens finishing fourth. Bill Thomas took fifth with one lap remaining to finish fifth.

Luke Fogg led the opening laps of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature until Lee Reinhardt took command on lap six. Reinhardt continued to lead as Bustard steadily moved from his sixth starting position to the runner-up spot. On a restart on lap 11, Reinhardt restarted the race but quickly slowed and headed to the pits. Bustard inherited the lead and then held off current point leader, Tyler Reinhardt for the win. Joe Bednarek, Ryan Wozunk and Fogg completed the top five.

Rick Burnham, making his first start of the season in the ServPro Four Cylinders, led the opening lap of the feature. Sammons passed Burnham for the lead on lap two and began to pull away from the field. Current point leader, John Webster moved into second on the fifth lap and chased Sammons for the rest of the event. At the checkered Sammons recorded his second win of the season followed by Webster, Joe Garey, Burnham and Todd Francis.

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SUMMARY

HILBORN TSRS 305 SPRINTS (20 laps on 5/8th MILE) 1. Mike Haggenbottom, 2. Kyle Purks, 3. Rick Stief, 4. Ryan Stillwaggon, 5. Tim Tanner, Jr., 6.Samantha Lieberman, 7. Randy Wilbert, 8. Brendon Poff, 9. Joe Lord, 10. Joe Kay, 11. John Burnett, 12. Logan Diehl, 13. Zach Burd, 14. David Bonner, 15. Jeff Geiges

WINGLESS 600CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Matt Smith, 2. Rich Mellor, 3. Jermain Godshall, 4. Nick Havens, 5. Bill Thomas, 6. Wayne Scott, 7. Jon Keller, 8. Steve Bracall, 9. Travis Hill, 10. Ed Barber III, 11. Dave Damaio, 12. Mike Fillbrunn, 13. Charlie Cobourn, 14. Chad Conner, 15. Gary Forsythe, 16. Mike Linderman, 17. Jim Tippin, 18. Ernie Miles, Jr., 19. Tony Hodgson, 20. Rich Afflerbach

270CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Colin Bustard, 2. Tyler Reinhardt, 3. Joe Bednarek, 4. Ryan Wozunk, 5. Luke Fogg, 6. Gary Waegel, 7. Rich Keller, 8. Sean Huesser, 9. John Blanda, 10. Steve Coslop, 11. Brandon Pavel, 12. Lee Reinhardt, 13. Billy Gray, 14. John Wagner, Jr., DNS - Ross Holler

SERVPRO FOUR CYLINDERS ENDURO (15 laps): 1. Chris Sammons, 2. John Webster, 3. Joe Garey, 4. Rich Burnham, 5. Todd Francis, 6. Art Knapp, DNS – Scott Miller

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 12, 2016 – No racing

Sunday, August 14, 2016 – POKER SERIES #5 – 270 & 600 Micros, Slingshots, Xcel 600 Modifieds, racing at 6pm

Friday, August 19, 2016 – 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cyl & 8 Cyl Enduros, racing at 8pm

Friday, August 26, 2016 – OPEN MODIFIEDS – 270 & 600 Micros & 4 Cylinder Enduros

Friday, September 2, 2016 – 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cylinder Enduros & Slingshots

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