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BRYANT DAVIS AND RICK STIEF SPLIT MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES DOUBLE FEATURES AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY

BRIDGPORT, NJ

By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

After a wild night of double-features at South Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series had a first-time feature winner and a first repeat victor of the 2017 season in victory lane this past Friday night.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bryant Davis of Norwood, PA scored his first career 305 Sprint Car win in the June 17th make-up feature, while Rick Stief of Garnet Valley, PA, who finished second to Davis in the first event, visited victory lane for the second time this season for his efforts in the nightcap A-Main event, making him the first repeat winner of 2017.

Davis, who started on the pole next to Jeff Geiges, was rightfully thrilled while celebrating with his father, Bruce, in victory lane after his win saying post-race “we were so frustrated with this car before this feature, my dad almost stuck a ‘for sale’ sign to her with a $500 price tag on it. This couldn’t have come at a better time for us, and I’m just so happy that we finally got this win!”

Shooting out to the lead when the initial green flag dropped, Davis kept his Bruce’s Auto Body #15B out front for the entire race, even after multiple caution flags came out, menacing his first attempt to victory lane. Third place starter Rick Stief, who always poses as a threat especially at Bridgeport Speedway, quickly moved into the runner up spot and was continuing his trek to the front, utilizing all areas of the speedway.

Bryant Davis after winning the first feature... Photo by Erika Palmai Wagner

“I was nervous on those restarts because I knew Rick was there the whole time, and we set the car up for a dry track, hoping it was going to be that way, and it’s was, so that worked out to our advantage. I just had to make sure I hit my marks, kept the car straight, and focused on what I needed to do to be fast enough so Rick couldn’t catch us,” Davis explained.

At one point, after a restart, Davis and Stief ran side by side for a nail-biting two laps, battling hard for the lead, but it was Davis who would come out on top using the bottom line after Stief was running on his usually preferred high side.

“I knew he was there, and I was just hoping that he didn’t have enough with him being on the outside, and he didn’t! We had a little bit more tonight, and I was able to keep the car nice and low and it worked out good,” Bryant said.

“It was a good race. I’m so happy to see those guys finally get a win, they put their heart and soul into this. I know earlier tonight, Bruce was pretty disappointed, but now they got themselves a win so this is pretty awesome!” runner up Rick Stief said.

Crossing the finish line behind Davis and Stief was Dave Brown, Eddie Wagner and Tim Tanner Jr.

The second 20 lap event saw Tim Tanner Jr. and Rick Stief square off at the start, each with intentions of earning their second win of the season. Tanner would hold on the top spot heading into the first turn, with Stief, last week’s feature winner Mark Bitner, rookie Austin Bishop and Tom Carberry maintaining positions in the top five.

After a lap two restart, there was a handful of battles brewing all throughout the top six running cars, with the battle for the lead between Tanner and Stief heating up and being the one most kept their eyes on. Stief once again tried working the outside groove to get around the leader, but Tanner held onto the top spot, sliding up and stealing the 9s’ momentum each time they exited the wide corners of the 5/8-mile superspeedway.

“We had the car dialed in really good, I kept trying to stick it up there on the outside, but I think Tim might have realized we were there, and if I didn’t take my time, then we both would have ended up crashing,” Stief explained. “So I just kept abiding my time, and I had a few really good runs there and finally, I just didn’t let off and we were able to take the lead”.

It wasn’t until lap seven when Stief finally completed the pass for first place, gaining over a straightaway gap between him and the rest of the cars. Lap traffic didn’t pose a threat to the lightning fast K&S Seal Coating Sprinter and with a 5.482 seconds lead on the rest of the field, the checkered flags waved and it would be Stief, Tanner, Bishop, Bitner, and Wagner completing the top five.

Rick Stief after winner feature #2... Photo by Erika Palmai Wagner

“I have to thank my crew man, Chas. Without him, instead of standing here in victory lane tonight, I would be sitting at home looking at this car in the garage. I also want to thank Bruce Davis #2, he comes over and helps me out at the shop to get everything ready, my buddy Greg and his nephew from K&S Seal Coating, all of my sponsors, Bridgeport Speedway for having us tonight, and for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series for doing a great job with this program this year. I think they have all done a very good job with running this great series”.

Twenty-two cars took part in Friday’s event, with Middletown, New York’s Tyler Jashembowski making the three-and-a-half-hour tow to run at Bridgeport Speedway with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. Jashembowski started eleventh in the second feature and brought home a tenth place finish. Three heat races were completed, with Austin Bishop, Rick Stief, and Tim Tanner Jr. taking the victories as well as $50 cash courtesy of heat race sponsors Competition Suspension Inc, Freiberger Excavating and Professional Design Services.

Samantha Lieberman and Eddie Wagner collected the $25 Bruce's Auto Body award for advancing the most positions in the first and second features, and and Stefanie Carberry took home $25 for the worst pill draw, courtesy of Professional Design Services. Eddie Wagner also took home the Thayer Performance “Burning Rubber” Hard Charger award which is a brand new Hoosier Racing Tire. Mark Bitner and Rick Steif were the recipients of the $25 Bitner Automotive “Lightning Fast Time of the Night” award in the first and second features. Other contingencies handed out on Friday were a $25 gift certificate to John Webster courtesy of Todd's Performance, a $25 DMI gift certificate to Craig Pellegrini and 5 gallons of FREE fuel to the feature winners Bryant Davis and Rick Stief provided by Kelly Racing Fuels.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series returns on Saturday, July 29st at Bridgeport Speedway for a Engler Machine and Tool sponsored night. For more information on MASS, visit www.masprintseries.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook at Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

6/17/2017 Make-up Feature Finish- Bryant Davis, Rick Stief, Dave Brown, Eddie Wagner, Tim Tanner Jr., Jeff Geiges, Mark Bitner, Tommy Carberry, Austin Bishop, Samantha Lieberman, Bobby Butler, Zack Burd, Tom Carberry, Dean Conk Jr., JC Webster DNF:Jamie Kostic, Joe Kay, Stefanie Palmai Carberry, Craig Pellegrini Jr., David Bonner

7/21/2017 Feature Finish- Rick Stief, Tim Tanner, Austin Bishop, Mark Bitner, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, Tommy Carberry, Dave Brown, Tom Carberry, Tyler Jashembowski, Samantha Lieberman, Bryant Davis, Zack Burd, Joe Kay, Bobby Butler, David Bonner, Keith C Andersen, Dean Conk Jr. DNF: Jamie Kostic, JC Webster DNS: Craig Pellegrini Jr., Stefanie Carberry

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$500 BONUS CASH UP FOR GRABS TO DRIVER WHO CAN SWEEP MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES DOUBLE-HEADER FRIDAY NIGHT AT BRIDGEPORT

By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

BRIDGEPORT, NJ .....July 19, 2017 - Returning back to the “fastest dirt track in the east” after a sensational feature finish two weeks ago, the Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series prepares for a double-feature event this Friday night at Bridgeport Speedway. The Racesaver/IMCA 305 division will make-up a rained-out A-Main event which was postponed from its original June 17th date, as well as a fully scheduled night of racing. Pit gates are scheduled to open at 5:30 with heat races set to hit the track at 8:00.

Ken Jones from Thayer Performance and an anonymous donor have raised the bar for MASS drivers competing in both features scheduled Friday night by offering $500 CASH to a driver that can sweep both events, allowing the possibility for someone to take home $1,100! Drivers who are eligible for this bonus must have already been qualified into the make-up feature’s line up on June 17th in order to receive this added gratuity. Along with providing season long services trackside with their fully stocked parts trailer, Thayer Performance once again will sponsor their “Burning Rubber Bonus” to the hard charger in the first feature with a brand-new Hoosier Racesaver spec right rear tire.

Additional contingencies that will be disbursed will include $50 cash to the winner of each heat race event presented by CSI Shocks, Freiberger Excavating LLC, and Professional Design Services, a hard charger award of $25 cash courtesy of Bruce's Auto Body, the $25 Bitner Automotive 'Lightning Fast Time of the Night' bonus, 5 gallons of fuel to the winner of the A-Main, courtesy of Kelly Fuels, $25 dollars cash to the worst pill draw from Professional Design Services, and a $25 Todd's Performance gift certificate will conclude the list of extras up for grabs.

Set to start on the front row for the June 17th make-up feature is Bryant Davis and Jeff Geiges, with Rick Stief and Eddie Wagner occupying the row behind them. Stief will be a force to reckon with, after proving to many that he is an ace at Bridgeport, after winning the April 30th opener and coming within a .003 of a second of visiting victory lane two weeks ago against Mark Bitner. Point leader Tim Tanner Jr. will be in attendance as well as Tommy Carberry, Mark Bitner, Jamie Kostic, Stefanie Palmai Carberry, Samantha Lieberman, Bobby Butler, Dave Brown, Joe Kay, Dean Conk, and Zack Burd to name a few.

Also on the card Friday night will be the 270 & 600 Micro Sprints and the 12M 4 Cylinders, who will be running on the smaller inner oval otherwise known as Spirit Auto Center Speedway. Adult general admission is $15. For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, please visit our website at www.masprintseries.com or our Facebook page to catch up on the latest news on what’s happening!

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BITNER WINS MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES EVENT AT BRIDGEPORT BY 0.003 OF A SECOND OVER STIEF

BRIDGEPORT, NJ
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

Mark Bitner, of Columbus, NJ, took home his first win of the 2017 season on Saturday at Bridgeport Speedway by only 0.003 of a second over fifth place starting Rick Stief. Bitner led wire to wire without any challenge, until a late race caution bunched the field back together, allowing Stief to work his magic in the final five laps, creating another exhilarating and crowd-pleasing occasion for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

Victory Lane Photo Courtesy of Sean Case Graphics

“When we took the green back again, my car prior to that started hanging a little bit in the corners, so I figured I’d just go down to the bottom where the car is driving off straight, and just do the best that I could do,” Bitner said post-race. “I just want to thank my guys Mr. Mo, Roger, Ricky, especially my car owner Brian Nixon, and everyone thats involved in this for giving me a great car that lasted all the way until the end of race”.

With Bitner and Tim Tanner Jr. starting two by two on the pole for the twenty-lap feature event, it would be the Nixon Motorsports #202 winning the drag race into turn one with Tanner, Jeff Geiges, Scott Frack and Stefanie Carberry falling in line behind him. For the first five laps, most of the field was running single file, but it was Eddie Wagner making moves early in the race, advancing to eighth place from his thirteenth starting spot.

By the seventh circuit, Bitner had caught up to lapped traffic, while maintaining a straight away lead over Tim Tanner Jr., who began tracking Bitner down while the leader struggled a bit maneuvering through the slower cars.

“You have to pick and choose a little bit, or you’re going to end up getting wrecked”, Bitner commented about his battle with lapped traffic. “The track was in really good shape though. In the beginning I think there was a little too much water, but once we ran it in, it was really fast and racy where I was able to run where ever, so it was great all around”.

Meanwhile, Rick Stief, who had just swapped positions with Scott Frack, taking fourth, was looking pretty strong in the second half of the race.

“We had a really good hold of the track the entire time, there was just a whole lot of cars just blocking the momentum we had that you need to run fast here at Bridgeport,” Stief recalled. “They weren’t doing it on purpose, not at all, it’s just the nature of the beast when racing with lapped traffic”.

The first and only caution occurred on lap fifteen due to rookie Bobby Scherff coming to a stop after suffering from engine failure.

On the restart, it was Bitner, Tanner, Stief, Geiges and Frack, with Stefanie Carberry and Eddie Wagner looking to crack into the top five. Bitner would once again resume the lead after the green flag was displayed, and Stief quickly inherited second place from Tanner the next time around.

“When we had the restart with five to go, we were driving into the sun, and the cars behind me must have gotten really low and threw water on the track in turns three and four, and when I went in there, hitting the same marks that I’ve been hitting all race long, there was nothing but water in that lane, and my car broke free and I was just sliding sideways,” Tanner recollected. “Rick has something figured out here, I’m not sure what it is, but it’s something good, so he’s been pretty fast so far this year”.

Rick Stief # 9S and Mark Bitner # 202 Photo Courtesy of Sean Case Graphics

With two laps remaining Stief began working the outside lane, edging closer to Bitner in the final moments. As they exited turns three and four, Stief and Bitner gave it all they had running inches away from each other side by side to cross the finish line first. In the end, officials referred back to photographs to name “Mr. Twister” Mark Bitner the victor, with Rick Stief coming home a very close second.

Jeff Geiges #77J and Stefanie Palmai Carberry # 99 Photo by Mike Calla

“I’ll take it,” Stief said after the race. “We had a third going at Grandview before we got took out of that deal, and we ended up finishing thirteenth, so a second here, almost winning, is good considering we pulled aforty-two out of fifty pills earlier tonight, which set us back in qualifying. I just have to thank my crew, Chas and my buddies that come by and help me during the week, Bruce Davis and Bruce Davis (no relation, just happen to have the same name!)”.

Twenty-three cars made the ticket for the Diversified Machine, Inc. / DMI / BullDog Rears (DMI) sponsored event, with three $25 DMI gift certificates going to Mark Bitner, Keith Andersen, and Bryant Davis. Ten raffle tickets for the DMI and Engler Machine and Tool end of the year giveaways were distributed to the top five feature finishers and five randomly chosen drivers, and the three heat race wins, sponsored by Competition Suspension Inc., Freiberger Excavating and Professional Design Services went to Mark Bitner, Tim Tanner Jr, and Brendon Poff.

Eddie Wagner collected the $25 Bruce's Auto Body award for advancing nine positions (13th-4th) and well as $25 for the worst pill draw, courtesy of Professional Design Services. Jeff Geiges took home the $25 Bitner Automotive “Lightning Fast Time of the Night” award for turning a 19.464 second lap time during his heat race. Other contingencies handed out on Saturday were $50 to Bobby Bulter for being the last car on the lead lap, a $25 gift certificate to Tom Carberry courtesy of Todd's Performance and 5 gallons of FREE fuel to the feature winner Mark Bitner provided by Kelly Racing Fuels.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series returns on Friday, July 21st at Bridgeport Speedway for a double feature event. The Sprints will be completing their make-up feature from June 17th, and also a full night’s program. For more information on MASS, visit www.masprintseries.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook at Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

Feature (20 LAPS):
Mark Bitner, Rick Stief, Tim Tanner Jr., Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, Tommy Carberry, Scott Frack, Brendon Poff, Jamie Kostic, Samantha Lieberman, Bryant Davis, Zack Burd, Bobby Butler, David Bonner, Tom Carberry, Dean Conk Jr., Larry McVay, Craig Pellegrini Jr. DNF: Stefanie Palmai Carberry, Bobby Scherff, Austin Bishop, John C Webster, Keith C Andersen

*Photos courtesy of Sean N. Case and Mike Calla*
www.wheelsofspeed.com
Sean Case Graphics

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MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES BACK IN ACTION AT BRIDGEPORT THIS SATURDAY

BRIDGEPORT, NJ
By ERIKA PALMAI-WAGNER

After a week off for the fourth of July holiday weekend, the Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will be back in action this Saturday, July 8th at South Jersey’s own Bridgeport Speedway. Pit gates are scheduled to open at 4:30, with the grandstands opening for fans at 5:30. Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Sponsoring the Mid-Atlantic Sprint event at Bridgeport will be Diversified Machine, Inc. / DMI / BullDog Rears (DMI). For the second time this season, the Lancaster, PA based company will present three $25 gift certificates, each going to the feature winner and two drivers chosen at random. The top five finishers of the twenty-lap feature and five random drivers will also be presented a FREE raffle ticket to the end of the season drawling of the BRAND NEW DMI Bulldog XR-3 rear, a complete DMI front axle assembly, as well as the $3,800 injection that was gifted to the series by Engler Machine and Tool. A total purse of $4,000 dollars will be distributed throughout a twenty-four car field with the winner claiming $300 to take the checkered flag. Additional contingencies that will be disbursed will include $50 cash to the winner of each heat race event presented by Competition Suspension Inc., Freiberger Excavating, and Professional Design Services, a hard charger award of $25 cash courtesy of Bruce's Auto Body, the $25 Bitner Automotive 'Lightning Fast Time of the Night' bonus, 5 gallons of fuel to the winner of the A-Main, courtesy of Kelly Racing Fuels, $25 dollars cash to the worst pill draw from Professional Design Services, and a $25 Todd's Performance gift certificate will conclude the list of extras up for grabs.

With rainouts and off weeks plaguing the season, the series’ top drivers are ready to knock the cob-webs off and get back to racing. Home state heroes like Tommy Carberry, Mark Bitner, Jamie Kostic, Stefanie Palmai Carberry, Jeff Geiges and Eddie Wagner are committed to defending the 5/8th mile superspeedway from PA residents Scott Frack, Tim Tanner Jr., Bryant Davis, Joe Kay, Brendon Poff and Samantha Lieberman, who are all hungry for a trip to victory lane. Young guns John C Webster., Bobby Scherff, Craig Pellegrini Jr., Bobby Butler and Dean Conk Jr. are looking forward to making a statement this weekend as well.

This weekend, Bridgeport Speedway is hosting ‘Bike Night’, where all motorcycles and riders get in the grandstands for FREE, plus kids can get a chance to WIN a bike during intermission. Adult general admission is $20, kids ages 10-15 years old are $10 and children 9 and under are FREE!

For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, please visit our website at www.masprintseries.com or our Facebook page to catch up on the latest news on what’s happening!

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RAIN STOPS MASS 'PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT' EVENT AT BRIDGEPORT
Bridgeport, NJ
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

For the second time this season, scattered pop-up rain showers forced Bridgeport Speedway officials to postpone the features for all classes including the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series to a later date.

With twenty Sprint Cars signed in at the back gate, two heat races were run prior to the cancellation, with Tommy Carberry and Mark Bitner taking home the victories for each qualifying event.

A complete redraw of the top eight finishers of the combined heat races was implemented with Bryant Davis and Jeff Geiges set to start on the pole.

The next event on the schedule is at Grandview Speedway Inc. this coming Saturday, June 24th. Sponsoring this event will be the official parts trailer of MASS, Thayer Performance and Parts. The next time the 305 Sprint Cars Series is set to return to Bridgeport is Saturday, July 8th.

For more information on upcoming MASS events, please visit our Facebook page Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series or log on to our website www.masprintseries.com.

*Photos below are of our two heat race winners of the night…
(Mark Bitner #202 won the Freiberger Excavating heat race #2 and $50 cash)
(Tommy Carberry #28 won the CSI Shocks heat race #1 and $50 cash)
Photos courtesy of Erika Palmai Wagner

Mark Bitner


Tommy Carberry

Friends of Mike

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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