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Monday July 30, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, NJ - Moments after Richie Pratt Jr. took the checkered flag in the 'Tom Hager Remembered' 43-lap 'Poker Series' event on July 25 at Bridgeport Speedway, management began planning for the next edition of the five-race series.

After reviewing speedway schedules, Bridgeport promoters Doug and Gena Hoffman opted to make a date change for 'Hand Four' which had been set for Sept. 3 (Labor Day Monday). Then next 'Poker Series' event will now take place on Friday night, Aug. 31. The 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified event will offer a $4,000 winner's share.

Joining the Modifieds in a rare Friday event on the Logan Township five-eighths-mile oval are Crate Sportsman in a 'Poker Series' event and Outlaw Stocks. There will be no Micro-Sprint racing scheduled for that night.

"We gave the Labor Day holiday weekend a lot of thought," said Hoffman, the former driving star from Allentown, Pa., who has taken the helm of Bridgeport this season with wife Gena.

"We felt the event would be more enjoyable for our racers and fans without having to work the next day. The traffic getting to the speedway will be lighter on a holiday weekend because many of the families have already left the area for their vacations. It's something we feel will only make this race stronger. We aren't afraid to make changes and we're learning as we go."

The schedule change eliminates a conflict with the Sept. 3 rain date in place for the Coalcracker 72 event at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. Big Diamond does not have 358-Modifieds on the schedule for Aug. 31.

The 'Poker Series' event will get its first green flag at 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps are planned for 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $25 for Adults and $23 for Seniors (65 and over) and Students (with ID). Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $30 for Bridgeport members and $35 for non-members.

Modified weight rules are as follows for the event: PA-legal (Big Diamond/Grandview) 358 engines: 2,350 lbs.; all other small-blocks under 361 cubic inches: 2,400 lbs.; all engines above 361 cubic inches: 2,500 lbs. The tire rule is as follows: right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44; 33 or harder across the front.

The Modified event pays $4,000 to the winner, $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th and $300 to take the green flag. The Crate Sportsman 30-lap main offers a $700 winner's share and $75 to start. Outlaw Stocks will take part in a 15-lap feature.

Three of the five 'Poker Series' races have been contested. New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway's Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., won the first hand on March 31. Delaware International Speedway's Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., was the May 27 winner. Richie Pratt Jr. of Woodbury Heights, N.J., topped the July 25 event, defending his home turf. Pratt earned a hefty $4,680 including lap money for 43 laps of work in Sal DeBruno's No. 0.

At each Modified 'Poker Series' event, the winner receives an Ace (A), second a King (K), third a Queen (Q) and so on down to the 13th-place finisher receiving a Deuce (2). Following the completion of the five-race series, the driver with the best poker hand earns $2,500, second $1,500 and third $1,000. The driver with the worst five-card hand receives $1,000. Drivers must participate in all five events to be eligible for a points fund.

Track regular Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa., has earned three second-place finishes and as a result has three 'Kings' heading into the final two events.

The final 'Poker Series' Modified event is planned for Sat., Nov. 10. The final plans are being put into place for a two-day 'Wild Card Weekend' at Bridgeport Nov. 9-10. Details will be released in the coming days. The 'Wild Card Weekend' will also include the final hand of the Crate Sportsman 'Poker Series' battle.

For further information on Bridgeport Speedway, visit Bridgeport Speedway, located just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware off I-295 Exit 14, is a state-of-the-art auto racing facility with a five-eighths-mile clay oval and a quarter-mile clay oval embedded in the center.