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Tuesday August 14, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, NJ - Taking the best interest of racers and fans into consideration, Bridgeport Speedway promoters Doug and Gena Hoffman announced the 'Hand Four' segment of the five-race 'Poker Series' is now planned for Thursday night, Aug. 30.

The event had been slated for a rare Friday night on the five-eighths-mile on Aug. 31 when a review of speedway schedules showed no Modified conflicts in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey region on that date. However, Big Diamond (Pa.) Speedway has since scheduled a points-paying event for Aug. 31, prompting the change to Aug. 30. Micro-Sprints will now race on the Bridgeport quarter-mile on Aug. 31.

Doug Hoffman said he didn't want to force racers and fans into a decision over which event to attend. A number of Big Diamond 358-Modified regulars are already embroiled in the five-race 'Poker Series' run for the money.

“We are not in the business of going head-to-head with other tracks,” Hoffman, a first-year promoter at Bridgeport and talented former Modified star, said. “We don’t want drivers to have to choose where they are going to race. It isn’t fair to the drivers or the fans. Gena and I apologize to all for the date change, but we felt this was in the best interest of our event.”

The 40-lap big-block/small-block ‘Hand Four’ Modified event will offer a $4,000 winner's share. Fifth-place pays $1,000, with $500 reserved for the 10th-place finisher and $300 to take the green flag.

Crate Sportsman in a 30-lap ‘Hand Four’ event offering a ‘Poker Series’ purse - a $700 winner's share and $75 to start - plus Outlaw Stocks in a 15-lap feature join the Modifieds on the program.

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