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Sunday August 26, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Are you looking for the perfect Labor Day weekend kickoff? Make plans to visit South Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway this Thursday night (Aug. 30).

The Logan Township five-eighths-mile oval shifts into overdrive with 'Hand Four' of the five-race 'Poker Series' on Thursday night, headlined by a 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event paying $4,000 to the winner. Each of the three 'Poker Series' events contested thus far in 2012 has been entertaining.

"We're looking for another great show Thursday night," said Doug Hoffman, the first-year Bridgeport Speedway promoter and former driving talent. "It's been a nice mix of Bridgeport regulars and invaders at these events. We're hoping to get the holiday weekend fun started Thursday at Bridgeport."
While he hasn't captured a 'Poker Series' victory thus far, Bridgeport point leader Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa., has 'three of a kind' in the overall 'Poker Series' chase. Laubach has finished second in the three events run thus far and has three 'Kings' in his hand. Laubach would like nothing more than to register his first 'Poker Series' triumph Thursday driving the Gary and Lori Herrmann No. 7.
Among the invaders who have supported the 'Poker Series' events thus far are Doug Manmiller of Shoemakersville, Pa. (fifth in the most recent event), Craig Von Dohren of Boyertown, Pa., Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., (red hot at N.J.'s New Egypt Speedway), Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., and more.

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.
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.

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.