Thursday October 25, 2012
TWO-DAY 'WILD CARD WEEKEND' TO CONCLUDE BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY SEASON NOV. 9-10; SMALL-BLOCK MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP RULES HAVE BEEN SETBRIDGEPORT, NJ -One action-packed weekend remains for Bridgeport Speedway in 2012 under the leadership of Doug and Gena Hoffman.
The two-day 'Wild Card Weekend' is set for Friday-Saturday Nov. 9-10 featuring a plethora of divisions on the Logan Township five-eighths-mile oval. The weekend is headlined, of course, by a 40-lap big-block/small-block Modified event paying $5,000 to the winner on Saturday (Nov. 10) that will decide the overall 'Poker Series' point title.
Topping the Friday (Nov. 9) program is a 30-lap Small-Block Modified Championship paying $3,000 to the winner and $225 to take the green flag. The following weight/engine rules have been established for the event: Pennsylvania-legal spec head (2,350 lbs.); DIRTcar-legal spec head (2,350 lbs.); Open 339 cubic inches (2,400 lbs.); Open 363 cubic inches or ported spec head (2,450 lbs.); NASCAR-style 363 cubic inches or less (2,500 lbs.).
The tire rule is as follows for both the big- and small-block events: American Racer right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44 or harder; 33 or harder across the front.
"The goal is to keep this event open to as many teams as possible," Bridgeport promoter and former driving talent Doug Hoffman said. "We looked into the many combinations of small-block engines and put together a rules package we believe will be fair to everyone." The event will be the only "small-block only" race held at Bridgeport this season.
A number of drivers have already set plans to participate in the small-block program including Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., Pennsy star Mike Gular of Green Lane, Pa., former Bridgeport champion Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., Bridgeport Modified winner Eric Kormann of Vineland, N.J., recent Delaware State Dirt Track Championships small-block victor Richie Pratt Jr. of Woodbury Heights, N.J., and many more.
Joining the Small-Block Modifieds on Friday night is the final hand of the Crate Sportsman 'Poker Series' with a 30-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner and $75 to take the green flag. Crate Sportsman featuring New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway and Delaware International Speedway seals are legal for this event.
Travis Hill of Barnsboro, N.J., has won three of the four ‘Poker Series’ events contested thus far for 602 Crate Sportsman: Aug. 30, June 9 and May 12. Ryan Anderson of Nottingham, Pa., won the other event on July 25. Outlaw Stocks complete the card with a 20-lap feature. Joe LaClaire of Black Flagged Racing will coordinate special lap money and bonus awards for the full-fender contingent. Additionally, the rain-postponed Outlaw Stock feature from Sept. 22 will determine the division's overall champion on Friday night. Competitors looking to secure practice laps in advance of Saturday's events will be permitted to do so on Friday night. For Friday night, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing promptly at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday (Nov. 10), attention turns to the finale of the five-race 'Poker Series' for big-block/small-block Modifieds. The fifth and final hand of the series offers a $5,000 top prize should the winning driver post a $20 "gambler's fee" prior to the start of qualifying ($4,000 without). A full Race of Champions purse is set for the remainder of the field: $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th and $300 to take the green flag. Saturday Modified weight rules are as follows for the event: Pennsylvania-legal spec head or DIRTcar spec head engines: 2,350 lbs.; all other small-blocks under 363 cubic inches: 2,400 lbs.; all engines above 363 cubic inches: 2,500 lbs. The overall Modified 'Poker Series' payout is lucrative. 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.
‘Poker Series’ winners thus far in 2012 have been Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., (March 31), Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. (May 27), Richie Pratt Jr. of Woodbury Heights, N.J. (July 25) and Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J. (Aug. 30). Pratt is the only Bridgeport regular to have won a 'Poker Series' race this season. 2012 Bridgeport champion Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa., won eight races at Bridgeport this season and leads the 'Poker Series' overall title fight with three 'Kings' resulting from a trio of runner-up finishes and a 'Queen' from a third-place result. Laubach is coming off victories at New Egypt Oct. 13 in the 'Rocktoberfest' and the big-block portion of the Delaware State Dirt Track Championships at Delaware International Oct. 20.
Bridgeport will welcome the region's 'Open Sportsman' division for a 30-lap main with $1,500 at stake for the race winner and $100 to take the green flag. Crate Sportsman competitors are invited to take part in the Saturday event.
The popular TSRS 305 Sprint Cars (20 laps) and Garden State Vintage Stock Cars will join the show.
Gates open Saturday at noon. Hot laps are planned for 2:30 p.m. with racing to follow at 3 p.m.
Weekend camping is encouraged on the speedway grounds. A post-race party and bonfire is in the works post-race on Saturday.
A release with complete pricing will be distributed later this week. For further information on Bridgeport Speedway, visit www.bpspeedway.com. 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.