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Thursday November 01, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, NJ (October 31, 2012) - Momentum is building for the grand finale of the Bridgeport Speedway 2012 season Fri.-Sat. November 9-10 with the first running of the 'Wild Card Weekend' by promoters Doug and Gena Hoffman.

Two full-days of activity are planned for the Logan Township five-eighths-mile clay oval, headlined by the crowning of 'Poker Series' champions in the Crate Sportsman and Modified divisions. Also seeing action during the weekend are 358-Modifieds, Open Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks (in two events), TSRS 305 Sprint Cars and the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club. Friday night's (Nov. 9) program is headlined by a 30-lap Small-Block Modified Championship paying $3,000 to the winner, $500 for 10th place and $225 to take the green flag. The only 'small-block only' event to be contested at Bridgeport this season has piqued the interest of competitors in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. A diverse field is expected to congregate for the event. 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 American Racer right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44 or harder; 33 or harder across the front. Also on Friday, Crate (602) Sportsman complete their five-race 'Poker Series' of events with a 30-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner and $75 to take the green flag. New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway and Delaware International engine seals are accepted for this event. Outlaw Stocks take part in a pair of Friday events: a rain-postponed event from Sept. 22 that will crown the track champion and a second 20-lap feature with a long list of lap money and bonuses coordinated by Joe LaClaire of Black Flagged Racing. 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. Friday pricing is $25 for Adults, $23 for Students (with ID) and Seniors (65 and over) and $35 for the pit area. A two-day Adult Grandstand Pass is available for $45 and $40 for Seniors and Students. A two-day pit pass is $60.

On Saturday (Nov. 10), attention turns to the 40-lap 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 tire rule is American Racer right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44 or harder; 33 or harder across the front. 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. 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. Sail panels are not permitted on the Sportsman. 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. Saturday pricing is as follows: $25 for Adults, $23 for Students (with ID) and Seniors (65 and over) and $35 for the pit area. Weekend camping is encouraged on the speedway grounds. A post-race party and bonfire is in the works post-race on Saturday.

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.