Friday March 15, 2013
EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS ARE SET FOR BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY’S 60 OVER SPECIALBridgeport, NJ (March 15, 2013) – On Saturday, March 30, the 42nd season of racing at Bridgeport Speedway gets started with the “The 60 Over Special” Race of Champions Big Block Modified race in memory of Doug Hoffman. Many extraordinary events are being planned for this year’s opener that honors the late promoter who passed away on December 24, 2012. To start the day, Katie Todorow, Miss Motorsports 2013, is scheduled to be on hand. An Easter Egg Hunt will occur in the quarter mile pit area near the main grandstand entrance. A balloon launch is slated to be held before the first qualifying race takes place. Introduced last season and very popular with fans, the Big Block Modifieds will be staged on the midway behind the spectator stands. After being on display throughout the day, a restored “60 Over” 1986 Olsen Modified formerly driven by Doug Hoffman will pace the feature line-up. Just before the 60-lap race begins, the missing man formation will take shape on the 5/8th mile. Joette Hoffman, Doug’s daughter, will wave the green flag to get the contest, the first event of the 2013 Big Block Modified Poker Series, underway. All fans and crew members are encouraged to stand on the opening circuit and final tour of the race. Several new novelty items will be on sale during this event including a Doug Hoffman photo collage and memorial sticker. 2013 Poker Series shirts and hoodies can be purchased as well.
The winner of this race can line their pockets with $6,060.60 if they enrolled in the recently added “60 Over Challenge”, a $60 gambler’s fee, instead of the originally posted $4000 first place award. A large and very competitive field of Big Block Modified drivers is expected to be on hand for this one of a kind event. Bridgeport Speedway regulars such as Rick Laubach, Richie Pratt, Jr., Jimmy Horton, and Ryan Watt will be competing against a slew of invaders including Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Godown, Duane Howard, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, and Billy Pauch, Sr.
In addition, two other classes with extra distance races will be in competition. A 30-lap feature for the new Crate/Sportsman division will serve as the opening hand of their Poker Series. The new Shoot Out Series for the Outlaw Stock Cars gets underway with the “Bill Reynolds Memorial 20” in memory of the former novelty stand owner at Bridgeport Speedway. All three divisions will have qualifying races and consolation events before their main events.
On Saturday, March 30, the pit gates unlock at 11:00 a.m. and fans can begin to enter the grandstands at 1:00 p.m. Warm-ups will get started at 3:00 p.m. with the first heat race hitting the track at 4:00 p.m. Adult (16 and older) admission for the opener will be $25 with students (10-15) being admitted for $12. Kids 9 and under are free. Admittance to the pits is $35.
Before the March 30 event, drivers will have an opportunity to test their 2013 rides. A shared practice day for Friday and Saturday night competitors is slated for Saturday, March 23. The 5/8th mile racers can assess their machines from noon until 4:00 p.m. with pit gates unlocking at 9:00 a.m. Drivers who compete on the quarter mile can try their racecars from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with their pit area opening at noon. Sunday, March 24 has been reserved as a rain date for this combined practice with the same times. The 5/8th mile racers will have one extra practice session on Friday, March 29. This test and tune period will be for three hours with the pit gates opening at 4:00 p.m. and practice starting at 6:00 p.m. Competitors racing on Saturday, March 30 may leave their trailers in the pit area on Friday, March 29. Pit admission for any practice is $25 per session and no license is required. Fans can watch all of the practices for free in the main grandstand.
Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways, and fan participation games. As a premier racing complex, Bridgeport Speedway is a banked 5/8th mile dirt oval, featuring a dirt 1/4 mile oval embedded in the center, and is located in Southern New Jersey -- just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at exit 14 off of I-295.