Sunday June 09, 2013
WATT WINS HIS SECOND BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE OF THE YEAR AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAYBridgeport, NJ (June 9, 2013) – On Nostalgia Night at Bridgeport Speedway, Ryan Watt won his second Big Block Modified feature of the year. Bob Lilick took the checkered flag in the Crate/Sportsman race while his brother, Kris, won the D.A.’S Auto Body and Repair Rookie race. Ron Frees was the victor in the Outlaw Stock Car feature.
At the start of the 30-lap Big Block Modified feature, Sam Martz grabbed the lead and was trailed by Scott Irwin, Bob Sarkisian, Ryan Watt, and Eric Kormann. After a first lap caution and restart, Martz remained on top. Watt, who started the event in ninth, migrated into third place on lap 4. With five tours recorded in the books, Martz had a half-straightaway advantage over Irwin, Watt, Kormann, and Sarkisian. One revolution later, Martz’s comfortable margin disappeared as Dave Witte’s spin in the fourth corner brought out the yellow flag. Martz maintained his lead when racing resumed with Watt slipping by Irwin for the runner-up position. Watt was closing in on Martz when the yellow lights reappeared for Mike Iles on lap 8. As action got back underway, Watt blasted by Martz for the lead and Kormann followed him to gain second place. The top three of Watt, Kormann, and Martz remained intact until the yellow lights flickered on during the twelfth circuit for Richie Pratt, Jr. and David Hunt. On the restart, Watt and Kormann waged a side-by-side tussle for the lead with Watt keeping the top running spot. Following a caution period on lap 13 for Scott Irwin, Watt repelled another attempt by Kormann for the lead. At the halfway point, Jimmy Horton drove into third place. Watt was beginning to pull away when the final yellow flag of the event came out on lap 17 for the slowing cars of Dom Buffalino and Martz. As the green flag waved for the last time, Watt continued to set the pace with Horton edging by Kormann for second and Rick Laubach climbing into fourth. With seven laps to go, Watt and Horton were in close quarters. As the final laps clicked off, Watt began to pull away from Horton and eventually, he comfortably crossed the finished line in front for his second win of the year. Horton wound up in second with Kormann coming home in third. Laubach was fourth and Pratt, Jr. completed the race in fifth place. Dave Witte, Bob Sarkisian, and Ryan Watt were the winners in the Big Block Modified heat races.
After taking the lead on the third tour, Bob Lilick paced the field for the remaining distance to win the 20-lap main event for the Crate/Sportsman. Prior to the win, Lilick’s last appearance in victory lane at Bridgeport Speedway was 2006. Kevin Belmont, who led the first two circuits, finished in the runner-up position. Marc Herman, Steve Searock, and Mike Cogdill rounded out the top five. The Crate Sportsman qualifying events were taken by Matt Budd, Steve Searock, and Marc Herman.
Kris Lilick captured the 8-lap D.A.’S Auto Body and Repair Rookie Series feature for the third time this season. Ian Humphreys, Tyler Hulmes, Jeff Bubori,and Jesse Bonaduce followed Lilick across the finish line.
In the 15-lap Outlaw Stock Car feature, Ron Frees held off a late charge from Jimmy Avery to record his fourth victory of the season. Frees inherited the lead from Brian Ludwig on the eleventh tour after mechanical issues caused Ludwig to retire from the race. With Avery taking second, Tom Wills, Sr. finished in third. Fourth went to Tom Wills, Jr. and TJ Henry took fifth. Jimmy Avery and Tom Wills, Sr. were the victors in the Outlaw Stock Car heat races.
The Night of Wings 2013 show takes place on Wednesday, June 12 featuring the 410 Sprint Cars in a 25-lap main event paying $7000 to the top finisher. The TSRS Sprint Cars round out the two-division special mid-week program. The gates to the pits open at 4:00 p.m. with the grandstand turnstiles unlocking at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps will get underway at 7:00 p.m. with action starting at 7:30 p.m. Night of Wings 2013 tickets for fans 16 and older will be $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show. Admission for students (10-15) will be $15 and children 9 and under are free. Pit admission is $35. A raindate of Thursday, June 13 has been established for this event.
On Saturday, June 15, twin 20-lap features for the Big Block Modifieds are on tap. In addition, the Crate/Sportsman will have two features as they will compete in a regularly scheduled main event along with the postponed feature from Saturday, May 11. The Outlaw Stock Cars and the D.A.’S Auto Body and Repair Rookies will be in competition as well. The pit area opens at 4:00 p.m. with the grandstand gates unlocking at 5:00 p.m. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Adult (16 and older) admission will be $20 with students (10-15) being admitted for $10. Kids 9 and under are free. Pit admission is $30 for Bridgeport members and $35 for non-members.
Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation games. Billed ‘The Fastest Dirt Track in the East’, 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.
BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013
Big Block Modifieds
Heat 1 - 1. Dave Witte 2. Mike Iles 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Mike Barone 5. Jack Swain 6. Sam Martz
Heat 2 - 1. Bob Sarkisian 2. Rick Laubach 3. Tommy Beamer 4. Matt Harrell 5. Travis Hill 6. Dom Buffalino
Heat 3 - 1. Ryan Watt 2. Richie Pratt, Jr. 3. Eric Kormann 4. Scott Irwin 5. Mike Franz 6. Don Cogdill, III
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS
1. RYAN WATT 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Eric Kormann 4. Rick Laubach 5. Richie Pratt, Jr. 6. Matt Harrell 7. Mike Barone 8. Scott Irwin 9. Dave Witte 10. Sam Martz 11. David Hunt 12. Jesse Hill 13. Mike Iles 14. Dom Buffalino 15. Travis Hill 16. Dale Hartz 17. Mike Franz 18. Bob Sarkisian 19. Ron Roberts 20. Ed Firth 21. Tommy Beamer 22. Jack Swain
DNS: Jason Kosch, Don Cogdill, III
Heat 1 - 1. Matt Budd 2. Dave Damiano 3. Brett Ballard 4. Scott Hulmes 5. Billy Briggs 6. Ian Humphreys
Heat 2 - 1. Steve Searock 2. Bob Lilick 3. Mike Cogdill 4. Kyle Hieber 5. Kevin Belmont 6. Jesse Dill
Heat 3 - 1. Marc Herman 2. CJ Jones 3. Brad Roberts 4. Ricky DiEva 5. Joe Dill 6. Jason Duppel
CRATE/SPORTSMAN FEATURE - 20 LAPS
1. BOB LILICK 2. Kevin Belmont 3. Marc Herman 4. Steve Searock 5. Mike Cogdill 6. Brett Ballard 7. Brad Roberts 8. Matt Budd 9. CJ Jones 10. Ricky DiEva 11. Ian Humphreys 12. Billy Briggs 13. Kyle Hieber 14. Joe Dill 15. Dave Damiano 16.Jesse Dill 17. Gary Hieber, Jr. 18. Scott Hulmes 19. Don Barone 20. Tyler Hulmes 21. Jason Duppel 22. Pete Serra
DNS: Jesse Bonaduce, Ryan Wozunk, Jeff Bubori
D.A.’S AUTO BODY AND REPAIR ROOKIE SERIES FEATURE - 8 LAPS
1. KRIS LILICK 2. Ian Humphreys 3. Tyler Hulmes 4. Jeff Bubori 5. Jesse Bonaduce
Outlaw Stock Cars
Heat 1 - 1. Jimmy Avery 2. Tom Wills, Jr. 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Tom Boehlert 5. Anthony DiBenedetto 6. David Kramer
Heat 2 - 1.Tom Wills, Sr. 2. Ron Frees 3. Terry Griffin 4. TJ Henry 5. Art Avery 6. Cleve Riehl
OUTLAW STOCK CARS FEATURE - 15 LAPS
1. RON FREES 2. Jimmy Avery 3. Tom Wills, Sr. 4. Tom Wills, Jr. 5. TJ Henry 6. Tom Boehlert 7. Terry Griffin 8. Anthony DiBenedetto 9. Art Avery 10. Cleve Riehl 11. Brian Ludwig 12. Jeremy Doerr 13. David Kramer
Wed 6/12 - Night of Wings 2013 with special appearance by Dave Blaney (Raindate is 6/13)
410 Sprint Cars (25L and $7,000 to win) & TSRS Sprint Cars (20L)
4:00 p.m. - Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
7:30 p.m. - Racing starts
Fri 6/14 - Fast and Furious Fridays - $500 to win 600cc Micro-Sprint feature courtesy of S&D Racing, Black Flagged Racing’s 270cc Micro-Sprint Bonus Night & 8-Cylinder Enduro on 1/4 Mile
600cc Micro-Sprints (20L), 270cc Micro-Sprints (20L), 4-Cylinder Enduro Cars (20L), & 8-Cylinder Enduro (50L)
5:00 p.m. - Gates open
7:15 p.m. - Racing starts
Sat 6/15 - Saturday Night Stars - Twin 20’s for Big Block Modifieds and Crate/Sportsman (Regular and make-up feature from 5/11)
Big Block Modifieds (2-20L), Crate/Sportsman (20L & 20L feature from 5/11), Outlaw Stock Cars (15L) & D.A.’s Auto Body and Repair Rookie Series
4:00 p.m. - Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6:30 p.m. - Racing starts