Sunday August 04, 2013
HUNT AND HORTON GET THRILLING WINS AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAYBridgeport, NJ (August 4, 2013) - A night of four feature events at Bridgeport Speedway produced a first, second and third time winner as Ian Humphreys, Dave Hunt, and Jimmy Horton picked up wins in the Crate/Sportsman and Big Block Modified features. Ron Frees earned his eighth win in the Outlaw Stock Car main event.
Dave Hunt started out with a win in the held-over feature event from July 20th. Bob Sarkisian was the race leader for the first six circuits and had built a sizeable lead before a lap six caution. The caution flag for the disabled car of Eric Kormann erased Sarkisian's advantage and put second place Dave Hunt right alongside of Sarkisian for the restart. During the caution period, Dominick Buffalino headed to the pits with the Michael #51m.The restart was called back when Hunt went a little early and then Don Cogdill III ran into problems in turn one. Ryan Watt, the four time feature winner who came into the night with the point lead, headed to the pits with his Roberts Racing #14w. When the green flag waved for the start of lap seven, Hunt took the lead from the outside line as Sarkisian, Tommy Beamer and Jack Swain followed. After starting sixteenth, Richie Pratt Jr. made his move into the top five. A flat tire on lap thirteen had Beamer headed to the pits as the caution flag waved. Swain began to pressure Sarkisian for second as Pratt sized up Swain for a move. Swain took over second on lap fifteen as 2012 Bridgeport Track Champion Rick Laubach followed into third. Pratt relinquished his fifth place run on lap twenty-one when he exited with mechanical difficulties. The leaders were in lapped traffic on the final lap as they raced to the checkered flag. Swain closed the gap on Hunt but lapped traffic played a role as Laubach made a last circuit move to take over second as Hunt sailed to his second win of the season. Following Hunt, Laubach and Swain were Sarkisian and Mike Iles to complete the top five.
The regularly scheduled Modified Feature event saw Ron Roberts take the early race lead until Eric Kormann took over on lap three in the Hewlett #901. Wade Hendrickson moved the Pondish #6 into third on lap three and then took over second from Roberts two tours later. Lap eight saw Roberts Racing teammates, Roberts and Watt battle for third with Watt taking the position. Jimmy Horton moved ahead of Roberts to take over fourth. Sarkisian brought out the yellow just before the half way mark when he came to a stop on the homestretch off of turn four. Kormann led the field to the restart but they were three wide for second as Watt, Hendrickson and Horton raced for the runner-up spot. Horton came up with the position with Watt gaining third. Pratt slipped past Hendrickson to take over fourth. A comfortable margin then separated each of the top four cars until lap traffic came into play with five laps to go. As Kormann approached the slower cars, Horton closed the gap. As Kormann navigated his way through the traffic, Horton made his move and came away with the lead on lap twenty-three. With the checkered waving, the top three of Horton, Kormann, and Watt were nose to tail. Pratt raced home in fourth with Hendrickson finishing in fifth. Horton's third win of the season and 121st of his career at Bridgeport Speedway also earned Horton a starting spot in the Short Track Supernationals at Five Mile Point Speedway in October. Travis Hill, Rick Laubach, and Wade Hendrickson were the victors in the Big Block Modified qualifying events. The consolation race was taken by Corey Andersen.
Ian Humphreys, who was crowned as the Bridgeport Rookie Champion at the end of June, won his first Crate/Sportsman feature of his career in the twenty lap main event. Ryan Wozunk and Humphreys led the field to the start. After a lap one caution, Wozunk led the first four circuits. Humphreys mounted his challenge from the outside line and raced side by side with Wozunk until he edged into the lead on lap five. Humphreys quickly drove away from the field and drove unchallenged to his first win despite several caution flags that erased his advantage. Wozunk had a strong effort to finish second ahead of Marc Herman. Mike Cogdill pressured Herman up to the checkered flag to finish fourth as Brett Ballard came home in fifth. The Crate/Sportsman heat races were captured by Ian Humphreys and Jesse Bonaduce.
In Outlaw Stock action, Jimmy Avery led the first lap as Brian Ludwig charged past Jimmy Hughes and then Avery to take the lead on lap two. Ron Frees raced side by side with Hughes for the second spot and gained the position on lap five. A lap eight restart had Ludwig and Frees restarting side by side with Frees taking the lead. TJ Henry made it a three way race for second as he raced with Ludwig and Tom Wills, Jr. but a right front flat took him out of contention on the final lap. Frees raced to his eighth win of the season followed by Ludwig, Wills, Jr., Avery and Henry. The Outlaw Stock Car heat race winners were Ron Frees and Jimmy Avery.
On Saturday, August 10, residents of Folsom, Hammonton, and Winslow in New Jersey will receive free grandstand admission with proper identification. Fans living in the state of Delaware can save $5 off the grandstand admission price with proof of residency. The TSRS Sprint Cars and Garden State Vintage Stock Cars are on the race card along with the Big Block Modifieds and Crate/Sportsman. The pit gates unlock at 4:30 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:30 p.m. The first green flag waves at 7:00 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, AUGUST 3 2013
Big Block Modifieds
Heat 1 - 1. Travis Hill 2.Mike Iles 3. Ryan Watt 4. Mike Franz 5. Richie Pratt, Jr. 6. Scott Ambruster
Heat 2 - 1. Rick Laubach 2. Ron Roberts 3. Eric Kormann 4. Mike Barone 5. Tommy Beamer 6. Matt Harrell
Heat 3 - 1. Wade Hendrickson 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Sam Martz 4. Sammy Piazza 5. Jack Mihoff 6. Scott Irwin
Consolation - 1. Corey Andersen 2. Bob Sarkisian 3. David Hunt 4. Dave Witte 5. Jack Swain 6. Chris Grbac 7. Sean Gunther
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE - 25 LAPS – REGULAR FEATURE
1. JIMMY HORTON 2. Eric Kormann 3. Ryan Watt 4. Richie Pratt, Jr. 5. Wade Hendrickson 6. Matt Harrell 7. Rick Laubach 8. Mike Iles 9. Mike Barone 10. Travis Hill 11. Jack Swain 12. Sam Martz 13. Corey Andersen 14. Tommy Beamer 15. Scott Irwin 16. Ron Roberts 17. Chris Grbac 18. Dave Witte 19. David Hunt 20. Jack Mihoff 21. Bob Sarkisian 22. Sammy Piazza 23. Mike Franz 24. Sean Gunther
DNS: Scott Ambruster
DNQ: Dom Buffalino, Don Cogdill, III, Jason Rivers, Tom Maccherone, Bobby Firth
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE - 25 LAPS – POSTPONED FEATURE FROM JULY 20
1. DAVID HUNT 2. Rick Laubach 3. Jack Swain 4. Bob Sarkisian 5. Mike Iles 6. Matt Harrell 7. Dave Witte 8. Travis Hill 9. Sam Martz 10. Mike Barone 11. Tommy Beamer 12. Sammy Piazza 13. Jimmy Horton 14. Tom Maccherone 15. Ron Roberts 16. Richie Pratt, Jr. 17. Wade Hendrickson 18. Mike Franz 19. Jason Rivers 20. Dom Buffalino 21. Ryan Watt 22. Don Cogdill, III 23. Eric Kormann 24. Sean Gunther 25. Bobby Firth
Heat 1 - 1. Ian Humphreys 2. Brett Ballard 3. Dave Damiano 4. Marc Herman 5. Kris Lilick 6. Matt Budd 7. Steve Searock
Heat 2 - 1. Jesse Bonaduce 2. Bob Lilick 3. Mike Cogdill 4. Ryan Wozunk 5. Gary Hieber 6. Kevin Belmont 7. Patrick Gold
CRATE/SPORTSMAN FEATURE - 20 LAPS
1. IAN HUMPHREYS 2. Ryan Wozunk 3. Marc Herman 4. Mike Cogdill 5. Brett Ballard 6. Bob Lilick 7. Matt Budd 8. Brian Papiez 9. Steve Searock 10. Gary Hieber 11. Kris Lilick 12. Scott Hulmes 13. Brad Roberts 14. Dave Damiano 15. Melissa Scarpati 16. Ricky DiEva 17. Kevin Belmont 18. Billy Briggs 19. Jesse Bonaduce 20. Kyle Hieber 21. Patrick Gold
Outlaw Stock Cars
Heat 1 - 1. Ron Frees 2. Brian Ludwig 3. Cleve Riehl 4. Art Avery 5. Tom Wills, Sr. 6. David Kramer
Heat 2 - 1. Jimmy Avery 2. TJ Henry 3. Tom Wills, Jr. 4. Jimmy Hughes 5. Ed Tinsman
OUTLAW STOCK CAR FEATURE - 15 LAPS
1. RON FREES 2. Brian Ludwig 3. Tom Wills, Jr. 4. Jimmy Avery 5. TJ Henry 6. Ed Tinsman 7. Jimmy Hughes 8. Art Avery 9. David Kramer 10. Joe Meron 11. Tom Wills, Sr. 12. Cleve Riehl