Wednesday November 07, 2012
INTEREST REACHING FEVER PITCH AS WILD CARD WEEKEND APPROACHES AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY; RULES SET, TWO DAYS OF RACING PLANNED NOV. 9-10BRIDGEPORT, NJ -Interest is running at a fever pitch for the 'Wild Card Weekend' at Bridgeport Speedway.
This Friday and Saturday (Nov. 9-10) the five-eighths-mile clay oval in Logan Township, N.J., lights up with a full-slate of racing activities as first-year promoters Doug and Gena Hoffman close the curtain on their inaugural Bridgeport season. Drivers and fans from across the Northeast have declared their intentions of visiting the South Jersey facility for the region's final dirt-track event of 2012.
Among the weekend highlights, of course, will be 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.
Some of the invading drivers who have publicized their plans of visiting Bridgeport include Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, New Yorkers J.R. Heffner and Bobby Varin (slated to drive the Tom Umbenhauer No. 19 small-block), Billy Pauch Sr., Ryan Godown, Mike Gular, Wade Hendrickson and a host of others to challenge the Bridgeport regulars led by track champion Rick Laubach, Jimmy Horton, Ryan Watt, Richie Pratt Jr., Michael Barone, Eric Kormann and more.
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 exclusive' 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. Sail panels are not permitted. All cars must utilize conventional windows.
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. The tire rule is American Racer right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44 or harder; 33 or harder across the front. Sail panels are not permitted. All cars must utilize conventional windows.
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 tire rule is American Racer right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44 or harder; 33 or harder across the front. Sail panels are not permitted. All cars must utilize conventional windows.
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.
For the fans, the Modified feature field will be staged behind the grandstand on Saturday night: a popular attraction during the season.
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 under regular Bridgeport rules (see below). Sail panels are not permitted on the Sportsman. The tire rule is American Racer right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44 or harder; 33 or harder across the front.
Open Sportsman weight rules are as follows: open engine with two-barrel carburetor with aluminum wheels (2,500 lbs.); open engine with two-barrel carburetor with steel wheels (2,450 lbs.); and Crate Sportsman under Bridgeport rules, with rev chip (2,350 lbs.).
The popular TSRS 305 Sprint Cars (20 laps) and Garden State Vintage Stock Cars will join the show. Lap sponsorships for the TSRS 305 Sprint Cars are on sale at $10 per lap by contacting [email protected].
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. Post-race parties and bonfires are in the works on Friday and Saturday.
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.