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Monday June 01, 2009
BRIDGEPORT, NJ (May 31,2009) - On Scout Night at Bridgeport Speedway, Richie Pratt, Jr. was the victor in the Big Block Modified feature. Chuck Hopkins won the regularly scheduled 358 Sportsman event while Jesse Hill took the checkered flag in the completed 358 Sportsman feature from Saturday, May 23. In the GM Sportsman division, Bob Burgess was the winner and Billy Martino captured the Rookie GM Sportsman race.

In the 25-Lap Big Block Modified feature, veteran Mike Franz took the early lead with Brian Truppi, Bob Sarkisian and Richie Pratt, Jr. in the early chase. Sarkisian took over second place on lap 3 but Pratt, Jr. snared the position from Sarkisian on the very next circuit. Still in front of the pack, Franz began to face the pressure of Pratt, Jr. and relinquished the lead to Pratt, Jr. on lap 7. As the yellow flag would not appear until lap 22, Pratt, Jr. began to stretch out his lead over Franz and Sarkisian. Behind the top three, many cars battled for position as Jimmy Chester motored to fourth and Jimmy Horton took over fifth place on lap 12. With the long stretch of green flag racing, Pratt, Jr. began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 15. On lap 22, Chester slowed down in turn four and the first caution of the event appeared. When action resumed, Horton quickly advanced up to second place with Ryan Watt gaining the third spot. Shortly after getting second place, Horton’s right rear tire exploded and the event’s final yellow light flickered. Pratt, Jr. fended off Watt in the last two laps for his ninth career Big Block Modified win at Bridgeport and his first win in 2009. Watt finished in second place while Wade Hendrickson came from eighteenth to finish in third. Points leader Chad James wound up in fourth place while Franz scored a fifth place finish. Franz, Horton, and Chester won the Big Block Modified heat races.

Front row starter, John Kelly, led the opening 10 laps of the 20-Lap feature for the 358 Sportsman. Back in the pack of cars, Chuck Hopkins had already reached third place on lap 6 after starting the main event in the eleventh position. Kelly had a sizeable lead over Tom Solderich by lap 8 when he began to lap the field. As the second half of the race began, Hopkins continued his charge to the front and became the leader on lap 12. Travis Hill got by Solderich on lap 13 for the third spot. The yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 14 when the 358 Sportsman of Bob Lineman, Jr. showed smoke. On the single file restart, Hopkins kept his lead but Travis Hill jumped past Kelly for second and Jesse Hill grabbed third place from Solderich. John Cavallaro brought out the final caution on lap 18. On the single file restart with two laps to go, Hopkins outgunned the Hill Brothers and went onto claim his sixth career win. Second place went to Travis Hill with Jesse Hill taking third. Kelly and Jack Swain completed the top five. 358 Sportsman heat race winners were Kelly, Don Bogey, and Travis Hill. Sean Gunther won the consolation event.

Tom Solderich with Travis Hill in tow took over the lead from Jason Duppel as the 358 Sportsman feature from May 23rd resumed with 15 laps remaining. Just after completing one lap, Solderich and Travis Hill tangled briefly in front of the field causing the yellow flag to be displayed. With the top two runners now displaced, Jack Swain ascended to the top spot. When action resumed, the red flag was shown when Duppel’s spin on the backstretch caused the field to scatter and block the track. When the green flag waved again, Swain and Larry Lippincott battled side by side for the lead for six consecutive laps. After two more cautions and restarts, the top two runners were joined by third place runner Jesse Hill and fourth place runner Chuck Hopkins in a four-way for the lead. On lap 16, Jesse Hill hopped up to the second position and swept by Swain for the lead on lap 18. The elder Hill went on to capture his eleventh career win in the opening leg of the Racing World Magazine 358 Sportsman Bonus series. Swain held onto second place and Lippincott took the third position. Hopkins and Frank Dorry, Jr. rounded out the top five.

In the 15-Lap GM Sportsman contest, Bob Burgess took the lead on lap 5 after Corey Anderson experienced a right rear tire issue to grab his second career win. Tenth place starter Neal Williams ran very well in the second half of the feature to finish in second place. Tom Moore, Jr., Eric Kormann and Chuck Buchman filled out the top five. Anderson and Moore, Jr. were victorious in the GM Sportsman qualifying events.

Billy Martino celebrated his 50th birthday by winning his first race of the year in the Rookie GM Sportsman event.

On Saturday, June 6th, the Big Block Modifieds will see double duty when they will compete in two 20-Lap features. The 358 Sportsman, GM Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookie GM Sportsman will also be in competition. Racing starts at 7:00 PM on June 6th with Grandstand Gates opening at 5:00 PM. Quarter mile racing on Friday, June 5th showcases the 600cc Micro-Sprints competing in a Winged and Wingless feature sponsored by Guhl Motors. 270cc Micro-Sprints and the 4-Cylinder Stock Cars complete the schedule. The first race on the inner oval starts at 7:00 PM on Friday June 5th with Gates opening at 5:00 PM. For additional information, please visit or call 302-875-4196.

Bridgeport Speedway Results – Saturday, May 30, 2009

Big Block Modifieds

Heat 1 – Mike Franz, Richie Pratt, Jr., Ryan Watt, Rusty Smith, Scott Irwin, Dave Howard
Heat 2 – Jimmy Horton, Mike Barone, Chad James, Bob Sarkisian, Steve Durand, Rick Wegner, Jr.
Heat 3 – Jimmy Chester, Brian Truppi, Wade Hendrickson, Ron Roberts, Bryant Brown, Matt Harrell


RICHIE PRATT, JR., Ryan Watt, Wade Hendrickson, Chad James, Mike Franz, Mike Barone, Bob Sarkisian, Rusty Smith, Scott Irwin, Brian Truppi, Matt Harrell, Steve Durand, Jimmy Horton, Bryant Brown, Rich Acolia, Jimmy Chester, Ron Roberts, Rick Wegner, Jr., Dave Howard

DNS: Stan Frankenfield

358 Sportsman

Heat 1 – John Kelly, Larry Lippincott, Jack Swain, Jarrad Miller, Bob Lineman, Jr., Tom Solderich
Heat 2 – Don Bogey, Jesse Hill, Frank Dorry, Jr., Tom Miller, John Scarpati, Jr., Brett Ballard
Heat 3 – Travis Hill, Ron Roberts, Kevin Collins, Chuck Hopkins, Randy Yaple, Craig Whitmoyer
Consolation – Sean Gunther, John Cavallaro, Rob Wyant, Gino Postorivo, Bob Cook, Bob Rambone


CHUCK HOPKINS, Travis Hill, Jesse Hill, John Kelly, Jack Swain, Tom Solderich, Larry Lippincott, Frank Dorry, Jr., Kevin Collins, Ron Roberts, Craig Whitmoyer, Randy Yaple, Jarrad Miller, Brett Ballard, Gino Postorivo, Sean Gunther, John Scarpati, Jr., Tom Miller, John Cavallaro, Bob Cook, Bob Rambone, Don Bogey, Bob Lineman, Jr., Rob Wyant

DNQ: Dan Cogdill, Jason Duppel, Sam Gangemi


JESSE HILL, Jack Swain, Larry Lippincott, Chuck Hopkins, Frank Dorry, Jr., Ron Roberts, Gino Postorivo, Jarrad Miller, Tom Solderich, Travis Hill, Brett Ballard, John Kelly, Bob Lineman, Jr., John Scarpati, Jr., John Cavallaro, Randy Yaple, Tom Miller, Jason Duppel, Kevin Collins, Sean Gunther, Dan Cogdill, Sam Gangemi, Rob Pierce, Harry Marlin

GM Sportsman

Heat 1 – Corey Anderson, Eric Kormann, Chuck Buchman, Kyle Borror, Bob Burgess, Billy Martino
Heat 2 – Tom Moore, Jr., Doug Urbano, Michael Cogdill, David Bell, Neal Williams, Tyler DeVault


BOB BURGESS, Neal Williams, Tom Moore, Jr., Eric Kormann, Chuck Buchman, Tyler DeVault, Doug Urbano, Bob Dmuchowski, Kyle Borror, David Bell, Jimmy Anderson, Dan Stout, Corey Anderson, Brittany Whitesall, Billy Martino, Michael Cogdill


BILLY MARTINO, Jimmy Anderson, Brittany Whitesall, Tyler DeVault, Mike Starke

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Fri 6/5 – Fast and Furious Fridays – Four Feature Friday with 600cc Micro-Sprint Wingless race presented by Guhl Motors
1/4 Mile –600cc Micro-Sprints (20L), 270cc Micro-Sprints (20L), & 4 Cylinder Stock Cars (20L) plus 600cc Micro-Sprint Wingless (20L)
6:30 PM Warm-Ups, 7:00 PM Qualifying

Sat 6/6 – Saturday Night Stars! – Modified Twin 20’s plus the start of the 2009 edition of Pie your Favorite Driver and Bridgeport Employee
Modified (20L x 2), 358 Sportsman (20L), GM Sportsman (15L), Outlaw Stocks (15L), + Rookie GM Sportsman
6:15 PM Warm-Ups, 7:00 PM Qualifying