It’s official! Summer has arrived and the racing action is hot, hot, hot at the Bridgeport Speedway.
The 5/8th mile speedway will take off on Saturday, July 1st to prepare for the All American 40 - the fourth hand of the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Safely 2017 Poker Series - to be held on Monday, July 3rd - on the eve of America’s Independence Day!
Colonial Pipeline returns as the sponsor of the 2017 Poker Series at the Bridgeport Speedway.
Colonial’s petroleum pipelines are buried underground. The leading cause of damage to these types of buried utilities is third party damage - someone digging without the utility’s approval or knowledge of what’s below the surface. That’s why Colonial encourages you to call 811 before you dig! Any project - large or small - you are required by law to call 8-1-1 before you dig. The 811 representative will take all of your information. They will then notify all utility companies that may be affected by your work and a professional locator will visit your work site and mark their utility with paint, flags or stakes. You must place your call at least three working days before the planned work, allowing the utilities time to mark their facilities. Remember - “Know what’s below. Call 811 before you Dig!”
Racing will get underway at 7:30 with the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Stewart Stainless Crate Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks taking to the speedway for a 7:30pm start time.
In addition to a full show of qualifying and feature events, the Big Block Modifieds will also compete in their rained out feature from back in May when the rains came before the feature events could be run for the Hand #2 of the Colonial Pipeline Call Before You Dig Poker Series. That’s four feature events in just one night of racing!!
Ryan Watt has been the hottest thing in East Coast racing ever since he picked up the prestigious win in the Friends of Mike Finale back on May 16th when the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series made their return to the Bridgeport Speedway. Watt was the star of the show that night as he picked up the win. He then collected a win in Hand #3 of the Poker Series a few weeks later in addition to three big wins at two other speedways within the last month. Watt’s trail has included wins in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
There will be plenty of competitors chomping at the bit when the green flag waves. 2012 Bridgeport Champion, Rick Laubach has one Bridgeport Big Block Win to his credit and is looking to increase that win total. Dave Hunt has two wins this season and would like to return to the Winner’s Circle. Mike Barone picked up his second career Bridgeport victory and has been a threat throughout the season so far. Neal Williams has been knocking on the door and has to be considered a threat in every race he enters. Bridgeport regulars Sam Martz, Dominick Buffalino, Richie Pratt, Jr., Tommy Beamer, Ron Roberts and Bob Sarkisian are all searching for their first Bridgeport wins of the season.
And the invaders will be on hand to challenge the Bridgeport regulars. Duane Howard has already collected a win in the Norm’s No. 357. Jeff Strunk came real close to a win in the season opener and has been competitive in the Einfab No. 126 whenever he’s in the field. Billy Pauch Sr. and Jr., Jimmy Horton, PJ Oliver, Frank Cozze and others will be on hand to compete for the checkered flag.
Crate/Sportsman competitors, Brian Papiez and Matt Stangle lead the field with feature wins but have been challenged by the likes of Roger Manning, Eric Kormann, Brad Roberts and others. The Outlaw Stock feature events always come right down to the wire and this event is sure to continue the trend.
Then on Tuesday night, July 11th, the Bridgeport Speedway will present the Three For All - Super Late Models, United Racing Club (URC) Sprint Cars and Small Block Modifieds - there’s something for every race fan! Action will get underway at 7:15.
There Bridgeport Speedway is the home of Big Block Modified Racing!
Hope to see you at the ‘Port!
Saturday, July 1 - No Racing
Monday, July 3 - The All American 40 - Hand #4 of the Colonial PIpeline 811 Call Before You Dig 2017 Poker Series, Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman & Outlaw Stocks plus Hand #2 feature for the Big Blocks, racing at 7:30 (rain date,, Tuesday, July 4 if needed)
Saturday, July 8 - Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and MASS 305 Sprint Cars, racing at 7pm
Saturday, July 15 - Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks plus Poker Series Hand #2 held-over from May, plus Vintage, racing at 7pm