Sunday April 15, 2012
MIKE BARONE NABS FIRST BIG BLOCK MODIFIED WIN AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
Swedesboro, NJ (April 15, 2012) – On Garden State Vintage Stock Car Night, Mike Barone nabbed his first Big Block Modified feature win at Bridgeport Speedway. Ryan Anderson was victorious in the Crate Sportsmen main event. The Outlaw Stock Car race went to Jeff Dirkes.
In the 30-lap Big Block Modified feature, Mike Barone outdueled Gino Postorivo to gain the lead. With three tours recorded, Matt Harrell, who started the event in sixth, moved into second with Brian Kressley advancing to third. As the laps clicked off in the caution-free contest, Barone’s advantage over Harrell was diminishing with a third of the race completed. By lap 13, Harrell was locked onto Barone’s bumper. One tour later, Barone navigated through lap traffic and escaped with some needed breathing room. At the halfway point, the top three of Barone, Harrell and Kressley remained in order with fourth place running Jimmy Horton tracking nearby. By lap 21, the first four were in tight quarters in the midst of slower cars. Three circuits later, Kressley and Horton slipped by Harrell to move into second and third respectively. With two revolutions remaining in the race, the top three were in heavy lap traffic. On lap 29, Barone had Kressley on his tail with Horton in the hunt as well. Barone did a masterful job in the final circuits to record the win. Kressley held on for second with Horton taking third. Mike Franz ran a strong race and was rewarded with a fourth place finish. Harrell wound up in fifth. The Big Block Modified heat winners were Ryan Watt, Rick Laubach, and Eric Kormann.
In the latter stages of the 20-lap Crate Sportsmen race, Ryan Anderson overtook Ricky DiEva and recorded his third career Bridgeport Speedway victory. DiEva, a rookie racer in the division, set the pace for the opening fourteen laps. The fifth place starting Anderson advanced into second with eight circuits concluded. On lap 15, Anderson came out on top following a good battle with DiEva for the postion. Once in front, Anderson outlasted the rest of the field for the win. With DiEva in second, Tommy Beamer wound up in third. Matt Budd and Steve Davis rounded out the top five. Travis Hill and Ryan Anderson were victors in the Crate Sportsmen qualifying events.
After winning the heat race, Jeff Dirkes capped off his night with a win in the 15-lap Outlaw Stock Car contest. Cheri LaClaire led the opening tour before Terry Griffin took over on the second circuit. During the second half of the contest, Griffin and Dirkes were racing side by side and swapping the lead. With Dirkes emerging with his second straight win, Griffin finished in second. Bob Hopely crossed the stripe in third. Tom Boehlert and Anthony DiBenedetto filled out the top five.
The Garden State Vintage Stock Car exhibition event was taken by Wayne Weaver.
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.
NOTES: For the second week in a row, the fans were excited to see the Big Block Modified feature line up behind the main grandstand.
BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
Big Block Modifieds
Heat 1 - 1. Ryan Watt 2. Stan Frankenfield 3. Brian Kressley 4. Gino Postorivo 5. Jack Swain 6. Corey Andersen
Heat 2 - 1. Rick Laubach 2. Matt Harrell 3. Mike Franz 4. Ron Roberts 5. Richie Pratt, Jr. 6. Rob Nixon
Heat 3 - 1. Eric Kormann 2. Jimmy Horton 3.Mike Barone 4. Scott Ambruster 5. Brett Ballard 6. Tom Maccherone
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE - 30 LAPS
1. MIKE BARONE 2. Brian Kressley 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Mike Franz 5. Matt Harrell 6. Eric Kormann 7. Rick Laubach 8. Ryan Watt 9. Richie Pratt, Jr. 10. Scott Ambruster 11. Brett Ballard 12. Ron Roberts 13. Corey Andersen 14. Gino Postorivo 15. Stan Frankenfield 16. Rob Nixon 17. Tom Maccherone 18. Jack Swain 19. Joe Masiado
DNS: Ed Firth, Wes Camp
Heat 1 - 1. Travis Hill 2. Ken Eckert 3. Brad Roberts 4. Steve Davis 5. Matt Budd 6. CJ Jones
Heat 2 - 1. Ryan Anderson 2. Brett Kressley 3. Ricky DiEva 4. Tommy Beamer 5. Mike Cogdill 6. George Nardelli, IV.
CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE - 20 LAPS
1. RYAN ANDERSON 2. Ricky DiEva 3. Tommy Beamer 4. Matt Budd 5. Steve Davis 6. Brad Roberts 7. Brett Kressley 8. Travis Hill 9. Mike Cogdill 10. Ken Eckert 11. George Nardelli, IV. 12. CJ Jones 13. Aleia Geisler 14. Brett Kelly 15. Chuck Buchman
Heat 1 - 1. Jeff Dirkes 2. Terry Griffin 3. Bob Hopely 4. Anthony DiBenedetto 5. Tom Boehlert 6. Russell Wurst
OUTLAW STOCKS FEATURE - 15 LAPS
1. JEFF DIRKES 2. Terry Griffin 3. Bob Hopely 4. Tom Boehlert 5. Anthony DiBenedetto 6. Kate Raively 7. Russell Wurst 8. Josh Denny 9. Cheri LaClaire 10. Bob Dooley
Fri 4/20 - Fast and Furious Fridays – Micros and 4-Cylinder Stock Cars
1/4 Mile - 600cc Micro-Sprints (20L), 270cc Micro-Sprints (20L) & 4-Cylinder Stock Cars (20L)
6:30 PM Warm-Ups, 7:00 PM Qualifying
Sat 4/21 - Saturday Night Stars – Food Drive Night - $2.00 off grandstand admission with non-perishable food donation
5/8 Mile - Big Block Modifieds (30L), Crate Sportsmen (20L), + Outlaw Stocks (15L)
5:30 PM Warm-Ups, 6:00 PM Qualifying