Monday May 14, 2012
Ryan Godown and Car Owner Rick Clay Hope For Another Winning Hand At Bridgeport Speedway May 27 Poker Series Event; Memorial Day Weekend Special Presents Plenty of Activities for Fans Plus First TSRS 305 Sprint Car Appearance of 2012BRIDGEPORT, NJ - Ryan Godown hopes for another winning hand on Sunday, May 27 at Bridgeport Speedway.
Godown and the Rick Clay-fielded No. 88c team have set their sights on 'Hand Two' of the Poker Series at Bridgeport Speedway on Memorial Day weekend. The Colonial Pipeline-811 Awareness program at the South Jersey five-eighths-mile oval is headlined by a 40-lap, $4,000-to-win event for big-block Modifieds paying a complete Race of Champions purse: $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th and $300 to take the green flag.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps planned for 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Off the track, there will be plenty of activities for fans enjoy. A driver autograph session is set for the grandstand area from 5-5:30 p.m., an opportunity for fans to meet the drivers who will be competing later that night.
WXTU 92.5 FM will be on hand with a "Ticket Stop" for the 28th anniversary show June 2 at Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, N.J.) starring Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and Uncle Kracker. Seventy-five pairs of tickets will be raffled off that night. WXTU representatives will be on hand from 6-7 p.m.
Following the completion of racing, there will be music under the pavilion during a post-race party. Camping on the speedway grounds is encouraged.
Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., won the first Poker Series event contested at Bridgeport on March 31. After pitting for two fresh tires, Godown sliced through the field for a victory worth more than $4,000. He also took away an 'Ace' from the five-race series' first hand and gave Lebanon, Pa., area car owner Clay his first big-block victory. The Teo-Pro car is maintained by former PA 358-Modified racer Tom Umbenhauer.
At each '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 hand receives $1,000. Drivers must participate in all five events to be eligible for a points fund.
Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa., and Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., both Bridgeport weekly regulars, finished second (King) and third (Queen), respectively in the March race. Hillsborough, N.J.'s Mike Barone, who recently won his first Bridgeport main event, was 13th in the opener and earned a 'Deuce' in March.
A shorter 40-lap distance for 'Hand Two' with the solid purse structure should prove economical for teams. Joining the Modifieds on the program are TSRS 305 Sprint Cars (their first visit to Bridgeport this season), Crate Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks. There will be no racing at Bridgeport on Saturday, May 26 in advance of the 'Poker Series' event.
Grandstand admission is $25 for Adults and $23 for Seniors (65 and over) and Students (with ID). Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $30 for Bridgeport members and $35 for non-members. Rules for Modifieds are identical to the Race of Champions event run in March.
The remaining Modified 'Poker Series' dates are Wed., July 4, Mon., Sept. 3 and Sat., Nov. 10.
Custom 'Poker Series' apparel produced by Bob Hilbert Sportswear (Boyertown, Pa.) will be on sale. The apparel sold out on March 31 and a second order is being readied for Memorial Day weekend.
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.