Bridgeport Speedway, The New
Monday, July 23, 2012
Tom Hager Remembered this Wednesday at Bridgeport Speedway with 43-lap Modified Event
by Brett Deyo
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. -- The memory of dirt-track legend Tom Hager is in the spotlight this Wednesday - July 25 - at Bridgeport Speedway.
The South Jersey five-eighths-mile oval hosts the 'Tom Hager Remembered' 43-lap, $4,300-to-win event, which was postponed from its original date of July 4 due to storm damage in the area.
Wednesday's event will now serve as 'Hand Three' of the Poker Series for big-block/small-block Modifieds. The Modified main pays $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th and $300 to take the green flag plus lap money. A diverse field with drivers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware is expected to battle for the lucrative posted purse, which tops $16,000.
"We're looking forward to a big night at Bridgeport," said speedway promoter Doug Hoffman. "Tom Hager was an innovator and a hard racer. He definitely left his mark on Modified racing. We're proud to be able to honor him at Bridgeport."
Also serving as part of the midweek event is the Crate Sportsman Poker Series 'Hand Three' paying $700 to the winner and $75 to take the green flag for 30 laps of racing. Bridgeport, New Egypt (N.J.) and Delaware International engine seals are legal for this special event. The Outlaw Stocks are slated for a 15-lap feature to complete the card.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps planned for 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Modified weight rules are as follows for the event: PA-legal (Big Diamond/Grandview) 358 engines: 2,350 lbs.; all other small-blocks under 361 cubic inches: 2,400 lbs.; all engines above 361 cubic inches: 2,500 lbs. The tire rule is as follows: right-rear 48 or harder; left-rear 44; 33 or harder across the front.
Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., won the first 'Poker Series' event of the season run on March 31 driving the Rick Clay-owned No. 88c. The second hand of the 'Poker Series' fell to Jamie Mills of Milford, Del., on May 27. Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa., finished second in both events and hopes to earn a victory for the Bridgeport regulars.
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 points fund.
The remaining Modified 'Poker Series' events are Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) and Saturday, Nov. 10.
In the Crate Sportsman 'Poker Series' Travis Hill of Barnsboro, N.J., has won the first two hands.
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.