Swedesboro, NJ (November 10, 2012) – On day one of Wild Card Weekend at Bridgeport Speedway, Ryan Godown grabbed the checkered flag in the 358 Small Block Modified feature. Ryan Anderson was the victor in the 30-lap Crate Sportsmen Poker Series finale. Rich Reider won the postponed Outlaw Stock Car feature from September 22 while Jeff Dirkes topped the field in the Fallen Friends 20 for the Outlaw Stock Cars.
At the start of the 30-lap 358 Small Block Modified feature, Ryan Godown jumped out to the front with Meme DeSantis and Duane Howard in pursuit. Howard motored into the runner-up position on the second circuit. By lap 6, the top two of Godown and Howard were setting a torrid pace with Kevin Hirthler riding in third. One tour later, Godown began to encounter some slower running competitors. With a long stretch of green flag racing, Godown and Howard were in the midst of more lap traffic with Howard inching closer to the leader. At the halfway mark, Godown and Howard were side-by-side as Hirthler was nearing the top two. By lap 17, the top three of Godown, Howard and Hirthler were in tight quarters. With ten tours to go in the contest, Godown developed some breathing room as he was approaching another pocket of lap traffic. On lap 22, Godown’s lead had diminished again while he was racing through another group of slower running cars. With five to go and clear of traffic, Godown began to pull away from Howard and Hirthler. On lap 27, Dave Witte’s ride stopped near the fourth turn wall and the only caution flag of the race appeared. Following the double file restart, Godown continued to set the pace as Howard and Hirthler tussled for the runner-up spot. Godown maintained his lead for the remaining distance to grab the victory. Hirthler finished in second with Ryan Watt’s late race charge earning him a third place finish. Howard slipped back in the final laps to finish in fourth while DeSantis came home in fifth. Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt, Ron Roberts, and Duane Howard each won a Small Block Modified heat race. Steve Young and Kyle Merkel were victors in the consolation races.
Ryan Anderson benefitted from a mechanical failure on Travis Hill’s ride to win the 30-lap Crate Sportsmen Poker Series finale. Hill grabbed the lead at the start of the event with Anderson running in second place. On lap 15, Hill’s car stopped near the pit entrance and Anderson inherited the lead. Once on top, Anderson controlled the race for the last half of the event to capture his fourth win of the year. Frank Dorry, Jr. finished in second with Mike Cogdill taking third. Matt Budd and Ricky DiEva completed the top five. The Crate Sportsmen qualifying events were taken by CJ Jones, Frank Dorry, Jr. and Mike Cogdill. Kyle Bostic won the consolation contest.
In the postponed Outlaw Stock Car feature, Rich Reider made his return visit to Bridgeport worthwhile by winning the 15-lap race. Jeff Dirkes took the lead at the start of the event. Reider, who took over second place on the eleventh circuit, passed Dirkes for the top spot with one tour remaining. Dirkes earned the 2012 Outlaw Stock Car championship with his second place finish. Brian Ludwig, Bill Liedtka, and Gary Klimeczak filled out the top five.
Dirkes came back in the Fallen Friends 20 for the Outlaw Stock Cars and nosed out Reider for the victory. Tom Priciotta’s strong run earned him a third place finish. Tom Wills, Sr. wound up in fourth with fifth taken by Spider Ensinger, Jr. Tom Wills, Sr., and Jeff Dirkes won the heat races.
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BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012
358 Small Block Modifieds
Heat 1 – 1. Rick Laubach 2. Bobby Varin 3. Mike Mammana 4. Ray Swinehart 5. Jimmy Horton
Heat 2 – 1. Ryan Watt 2. Ryan Godown 3. Kevin Hirthler 4. Rusty Smith 5. Neal Williams
Heat 3 – 1. Ron Roberts 2. Dave Witte 3. Meme DeSantis 4. Jesse Hill 5. Eric Kormann
Heat 4 – 1. Duane Howard. 2. Richie Pratt, Jr. 3. Billy Pauch Sr. 4. Shawn Reimert 5. Pat Wall
Consolation 1 – 1. Steve Young 2. Wade Hendrickson
Consolation 2 – 1. Kyle Merkel 2. Larry Solomon
358 SMALL BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE – 30 LAPS
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Kevin Hirthler 3. Ryan Watt 4. Duane Howard 5. Meme DeSantis 6. Rick Laubach 7. Neal Williams 8. Bobby Varin 9. Billy Pauch, Sr. 10. Ray Swinehart 11. Rusty Smith 12. Jesse Hill 13. Mike Mammana 14. Richie Pratt, Jr. 15. Eric Kormann 16. Larry Soloman 17. Steve Young 18. Dave Witte 19. Ron Roberts 20. Shawn Reimert 21. Wade Hendrickson 22. Pat Wall 23. Kyle Merkel 24. Jimmy Horton
DNQ: Stan Frankenfield, Kyle Borror, Keith Hoffman, Pete Serra, Billy Briggs, Chris Grbac, Tom Maccherone, DJ Rupert, Brian Lilick, Jason Neidlinger, Rocco Infante, Scott Hulmes, Neil Huber, Jason Rivers
Heat 1 – 1. CJ Jones 2. Ryan Anderson 3. Bobby Dmuchowski 4. Gary Hieber 5. Matt McAnally 6. Luke Schostikewitz
Heat 2 – 1. Frank Dorry, Jr. 2. Tommy Beamer 3. Steve Davis 4. Ricky DiEva 5. Matt Budd 6. Ryan Simmons
Heat 3 – 1. Mike Cogdill 2. Travis Hill 3. Sean Gunther 4. John Micek 5. Andrew Krause 6. Brad Roberts
Consolation – 1. Kyle Bostic 2. Kyle Hieber 3. George Nardelli, IV 4. Adam Cox 5. Mike Carman 6. Brett Ballard
CRATE SPORTSMEN FEATURE – 30 LAPS – POKER SERIES FINALE
1. RYAN ANDERSON 2. Frank Dorry, Jr. 3. Mike Cogdill 4. Matt Budd 5. Ricky DiEva 6. John Micek 7. Steve Davis 8. Gary Hieber 9. Bobby Dmuchowski 10. Kyle Bostic 11. Tommy Beamer 12. Kyle Hieber 13. Brett Ballard 14. Adam Cox 15. Brad Roberts 16. Andrew Krause 17. Ryan Simmons 18. Matt McAnally 19. Mike Carman 20. Luke Schostkewitz 21. Travis Hill 22. CJ Jones 23. Sean Gunther 24. George Nardelli, IV
DNQ: John Bilofsky, Scott Hitchens, Dave Damiano, Ryan Lilick, Brett Kelly, George Gareis, Jr., Tom Miller, Keith Weber, Jeff Bubori
Consolation from September 22 – 1. Jeremy Doerr 2. Tom Wills, Jr. 3. Tom Princiotta 4. Ron Dirkes
OUTLAW STOCKS FEATURE – 15 LAPS – SEPTEMBER 22 FEATURE
1. RICH REIDER 2. Jeff Dirkes 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Bill Liedtka 5. Gary Klimeczak 6. Jeremy Doerr 7. Tom Wills, Jr. 8. Tom Wills, Sr. 9. Billy Wroble 10. Art Avery 11. Ed Tinsman 12. Tom Princiotta 13. Russell Wurst 14. Joe Robinson 15. Anthony DiBenedetto 16. Terry Griffin 17. Ken Watson, Jr. 18. Mike Hughes, Jr. 19. Cleve Riehl 20. Pete Ellis 21. Fred Tomarchio 22. Mike Panza 23. Marty Derr 24. Dylan Betts 25. Ron Dirkes 26. Cheri LaClaire 27. Warren Stradley 28. Jimmy Avery
2012 OUTLAW STOCK CAR TRACK CHAMPION – JEFF DIRKES
Outlaw Stock Cars
Heat 1 – 1. Tom Wills, Sr. 2. Rich Reider 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Ed Tinsman, Jr. 5. Spider Ensinger, Jr. 6. Tom Princiotta 7. Art Avery 8. Bill Liedtka 9. Cleve Riehl 10. Russell Wurst
Heat 2 – 1. Jeff Dirkes 2. Gary Klimeczak 3. Anthony Tortorello 4. Terry Griffin 5. Ron Dirkes 6. Marty Derr 7. Ken Watson, Jr. 8. Fred Tomarchio 9. Anthony DiBenedetto 10. John Rambo, Jr.
OUTLAW STOCK CAR FEATURE – 20 LAPS – FALLEN FRIENDS 20
1. JEFF DIRKES 2. Rich Reider 3. Tom Princiotta 4. Tom Wills, Sr. 5. Spider Ensinger, Jr. 6. Ed Tinsman, Jr. 7. Art Avery 8. Brian Ludwig 9. Marty Derr 10. Anthony Tortorello 11. Ron Dirkes 12. Ken Watson, Jr. 13. Fred Tomarchio 14. Russell Wurst 15. Cleve Riehl 16. Anthony DiBenedetto 17. Terry Griffin 18. Pete Ellis 19. Tom Wills, Jr. 20 Gary Klimeczak 21. Mike Hughes, Jr. 22. Bill Liedtka 23. Jeremy Doerr
DNS: John Rambo, Jr.
DNQ: Jimmy Hughes, Cheri LaClaire, Gary Elliott, Joe Robinson, Tom Wolf, Dylan Betts, Jimmy Avery,
Billy Wroble, Ed Tinsman, Sr.