BRIDGEPORT, NJ-The 2023 racing season marks the fourth season for Doug and Brittany rose at the helm of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. Their action-packed schedules lure fans from many types of racing to the High Banks of the Kingdom of Speed.
The 2020 season was not for the faint of heart for business owners – and certainly not racetrack promoters who had to delay their opening days for several months due to Covid 19 restrictions. The deferred 2020 opening day was just the beginning of what was to come to the Logan Township speed plant. Every year, the Bridgeport Speedway adds new excitement to the season schedule and 2023 promises to be a big one. “When we started this journey three years ago,” Rose explains, “we told all of the teams at our first drivers meeting that our plan was to make Bridgeport relevant not just here in the Northeast but throughout the entire country.” “We wanted Bridgeport to be considered for events like an Eldora or a Williams Grove or Knoxville,” Rose added.
With the addition of live Flo broadcasts last season, Bridgeport has certainly exceeded those expectations. “The live Flo coverage has done wonders for Bridgeport, our drivers and our sponsors” Rose explains. “Drivers that understand the power of social media know how to utilize what we offer them by racing at Bridgeport. If they want national exposure, they know the advantages if racing at Bridgeport. Drivers that want their family members and friends across the country to be able to see them compete know the pluses of being a Bridgeport competitor,” Rose adds. “Sponsors love everything that we have to offer her at Bridgeport – the professional atmosphere, the large crowds, the high-profile events and the national coverage through Flo.”
The addition of the Flo broadcasts has brought Bridgeport into livings rooms from coast to coast and the benefits of this coverage is not lost among the competitors. “The popularity of Flo has skyrocketed and has made racing at Bridgeport so much more attractive for our sponsors and fans,” says Billy Pauch, Jr. who called Bridgeport his home last season. “It’s amazing how many people watch me race from the comfort of home from across the country.”
Neal Wiliams represents a melding of the “old” Bridgeport with the new Bridgeport Motorsports Park as he wheels the Sal DeBruno owned No. 0 around the High Banks. DeBruno has been a car owner at Bridgeport for many years. Williams agrees with Pauch, Jr. and adds, “Some of our sponsors provide services in multiple states and now have the ability for their brand names and logos to be seen by potential customers not attending the weekly races.” “This creates great brand recognition which will influence where a new customer chooses to do business.”
“When Brad and Kyle call you, it’s a big deal,” says Doug Rose as Bridgeport will be one of twelve tracks to host an event for the High Limit Racing Series formed by brothers-in-law, Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson. The online sales for this show have already exceeded past World of Outlaw shows at Bridgeport. The October 3 promises to be a big event as drivers like fan-favorite, Rico Abreu of St Helena, CA has already committed to running the full High Limit schedule as has Larson. Many of the NASCAR affiliated teams are also expected to be in the field. This race is certain to draw from the deep well of local talent as drivers from the PA Posse and other circuits are sure to compete for the $$$$$$$$$$.
“I’ve been asked several times how did we get an American Flat Track event or a High Limit event at Bridgeport” Rose continues. “We didn’t – they came to us! It’s all about that national exposure!” The American Flat Track Motorcycles are the pinnacle of flat track motorcycle racing and will have national coverage through Fox Sports (FS1).
“Bridgeport’s weekly competitors are what make Bridgeport successful,” Rose adds. The Saturday night programs have grown in leaps and bounds from the perspective of both the pits and the grandstands and they too, will benefit from the 2023 schedule. “We learned some things last year,” Rose explained, “and we’ve “made some adjustments to this year’s schedule.” There are twelve bigger purse races for the Modifieds this season. They will also have six Saturday nights off during the season to spend with family or schedule vacations. The Modifieds will be part of all of the high-profile events. There’s a great weekly purse along with a strong point fund as well.
Rose knows that the weekly points chase can be quite intense for the Saturday night divisions and that can deter some competitors from racing a full season. Rose has provided two off nights for the Sportsman in July – at the mid-point of the season. Howie Finch and “Ice Less” will sponsor the “Drop Night” for the Sportsman this season. Sportsman teams will have the opportunity to run all of the races and then drop their worst finish or they can choose a weekend during the season to take a night off to spend with their families. There will be a number of bigger paying events for the Sportsman in addition to the $4,000 to win All American 40 and the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Invitational returns to the 2023 schedule.
The Bridgeport Motorsports Park Street Stocks are a growing division. “This is a great group of guys,” Rose relates, “and they provide some of the coolest racing on the High Banks and we are looking forward to another great season for the Street Stocks.” Frank Cozze and Rose are planning for their third Street Stock Nationals – an event that puts this division in the spotlight.
Sprint Cars have become a mainstay at Bridgeport and will continue to be in the forefront of the 2023 schedule. The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series is prepared for their seventeen race schedule on the High Banks this season. The Rapid Tire East Coast Wingless Sprints will also return to the Kingdom of Speed several times this season as will the North East Wingless Sprints (NEWS). The NEWS competitors made their first appearance on the High Banks during the 2022 season and are looking forward to returning for several shows in the new season. And, of course, Bridgeport will host the USAC National Wingless Sprint Series during the Eastern Storm as well as the Invasion of the PA Posse, The All Star Circuit of Champions and of course, the High Limit event.
The Extreme Outlaw Midgets will make their first appearance at Bridgeport in August.
The Four Cylinder competitors are pleased with their Bridgeport schedule for the 2023 season which has these race warriors returning for several events throughout the season.
Rose is currently searching for new clay for the high banked 4/10 mile track. “We have had several samples tested. We’re looking for the right material. We are a little particular about what we put down. We have a goal that we want the new clay to meet so finding the right combination is essential.” More information about the surface will be shared as it becomes available.
“Bridgeport offers a completely unique “LIVE” experience for both the racers and the fans,” emphasizes Rose. “The atmosphere is almost NASCARish”. The roar of the cars as they come off the banking and head down the homestretch – the way the sound echos off of the billboards – there’s nothing like it in the area. Add to that experience the lighting, the lack of dust and the clean atomosphere and you have a unique experience in dirt track racing.
If you have not experienced the Bridgeport “LIVE” yet, you are missing out on one of the greatest dirt track experiences in the country.