It was South Jersey Overhead Door Night at the Bridgeport Speedway for the first race on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track.
Speedway management hoped for a big enough window in the weather to complete the Saturday night show but the window closed as the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman cars took to the track. One lap was completed before the rains came. The cars stayed on the track at first to try to preserve the surface. The starting line-up was then sent to the pits and returned a few minutes later when the rain stopped. But before the race could be restarted, the rain came again, forcing the cancellation of the rest of the show.
South Jersey Overhead Door competitor, Wayne Weaver was the race leader at the end of one lap. This race as well as the Spirit Auto Center Big Block feature will be rescheduled at a later date.
The DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookies opened the show with their second feature event of the season. Scott Maher, Jr. jumped out to the early lead. Maher led every lap with last week’s winner, Justin Moench following in his tracks. Maher picked up his first victory over Moench and Kathy Buzby.
The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series took to the track for their twenty lap feature event earlier in the evening. Jeff Geiges raced to the outside to take the lead as Mark Bitner, Jason Dunn, Andy Best and Tom Carberry followed.
Geiges led the way through the first eight laps with the first caution coming at the start of lap nine as third place competitor, Dunn, spun on entrance to turn one. Another caution followed when several cars tangled in turn two. The result was the No. 39x of Scott Frack taking a ride. There were no injuries.
Geiges restarted from the outside and maintained his lead over Bitner. Best, Carberry and Jon Haegele completed the top five at the half way mark.
The red flag was needed on lap thirteen as contact was made between the cars of Bryant Davis and Dave Brown. Brown ended up going over but neither driver was injured.
Geiges drove to his first win of the season and his first on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track. Geiges credited his family, his crew and his sponsors for the win. After making adjustments throughout the night, Geiges had the winning combination. “Clean air is so important in these cars,” Geiges explained after the win.
Rick Stief, 2018 MASS Champion, Tim Tanner, Ricky DiEva, Larry McVay and Eddie Wagner rounded out the top ten.
Jason Dunn, Geiges and Best were the winners of the three MASS heat races.
Matt Peck and Jim Gallagher, Jr. picked the victories in the qualifiers for the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman.
David Hunt and Billy Pauch were the winners in the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified heat races.
Racing will continue on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track next Saturday as the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman, Sunbelt Rentals Outlaw Stocks and DA’s Auto Body & Repairs Rookies. Sunbelt Rentals will be the sponsor for the first Bike Night of the 2019 season. Motorcyclists will be admitted free. Their bikes will be displayed throughout the night with awards being given in certain categories. A number of lucky boys and girls will go home with a brand new bicycle, courtesy of the competitors of the Bridgeport Speedway. Racing gets underway 6:30.
DA’S AUTO BODY & REPAIR ROOKIES (8 laps ) – 1. Scott Maher, Jr., 2. Justin Moench, 3. Kathy Buzby
DELAWARE AUTO EXCHANGE MASS SPRINT CARS (20 laps) – 1. Jeff Geiges, 2. Mark Bitner, 3. Andy Best, 4. Tom Carberry, 5. Jon Haegele, 6. Rick Stief, 7. Tim Tanner, Jr., 8. Ricky DiEva, 9. Larry McVay, 10. Eddie Wagner, 11. Dom Melair, 12. Stephen Vorhees, 13. Jason Dunn, 14. Marie McVay, 15. Dave Bonner, 16. Bryant Davis, 17. Dave Brown, 18. Scott Frack, 19. Chris Moll, 20. Randy Wilbert, 21. Chad Connor