Story By: BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK – SWEDESBORO, NJ – Stock car racing has always been the headliner of New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. In addition to Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman and Street Stocks, the Bridgeport Motorsports Park will feature more than twenty sprint car events throughout the 2022 season.
Doug and Brittany Rose have put together an action-packed schedule for the 2022 season and sprint cars – both winged and wingless will play a major role.
“From the time we were building the track, we knew we wanted Sprint Car races,” Doug Rose explains. “Our Northeast fans love their Modifieds and they love their Sprint Cars but we realize that in order to produce Sprint Car races, you have to have a track that is conducive to Sprint Car racing.” It didn’t take long for Rose to realize that his newly configured high banked four-tenth mile track would produce great racing.
The 2021 season saw Rose move ahead with his plan. “We got more aggressive with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) and put together our “Invasion of the Posse” event. Our World of Outlaws show was basically a sell-out, the PA Posse event went very well and MASS put on great events week after week,” Rose continued. As the 2021 season came to an end, Rose approached Eddy and Erika Wagner of MASS, Ryan Stillwaggon of the United Racing Club (URC) and Curt Michael of USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints about promoting more events in 2022. “They were all great to work with. They made it easy for me to blend together a great schedule and then we landed our All-Star Circuit of Champions event,” Rose explained. “And that date fit perfectly in our schedule!”
“We are really excited to see what 2022 brings,” exclaimed MASS’s Eddy Wagner. “Doug and Brittany have been a pleasure to work with. They want Sprint Cars at Bridgeport and we really want to be there so it works out perfectly! Bridgeport is the central hub of all of our race teams so it’s good to call Bridgeport our home track.” Wagner continued, “We are trying some two day races there this season to really get the excitement going starting with the Ron Faison 305 Spring Nationals in April and we are really looking forward to that event.”
MASS made eight appearances on the High Banks last season with 2021 MASS Champion, Kevin Nagy dominating the win column with six wins with Wagner and Dave Grube each earning a single victory. In addition to seasoned veterans like Tim Tanner, Rick Stief, Dave Brown and others, there are several up-and-coming young drivers like Zach Bealer, Cody West and Buddy Schweibinz who brought another element of excitement to the 305 events.
In addition to the Ron Faison Spring Nationals in April, MASS will also be a part of the Street Stock National weekend in October. “I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do,” Rose explains, “but October is so full of big Modified events that I had to start thinking about a Sprint Car dominant show. “I scoured the schedules trying to find the perfect date and not step on anyone else’s show.” After a few hiccups along the way and conversations with several other promoters, Rose reached out to URC and USAC EC and came up with a fourth 410 Sprint Car event – Sprintoberfest – a three day weekend of sprint car racing at the end of October that will feature 410 winged sprint cars as well as 360 winged and wingless sprints.” “This weekend is going to be huge,” Rose exclaims with pride! There are some teams that are exploring the possibility of competing in all three classes! “Saturday’s 410 race will pay $5,000 to win while Sunday’s race will pay $15,000 to win, $1,000 to start.)
URC will have four shows at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park during the 2022 season. URC president, Ryan Stillwaggon says, “Bridgeport has always been a favorite stop for URC over the years but the new high banks have teams and fans circling the dates!” “It’s always an exciting show and URC is excited for all four appearances on the high banks.”
Ryan Smith and Anthony Macri were winners in URC shows at Bridgeport last season.
The wingless warriors of the USAC East Coast Sprints will compete in four events on the 2022 Bridgeport schedule. “The new Bridgeport Motorsports Park provides fantastic non-wing sprint action, says USAC EC’s Curt Michael. “Our series racers love racing on the high banks. We are excited to have some of our biggest races at Bridgeport.”
2021 USAC EC action was dominated by 2021 Champion, Alex Bright and 2021 Rookie of the Year, Briggs Danner but the competition will be tough when the green flag waves on the new season as past champion, Steven Drevicki, Christopher Allen, Jr. and Ed Aiken take on the young bloods like Tommy Kunsman, Damon Paul and Colin White.
URC opens their season on March 26th with additional date in July, October and November. MASS will open their season on March 25th and then return for the Ron Faison Spring Nationals on April 2nd and 3rd. MASS will return for nine Saturday night races before the season culminates with a two-day event in October when MASS appears with the Street Stock Nationals. USAC EC will be part of the Spring Nationals on April 2nd and will appear three more times, including the November 5th season finale.
The 410 Sprint Cars first appear in the Invasion of the Posse on Tuesday, April 19th. ($7,500 to win, $700 to start) Pennsylvania’s finest will return to compete against the World of Outlaws on Tuesday, May 17th and again on Thursday, August 25th with the first Bridgeport appearance of the All-Star Circuit Champions. ($12,000 to win) USAC’s Eastern Storm returns to the High Banks on Wednesday, June 15th.
So sharpen your pencils and get out your calendars! The Bridgeport Motorsports Park is where you want to be this season!