Story By: BRIDGEPORT MOTORSPORTS PARK – SWEDESBORO, NJ – The time has come for the big end of the season race weekends to begin and at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park, it’s all about the upcoming of the three day Danny Serrano Weekend.
It is on this weekend each year that we honor the late General Manager of the Bridgeport Speedway. While Danny made is living by working at the track, this was so much more than a job for him. He was also the world’s biggest race fan. He cared about the drivers and he cared about the race track. It was a combination of those characteristic that made Danny so popular among both fans and racers alike.
It all gets underway this Friday with the Underdog 20 sponsored by Fire Management Control of Pennsylvania. The Underdog 20 is open to any driver who has not won a feature event during the 2022 season in the 602 Sportsman. The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) will open the weekend with the first of their two shows, led by current point leader, Buddy Schweibinz. The Bridgeport Motorsport Park Street Stocks will compete in qualifying and a fifteen lap feature event – their final tune-up before the Street Stock Nationals on October 7th and 8th on the High Banks. There will be 3 practice sessions offered for the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds during Friday night’s program.
Pit gates open at 3:30pm on Friday. Grandstands will open at 5 with hot laps at 6pm. The racing program will immediately follow the conclusion of hot laps.
Saturday’s racing action will include the fan favorite, Triple 20’s. The Modifieds will compete in three twenty lap qualifiers to determine the starters in Sunday’s Danny Serrano 100. The 20 lap qualifiers are sponsored by John Blewett Inc. The Sprint Car (MASS) competitors return for their second appearance of the weekend along with the Prelude to the All American – a full show for the 602 Sportsman presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil featuring a $1,000 payday to the feature winner.
On Sunday, the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Modifieds will race for a $20,000 payday for any driver who wins the 100 lap event over Ryan Godown. Izzy’s Trucking and Rigging has put up the $10,000 bounty for this event. The Modifieds will also be featured in 1 on 1 Match Races sponsored by Elite Welder & Training. The Precision Hydraulic & Oil 602 Sportsman will be featured in a full program, culminating with the All American 40 – a 40 lap contest paying $4,000 to the winner. This event is sponsored by Ellery’s Bar & Grill and Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment. The 4 Cylinder competitors will also compete on Sunday.
The pit gates will open at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday with the grandstand gates opening at 3pm on both days. Hot laps will get underway at 5pm with racing to begin immediately following the conclusion of hot laps.
Dominick Buffalino was the big winner in the Danny Serrano 100 last year and would like nothing better than to repeat that performance. Alex Yankowski won the inaugural event – a win that will never be forgotten as Yankowski tangled with a lap car on a cool down lap and flipped just before the starter’s stand. These races have produced some fantastic competition and terrific memories!
We all mourned the loss of Danny Serrano in March of 2020 but he lives on through his ideas and his contributions to the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. Danny’s got his seat for the weekend. Do you?