KING OF THE BIG BLOCK WEEKEND RETURNS TO BRIDGEPORT
Story By: Deb Smith/Bridgeport Speedway
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
Just one year ago, Billy Pauch added another title to his storied career when he drove to the win in the Bridgeport Speedway’s King of the Big Block event on the lightning fast 5/8 mile speedway. This week, Pauch will return to defend that title!
With so many of the area’s big events featuring the small block modifieds, it was the wish of the Bridgeport Speedway’s management team to showcase their Big Block Modifieds in a prestigious event as one of the few tracks in the Northeast who headline the Big Block Modifieds in weekly Saturday night action.
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Pauch was flawless in last year’s event – first winning his qualifying heat race and then leading every one of the fifty laps to capture the win. Pauch, Duane Howard, Jamie Mills, Dominick Buffalino, Tommy Beamer and Ryan Watt all started the event from the top six starting positions. With a lot on the line, it took three attempts to score lap one as both Beamer and Watt made trips to the pits for repairs.
It was Buffalino who chased Pauch in the early going before a cracked header plagued Buffalino on the restarts, allowing 2015 track champion, Mills to take over the runner-up spot. Pauch led Mills, Buffalino, Howard and Brett Kressley to the checkered flag at the end of fifty laps.
Pauch is hoping to maintain his King of the Big Block title but will have his work cut out for him. Three time track champion, Ryan Watt has been a formidable competitor all season. He has collected seven Bridgeport Speedway victories including the Super DIRTcar event where Pauch finished second. Dominick Buffalino recently collected a big win and will be looking for his first Bridgeport victory of the season after finishing second in points to Watt for 2017. 2012 Bridgeport Champion, Rick Laubach will be looking to add to his win total in this event as will David Hunt, Sam Martz, Richie Pratt, Jr. and Neal Williams.
Of course, the Bridgeport regulars will be challenged by a host of invaders including Duane Howard and the Norm Hansell No. 357 have reached a peak and are have been collecting wins in some big events. Recently crowned 2017 Orange County Fair Speedway Champion, Jimmy Horton will be on hand with the Halimar No. 43, looking to add to his all time feature win total. New Egypt Speedway Champion, Billy Pauch Jr. will compete with the Danny’s Pizza Pizazz No. 51. Ryan Godown has to be considered a threat whenever he is in the field. Fresh off of two track titles, Craig VonDohren will compete in the Dick Biever owned equipment. Jeff Strunk will be behind the wheel of Glenn Hynneman’s No. 126, fresh off his win in the Freedom 76.
The King of the Big Blocks weekend gets underway on Friday night with the Small Block Modifieds and sprint cars of the Mid Atlantic Sprint Series. Grandstands open at with racing getting underway at 7:30. The 358 Small Block Modifieds will compete in a twenty-five lap main event while the MASS competitors will race in a twenty lap feature event – their final point race of the season.
On Saturday, the grandstands will open at 4pm for a 6:30 starting time for the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks. The Big Blocks will compete in a fifty lap event that pays $10,000 to the winner and $500 just to take the green. The Crate/Sportsman will race to the checkered flag at the end of twenty laps while the Outlaw Stock feature will be a fifteen lap event.
There is a special two day admission package – general admission to both Friday and Saturday’s events plus a $10 concession voucher for only $45.!
This is an event that every racing fan will want to attend. Come out early and enjoy the live music and tasty offerings of the Bridgeport Speedway concessions. Or take a ride on the Bandit Bus to view the action behind the scenes in the pit area. Take home a Bridgeport Speedway souvenir – a shirt or a copy of the official program of the Bridgeport Speedway – The Bridgeport Bullet.
It’s sure to be a great night of racing that you won’t want to miss!