LAUBACH LANDS 2012 BIG BLOCK MODIFIED TITLE AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
(Track Press Release) Swedesboro, NJ – On Championship Night at Bridgeport Speedway, Stan Frankenfield, Jr. and Rick Laubach picked up Big Block Modified feature wins. With his seventh victory of the season, Laubach landed the 2012 Big Block Modified championship. The Crate Sportsmen main events were taken by CJ Jones and Ricky DiEva as Ryan Anderson won the point title. Bill Liedtka took the checkered flag in the Outlaw Stock Car feature.
September 29, 2012 Video Highlights
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Big Block Modified Twin 30s Feature Highlights
Crate Sportsman Twin 20s Feature Highlights
Outlaw Stock Feature Highlights
In the postponed 30-lap Big Block Modified feature from September 22, Stan Frankenfield, Jr. led from start to finish as he won the non-stop event. Starting on the pole, Frankenfield blasted to the front with Sean Gunther and Ron Roberts in tow. Roberts moved into second place with three circuits completed and was beginning to feel pressure from Ryan Watt and Richie Pratt, Jr. With Frankenfield pulling away from the pack, a three car battle for second place was won by Pratt on lap 7. With a third of the event completed, Frankenfield had built a full straightaway lead over Pratt. By lap 15, Frankenfield’s advantage was cut in half as he began to encounter lap traffic. On the nineteenth circuit, Frankenfield was stuck behind a slower competitor and Pratt pulled alongside the leader. After clearing the slower running car on lap 21, Frankenfield began to edge away from Pratt and Eric Kormann, who had just taken over third place from Watt. With five tours to go, the top two were engaged in another batch of lap traffic and Pratt began to inch closer to Frankenfield. Throughout the final laps, Frankenfield drove smoothly through the slower running competitors to gain his first career Big Block Modified feature win at Bridgeport Speedway. Pratt came home in second with Kormann taking third. Watt and Mike Barone completed the top five. The heat races, which were completed on September 22, were won by Mike Barone, Stan Frankenfield, Jr. and Ryan Watt. The two consolation races that were contested on September 29 were taken by Duane Howard and Bob Sarkisian.
In the regularly scheduled 30-lap Big Block Modified feature, Rick Laubach grabbed the lead with five laps remaining to claim his seventh checkered flag of the year. Stan Frankenfield grabbed the early lead with Sean Gunther and Ron Roberts in pursuit. By lap 5, Frankenfield was still on top with Mike Barone charging into the runner-up spot. Barone’s strong run ended two circuits later with a mechanical issue and Wade Hendrickson took over second place when Gunther exited the race as well. By lap 9, Frankenfield was still setting the pace with Hendrickson and Richie Pratt, Jr. in close quarters. Pratt took over second place on the eleventh circuit with fourth place running Rick Laubach nearing Hendrickson for third. Laubach gained third place on lap 14 as Frankenfield had a full straightaway margin over Pratt. Laubach had just moved into second place when the third caution of the event was shone on the nineteenth tour of the outer oval. On the restart, Frankenfield remained on top with Pratt regaining second place from Laubach. On lap 21, Pratt sprinted by Frankenfield for the lead. Two circuits later, Laubach and Duane Howard moved past Frankenfield to take over second and third respectively. Quickly, Laubach reeled in Pratt and grabbed the lead with five laps remaining. As Pratt and Howard were battling for second, Laubach pulled away in the final moments and led the pack across the finish line for the win. Pratt held off Howard for second place. Ryan Watt and Eric Kormann rounded out the top five. Mike Barone, Richie Pratt, Jr. and Sean Gunther won the Big Block Modified heat races. The consolation contest went to Brett Ballard. With the victory, Laubach earned his first Big Block Modified championship at Bridgeport Speedway.
In the 20-lap Crate Sportsmen feature from September 22, CJ Jones led every step of the way to pick up his second win of the season. Jones preserved his victory by holding off Brad Roberts and Mike Cogdill on a restart with two circuits to go. With Roberts finishing second and Cogdill taking third, Tommy Beamer wound up in fourth and Ricky DiEva came home in fifth. Ricky DiEva won the heat race completed on September 22 while Mike Cogdill won the second qualifying event contested on September 29. Ryan Simmons was the victor in the consolation race.
Ricky DiEva took the lead with three tours left to win the regularly scheduled 20-lap Crate Sportsmen main event. Brett Kelly led the opening three tours before Brad Roberts took over. After moving into second place on the sixth circuit, DiEva began to chase down Roberts and he grabbed the lead on lap 17 while running in lap traffic. The runner-up spot was taken by Travis Hill. Mike Cogdill, Frank Dorry and Ryan Anderson filled out the top five. The Crate Sportsmen qualifying events were taken by CJ Jones and Brad Roberts. Kyle Hieber took the checkered flag in the consolation contest. Ryan Anderson won the 2012 championship in the Crate Sportsmen class.
After starting in last place, Bill Liedtka passed Jeff Dirkes as the white flag waved and went on to win the 15-lap Outlaw Stock Car race. Brian Ludwig finished in second place with Rick Broschard taking third. Dirkes came home in fourth and fifth went to Spider Ensinger, Jr. The Outlaw Stock Car heat winners were Jeff Dirkes and Ed Tinsman, Jr.
BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
Big Block Modifieds
Heat 1 from September 22 – 1. Mike Barone 2. Richie Pratt, Jr. 3. Wade Hendrickson 4. Jesse Hill 5. Mike Franz 6. Dave Adams
Heat 2 from September 22 – 1. Stan Frankenfield, Jr. 2. Eric Kormann 3. Steve Durand 4. Jimmy Horton 5. Brett Ballard 6. Rusty Smith
Heat 3 from September 22 – 1. Ryan Watt 2. Rick Laubach 3. Matt Harrell 4. Ray Swinehart 5. Ron Roberts 6. Sean Gunther
Consolation 1 from September 22 – 1. Duane Howard 2. Scott Irwin 3. Chic Cossaboone
Consolation 2 from September 22 – 1. Bob Sarkisian 2. Rocco Infante 3. Corey Andersen
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE – 30 LAPS – SEPTEMBER 22 FEATURE
1. STAN FRANKENFIELD, JR. 2. Richie Pratt, Jr. 3. Eric Kormann 4. Ryan Watt 5. Mike Barone 6. Ron Roberts 7. Jesse Hill 8. Matt Harrell 9. Duane Howard 10. Jimmy Horton 11. Wade Hendrickson 12. Rusty Smith 13. Sean Gunther 14. Rick Laubach 15. Brett Ballard 16. Ray Swinehart 17. Scott Irwin 18. Dave Adams 19. Steve Durand 20 Bob Sarkisian 21. Chic Cossaboone 22. Mike Franz 23. Corey Andersen 24. Rocco Infante
DNQ: Tom Maccherone, Jason Rivers, DJ Ruppert, Jonathan Kumernitsky, Pat Wall, Steve Kassekert, Neil Huber, Jim Bobbitt, Jr., Scott Hulmes, Chris Grbac, Ed Firth, Larry Crouse, Steve Young, Bob Lilick
Big Block Modifieds
Heat 1 – 1. Mike Barone 2. Jesse Hill 3. Mike Franz 4. Scott Irwin 5. Rocco Infante 6. Rick Laubach
Heat 2 – 1. Richie Pratt, Jr. 2. Stan Frankenfield, Jr. 3. Eric Kormann 4. Wade Hendrickson 5. Ray Swinehart 6. Dave Adams
Heat 3 – 1. Sean Gunther 2. Ryan Watt 3. Ron Roberts 4. Rusty Smith 5. Duane Howard 6. Matt Harrell
Consolation – 1. Brett Ballard 2. Bob Sarkisian 3. Scott Hulmes 4. DJ Ruppert 5. Chic Cossaboone 6. Jimmy Horton 7. Tom Maccherone
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE – 30 LAPS
1. RICK LAUBACH 2. Duane Howard 3. Richie Pratt, Jr. 4. Ryan Watt 5. Eric Kormann 6. Jimmy Horton 7. Matt Harrell 8. Jesse Hill 9. Rocco Infante 10. Rusty Smith 11. Stan Frankenfield, Jr. 12. Ray Swinehart 13. Dave Adams 14. Tom Maccherone 15. Scott Hulmes 16. Mike Franz 17. Bob Sarkisian 18. Wade Hendrickson 19. Ron Roberts 20. Pat Wall 21. Sean Gunther 22. Mike Barone 23. Brett Ballard 24. DJ Ruppert
DNS: Chic Cossaboone
DNQ: Pat Wall, Jim Bobbitt, Jr., Jonathan Kumernitsky, Neil Huber, Jason Rivers, Steve Kasskert, Chris Grbac, Ed Firth, Larry Crouse, Steve Young, Bob Lilick
2012 BIG BLOCK MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPION – RICK LAUBACH
Heat 1 from September 22 – 1. Ricky DiEva 2. Travis Hill 3. Brad Roberts 4. Matt Budd 5. Brett Kressley 6. Kyle Hieber
Heat 2 from September 22 – 1. Mike Cogdill 2. CJ Jones 3. Ryan Anderson 4. Tommy Beamer 5. Steve Hicks 6. Frank Dorry, Jr.
Consolation from September 22 – 1. Ryan Simmons 2. Jordan Henn
CRATE SPORTSMEN FEATURE – 20 LAPS – SEPTEMBER 22 FEATURE
1. CJ JONES 2. Brad Roberts 3. Mike Cogdill 4. Tommy Beamer 5. Ricky DiEva 6. Ryan Anderson 7. Matt Budd 8. Kyle Hieber 9. Brett Kressley 10. Lee Nardelli 11. Frank Dorry, Jr. 12. George Nardelli, IV 13. Bob Bracall 14. Jeff Duprez 15. Travis Hill 16. Gary Hieber, Jr. 17. Steve Hicks 18. Jordan Henn 19. Wayner Groover 20. John Cavallaro 21. Doug Urbano 22. Tom Miller 23. Ryan Lilick 24. John Bilofsky 25. Ryan Simmons
DNQ: Brett Kelly
Heat 1 – 1. CJ Jones 2. Tommy Beamer 3. Mike Cogdill 4. Ryan Anderson 5. Brett Kelly 6. Frank Dorry, Jr.
Heat 2 – 1. Brad Roberts 2. Ricky DiEva 3. George Nardelli, IV 4. Brett Kressley 5. Travis Hill 6. Jordan Henn
Consolation – 1. Kyle Hieber 2. Lee Nardelli 3. Ryan Wozunk 4. Jeff Duprez 5. Gary Hieber, Jr. 6. Tom Miller 7. John Cavallaro 8. Doug Urbano 9. Steve Hicks 10. Ryan Lilick 11. Bob Bracall 12. Matt Budd
CRATE SPORTSMEN FEATURE – 20 LAPS
1. RICKY DIEVA 2. Travis Hill 3. Mike Cogdill 4. Frank Dorry, Jr. 5. Ryan Anderson 6. Kyle Hieber 7. Jeff Duprez 8. Brad Roberts 9. Jordan Henn 10. John Cavallaro 11. Steve Hicks 12. Tommy Beamer 13. Bob Bracall 14. Matt Budd 15. Doug Urbano 16. Ryan Lilick 17. Lee Nardelli 18. Ryan Wozunk 19. George Nardelli, IV 20. Brett Kelly 21. Brett Kressley 22. CJ Jones 23. Gary Hieber, Jr.
DNS: Tom Miller
DNQ: Wayne Groover, Ryan Simmons
2012 CRATE SPORTSMEN TRACK CHAMPION – RYAN ANDERSON
Heat 1 – 1. Jeff Dirkes 2.Brian Ludwig 3. Jim Hughes 4. Joe Robinson 5. Fred Tomarchio 6. Andy Whittaker
Heat 2 – 1. Ed Tinsman, Jr. 2. Terry Griffin 3. Pete Ellis 4. Ron Dirkes 5. Anthony DiBenedetto 6. Russell Wurst
OUTLAW STOCKS FEATURE – 15 LAPS
1. BILL LIEDTKA 2. Brian Ludwig 3. Rick Broschard 4. Jeff Dirkes 5. Spider Ensinger, Jr. 6. Ed Tinsman, Jr. 7. Pete Ellis 8. Ken Watson, Jr. 9. Ron Dirkes 10. Andy Whittaker 11. Fred Tomarchio 12. Cheri LaClaire 13. John Rambo 14. David Kramer 15. Russell Wurst 16. Jimmy Hughes 17. Joe Robinson 18. Cleve Riehl 19. Ed Tinsman 20. Terry Griffin 21. Anthony DiBenedetto
DNS: Tom Boehlert