posted May 05, 2001 01:54 PM
BRIGHTBILL COMES FROM BACK OF PACK TWICE TO TAKE MODIFIED WIN AT EAST WINDSOR
SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY NIGHT
EAST WINDSOR, N.J. ~ Former Modified driving champ Kenny Brightbill raced
into the winner's circle for the first time in 2001 at the East Windsor
Speedway Friday night. The Sinking Spring, Pa. veteran turned the trick in
impressive style by coming from the rear of the field twice in the 25-lap
Mark Tranquilli of North Plainfield was the initial leader of the
contest, before mark Bitner of Allentown powered his Big-Block powered
machine to the front a few laps later. Tad Cox of Doylestown, Pa. was also
swift, however, as he charged into the top spot with five laps down.
Meanwhile, Brightbill was charging from 14th on the grid, but spun and was
sent to the rear of the field right after early season winners Jimmy Horton
and Doug Hoffman were knocked from the race in an unrelated incident.
Cox then lead until lap ten when he looped his car from contention. That
handed the lead to Fritz Epright of Whitehouse Station, with Brightbill soon
arriving in second. Brightbill then needed three laps to race to the front
and then he cruised in for his 32nd career victory at the half-mile clay
oval. Epright, Bitner, Freehold's Eddie Bohn and Cox completed the top five.
Richie Pratt, Jr. of Hurffville, a two-time former champ, raced to
victory in the 20-lapper for the Sportsman cars taking the top spot while
exiting the fourth turn on the final lap. John Snook was just feet behind at
the finish, while Barry Christ, Ryan Godown and GR Smith were third through
Kevin Bifulco of Cranbury won the 15-lapper for the Street Stocks, taking
the lead on lap two and never looking back. Bifulco donated his total
winnings to young Gary Bozowski, the grandson of the speedway's infield
supervisor, who is suffering from leukemia. Ken Guyer, Billy Bauer, John
Micek and Kim Cooke were second through fifth in the Street Stock race.
The East Windsor Speedway returns to action this Friday evening (May 11)
with the Modifieds in the spotlight in a 25-lap main event. Sportsman racers
have a 20-lapper planned, while the Street Stocks will battle in a 15-lapper.
Friday night racing is slated weekly through September.
More information can be obtained by calling the speedway hotlines at
609-448-8510 or 732-521-0910. The speedway website is www.ewspeedway.com.
EAST WINDSOR SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS
May 4, 2001
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cox; Tranquilli; Hoffman
FEATURE - 25 Laps - 1. KENNY BRIGHTBILL, SINKING SPRING, PA.; 2. Fritz
Epright; 3. Mark Bitner; 4. Eddie Bohn; 5. Tad Cox; 6. Fred Dmuchowski; 7.
Tim Tanner, Jr.; 8. Mike Franz; 9. Art Taylor, Jr.; 10. John Oliver; 11. Mark
Tranquilli; 12. Mike McAleer; 13. Billy Pauch; 14. Ryan Watt; 15. Wade
Hendrickson; 16. Korey Keimig; 17. Brian Jones; 18. Mike Johnston; 19. Craig
Ott; 20. Doug Hoffman; 21. Jimmy Horton
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Robbins; 2. Ward; Snook
FEATURE - 20 Laps - 1. RICHIE PRATT, JR., HURFFVILLE; 2. John Snook; 3. Barry
Christ; 4. Ryan Godown; 5. GR Smith; 6. Art Liedl; 7. Buck Ward; 8. Jack
Swain; 9. Stan Janiszewski; 10. Doug Liedl; 11. **** Robbins; 12. Jim
Hoelterling; 13. Gene Devos; 14. Bob Schuster; 15. Jack Amundsen; 16. Joey
Tinnes; 17. Garrett Luzi; 18. Paul Marra; 19. John Romano; 20. Rich Stinson;
21. Lowell Snyder; 22. Jimmy Rossell; 23. Mike Gibbons; 24. Wayne Stout; 25.
Rob Gallmayer; 26. Jeff Acolia
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Miller; Whitehouse
FEATURE - 15 Laps - 1. KEVIN BIFULCO, CRANBURY; 2. Ken Guyer; 3. Billy
Bauer; 4. John Micek; 5. Kim Cooke; 6. Paul Marra, Jr.; 7. Greg Buchanon; 8.
Lenny Riley; 9. Chip Grant; 10. Al Burdge; 11. Carol Whitehouse; 12. John
Hewitt; 13. Al Cheney; 14. Dave Brymer; 15. Joe Garey; 16. Marvin Saxton; 17.
Art Avery; 18. Phil Retter; 19. Whitey Miller; 20. Ed Metrick