King of the Big Blocks
May 4, 2021
Bridgeport Motorsports Park
83 Floodgate Rd
Super DIRTcar Series
Sprint Car Track Record
13.215 seconds by Carson Macedo on 5/18/21
To Win Amount
Type of Grandstand
Pit Age Limit
Pit Gate Location
83 Floodgate RdSweedsboro, NJ 08085
as long as you can carry yourself
Credit Card Use
Office, Ticket Window
Not in grandstands. Designated areas only
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility
Track Size & Type
0.400; Progressive High Banked clay oval
Sprint Car Track Record
13.215 seconds by Carson Macedo on 5/18/21
FULL POWER: Fuller Crowned King of the Big Blocks at Bridgeport
SWEDESBORO, NJ – With his first win since 2018, Tim Fuller, hero of the North Country, took over the race lead at the halfway point and never looked back. If he had looked back, Fuller would have seen the looming shadow of Stewart Friesen getting larger but after relegating Max McLaughlin to third, the #44 Halmar Racing Big Block failed to reel in the leader by the conclusion of the 100-lap, $10,000-to-win King of the Big Blocks.
Tim Fuller, from Watertown, NY, has now eclipsed the late Jack Johnson’s all-time Super DIRTcar Series win total with Series victory number 32 to his name. He did it after starting in the first position outside of the redraw, thirteenth, and dressing by the best Big Block Modified drivers around including fellow podium finishers Stewart Friesen and Max McLaughlin.
Early in the race, Fuller had to make some gutsy moves but he was so fast that he avoided taking big risks along the way. By the halfway point the #19 St. Lawrence Radiology Big Block was in the lead. Then he hit lapped traffic and that’s where experience became vital.
“I’ve been doing it so long that I’ve learned to be patient with lapped traffic and not rush it,” said Fuller. “I’ve seen people crash themselves out and lose the race because you are overdriving it’s stupid. I’ve lost them that way and I’ve won them that way. It’s your race to lose when you are leading. Protect the bottom and don’t get slid.”
By holding on for the victory, Fuller attained some redemption after allowing Friesen to pass him late in the Thousand Islands 100 at Can-Am Speedway in April this year. The Halmar driver went into Bridgeport with a historic three-race win streak to start the championship season.
“Friesen is the best in the business right now,” Fuller conceded. “There’s no question about it. He’s in the prime of his career. I remember being his age. He can still see very well! He has so much ability and he’s not going away for a while so anytime you can win one over him means you’re doing something right.”
The racing on the track was intense with three and four-wide moments everywhere. The Hoosier Racing Tire compound game was just as hotly contested as the side-by-side action on the speedway. It played a crucial role in the outcome of the race.
“I knew I had soft rubber on the left side and right front,” Fuller noted of his tire choices. “My right rear was as hard as you can get. I think the other guys were running the softer tire. I made a shock change on the right front before the Heat Race and I liked that. We just got better and better. The long-distance races here I’ll take them all day long.”
After redrawing the eleventh starting position, Friesen took his #44 up 10 spots to pick up the second-place finish.
“We were good,” said Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON driver Stewart Friesen. “We went as hard as we could get with the tire. I think some of those early cautions hurt us a bit when the tires got hot and cooled back off. We’ve got some momentum going and fast race cars. Big thanks to Halmar and Chris Larsen.”
He won last year’s King of the Big Blocks and many had him touted as the favorite to win the 2021 edition. Ten more laps or one more restart may have put the ball in his court but the race stayed green and Fuller put too many lapped cars between himself and the #44 for Friesen to challenge him.
Tire compound choice was vital.
“We have a good notebook from last year,” Friesen noted. “We went as hard as we could go last year too and the track was more abrasive then. Tonight, for whatever reason it stayed a little bit slicker. We were good at the end but we just didn’t fire at the beginning. If you look at those cautions it’s a woulda/coulda/shoulda scenario. We’ll chalk it up and roll on to the next one.”
Friesen steadily moved through the field to the front.
“It’s an awesome race track,” he said. “Super racy. If you enter on the bottom you can get in there good but then you lose all your momentum to the guys sailing on the outside. It was a little bit sketchy on the restarts going three and four wide. It was fun.”
Third-place finisher Max McLaughlin led the second-most laps of the race. The #32C started fifth but was soon mixing it up with the top 3 including pole-sitter and former HBR teammate Jimmy Phelps who had a strong night and ultimately finished fifth.
“These races are too long to count on anything early,” McLaughlin said of his early domination. “I knew when we fired well on the restart and drove right to the lead that I may have made the wrong.”
Again, the tire game in the pits made for an exciting Feature on the track.
“I ran a 400 right year and 300s in the other three,” McLaughlin said. “They were running 400s and 500s so they [Fuller and Friesen] were better on the long runs. Even though we picked the wrong tire we still ran really well. I think we can build on that.”
The Mooresville, NC native has one career Series win, the finale of DIRTcar OktoberFAST at Weedsport last October, but he’s been close to doubling up that total.
“My stuff was pretty burned out at the end,” McLaughlin lamented. “I was playing defense more than I was attacking. It was a lot of fun. It’s always good racing with these guys. I love racing with the Series and we’ll get another win here soon.”
Fourth-place finisher “Batman” Peter Britten was the hard charger award winner for advancing more positions than any other driver. He drove up 16 cars for his top 5 from twentieth.
Demetrios Drellos, driver of the #111 from Queensbury, NY was the only driver to run a 16.0 and that was good enough for the $100 Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award winner.
Young gun Alex Yankowski finished sixth against a field of elite Big Block drivers. He a $50 bonus from Ken Bruce for being the highest finishing Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey driver plus a free Hoosier Racing Tire for drawing position number 12 in the redraw.
NEXT UP: The Super DIRTcar Series goes to Weedsport Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway for a doubleheader May 30-31. Bookmark SuperDIRTcarSeries.com to stay informed on all the Big Block action. Plus, race fans can follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Feature (100 Laps)
- 19-Tim Fuller [$10,000]; 2. 44F-Stewart Friesen [$5,000]; 3. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [$2,500]; 4. 21A-Peter Britten [$1,800]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [$1,600]; 6. 84Y-Alex Yankowski [$1,400]; 7. 7MM-Michael Maresca [$1,300]; 8. 9S-Matt Sheppard [$1,200]; 9. 2L-Jack Lehner [$1,100]; 10. 83X-Tim Sears [$1,000]; 11. 88W-Mat Williamson [$800]; 12. 35M-Mike Mahaney [$700]; 13. 99L-Larry Wight [$600]; 14. 1T-Tyler Dippel [$575]; 15. 8A-Duane Howard [$550]; 16. 5H-Chris Hile [$525]; 17. 126B-Domnick Buffalino [$500]; 18. 28M-Jordan Mcreadie [$500]; 19. 14W-Ryan Watt [$500]; 20. 91-Billy Decker [$500]; 21. 4R-Kevin Root [$]; 22. 3M-Sam Martz [$]; 23. 22W-Brandon Walters [$]; 24. 118B-Jim Britt [$500]; 25. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [$500]; 26. 26-Ryan Godown [$500]; 27. 111D-Demetrios Drellos [$500]; 28. 25R-Erick Rudolph [$500]; 29. 30W-Joseph Watson [$500]
Hard Charger Award: 21A-Peter Britten[+16]
Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award – $100 – Demetrios Drellos
Autism Awareness – $250 Tim Fuller
VP Race Fuels – $50 – Matt Sheppard
ASI Racewear -$50 – Matt Sheppard
ARP – $50 – Matt Sheppard
Cometic Gasket – $50 – Larry Wight
Drydene Performance – $50 – Matt Sheppard
COMP Cams – $50 – Larry Wight
Fox Racing Shocks – $50 – Jack Lehner
PHOTO: Quentin Young[Read More]
New Jersey driver holds off hard-charging Stewart Friesen for $7,500 triumph
Ryan Godown has accomplished plenty of wins throughout his career, but a Super DIRTcar Series victory eluded him for years.
However, in a 75-lap showdown Tuesday night at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in the Big Block Modified series’ lone stop this season in New Jersey, Godown’s fortune changed when the New Jersey native held off hard-charging superstar Stewart Friesen for his first Series triumph.
Godown, of Ringoes, NJ, fired from the 10th starting position, quickly working his way to the front. Once he snuck past last season’s World of Outlaws World Finals winner Alex Yankowski for the lead, it was one he wouldn’t relinquish to ultimately be crowned Bridgeport’s King of the Big Blocks and collect the $7,500 top prize.
It was far from easy, though. While the “Ringoes Rocket” was ticking off laps from the front of the field, Friesen was methodically working his way forward, finally picking off Billy Pauch Jr. and setting his sights on Godown as the laps disappeared. With both drivers trying to knock down the wall in Turns 3 and 4, Godown held off the hard-charging Friesen down the stretch, etching his name into Super DIRTcar Series history.
“I’m speechless here. It’s a little surreal,” Godown said. “We almost got to the front too quick there at the beginning. The car was really good, then obviously the last 10 laps it kind of backed up a little bit. I didn’t know where those guys were. I saw Stew came from nowhere with two to go.
“I just had to keep focused and try to get to where he wasn’t going to go or at least protect against the slider so that’s just what we did.”
Friesen, of Sprakers, NY, thundered underneath Godown’s #26 car at the white flag, but it wasn’t enough to steal the win as Godown slid down to the bottom groove to slow Friesen’s momentum.
“Our Halmar 44 really wasn’t too great tonight,” Friesen said. “It could have been a heck of a lot better. We tried some stuff tonight starting that far back and added to the notebook…we had a really good long-run car, but it wasn’t too good in the short run. Ryan was honestly a little bit better there at the end.”
Billy Pauch Jr. rounded out the top three, after battling Godown for the lead for much of the event. He was contending for the win before his tires started going away.
“We don’t run many Super DIRTcar Series races, so it was a great night tonight,” said Pauch Jr. “I took a few shots at Ryan. I think I got too aggressive, and I chunked my tire. That’s when I started fading at the end.”
Two-time and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week champion Mat Williamson crossed the line fourth with Max McLaughlin finished fifth.
UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series travels to Can-Am Speedway in Lafargeville, NY on Wednesday, May 18, along with the opening round of the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.
If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.
FEATURE- 75 Laps: 1. 26-Ryan Godown; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen; 3. 15-Billy Pauch Jr; 4. 88-Mat Williamson; 5. 8H-Max McLaughlin; 6. 29-Ryan Krachun; 7. 21A-Peter Britten; 8. 2A-Mike Gular; 9. 91-Billy Decker; 10. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 11. 2L-Jack Lehner; 12. 14W-Ryan Watt; 13. 4-Anthony Perrego; 14. 3J-Marc Johnson; 15. 3-Sammy Martz; 16. 28T-Gary Lindberg; 17. 12S-Darren Smith; 18. 34-Kevin Root; 19. (DNF) 126-Dominick Buffalino; 20. (DNF) 35M-Mike Mahaney; 21. (DNF) 215P-Adam Pierson; 22. (DNF) 30W-Joseph Watson; 23. (DNF) 84Y-Alex Yankowski; 24. (DNF) 9S-Matt Sheppard; 25. (DNF) 43-Jimmy Horton; 26. (DNF) 17-Marcus Dinkins; 27. (DNF) 118-Jim Britt