Watt wires Bridge­port’s ‘Dirty Jer­sey 5’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS - By Brett Deyo For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BRIDGE­PORT, N.J. » The cards fell right for Ryan Watt to se­cure a ‘Dirty Jer­sey 5’ vic­tory on Satur­day night at Bridge­port Speed­way.

Through the gate, Watt drew No. 1, start­ing from the pole of the first heat race, then again picked the first po­si­tion in a post-qual­i­fy­ing re­draw of top qual­i­fiers. The Boy­er­town driver took the lead at the out­set and was never headed in the 40-lap Bob Hil­bert Sports­wear Short Track Su­per Se­ries (STSS) Fu­eled By VP big­block/small-block Mod­i­fied event on the five-eighths-mile.

The win for Watt was worth $5,000 from the posted pay­out, a $500 prod­uct cer­tifi­cate from Art’s Ra­di­a­tor, a free Keizer wheel, and an­other $500 in cash as the two-night Amer­i­can Racer ‘South­ern Swing’ cham­pion con­tested be­tween Fri­day at Ge­orge­town (Del.) Speed­way and Satur­day at Bridge­port.

“Ev­ery­thing went our way tonight,” of­fered Watt fol­low­ing his sec­ond STSS vic­tory of the sea­son. His first came in June at Delaware In­ter­na­tional Speed­way dur­ing the ‘Di­a­mond State 50’ pro­gram.

“We’ve been fast here all year. Get­ting to start up front made it eas­ier on us, but you’re never safe at these races. There were a lot of good cars here tonight.”

Satur­day’s event was the fi­nal “100-point” pro­gram of the sea­son. The $10,000 Ve­locita-USA cham­pi­onship will be de­cided on October 2728 at Ge­orge­town Speed­way dur­ing Mid-At­lantic Cham­pi­onship Week­end uti­liz­ing in­creased cham­pi­onship points.

At the drop of the green, Watt’s Ron Roberts-owned car took over the lead.

Delaware driver Jor­dan Wat­son shot from fourth into the sec­ond po­si­tion. It was Wat­son who ran clos­est to Watt’s blis­ter­ing pace. How­ever, eight laps from the fin­ish an ap­par­ent en­gine is­sued forced Wat­son’s No. 1J to the in­field.

A fi­nal cau­tion with five laps re­main­ing set up a dash to the fin­ish.

With Watt out front, all eyes were on Craig Von Dohren. The Oley driver started 12th and strug­gled to gain ground in the early laps. How­ever, Von Dohren’s Dick Biever-owned No. 14s gained speed in the mid- to-late stages.

With just one lap re­main­ing, Von Dohren swept into the runner-up spot, chas­ing Watt across the line. Von Dohren earned the Bob Hil­bert Sports­wear Hard Charger Award in the process (24 cus­tom, screen­printed ‘team wear’ tee-shirts).

Track reg­u­lar Sam Martz of Somerville, N.J., com­pleted a steady per­for­mance to fill out the podium. Ryan Godown was rim-rid­ing in the fi­nal laps aboard the At­las Paving No. 66, but the Rin­goes, N.J., driver set­tled for fourth. Gar­den State star David Van Horn Jr. throt­tled Fred Vahls­ing’s No. 323ov from 13th to com­plete the front five.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Ryan Watt poses with the win­ner’s check in vic­tory lane after his Dirty Jer­sey 5 win on Sept. 30 at Bridge­port Speed­way.

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