Varin Overcomes Bridgeport Carnage
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – Before a large crowd during Bridgeport Speedway’s 42nd season opener, Bobby Varin benefited from Stewart Friesen’s empty gas tank to win the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour 60 Over Special on Saturday night.
At the start of the 60-lap feature, polesitter Rick Laubach hopped in front with Friesen and Danny Johnson in tow. By lap 10, Laubach had constructed a half-straightaway advantage over Friesen with Ryan Godown running in third place.
Behind the top three, Johnson and Brett Hearn were putting on a show in a battle for fourth position with Hearn taking over the spot with thirteen tours completed. The top two were in lap traffic when the caution flag waved for a flat on Jimmy Blewett’s ride on lap 14.
Following back to back yellows on the fifteenth circuit, Friesen slipped by Laubach for the lead with Hearn climbing into third on lap 17. The top two remained in order until Laubach slowed in the second corner with a tire issue on lap 20.
When action resumed, Friesen remained on top with Hearn in second and Johnson in third. Matt Sheppard, who had started the event in the twenty-first position, was continuing his migration to the front and scooted into fourth place on lap 25. After several caution periods and restarts, the top three remained in order as the event entered the final twenty circuits.
On lap 45, Sheppard developed a right rear flat and the yellow lights illuminated the track. As the green flag waved again, Friesen held off Hearn and Johnson with Jimmy Horton in fourth and Bobby Varin, the nineteenth place starter in the race, in fifth.