Date: 4/20/2015 12:23:34 PM



A beautiful day greeted 24 Xcel 600 Modifieds at the renowned Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday April 19th. This would be the first time Bridgeport hosted the series and according to many drivers hopefully not the last.

Many were impressed with a Bridgeport Speedway personnel coming out on pit lane to personally thank the drivers and crews for appearing. Throughout the day when you walked by a Bridgeport employee you were always acknowledged. It did not go unnoticed by Doug Borgers Xcel Chassis series as most have stated they would gladly go back. Some of the teams made a five hour trek from upstate New York and stated it was well worth the trip.

Brian Carber is no stranger to racing but the very limited time in the seat of the 47 Conti Enterprises Inc.power plant had him guessing. " We've had literally one session of practice with the car. We only knew that everything on the car was good to go. On the ride here we joked about how the car will turn left and that was it." explained Carber

Three heats would set up the field  with everyone qualifying. Right off the bat , Josh Pepe set fast time with a 15.05 on the quarter mile oval. Pepe was also the highest finishing Xcel driver who does not compete in a big car division. The top three from each heat  would then redraw for the 20 lap feature. Ryan Higgs and Josh Pepe would lead the field to the first green flag of the season.

Racing action would start at the drop of the green with some cars running the outside groove and testing the limits. Josh Pepe held Higgs and Carber off until lap 10 with Higgs taking the point and Carber running third .

10 laps down and 10 to go had the top three of Higgs,Pepe and Carber running the high and low sides setting up for a 3 Way battle. During the final laps, you had Richie Hitzler, Brian Mady and David Van Horn Jr mixing it up for 4th 5th and 6th places . Unfortunately Mady would go pitside with Aaron Bowes getting into the mix with 5 laps to go. Hitzler would keep the fourth position over Van Horn jr. and Bowes at the finish.

Meanwhile up front, at lap 15 Carber took the outside groove and gained over Higgs. Carber took advantage of the clean air to put a 5 car length over Higgs and Josh Pepe.

In victory lane Brian Carber talked about the day. " There is a lot that goes on to put a race together like they did today. Bridgeport Speedway provided an awesome facility, Brett Deyo provided an organized race event and Doug Borger has made one heck of a series. It is one of the most competitive on the circuit. I truly need to thank Kurt Conti of Conti Enterprises for sponsoring the car . My car owner, Earl Harrar, gives me anything I need for the car. He expects the same results at the end of the day just as I do. Being here in victory lane tells me we are going to be a great team and we already are thinking how to make the car faster for the next race."

No one is going to have to wait long as the Xcel  Chassis 600 modified series heads to Linda Speedway on April 24th for the first tour event of the season.  The action is non stop from the first green flag to the last checkered flag of the night.

You can see results of the race and check out the 2015 Tour event schedule on the website at www.xcelchassis.com



1) BRIAN CARBER  2) Ryan Higgs 3) Josh Pepe 4) Richie Hitzler 5) David Van Horn JR

6) Aaron Bowes 7) Jonathan Josko 8) Billy Koch 9) Jonathan Pepe 10) Nick Mady 11)Nathan Brinker

12) Will Eastman 13) Kyle Inglin 14)Bud Leizear 15) Brian Blankenbiller 16) Dakota Bartlett 17) Jason Mills

18) Vincent Varano 19)Kam Maby 20) Shawna Schibila  21) Jason Dunkleberger  22) Brian Mady

23) Charles Bowers 24) Korey Inglin

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