MID-ATLANTIC: Second Verse Sweeter Than The First For Jones in Bridgeport Mod Win

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C.J. Jones prevailed over Joseph Watson in the Spirit Dodge Big Block Modified feature at Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday. (Rick Sweeten photo)

SWEDESBORO, N.J. — C.J. Jones made true the mantra, ‘The second one is sweeter than the first,’ after scoring his second-career Spirit Dodge Big Block Modified victory at Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night.

Jones, a NASCAR asphalt modified hotshoe, captured the checkered flag after retaking the top spot with five laps to go and holding back Sam Martz and Joseph Watson on the final run to the checkered flag.

Jones also improved his position in the championship standings, moving from seventh to sixth after veteran Duane Howard missed the show.

Martz, who entered the night fourth in the points standings, finished runner-up in the 25-lap feature.

Filling in for the injured Jamie Mills, who is still sidelined due to a June crash at Bridgeport, Watson led a few circuits in his No. 1J machine. Despite showing a little disappointment, the substitute racer was still all smiles following the podium finish.

“I think it was just that last caution that hurt us,” Watson explained. “I was really working him on the bottom, so that is where I was hoping we would beat him [C.J. Jones at]. At least I got to lead a few laps, but I really would like to win.”

After dominating his heat race, Jones began the event from the pole position in his No. 0 entry and set the tone in the opening laps. Starting third, Watson jumped into the second position on the opening circuit and wasted no time before challenging the lead.

For the opening 15 laps, the excitement was with Jones on the high side, battling Watson on the bottom. It was not until a caution with nine laps remaining that their duel was ended and the field was regrouped.

On the ensuing restart, Jones struggled to get going, which allowed Watson to shoot to the point — where he remained for just a short time as the caution flew for the second time with eight laps to go.

This time, Bridgeport championship leader and Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series standout Ryan Watt had spun around to bring out the yellow.

When racing resumed, Watson shot to a quick advantage, like before. However, with five laps remaining, Jones overtook the substitute racer and never looked back en route to his second win in big-block competition.

Behind Jones, Martz and Watson, Rick Laubach and Wade Hendrickson rounded out the top five in the action-filled feature.

Jordan Watson, Neal Williams, Richie Pratt, Jr., Watt and Ron Roberts closed the top 10.

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