1999 New Egypt Speedway Season Wrap-up

New Egypt, NJ (Nov. 5) -- A Modified rivalry that spiraled into one of the hottest point battles of the decade, a visit from the Governor of New Jersey, and a first-ever promotion by one of the top Sprint car drivers in the country were highlights...

New Egypt, NJ (Nov. 5) -- A Modified rivalry that spiraled into one of the hottest point battles of the decade, a visit from the Governor of New Jersey, and a first-ever promotion by one of the top Sprint car drivers in the country were highlights of New Egypt Speedway'€™s second successful season as a dirt facility under the Grosso family'€™s ownership.

Veteran Modified professionals Kenny Brightbill and Billy Pauch both took dead-eyed aim at the $10,000 division championship, squaring off weekly at the 4/10ths-mile oval to produce the kind of classic racing tales New Egypt fans will be telling their grandchildren. Together, Brightbill and Pauch won 23 of the season'€™s 27 Modified feature events at the Central Jersey track. 1998 division champ Roger Laureno scored twice; Tim Tanner Jr. and invader Doug Hoffman picked up single victories. The point chase went down to the wire, with Pauch eating away at Brightbill'€™s lead, ultimately taking the Modified title by five points on the final night.

Pauch also won the track'€™s most talked-about event of the year: Open cockpit star Fred Rahmer'€™s rookie promotion of 410 Sprint Cars on June 16, which drew an SRO crowd and an appearance by Governor Christie Whitman, who even suited up and took a spin around the speedway. It was the first time a sitting New Jersey governor had visited any oval track in the state.

And in a sweep of the speedway'™s'“Midweek Madn'ss” series, Pauch also notched the $6,000 Pepsi Night of Champions Modified special on June 22.

Titles in the track'€™s support divisions were chased right down to the last checker, with Bob Worthington edging Keith Brightbill in the Sportsman ranks, and Pat Conaway benefiting from the final-night misfortunes of Billy Bauer and Ralph Gargiulo to claim Street Stock honors.

URC Sprint Cars proved their popularity, attracting big fields and big crowds for all five of their appearances. The season-capping '€œLegends of the Fall'€ promotion on October 16 honored more than 30 retired stock car heroes who were reunited at the speedway to sign collectible autograph cards and tell old war stories, amidst a backdrop of modern-day track action.

1999 New Egypt Speedway (NJ) Final Point Standings

Modifieds: 1. Billy Pauch -€” 1325 (14 wins) 2. Kenny Brightbill -€” 1320 (9 wins) 3. Roger Laureno -€” 1052 (2 wins) 4. Tim Tanner Jr. -€” 1016 (1 win) 5. Eddie Bohn -€” 957 6. Mark Bitner -€” 919 7. Gary Butler -€” 882 8. Tom Carberry -€” 804 9. Mike Hendershot -€” 802 10. John Leach -€” 796

Sportsman: 1. Bob Worthington -€” 1138 (3 wins) 2. Keith Brightbill -€” 1122 (6 wins) 3. Ron John Koczon -€” 1040 4. Tom Eppolite -€” 977 (1 win) 5. Larry Archer -€” 937 (3 wins) 6. Jack Swain -€” 933 (3 wins) 7. Rocco Infante -€” 909 (1 win) 8. Jim Dallett -€” 776 9. Jim Harris -€” 775 (1 win) 10. Matt Papiez -€” 767 (1 win) 10. Mickey Kessler - ” 767 (1 win)

Street Stock: 1. Pat Conaway -€” 1113 (1 win) 2. Billy Bauer -€” 1096 (4 wins) 3. Ralph Gargiulo -€” 1087 (8 wins) 4. Richie Byrne -€” 1024 (2 wins) 5. Bill Bauma -€” 967 (1 win) 6. Al Cheney III -€” 942 7. Pat Freiberger -€” 916 (3 wins) 8. Steve Mongiello -€” 850 9. George Quinlan -€” 847 (2 wins) 10. Jeff Carpenter -€” 832 (2 wins)

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