Future winners at New Egypt - coming this Saturday

New Egypt, NJ (Aug. 18) -- There will be a brand-new Modified feature winner celebrating in victory lane at New Egypt Speedway Saturday night -- guaranteed. Thanks to Jim and Leslie Potts of Mid-State Communications, the central Jersey track is...

New Egypt, NJ (Aug. 18) -- There will be a brand-new Modified feature winner celebrating in victory lane at New Egypt Speedway Saturday night -- guaranteed.

Thanks to Jim and Leslie Potts of Mid-State Communications, the central Jersey track is presenting its first-ever Future Winner’s event for the Modified division on Saturday, August 26 -- and at evening’s end, one ambitious driver will be able to drop the "future" tag and call himself a bona fide winner, complete with trophy, champagne celebration and a cash prize.

The bonus Future Winner’s race, which will be run in addition to the regularly scheduled 30-lap Modified feature, is open to any driver who has made at least three starts in the Modified division this season at New Egypt but has never won a main event at the track since its reincarnation as a clay facility in 1998.

And Jim Potts has added "an extra element" to the 20-lap special: halfway through the race, a competition yellow will be waved and a portion of the field (number to be determined by a blind draw) will invert their positions on the track. The scrambled lineup should produce an edge-of-the-seat finish.

"This race is no ‘gimme’," said Potts, whose Mid-State Communications supplies all radio systems in use at the speedway. "This is a real race, for real money, pitting a group of drivers of equal caliber against each other. This will not be an easy race to win."

Of the 19 drivers eligible to compete, at least a half-dozen have been knocking on victory’s door in weekly Modified action. Rick Grosso Jr., Eddie Bohn, Darren McCaughey, Rocco Infante, Willie Osmun and Mike Hendershot have all posted podium finishes this season. So who will be the rookie winner to pop the cork on the champagne this Saturday night? Come out and see.

Gates open at 4 pm on August 26 and racing gets underway at 6:30. Adult admission is $14, children ages 7-12 are $5, and kids 6 and under are free. The speedway is located on Route 539, minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the NJ Turnpike. For more information, call (609) 758-1900.

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