New Egypt, NJ, August 15, 1998...... Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA captured his sixth win of the season at the New Egypt Speedway in the 30 lap Modified feature Saturday night. Brightbill started14th on the grid and quickly moved into...
New Egypt, NJ, August 15, 1998...... Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA captured his sixth win of the season at the New Egypt Speedway in the 30 lap Modified feature Saturday night. Brightbill started14th on the grid and quickly moved into the top five, however it took till lap 25 for him to wrestle the lead away from veteran Tom Hager. We were both running the bottom groove and I knew that I might only get one chance, stated a victorious Brightbill, luckily for us, he slid up the track just enough to get by. Hager knew early that it was going to be tough, I broke the pannard bar 10 laps in so I knew I had to take it easy, we only made one mistake tonight but unfortunately one mistake is too many when Kenny is the driver behind you!
Bob Drayton lead the 25 car field down to starter Frank Restas green flag. Drayton, who appears to get faster each week, quickly opened up a 1/2 of straightaway lead in the Mr. Bobs #09. The first caution of the event flew on lap 7 when newcomer Keith Hoffman and Gary Butler tangled in turn four. Drayton continued to lead with Hager now a close second. Hager captured the lead on a lap 13 restart, when leader Drayton, Wade Hendrickson and Mark Bitner all tangled coming off of turn 4. This put Hager and Brightbill on the front row and set up what would be a race long battle for the win. Hager seemed to have him covered as he would pull away from Brightbill on each restart. Then on lap 25, Brightbill got a good run down the back chute, and Hager slid up just enough for the Tabloid Graphics #19 squeeze by. Brightbill then raced away to the $2500 paycheck.
Hager, of Easton, PA held off the strong advances of Fritz Epright to finish second in his own #43. Epright of Whitehouse Station NJ captured third in the Michael Bros. #51m, followed by point leader Roger Laureno and Tim Tanner Sr. both of Ivyland PA. Rounding out the top ten were Tom Carberry, Scott McClaren, Carmen Infante, Mike Sena, and Mark Bitner. The three heat winners were Infante, Bitner and Hendrickson with Bob Bauma returning for the first time in 2 months took top honors in the consolation.
In the Mid-State Communications 5 lap Cash Dash, which pits the nights heat winners against last weeks feature winner, Wade Hendrickson won his first Dash of the season picking up $300 for his effort.
In the 25 lap Carquest ARDC Midget feature, Ray Bull of New Oxford PA won his first ever midget race, as drove the Spike Gillespie owned #1 to victory. Bryan Kobylarz of Birdsboro PA assumed the point lead as he drove the Starrett #49 to a close second place finish. Defending New Egypt ARDC winner Tim Deitz of hanover PA charged from his 18th starting position to finish third while early race leader Fremont Dickerman of Higganum CT and Billy Courtwright of Hackettstown NJ rounded out the top five. Completing the top 10 were Mark Freeland, Fred Schell, Gary Mondschein, Mike Piersig and Craig Rochelle. The two eight lap heats were won by Dickerman and Bull.
In the 20 lap Sportsman feature event, Mike Davis of Princeton Junction NJ drove to his first win at the New Egypt Speedway in 1998. David started in eighth in the field, and moved into the lead before the halfway sign. Once in front, he had everyone covered as he raced away to the checkered by 10 car lengths in his sharp looking red & blue #21. Local favorite Ron John Koczon of New Egypt ran a steady race to finish second in the Agip Oil #RJ7. Third place went to Vineland NJs Jimmy Dallet, posting his best finish since coming to the Ocean County D. Matt Papiez of Belle Mead NJ was fourth while point leader Larry McVay of Flemington rounded out the top five. Sportsman heats were won by Richie Cass Sr., Kenny Roth, and Larry McVay while George Gareis won the consolation in the Haines Towing #92.
In the caution plagued fifteen lap Street Stock feature, Pat Freiberger of Allentown NJ grabbed his third feature win this year in his own #X1. Bill Bauma of Jacksonville NJ continues to run strong every week as raced home second, followed by Mick Search of Allentown NJ third with his best finish to date in the #14. Point leader Jeff Carpenter of Howell NJ and Kevin Bifulco of Cranbury completed the top five.
The weekly 50/50 was under $2000 for the first time in over a month, with an $1800 prize! Also the Spirit Truck and Car Center of Southampton NJ sponsored Dunk Tank raised over $2500 for the United Way!
Coming this Wednesday August 19th will be the Pepsi Heat Wave 50, a 50 lap open competition Modified event paying $5000 to win. Although the tire rule is open, all cars must run a 92 right rear tire of any make and have a DIRT or Tri-track style body. NES regular weight rules apply. There is no Pit license required for this event.
This show will also feature the Mountain Dew 20 for Sportsman paying $700 to win. Any Sportman invader that can come in and win the Mountain Dew 20 in their first visit to the speedway will pick-up a $500 bonus. Also any regular who can win this event and back it up with a win next Saturday night Aug. 22 will win a $500 bonus. All preliminary event winners will receive a case Pepsi/Mountain Dew and all feature event lap leaders will get a 12 pack of the popular soft drink for each lap lead!
Many area Modified drivers are expected to invade the New Egypt Speedway for this event including Jimmy Horton, Doug Hoffman, Billy Pauch, Ricky Elliott, Shawn Reimert, Keith Hoffman and Jeff Strunk. Also car owner John Chemidlin announced at the track Saturday night that Chip Slocum will reunite his Edison Generator #747 team for this one event. Slocum will be making his New Egypt debut returning for the first time to the team that he won the East Windsor Speedway track title with.
General Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for military personnel, $6 for children 7-12, with kids 6 and under admitted free. Gates will open at 5pm, with the first heat at 7pm.