NEWS FROM NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY Route 539, New Egypt, NJ New Egypt Racers: â€œItâ€™s A Driverâ€™s Trackâ€ New Egypt, NJ (March 27) -- A total of 112 racers braved frigid, windy conditions last Saturday to make first claim on the newly expanded...
NEWS FROM NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY Route 539, New Egypt, NJ
New Egypt Racers: “It’s A Driver’s Track” New Egypt, NJ (March 27) -- A total of 112 racers braved frigid, windy conditions last Saturday to make first claim on the newly expanded New Egypt Speedway. In the off season, the “D” shaped third-mile clay oval was enlarged to 4/10ths mile, widening the turns and eliminating much of the banking while still retaining the track’s tricky configuration.
Consensus among the drivers following the wind-whipped five-hour practice session: We love the new layout.
“The track’s deceiving,” said veteran Modified driver Fritz Epright, who’ll be behind the wheel of the highly-touted Trenton Mack #704 this season. “It looks narrow, until you get out there. It’s a lot wider! It’s still a driver’s track because you’ve got so much turn and there’s plenty of room to pass.”
Driver Ralph Gargiulo, winner of the last Street Stock event in 1998, agreed. “There’s more momentum,” Gargiulo stated. “It seems I’m using a little less brake than last year. You’ll see a lot more cars sideways around here, especially down the backstretch.”
“It’s not like your ordinary oval track,” Sportsman racer Larry Archer observed. “It’s got some hooks in it where you’ve really got to pay attention to what you do.”
Competitors will test the new track for real this week. The Easter Eve opening event on April 3 features Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Rookies with the first race set to go at 5 p.m. Gates open at 12 noon. Adult admission is $12, with children 7-12 $4.00, 6 and under free. Preceding the first flag, there’ll be an Easter egg hunt for kids 5 and under at 3 p.m., and 6 to 10-year-olds at 3:30 p.m. And, of course, the Easter bunny himself will be greeting everyone at the gate!