Laureno's Task Gets Tougher At New Egypt New Egypt, NJ (March 5) -- Defending New Egypt Speedway Modified champion Roger Laureno will have his work cut out for him this season, as some tough opponents are set on toppling the Ivyland, Pa, driver...
Laureno's Task Gets Tougher At New Egypt
New Egypt, NJ (March 5) -- Defending New Egypt Speedway Modified champion Roger Laureno will have his work cut out for him this season, as some tough opponents are set on toppling the Ivyland, Pa, driver from the division's top spot.
Laureno, a six-time Bridgeport Speedway champ who became the first New Egypt Modified titleholder on the clay in 1998, will find himself fending off the unflinching advances of such Modified stars as Kenny Brightbill and Billy Pauch on a weekly basis. Brightbill, who missed seven races at the Central Jersey track in '98 and still walked away with 11 wins and $5000 in point money, has committed to race New Egypt's full schedule this season. So has Sprint and Modified standout Billy Pauch, who is preparing his own car for a run at the title. Other championship contenders who plan a full assault this season include Fritz Epright, back aboard the high-profile Trenton Mack #704, and wily veterans Tom Hager and Rich Polenz.
"It's never easy winning a championship, and this year should be especially tough," Laureno said of his title defense, "but I think we've got a good shot."
In the support classes, the titles are wide open. 1998 Sportsman champ Larry McVay and runner-up Rick Grosso Jr. are both moving up to the Modified ranks. Jeff Carpenter, the defending Street Stock champ, has not yet finalized his plans for this year.
New Egypt's 1999 season begins on March 27, with a free-to-the-public open practice from 12 noon to 5 pm. Pit admission is $10 with a New Egypt or any valid 1999 speedway license; $15 without a license. Rain date for the practice day is Sun. March 28. The April 3 Easter Eve opener kicks off at 5pm., with a full card of Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Rookies. For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900.