New Egypt, NJ (Feb. 3) -- New Egypt Speedway racers celebrated the end of the 2000 season in grand style last Saturday night, with $50,500 in point fund awards being distributed during the track's gala annual banquet at the fabulous Bally's Park...
New Egypt, NJ (Feb. 3) -- New Egypt Speedway racers celebrated the end of the 2000 season in grand style last Saturday night, with $50,500 in point fund awards being distributed during the track's gala annual banquet at the fabulous Bally's Park Place Casino in Atlantic City.
Thirty-one drivers in four divisions divided the all-cash point awards. Second-time Modified champion Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, took home the biggest check: Pauch's 15 victories in 2000 netted him a $10,000 point fund bonanza. With five season wins on his resume, New Egypt's own Ron John Koczon claimed the $3,000 Sportsman division title. Street Stock ace Billy Bauer of Flemington parlayed six victory-lane visits into a $1,500 championship, while Dave Hoffman, Califon, NJ, topped the Mid-State Communications Rookie Sportsman Series and collected $500.
Track owners Rick and Nancy Grosso presented the cold cash and a sweet surprise: every driver in the top 10 received a unique chocolate replica of his or her race car. In addition to the cash awards, the top guns in all divisions also received trophies courtesy of Sunoco Racing Fuels and championship jackets from American Racer distributor Lias Tire.
New Egypt's "dynamic duo" of Nick Leach and Pete Wortman served as black-tie masters of ceremony for the affair, which also honored many drivers in special award categories.
Hard Luck Awards went to Rick Grosso Jr. (Modified), Larry Reed (Sportsman) and Steve Mongiello (Street Stock). Drivers Bob Drayton (Modified), Brien Ely (Sportsman) and Jim Hewitt and Spider Ensinger (both Street Stock) received Determination Awards for their perseverance in the face of adversity. Bob Worthington (Modified), Mike Reutter Jr. (Sportsman) and Rich Page (Street Stock) were named New Egypt's Stars of Tomorrow in their respective divisions. Best Appearing Car Awards went to Art Adams (Modified), Larry Archer (Sportsman) and Al Cheney III (Street Stock). Modified driver Gary Butler was awarded Best Victory Lane Interview.
For generously underwriting a Christmas in July promotion that netted thousands of toys and dollars for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots drive, Advantage Financial President Gene Stravinsky was honored as New Egypt's Man of the Year. Roy Pauch, engine man for both the Modified and Sportsman champions, was named Mechanic of the Year. For his unselfish gesture to aid a fellow racer, Street Stock driver Bill Miscoski was given the Sportsmanship Award.
In addition, 29 drivers were presented with Loyalty Awards for perfect attendance in 2000.
Corporate partners and individuals receiving special recognition for their support and involvement in the speedway's continued success were Haldeman Ford of Hamilton, NJ; OfficeMates 5 of Englewood Cliffs, NJ; and concessionaire Earl Megill. New Egypt Speedway Employee Recognition Awards were presented to chief tech inspector John McCaughey and contest prize coordinator Terry Morano.
The central Jersey raceway will kick off its fourth season as one of the finest dirt short tracks in the country on Saturday, March 24 with a practice session that is free to the public. The season opener is March 31, with a four-division card of Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Rookie Sportsman.