New Egypt, NJ (Nov. 28) -- The 2000 season is complete, but the groundshaking action continues at New Egypt Speedway -- only now, it's the roar of bulldozers, not race cars, making the rounds at the Central Jersey facility. The latest...
New Egypt, NJ (Nov. 28) -- The 2000 season is complete, but the groundshaking action continues at New Egypt Speedway -- only now, it's the roar of bulldozers, not race cars, making the rounds at the Central Jersey facility.
The latest expansion project marks the third time in the past four years the track has been enlarged. When the Grosso family of Belle Mead, NJ, purchased the facility in 1997, it was a derelict quarter-mile asphalt track. Their ground-up reconstruction of the raceway produced a pristine one-third mile clay oval that was named Most Outstanding Rehabilitation of a Speedway in 1998 by the national RPM motorsports promoters association. Not content to sit on their laurels, owners Rick and Nancy Grosso expanded the unique "D" shaped facility to 4/10ths mile in 1999. During the current reconstruction, which commenced on October 16, the speedway will be stretched into a half-mile but still retain its 'D' shape, according to Rick Grosso Jr., who is overseeing the project.
According to plan, the speedway straightaways are being lengthened considerably, with the new turns 3 and 4 relocated well into the existing pit area. The backstretch has also been moved out, to create more of a sweep out of the first and second corners, which are banked more dramatically, as are 3 and 4. In the new configuration, pit access to the track will change: cars will enter the raceway in turn 4 and exit in turn 3. Musco of Iowa, designers of New Egypt's daylight-quality illumination system, will reinforce the track's lighting requirements. To accommodate the expansion, the pit area will now extend to Route 539, taking over much of the front parking lot. While the main bleachers will remain in place, the pit grandstands have been moved to the enlarged frontstretch area, alongside the existing children's playground. The scale house will be relocated to the infield; the building which houses the pit concessions and restrooms has been moved behind the pit grandstands. A brand-new scoreboard will interface with the track's state-of-the-art scoring and timing system.
"Our goal is to make New Egypt Speedway the premier dirt track in the Northeast," speedway owner Rick Grosso Sr. stated. "This latest expansion project is just another step in that direction."
In reflecting on New Egypt's progressive development to date, Grosso Sr.
revisited some of the milestones set over the past three years:
* Paid out in excess of $1.5 million in weekly purses.
* Paid over $150,000 in cash point fund awards.
* Was the first Northeastern dirt track to introduce one-way scanner communication between tower officials and the drivers, greatly reducing unnecessary delays in the racing program.
* Pioneered the AMB TranX260 computerized timing and scoring system on Northeastern dirt, raising the bar of professionalism on the short-track level.
* Proud of our relationship with Lias Tire and American Racer, and will continue to race on the same tire brand in 2001.
* Consistent rules, with the current rule book virtually unchanged for the 2001 season.
* Tailor all racing entertainment to be family- and kid-friendly, with tons of games and giveaways throughout the year.
* Host the premier awards banquet of any regional short track, at Bally's Park Place Casino in Atlantic City.
New Egypt's 2001 schedule is currently in the works, with the first "happening" the track's gala annual awards banquet on Saturday, February 3, where $50,500 in point fund monies will be distributed to top drivers in three weekly divisions. Tickets are $80 per person, limited to adults 18 and older. For ticket information, call 609-466-7892. Deadline for ticket orders is January 1.
Billboard space and sponsored nights are still available for New Egypt's "bigger and better" 2001 season. Call 732-928-3057 for further information.