Big Bear 60 In Spotlight At New Egypt
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SUPER DIRTcar SERIES: ADVANCE NOTICES
Weedsport, NY — August 11, 2007 — By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series PR Director
The 2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series returns to action Wednesday,
August 15 at New Egypt (NJ) Speedway for round #15 with the ‘Big Bear 60’ presented by K&A Excavating offering a $6,000 top prize and bragging rights in the only tour show staged in the state this year. The winner will also earn a guaranteed starting berth in the Rite Aid 200 on Oct. 7 of Super DIRT Week XXXVI at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
New Egypt is located in Central Jersey and can be reached from any direction. From
the NJ Turnpike take Exit 7A to 195 East (Shore Points) to Exit 16A (Route 537 West).
Stay on 537W for 5 miles. Left on Route 539 (South). Track is 3 miles down on left.
From the PA Turnpike go East to NJ Turnpike North to Exit 7A and follow directions
from NJ Turnpike above. From Delaware take the Delaware Memorial Bridge to NJ
Turnpike North. Follow directions from NJ Turnpike above.
Both New Egypt's pit and grandstand gates will be unlocked at 4 p.m. with practice
slated for 6:30 p.m. and Integra Shocks Time Trials scheduled to start at 7 o’clock
followed immediately by qualifying heats at 7:30 p.m..
Adult General Admission grandstand tickets are available for $22, children 7-12 yrs. are $7.50, and kids 6 yrs. & under are free. All pit passes are $30 and will be available at the gate on race day. For more information contact the track at 609/758-1900.
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series is at http://www.superdirtcarseries.com.
New Egypt Speedway is at http://www.newegyptspeedway.net.
Dirtvision.com™ Cybercast is at http://www.dirtvision.com.
All remain accessible 24-hours daily.
ABOUT THE TRACK
New Egypt Speedway is a racy half-mile D-shaped clay oval that plays host to some of the tightest, all-out wheel-to-wheel competition. Rick Grosso Jr. is the current Advance Auto Parts Integra Shocks Modified track record-holder stopping the clocks in a time of 17.006 seconds for a one-lap average speed of 105.845 mph on Sept. 24 of 2005.
During regular weekly racing, Bucky Kell set the single lap speed standard of 16.476
sec. (109.250 mph) on May 11 of the same year.
The Advance Auto Parts Series summer swing through New Egypt has boasted some
of the best in the business when it comes to victory lane presentations. Bespectacled veteran 'Barefoot' Bob McCreadie captured the inaugural SDS event in 1998 followed by New Egypt regular Billy 'The Kid' Pauch (2000), the 'Franklin Flyer' Billy Decker (2001), Brett 'The Jet' Hearn (2002), 'A.J. Slideways' Alan Johnson (2003) and Pauch again last June. Two other Advance Auto Parts SDS events held at NES in 2005 were won by Tim Fuller (August ‘Showdown In The Pines’) and Matt Sheppard (September ‘Legends of the Fall’). Fuller repeated in last year’s return to the Garden State.
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SUPER DIRTcar SERIES
New Egypt Speedway (9 Evts)
DATE FIRST - SECOND - THIRD - FOURTH - FIFTH
8/16/06 Tim Fuller - Billy Decker - Alan Johnson - Brett Hearn - Jimmy Phelps
9/24/05 Matt Sheppard - Jimmy Horton - Tim Fuller - Gary Tomkins - Ryan Godown
8/24/05 Tim Fuller - Matt Sheppard - Brett Hearn - Jimmy Horton - Frank Cozze
6/22/05 Billy Pauch - Ryan Godown - Frank Cozze - Tim Fuller - Jack Johnson
6/17/03 Alan Johnson - Tim McCreadie - Gary Tomkins - Billy Pauch - Danny Johnson
6/20/02 Brett Hearn - Billy Decker - Danny Johnson - Tim Fuller - Keith Hoffman
6/21/01 Billy Decker - Steve Paine - Tim McCreadie - Billy Pauch - Alan Johnson
8/2/00 Billy Pauch - Doug Hoffman - Kenny Brightbill - Steve Paine - Tim McCreadie
6/18/98 Bob McCreadie - Doug Hoffman - Danny Johnson -Fritz Epright-Jimmy Horton
2007 marked a change in ownership at New Egypt Speedway for the first time in a
decade. Promoter Bill Miscoski and Fred Valshing were introduced as the new track
owners at the season-ending NES awards banquet staged last December. A former
Street Stock racer and Super Late Model car owner, Miscoski has served as the
mayor/deputy mayor of Upper Freehold Township in New Jersey for the past 15 years.
EME Excavating owner Valshing is a long-time friend of Miscoski and spearheads track maintenance while Michael Sanchelli acts as Race Director. Long before the new management team stepped in, NES was rescued from ruin and completely rebuilt from the ground up by the Grosso family in 1997. The following year motorsports promoters from all 50 states even named New Egypt "Most Outstanding Rehabilitation of a Speedway," putting the central Jersey track in the national spotlight during Daytona Speedweek ceremonies. Built in 1954, the current grounds were originally a gravel pit and during the 1960s was recognized as Fort Dix Speedway. In its heyday in the 1960s and '70s, the asphalt track was sanctioned by NASCAR on and off under different owners and promoters and held events on Wednesdays. The pavement Modified record book (1976-95) is headed by nine-time national champion Richie Evans (25) and includes such legendary drivers as Jimmy Spencer, Geoff Bodine, George Kent, Maynard Troyer, Jerry Cook and Tom Baldwin. When the Grossos bought the track in 1997 it was a quarter-mile asphalt oval that was two weeks away from Sheriff's sale for non-payment of taxes and no track records were part of the eventual deed transfer. In the 10 years the track has been dirt, Billy Pauch (didn't compete in 1998) has long eclipsed Evans' old standard. Including one win registered in ’07, Pauch has amassed 64 career victories and also captured three (2002, 2000, 1999) NES season point championships along the way. New York State traveler Matt Sheppard holds a narrow lead on the current points chart with six trips to victory lane and is chased by weekly contenders Ryan Godown (2004 Superstars Series champ), Advance Auto Parts Series follower Frank Cozze (2003 & ’05 NES champ), Keith Hoffman (2001 NES champion), and defending track titlist Jimmy Horton, also the ’04 New Egypt high point man.
2006 RACE REVIEW
Reigning overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT points king Tim Fuller took
advantage of a broken axle by race-long leader Sam Martz on Wednesday night at New Egypt Speedway and cruised home to score a convincing straightaway victory in the ‘Garden State Gunfight 100’ Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series event. The 100-lap Advance Auto Parts SDS victory was his third of the season for Fuller in the 40-minute DIRT Big-Block Modified main. For the second straight race Martz came up empty-handed in his bid to capture a second career Modified victory at New Egypt. In the a regular 30-lapper held the previous Saturday, Jimmy Horton set up Martz on the final tour and hustled home for the victory. On Wednesday night at NES it was just a regular Saturday night distance that separated Martz from the biggest win of his career before the right-rear axle gave way on the ultra-tacky half-mile oval.
Martz out-dragged front-row partner Horton on the initial green before a rare red flag was thrown on lap two when weekly NES runner Rich Scagliotta got turned around coming out of turn four to stack up the on-rushing pack. By the time the smoke had cleared nearly a dozen cars were involved in the lap two melee including Integra Shocks Fast Timer Frank Cozze (17.334 sec/103.842 mph). Horton retired into the pits for good after only 20 circuits and by the midway point Martz led Fuller and Billy Decker with Billy Pauch and Alan Johnson the next closest pursuers. Pauch and Decker swapped the show position on two occasions before Danny Johnson’s no. 27J Troyer ride went up in smoke. It was on the following lap 69 restart when Martz suddenly slowed and opened the door for Fuller to assume a position he would not relinquish the remainder of the way. Pauch was overtaken by Alan Johnson with 10 to go, then gave up fourth to Hearn on lap 94 before Cozze complete his charge back to the front with a last lap pass of two-time ‘Gunfight’ winner Pauch. Cozze’s valiant run earned him a guaranteed starting berth in the Rite Aid 200 Championship during Super DIRT Week.
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Point Standings (Thru Aug. 9, 2007)
Rank No. Driver Points Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 20 Brett Hearn 1,116 0 3 10 12 14
2 19 Tim Fuller 1,099 -17 1 8 13 14
3 91 Billy Decker 1,021 -95 1 7 9 14
4 27j Danny Johnson 963 -153 3 6 8 14
5 7x Steve Paine 958 -158 0 4 10 14
6 77x Dale Planck 947 -169 1 3 9 14
7 98h Jimmy Phelps 930 -186 0 5 10 14
8 44s Matt Sheppard 870 -246 0 3 9 14
9 44 Frank Cozze 848 -268 1 2 6 14
10 14j Alan Johnson 817 -299 1 3 5 14
NEWS & NOTES
New Mr. DIRTcar Championship Format Underway: The overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco
Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Modified Champion in 2007 will be determined by adding
actual points earned in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series to those bonuses collected in DIRT Regional Racing Series for Big-Blocks. Along with earning valuable SDS points throughout the season, each driver must now attempt to qualify for a minimum of twelve (12) weekly DIRT-sanctioned events in the same class. Drivers will receive 1200 bonus points towards the overall Mr. DIRT Championship if they attempt to qualify for 12 regional races. That total will decrease by 100 points for each appearance less than 12 (i.e. if a driver attempts to qualify for only 10 DIRT Regional Racing Series events that driver receives 1000 bonus points, five starts = 500 points, etc.).
Commitment To Excellence: For the third straight year tour officials have once again
signed up the best Big-Block Modified teams in the Northeast to compete in every
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series show. The star-studded group of drivers
accepting contract extensions ---those finishing among the top-12 in the final overall 2007 Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Championship point standings--- are reigning Mr. DIRT points king and winningest Big-Block Modified driver Alan Johnson, current Advance Auto Parts SDS points leader Matt Sheppard, ‘05 Mr. DIRT champion Tim Fuller, all-time Advance Auto Parts Series race winner Brett Hearn, ‘04 Mr. DIRT titlist Gary Tomkins, third-year tour follower Jimmy Phelps, DIRT NorthEast’s winningest ’07 driver Danny Johnson, Canandaigua Speedway record-setter Steve Paine, full-time tour follower Dale Planck, Keystone State open-wheel veteran Frank Cozze and recent additions Billy Decker and Justin Haers. Each of the contracted drivers owns provisional starting positions in the 2007 Advance Auto Parts SDS and are guaranteed to take home no less than $500 in winnings every time out.
New Egypt Excitement: The Advance Auto Parts Series ‘Big Bear 60’ will mark
another FAN FUN NIGHT planned at New Egypt in conjunction with Grandview and
Bridgeport speedways. And this means plenty of give-aways for the race fans! Race
fans from all three Saturday night show places are encouraged to wear their home track t-shirt to each event and proudly represent their home speedway at New Egypt on Wednesday. In exchange, spectators will receive a $2 discount off their adult admission ticket if they are wearing their track t-shirt when purchasing their ticket on race night. In addition, each track will be represented by their PA Announcer at each of the FAN FUN NIGHTS. Equipped with roaming microphones, Nick Leach from New Egypt, Bill Sasser from Bridgeport and Jeff Alhum from Grandview/Thunder on the Hill will be out in the crowd to stir up some friendly competition and rivalry in the grandstands along with the voice of DIRTcar NorthEast, Shane Andrews.
Hearn Nears 500: The most prolific driver in the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar
Series traveling show, Brett Hearn is on the brink of yet another landmark occasion in DIRTcar NorthEast Modified racing. Already DIRT’s all-time win leader in combined Big-Block /Small-Block feature events, the Sussex, N.J. superstar is just one checkered flag away from 500 after his recent tour win at Canandaigua. Hearn owns 335 Modified and 164 358-Modified victories after increasing his Big-Block count to a division-high 10 in ’07, with a pair scored in Small-Block competition. The five-time overall Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRTcar Modified Champion ranks first in Advance Auto Parts Series wins (95) and holds Modified Tour marks of 10 wins and 20 top-five finishes in a year with at least one Series victory registered in 23 different seasons. With extra distance main events remaining his forte, Hearn has captured five titles in the Rite Aid 200 on the Syracuse Mile, eight in the Eastern States 200 at Orange County Fair Speedway and five in the Lebanon Valley 200 while logging four more in the Rolling Wheels 200. He has twice earned DIRTcar NE Driver of the Year accolades, capturing 28 DIRT track championships with 20 garnered in the premier big-block Modified division.
Sheppard & Cozze On Defense: When the Advance Auto Parts Series comes to New
Egypt it will be Matt Sheppard and Frank Cozze on defense in the annual summer
swing through the Garden State. Although NES is located in New Jersey, track points leader Sheppard (6 wins) travels weekly from New York while third-place point-getter Cozze (3) arrives at NES every Saturday making the haul in from ennsylvania.
Sandwiched in between on the ’07 New Egypt points chart is homestate regular Ryan Godown (3 ) from Ringoes, N.J. Sheppard pulled off a dramatic last turn, last lap pass of Jimmy Horton to cop the Advance Auto Parts Series stop at NES in September of 2005, with his last tour victory taken at Canandaigua Speedway in September ’06. The timing may be just right for open-wheel veteran Cozze to score his seventh career tour triumph when the Advance Auto Parts Series comes to his hometrack on Wednesday.
Motor problems have plagued both Sheppard and Cozze throughout the series although success has so far followed them from week to week at New Egypt. Cozze finished 5th last year while Sheppard was relegated to 15th on the final scoresheet.
Shock Value To Series Fast Qualifiers In ‘07: For a second straight year Integra
Shocks is playing an active role in point fund sponsorship of the Advance Auto Parts
Super DIRTcar Series during the upcoming race season. The fast driver during 2007
Advance Auto Parts Series qualifying will once again earn the 'Integra Shocks Fast
Time Award' and the driver winning the most Integra Shocks Fast Time awards during the season will collect a bonus set of four Integra Shocks ($1,000 value) at the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Banquet in November. The Advance Auto Parts Series has recognized fast time trialers since 1983, with 1999 marking the first season the awards program included every tour event scheduled during the year. All-time Advance Auto Parts SDS race winner Brett Hearn is also a leader when it comes to speed, earning a series-best total of 34 Integra Shocks Fast Time awards during the past 20 years.
Drivers will continue to draw for their order in the 'Integra Shocks Time Trials’ at all
Advance Auto Parts shows, however, this season the fast timer will select a second pill to determine how many cars (3, 4, 5 or 6) will be inverted to start each preliminary heat race. The 'Integra Shocks Fast Time Award' winner will collect $100 and five (5) bonus points and the top-three heat race finishers will earn additional bonus points as follows:
1st-5 pts, 2nd-3 pts, 3rd-1 pt. With the new inversion format in place, a driver can now earn a maximum of 10 more points being the fast timer as well as a heat race winner.
Early Season Winners: Entering the second full weekend of racing in August, 24
tracks have hosted DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block Modified races with 64 drivers
scoring victories in the 144 features run. ‘07 Advance Auto Parts Series points leader Brett Hearn tops the list of 28 drivers posting more than one victory followed by tour travelers Jimmy Phelps with Danny Johnson with nine each. Pennsylvania pilot Jeremiah Shingledecker comes next with seven followed by New Egypt leader Matt Sheppard with six. Canandaigua record-setter Steve Paine and veteran Brian
Swartzlander have both taken five checkered flags while Series mainstays Alan
Johnson, Frank Cozze, Billy Decker and Justin Haers along with Vic Coffey, Kevin
Bolland and Rex King have four wins apiece. Garden State star Ryan Godown has
three, with a dozen ---including Series regulars Tim Fuller and Dale Planck--- more
drivers also able to repeat. Tour driver Gary Tomkins owns one win in ‘07.
Super Series Stats: Since the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series debut in
1980, 65 drivers have reached victory lane in 575 races with Virginia Motor Speedway becoming in May the 44th track to stage a championship event. Along with Brett Hearn's DIRT-best 499 (335 big-block/164 small-block) Modified wins registered at more than 30 tracks throughout the Northeast, the 'Jet' has flown to the top on the all-time Advance Auto Parts (95) Super DIRTcar Series win chart, with a division-best 62 extra-distance triumphs also scored in Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series competition.
Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Champions
YEAR CHAMPION (wins) ROOKIE of the YEAR
2006 Alan Johnson (6) Kenny Stafford
2005 Tim Fuller (6) Stewart Friesen
2004 Gary Tomkins (4) Justin Hears
2003 Alan Johnson (6) Matt Sheppard
2002 Alan Johnson (5) Joe Beyea
2001 Brett Hearn (7) Frankie Caprara
2000 Steve Paine (4) Jeff Brownell
Series Winners Automatic Syracuse SDW Starters: Guaranteed starting berths in the
Rite Aid 200 are once again up for grabs and in 2007 more drivers than ever before will be able to earn preferred starter status throughout the season for the richest DIRT Big-Block Modified event in the world. Winners of the 25 scheduled Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series races and those among the top-12 in overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Modified Championship points heading into Super DIRT Week comprise the core group of drivers receiving guaranteed starting positions in the Rite Aid 200. Preferred starters are the next eligible drivers finishing behind an Advance Auto Parts SDS race winner that is already locked into the Rite Aid 200 starting grid, as well as all three DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Regional point champions and every licensed Big-Block Modified track champion crowned this year.
In order to take advantage of their guaranteed starting positions in the Rite Aid 200,
Advance Auto Parts SDS race winners and top-12 Mr. DIRT point-getters must run time trials. Any guaranteed driver that fails to qualify through time trials or a Triple 20 will be added to the Rite Aid field in order of heat race results. Those drivers holding preferred status are afforded up front starting positions in the Dig Safely New York last-chance qualifier on Sunday, Oct. 7 if unable to qualify while running under the clocks or in heat race competition.
The balance of the Rite Aid 200 line-up is filled in from the Dig Safely New York
Shootout with the 45th starting spot going to the best overall finisher in Cayuga County Fair Speedway’s ‘Win & You’re In’ Twin 25s on Sat., Oct. 6. Carrying on with a longstanding tradition, the Petrocci Memorial feature winner at Rolling Wheels Raceway on Sept. 3 automatically secures seventh-place on the 44-car starting grid and for the first time in Super DIRT Week history, the winner of the Coors National 200 at Lebanon Valley Speedway (Sept. 8) will start outside the fourth row.
Triple Crown Christened: The customary pre-race re-draw among top heat race
qualifiers will continue to be in effect throughout the summer, with ‘Triple Crown’ events at Lebanon Valley Speedway, New York State Fairgrounds and Orange County Fair Speedway the only Advance Auto Parts Series stops awarding fast timers with poleposition starts. Heat points will not be awarded at these shows.
Continuing to rank among the most prestigious races in the country, the Rite Aid 200 at the N.Y.S. Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Oct. 7, Eastern States 200 at Orange County on Oct. 21, and Coors National 200 at Lebanon Valley on Sept. 8 are the only 200-lap races on the annual tour and in 2007 these three signature events on the Advance Auto Parts SDS formulate the first ‘Triple Crown’ in DIRTcar Racing for Big-Block Modifieds.
In addition, the Rite Aid 200 winner automatically earns seventh-place on the Eastern States 200 starting grid and the winner of the Coors National 200 will start outside the fourth row in the Middletown finale.
This unique ‘Triple Crown’ features the $50,000-to-win Rite Aid 200 in the Salt City,
$20,000-to-win Eastern States 200 in Middletown (NY) and $10,000-to-win Coors
National 200 at the West Lebanon (NY) oval. These are the only Advance Auto Parts Series stops where the fast timers start on the pole and the top-six are locked into front three row starting positions while heats will be aligned in heads-up fashion. A special points system has been implemented for these three races with each winner receiving 150 Series points and 50 points awarded to start.
Get Out The Word First: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of DIRTcar
Racing. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver’s pocket, a
RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly
enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans will
allow RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the
drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call
866/301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at various events.
Tracks Know The Score: In the ongoing effort to assist every sanctioned track with
presenting the best possible race programs, DIRTcar Racing has teamed with AMB i.t. which continues to be recognized as the Official Timing System of DIRTcar racing. AMB i.t. is the world’s leader in automatic race timing and scoring systems and the DIRTcar organization is proud to retain the company as a valued partner in the timing and scoring of all DIRTcar Racing events.
Rite Aid Store Specials: Rite Aid Pharmacies in New York and Pennsylvania will give
away more than 800 free tickets for Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series/Rite Aid 200 Qualifier Races held throughout the 2007 season. The popular Rite Aid program is part of the promotion for the Oct. 7 Rite Aid 200 Championship race at Super DIRT Week in Syracuse, N.Y. Each Rite Aid Pharmacy promotion will feature DIRTcar driver appearances, race cars, the Rite Aid “cut-away” Modified, free autograph cards and free tickets to Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series/Rite Aid 200 Qualifier Races. Brett Hearn led off the Rite Aid activity in July with special appearances at three stores as the first 90 fans arriving at each received a free ticket to the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series/Rite Aid 200 Qualifier races held at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Ransomville Speedway and Grandview Speedway scheduled for later those same days.
DATE TRACK (PHONE) DRIVER/APPEARANCE RITE AID STORE ADDRESS
Sat-Aug 18 Can-Am Motorsports Park (315/658-4431) Danny Johnson / 12noon-2:00pm 1222 Arsenal Street – Watertown, NY
Sun-Sep 2 Cayuga Co. Fair Speedway (315/834-6606) Steve Paine / 12noon-2:00pm 113 Downer Street – Baldwinsville, NY
Mon-sep 3 Rolling Wheels Raceway (315/689-7809) Vic Coffey / 12noon-2:00pm 153 Grant Avenue – Auburn, NY
Sat-Sep 8 Lebanon Valley Speedway (518/794-9965) Kenny Tremont / 10:00am-12noon 463 Alb.-Shaker Rd – Loudonville, NY
Mon-Oct 8 Super DIRT Week XXXVI WINNER / TBA 5380 Taft Rd – N.Syracuse, NY
*All events/appearances subject to change.
Bringing the curtain down on a 7-race stint in 17 days, top teams traveling in the
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series will contend in a rare back-to-back in-season doubleheader at Can-Am Motorsports Park on Aug. 18 and Cayuga County Fair Speedway on Aug. 19. Twin 50s at Can-Am and a pair of 53-lappers at Cayuga County offer valuable points towards the overall Hoosier-Sunoco Mr. DIRT Championship plus guaranteed starting spots in the Rite Aid 200 Championship on Oct. 7 during Super DIRT Week XXXVI at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.