ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SUPER DIRTcar SERIES: ADVANCE NOTICES - NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
Weedsport, NY — October 10, 2007 — By Tom Skibinski, Advance Auto Parts Super
DIRTcar Series PR Director
The 2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series makes a return trip to New Egypt (NJ) Speedway on Saturday, October 13 for the ‘Guitar Jammin’ Twin 50s as part of the big Roctober Weekend near the shore.
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.
New Egypt's pit gates will unlock at 2 p.m. and the grandstand gates swing open at 4 o’clock with practice slated for 5:30 p.m. and Integra Shocks Time Trials scheduled to start at 6 o’clock followed immediately by qualifying heats.
Adult General Admission grandstand tickets are available for $26, children 7-12 yrs. are $10.00, and kids 6 yrs. & under are free. Pit passes are $30 each for DIRTcar and/or New Egypt members and $40 for non-members, 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. Matt Sheppard was recently crowned 2007 Big-Block Modified points champion.
The Advance Auto Parts Series summer swings through New Egypt have boasted some of the best in the business when it comes to victory lane presentations. The ‘Guitar Jammin’ Twin 50s mark the first autumn experience for tour followers. 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’) while Fuller repeated in last year’s return to the Garden State. The ‘Big Bear 60’ held at NES this past August was claimed by Decker in a hard-fought battle with track regular Keith Hoffman.
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SUPER DIRTcar SERIES
New Egypt Speedway (10 Evts)
DATE FIRST - SECOND - THIRD - FOURTH - FIFTH
8/15/07 Billy Decker - Keith Hoffman - Brett Hearn - Dale Planck - Tim Fuller
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 made a division high seven trips to victory lane to outscore Ryan Godown (3 wins), Advance Auto Parts Series follower Frank Cozze (5 wins, 2003 & ’05 NES champ), Keith Hoffman (1 win, 2001 NES champion) and Jimmy Horton (2 wins, 2004 & ’06 champ) in the final 2007 NES point standinds.
2007 RACE REVIEW
Empire State invader Billy Decker swapped the lead with home track hopeful Keith Hoffman on three occasions and his final pass with 10 laps to go was enough to carry him on to his second Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series win of the season on Wed., Aug. 15 as K&A Excavating presented the Big Bear 60 at New Egypt Speedway. Hoffman held on to finish second ahead of Brett Hearn and Dale Planck while Tim Fuller completed the top-five in round 16 of the 2007 tour for DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Hoffman had an admittedly lack-luster performance in his qualifying heat yet after drawing the pole to start the feature, the Michaels
Bros. Racing no. 51m Land Image Landscaping/TEO machine easily stayed ahead of the field when money was on the line. Strapped into the LJL Racing no. 91 Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell Big-Block, fourth-place starter Decker improved to second following the first caution and took advantage of the slowdown to slingshot past Hoffman as the lead duo completed the 15th circuit. Once past the halfway point, a rash of cautions kept the field in check but not before Hoffman regained the lead on lap 32 in a move mirroring that of Decker rocketing high out of the fourth corner. Decker shadowed Hoffman for a dozen circuits before forging the final lead change on lap 51 and even a final yellow flag with two to go when Danny Johnson broke a rear hub failed to prevent Decker from scoring his second victory in the ’07 Advance Auto Parts Series by a half-dozen car-lengths.
Overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Modified/
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Point Standings (Thru Oct. 7, 2007)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 19 Tim Fuller 3,318 2,118 1200 0 3 20 29 29
2 20 Brett Hearn 3,265 2,065 1200 -53 7 16 24 29
3 91 Billy Decker 3,145 1,945 1200 -173 4 15 22 29
4 98H Jimmy Phelps 3,049 1,849 1200 -269 1 16 23 29
5 7x Steve Paine 2,905 1,705 1200 -413 1 7 20 29
6 77x Dale Planck 2,853 1,653 1200 -465 1 4 17 29
7 27J Danny Johnson 2,800 1,600 1200 -518 4 9 14 29
8 44s Matt Sheppard 2,635 1,435 1200 -683 0 3 15 28
9 84 Gary Tomkins 2,573 1,373 1200 -745 3 6 13 28
10 49 Billy Dunn 2,414 1,214 1200 -904 0 1 7 27
11 44c Frank Cozze 2,403 1,203 1200 -915 1 3 8 24
12 3 Justin Haers 2,305 1,105 1200 -1,013 0 1 9 24
13 99 Ryan Phelps 1,832 632 1200 -1,486 0 1 5 16
14 99b Chuck Bower 1,652 452 1200 -1,666 0 0 1 14
15 60 Kenny Stafford 1,636 436 1200 -1,682 0 0 0 12
NEWS & NOTES
Mr. DIRTcar Champion Ready To Be Crowned : 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 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 are reigning Mr. DIRTcar points king and winningest Big-Block Modified driver Alan Johnson, current Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series points leader Tim Fuller, all-time DIRTcar Modified win leader Brett Hearn, five-time DIRTcar NorthEast Driver of the Year Danny Johnson, ‘04 Mr. DIRTcar titlist Gary Tomkins, third-year tour follower Jimmy Phelps, Canandaigua Speedway recordsetter Steve Paine, New Egypt Speedway points champion Matt Sheppard, full-time tour follower Dale Planck, Keystone State open-wheel veteran Frank Cozze, four-time Super DIRT Week Rite Aid 200 champion Billy Decker and Central New York talent Justin Hears.
Home Track Heroes: When the Advance Auto Parts Series makes its second stop of
the year at New Egypt it will be recently crowned track champion Matt Sheppard, Frank Cozze, Jimmy Horton and Ryan Godown on defense in the Garden State DIRTcar finale. All four drivers competed at Syracuse in the Rite Aid 200 Super DIRT Week title event with Godown’s 13th-place finish the best among them. Sheppard actually led laps 126-153 yet relinquished a top-three position when the Ross Motorsports no. 44s entry ran out of fuel with a handful of laps to go, ending up 23rd just one spot ahead of Horton. Cozze suffered a broken rear hub on his own mount to fill in 27th on the final scoresheet. Each fared much better throughout the season at NES, with Sheppard capturing a division-high seven checkered flags to finish ahead of Godown (4 wins), Cozze (5 wins), Keith Hoffman (1 win) and Horton (2 wins) in the Saturday night points chase. Sheppard pulled off a dramatic last turn, last lap pass of 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 repeat at his hometrack on Saturday after claiming his seventh career tour triumph in May when the Advance Auto Parts Series ran at Orange County --- the site of his first Series victory in 1989.
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.
DIRTcar NE Win Leaders: A total of 28 speedways have hosted DIRTcar-sanctioned
Big-Block Modified races with 73 drivers scoring victories in the 191 features run
through Super DIRT Week. Along with recording his 500th career DIRTcar Modified
feature win, Brett Hearn (14 wins) remains atop the ’07 list and is joined by Danny
Johnson (11) and Jimmy Phelps (10) as the only drivers in double figures. Next on the list of 36 drivers posting more than one victory are Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard and Jeremiah Shingledecker who own seven apiece. Canandaigua record-setter Steve Paine, Advance Auto Parts Series stalwarts Alan Johnson and Frank Cozze, and newly crowned Lernerville points champion Brian Swartzlander come next with six followed by 2007 Rite Aid 200 Champion Vic Coffey, tour mainstay Gary Tomkins, ’07 Tri-City points king Kevin Bolland and Rex King, each with five. Series points leader Tim Fuller, Justin Haers, Ryan Godown and ’07 Brewerton Speedway season champion Willy Decker have each taken four checkered flags while Andy Bachetti and Tom Sears Jr. have made three trips to victory lane. Led by Series star Dale Planck and tour race winner Pat O’Brien, 16 drivers have repeated with rising Series star Billy Dunn cracking the winner’s circle on one occasion in ‘07.
Super Series Stats: Since the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series debut in
1980, 65 drivers have reached victory lane in 589 races with Virginia Motor Speedway becoming in May the 44th track to stage a championship event. Along with Brett Hearn's DIRT-best 507 (339 big-block/168 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 (98) Super DIRTcar Series win chart, with a division-best 65 extra-distance triumphs also scored in Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series competition.
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 arts 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.
The final extra-distance event on the 2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series schedule arrives next weekend with the 46th Eastern States Championship at Orange County Fair Speedway bringing the curtain down on Oct. 21. Activity begins Fri., Oct. 19 with DIRTcar Modified practice followed by Integra Shocks Time Trials. More Modified
practice and Big-Block heats run Saturday while the Sunday show kicks off with Big-
Block consis to set the stage for the season-ending 125-mile Modified main.