New Egypt Ready To Start 2008 Season
New Egypt, NJ - With Motorsports 2008 quickly approaching, New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway is highly anticipating this year’s show in Atlantic City. NES will be well represented at the 23rd Annual Motorsports Expo, January 18-20 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Members of the New Egypt Speedway Staff will be on hand to greet the fans as well as answer any questions about the upcoming racing season. Many of the speedway’s drivers will also be stopping by the NES Booth throughout the entire weekend for fans to chat with, maybe take a picture, or even get an autograph.
“Motorsports is a great place to promote your facility with so many racing fans all in one place over the course of three days,” expressed track owner Bill Miscoski. “We encourage all of our fans or any racing fans for that matter to stop on by and see what New Egypt Speedway is all about,” Miscoski added.
There will be 2008 schedules and sponsorship packages available along with the other necessary paperwork for those who want to get a jump start on the season. Pit licenses, reserved pit stalls, and reserved spectator parking spots can be purchased at the NES Booth as well. T-shirts, flags, pictures, free passes, and candy will all be handed out throughout the busy weekend.
Tickets for the 2007 Awards Banquet will also be available, as less than three weeks remain before New Egypt Speedway is back under the lights of Atlantic City at the Trump Plaza Casino & Hotel. On Friday, February 1 the first year of operation under the B&F Racing banner will come to a conclusion as New Egypt will crown it’s 8 track champions from the 2007 campaign.
As for the upcoming racing season, there will be plenty of opportunities to get your racing fix at the New Egypt Speedway in 2008. The Plumsted, New Jersey half-mile facility will host a multitude of racing divisions throughout co-owner Bill Miscoski and Fred Vahlsing’s second year at the helm.
For starters, a slate of 23 regular Saturday Night programs will be the backbone of this year’s schedule. Traditionally NES has opened their doors on the first Saturday in April. This will not be the case in ‘08. “April is such a tricky month (weather wise) and between last year's cold temperatures and threats of rain we decided to hold off for a couple of weeks and open up on April 19th,” Bill Miscoski explained. “Another reason why we’re opening a bit later is because of our series with Bridgeport. I’ll tell you what, I’m really looking forward to working with Bridgeport in this Dual-Track Garden State Series,” Miscoski added. NES and Bridgeport will both be running American Racers offering the same compounds for their drivers.
New Egypt will remain dark on April 5, while Bridgeport Speedway opens their gates for the 2008 season. This will be considered Race #1 in the 8 race series.
The following week NES will have it’s traditional “open practice” for all of their teams to participate in and work out all of the bugs. Then on April 19, the gates will swing open at NES for their opener (Race #2) while Bridgeport will close its gates for one week of action.
The second Dual-Track Series races at New Egypt will be held on Saturday, July 5. “We hope to have a great holiday show on the 5th as we’ll have fireworks, our annual modified match races and now the Garden State Series,” Miscoski was quick to note. Bridgeport will remain open on July 5, however their modifieds will have the night off as New Egypt hopes to add to its modified field that night.
Race #3 at NES will be a mid-week affair. Currently August 20th will be New Egypt’s only mid-week show of the year. Race #4 will be held during the “Roctoberfest Weekend” which takes place during the first weekend in October. Bridgeport’s other three races will take place during one of their mid-week specials, Saturday-August 23 (the modifieds will not be on the card that Saturday at NES), and their annual “Turkey Chase Weekend”.
The ever-popular URC sprints will once again make five New Egypt appearances throughout the ‘08 season. Those five dates fall on April 26, June 21, July 12, August 30, and October 4.
The ARDC Midgets who are also enthusiastically embraced at NES will get to strut their stuff on two occasions this year. The club’s first visit will come on May 31 while their second appearance will take place on August 16.
Fan-favorite Twin 20s for the mighty modifieds can be seen on two different occasions this coming year…Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 24 and September 13.
The “Friends of Mike” event will be back for a third straight year, however this time with a different make over. The last two years found modified winners Brian Godown taking home $5,000 and Keith Hoffman pocketing over $7,000 for their efforts. This year the "F.O.M." race will call for 4-20 lap modified features. It’s very hard to run a show with four separate payouts that can satisfy the drivers for their efforts. If there was ever a night to run 4-20 lappers this would be a perfect fit. New Egypt Speedway has the best fans around and what better way to reward them with four modified feature events,” offered event organizer Danny Serrano.
NES will continue to have three full-time divisions along with three semi-regular classes. This year’s non-sanctioned big block modifieds will once again remain as the track’s headline division. Several small block teams will be competing with the big blocks in ‘08 now that the track has reinstated a small block weight break that has been absent for the past two seasons.
NES has always been known for its healthy Sportsman division car counts and 2008 looks to be no different. Defending track champion Willie Osmun is set to defend his title as he will be trying to hold off some of the best in the business.
The Super Stock division can be classified as one of the toughest classes to win a race in at the speedway. 2007 champion George Quinlan will look to repeat over the likes of Billy Bauer, Mick Search, and a host of others.
The SS Sprints (Super Sportsman) will be on the racing card 14 times throughout the season as four-time defending track champion Art Liedl will once again defend his title.
The Crate 1 Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks will return for both their second year of competition on 14 occasions as well. With many interested drivers inquiring around, these two divisions look to seriously add to their car count from last year. The Crates and Outlaw Stocks will run features only due to the fact that several divisions will be competing on the same night. The Sportsman Rookies will return as several drivers have contacted the speedway to confirm their 2008 status.
The newly-designed Tobias SpeedSTR Midgets are scheduled to appear twice this year with dates on June 28 and July 19.
This year NES will also have its share of Sunday afternoon events. “We are excited about our Sunday shows just as much as we are with our Saturday events,” Miscoski asserted. For starters, NES has set a seven-race series that is being dubbed as “Small Car Sundays”. These shows will consist of the Klascar Legends, the 600 Modified Series, the 600cc micro sprints, and vintage cars. “They might all be small cars but they can get around New Egypt pretty good,” Miscoski added. It should be noted that Forty-four different drivers attempted to qualify in the four times that the micro sprints appeared at NES in ’07
After two successful Demolition Derby events last year, NES has scheduled 5 more Demo Derbys for the 2008 campaign. Joining the Demo Derbys will be Enduro races and the 600cc micro sprints.
The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will be making five visits to NES throughout the season (two Saturday dates and three Sunday dates) for those who love to see the cars of yesteryear once again circle the track. There will also be six “Open” dates for the Vintage cars that will be held on Sunday afternoons.
There will be many theme nights at the speedway in ’08. The traditional “Scout & Little League Night”, “Banner Night”, “Father’s Day Races”, “Powder Puffs”, a “Pit Crew Challenge”, and the very popular “Match Races” for the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Super Stocks will all take place in this year’s busy schedule.
Rounding out all the action will be the “Mud in the Pines” series. There are seven down-n-dirty Mud Bogs scheduled on the ’08 calendar. A variety of 4x4 trucks, mud skippers, and quads will all be trying to make their way through the New Egypt mud on Sunday afternoons.
New Egypt Speedway will also be building a Quarter Midget facility for the racers of tomorrow. The plans have been drawn up and the construction of the Quarter Midget track will soon begin. NES tentatively plans on racing the the smaller track on Saturday late mornings and early afternoon. More news will follow about the new track as the off- season continues.
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