Laubach & Pratt Are First Two Entries For New Egypt RoC Cabin Fever Challenge

Date: 2/11/2011 5:48:20 PM

Laubach & Pratt Are First Two Entries For New Egypt RoC Cabin Fever Challenge
New Egypt, NJ – You can bet that two drivers are salivating over the fact that they stand a good chance to walk away from New Egypt Speedway with over $10,000 come March 26.  The Race of Champion Dirt Modified Tour will invade the Garden State for the first time in five years in grand style in just six short weeks. 
The 60-lap Tour Race will pay $5,000 to the victor.  However, New Egypt has added the ‘Cabin Fever Challenge’ to spice things up a bit.  If a driver choses to take the challenge and win the feature they will double their winnings to $10,000.  The gambler’s entry will cost $200.  Unlike most gambler fees, the ‘Cabin Fever Challenge’ offers any driver that enters the challenge their $200 back if they finish in the top 10.  The $200 giveback may go back to as many as the top 15 finishers depending on the challenge entrants.  Every lap will be sponsored totaling a little over $1,000 in lap money.  So in essence if a driver decides to take the challenge and happens to lead all 60 laps, they could leave town with over $11,000.  
Rick Laubach of Quakertown, PA became the first official entry of the ‘Cabin Fever 60’.  He has also not been shy about letting everyone know that he wants to be the first driver across the finish line on March 26 as well.  “Once I heard the rumors about New Egypt having an early season Race of Champions event, I had to call up the track to see if it was really going to happen,” revealed the popular Pennsy driver known as “The Quaker Shaker”.
The 38-year-old Laubach is entering the 2011 campaign coming off impressive back-to-back NES track championships.  “This is a major deal for me,” said Laubach.  “To have a huge race at the beginning of the season at my home track is something that I’ve been waiting for, for a long time.  Don’t get me wrong, to win at New Egypt is always tough, but to win a race of this magnitude at my home track with the talent that will be there would be a great way to start out our season.”
Laubach boasts 10 career wins in less than three full years of big block competition at NES.  He’s also tasted victory in the small block ranks with a Rocktoberfest win in 2008.  At this time, Laubach’s options remain open for the NES lid lifter.  “Right now I’m not quite sure what car I’ll be driving for the RoC race.  I probably have about three different options but, as the race draws closer, I’m sure we’ll make the best decision for everyone involved.”
Laubach will be steering the Gary and Lori Herrmann owned No. 7 at Volusia for the four-race DIRTcar Series.  Then he’ll be ready to tackle Selinsgrove’s RoC double header a week prior to the New Egypt’s 14th season opener.  Last year Laubach not only won at NES, but made stops in the winner’s circle at the Big Diamond, Georgetown, Delaware International, and Bridgeport Speedways pushing his 2010 win total into double digit figures.  Look for the man also known as ‘Scooby’ to add to those totals in 2011.
The second driver to file an entry for the ‘Cabin Fever 60’ is Woodbury Heights, NJ resident Richie Pratt Jr. Pratt ended his 2010 racing season on fire as he drove to four straight wins in the month of November.  Pratt took home checkereds at the Georgetown and Bridgeport Speedways in the final two races of the Tri-Track Series.  Then he showed another side of his talents by sweeping both modified races on pavement at Wall Stadium’s Turkey Derby.
Pratt was quick to point out how he didn’t want the 2010 season to come to an end.  “We really found something those last few weekends in November, so much that I hated to see the season to be over.  I hope we can carry that momentum right into 2011 and start the year off on a good note,” offered the second-generation driver.
Pratt is no stranger when it comes to NES, which has him excited about such a big payout.   “We run well at New Egypt, maybe not great but certainly good enough to win.  We lead over 50 laps last year in the Friends of Mike Race that paid $15,000 to win, but I’ll sure take $10,000 this time around.  I really like the Challenge that New Egypt is offering.  I’m always one to gamble on myself but the fact that you get your money back if you come in the top 10 adds a different twist to the whole concept.  I’m really pumped up for this race because everyone always wants to start their season off with a little more money in their racing fund,” noted Pratt.
Richie Pratt Jr. could very well be looking to record win #100 of his career in the ‘Cabin Fever 60’.  Pratt currently sits on 98 combined Sportsman, Small, and Big Block victories.  The hired gun of the Sal DeBruno owned Overhead Door No. 0 will be doing double duty the week prior to the NES opener at Selinsgrove’s Icebreaker Weekend looking to at least lock down win #99.  
The winner of the 'Cabin Fever 60' will earn a guaranteed starting position for Big Diamond Raceway’s ‘Anthracite Assault’ 60 lap event on Wednesday, June 22.  Entry forms for the 'Cabin Fever Challenge' have been posted on the track’s website – The RoC Dirt Modified Tour entry form and rules can be found on the web at

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