Sportsman Entries Start to Arrive for New Egypt’s RoC Sportsman 40

Date: 3/6/2011 10:17:35 PM

Sportsman Entries Start to Arrive for New Egypt’s RoC Sportsman 40
In just three short weeks the gates will swing open at NJ’s New Egypt Speedway in grand style for the March 26 ‘Cabin Fever’ double header program.  Not to be outdone by the mighty Modifieds, the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour rolls into town the very same day as the best of the best will be turning out for the first Sportsman event of the 2011 season.
The 40-lap affair will be a highly contested event with one of the most talented Sportsman field’s ever assembled at New Egypt.  NES boasted an average division car count just shy of 40 cars on Saturday evenings last season.  Add the Race of Champion hot shoes as well as the Big Diamond and Orange County Speedway standouts and you have a recipe for a great opening day. 
The first race of the 2011 RoC Sportsman Tour will pay a cool $1,000 to the first driver across the finish line.  Just like the Modified event, there will be a ‘Cabin Fever Sportsman Gambler’s Option’.  If the Sportsman winner chooses to gamble by pre-paying the $50 gambler’s entry they will double their winnings to a prosperous $2,000 payday.
The first official entry was Bridgewater NJ’s Brian Roemer.  Roemer will be starting his third year of competition in the Sportsman ranks and has high hopes for the 2011 season with his new ‘Spike N Go’ sponsorship on board for the season.  Brian is in search of his first career win so don’t be surprised to see him visit victory lane at some point in the season.
Tim Apgar of Flemington, NJ has also filed entry in his ‘Blue Steel’ No. 98 car.  Apgar had one of his most successful seasons as a driver in 2010.  After capturing his first-ever win during Memorial Day Weekend, Apgar backed it up with a second triumph in late August.  Apgar looked like he might have scored the ‘hat trick’ in the inaugural Romano Memorial 84-lapper.  Tim led many laps until retiring from the event with mechanical problems.
Local New Egypt resident Kevin Vaclavicek is another driver itching to get the 2011 season started.  The 20-year old chauffeur is another driver coming off of his best season ever.   After shocking the crowd at NES by winning on opening night 2010, Kevin decided to make a return trip to the winner’s circle on one of the biggest nights of the year by bringing home the big $1,500 Friends of Mike check.  Vaclavicek finished 4th in last year’s final point standings while also earning the “Most Improved Driver” of the year award at the season ending banquet.
Two more drivers who have registered for the RoC opener are John Cornell III and Walt Larson.  Cornell of Neshanic Station, NJ had an up and down 2010 season at NES but, the 22-year old is ready to put last season behind him and start out 2011 with an RoC victory.  Larson is about to enter his second season behind the wheel of a racecar.  Larson was a rookie last year and is more than ready to step up his game this coming season with the help and guidance of fellow sportsman competitor Bob Lineman Jr.
Pit gates open at 9am for ‘Early Bird’ inspection on Saturday, March 26.  General Admission gates will open at 2pm with hot laps starting at 3pm and the first heat race slated for 4pm.  For more information please log onto

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