|Date: 3/22/2011 10:15:13 PM|
New Egypt Speedway Cabin Fever Entry List Grows
New Egypt, NJ – The weather may be cold come Saturday, March 26 but you can be assured that the action on the track will be hotter than ever. One week after a successful ‘Ice Breaker’ weekend at Selinsgrove Speedway, the Race of Champions Tour storms into New Egypt Speedway for the Cabin Fever 60. $5,000 awaits the winner of the modified main event, $10,000 if the winner takes the ‘Cabin Fever Challenge’. All 60 laps have been sponsored pushing the winner’s share to a potential $11,000 early spring payday.
Defending RoC Champion Stuart Friesen has not suprisingly filed an entry form for Saturday’s race. Friesen is coming off a banner year leading the Northeast in victories which included the coveted SEF 200 held during Super Dirt Week in Syracuse, NY. Friesen last competed at NES during the 2009 Roctoberfest where he finished a solid fourth.
Sussex, NJ’s Brett “The Jet” Hearn’s ‘Cabin Fever Challenge’ arrived last week. Hearn is no stranger to $10,000 triumphs especially at New Egypt. One of Brett’s most memorable victories at NES came on a last lap, last turn pass of track kingpin Billy Pauch. Hearn recorded a second place finish last weekend at Selinsgrove.
Rochester, NY’s Danny Johnson heads to New Egypt with a full head of steam after coming home the victor a few short days ago at the Ice Breaker. “The Doctor” has had sporadic visits to New Egypt over the past 2 seasons but none more memorable than last year’s Friends of Mike 100-lapper. Johnson fell just short of making a last lap pass of winner Willie Osmun for the $15,000 first place prize. Johnson is tough no matter what track or car he’s driving and can certainly excite any crowd on hand.
Speaking of Willie Osmun…The popular NES driver out of Bloomsbury, NJ has filed entry for this weekend’s Cabin Fever event. Osmun is coming off his best season yet as a big block chauffer. Willie finished a solid 7th in the NES final point standings in 2010. He also took home an astounding $15,000 last July by claiming the 5th Annual F.O.M. Race.
NES regular Mike Barone is looking to get his 2011 season off to a fine start with a good run during the Cabin Fever 60. The Bridgewater, NJ resident is all ready to go heading into his second season of competition at the Plumsted, NJ oval.
Frank Cozze Jr. plans on erasing a less than desirable 2010 season. Frank was able to come away with a respectable finish in the Friday portion of last weekend’s events. Cozze Jr. is looking to bust out of his father’s shadow this season at NES as he will be the Cozze that everyone has their eyes on due to his father’s departure from modified racing.
John McClelland is another driver that can’t wait to start a fresh new season. ‘Johnny-Mac’ had an outstanding ‘freshman’ year in 2009 in the big block ranks coming home with a top 10 finish in the final point standings. However, last year was a different story for the Martinsville, NJ driver. Don’t be surprised to see McClelland running up front a lot more this season.
Former Sportsman standout Justin Holland can’t wait to revisit New Egypt Speedway. In his one and only appearance at the track, Justin took a nasty flip in his Sportsman car during the inaugural Romano Memorial Race. The driver of the popular No. 280 shocked the modified world by dominating Brett Deyo’s Short Track Nationals last October at the Five Mile Point Speedway. Holland is out to prove that it was no fluke and has since made the jump up to the modified scene.
Second generation driver Darren McCaughey is has high hopes this coming season. Entering his second season behind the wheel of the Saracino No. 91d, this New Egypt local is excited about the opportunity to race a full schedule once again at New Egypt. McCaughey hung up his helmet for five years before returning least season with moderate success. Before his short retirement, McCaughey was able to visit the NES victory lane on four different occasions.
Rich Scagliotta will be making a return to his old stomping grounds this coming Saturday. Scagliotta, now a DIRTcar follower once ruled the roost in the Sportsman ranks at New Egypt. Owner of over 20 career wins in the Sportsman division, Rich hasn’t competed regularly since the 2008 campaign. Scagliotta of Bound Brook, NJ is looking to rekindle that old magic that once took him to the winner’s circle where he started out as a rookie in 1998.
The RoC Sportsman Tour will also be in attendance as they battle it out for 40 laps for a cool $1,000 going to the winner. If the winner takes the Sportsman Challenge they can win $2,000. There is also over $400 in lap money thus making it a possible $2,400 day for one lucky driver.
Pit Gates open at 9am for ‘Early Bird Inspection’. General Admission gates will open at 2pm with hot laps beginning at 3pm and the first heat race set to take place at 4pm. Pit entry will be $35 no licenses required, Adult Admission is $25, Seniors and Military $23, Students 12-15 years of age are $10 and as always children 11 and under are free. For more information please log onto www.newegyptspeedway.net or call the track office at 609-758-1900.
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