(New Egypt, NJ) – It has been two weeks since there was any racing action at New Egypt Speedway thanks to Mother Nature, but Saturday night’s Military Heroes event celebrating the 4th of July holiday more than made up for the break creating on track fireworks that mirrored the off track display. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ, who was involved in a spectacular one car flip the last time the 358 Modifieds raced, bounced back in dominating fashion claiming the victory over a still winless Billy Pauch.
Bryan Kuhl and Chuck Steuer led the 24 car field to the green flag with Kuhl quickly jumping to the lead over Steuer. On lap three Steuer was able to maneuver around Kuhl but a hard charging Blewett was right on his heels. Blewett would pass Steuer on lap four and never look back despite challenges on restarts from a determined Billy Pauch who had moved quickly into second. Pauch, who is winless and has yet to lead a single lap in feature competition at New Egypt in 2015, was no match for the power under Blewett’s machine Saturday night. Following Blewett and Pauch to the line were Sammy Piazza, Neal Williams, and Bridgeport invader Dominick Buffalino. Current point leader Ryan Godown pulled off during the event with mechanical issues taking a 17th place finish. This will cut into his point lead over a second place finishing Billy Pauch.
David Brown, Jr. of Aston, PA won his second NERS feature event of the 2015 season. Brown, who will extend his current NERS point lead with the victory, led wire to wire. Brown started on the pole with Jeff Geiges to his outside and quickly roared into the lead with Geiges providing several challenges to take the top spot until a charging Mark Bitner grabbed second place from him on lap 10. The challenges from Geiges and Bitner would be to no avail as Brown scored the victory over Bitner, Rick Stief, Adam Carberry, and Mike Haggenbottom.
Eric Palmer of Cresco, PA won the time limit shorted Crate Modified event. Coming off of a great event two weeks ago, the Crate Modifieds couldn’t put a solid amount of laps together as the racing at the front between Palmer and Ryan Simmons was heating up. After reaching well past the 30 minute time limit, the race was checkered with Palmer taking the victory over Simmons, Adam Cox, Tom Princiotta, and Billy Osmun.
Newcomers to the NEWS Sprint division Sam Lamothe and Ryan Krachun put on one entertaining feature event with both drivers swapping the lead several times. However, in the end it was Lamothe taking the victory over Krachun in the 10 lap event.
After the final event of the evening there was a fantastic fireworks display by Advanced Pyrotechnics. As part of the Military Heroes night $2 from every general admission ticket sold will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. With the ticket sales and additional donations, the total donation to the Wounded Warrior Project was $2,611.
Next Saturday, July 11th is Bike Night featuring the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, NEWS Sprints, and the finale for the HCI/Spike N Go Rookies. All attendees who arrive on a motorcycle will receive half price general admission and there will be a best appearing motorcycle competition at Intermission with the winner receiving a $25 Visa gift card. There will also be children’s bicycle giveaways at Intermission. Pit gates open at 4 pm, front gates open at 5 pm, hot laps begin at 6:15 pm, and racing starts at 7 pm. Adults are $20, seniors 65 and older are $18, teens 12-15 and military and their spouses with ID are $10, and children 11 and under are free.
– New Egypt Speedway PR