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First Official Entries Arrive for Seventh Annual Friends of Mike Race

New Egypt, NJ (July 15, 2012) – In just two short weeks the New Egypt Speedway will be hosting one of the most lucrative paying events in the track’s 15-year history.  On Saturday, July 28 NES will be honoring race fan Mike Rogie in the 7th Annual Friends of Mike races.  In conjunction with the 100-lap main event the ‘Rogie Rumble III’ will be back by popular demand.  The Sportsman and Outlaw Stocks will also be in competition on this evening as they race for $1,500 and $1,000 in their respective divisions (The Crate-1 Sportsman will race their F.O.M. race on October 27).

Last year Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY invaded NES to take home an unprecedented $20,000 top prize.  He was able to conquer the 100-lap event in grand style which also happened to be his first career modified victory at the speedway.  ‘T-Mac’ led a star-studded field across the finish line which included Duane Howard, Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, and Jeff Strunk.  This year’s 100-lap race will once again pay a five-figure purse to the winner.  The fortunate Modified winner of FOM VII will take home a substantial $10,000 for place prize for their winning efforts.

After listening to many of the competitors, NES has given them what they’ve asked for this year.  Rather than having an attractive, yet top heavy purse, the wealth will be evenly spread out to all the drivers.  The cars that qualify through their heats and consolations events will be guaranteed $1,000 to take the green flag.

Event organizer and track manager Danny Serrano has listened to the driver’s suggestions over the past few years and decided it was time to act on those suggestions in 2012.  “Paying 20 grand to win a race is phenomenal, it really is.  But, only one guy gets to see all that money.  This year we wanted to make it much more attractive to the drivers yet still pay generously to the winner.   I think this year more than ever that it’s more important to make 30 guys a little more happier rather than a select few,” explained Serrano.

John McClelland of Martinsville, NJ became the first official F.O.M. VII entry last week.  McClelland also known as ‘Johnny-Mac’ currently sits 12th in the NES modified point standings.  McClelland is looking to keep the F.O.M. ‘first time winner streak’ alive, in 2012 as Willie Osmun and the aforementioned McCreadie have won the past two events.  J-Mac, a multiple Sportsman division winner, is still in search of his first NES modified victory.  Back on May 19th John drove his Land Image, Rotor Clip, Joy Auto Parts sponsored Troyer to a career best second place finish behind current point leader Ryan Godown.  Will McClelland be able to make it a ‘hat trick’ this year for first time winners?

Gary Tomkins became the second modified driver to enter this year’s 100-lapper.  Tomkins, a regular at the Canandaigua Speedway in upstate NY, will be behind the wheel of the Ray and Debbie Tuit No. 673.  The Clifton, NY driver will steer the Sparta Trucking/Pro Stock Automotive, Morrison powered Bicknell in his second consecutive F.O.M. appearance.  The 2004 MR. DIRT Big Block Champion currently sits seventh in the Canandaigua point standings and is sixth on the track’s overall win list with 45 victories.

Joey Grammes courtesy of Five Mile Point and Rick Laubach via Big Diamond  have locked up guaranteed starting spots in the 100-lap event.  As the days draw nearer you can be assured that the entries will be released in all the divisions racing on F.O.M. Night.  Drivers can find their entry forms on the track’s website  Rules, procedures, and qualifying formats will be released later this week.

The three division program has a starting time of 6pm.  The grandstand and pit gates will both open at 2pm.  There will be a “free-to-the-public” barbeque from 2pm to 4pm in the turn 4 picnic area in conjunction with the fan-favorite ‘Chinese Auction/Tricky Tray’.  The auction starts at 2pm with the winner’s prizes being drawn during intermission. Lap Sponsors still remain open.  If you are interested in sponsoring laps, you can call the track office at 609-758-1900.  You may sponsor a lap in the Modified, Sportsman, Outlaw Stock, or Crate-1 division.

Even with $1,000 to qualify for the 100 lap affair, Adult admission for the July 28 spectacle remains at $30, Students 12-15 are $15, children 11 and under are FREE, Pit Admission is $40 no track license required.  For more information regarding times, prices, the auction, and BBQ, rules, entries, lap sponsors, and other important information you can visit or call the track office.

New Egypt Speedway is located at 720 Route 539, New Egypt, NJ just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure.




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