NES 'Friends of Mike' Labor Day Weekend Double Header
NJ (August 27, 2012)
– This Labor Day holiday weekend will certainly be one to remember at
the New Egypt Speedway. The 7th annual Friends of Mike weekend will
truly be a weekend event.
Hopefully the third time, will definitely be the
charm for this year’s Friends of Mike races as the first two attempts
fell victim to Mother Nature and inclement weather.
much-anticipated 100-lap F.O.M. $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start Modified
event will take center stage on Labor Day Monday, September 3rd.
The Sportsman division will make up the second half of the two-division
program, as they will also compete in their own Friends of Mike
$1,500-to-win 25-lap event.
Back on July 28, the original F.O.M. date, an all-star field had
already assembled before the skies opened up forcing the first of two
postponements. Several outsiders were pumped up for the 100-lap
Defending 2011 winner and WoO Late Model tour regular Tim
McCreadie was present to defend his F.O.M. title.
Former 2007 track champion and two-time
defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard was all set to go
after his first-ever F.O.M. victory.
Bridgeport Speedway standouts Jimmy Horton, Rick
Laubach, Richie Pratt, Ryan Watt and Eric Kormann were ready to make
some noise on the 28th.
Danny Johnson, Wade Hendrickson, Bobby Varin,
Gary Tomkins, Keith Hoffman, Kenny Brightbill and Billy Decker were just
some of the non-regulars looking for the $10,000 first place prize.
With no other modified events on September 3rd, look for even more
drivers that couldn’t attend the original July date, to mark the new
date on their racing calendars.
Out-of-state area drivers such as Brett Hearn,
Danny Creeden, Jackie Brown Jr., Mike Gular, Jamie Mills, Ronnie
Johnson, and Mike Mahaney have already made plans to attend this year’s
F.O.M. race that pays $1,000 to start. Other drivers that have shown interest for the
Labor Day race include Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, Rich Ricci Jr., Brett
Tonkin, Robbie Bellinger, Andy Bachetti, Mike Barone and many more.
The NES regulars have full intentions on defending their home turf
Drivers already having visited victory lane so
far this year include, Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch Sr, Billy Pauch Jr.,
Darren McCaughey, Sammy Piazza, Danny Bouc, Ron John Koczon, Dominick
Buffalino, and Willie Osmun.
NES drivers such as Tad Cox, David VanHorn, Sam Martz, Tim
Tanner, Neal Williams, Mike Iles, Gary Butler, and Mike McAleer would
love for their first 2012 victory to take place on F.O.M. VII.
The Modified drivers will all drawing for starting positions for the
$500-to-win heat races and their feature starting spots. The
Xtreme Graphics Rogie Rumble III will also be on the docket as 13
drivers will wage war in the one-on-one popular match races. The
last man standing will receive a quick $1,000, trophy, and life-size
check courtesy of Xtreme Graphics. The 11 drivers that are already locked into the
Rogie Rumble supremacy include Billy Pauch Sr. & Jr., Horton, Sheppard,
Friesen, McCreadie, Martz, Laubach, Danny Johnson, Koczon, and Godown. The two drivers turning the fastest laps in heat
race action will be added as the two wildcards that will make up the
The Sportsman segment will be competing in an ‘open’ show with
all competitors drawing for heat race and feature starting positions. Sportsman heat race winners will receive $200 to win each heat race.
Rules can be found on the track’s website.
The Chinese gift auction will take place on both Saturday and Monday
in the turn 4 picnic area. The fans will be able to bid on all the auction
items on Saturday as well as Monday, however all the prizes will be
claimed on Monday where hundreds of framed pictures, gift baskets,
NASCAR and Dirt collectibles, and all kinds of racing goodies will all
be up for grabs.
The Saturday, September 1st schedule will see the Outlaw Stocks,
the Crate-1 Sportsman, TSRS 305 Sprint Cars, and the Fastrak Late Models
compete in a four-division show.
Outlaw Stocks will race in a 30-lap event with the winner taking home a
$1,000 pay check. The
Crate-1 Sportsman will be competing in a 40-lap $1,200-to-win main
event. The winners of the heat races in both divisions will
receive cash awards in traditional F.O.M. fashion.
is offering any fans that attend Bridgeport’s Thursday night Poker Race,
the NES Saturday racing program, or Big Diamond’s Sunday Coal Cracker
show a $5 discount (with proof of track’s general admission wristband)
at the front gate on Monday.
All gates will open at 1pm
and racing will start at 4pm on Monday, September 3. Adult
admission is $30, students 12-15 are $15, and children 11 and under are
FREE. Pit admission is $40 no license required. Saturday’s
racing program starts at 6pm with gates opening at 4pm.
Adult admission is $20, students and military
are $10, and children 11 and are FREE.
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