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NES 'Friends of Mike' Labor Day Weekend Double Header

New Egypt, 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.

The 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 affair. 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 come Monday.
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 race matchup.


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.

 The 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.

NES management 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.

For more information please call the speedway at 609-758-1900 or log on to
www.newegyptspeedway.net.

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