Friesen Cures Cabin Fever in New Egypt RoC Event

New Egypt, NJ (March 24, 2012)
– Stewart Friesen of Niagra-on-theLake, Ontario, Canada was victorious at New Egypt Speedway Saturday night as he captured the 60 lap RoC Modified feature event sponsored by Buhler Ford. The “Cabin Fever 60” season opener saw Tim McCreadie dominate much of the race as he led the first 57 laps, only to have Friesen pass him with just three laps remaining to grab the victory.

Jimmy Horton and McCreadie brought the 29 car star studded field to the green flag with McCreadie jumping out to a sizeable lead over Horton.  Friesen chased the top two from the start with Ron John Koczon, Jimmy Phelps and Billy Pauch in tow.  During the first half of the event some great battles took place throughout the field as McCreadie and Horton ran away and hid. One of the big movers of the event was Ryan Godown who raced from his 23rd starting spot to 7th place by the halfway point, but 1 lap later Godown appeared to go into turn three a little too hard as he collided with 5 time NES champ Billy Pauch sending both of them spinning. They both would restart the event at the rear with Godown going on to finish 13th while Pauch dropped out of the event just two laps later. A late race yellow on lap 45 would prove to be the difference as Friesen, who was still running third, found new life on the restart and quickly moved by Horton for second.  He then moved in on T-Mac making the winning pass with just 3 laps remaining to go on and post the popular win. McCreadie settled for second, followed by 19th starter Duane Howard. Horton held on for fourth while Jimmy Phelps completed the top 10. Sixth thru tenth were Danny Johnson, Pat Ward, Craig Von Dohren, Rick Laubach and Brett Hearn.

John Aumick of Highland Lakes, NJ shocked everyone by taking top honors in the 40 lap RoC Sportsman tour event, including himself, stating that he had just brought the car out to shake it down today. Aumick, driving his Crate-1 Sportsman car, took advantage of the slick surface during the second half of the event to move into the runner up position. Then when leader Anthony Perrego ran out of fuel coming off the last turn, Aumick pounced to claim the biggest victory of his career, his first in a regular Sportsman event. DJ Ruppert chased Aumick across the line for second and 2 time defending RoC Sportsman champ Jeff Crambo finished third. Perrego coasted across for fourth while Jared Umbenhauer completed the top five.

Next Saturday, March 31, New Egypt Speedway will host its annual practice day from 12noon-5pm. All divisions will be practicing and fans are invited to come and watch free of charge. Then on April 7th NES will kickoff the 2012 regular season with a full card of Big-Block Modifieds, Crate-1 Sportsman, Fastrak Late Models, Tri-State Racesavers 305 Sprint Cars and Rookie Sportsman. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the first race starting at 6:00 pm.  For more information call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.
Heat 1: 1. Jimmy Phelps 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Doug Manmiller
Heat 2: 1. Ryan Watt 2. Stewart Friesen 3. Craig Von Dohren
Heat 3: 1. Sam Martz 2. Tim McCreadie 3. Johnny Guarino
Heat 4: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Ron John Koczon 3. Brett Hearn
Heat 5: 1. David Van Horn 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Richie Pratt Jr.
Heat 6: 1. Danny Johnson 2. Pat Ward 3. Billy Pauch Jr.
Consi 1: 1. Duane Howard 2. Willie Osmun
Consi 2: 1. Billy Decker 2. Ryan Godown
Consi 3: 1. Rick Laubach 2. Jackie Brown
Provisionals: Larry Wight, Bob Drayton, Bobby Trapper, Sammy Piazza, Danny Creeden

DNQ: Jeff Strunk, Mike McAleer, Tad Cox, Neal Williams, Eric Kormann, Mike Franz, Mike Barone, Tommy Carberry Jr., Jimmy Blewett, Dominick Buffalino, Danny Hieber, Gary Butler, Danny Bouc, Marc Herman, Eric Engstrom, Tim Fuller, John McClelland, Dave Witte, Mike Iles, Kyle Borror, Donnie Radd

Feature (60 Laps): 1. Stewart Friesen 2. Tim McCreadie 3. Duane Howard 4. Jimmy Horton 5. Jimmy Phelps 6. Danny Johnson 7. Pat Ward 8. Craig Von Dohren 9. Rick Laubach 10. Brett Hearn 11. Richie Pratt Jr. 12. Jackie Brown 13. Ryan Godown 14. Danny Creeden 15. Sam Martz 16. Bob Drayton 17. Ron John Koczon 18. Johnny Guarino 19. Sammy Pizza 20. Wade Hendrickson 21. David Van Horn 22. Billy Decker 23. Billy Pauch 24. Bobby Trapper 25. Ryan Watt 26. Doug Manmiller 27. Larry Wight 28. Willie Osmun 29. Billy Pauch Jr.

Heat 1: 1. Jared Umbenhauer 2. Jerry Tonti 3. Nick Petrilak 4. Anthony Perrego
Heat 2: 1. Jeff Crambo 2. DJ Ruppert 3. Brian White 4. James Cornell
Heat 3: 1. Rocco Infante 2. Mike Lyons 3. Kevin Beach 4. Randy Green
Heat 4: 1. Danny Tyler 2. Eddie White 3. Mike Hendershot 4. Randy Yaple
Heat 5: 1. Jim Housworth 2. Brian Roemer 3. John Aumick 4. Ryan Beltz
Consi 1: 1. Clay Butler 2. Mike Butler
Consi 2: 1. Steve Davis 2. Kevin Vaclavicek
Provisionals: Mike Howardson, Joe Funk

DNQ: Bill Liedtka, Jarrett Rozycki, Tim Apgar, John Cornell III., Mick Search, Ryan Simmons, Luke Schostkewitz, Ebby Ridge, John Kovatch IV, Bob Lineman Jr.

Feature (40 Laps): 1. John Aumick 2. DJ Ruppert 3. Jeff Crambo 4. Anthony Perrego 5. Jared Umbenhauer 6. Mike Hendershot 7. Mike Lyons 8. Mike Butler 9. Steve Davis 10. Danny Tyler 11. Mike Howardson 12. Rocco Infante 13. Nick Petrilak 14. James Cornell 15. Brian White 16. Randy Yaple 17. Kevin Vaclavicek 18. Kevin Beach 19. Ryan Beltz 20. Clay Butler 21. Brian Roemer 22. Randy Green 23. Eddie White 24. Jerry Tonti 25. Joe Funk 26. Jim Housworth