J.J. Grasso Reigns Over Mother Nature at New Egypt

New Egypt, NJ (July 7, 2012)
– On a night when it seemed that Mother Nature would be the big winner, New Egypt Speedway and J.J. Grasso of Pedricktown, NJ had other ideas. Despite two different rain delays, speedway management persevered completing the entire URC Sprint portion of the event, along with all of Modified qualifying, the fan-favorite Modified match races and the speedway’s famous fireworks show. Grasso showed his old form in the 25-lap Rislone URC Sprint main event as he took the lead on lap #3 and sped to his 7th career win at the speedway in the event sponsored by RJS Heating and A/C & Dustin’s Mechanical. Tad Cox surprised the Modified field by winning the final 8 match races to pocket a cool $850 for his efforts.

“What a great job NES did getting this event in tonight!,” raved Grasso in the winner’s circle, “I am so thankful to everyone for everything they did, and also to my crew who gave me a great car tonight.”

Last year’s winner Josh Weller grabbed command at the start from the outside of the front row with 4th starter Grasso and polesitter Robbie Stillwagon chasing him.  Grasso wasted no time, as he slid up in front of Weller off turn four to lead lap three. Grasso then pulled away, although Weller kept up the torrid pace thru lapped traffic till the first yellow of the race came out on lap 14 for Kyle Purks who had come to a stop in turn four. Grasso held the lead thru several more restarts over the next 7 laps, including one for a wild end-over-end flip by Andy Best in turn four, who was uninjured. With five laps remaining Stillwagon had taken over second and seemed to have enough to keep pace with Grasso, but he could not muster up enough speed to challenge him seriously. This was evident when with three laps remaining Grasso turned a race best 14.5 second lap, rivaling the times the 410 sprints have turned in past events at NES. For Grasso it was his 21st career URC victory, his first of 2012. Stillwagon settled for a solid second while Davey Sammons came from 10th and recorded an impressive third place effort. Fourth was Davie Franek and Weller came home fifth.

With two different rain-delays speedway management was forced to postpone the 30-lap Modified feature.

Next Saturday night, July 14, New Egypt Speedway will present their always famous Christmas in July spectacular sponsored by Advantage Financial. This is the annual U.S. Marine Corp. Toys for Tots fund drive, and each new unwrapped toy donation (or $5 cash donation) will get you a ticket to win one of the many great gifts being given away by Santa, NES and Advantage Financial. Action on the track starts off with the postponed modified race from the July 7 program. The feature lineup is set, as the modified main will now be 25 laps. Then there will be an entire regular night of qualifying and feature events for the Modifieds, Sportsman, and Outlaw Stocks. The Modified nightcap will also be 25 laps in distance. 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.


1st Timed-Heat: 1. Jimmy Blewett 16.741 2. Ryan Godown 3. Billy Pauch Jr. 4. Willie Osmun 5. Tim Tanner Jr. 6. Tad Cox 7. Richie Pratt Jr. 8. Chris Grbac 9. Mike McAleer
2nd Timed-Heat: 1. Dave Witte 16.859 2. Sam Martz 3. Johnny Guarino 4. Jimmy Horton 5. Ron John Koczon 6. Dave Hunt 7. Tom Carberry 8. Gary Butler 9. David Van Horn 10. Bob Lineman Jr.
3rd Timed-Heat: 1. Billy Pauch 16.730 2. Dominick Buffalino 3. Sammy Piazza 4. John McClelland 5. Darren McCaughey 6. John Stangle 7. Tommy Carberry Jr. 8. Eric Kormann 9. Randy Laird 10. Robbie Nixon

Match Races: Tad Cox-8 wins ($850), David Van Horn-2 wins ($100), Sammy Piazza-1 win ($50)

Feature (30 Laps): Postponed. (all 29 cars qualified)

1st Heat: 1. Robbie Stillwagon 2. JJ Grasso 3. Dan Mazy 4. Andy Best 5. Mike Haggenbottom 6. Kyle Purks
2nd Heat: 1. Josh Weller 2. Steve Downs 3. Art Liedl 4. Davey Sammons 5. Randy West 6. Jonathan Swanson
3rd Heat: 1. Joe Zuczek 2. Davie Franek 3. Kramer Williamson 4. Scott Lutz 5. Joey Biasi 6. Eddie Wagner
B Main: 1. Mark Bitner 2. Troy Betts 3. Ed Aiken 4. Jimmy Stitzel 5. Tim Hogue 6. Kevin Darling

Feature (25 Laps): 1. JJ Grasso 2. Robbie Stillwagon 3. Davey Sammons 4. Davie Franek 5. Josh Weller 6. Joe Zuczek 7. Randy West 8. Steve Downs 9. Joey Biasi 10. Mike Haggenbottom 11. Art Liedl 12. Kramer Williamson 13. Dan Mazy 14. Eddie Wagner 15. Ed Aiken 16. Tim Hogue 17. Jonathan Swanson 18. Kevin Darling 19. Mark Bitner 20. Troy Betts 21. Andy Best 22. Kyle Purks 23. Jimmy Stitzel 24. Scott Lutz

DNQ: Chris Weiss, Chad Trout, Kevin Nagy, Jeff Fithian, David Swanson