New Egypt, NJ (May 10, 2004) -- There's something for everyone in New Egypt Speedway's Superstars of Stock Car Racing Series(tm). For the fans, there's the opportunity to meet and greet some of NASCAR's biggest celebrities -- names such as Kurt Busch, driver of the Roush Racing Ford on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit; Nextel Cup rookie Brendan Gaughan; and FOX-TV sports commentator, and former Darrell Waltrip crew chief, Jeff Hammond, all of whom will be in the house on Wednesday, May 19 for the second race in New Egypt's high-profile 11-event series.
For the Northeast's Modified racers, there's that fabulous purse -- $31,575 total, with $10,000 going to the winner of each 50-lap event -- plus a $50,000 series point fund to put the icing on the cake. As announced at the track on May 5, the point fund will pay a whopping $25,000 to the series champion, $10,000 to the runner-up, on down to $1,000 to the sixth through 10th-place point-getters.
The formula is based on 10 races in the series being completed, with $5,000 from each event earmarked for the point fund. The 11-event series already lost the scheduled May 5 opener to rain. If the remaining 10 events are completed, the entire $50,000 will be paid out; if any more of the scheduled races suffer cancellation due to unfavorable weather, the fund will be decreased by 10 percent ($5,000) for every rain-out. The series champion will be honored and the point fund will be distributed at the track's annual awards banquet in Atlantic City.
To make things even more interesting, in true "play-off" format, the top 10 in points will be recalculated going into the final event, with only 22 points separating first and 10th, to make the last series race on October 6 a bona fide barnburner. Every man in the top 10 will have a shot at the big money!
The huge purse, along with the $50,000 point fund, has the entire Northeast buzzing. Top Modified stars who towed into New Egypt before the rains came on May 5 included Tim McCreadie, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Danny Johnson, Jack Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Jeff Heotzler, Vic Coffey, A.J. Romano, Pat Ward, Doug Hoffman, Tim Fuller, Ricky Elliott, Jeff Strunk, Andy Bachetti and all of New Egypt's top hotshots -- Billy Pauch, Frank Cozze, Jimmy Horton, Keith Hoffman, Kenny Brightbill and more.
They're all expected back on Wednesday, May 19 -- along with celebrities Kurt Busch, Brendan Gaughan and Jeff Hammond -- for Round Two of New Egypt Speedway's Superstars of Stock Car Racing Series(tm). Gates will open at 4 pm, with autographs at 6 pm and time trials at 7. Adult admission is $25; children are $12. May 5 ticketholders can trade in their stubs for tickets on May 19, or any other race in the series.
Advance general admission tickets are on sale now at the speedway office. Call (609) 758-1900 to order tickets. For more information, log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.