NEW EGYPT, N.J. – Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ co-promoter Stewart Friesen has called the expected DIRTcar Modified lineup for Tuesday night’s event at New Egypt Speedway “the best big-block field of the 2000s era.”
Certainly, the pristine D-shaped 7/16th-mile oval will play host to an all-star cast as the touring Super DIRTcar Series returns to the Garden State for a 60-lap headliner to pit the best of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Ontario and even Australia. Joining the big-block Modifieds are Open vs. Crate Sportsman in a ‘Turnpike 25’ clash.
The inaugural Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Dirty Jersey 60’ is a co-promotion involving dirt Modified driving star Friesen and special events promoter Brett Deyo under the Friesen-Deyo Promotions banner. The Super DIRTcar Series has not run in New Jersey since 2007.
“We are expecting one of the best big-block Modified fields to be assembled in the last 10 years,” noted Friesen, 29, while looking toward the second round on the 2013 Super DIRTcar Series. “The talent all at one track that night should get any race fan excited.”
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Grandstand gates swing open at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:45 p.m. and racing will get underway at 7:15 p.m. There is a rain date of Wednesday if needed.
The Super DIRTcar Series Modified field will be led by Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., driver Friesen, who won the series opener at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway earlier this month, three-time Mr. DIRTcar Modified champion Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., Gary Tomkins of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., Danny Johnson of Phelps, N.Y., Justin Haers, also of Phelps, N.Y., Australia’s Peter Britten, Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., Tim Currier of Auburn, N.Y., and several others.
National Late Model driving star Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., is expected to return to the Modifieds in Vinnie Salerno’s potent No. 4* Teo-Pro car. McCreadie is a past winner at New Egypt. Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., a rising star on the independent tracks of Central New York, has also set plans to attend.
Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y. – a winner at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway, Glen Ridge (N.Y.) and Bridgeport (N.J.) this season – will invade with the Mike Petruska-owned No. 66. The Petruska car ran at New Egypt regularly last year with Billy Pauch Jr. behind the wheel.