NEW EGYPT, N.J. – Davie Franek came, saw and conquered on Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway.
Franek, who races at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and on the road with the United Racing Company (URC), dominated the inaugural Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. ‘Turnpike 25’ for 360 Sprint Cars.
The event was run as half of a heavy-hitting doubleheader with the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds promoted by the Friesen-Deyo Promotions partnership of star driver Stewart Friesen and special events organizer Brett Deyo.
While unsanctioned, the 360 Sprint Car program was guided by Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) officials Dean Reynolds and John Tiff Jr. A strong field of 25 cars turned out to compete on the racy 7/16ths-mile D-shaped facility.
Franek earned $3,125 in cash ($3,000 from the posted purse and $125 in lap money) for his efforts in the 25-lap main. He also received guaranteed starting berths in the Tuesday, July 16 ‘Night of Wings III’ at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the Cole Cup Sept. 6 to be held at Gene Cole’s Utica-Rome (N.Y.) Speedway. Both events offer $500 just to take the green flag.
“This is awesome,” an enthused Franek said after climbing to the wing of his car before the large crowd. “It feels really good to be able to win an event like this. There was a lot of talent in the pits tonight.”
Franek started second and led the entire distance. But the conquest didn’t come without obstacles including a red flag on the fifth lap and a slew of late-race traffic.
Robbie Stillwaggon, who started fifth, closed dramatically on Franek in the final five laps but fell just shy of the checkered, placing second. Kyle Reinhardt finished third after starting sixth. Brian Carber and Curt Michael completed the front five.