TJ LILLY SCORES HIS FIRST CAREER CHECKERED FLAG AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAYerik158@gmail.com
New Egypt, NJ (August 21, 2016) – On Bike and Country Western Night presented by DiscountCrowdControl.com at New Egypt Speedway, TJ Lilly scored his first career checkered flag by capturing the Sportsman feature. Ryan Godown picked up the win in the Burlington County Overhead Door News Sprint feature. The Crate Modified feature went to Billy Osmun, III. Tim Tanner was declared the victor in the TSRS Sprint Car main event. Due to an isolated afternoon heavy rain cell that caused a delay in the start of the racing program, qualifying events were cancelled and all four feature races were extended in length to twenty-five laps.
After taking the lead on the eleventh tour, TJ Lilly survived several resumptions of racing to take his first career victory in the Sportsman class. Joe Dill paced the field for the opening ten laps. Lilly, who started the contest in fifth, rocketed by Dill following a restart. In the second half of the event, Lilly repelled the strong challenges of thirteenth place starting JT Trstensky to secure the win. Behind the top two of Lilly and Trstensky, Art Liedl drove up from his seventeenth starting spot to finish in third place. Fourth was taken by Bob Lineman, Jr. who began the race in sixteenth. Rookie Cale Ross crossed the finish line in fifth place.
For the second week in a row, the Burlington County Overhead Door News Sprint feature went non-stop and the victor was the same as Ryan Godown topped the field for the fourth time this year. Al Cheney led the first lap before Wayne Weaver took command. Godown, who started last in the ten car field, motored to the front of the pack on the thirteenth lap. Once in front, Godown pulled away in the final half of the contest while Weaver, Johnny Cornell, Lou Cicconi and Chris Moll raced in tight quarters. Weaver’s strong run resulted in a second place finish. Third place was taken by Cornell. The battle for fourth place went to the finish line as Cicconi held off a late charge from Moll.
In the Crate Modified feature, eighteenth place starting Billy Osmun, III used a final corner last lap pass to claim his second career win. George Gareis, Jr. led the opening two laps before a tangle caused him to lose the lead. Following the incident, Jason Dunn inherited the top running spot. On lap eighteen, Osmun moved into second and began to pressure Dunn. On the last circuit, Osmun used the outside lane in the fourth turn to pass Dunn for the win. With Dunn taking second, Frank Dorry finished in third place. Fifteenth place starting John Aumick came home in fourth. After beginning the race in nineteenth, Brandon Grosso completed the contest in fifth.
Upon a ruling from officials, Tim Tanner was declared the victor of the TSRS Sprint Car main event. The opening two laps were led by Brendon Poff. Bobby Sandt, Jr. took over the lead on the third tour after a mechanical issue caused Poff to retire from the event. On the eleventh lap, Mark Bitner blasted by Sandt, Jr. for the lead. In the second half of the race, Bitner pulled away from the pack and crossed the finish line first. Following the race, TSRS Sprint Car officials placed Bitner back two positions for passing before the cone on a restart. Thus, Tanner was awarded the win with eleventh place starting Jeff Geiges credited with a second place finish. With Bitner in third, the top five was filled out by Mike Haggenbottom and Eddie Wagner.
This coming week, New Egypt Speedway will have two racing events. Jersey Rush VI takes place on Tuesday, August 23. The two-division show will feature the 410 Sprint Cars and Modifieds (Small Block vs. Big Block). A pre-race Meet & Greet is planned from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and fans are invited to visit the pit area to get an up close look at the stars and cars, just prior to the start of the Jersey Rush VI. For this special event, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. Warm-ups crank up at 7:00 p.m. and sprint car time trials will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission for the Jersey Rush VI is $30, children 6-11 $10 and children under the age of five will be admitted for free. Admission to the pits is $35 and a license is not required. Wednesday, August 24 has been reserved as a raindate for the Jersey Rush VI.
On Saturday, August 27, National Parts Supply’s Back to School and Legends Night will showcase the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. The first fifty kids through the grandstand turnstiles will receive a backpack loaded with school supplies courtesy of The Snack Shack. All teachers with proper identification will be admitted to the grandstand for $10. Legend drivers will be on hand with free posters available for an intermission autograph session. In addition, a silent auction run by the Megill family will be conducted and proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer research. The pit gates unlock at 4:00 p.m. and spectators will be admitted beginning at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:00 p.m. with the first qualifying event starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 12-15, $10 for military personal and their spouses with ID, and no charge for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from roast beef sandwiches to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
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NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
SPORTSMAN – 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. TJ LILLY 2. JT Trstensky 3. Art Liedl 4. Bob Lineman, Jr. 5. Cale Ross 6. Ryan Simmons 7. Brandon Grosso 8. Will Dupree 9. Alan Bleacher 10. Marty Resnick 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Rob Anderton 13. Bob Rambone 14. Derek Krum 15. Lou Farina 16. Joe Dill 17. JR Fulper 18. Marty Saxton 19. Jesse Dill 20. Steve Desmelyk
BURLINGTON COUNTY OVERHEAD DOOR NEWS SPRINTS – 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Wayne Weaver 3. Johnny Cornell 4. Lou Cicconi 5. Chris Moll 6. Bobby Butler 7. Al Cheney 8. Heidi Heddin 9. Rich Mellor 10. Brian Spencer
CRATE MODIFIED – 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. BILLY OSMUN, III 2. Jason Dunn 3. Frank Dorry, Jr. 4. John Aumick 5. Brandon Grosso 6. Jeremy Martino 7. Eric Palmer 8. John Criscione 9. Ryan Simmons 10. Chuckles Stone 11. Tom Tanner 12. Johnny Bangs 13. Kyle Kania 14. Alonzo Morales 15. Steve Hicks 16. Adam Cox 17. George Gareis, Jr. 18. Shawn Ratchford 19. Dan Fleming 20. Ebby Ridge 21. Aaron Weaver
TSRS SPRINT CARS – 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. TIM TANNER 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Mark Bitner 4. Mike Haggenbottom 5. Eddie Wagner 6. Chris Allen, Jr. 7. Erika Wagner 8. Samantha Lieberman 9. Joe Kay 10. Gabe Fox 11. David Bonner 12. Zack Burd 13. Bobby Sandt, Jr. 14. Doug Suiter 15. Doug Snow 16. Brendon Poff