(New Egypt, NJ)

By Erika Palmai Wagner

Due to fog and unsafe racing conditions, the officials of both New Egypt Speedway and The Tri-State Racesavers Series found it necessary to postpone the remaining fifteen laps of Saturday’s feature to a later date, which will be on May 30th, when the TSRS sprints make their return to New Egypt. Before the race was called, Adam Carberry, of Bensalem PA, was leading Gabe Fox, Karl Fryer, Tommy Carberry, and Joe Lord around the Central Jersey oval.

There were twenty-six TSRS/NERS sprints taking part of the “Mother’s Day” race, with three heat race wins going to Tim Tanner Jr, Mark Bitner, and Brad Franks. The consolation event was won by Dave Brown Jr. In honor of Mother’s Day, New Egypt Speedway gifted all of the ladies going into the front gates with a flower courtesy of John Gasko & Sons Farm and Greenhouses in Monroe Township, NJ.

The top eight finishers from each heat were qualified for the invert, allowing Gabe Fox and Adam Carberry to bring the field to the green. Gabe Fox led the first two laps of the feature, until Adam Carberry took over the top spot on lap three, charging hard on the outside. Carberry continued to lead heading into the fourth circuit, gaining over a half a straight away over Fox, with Karl Fryer now pressuring Fox for the second spot.

The red flag was brought out on lap five for Bob DeVault, who flipped violently down the backstretch after making contact with the number 99 of Stefanie Palmai, while exchanging for tenth position. Bob was darting through the field from his sixteenth starting spot, setting his sights on the top ten before the accident. DeVault thankfully walked away unhurt, but the condition of his All-State Auto Glass number 10 sprinter could not say the same. Meanwhile, Jeff Geiges exited his car in a hurry due to a fire occurring in his Hamill Flooring number 77, also walking away uninjured.

When the cars were all pushed off, in an attempt to begin the race again, officials decided to call the race, as the heavy fog settled, making it not only difficult for the drivers to see ahead of them, but it was impossible for fans sitting in the grandstands to see the front stretch.

Kody Kinser, cousin to sprint car great Steve Kinser, made his first start in a 305 sprint car this weekend at New Egypt, piloting TSRS rookie driver Zach Burd’s number 5Z. Kinser, who is a 410 sprint car regular, races primarily out in the Mid-West, made the hike from his Brownsburg IN hometown to race with TSRS after hearing about the popularity of the Series. Kinser commented on the difference between the 305’s and the 410’s, stating that even with the smaller motors, they are not easy to drive. At the time of the “fog-out”, Kody was running in 14th position. Kody is interested in coming back east hopefully this summer for the Jersey Rush in August with his 410 sprint car, also expressing much interest in racing with the Tri-State Racesaver Series again in the near future.

The next race on the TSRS schedule is set for Friday, May 22nd, at Bridgeport Speedway. Visit www.tsrs1.com or our Facebook page for more details on upcoming events.

HEAT RACE #1: Tim Tanner, Tommy Carberry, Adam Carberry, Mike Haggenbottom, Eddie Wagner, Bob DeVault, Dave Brown Jr, Bryant Davis, David Bonner

HEAT RACE #2: Mark Bitner, Joe Lord, Gabe Fox, Stefanie Palmai, Kody Kinser, Joe Kay, Brandon Poff, Sam Lieberman, Harris Kohen

HEAT RACE #3: Brad Franks, Karl Fryer, Rick Stief, Chris Allen, Jeff Geiges, Pat U’Selis, Keith Anderson, Ryan Cox

CONSI: Dave Brown Jr., Bryant Davis, Sam Lieberman, Harris Kohen, Keith Anderson, Brandon Poff, David Bonner, Ryan Cox

RUNNING ORDER ON LAP 5 – TO BE CONTINUED ON MAY 30th – Adam Carberry, Gabe Fox, Karl Fryer, Tommy Carberry, Joe Lord, Mike Haggenbottom, Mark Bitner, Rick Stief, Tim Tanner, Stefanie Palmai, Eddie Wagner, Chris Allen Jr., Dave Brown Jr., Kody Kinser, Brad Franks, Sam Lieberman, Bryant Davis, Joe Kay, Keith Anderson, Brandon Poff, Pat U’Selis, Harris Kohen, Jeff Geiges, Bob DeVault

FAST TIME OF THE NIGHT: Tommy Carberry – 15.264 in Warm-Ups

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