posted March 05, 2002 03:37 PM
Cup Star Tony Stewart To Race In New Jersey
New Egypt, NJ (March 5) -- In a blockbuster announcement, promoters Howard
Commander and Rick Grosso Sr. have finalized plans to put NASCAR Winston Cup
stars Tony Stewart and Dave Blaney in big-block dirt Modifieds to race
against the division's best in a special "Down & Dirty!" event to be held at
Grosso's New Egypt Speedway on Thursday, August 22.
Stewart, runnerup to champion Jeff Gordon in the 2001 Winston Cup series and
winner of this year's Budweiser Shootout and IROC series opening round at
Daytona, is set to drive Team Goewey's GE Silicone XST #20 Teo-built
Modified, powered by a Kevin Enders big-block engine. His fellow Winston
Cupper, former Pennzoil World of Outlaws standout Dave Blaney, will drive
Knoth & Hastings' Smith Bros. Teo #74, with a Precision Engineering
big-block under the bonnet.
Stewart and Blaney, who will also reprise last year's successful appearances
at Commander's Lebanon Valley Speedway, are ready for the New Egypt
"Short track racing is where my heart is," said Stewart, who scored a Midget
win at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Chili Bowl during NASCAR's off season. "The New
Egypt fans will get their money's worth because I'll be racing for real.
When I leave, the car will either be a winner or in a wad."
Rich Pallai, Vice President of Marketing for CARQUEST Auto Parts, major
sponsor of both the Lebanon Valley and New Egypt Stewart/Blaney dates, can
attest to Stewart's fan appeal. "Bar none, last year's race at Lebanon
Valley was one of the best events in the track's 50-year history," said
Pallai. "Tony and Dave did an absolutely amazing job for CARQUEST's
employees and customers."
New Egypt's "Down & Dirty!" August 22 special will pit Stewart and Blaney
against the likes of track kingpins Billy Pauch, Kenny Brightbill, Keith
Hoffman, Frank Cozze and many more, in a series of qualifying races
culminating in a 100-lap feature event. Ticket information will be released
in the coming weeks.
The track will also host a private catered reception, affording sponsors the
opportunity to meet and mingle with stars Stewart and Blaney before the
race. A very limited number of corporate sponsorships are still available.
Interested parties can call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 for