NEW EGYPT, NJ – In 2019, Jim Housworth lost the Sportsman championship by a scant two markers, the equivalent to just one position on the race track. Housworth who picked up Crate Modified championships in 2010 & 2011 came back with a vengeance in 2020 and earned not one, but two New Egypt Speedway track championships in the Sportsman and Ice Less LLC Crate Modified divisions respectively, becoming the first driver to win two different titles in the same season at NES.
“It’s good to be the first to win two titles in one season, I can’t thank my crew enough, these guys, both cars, two championships, everybody makes it possible. My sponsors make it so if we need something we can get it. It was a lot of hard work and dedication by those guys. It means alot, New Egypt is my home track, this year things just rolled our way,” said Housworth post race.
In the Ice Less LLC Crate Modifieds it was Robbie Holzwarth and Aaron Weaver bringing the field down to the green flag with Holzwarth jumping out to the early lead before fourth place starting Robby Dunn would make his move, taking the top spot on lap three. Trouble would strike on lap 11 when Glenn McIntyre would end up getting stuck on top of the turn one fence. When green replaced yellow Dunn continued to lead the way over 10th place starting Johnny Bangs. The red flag would fly on lap 14 when Holzwarth made hard contact with the frontstretch wall and then rolled over, he would be ok. When racing resumed Dan Fleming was able to wrestle the lead away from Dunn on lap 15 bringing Bangs back with him into the runner-up position just three laps later. The final yellow of the event flew on lap 18 when Aaron Weaver crept to a stop in turn four. Over the final two laps Bangs would take his shot at Fleming but it would be to no avail. Fleming went on to dedicate the win to his mom who is doing better in the hospital after being involved in a car accident on her way to the track last week. Bangs came home as the runner-up, Robby Dunn third with Jeremy Martino fourth and Sammy Martz Jr. fifth. Crossing the line sixth and picking up the 2020 Ice Less LLC Crate Modified title was Jim Housworth.
In the Sportsman main event it was Jimmy Amato and Marty Resnick leading the field to the green flag. Title contender David Burns would shoot to the lead on lap number two after starting sixth and appeared to be in control of his first Sportsman championship, that was until a restart just prior to the halfway point when Burns was put back one row after Speedway officials deemed he was taking other title contender and second place running Jim Housworth up the Speedway twice in a row. That handed the lead to Housworth who ran away and hid into the Central Jersey night, picking up the victory. Will Dupree came home second, Burns third, with Ryan Heim and Bob Lineman Jr. fourth and fifth. Housworth would win the Sportsman title by 13 points over Burns.
Heidi Hedin led the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car Presented By: The Meat Shoppe main event at the start but it was Brad Schaale leading the first lap when Hedin got out of shape coming down to complete lap one. Schaale went untouched the rest of the distance to score his first career Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car Presented By: The Meat Shoppe victory over Heidi Hedin, Rich Mellor, Brian Spencer and Kevin Nealis. By virtue of his third place finish Rich Mellor is the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car Presented By: The Meat Shoppe titleist for the second consecutive season.
Larry Reed was awarded the Street Stock victory when Shanon Mongeau and Mick Search were both disqualified in post-race tech inspection. Brian Ludwig came home second with Spider Ensinger Sr., Lee Allen and Joe Reid rounding out the top five. Ludwig wrapped up the 2020 New Egypt Speedway Street Stock Championship with his second place finish, his first in 18 seasons of racing.
Mike Fox picked up his third 4-Cylinder main event of the 2020 season at NES over Joe Garey Sr., Justin Dunn, Joe Garey Jr. and Shea Willis. Justin Dunn and Garey Sr. would tie for the points title. For Garey it is his third in a row and Dunn his first at New Egypt Speedway.
In Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman competition Paul Mancini did exactly what he needed to do which was win Saturday night’s event as he too would end up tying Mason McGee for the overall 2020 championship.
In the 20+ year history of New Egypt Speedway there has only ever been one tie for a championship and that occurred in 2006 when Bryan Driver and Mike Smith tied for the Rookie Sportsman championship, in 2020 it occurred twice.
While we are dark next Saturday night, we return on Saturday night October 3rd for the All Star Cup 100 for the Vahlco Wheels Modifieds paying $10,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to make the 100 lap feature. The Ice Less LLC Crate Modifieds will do battle in a 30 lap main event paying $1,000 to win event with the 4-Cylinders completing the racing card. Gates will open at 3pm on the 3rd with hot laps hitting the Speedway at 5pm and racing beginning at 6pm.
New Egypt Speedway, which is New Jersey’s premier dirt racing facility, 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 Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
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IceLess LLC CRATE MODIFIEDS Feature (20 laps): 1. Dan Fleming 2. Johnny Bangs 3. Robbie Dunn 4. Jeremy Martino 5. Sammy Martz Jr. 6. Jim Housworth 7. Paul Mancini 8. Anthony Tramontana 9. Justin Grosso 10. Ryan Heim 11. Ryan Simmons 12. Mason Magee 13. John Aumick 14. Vinny Troia 15. John Meyer 16. Matt Knaub 17. DJ Hunt 18. Kevin Borden 19. Aaron Weaver 20. Bobby Holzwarth 21. Nick Van Wickle 22. Tom Princiotta 23. Matt Miller 24. Joe Nappi 25. Glenn McIntyre
Heat Winners: Johnny Bangs, Aaron Weaver, Bobby Holzwarth, B Main Winner: Justin Grosso
2020 CHAMPION: JIM HOUSWORTH
Hammer SPORTSMAN Feature (20 laps): 1. Jim Housworth 2. Will Dupree 3. David Burns 4. Ryan Heim 5. Bob Lineman Jr. 6. Ebby Ridge 7. Matt Ellery 8. Aaron Weaver 9. Marty Resnick 10. Amanda Buchel 11. Will Protinick 12. Jim Avery 13. Jimmy Amato 14. Erik Renninger 15. Joseph Brown
Heat Winners: Matt Ellery, Will Dupree
2020 CHAMPION: JIM HOUSWORTH
Larry’s Hot Rods & Harleys NEWS SPRINT CARS presented by The Meat Shoppe Feature (20 laps): 1. Brad Schaale 2. Heidi Hedin 3. Rich Mellor 4. Brian Spencer 5. Ken Nealis 6. Mark Bitner 7. Duane Nixon 8. Charlie Weslowski 9. Steve Kyser 10. Ricky Rutt 11. Dan Malley 12. Lee Nardelli DNS: Gary Huston, Larry Drake, John Brammell
Heat Winners: Brad Schaale, Brian Spencer
2020 CHAMPION: RICH MELLOR
STREET STOCKS Feature (15 laps): 1. Larry Reed 2. Brian Ludwig 3. Spider Ensinger Sr. 4. Lee Allen 5. Joe Reid 6. Bill Liedtka 7. Dennis Seeley 8. Sean Wall DNS: Drew Brocklebank, Todd Dige. DQ: Shanon Mongeau, Mick Search
2020 CHAMPION: BRIAN LUDWIG
4-CYLINDERS Feature (15 laps): 1. Mike Fox 2. Joe Garey Sr. 3. Justin Dunn 4. Joe Garey Jr. 5. Shea Wills 6. Lee Allen 7. Dom Antonelli 8. Penny Horner 9. Tim Jones 10. Al Rammell 11. Bob Johnson 12. Joe Wolfe 13. John Ciallella 14. Brian Barker DNS: Scott Dunn
2020 CHAMPION: JOE GAREY SR. & JUSTIN DUNN (Co-Champs)
Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie Sportsman Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul Mancini 2. Amanda Buchel 3. Mason Magee 4. Will Protinick 5. Nick Stephan 6. Sara Napora
2020 CHAMPION: MASON MAGEE & PAUL MANCINI (Co-Champs)