Township Grants More Hours for New Egypt Speedway
Quarter-Midget Track Plan in Pinelands Panel's Hands
PLUMSTEAD TWP., N.J. -- New Egypt Speedway Promoter Bill Miscoski now only needs Mother Nature's cooperation
to start using his new Plumstead Township-permitted operating hours.
'We were going to open our gates at 3:30 p.m.,' said Miscoski at about 2 p.m. Saturday. 'With Friday's rain, we
decided to cancel today.'
Miscoski and his staff, citing up two two inches of Friday-long rain and lingering early morning showers, called off
the Mother's Day night program 10 a.m. Saturday. That program had included running the red-flagged SS Sprint main
and 20-lap Sportsman feature from a fogged-out May 3 program. Those were two additions to the intended Big Block
Modified, Sportsman, Super Stock, SS Sprints, Crate-1 Sportsman and Rookie divisions.
While a revamped May 17 program has not been posted or publised as of noon Monday, the planned Cray Motorsport
and Electric Night would be the first to use the newly granted hours.
NES now has an 11 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. window Saturdays and on selected weekdays. Sunday's window has shifted to
noon - 6 p.m.
'The new hours gives us more leeway in dealing with the weather,' said Miscoski Saturday and before the Plumstead
Land Use Planning Board May 6. 'If there's rain coming in the forecast, we can start early. We've also found that
running a program until 9 p.m. Sundays is hard on the racers and the spectators.'
The revised hours is one of two proposals Miscoski brought before the Plumstead Township Land Use Board and the
Pinelands Commission. The Pinelands Commission is reviewing the plan to build a quarter-midget oval on NES's 41-acre property
that was submitted to the township board March 4.
'The township board said it had no problems with the quarter midget track,' said Miscoski. 'They said they needed the
commission's approval.' Miscoski said the quarter midget track will replace a one-quarter-mile dirt track used once last year for 600 c.c. micro
sprints. That infield quarter-mile shared the half-mile main track's frontstraight, which Miscoski felt was unsafe for those
standing within the smaller oval's infield.
'The quarter midget track would not be built for this season,' said Miscoski. 'It was filed to the board before Wall Speedway
closed their quarter-midget oval.' Miscoski was referring to the Garden State Quarter Midget Racing Club, whose season ended after running its fifth-annual
season-opening Garden State Classic March 28-29. Wall Township Speedway's owners then cited insurance reasons to close
the otherwise independent one-2oth-mile 'Little Wall.' GSQMRC members, for the first time since its 1993 inception, now race at Atco's South Jersey QMRC and several other
Quarter Midgets of America-sanctioned tracks in the Delaware Valley.
No mention of NES's quarter-midget track was found on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission's May 9 agenda. The commission,
which next meets in New Lisbon June 13, oversees the use and preservation of some 275,000 acres of pineland in central and
southern New Jersey. Congress and the state established the Pinelands National Reserve and commission 1977-83.
NES's acreage, although zoned for recreational use, is adjacent to the reserve.
The Plumstead Township Land Use Board members present unaminously approved the new time windows. Their approval
amends 1997 and 1999 ordinances established when prior owners - the Grosso family - replaced the historic paved quarter-
mile speedway with a three-eighths mile and an expanded half-mile clay oval.
The approval, however, comes with the following stipulations:
* That 'free camping' be stricken from future NES advertising and that the six to eight Saturday-Sunday campers be
confined to the gated back pit area.
* A more extensive hazardous material kit be on the property.
* That NES stay with the present 35 date calendar and Pinelands Commission permission would be needed for more dates.
* An event is defined as one where automotove competition or other amplified activities start with practice and end
with the feature.
* That NES continues to end its final race at 11:15 p.m. six nights or 6 p.m. Sundays.
* No engines may start before 11 a.m. six days or noon Sundays.
* NES officials are to return before the board for a performance review in May 2009.
Miscoski, before the board and some 60 audience members, more than explained the need to change the time windows. He and
several officials explained how they are correcting any recent or past ownership problems.
'The Pinelands Commission said that there had been violations on the property prior to B&F Racing buying the track,' said
Miscoski. 'We are correcting the problems they have indicated. They are problems we have inherited.
The 20 public spaekers were split roughly in half between those who posed questions and those who advocating the time
changes. The questioners asked about noise, County Route 539 traffic volume by the speedway and isolated late running or
car fires - which Miscoski and officials responded to. The supporting half stress how NES supports the community's economy
and charities, among other benefits.
'I'm delighted with the approval,' said Miscoski after the approval. 'It shows that the town supports the speedway and that
we have a future relationship.'
Spectators are to contact www.newegyptspeedway.net or (609) 758-1900 for time and weather updates.