New Egypt, NJ (July 15, 2018) – At New Egypt Speedway’s Premio Foods Little League Night, Rich Rutski rolled to his second Modified feature win of the year. The Hammer Sportsman feature was taken by Billy Osmun. Bill Liedtka won the Street Stock main event while Joe Garey Sr. was the victor in the 4-Cylinder race.
After the original start was marred by a multi-car tangle in turn one, the 30-lap Modified feature began with polesitter Rich Rutski grabbing the lead and Steve Davis running in second. Following a caution period on the third circuit, Davis sped past Rutski on the restart to gain first place. After a trio of cautions on lap five, Davis was still on top with Rutski and Brian Papiez next in line. Over the next few tours, Rutski began to track down Davis and returned to the lead with ten laps completed. By the halfway point, Rutski had established a comfortable margin over Davis with Billy Pauch Jr. in third, Papiez in fourth and Danny Bouc in fifth. With ten laps remaining, Rutski was beginning to navigate through lap traffic as Pauch Jr. edged past Davis for second. Brandon Grosso, who won the July 7 feature, was continuing his march to the front by moving into fifth on lap twenty-one. With five circuits to go, Rutski had nearly a full straightway advantage over Pauch Jr. with a three car battle for third between Davis, Papiez and Grosso beginning to heat up. Over the final tours, Rutski’s edge over Pauch Jr. narrowed but Rutski held on for his second win of the season and the third of his career. Pauch Jr. finished in second. Grosso won the good clash for third in the closing circuits. Davis came home in fourth and Bouc rallied by Papiez on the last lap to finish in fifth. Rich Rutski, Davey Sammons and David VanHorn recorded wins in the heats for the Modifieds.