New Egypt, NJ (April 22, 2018) – At New Egypt Speedway, Billy Pauch, Jr. picked up his second checkered flag of the year after beating his rivals in the Modified feature. Art Liedl was victorious in the Hammer Sportsman main event. The Crate Modified feature was won by Jordan Cox. Eric Jennings took top honors in the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars feature. Ryan Heim won the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman race.
Polesitter Chad Barney grabbed the lead as the 30-lap Modified feature began with Richie Pratt, Jr. and Jim Bobbitt next in line. After several caution periods and eight tours recorded, Barney was still in charge with Steve Davis, Matt Stangle, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Pratt, Jr. completing the top five. At the halfway point, the front four of Barney, Davis, Stangle and Pauch, Jr. were racing in close quarters of one another. Shortly afterwards, Pauch, Jr., who started the event in twenty-fourth, began to use the middle racing lanes in the corners and motored into second place on the seventeenth revolution. Two laps later, Pauch, Jr. scooted past Barney to take over first place. Once on top, Pauch, Jr. began to pull away from the field. Behind the leader and with nine circuits to go, Stangle edged up into third while eighteenth place starting David VanHorn continued his march forward as he moved into fourth. As Pauch, Jr. was beginning to approach lap traffic, his comfortable lead evaporated due to a caution period for Tim Apgar with four laps to go. On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. held off Barney with VanHorn advancing into third, Davis riding in fourth and Stangle slipping back to fifth. Over the final laps, Pauch, Jr. distanced himself away from the pack and cruised to his second win of the year. Barney’s strong run netted him second place. With VanHorn finishing third, Davis was fourth and Stangle was fifth. Matt Stangle, Ryan Godown and Dominick Buffalino were the Modified heat winners.
Art Liedl, who has the most feature wins in the former SS Sprint division at New Egypt Speedway, was victorious in a Hammer Sportsman feature for the first time since 2004. Liedl captured his second career win in the division after taking the lead from Jimmy Amato on the third circuit of the 20-lap contest. David Burns claimed the runner-up spot while Billy Osmun finished in third. The top five was filled out by Cale Ross and Amato. The Hammer Sportsman heat races were taken by David Burns and Billy Osmun.