New Egypt, NJ (April 14, 2019) – Billy Pauch Jr. won the Vahlco Wheels Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series main event was claimed by Bryant Davis. Jim Housworth was the victor in the Hammer Sportsman feature. The Street Stock contest was taken by Bill Liedtka. Ryan Godown Jr. was the victor in the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman race.
After the original start of the 30-lap Vahlco Wheels Modified feature was marred by a caution, Cale Ross rocketed to the front on the ensuing green flag with Brian Papiez next in line. As the top two of Ross and Papiez were pulling away from the pack, Mike Butler was continuing his march to the front as the tenth place starter slipped into third place on lap five. Following the second and final yellow flag of the race on the eighth circuit, Ross was still on top with Butler nudging past Papiez for second with sixteenth place starting Billy Pauch Jr. jumping into fourth. One lap later, Papiez regained the runner-up spot. At the midway point of the race, Ross had a half-straightaway advantage over Papiez. Two circuits later, Pauch. Jr. was just in the process of driving by Butler for third when the second place running Papiez pulled into the infield and out of the contest. Now with Pauch Jr. in second and in hot pursuit, Ross was beginning to encounter the tail end of the field with eleven laps remaining. By the twenty-second tour, Ross’s margin over Pauch Jr. had evaporated to a mere two car lengths in heavier lap traffic. Over the next few tours, Ross had Pauch Jr. on his bumper. After a brief side-by-side duel, Pauch Jr. scooted past Ross with only five revolutions left in the race. Over the final laps, Pauch Jr. increased his lead and went unchallenged to grab the checkered flag for his twenty-second career Modified win. Ross held off Butler to take second. With Butler in third, Ryan Krachun finished in fourth after starting the race in eleventh. Brandon Grosso, who started the race in thirteenth, came home in fifth. The winners in the Vahlco Wheels Modified heat races were PJ Oliver and Brian Papiez.