(September 4, 2021) Billy Pauch Jr. overcame a broken driveshaft in his heat race, which relegated him to start 20th in the feature, and earned his 6th win of 2021 at New Egypt Speedway Saturday Night in the Vahlco Wheels Modified 30 lap feature event. Pauch marched steadily to the front, and then took advantage of a lap 19 restart, as he wrestled the lead away from Kory Fleming and drove away to victory.
Chris Grbac and Jack Swain brought the field to the start with Grbac assuming command. Bryan Kuhl quickly charged into second and began catching the leader. As he closed in to challenge Grbac, 7th starter Kory Fleming was also charging to the front and quickly passed Kuhl and Grbac for the lead on lap 7. Fleming began to open up a comfortable lead as Kuhl moved into second and took up the chase. Meanwhile, 20th starting Pauch was already up to 8th and following a restart began to show how strong his car was becoming as the race moved on. By lap 17 Pauch had moved into third but had a lot of ground to make up on the two leaders and was having trouble closing the gap. But that changed 2 laps later as the yellow flashed on for John Aumick, who had spun in turn four. On the restart Pauch beat Kuhl into turn 1 and drove up on the outside of Fleming. Fleming was fast on this night and as Pauch past him in turn 2, Fleming came roaring back under him to hold the lead. The duo raced side-by-side for 2 laps before Pauch wrestled the lead away from him. Once in front, Pauch Jr cruised away to post the victory, the 35th of his career at NES. Cale Ross found a bite on the outside in the closing laps and took second, ahead of Rick Laubach who also made a late charge past several cars. Fleming settled for 4th with Mike Gular rounding out the top five.