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Pauch prevails over Laubach in NES Heavyweight Battle

 

New Egypt, NJ (April 25, 2009) – Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ proved just why he is the all-time leading winner at the New Egypt Speedway. In a classic dog fight, on Cradle-Rock Developers Night, Pauch’s knack for NES proved to be a little too much for Quakertown, Pa’s Rick Laubach as “The Kid” caught, ran down, and completed the winning pass in heavy lapped traffic.

“The track was really different tonight than it was last week. There was a lot of bite and it was real racy tonight,” revealed Pauch in victory lane.

 

Laubach started 3rd by luck of the draw and took the lead instantly as the field headed into turn 1. Soon after the first lap was completed ‘yellow fever’ seemed to take over. The first caution flew for a backstretch incident involving Keith Hoffman (rear) and Tom Carberry (axle), who were both sidelined for the rest of the evening. Frank Cozze returned to the field on lap 5 after replacing the magneto which made the No. 44 a non-factor on this night. After starting 13th Pauch was now 2nd by lap 6 however, the cautions kept waving as a multi-car tangle occurred in turn 3 involving Bob Drayton, Dominick Buffalinio, Frank Cozze Jr., John Stangle, and Rick Holsten. The caution flew again for Tim Tanner on lap 9 and then last week’s winner Gary Butler dropped from competition on lap 15.

 

Once all the cautions concluded, the action turned intense as Laubach and Pauch pulled away from the field. As the two hit heavy lapped traffic, Billy chipped away at Rick’s lead. Meanwhile, Bucky Kell reeled in the two leaders and made it at three-way battle for the lead. You could have thrown a blanket over the trio of cars as the lapped traffic certainly played a role in the outcome of the event. Once most of the traffic was cleared it was still ’Scooby’ out front but there was one more lapped car that Laubach just couldn’t ’Shake’ away as that proved to be the turning point in the 30-lap main. Pauch used his experience to maneuver around the leader and the lapped car and went on claim his 72nd career win at the speedway. Laubach didn’t go quietly as he closed within a car length at the end but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top 5 were Bucky Kell, Mike McAleer who had a strong run, and Tad Cox who also looked solid.

In what had to be one of the most entertaining Super Stock features, defending track champion Todd Cray of Hamilton, NJ prevailed as the 20-lap victor. Cray jumped to the lead early on and then clipped the inside wall only to spin in front of the entire field. Cray then headed to the pits and rejoined the field on the lead lap. Two-time champion Rob Ormsbee was now the leader however, that was short lived as contact between his No.119 and former track champion Billy Bauer saw Ormsbee’s car spinning exiting turn 2. After officials put Bauer to the rear for over-aggressive driving, the fireworks then ensued. Both Bauer and Ormsbee were tailing the field side by side not happy with each other as Ormsbee suddenly drove right into Bauer’s No. 87 smashing the side of his car. This brought the fans to their feet but turned out to be the end of the night for Ormsbee as he was black flagged from the event. Meanwhile, Cray was now 6th on the move. A classic three-car battle developed between Cray, Mick Search and the leader and former track champion George Quinlan. After swapping the lead back and forth Cray was able to take control of the race and go on to capture the 20-lap event. Quinlan, Search, Bauer (from the rear) and George Marrero rounded out the top 5.

Pat Wall of New Egypt, NJ captured his first ever career Crate-1 win. Wall who formerly drove in the modifieds and had success has now turned his attention to the Crate-1 and Sportsman divisions. Wall grabbed the lead mid-way through the event and held of Jon Haegele at the checkered. Rounding out the top 5 were Bobby Dmuchowski, George Idell Jr., and Bryan Papiez.

Brian Roemer went back to back as he continued to show the way in the Advantage Financial-Cradle Rock Developers Rookie Class. DJ Ruppert and Sam Piazza completed the top 3.

 

Next Saturday night, May 2, New Egypt Speedway presents Little League Night sponsored by B & B Towing and Auto Recycling. All kids 12 and under that are wearing a baseball uniform will be admitted free. The racing will feature a full card of Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the first race starting at 6:00 pm.  For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.
 

Agate 4/25/09

 

MODIFIED RESULTS

Heat 1: 1. Frank Cozze 2.Bob Drayton 3. Mike McAleer 4. Dominick Buffalino 5. Ron John Koczon 6. Johnny Guarino
Heat 2: 1. Tim Tanner Jr. 2. Gary Butler 3. Tad Cox 4. Sam Martz 5. Bucky Kell 6. Tom Carberry
Heat 3: 1. Rick Laubach 2. Billy Pauch 3. Keith Hoffman 4. Kenny Carberry 5. John McClelland 6. John Stangle
B-Main: 1. Mark Forte Jr. 2. John Salvatore Jr. 3. Mike Krachun 4. Rick Holsten 5. Jim Robertson 6. Mike Hendershot

Points Provisional: Brad Freeman
Fan Provisional: Frank Cozze Jr.

 

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Rick Laubach 3. Bucky Kell 4. Mike McAleer 5. Tad Cox 6. John McClelland 7. Sam Martz 8. Mike Krachun 9. Mike Hendershot 10. Mark Forte Jr., 11. Jim Robertson 12. Ron John Koczon 13. Brad Freeman 14. John Guarino 15. John Salvatore Jr., 16. Dan Waisempacher 17. Gary Butler 18. John Stangle 19. Tim Tanner Jr. 20. Bob Drayton 21. Dominick Buffalino 22. Kenny Carberry 23. Rick Holsten 24. Frank Cozze Jr. 25. Frank Cozze 26. Keith Hoffman 27. Tom Carberry DNS: John Miloszar

 

DNQ: Chris Allen Jr., Marc Herman, Kenny Huchko, Bobby Sandt Jr., Chris Grbac, Willie Osmun
 
CRATE SPORTSMAN RESULTS

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Pat Wall 2. Jon Haegele 3. Bobby Dumchowski 4. George Idell Jr. 5. Bryan Papiez 6. Ryan Forte 7. Gabe Fox 8. Bryan Kuhl 9. Sam Piazza 10. Ryan Simmons 11. Tom Raneri 12. Rob Stump 13. Lee Allen 14. Rich Steele DNS: Joe Reid
 
SUPER STOCK RESULTS
Timed-Dashes: 1. Todd Cray 18.884 2. Rob Ormsbee 19.021 3. Mick Search 19.072 4. Billy Bauer 19.347 5. Jason Bubeck 19.481 6. George Quinlan 19.708 7. Nick Vasquez 19.774 8. Marty Derr 19.828

 

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Todd Cray 2. George Quinlan 3. Mick Search 4. Billy Bauer 5. George Marrero 6. Larry Bubeck 7. Marty Derr 8. Tony Giglio 9. Kenny Guyer 10. Al Burdge 11. Jim Hewitt 12. Charlie Gunner 13. Dennis Seely Jr. 14. Jesse McLaughlin 15. Kevin Bifulco 16. Rob Ormsbee 17. Jason Bubeck 18. Pete Fogarty 19. Nick Vasquez 20. Mike Vaccaro 21. Norm Saxton 22. Jerry Confer
 
SPORTSMAN ROOKIE RESULTS

Feature (8 Laps): 1. Brian Roemer 2. DJ Ruppert 3. Sam Piazza 4. Matt Vaillancourt 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Ryan Hoffman 7. Harris Kohen 8. Joe Reid