Breaks 9 Year Dry Spell with NES Modified Victory
New Egypt, NJ (June 27, 2009)
Drayton of Southampton, NJ last visited victory lane on May 6, 2000
when he recorded his only Modified win at New Egypt Speedway.
That was until Saturday night when Drayton passed 19 cars on his way
to ending a nine year winless streak on C & M Automotive Warehouse
night. Drayton took the lead from Big-Block Modified rookie John
McClelland with just 7 laps to go to post the popular win.
this real!?!” quizzed a stunned Drayton of announcer Nick Leach in
victory lane, “Before the race tonight, my crew chief asked me if I
wanted to put two new tires on the car. I told him, look where we are
starting, just leave the old tires on and save the new tires for when
we have a chance of winning! This is just
The 30 lap feature on this evening was an eventful one that started
very slowly with several cautions slowing the race in the early going.
20th starting Drayton’s success began early on as was able to stay
out of harms way despite being so deep in the pack. Once things got
rolling, Nanuet NY’s Johnny Guarino paced the field. The young gun
held his own and looked impressive in his own right as the field
battled two, three, and sometimes even four wide behind him. Guarino
looked very smooth until just before halfway, when a restart found
point leader and 75 time career feature winner Billy Pauch lined up
alongside of him. As the two charged into turn one, Guarino
slipped up out of the groove with Pauch on the outside of him, and the
two quickly fell out of the top five with John McClelland grabbing the
top spot. Several drivers looked fast including Tim Tanner, Jr., Gary
Butler, Ken Carberry, Frank Cozze and Rick Laubach, and they all
chased McClelland. As Guarino picked his way back up to second,
Laubach and Pauch were waging a wild duel for fourth when the two
tangled causing Pauch to be towed off and Laubach to have to restart
at the rear of the field. Drayton was now making his presence known
and after another tangle eliminated Butler and Ken Carberry, he found
himself lined up on McClelland’s bumper. “Johnny Mac”, who
had already won the SS Sprint feature, tried valiantly to hold on for
his first win, but Drayton proved to be too much for the rookie
Modified driver as he drove around him for the lead that he would not
relinquish. McClelland held on for a career best second place finish
followed by Guarino who also posted his first ever top five in third.
Tad Cox drove home fourth with invader David VanHorn rebounding back
from an early race spin to finish fifth.
Infante of Hamilton Square, NJ won his 3rd Sportsman feature of the
season in the 20 lap event. Infante charged also charged from the back
to keep his top five finish streak going in the fifth event of the
season. Mike Howardson was third followed by Tim Apgar and John
Ormsbee of Howell, NJ won his 22nd career Super Stock feature event
tying Billy Bauer for first on the NES all-time win list. George
Quinlan chased Ormsbee to the finish line in second, followed by
defending champ and point leader Todd Cray. Fourth was local favorite
Kenny Guyer and Tony Giglio came home in the fifth position.
SS Sprints made a popular return to NES Saturday as John McClelland
won the 20 lap event in his first time ever in one of these cars.
McClelland ran second to David Martin in the first 10 lap segment, and
then had to restart the race in fourth as the #5 inversion pill was
drawn. McClelland did not let this deter him though as he raced to the
front and won in his first ever start. Fast-timer Lee Taylor Jr.
crossed the line in second, followed by Ian Borden.
the Advantage Financial/Cradle Rock Developers Rookie Sportsman series
finale, Bridgewater, NJ’s Brian Roemer took home his fourth win in
the 12 lap double point event. However it was Hamilton’s DJ Ruppert
who won the 2009 NES Rookie crown as his second place finish gave him
the coveted championship by just four points. Ryan Hoffman
finished third, followed by Matt Vaillancourt, Ryan Simmons and Harris
Next Saturday night, July 4th, New Egypt Speedway will present the
much anticipated “Yankee Classic 40” Tri-Track Series Modified
event. The Modifieds will also compete in the “Fan Favorite”
Modified Shoot-Out, featuring at least 10 one lap match races! Joining
the Modifieds on the card will be the one and only appearance of the
URC Sprint cars in 2009. The Outlaw Stocks will also be in action, and
to top it all off, a Huge Fireworks extravaganza will take place after
the final race. 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.
NES RESULTS 6/27/09
1st Heat: 1. Johnny Guarino 2. Kenny Carberry 3. John Stangle 4. David
VanHorn 5. Marc Herman 6. Tim Tanner Jr.
2nd Heat: 1. John McClelland 2. Rick Laubach 3. Tad Cox 4. Willie
Osmun 5. Ron John Koczon 6. Frank Cozze
3rd Heat: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Dominick Buffalino 3. Mike McAleer 4. Gary
Butler 5. Sam Martz 6. Tommy Beamer
B-Main: 1. Mike Hendershot 2. BobbY Drayton 3. Frank Cozze Jr. 4. Dan
Waisempacher 5. Mark Forte Jr. 6. Brad Freeman 7. Tom Carberry 8. Mark
Forte Sr. (Pts Prov. John Salvatore Jr., Fans Prov. Jim Robertson)
(30 Laps): 1. Bob Drayton 2. John McClelland 3. Johnny Guarino 4. Tad
Cox 5. David VanHorn 6. Dominick Buffalino 7. Sam Martz 8. Jim
Robertson 9. Tim Tanner Jr. 10. John Stangle 11. Mike Howardson 12.
Gary Butler 13. Rick Laubach 14. Dan Waisempacher 15. Ron John Koczon
16. Frank Cozze 17. Frank Cozze Jr. 18. Mark Forte Jr. 19. Marc Herman
20. Tommy Beamer 21. Mark Forte Sr. 22. Brad Freeman 23. Kenny
Carberry 24. Billy Pauch 25. Mike McAleer 26. Tom Carberry 27. Willie
Osmun 28. John Salvatore Jr.
Chris Allen Jr., Kevin Nagy, John Miloszar, Bucky Kell.
1st Heat: 1. Lou Farina 2. Gene Stravinsky 3. JT Trstensky 4. Will
Dupree 5. Mike Howardson 6. Tommy Carberry Jr.
2nd Heat: 1. Jeff Geiges 2. John Cornell 3. Tim Apgar 4. Jeff Marcucci
5. Alan Bleacher 6. Pat Wall
B-Main: 1. Mike Lyons 2. Mike Ruggerio 3. Kevin Vaclavicek 4. DJ
Ruppert 5. George Gareis 6. Everett Taylor
(20 Laps): 1. Rocco Infante 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Mike Howardson 4. Tim
Apgar 5. John Cornell 6. Mike Lyons 7. Steve Davis 8. Bill Liedtka 9.
Tommy Carberry Jr. 10. Alan Bleacher 11. Mike Ruggerio 12. George
Quinlan 13. Gene Stravinsky 14. Lou Farina 15. Ryan Forte 16. Will
Dupree 17. Jeff Marcucci 18. Pat Wall 19. Andy Visinski 20. George
Gareis 21. Everett Taylor 22. DJ Ruppert 23. JT Trstensky 24. Kevin
Vaclavicek 25. Brian Roemer
PJ Oilver, Jimmy Watts, Ryan Hoffman, Dwight Laird, John Marini Jr.,
Wayne Bechtel, Joe Baumann
SUPER STOCK RESULTS
1st Heat: 1. Todd Cray 2. George Quinlan 3. George Marrero 4. Shawn
McCaughey 5. Billy Bauer 6. Mike Vaccaro
2nd Heat: 1. Jerry Confer 2. Larry Bubeck 3. Pete Fogarty 4. Jason
Bubeck 5. Mick Search 6. Rob Ormsbee
(20 Laps): 1. Rob Ormsbee 2. George Quinlan 3. Todd Cray 4. Kenny
Guyer 5. Tony Giglio 6. Jason Bubeck 7. Billy Bauer 8. George Marrero
9. Norm Saxton 10. Kevin Bifulco 11. Larry Bubeck 12. Mick Search 13.
Nick Vasquez 14. Shawn McCaughey 15. Pete Fogarty 16. Mike Vaccaro 17.
Charlie Gunner 18. Al Burdge 19. Jerry Confer 20. Marty Derr 21. Jesse
SS SPRINT RESULTS
Quick Time: Lee Taylor Jr. 16.918
(20 Laps): 1. John McClelland 2. Lee Taylor Jr. 3. Ian Borden 4. Dave
Martin 5. Frank Cozze Jr. 6. Nick Bardsley Jr. 7. Ryan Miscoski
8. Robert Liedl 9. Rob Pfister
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN RESULTS
Feature (12 Laps): 1. Brian Roemer 2. DJ Ruppert 3. Ryan Hoffman 4.
Matt Vaillancourt 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Harris Kohen