The Legendary Billy Pauch Goes Back-To-Back At New Egypt Speedway


New Egypt, NJ (July 25, 2009) – On a night where legendary dirt track drivers including himself were honored, Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ visited Victory Lane at New Egypt Speedway for the second straight week and for the sixth time this season on Legends Night sponsored by Perone’s Auto Salvage. After battling with fellow legend honoree Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA, Pauch secured the lead in turn two after a restart on lap 15 and never looked back winning in dominating fashion.

“I’ll tell you. Like I said before, the track maintenance has been great,” said Pauch after his 77th New Egypt victory. “There was two groove racing with both the inside and outside groove working tonight. Frank (Cozze) made me a little nervous down there on the inside, but if you were fast they couldn’t hold you up. We have a good pit crew who worked all night long and we have good guys back at the shop that work all week long to make this car go fast.”
The 30-lap feature event started with a single car spin for fan provisional holder Chris Allen Jr. Then on lap five, leader John Salvatore spun in turn four collecting second place runner Ken Carberry & the fourth place car of Frank Cozze, Jr. with Frank Cozze, Sr. making a great move to just narrowly avoid the tangle. After starting second on the  restart, Cozze grabbed the lead, while Pauch moved up to fourth after a hard fought battle with his then co-leader in the point standings Rick Laubach. After getting past Laubach, Pauch passed New Egypt native Ron John Koczon for second and set his sights on the leader. By lap 13 Pauch was closing in on Cozze, who was having one of his strongest runs of the season while driving with a healing broken foot. John Miloszar brought out the caution on lap 14 for a flat left front tire just as Tim Tanner, Jr. began to charge into contention. On the restart, Pauch charged around Cozze off of turn two and began pulling away. The third place car of Koczon quickly brought out the caution on lap 17 for a flat left rear tire and when racing resumed Cozze came under fire from Tanner, Jr., who continues to impress everyone with his new small-block motor. Tanner appeared to be running down Pauch for several laps, but Pauch was just too tough on this night. Cozze and Tanner began battling hard for the runner up spot with just 5 laps remaining, so hard the two locked bumpers momentarily in turn 4, but not long enough to cost them any positions. With no challenges to his leading position in the last five laps Pauch took the checkered flag and took sole possession of first place in the points as Rick Laubach finished 15th. Tanner won out in the battle for second, with Cozze settling for third. Rounding out the top-5 was Mike McAleer and Bobby Drayton.

Jon Haegele of Hilltown, PA collected his second victory of the season and set a new 20 lap track record during the Crate-1 Sportsman division feature. For the first time in track history the Crate-1’s ran straight through with no cautions and with his victory, Haegele set the record time of six minutes and 21 seconds. Finishing second was Bryan Kuhl followed by Harry Marlin in third, Bobby Dmuchowski in forth, and John Micek in fifth.

Todd Cray of Hamilton, NJ padded his points lead over George Quinlan by winning his fifth Super Stock feature of the season. After starting 11th, Cray battled his way into the lead but saw few challenges once he secured the lead. Quinlan of Brick, NJ who has one victory this season and is second in points came home second followed by Jason Bubeck, George Marrero, and Billy Bauer.

John Wyers won the SS Sprint feature that saw the SS Sprint cars with bigger wings this week to keep up with the Limited Sprint Car run by Wyers. The event started with a turn two bobble by leader Frank Cozze, Jr. that caused him to surrender the lead to John McClelland and forced his early retirement from the event. Just at the halfway point in the 15-lap feature event Wyers took the lead from second place finisher McClelland and was never headed. Rounding out the top-5 was Jeff Mueller, Dan Biggs, and Ian Borden.  
To celebrate Legends Night the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club had almost 20 cars on hand that put on two 10-lap exhibition races. During intermission several legend drivers met and signed autographs for the fans. Legend honoree and modified feature winner Billy Pauch said, “I had a good time talking to all these guys that I don’t get to see very often.” Other drivers in attendance included NES’ first dirt Modifed champion in 1998 Roger Laureno, Billy Osmun, Stan Ploski, Ken Brenn Jr., Sammy Beavers, Kenny Brightbill (who also competed), Johnny Leach, and Newt Hartman along with many others. 
Next Saturday, Aug. 1, is the annual “Friends of Mike Night” presented by K&A Excavating and Lynch-Gray Towing, that pays a huge purse of $10,000 to the modified feature winner. Many invaders including Kenny Brightbill, Keith Hoffman, Jimmy Horton, Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn, David VanHorn, and others are expected to be on hand to try and capture the top paycheck. Gates open at 2 p.m. so fans can take part in a Chinese auction that offers many great prizes with all the proceeds going straight to the night’s purse in remembrance of the great New Egypt Speedway fan Mike Rogie who passed away several years ago. Joining the Modifieds on track will be the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions. Racing begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or visit our website at www.newegyptspeedway.net. 
1st Heat: 1. Mick Search 2. George Quinlan 3. Todd Cray 4. George Marrero 5. Mike Vaccaro 6. Jesse McLaughlin
2nd Heat: 1. Rob Ormsbee 2. Jerry Confer 3. Jason Bubeck 4. Larry Bubeck 5. Shawn McCaughey 6. Al Burdge


Feature (20 Laps): 1. Todd Cray 2. George Quinlan  3. Jason Bubeck 4. George Marrero 5. Billy Bauer 6. Shawn  McCaughey 7. Marty Derr 8. Kenny Guyer 9. Al Burdge 10. Jesse McLauglin 11. Larry Bubeck 12. Mike Vaccaro 13. Rob Ormsbee 14. Mick Search 15. Jerry Confer 16. Tony Giglio 17. Kevin Bifulco 18. Charlie Gunner 
1st Heat: 1. Rob Stump 2. George Idell Jr. 3. John Micek 4. Harry Marlin 5. Wayne Groover 6. Ryan Simmons
2nd Heat: 1. Bryan Kuhl 2. Bryan Papiex 3. Bobby Dmuchowski 4. Jon Haegele 5. Richie Cass Sr. 6. Ryan Forte


Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jon Haegele 2. Bryan Kuhl 3. Harry Marlin 4. Bobby Dmuchowski 5. John Micek 6. Rob Stump 7. Ryan Forte 8. Richie Cass Sr. 9. Lee Allen 10. Ryan Simmons 11. Matt Vaillancourt 12. Gabe Fox 13. Wayne Groover 14. Tom Raneri 15. Rick Wegner 16. Bryan Papiez 17. George Idell Jr. DQ: Rich Steele
1st Heat: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Frank Cozze Jr. 3. Danny Johnson 4. Mark Forte Jr. 5. John Miloszar 6. Jim Robertson
2nd Heat: 1. Kenny Carberry 2. Willie Osmun 3. Frank Cozze 4. Rick Laubach 5. Marc Herman 6. Tim Tanner Jr. 
3rd Heat: 1. Ron John Koczon 2. Mike McAleer 3. John Salvatore Jr. 4. Mike Krachun 5. Rich Rutski 6. Bob Drayton
B-Main: 1. John McClelland 2. Tom Carberry 3. John Guarino 4. Richie Pratt Jr. 5. Mike Hendershot 6. John Stangle 7. Donny Radd 8. Kenny Brightbill

(Fans Prov. Chris Allen Jr.)


Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Frank Cozze 4. Mike McAleer 5. Bobby Drayton 6. Danny Johnson 7. Richie Pratt Jr. 8. Ron John Koczon 9. Mike Krachun 10. Jim Robertson 11. Mike Hendershot 12. Marc Herman 13. Chris Allen Jr. 14. John Salvatore Jr. 15. Rick Laubach 16. Tom Carberry 17. John Miloszer Jr. 18. John McClelland 19. Johnny Guarino 20. Willie Osmund 21. Sam Martz 22. Kenny Brightbill 23. Mark Forte Jr. 24. Ken Carberry 25. Frank Cozze Jr. 26. Rich Rutski DNS: Donny Radd, John Stangle

DNQ: Tad Cox, Tommy Carberry Jr., Steve Davis, Rick Holsten, Chris Grbac, Doug Ostwald
Fast-Timer: John Wyers 16.441
Feature (15 Laps): 1. John Wyers 2. John McClelland 3. Jeff Mueller 4. Dan Biggs 5. Ian Borden 6. Steve Petry 7. Robert Liedl 8. Ryan Miscoski 9. Jeff Davis 10. Harris Kohen 11. Frank Cozze Jr.