Legendary Billy Pauch Goes Back-To-Back At New Egypt Speedway
New Egypt, NJ (July 25, 2009)
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
NES RESULTS 7/25/09
SUPER STOCK RESULTS
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
(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
CRATE SPORTSMAN RESULTS
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
(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
Prov. Chris Allen Jr.)
(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
SS SPRINT RESULTS:
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.