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Cozze Breaks Into The Win Column At New Egypt Speedway

 

New Egypt, NJ (August 8, 2009) – After a slow start to his season, Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA finally made it to Victory Lane at New Egypt Speedway after a late race pass on Willie Osmun on Beach Party Night sponsored by AFX Fencing.

 

After starting 14th in the feature event, Cozze was the fastest mover of the race making it up to the top five on lap seven. He continued his hard charge to the front and passed Osmun coming off of turn four after a lap 22 restart and showed just how much his season has turned around.

“I want to dedicate this win to John Romano,” said Cozze during his Victory Lane celebration about his fellow driver who has been very ill and unable to race all of this season. “I miss him here at the track and I miss being able to joke around with him. With this win tonight I really think we are headed in the right direction. We had a slow start to the season, but we have gotten better and better every week and this win proves it. I want to thank all the guys for working so hard on this car and all the fans for sticking behind us.”

 

The feature started with Cozze’s son, Frank Cozze Jr. taking the lead on lap one. Cozze, however, would not be outdone by his young son as was quickly making his way through the pack by lap three. Cozze Jr. lost the lead on lap four to a very fast Tom Carberry who was the guy to beat until he broke going into turn four on lap 18, ending his evening and his chance at a victory. Carberry surrendered the lead to second place Willie Osmun who for several laps was able to hold off Cozze. But with a restart of lap 22 for Tom Carberry Jr.’s spin on the backstretch, Cozze was able to pull underneath Osmun to take the lead. Cozze looked to have some competition coming from a hard charging Rick Laubach who moved into second on lap 27, but his effort was too little too late. As Cozze was making his way to the checkered flag, modified points leader Billy Pauch began to slow going into turn one after suffering from a flat tire. Cozze’s victory Saturday night was his 25th career win at New Egypt Speedway making his fourth on the all time wins list. Rounding out the top-5 was Laubach, Osmun, Ron John Koczon, and Mike McAleer.

John Micek of Flemington, NJ captured his first Crate 1 Sportsman feature win of the season after Jon Haegele was disqualified for being light at the scales following the event. Micek fought hard to catch Haegele for much of the race that saw a pile up on lap two take out several cars. Rounding out the top-5 was Bryan Kuhl, Tom Raneri, Bobby Scherff, and Lee Allen.

Todd Cray of Hamilton, NJ won his sixth Super Stock feature event of the season. Cray had been moving up through the field but never looked like a serious threat until lap 13 when he was fighting for third position. He finally took the lead from Shawn McCaughey on lap 15 and went on to score the victory and add to his points lead. Finishing second was Mick Search followed by George Quinlan, Jason Bubeck, and Marty Derr.

 

Next Saturday night is Women on Wheels Night featuring Powder Puff races. Joining the ladies on the track will be the Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, and SS Sprints. Racing is set to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or visit our website at www.newegyptspeedway.net.

 

Modified Results

1st Heat: 1. Tad Cox 2. John McClelland 3. Ron John Koczon 4. Brad Freeman 5. Richie Pratt Jr. 6. Tim Tanner Jr.

2nd Heat: 1. Willie Osmun 2. Rick Laubach 3. Tommy Carberry Jr. 4. Rich Rutski 5. Marc Herman 6. Tom Carberry

3rd Heat: 1. Frank Cozze Jr. 2. Johnny Guarino 3. Mike Hendershot 4. Billy Pauch 5. John Stangle 6. Frank Cozze

B-Main: 1. Mark Forte Sr. 2. Sam Martz 3. John Miloszar 4. Mike McAleer 5. Bob Drayton 6. Chris Allen Jr. 7. Mark Forte Jr. 8. Waisempacher

(Fans Provisional: Kevin Vaclavicek)

 

Feature (30 laps): 1. Frank Cozze 2. Rick Laubach 3. Willie Osmun 4. Ron John Koczon 5. Mike McAleer 6. John Stangle 7. Tad Cox 8. Billy Pauch 9. Mike Hendershot 10. Tim Tanner Jr. 11. Rich Rutski 12. Johnny Guarino 13. John Miloszar 14. Richie Pratt Jr. 15. Sam Martz 16. Mark Forte Jr. 17. Bob Drayton 18. Marc Herman 19. Brad Freeman 20. Kevin Vaclavicek 21. Frank Cozze Jr. 22. Mark Forte Sr. 23. Tom Carberry Jr. 24. Tom Carberry 25. Chris Allen 26. John McClelland

DNS: Dan Waisempacher
 
DNQ: Steve Haggan, Ryan Tidman, Doug Ostwald, Jimmy Horton IV, Bruce Gsell, John Salvatore Jr., Jim Robertson, Mike Butler

 

Crate-1 Sportsman Results

1st Heat: 1. Ryan Forte 2. George Idell Jr. 3. Jon Haegele 4. Tom Raneri 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Wayne Groover

2nd Heat: 1. John Micek 2. Bryan Kuhl 3. Harry Marlin 4. Pat Hires 5. Gabe Fox 6. Lee Allen

 

Feature (20 laps): 1. John Micek 2. Bobby Scherff 3. Lee Allen 4. Rick Wegner Sr. 5. George Idell Jr. 6. Ryan Simmons 7. Gabe Fox 8. Ryan Forte 9. Harry Marlin 10. Pat Hires 11. Rob Stump 12. Matt Vaillancourt 13. Bryan Papiez 14. George Furgeson

DQ: Jon Haegele, Bryan Kuhl, Tom Raneri

DNS: Rich Steele, Wayne Groover

 

Super Stock Results

1st Heat: 1. Mick Search 2. George Quinlan 3. Shawn McCaughey 4. Todd Cray 5. Billy Bauer 6. Nick Vasquez

2nd Heat: 1. Rob Ornsbee 2. Jason Bubeck 3. Larry Bubeck 4. Marty Derr 5. Pete Fogarty 6. Kenny Guyer

 

Feature (20 laps): 1. Todd Cray 2. Mick Search 3. George Quinlan 4. Jason Bubeck 5. Marty Derr 6. Larry Bubeck 7. Billy Bauer 8. Bob Vacarro 9. Tony Giglio 10. Kenny Guyer 11. Al Burdge 12. Charlie Gunner 13. Rob Ornsbee 14. Nick Vasquez 15. Kevin Bifulco 16. George Marrero 17. Pete Fogarty

DQ: Shawn McCaughey DNS: Jesse McLaughlin