wins "Day of Destruction" special Sportsman race
New Egypt, NJ (June 28, 2009)
– A full sleight of stock car racing took
place at the New Egypt Speedway on Sunday afternoon. After
Saturday evening’s rain out, the Sportsman division was added to the
Sunday racing card. Rocco Infante took home top honors in this
special non-point event. Joining Infante in Victory Lane on
Sunday were Crate-1 driver Harry Marlin and Outlaw Stock competitor
a stunning turn of events the complexion of the Outlaw Stock feature
was completely changed as the field came down for the white flag in
Sunday’s 20-lapper. Race long
leader Brian Ludwig led throughout the event as the ‘Mongeau
Family’ hunted down the No. 94. Ludwig, who hasn’t had much
luck all season long, looked like he was about to turn his season
around by driving to his first victory of 2009. Chasing Ludwig
for much of the race were Rich, Shanon, and Joe Mongeau. After
the leader took the two to go signal, Rich Mongeau dove to the inside
of Ludwig as they drove down the backstretch. Mongeau was able
to wrestle the lead away from Ludwig exiting turn 4 only to lose it
almost instantly. Mongeau got boxed in by a lapped car and
slapped the outside guardrail heading for the white flag, while Ludwig
then made contact with Mongeau as the two crossed the starter’s
stand. The caution flew for Rich’s No. 914 as he came to a
rest in turn 1 ending his persistent and patient run. Ludwig was
also done for the day with extensive damage. The lead was now
inherited by Rich’s son Shanon. The younger Mongeau was able
to withstand the challenges of his uncle Joe as the duo took the
checkered flag 1-2. Rounding out the top-5 were Nick Gargiulo,
Dan Collamer, and Billy Wroble. Point leader Vern McLaughlin had
an up and down day only to surrender the point lead to winner Shanon
Mongeau with only two point races remaining on the schedule.
Marlin, a fairly new comer to the division, drove to his first
checkered flag at the New Egypt Speedway in the Crate-1 Division.
Marlin led the field of 15 competitors down for the green flag and
never gave up the lead throughout the 20 lap affair. Marlin has
been running stronger and stronger in recent weeks and it finally paid
off on Sunday. Bryan Kuhl and Steve Davis were primed to finish
in the top 3 until contact sent Davis spinning in turn 2.
Officials ruled that Kuhl was the cause of the spin thus sending both
fast cars to the tail end of the field. Gabe Fox was now in
second place but spun out on the final lap only to finish 13th.
Lee Allen, Rob Stump, George Ferguson, and last year’s track champion
Richie Cass rounded out the top 5. Point leader Jon Heagele had
a rough day in both his heat race and come feature time. Haegele
still holds a sizeable lead over second place Ryan Forte.
cars signed in the pits for the last minute Sportsman addition.
Heat race winners were John Stangle and Mike Lyons. The top 6
finishers in each heat race drew for their starting feature starting
positions. Rocco Infante added to his impressive 2009 win total
by cruising to yet another popular win in the Sportsman division.
Even though Infante had the field covered the battling for positions
in the back of the pack was exciting. Jeff Geiges fought off the
challenges of Bill Liedtka, Mike Lyons, and Chad Barney who all
completed the top 5.
Watkins passed race leader Mike Naftzinger with only a few circuits
remaining in the 50 lap Enduro. Naftzinger inherited the top
spot after race long leader Pat Hires dropped from the race around the
half-way mark. Rounding out the top 5 were Jamie Naftzinger,
Bill Stockert, and Rick Latza.
Feature (50 Laps): 1. Jim Watkins 2. Mike Naftzinger 3. Jamie
Nafzinger 4. Bill Stockert 5. Rick Latza
Outlaw Stock Results
1st Heat: 1. Rich Mongeau 2. John Carpenter 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Shanon
Mongeau 5. Doug Debray 6. Gary Klimeczak 7. Nick Gargiulo 8. Vern
2nd Heat: 1. Joe Mongeau 2. Billy Wroble 3. Pat Conaway 4. Jason
Saredy 5. P.J. Oliver 6. Mike Butler 7. Tom Princiotta 8. Dan Collamer
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Shanon Mongeau 2. Joe Mongeau 3. Nick Gargiulo
4. Dan Collamer 5. Billy Wroble 6. P.J. Oliver 7. Jason Saredy 8. Gary
Klimeczak 9. Mike Butler 10. John Carpenter 11. Dean Wolford 12. Tom
Wolfe 13. Tom Princiotta 14. Vern McLaughlin 15. Doug Debray 16. Scott
Dunn 17. Rich Mongeau 18. Brian Ludwig 19. Scott Dugan 20. Pat Conaway
21. Jarrod Burdge 22. Kevin Bifulco 23. Ray Posick 24. Jay Bundy
1st Heat: 1. Bryan Kuhl 2. Rob Stump 3. Bobby Dmuchowski 4. Gabe Fox
5. Richie Cass 6. George Idell Jr.
2nd Heat: 1. Ryan Forte 2. Rick Wegner 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Harry Marlin
5. George Feruson 6. Lee Allen
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Harry Marlin 2. Lee Allen 3. Rob Stump 4. George
Ferguson 5. Richie Cass 6. Bobby Dmuchowski 7. George Idell Jr. 8.
Bryan Kuhl 9. Ryan Simmons 10. Jon Haegele 11. Rich Steele 12. Ryan
Forte 13. Gabe Fox 14. Rick Wegner 15. Bobby Scherff.
1st Heat: 1. John Stangle 2. DJ Ruppert 3. Bill Liedtka 4. Pat Wall 5.
Rocco Infante 6. Chad Barney
2nd Heat: 1. Mike Lyons 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Bobby Butler 4. Sean Gunther
5. George Quinlan 6. Marc Herman
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Rocco Infante 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Bill Liedtka 4.
Mike Lyons 5. Chad Barney 6. DJ Ruppert 7. George Quinlan 8. Sean
Gunther 9. Steve Davis 10. Bobby Butler 11. Mick Search 12. Chris
Allen Jr. 13. John Stangle 14. Marc Herman 15. Robin McTighe 16. Pat
Wall 17. Everett Taylor DNS: Gene Stravinsky