New Egypt’s Friends of Mike $15G Goes to Willie Osmun

New Egypt, NJ (July 31, 2010) – Willie Osmun of Bloomsbury, NJ could not have picked a better time to post his first career Modified feature win as he captured the $15,000 first prize in the “Friends of Mike” 100-lap Tri-Track Series event Saturday Night at the New Egypt Speedway. The event, which honors the memory of longtime race fan and friend Mike Rogie, saw Osmun take the lead from Keith Hoffman on lap 70 and then outrace invader Danny Johnson thru lapped traffic over the final 20 laps to take the popular victory by less than one car length.

“This really is special, the crew had the steering totally apart and did a great job of getting it back together” stated an elated Osmun in victory lane, “The car really hooked up after halfway & I just want to thank my crew, they did a great job.”

Richie Pratt Jr. and Gary Tomkins brought the 39 car star-studded field to the green flag with Tomkins taking command trailed by Pratt, Wade Hendrickson and Billy Pauch. Tomkins set the pace until Pratt got by him on a lap 15 restart.  Pratt looked strong as he pulled away at will over the next 30 laps as former champs Keith Hoffman and Frank Cozze made their way to the front. By halfway Osmun, who had started 7th and faded back as far as tenth, was on the move and had raced into the top five. Hoffman final got the lead from Pratt on lap 52 after a ten lap side by side battle and Cozze wasted no time charging into second. With no caution flags to slow the action since lap 28, the crowd began to take notice of Osmun who had obviously found something in the bottom groove of the fast surface as he raced into 3rd on lap 60. At this point Pratt, who had fallen back to fourth exited the event with mechanical woes. On lap 69 Osmun got under Cozze for second and then grabbed the lead from Hoffman on the following lap. The first yellow flag in 43 laps appeared two laps later with Osmun showing the way over Hoffman, Cozze and now Danny Johnson and Craig Von Dohren who started side by side on row 11. Johnson now appeared to have the fastest car as he brought the crowd to their feet on the restart as he immediately went to work on Cozze, getting third on lap 77 and two laps later he was by Hoffman for second and chasing down the leader. Johnson shadowed Osmun each lap as they approached lapped traffic pulling alongside of him on several occasions. Johnson’s last chance came on lap 99 when they approached two lapped cars entering turn #3 with Johnson going to the outside and pulling even, but Osmun kept his cool and stayed on the bottom getting by the lapped cars and holding off Johnson to take home the largest payoff in NES Modified history by just .404 seconds. Johnson settled for second after starting 21st, early leader Hoffman was third, Von Dohren crossed the line fourth and Rick Laubach completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Cozze, Darren McCaughey, Dominick Buffalino, Duane Howard and Pauch.

Five Modified heats were run paying $500 to win with Wade Hendrickson, Frank Cozze, David Van Horn, Billy Pauch and Keith Hoffman taking top honors.

The popular Modified Match Races dubbed “Rogie’s Rumble” saw 11 drivers voted on the past two weeks by the fans compete for a $1000 winner take all purse. Wade Hendrickson called out 4-time NES champ Billy Pauch first, forcing him to have to run the table to earn his money, which he did in crowd-pleasing fashion in the one lap races. Pauch beat in order: Hendrickson, Bobby Drayton, Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, Rick Laubach, Duane Howard, Richie Pratt Jr., David Van Horn by just half a car length, Ryan Godown in a “rubbing is racing” showdown which gave the crowd a lot to talk about, & Ron John Koczon. In the 2-lap Finale, Pauch and Frank Cozze changed grooves and the lead numerous times with Pauch nipping Cozze by a wheel at the line for the $1000 top prize.

The 20-lap Sportsman event saw Kevin Vaclavicek of New Egypt, NJ hold off Gene Stravinsky for his second win of the season. Clay Butler was third, followed by early race leader Brian Roemer fourth and Chad Barney racing home fifth.  Heat wins worth $300 went to Marc Herman, Barney, Mike Lyons and Roemer.

Point leader PJ Oliver won his third feature of the year in the 20 lap Outlaw Stock feature event. Oliver held off former champ Rich Mongeau for the win. Johnny Carpenter settled for third after winning 3 in a row, Billy Wroble was fourth and and Scott Dugan finished fifth. $200 Heat wins went to Wroble and Jarrod Burdge.

Next Saturday night, August 7, New Egypt Speedway presents a full card of racing featuring the Big-Block Modifieds along with the Crate-1 Sportsman, the FASTRAX Late Models and the return of the TSRS 305 Sprint Cars, beginning at 6pm. Gates open at 4pm with warm-ups starting at 5:15pm. For more information about these events, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.

Heat 1: 1. Wade Hendrickson 2. John McClelland 3. Gary Tomkins 4. Ryan Watt
Heat 2: 1. Frank Cozze 2. Richie Pratt Jr. 3. Chic Cossaboone 4. Tad Cox
Heat 3: 1. David Van Horn 2. Mike Barone 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Willie Osmun
Heat 4: 1. Billy Pauch 2. John Wilman 3. Sam Martz 4. Tom Carberry
Heat 5: 1. Keith Hoffman 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Darren McCaughey
Consi 1: 1. Rick Laubach 2. Ron John Koczon 3. Dominick Buffalino
Consi 2: 1. Danny Johnson 2. Bob Drayton 3. Sean Merkel
Consi 3: 1. Craig Von Dohren 2. Gary Butler 3. Jimmy Chester
Provisionals: Duane Howard, Ryan Forte, Johnny Guarino, Brian Truppi, Jeremey Markle, Mark Forte Jr., John Stangle, Brad Freeman, Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, Mike Hendershot.
Feature (100 Laps): 1. Willie Osmun 2. Danny Johnson 3. Keith Hoffman 4. Craig Von Dorhen 5. Rick Laubach 6. Frank Cozze 7. Darren McCaughey 8. Dominick Buffalino 9. Duane Howard 10. Billy Pauch 11. David Van Horn 12. Bob Drayton 13. Jimmy Chester 14. Ryan Watt 15. Tad Coz 16. Gary Butler 17. Tom Carberry 18. Jimmy Horton 19. Johnny Guarino 20. John McClelland 21. Mike Barone 22. Mark Forte Jr. 23. Chic Cossaboone 24. Sam Martz 25. John Wilman 26. Brad Freeman 27. Tim Tanner Jr. 28. Jeff Strunk 29. Wade Hendrickson 30. Richie Pratt Jr. 31. Ryan Godown 32. Sean Merkel 33. John Stangle 34. Ryan Forte 35. Billy Pauch Jr. 36. Gary Tomkins 37. Brian Truppi 38. Ron John Koczon 39. Jeremy Markle 40. Mike Hendershot
DNQ: Jim Robertson, Gary Hager, Brian Crammer, Tommy Sheetz, Sean Gunther, Mike Franz, Dan Mazy, Corey Anderson, John Salvatore Jr., Ricky Yetter, Doug Manmiller, John Dixon, Tommy Carberry Jr.
Heat 1: 1. Marc Herman 2. Rocco Infante 3. Mike Howardson 4. George Quinlan 5. JT Trstensky
Heat 2: 1. Chad Barney 2. Randy Yaple 3. Alan Bleacher 4. Will Dupree 5. Joe Systo
Heat 3: 1. Mike Lyons 2. Clay Butler 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Kyle Borror 5. Bill Lester
Heat 4: 1. Brian Roemer 2. Gene Stravinksy 3. Dave Hunt 4. Kevin Vaclavicek 5. Mike Butler
Consi 1: 1. Bob Lineman 2. wayne Bechtel 3. Warren Floyd
Consi 2: 1. Danny Bouc 2. Ryan Beltz 3. Ryan Hoffman
Provisional: DJ Ruppert
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Kevin Vaclavicek 2. Gene Stravinksy 3. Clay Butler 4. Brian Roemer 5. Chad Barney 6. Mike Lyons 7. Danny Bouc 8. Marc Herman 9. Mike Howardson 10. Rocco Infante 11. Richie Cass Sr. 12. George Quinlan 13. Ryan Beltz 14. Mike Butler 15. Alan Bleacher 16. Bill Lester 17. Joe Systo 18. Dave Hunt 19. Ryan Hoffman 20. Randy Yaple 21. Will Dupree 22. Bob Lineman Jr. 23. DJ Ruppert 24. Ryan Simmons 25. J.T. Trsesnsky 26. Kyle Borror 27. Warren Floyd
DNS: Wayne Bechtel

DNQ: John Cornell Jr., Andy Visinski, Jimmy Blewett, Harry Marlin, Steve Ramsey, Walt Larson, Harris Kohen, Robin McTighe
Heat 1: 1. Billy Wroble 2. Jason Saredy 3. Rich Mongeau 4. John Carpenter 5. Vern McLaughlin
Heat 2: 1. Jarrod Burdge 2. P.J. Oliver 3. Marty Derr 4. Scott Dugan 5. Gary Klimeczak

Feature (20 Laps): 1. P.J. Oliver 2. Rich Mongeau 3. Johnny Carpenter 4. Billy Wroble 5. Scott Dugan 6. Jarrod Burdge 7. Brian Nixon 8. Ray Posick 9. Gary Klimeczak 10. Tony Klimeczak 11. Darren Cox 12. Dennis Seely 13. Spider Engsiner Sr. 14. Brian Ludwig 15. Kevin Bifulco 16. Mick Search 17. Jason Saredy 18. Jesse McLaughlin 19. Tom Princiotta 20. Herb Stoudt 21. Frank D'Entremont 22. Dan Collamer 23. Marty Derr 24. Shanon Mongeau
DNS: Vern McLaughlin