Cozze Ends Two Year Drought at New Egypt

New Egypt, NJ (September 4, 2010) – Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA out-dueled defending champ and current point leader Rick Laubach at New Egypt Speedway on Saturday night as he posted his first win in almost 2 years in the 30-lap main event sponsored by Calabreeze Pools, Inc. Cozze used a late race restart to his advantage wrestling the lead away from Laubach with just five laps remaining to win the 26th feature of his career at NES.

“I knew I would only get one shot,” stated Cozze referring to the last restart, “He was starting to slip in the middle of the corners the last few laps, so I thought I might be able to get him if I could get a good start. It has been a while since our last win and I was going to give it everything I had.”
Gary Hager and Tommy Carberry Jr. brought the 27 car field to the start with Carberry Jr. grabbing the initial lead. Several caution periods slowed the early going as Carberry Jr. & third starting Mike Barone lead the first five laps. A fast Dominick Buffalino then charged to the point and took control for the next five laps. Billy Pauch and Rick Laubach, who started the evening separated by just one point in their race for the NES championship, were advancing quickly and were both scored in the top five by lap eight with Laubach 2nd. Laubach wasted no time as he grabbed the top spot away from Buffalino on lap 11 to become the race’s fourth leader. At this point Pauch, Tuesday night’s Tri-Track Series winner at NES, was up to third and 13th starting Frank Cozze entered the top five. A lap 13 restart would then change the complexion of the event for the second half. As the green flag flew, Cozze would charge past 3 cars into second and chase after Laubach, while Pauch fell back to eighth. At halfway Laubach was flying high on the cushion and was slowly pulling away from Cozze trailed by Keith Hoffman, Buffalino and last Saturday night’s winner David Van Horn. As the laps clicked by the track was changing & it seemed as though Laubach had the best set-up for the changing conditions. With six laps to go it appeared that heavy lapped traffic would play a major part in the outcome as Laubach was about to hit the back of the field. However Johnny Guarino’s mount broke and brought out the race’s final caution and it appeared to everyone that Laubach would now cruise to his fifth win of the season. Cozze had other ideas though and as the green came back on he charged into turn one and dove all the way to the bottom of the speedway and attempted a slider into the lead.  Laubach fought back as he had his foot to the floor and raced back up along side of Cozze on the backstretch and they entered turn three even. The two brought the crowd to their collective feet as they raced side by side for the lead with sparks flying for the next half a lap into turn one when Cozze grabbed the top spot. Once in front, Cozze used the cushion and raced on to his first win since Sept. of 2008. Laubach settled for second, followed by Buffalino, Hoffman and Van Horn.

Defending Crate-1 Sportsman champion Jon Haegele won his second race of the season. Chris Allen Jr. gave it everything he had but settled for second at the finish. John Micek was third, Gabe Fox finished fourth and became the new point leader with just one race remaining. Bobby Dmuchowski raced across the line fifth.

The Outlaw Stock 20-lap feature was taken by Mick Search. Search had won six Super Stock features in his career, however this was his first Outlaw stock triumph. John Carpenter and PJ Oliver, who have dominated the Outlaw Stocks this season, finished second and third respectively. Dan Collamer and Scott Dugan rounded out the top five.

The Fastrak Late Models ran two 12 lap features with Steve Davis sweeping both of them for the fourth time this year. Tony Giglio and PJ Oliver finshed second and third in the first one, and Giglio and point leader Darin Henderson completed the top three in the second feature.
This Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 6 New Egypt Speedway will present the biggest Sportsman race in the Northeast this year with the 84-lap John Romano Memorial paying $5000 to win and $300 to take the green. Sportsman drivers from all over the northeast are expected to be on hand to challenge the NES regulars for the top prize. Lap money of at least $20 every lap will be paid as well along with many other contingency awards and bonuses. Sportsman will also compete in the fan favorite one-on-one Match races for $500. Joining the Sportsman on the race card will Tri-State RaceSavers 305 Sprints as they will compete in a 25 lap main event paying a cool $1000 to win, with many NY and PA invaders expected to be on hand as well. The Factory Stocks will also compete in one 15 lap event. Pit Gates will open at 1pm, Spectator Gates will open at 2pm with warm-ups at 4pm and the first race is at 5pm. Adult Admission is $20, Age 12-15 is $10, with kids 11 and under being admitted free. Pit Admission will be $35 with No License Required. All Rules for this event as well as additional info can be found on the track’s website at www.newegyptspeedway.net or you can call the speedway for more info at 609-758-1900.


1st Heat: 1. Rick Laubach 2. Gary Hager 3. Tim Tanner Jr. 4. Sam Martz 5. John McClelland 6. Ron John Koczon
2nd Heat: 1. Willie Osmun 2. Dominick Buffalino 3. Billy Pauch 4. Tom Carberry Sr. 5. Frank Cozze Sr. 6. Keith Hoffman
3rd Heat: 1. Tad Cox 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Mike Barone 4. Tommy Carberry Jr. 5. Johnny Guarino 6. Bob Drayton
Consi: 1. David Van Horn 2. Ryan Forte 3. Darren McCaughey 4. Gary Butler 5. Mike Hendershot 6. Frank Cozze Jr. 7. Jim Robertson 8. Corey Andersen
Fans Provisional: Brian Truppi

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Frank Cozze Sr. 2. Rick Laubach 3. Dominick Buffalino 4. Keith Hoffman 5. David Van Horn 6. Ron John Koczon 7. Tad Cox 8. Billy Pauch 9. Frank Cozze Jr. 10. Bob Drayton 11. Gary Butler 12. Jimmy Horton 13. Tommy Carberry Jr. 14. Mike Barone 15. Gary Hager 16. Tom Carberry Sr. 17. John McClelland 18. Mike Hendershot 19. Ryan Forte 20. Johnny Guarino 21. Jim Robertson 22. Tim Tanner Jr. 23. Darren McCaughey 24. Willie Osmun 25. Corey Andersen 26. Steve Haggan 27. Brian Truppi
DNS: Sam Martz

DNQ: Mike Lyons, Brian Crammer John Salvatore, Randy Laird, Jason Wiggett, Matt Harrell, John Miloszar Jr., Brad Freeman
1st Heat: 1. Jon Haegele 2. Matt Valliancourt 3. Chris Allen Jr. 4. Kyle Borror 5. Glen Schneck 6. John Micek
2nd Heat: 1. Jimmy Spellman 2. Bobby Dmuchowski 3. Danny Roslin 4. Gabe Fox 5. Dan Mazy 6. Harry Marlin
3rd Heat: 1. John Aumick 2. Jarrett Rozycki 3. Bill Martino 4. Jim Housworth 5. Glenn Knell 6. Bryan Kuhl
Consi: 1. Rich Steele Jr. 2. Eric Engstrom 3. Doug Urbano 4. Joe Dill 5. Scott Hyland 6. Rob Barnstead

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jon Haegele 2. Chris Allen Jr. 3. John Micek 4. Gabe Fox 5. Bobby Dmuchowski 6. Harry Marlin 7. Jim Housworth 8. Kyle Borror 9. Doug Urbano 10. Dan Mazy 11. Jarrett Rozycki 12. Eric Engstrom 13. Danny Roslin 14. Rich Steele Jr. 15. Joe Dill 16. Matt Vaillancourt 17. Bill Martino 18. Scott Hyland 19. Jimmy Spellmon 20. John Aumick 21. Bryan Kuhl 22. Glen Schneck 23. Glenn Knell 24. Bob Rambone

DNQ: Jordan Cox, Bob Rambone, Doug Debray, Tom Raneri, Dan Stout, Scott Cranston, Chris Allen Sr.
1st Heat: 1. Mick Search 2. John Carpenter 3. Billy Wroble 4. Scott Dugan 5. Spider Ensinger Sr. 6. Kevin Bifulco
2nd Heat: 1. Dan Collamer 2. P.J. Oliver 3. Marty Derr 4. Brian Ludwig 5. Jesse McLaughlin 6. Tony Klimeczak

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mick Search 2. John Carpenter 3. P.J. Oliver 4. Dan Collamer 5. Scott Dugan 6. Billy Wroble 7. Brian Ludwig 8. Spider Ensinger Sr. 9. Tony Klimeczak 10. Kevin Bifulco 11. John Gasko 12. Rob Longo 13. Jarred Burdge 14. Dennis Seely 15. Jesse McLaughlin 16. Paul Hartwig Jr. 17. Jason Saredy 18. Art Fariello 19. Marty Derr

Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. Steve Davis 2. Tony Giglio 3. P.J. Oliver 4. Darin Henderson 5. Alessa Young
Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. Steve Davis 2. Tony Giglio 3. Darin Henderson 4. Alessa Young  DNS: PJ Oliver