Mike Iles Impressive in First New Egypt Victory

New Egypt, NJ (May 14, 2011)
– Mike Iles of Medford, NJ won his first ever feature at the New Egypt Speedway Saturday night as he captured the 30 lap Modified main event sponsored by Lawrenceville Ford Lincoln Mercury. Iles took the lead 1 lap before halfway and then held off 4 time champion Billy Pauch thru 4 three restarts in the last 11 laps to capture the win.

“It is a great feeling to win here (NES),” announced Iles in victory lane, “The surface is just fantastic and the competition is second to none. Billy (Pauch) had a few chances to take me to the cleaners there on those last couple of restarts, but he just held is line. He really is a true professional!”

Iles started 12th and wasted no time at all getting to the front, as he drove thru traffic to second by lap 8. Pole sitter Stan Frankenfield Jr. was still leading at this point and looking strong as Iles briefly lost the runnerup spot to Frank Cozze Jr., who was also racing fast toward the front. Iles’ car seemed to get faster as the tires heated up and he quickly raced back by Cozze Jr. and caught up to Frankenfield. On lap 14, Iles made a nice move under the high flying Frankenfield to grab the lead as 16th starter Pauch raced into second. Pauch settled into second and would get his first chance at the lead when the red flag appeared on lap 19 for a hard frontstretch
crash involving second thru fourth place runners Frankenfield, Richie Pratt Jr. and two-time defending champion Rick Laubach. All three were uninjured in the crash, but all three were done for the event as Pratt’s racer suffered severe damage. The restart saw Pauch dive to the inside in turn one, passing the leader by a full car length only to have Iles fly back around him as they drove off of turn #2. This would be the same story for 2 more laps as Iles practically drove on the fence to regain the lead each time. As throughout the event, the more laps Iles drove under green the bigger lead he would build. However, several late race yellows would repeat this scenario 3 more times, each with the same result. The final restart with 4 laps to go saw Iles hold the lead thru the first two turns and then pull away, winning by 8 car lengths when the checkered flag fell. Pauch scored yet another top five finish in second, while Jimmy Horton rebounded back from a lap 1 tangle to finish third. Frank Cozze Jr. wound up fourth while Bob Drayton completed the top five.

Mike Lyons of Monroe Twp., NJ took the lead from Will Dupree on lap 7 and raced away from everyone in the 20 lap Sportsman main event. Clay Butler finished second and was really running at the end of the event, but got to second too late to mount a serious challenge. Dupree came home third, followed by Rich Rutski and Rocco Infante. After the post-race tech inspection, it was announced that Mike Lyons had been disqualified for a problem with his driveshaft. However, due to a questionable interpretation of driveline component rules in the Sportsman Rule book, Mike Lyons’ win will stand BUT he will be fined half his winnings and half of the first place points. The questionable rule at hand will now be modified and clarified to its fullest extent.

John Carpenter of Howell, NJ won the 20 lap Outlaw Stock feature for his first win of the season. Two-time winner Dan Collamer finished second while Jason Saredy came home third. Last place starter Kevin Bifulco raced to an impressive fourth place finish while Everett Taylor crossed the line fifth.

In the Advantage Financial/Cradlerock Developers Rookie Sportsman series, John Desmelyk won for the second time in the fourth race of the series. Jeremy Martino finished second for the second straight week while Mike Everett cruised home third.

Next Saturday night, May 21, New Egypt Speedway presents Banner Night. The Modified event will also be a qualifier for the next day’s Road Mod race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The racing will feature a full card of Big-Block Modifieds, Crate-1 Sportsman, Fastrak Late Models, Tri-State Racesavers 305 Sprint Cars and Rookie Sportsman. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the first race starting at 6:00 pm. For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.

Heat 1: 1. Jimmy Horton 2. Willie Osmun 3. Ron John Koczon 4. Tad Cox 5. Stan Frankenfield 6. John Salvatore
Heat 2: 1. Tim Tanner Jr. 2. Bob Drayton 3. Rick Laubach 4. Richie Pratt Jr. 5. Rich Acolia 6. Ryan Grim
Heat 3: 1. Mike McAleer 2. Mike Iles 3. Mike Hendershot 4. Billy Pauch 5. Johnny Guarino 6. Frank Cozze Jr.
Consi: 1. Sam Martz 2. David Van Horn 3. Wade Hendrickson 4. Keith Hoffman 5. Matt Harrell 6. John McClelland 7. Jimmy Blewett 8. John Stangle
Pts. Provisional: Gary Butler
Fans Provisional: Tommy Carberry Jr.

DNQ: Brad Freeman, Rich Kuiken Jr., Mike Franz, Tommy Farrell III., Ryan Forte, Robbie Nixon, Rick Holsten, Steve Haggan, Dave Hunt

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Mike Iles 2. Billy Pauch 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Frank Cozze Jr. 5. Bob Drayton 6. Tim Tanner Jr. 7. Willie Osmun 8. David Van Horn 9. Johnny Guarino 10. John Stangle 11. Rich Acolia 12. Keith Hoffman 13. Ron John Koczon 14. Mike Hendershot 15. Jimmy Blewett 16. John McClelland 17. Matt Harrell 18. John Salvatore 19. Ryan Grim 20. Sam Martz 21. Wade Hendrickson 22. Stan Frankenfield 23. Richie Pratt Jr. 24. Rick Laubach 25. Gary Butler 26. Tommy Carberry Jr. 27. Mike McAleer
DNS: Tad Cox

Heat 1: 1. Clay Butler 2. John Cornell III 3. J.T. Trsensky 4. Mike Howardson 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Bill Liedtka
Heat 2: 1. Rich Rutski 2. Rocco Infante 3. Will Dupree 4. Mike Lyons 5. Kyle Borror 6. DJ Ruppert
Heat 3: 1. Bob Lineman Jr. 2. Marc Herman 3. Mike Butler 4. Tim Apgar 5. Ryan Osborne 6. Ryan Beltz
Consi: 1. Ebby Ridge 2. Kevin Vaclavicek 3. Danny Bouc 4. Bryan Kuhl 5. Alan Bleacher 6. John Micek
Pts. Prov.: Brian Roemer

DNQ: Eric Renninger, Jimmy Watts, Lee Schaeffer, Jeremy Martino, Joe Dill, Joe Funk

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mike Lyons 2.Clay Butler 3. Will Dupree 4. Rich Rutski 5. Rocco Infante 6. John Cornell III 7. Kevin Vaclavicek 8. Ryan Beltz 9. Marc Herman 10. Ryan Simmons 11. Alan Bleacher 12. Ebby Ridge 13. Bill Liedtka 14. Ryan Osborne 15. John Micek 16. J.T. Trsensky 17. Jason Kosch 18. Mike Howardson 19. DJ Ruppert 20. Bryan Kuhl 21. Mike Butler 22. Bob Lineman Jr. 23. Danny Bouc 24. Brian Roemer 25. Kyle Borror
DNS: Tim Apgar

Heat 1: 1. P.J. Oliver 2. Art Fariello 3. John Carpenter 4. Tom Princiotta 5. Jarred Burdge 6. Tony Klimczak 7. Marty Derr 8. Ken Snook
Heat 2: 1. Jason Saredy 2. Billy Wroble 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Everett Taylor 5. Dan Collamer 6. Scott Dugan 7. Bill Connolly 8. Brian Barker

Feature (20 Laps): 1. John Carpenter 2. Dan Collamer 3. Jason Saredy 4. Kevin Bifulco 5. Everett Taylor 6. Tom Princiotta 7. Marty Derr 8. Brian Nixon 9. Brian Barker 10. Jason Prater 11. P.J. Oliver 12. Art Fariello 13. Jarred Burdge 14. Billy Wroble 15. Dennis Seely Jr. 16. Gary Klimeczak 17. Herb Stout 18. Scott Dugan 19. Bill Connolly 20. Tony Klimeczak 21. Ken Snook 22. Brian Ludwig
DNS: Jim Avery, Earl Willets, Roy Posick

Feature (8 laps): 1. John Desmelyk 2. Jeremy Martino 3. Mike Everett 4. Jordan Cox 5. Cole Hager 6. Lee Schaeffer