Thunder on the
Road Visits New Egypt Speedway. . . .
SCHURENBERG EARNS $6,000 FOR USAC SPRINT
AS BILLY PAUCH POCKETS
WIRE-TO-WIRE VICTORY IN THE MODIFIED
New Egypt, NJ (June 2, 2011)
With a total purse in excess of
$44,000 the AMSOIL USAC Sprints and Big
Block Modifieds presented the "Elbows Up"
Double-header on Thursday night at the New
Egypt Speedway. Hunter Schurenberg of
Sikeston, MO earned $6,000 by winning the
40 lap USAC sprint feature in a dramatic
finish. In the Big Block Modifieds,
Frenchtown, NJ driver Billy Pauch led the
entire thirty lap feature that ran off
non-stop. New Egypt Speedway was the
fourth stop on USAC's Eastern Storm Tour
and the positive excitement of the series
has USAC Management and event promoter Bob
Miller already talking about the Eastern
Storm 2012. A field of twenty-six USAC
sprints took part in the program along
with thirty-four big block modifieds.
In the AMSOIL USAC sprint time trials,
Blake Fitzpatrick set fast time of the
night, with a time of 17.282. USAC sprint
heats were won by Robert Ballou, Jon
Stanbrough and Casey Shuman as Jonathan
Hendrick won the "B" Main. In modified
qualifying, Richie Pratt, Jeff Strunk and
Billy Pauch were heat race winners as Dave
Hunt won the modified consolation.
A field of twenty-six USAC sprints took
the green flag to start the forty lap
feature event with Jon Stanbrough taking
the early lead with Keith Bloom and Bryan
Clauson in the chase. Clauson moved into
second on lap three but Stanbrough already
stretched out an eight car length lead.
The first caution of the race was
displayed on lap eleven for Coleman
Gullick who stopped in turn three.
On the restart, Stanbrough was fast off
the point as Clauson now had to contend
with Bloom and Dave Darland. The caution
came out once again, this time for Blake
Fitzpatrick. When green flag racing
resumed, Stanbrough once again established
himself as the man to beat, running to
hide from the rest of the field. Suddenly,
defending "Eastern Storm" Champion Levi
Jones moved into the picture, racing in
fourth with Schurenberg now in fifth.
At the halfway mark, Stanbrough was
firmly in command followed by Clauson,
Bloom, Jones and Schurenberg. The leader
now had to thread his way through lapped
traffic, but he still managed to sustain a
comfortable lead. On lap twenty-seven,
Schurenberg moved into fourth but at this
stage of the race, no one was gaining
ground on race leader Jon Stanbrough.
With five lap remaining, the race was
getting very interesting.
Stanbrough still had a solid lead, as
Clauson now had to contend with Bloom and
Schurenberg who were challenging for the
runner-up spot. The caution was displayed
on lap thirty-seven when second place
runner Bryan Clauson stopped on the track.
On the restart, Schurenberg took a shot at
the leader, challenging in the low grove
but once again, Stanbrough pulled off a
after starting deep in the pack now worked
his way up to third and quickly began
reeling in runner-up Hunter Schurenberg
with an eye on the second spot.
With the white flag waiving, Stanbrough
crossed the line to begin his final lap,
but exiting turn two, he tapped the wall
and got out-of-shape. Entering turn three,
he again tapped the third turn wall and
spun, displaying the caution with just two
turns remaining on the final lap.
Schurenberg inherited the lead at that
point followed by Ballou, Bloom, Levi
Jones, Tracy Hines and Travis Rilat. A one
lap dash to the checker flag was now set.
On the restart, Schurenberg set the
pace with Ballou looking for a lane to
make a pass. Down the backstretch, Ballou
dove low into three and pulled alongside
of Schurenberg. Out of turn four,
Schurenberg was along the outside fence
with Ballou as low in turn four as your
could go. When the checker flag fell, it
was twenty-one year old Hunter Schurenberg
taking the win over Robert Ballou, Levi
Jones, Tracy Hines and Travis Rilat who
The story in the
modified feature was, the race went
non-stop and Billy Pauch was in command.
Billy Pauch started third and took the
lead on lap one and went on to lead the
entire distance. While Pauch cruised at
the front of the pack, there was plenty of
racing and spot swapping throughout the
field. Dominick Buffalino ran second right
through the halfway point of the race with
Jeff Strunk, John Willman and Danny
Johnson making up the top five.
lap eighteen, Jeff Strunk moved into
second and tried to reel in the high
flying Pauch. Danny Johnson and Craig
VonDohren were on a charge, now racing
third and fourth on lap twenty-four.
With Pauch far ahead of the rest of
the field, he dashed under the checker
flag uncontested. Jeff Strunk finished
second then on a last lap, last turn pass,
Craig VonDohren took third from Danny
Johnson with Dominic Buffalino rounding
out the top five.
USAC SPRINT FEATURE: (40
1. Hunter Schurenberg 2.
Robert Ballou 3. Levi Jones 4. Tracy Hines 5.
Travis Rilat 6. Casey Shuman 7. Bobby East 8. Dave
Darland 9. Daron Clayton 10. Bryan Clauson 11. Jon
Stanbrough 12. Keith Bloom 13. Kyle Moody 14. JJ
Hughes 15. Mark Bitner 16. Jonathan Hendrick 17.
Chris Windom 18. Jeff Geiges 19. Joey Biasi 20.
Black Fitzpatrick 21. Coleman Gullick 22. JR Berry
23. Jake Simmons 24. Jonathan Swanson 25. Damion
Gardner 26. Peter Miller
(30 laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Jeff Strunk 3. Craig
VonDohren 4. Danny Johnson 5. Dominick Buffalino
6. John Willman 7. Rick Laubach 8. Duane Howard 9.
Jimmy Blewett 10. Bob Drayton 11. Richie Pratt Jr.
12. Frank Cozze Jr. 13. Mike Franz 14. David
VanHorn 15. Dave Hunt 16. Jimmy Horton IV 17. Rick
Holsten 18. Steve Haggan 19. Matt Jester 20. Wade
Hendrickson 21. Mike McAleer 22. Brian Truppi 23.
Billy Pauch Jr. 24. Matt Harrell 25. Ron John