Pauch and Koczon Give Fans
Extra Fireworks at New Egypt
New Egypt, NJ
(July 2, 2011) – Billy Pauch of Frenchtown,
NJ won his eighth feature of the season at New
Egypt Speedway Saturday night as he edged out Ron
John Koczon at the stripe to win the 30 lap
Modified feature event sponsored H&H Gas. In what
was described by many of those in attendance as
one of the five best features ever at New Egypt
Speedway in the 14 years of their dirt history,
Koczon lead the non-stop event until the final lap
when Pauch was able to get a run under him in the
final turn, beating Koczon by half a wheel as the
“I didn’t know it was the last lap,” explained
Pauch in victory lane, “I was trying to give Ron
John a lane there and we rubbed coming off as we
both just went for it. I can’t say enough about
this Bicknell car, it works perfect no matter what
the surface does. Look, Ron John (Koczon) has a
brand new one and look what he is doing.”
Koczon grabbed the lead at the start from his
third starting spot and set a strong pace for the
competitors in the opening laps as he led Rich
Acolia, Dave Hunt and Mike Hendershot. Rick
Laubach and Mike Iles were advancing quickly, as
was 17th starting Pauch. By lap 10, Pauch was into
the top five behind Laubach, and the two moved
into second and third by the halfway mark.
With 12 laps to go, Laubach caught Koczon in
lapped traffic and the two raced side by side for
the lead with Pauch following right on their
bumper looking for a lane for himself. Laubach
actually led at the line several times only to
find Koczon race back around him into the lead.
With 5 laps to go, the battle continued as Laubach
changed to the outside groove in lapped traffic.
This move opened the door for Pauch on the very
bottom groove and he used it to capture second.
Pauch would pull even but Koczon had an answer
each time. On the final lap, they ran even around
the speedway. As they both moved around lapped
traffic in the final two turns Pauch finally got
the run he was looking for as the two drivers
rubbed nerf bars to the delight of the crowd.
Pauch won by half of a wheel ending a great bid by
Koczon. This victory is Pauch’s 6th in his last 7
tries. Laubach settled for third after a
great run, Mike Iles raced home in fourth followed
by Bobby Drayton.
Pauch won the final 8
match races en route to pocketing $850 for his
efforts in the Big Bang Bonanza Match Races. When
Sam Martz called Pauch out in only the third race,
it caught Pauch so much by surprise he had to put
on his helmet, as he figured he wouldn’t get
called out till near the end. Tim
Tanner Jr. brought the crowd to their collective
feet as he came the closest to knocking off Pauch
with a great last turn run which fell just short.
In the 25 lap URC Feature, Josh Weller won his
third career URC Sprint win, his first ever at New
Egypt. Weller led the whole event, but never by
more than about 5 car lengths while a battle royal
waged behind him for second thru tenth. In the end
Weller took the victory, holding off a late race
charge by Curt Micheal. Dave Ely finished third,
while former NES Modified stand out Mark Bitner
and Davey Simmons.
Next Saturday night,
July 9, New Egypt Speedway will be in action again
featuring a full card of Big-Block Modifieds,
Crate-1 Sportsman, Fastrak late Models, & the
Tri-State Racesavers 305 Sprint Cars. 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
Heat 1:. 1. Billy
Pauch 2. Rick Laubach 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Ron John
Koczon 5. Tad Cox 6. Willie Osmun
Heat 2: 1.
Tim Tanner Jr. 2. Rich Acolia 3. Sam Martz 4. Mike
Hendershot 5. Tom Carberry Sr. 6. John Stangle
Heat 3: 1. Dave Hunt 2. Richie Pratt Jr. 3. Bob
Drayton 4. Mike Iles 5. Matt Harrell 6. Gary
Consi: 1. David Van Horn 2. Frank Cozze
Jr 3. Mike McAleer 4. John Miloszar 5. Mike Franz
6. Brad Freeman 7. Ryan Forte 8. Randy Laird 9.
Pts. Provisional: John Salvatore
Fans Provisional: Jim Robertson
Rick Holsten, Tommy Farrell III, Stan Frankenfield
Jr., Rick Kuiken Jr., Wade Hendrickson, Danny Bouc
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Ron John
Koczon 3. Rick Laubach 4. Mike Iles 5. Bob Drayton
6. Mike Hendershot 7. Rich Acolia 8. Willie Osmun
9. Jimmy Horton 10. David Van Horn 11. Tim Tanner
Jr. 12. Gary Butler 13. Tom Carberry Sr. 14. Mike
McAleer 15. Sam Martz 16. Richie Pratt Jr. 17. Tad
Cox 18. Mike Franz 19. Dave Hunt 20. Jim Robertson
21. Ryan Forte 22. John Miloszar 23. Brad Freeman
24. Frank Cozze Jr. 25. Matt Harrell 26. Randy
Laird 27. John Salvatore Jr. 28. Jimmy Blewett
DNS: John Stangle
Heat 1: 1.
Mark Bitner 2. Dave Ely 3. Kramer Williamson 4.
Troy Betts 5. Randy West
Heat 2: 1. Josh Weller
2. J.J. Grasso 3. Curt Micheal 4. Tim Hogue 5.
Heat 3: 1. Art Liedl 2.
Jonathan Swanson 3. Davey Sammons 4. Becca
Anderson 5. Joe Zuzcek
Feature (25 Laps):
1. Josh Weller 2. Curt Micheal 3. Dave Ely 4. Mark
Bitner 5. Davey Sammons 6. J.J. Grasso 7. Robbie
Stillwaggon 8. Becca Anderson 9. Randy West 10.
Andy Best 11. Jason Clauss 12. Kramer Williamson
13. Tim Hogue 14. Jonathan Swanson 15. Art Liedl
16. Jimmy Stitzel 17. Scott Pursell 18. Joe Zuzcek
19. Troy Betts 20. Chris Weiss 21. Rory Janney 22.
David Miller 23. Jeff Fithian 24. Brynn Gohn