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 sparks flew.

“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 www.newegyptspeedway.net.


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 Butler
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. Jimmy Blewett
Pts. Provisional: John Salvatore Jr.
Fans Provisional: Jim Robertson

DNQ: 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. Robbie Stillwaggon
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