Where There’s a Pauch, There’s a Win at New Egypt

New Egypt, NJ (July 16, 2011) – Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ won his 99th feature of his career at the New Egypt Speedway Saturday night as he captured the 30 lap Modified main event sponsored by The Learning Well. Pauch picked his way to the front quickly and then used the last restart of the event with just two laps remaining to squeeze by a very strong David Van Horn and cruise home to his tenth win of the season.

“He was really quick and had a great line the whole race,” explained an excited Pauch in victory lane, “I almost knocked my right rear tire off when I bounced off the wall on the previous restart and I thought I was getting a flat. But on the last restart I was able to find a spot in the middle that had some grip and was able to get my left rear in it, I left him a lane but he was just spinning wheels.”

Jim Robertson and Dave Hunt brought the 28 car field to the start with Hunt grabbing the early lead. Hunt looked good early as the first year Modified driver lead the first 5 laps of the event. Ninth starting David Van Horn was the quick mover early as was up to fourth after just one lap and then grabbed second from Robertson on lap 4. One lap later he ran down Hunt and wasted no time as he blew by him on the outside for the lead on the sixth circuit. Once in front Van Horn showed his strength to everyone as he raced away from the field. Meanwhile, Pauch had been steadily climbing the ladder from 18th starting spot as he was in the top ten by lap 4 and was seventh when Van Horn took the lead. Lap nine saw Pauch pass a very fast Jimmy Horton for third and two laps later he slipped under Dave Hunt for the runner up position. One lap before halfway, Horton stopped in turn four with a blown engine giving Pauch one last double file restart. With his sights set squarely on Van Horn, DVH showed it was going to take a lot to catch him as he raced out to a sizeable advantage trailed at halfway by Pauch, Hunt, Wade Hendrickson and Ron John Koczon. Pauch closed back in and with 8 laps to go the duo approached the lapped car of Tommy Farrell III who was running in the all important outside groove that both the leaders were racing in. It appeared that this would force Van Horn out of his groove for the first time with Pauch ready to pounce, but at that moment the yellow appeared putting clear track back in front of the two. Van Horn seemed to have Pauch covered on the restart only to see the yellow come out again with 5 laps to go. Again DVH had Pauch covered and raced away on this restart expanding his lead to 5 car lengths when Pauch made contact with the turn two wall as he tried everything in his repertoire to pass the speedy Van Horn. However with just 2 laps remaining the final caution came on for fifth place Mike McAleer who had come to a stop in turn two, giving Pauch one final chance on the green-white-checkered restart. This time Pauch did not dive all the way to the inside rail but instead just to the middle lane as they charged into turn number one, finding a spot that still had some grip. The two leaders ran inches apart thru turn two and this time Pauch had the bite he needed to make the pass and charge into the lead. Once in front Pauch sped to career win number 99 by 4 car lengths over Van Horn who settled for runner-up honors. Hendrickson crossed the line in third, followed by Dave Hunt who did a 360 spin and kept going with two laps remaining to post his first career top five by finishing fourth and Ron John Koczon got back by Bobby Drayton on the final lap to grab fifth.

Rocco Infante of Robbinsville, NJ was the class of the field in the 20 lap Sportsman main event. The two-time defending champion started 18th, and raced into the lead passing leader Rich Rutski with five laps to go to post his second win of 2011. The win moves Infante into the all-time lead for career Sportsman wins with 23. Rutski raced home second trailed by Mike Butler, Ryan Beltz and Pat Wall.

Point leader John Carpenter of Howell, NJ won the Outlaw Stock feature for his fourth win of the season. Former champ Gary Klimeczak finished second while Jarrod Burdge posted his best finish in third. Billy Wroble and Mick Search rounded out the top five.

Next Saturday night, July 23, New Egypt Speedway & the GiveBack Foundation will present Legends Night. Over 40 legendary drivers will be on hand to sign autographs including Stan Ploski Jr., Ken Brenn Jr., Roger Laureno, Billy Osmun, Bobby Rossell, Carl Van Horn, Phil Meisner, Les Katona, Newt Hartman, Johnny Leach, Fritz Epright, & Tom Hager just to name a few along with former NES asphalt champs John Blewett Jr., Harold Dauncey and Tony Siscone. On the track, the legendary Billy Pauch will make his first attempt at milestone win number 100 at NES in a full card of Big-Block Modifieds. Joining the Modifieds on the card will be the Crate-1 Sportsman and the FASTRAK Late Models. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will also join in on the festivities. 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. David Van Horn 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Wade Hendrickson 4. Rick Holsten 5. Rick Laubach 6. Ron John Koczon
Heat 2: 1. Jim Robertson 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Willie Osmun 4. Billy Pauch 5. Mike Franz 6. Mike Hendershot
Heat 3: 1. Dave Hunt 2. Tad Cox 3. John McClelland 4. Rich Acolia 5. Gary Butler 6. Mike McAleer
Consi: 1. Bob Drayton 2. Richie Pratt Jr. 3. Frank Cozze Jr. 4. John Miloszar 5. Mike Mammana 6. Ryan Forte 7. Sam Martz 8. John Salvatore
Pts. Provisional: Dominick Buffalino
Fans Provisional: Tommy Farrell III

Feature (30 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. David Van Horn 3. Wade Henderickson 4. Dave Hunt 5. Ron John Koczon 6. Bob Drayton 7. Gary Butler 8. Willie Osmun 9. John McClelland 10. Richie Pratt Jr. 11. Rick Laubach 12. Sam Martz 13. Tim Tanner Jr. 14. Tad Cox 15. Mike Franz 16. John Salvatore Jr. 17. Tommy Farrell III 18. Frank Cozze Jr. 19. Mike McAleer 20. Dominick Buffalino 21. Ryan Forte 22. Jimmy Horton 23. Mike Mammana 24. John Miloszar 25. Rich Acolia 26. Jim Robertson 27. Mike Hendershot 28. Rick Holsten

DNQ: Randy Laird, Brad Freeman, Rich Kuiken Jr., Tom Carberry Sr., Stan Frankenfield Jr

Heat 1: 1. Tim Apgar 2. Joe Systo 3. Ryan Osborne 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Mike Butler 6. Bob Lineman Jr.
Heat 2: 1. Rocco Infante 2. Kyle Borror 3. Bill Liedtka 4. Rich Rutski 5. John Cornell III 6. Joe Funk
Heat 3: 1. Ryan Beltz 2. Pat Wall 3. Mike Howardson 4. Erik Renniger 5. Randy Yaple 6. DJ Ruppert
Consi: 1. Clay Butler 2. Brian Roemer 3. Danny Bouc 4. Paul Kline 5. Justin Hoffman 6. Alan Bleacher 7. Will Dupree 8. Richie Cass Sr.
Pts. Provisional: Kevin Vaclavicek

Feature (20 laps): 1. Rocco Infante 2. Rich Rutski 3. Mike Butler 4. Ryan Beltz 5. Pat Wall 6. Bob Lineman Jr. 7. Danny Bouc 8. Bill Liedtka 9. Paul Kline 10. Clay Butler 11. Justin Hoffman 12. Tim Apgar 13. DJ Ruppert 14. Joe Systo 15. Ryan Simmons 16. Alan Bleacher 17. Kyle Borror 18. Randy Yaple 19. Brian Roemer 20. Kevin Vaclavicek 21. Joe Funk 22. John Cornell III 23. Erik Renniger 24. Ryan Osborne 25. Mike Howardson

DNQ: Mike Lyons, Joe Dill, Walt Larsen, John Desmelyk, Jason Kosch, John Scarpati Jr., Wayne Bechtel

Heat 1: 1. Ken Snook 2. John Carpenter 3. Tom Wills 4. Jason Saredy 5. Kevin Bifulco 6. Mick Search
Heat 2: 1. Brian Ludwig 2. Doug Debray 3. Billy Wroble 4. Jarred Burdge 5. P.J. Oliver 6. Spider Ensinger Jr.
Consi: 1. Everett Taylor 2. Marty Derr 3. Herb Stout 4. Scott Dugan 5. Ray Posick 6. Darren Cox 7. Dennis Seely 8. Ed Tinsman

Feature (20 laps): 1. John Carpenter 2. Gary Klimeczak 3. Jarred Burdge 4. Billy Wroble 5. Mick Search 6. Doug Debray 7. Brian Ludwig 8. Kevin Bifulco 9. P.J. Oliver 10. Spider Ensinger Jr. 11. Marty Derr 12. Ken Snook 13. Bill Connolly 14. Dennis Seely 15. Jason Saredy 16. Scott Dugan 17. Herb Stout 18. Everett Taylor 19. Tom Wills 20. Ed Tinsman 21. Darren Cox 22. Tom Princiotta 23. Ray Posick 24. Jason Prater

DNQ: Brian Willetts, Jim Avery, Tony Klimeczak.