Pauch Jr. Notches Career First, Godown Wins Third at New Egypt

New Egypt, NJ (May 26, 2012)
– Billy Pauch, Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ & Ryan Godown of Ringoes, NJ split the Modified Twin 20 lap feature events at New Egypt Speedway Saturday night in the Memorial Day tribute to the Military sponsored by Joy Auto Parts. Pauch Jr. won his first career Modified feature at NES in the opening 20 lapper. Pauch Jr. passed race long leader Neal Williams in lapped traffic with one lap to go in what was a non-stop event  In the second 20 lap event, Godown continued his hot streak and padded his point lead by winning his third race of the year. Godown raced side by side with David Van Horn during the first half of the event before taking command and driving to the 17th victory of his career at the speedway.

“This feels great!!” exclaimed an excited but very matter of fact Pauch Jr., “This is such a great team and we are getting better every week. I just want to thank everyone for their support.” Godown echoed Pauch Jr’s words giving all the credit to his crew, “This team works really hard on this car and they have given me a great car every week. This win is for them.”

Neal Williams bolted to the lead of the first feature from outside the front row and quickly pulled away from the field with Mike McAleer the only car able to keep up the pace. Pauch Jr. started fifth and hooked up with Mike Iles as the duo raced hard to the front then waged a torrid battle for third. Once Pauch Jr. won that battle he then set his sites on McAleer and quickly ran him down and moved into second by halfway. Pauch Jr. was slowly reeling in Williams and when Williams hit lapped traffic with five laps remaining Pauch Jr. closed the gap quickly and began to challenge the leader. Over the next four laps Pauch Jr. kept pulling alongside of Williams on the outside in traffic only to have Williams surge back ahead. With the white flag flying Williams found himself boxed in on the bottom groove in turn four and Pauch Jr. raced by to lead for the first time in the event“. Williams got by the lapped car and made one last run at “the Kid’s kid” but Pauch Jr. was just too much winning by one car length at the checkered. Williams settled for a career best second, McAleer held of a persistent Mike Iles for third, Iles was forth with tenth starter Willie Osmun rounding out the top five.

In the second 20 lap feature, winner Pauch Jr. started 14th by virtue of picking the #14 inversion pill. This put David Van Horn and Richie Pratt Jr. on the front row with Van Horn powering into the lead at the drop of Terry Branson’s green flag. Point leader Ryan Godown and defending 5-time champ Billy Pauch had started on the second row and Godown wasted no time grabbing second on lap 3 before a rash of yellow flags and one red flag for a 7-car front stretch pile-up slowed the pace of the event to a crawl over the next two laps. No one was injured in the pile-up just before the flagger’s stand, however it was a very hard crash that found several cars severely damaged including Mike Iles, Keith Hoffman and Tommy Farrell who ended up upside down on top of the pile. The final yellow on lap five was for another hard crash in turn two which found first event winner Billy Pauch Jr. eliminated from the event. When the green finally came back out, the final 15 laps were run off non-stop as Godown and Van Horn had the crowd on their feet as they put on a classic side by side duel without touching, exchange the lead numerous times over the next 6 laps. Godown finally got under Van Horn and he then slid up and took Van Horn’s groove away and pulled away to a comfortable 8 car length lead which he would maintain to the checkered. Van Horn then had to contend with the senior Pauch, but was successful in holding him off to capture the runner-up position with Pauch crossing the line third. Neal Williams had a great run coming from 13th starting spot to finish fourth, despite running out of fuel at the finish line. However he came up 7 lbs. light at the scale and was disqualified. Richie Pratt finished in fourth and Sam Martz was fifth.

Mike Butler of Milford, NJ won his first ever feature event at New Egypt in the Sportsman 20 lap feature. Butler went wire to wire for the popular win, as he bested Kevin Vaclavicek by three car lengths. Will Dupree was third followed by Bob Lineman Jr. and Mike Hendershot.

Vern McLaughlin of Whitehouse Station, NJ won the 20 lap Outlaw Stock feature. It was his 8th career victory at NES, but his first of the year as he held off Doug Debray for the entire second half of the race. Debray settled for second followed by opening night winner John Carpenter, last week’s winner Bill Liedtka and Dan Collamer.

The HCI/SpikeNGO Rookie Sportsman feature event was won for the second straight week by Jesse Dill of Whiting, NJ. It was Dill’s 4th victory of the series. Lauren Emmons was second and Melissa Scarpati posted her best finish so far coming home third.

Next Saturday night, June 2, New Egypt Speedway presents Scout Night, as all scouts in uniform will be admitted for free. The racing will feature a full card of Big-Block Modifieds, Crate-1 Sportsman, FASTRAK Late Models, Tri-State Race Savers 305 Sprint Cars and the HCI/SpikeNGo 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.
1st Heat: 1. Neal Williams 2. Ryan Godown 3. Sam Martz 4. Rick Laubach 5. John McClelland 6. Mike McAleer
2nd Heat: 1. Rick Holsten 2. Mike Iles 3. Richie Pratt Jr. 4. Ron John Koczon 5. Tim Tanner Jr. 6. Jimmy Horton
3rd Heat: 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Willie Osmun 3. Tad Cox 4. Billy Pauch 5. Tommy Farrell III 6. David Van Horn
B-Main: 1. Dominick Buffalino 2. Danny Bouc 3. Bob Drayton 4. Sammy Piazza 5. Keith Hoffman 6. John Stangle
Points Provisional: Chris Grbac
Fans Provisional: Jimmy Blewett

1st Feature (20 Laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Neal Williams 3. Mike McAleer 4. Mike Iles 5. Willie Osmun 6. Sam Martz 7. Rick Holsten 8. Tim Tanner Jr. 9. Tad Cox 10. Ron John Koczon 11. Billy Pauch 12. Ryan Godown 13. Richie Pratt Jr. 14. David Van Horn 15. Jimmy Horton 16. Danny Bouc 17. Dominick Buffalino 18. Rick Laubach 19. Jimmy Blewett 20. Keith Hoffman 21. Tommy Farrell III 22. John McClelland 23. Bob Drayton 24. John Stangle 25. Chris Grbac 26. Sammy Piazza

2nd Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan Godown 2. David Van Horn 3. Billy Pauch 4. Richie Pratt Jr. 5. Sam Martz 6. Ron John Koczon 7. Danny Bouc 8. Rick Holsten 9. Tim Tanner Jr. 10. Bob Drayton 11. Jimmy Blewett 12. Willie Osmun 13. Rick Laubach 14. Chris Grbac 15. Sammy Piazza 16. John Stangle 17. Tad Cox 18. Billy Pauch Jr. 19. Jimmy Horton 20. Mike Iles 21. Dominick Buffalino 22. Tommy Farrell III 23. Mike McAleer 24. Keith Hoffman 25. John McClelland DQ: Neal Williams

DNQ: Johnny Guarino, John Pfeffer, Billy Lowden, Eric Kormann, Dave Witte, Randy Laird, Darren McCaughey, Doug Ostwald, Rich Acolia, Mark Forte, Ryan Forte
1st Heat: 1. Mike Howardson 2. Will Dupree 3. Rocco Infante 4. Johnny Cornell 5. Bob Lineman Jr. 6. Jim Housworth
2nd Heat: 1. Ebby Ridge 2. Gene Stravinsky 3. Randy Yaple 4. Brian Roemer 5. Chris Lane 6. Clay Butler
3rd Heat: 1. Mike Butler 2. Kevin Vaclavicek 3. Jeff Marcucci 4. Mike Hendershot 5. Chad Barney 6. DJ Ruppert
B-Main 1: 1. John Scarpati 2. Marc Herman 3. Tim Apgar
B-Main 2: 1. Joe Systo 2. Rich Rutski 3. Mike Lyons
Pts. Prov: Justin Hoffman

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mike Butler 2. Kevin Vaclavicek 3. Will Dupree 4. Bob Lineman Jr. 5. Mike Hendershot 6. Clay Butler 7. Mike Howardson 8. Johnny Cornell 9. Ebby Ridge 10. Mike Lyons 11. Gene Stravinsky 12. Chad Barney 13. Rocco Infante 14. Jeff Marcucci 15. Chris Lane 16. Rich Rutski 17. Randy Yaple 18. DJ Ruppert 19. Jim Housworth 20. Tim Apgar 21. Joe Systo 22. Justin Hoffman 23. Marc Herman 24. Brian Roemer 25. John Scarpati

DNQ: Ryan Simmons, Justin Hoffman, Wayne Bechtel, Marty Saxton, John Marini Jr., Joe Fredrick, Alan Bleacher, Jeremy Martino, Steve Davis, Chuck Steuer, Lauren Emmons, Melissa Scarpati, Jason Kosch, Jason Dunn, Robin McTighe
1st Heat: 1. Billy Wroble 2. Bill Liedtka 3. Gary Klimeczak 4. Rich Mongeau 5. Spider Ensinger Jr. 6. Tony Klimeczak
2nd Heat: 1. Jimmy Avery 2. Bill Connelly 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Dan Collamer 5. Lee Allen 6. Jason Saredy
3rd Heat: 1. Vern McLaughlin 2. Doug Debray 3. Tom Princiotta 4. Ron Freese 5. John Carpenter 6. Chris Allen Sr.
B Main 1: 1. Jarrod Burdge 2. Everett Taylor 3. Marty Derr 4. Don Chambers 5. Jason Prater 6. Todd Woodruff

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Vern McLaughlin 2. Doug Debray 3. John Carpenter 4. Bill Liedtka 5. Dan Collamer 6. Gary Klimeczek 7. Bill Connelly 8. Rich Mongeau 9. Chris Allen Sr. 10. Jason Saredy 11. Brian Ludwig 12. Ron Freese 13. Spider Ensinger Jr. 14. Jimmy Avery 15. Jason Prater 16. Don Chambers 17. Todd Woodruff 18. Lee Allen 19. Billy Wroble 20. Jarrod Burdge 21. Tom Princiotta 22. Tony Klimeczak 23. Everett Taylor 24. Marty Derr

DNQ: Tom Wills Jr., Earl Willetts, Dennis Seeley, Joe Reid, Mike Avery, Spider Ensinger Sr., Justin Moench, Kevin Bifulco, Ken Snook, Ed Tinsman
Feature (8 Laps): 1. Jesse Dill 2. Lauren Emmons 3. Melissa Scarpati 4. Scott Doty 5. Kimee Ling 6. Joe Fredrick