Hoffman & Grasso Share New Egypt Limelight


New Egypt, NJ (June 21, 2008) – Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA won his second event of the season Saturday night as he captured the 30 lap Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. Hoffman withstood the constant challenges of last week’s winner Frank Cozze to take top honors on C&M Auto Parts Night.
"This was my kind of race track tonight," Hoffman exclaimed in victory lane, "The track took rubber and slicked over during the URC feature and that just played right into our hands."


Hoffman wasted no time getting to the front from his sixth starting spot, grabbing the lead just 5 laps into the event. Tim Tanner, Jr. was also on the move early on, moving into second just on lap later from his tenth starting slot. These two drivers opened up a comfortable advantage on the rest of the field before a lap ten caution slowed the field.  On the restart Cozze grabbed third and made it a three car battle for the lead. Cozze finally wrestled the runner-up spot from tanner just after halfway, and the stage was set for a real showdown between these two former champions. Although Cozze stayed close and applied consistent pressure, he did not have enough for Hoffman on this night as Keith went on to win by 4 car lengths. Cozze continued his hot streak as he came home second. The battle everyone was watching over the final laps was for third between Tanner and Ron John Koczon. Koczon got the spot on the final lap after the two traded it on several occasions. Tanner settled for a hard earned fourth while Billy Pauch Jr. raced home fifth.


J.J. Grasso of Pedricktown, NJ claimed the third win of his young career in the Rislone URC Sprint Series 25 lap feature event, his second of 2008. All three of Grasso’s wins have come here at New Egypt Speedway, as he has now won 3 of the last 4 events held here at NES. Grasso started in fifth position, and charged by pole sitter and leader Chris Coyle on lap 8 to take the lead. Coyle dropped back to third, then made an apparent wing adjustment and flew back to challenge leader Grasso in lapped traffic. Coyle took the lead back on lap 18, only to watch Grasso fly back under him the following lap. The only yellow of the event flew with just 2 laps remaining when Coyle spun in turn two. This put former NES Modified standout Mark Bitner in second, but Grasso proved he was up to the challenge as he took the checkered just one car length in front of Bitner. Curt Michael came from 8th starting spot to finish an impressive third, followed by Davey Sammons and Joey Biasi.


In the Sportsman division John Stangle of Neshanic, NJ won his first career feature event at NES, holding off point leader Willie Osmun. Donnie Kline was third ahead 16th and 17th starters Gary Butler and Rocco Infante.


The Crate-1 Sportsman feature saw Richie Cass Sr. win for the third straight time as he bested Darrell Delnero and Rob Stump in the 12 lap event. The 15 lap Outlaw Stock feature saw Rich Mongeau win for the first time. Chris Pidgeon and Doug DeBray finished a close second and third.


In the Advantage Financial/Cradle Rock Developers Rookie Sportsman series, Bobby Sandt Jr. has turned it on late in the series as he won for the second straight week. Rob Stump, who has only won once, finished in second and took the series point lead with just one race remaining.  Two-time winner Gabe Fox was third. Just 6 points separate the top three drivers for the 2008 Rookie Championship with just one race to go.


Next Saturday night, June 28th, it will be Graduation Night at New Egypt Speedway sponsored by K & A Excavating and Agin Signs. Headlining the card will be the final event of the Advantage Financial/Cradle Rock Developers Rookie Sportsman series, a 12-lap double point affair. There will also be a full card of big-block Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stocks, SS Sprints and the first ever appearance of the Tobias Speedsters. As an added attraction, the rained out Super Stock feature from May 3rd will also be run. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with first green at 5:30 pm. For more information, call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net. 


1st Heat: 1. Frank Cozze 2. Mark Forte Jr. 3. Keith Hoffman 4. Rick Laubach 5. Stan Frankenfield 6. Mike Hendershot
2nd Heat: 1. Bill Paulmenn 2. Sam Martz 3. John Keller 4. Billy Pauch 5. Rich Rutski 6. John Miloszar
3rd Heat: 1. Ron John Koczon 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Tom Carberry 4. Dominick Buffalino 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Bob Drayton
B Main:  1. Tad Cox 2. Mike Krachun 3. Brian Godown 4. Kenny Meisner 5. Jim Robertson 6. Pat Wall


Feature (30 Laps):  1. Keith Hoffman 2. Frank Cozze 3. Ron John Koczon 4. Tim Tanner Jr. 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Mike Krachun 7. Bob Drayton 8. Rick Laubach 9. Billy Pauch 10. Pat Wall 11. Jim Robertson 12. Tom Carberry 13. Brian Godown 14. John Keller 15. Stan Frankenfield Jr. 16. Tad Cox 17. Bill Paulmenn 18. Dominick Buffalino 19. Sam Martz 20. John MIloszar 21.Kenny Meisner 22. Mike Hendershot 23. Rich Rutski 24. Mark Forte Jr.


DNQ:  John Salvatore Jr., Rick Wegner, Brad Freeman, Ricky Yetter, Anthony Moran, Art Lentini, Chris Grbac 
Rookie Feature (8 laps): 1. Bobby Sandt Jr. 2. Rob Stump 3. Gabe Fox 4. Chris Allen Jr. 5. Andy Visinski 6. Kevin Vaclavicek 7. Wayne Groover 8. Jim Housworth


1st Heat: 1. Danny Bouc 2. Rocco Infante 3. Mike Howardson 4. Rich Scagliotta 5. Lou Farina 6. Clay Butler
2nd Heat: 1. Ryan Forte 2. Gary Butler 3. Willie Osmun 4. Steve Schmidt 5. Frank Cozze Jr. 6. John McClelland
3rd Heat: 1. Donnie Kline 2. John Stangle 3. John Romano Jr. 4. Chad Barney 5. Chris Lane 6. Will Dupree

B Main: 1. Ray Woodall Jr. 2. Marc Herman 3. George Quinlan 4. Jeff Marcucci 5. Tim Apgar 6. Tommy Carberry (Pts. Prov. Dan Waisempacher)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. John Stangle 2. Willie Osmun 3. Donnie Kline 4. Gary Butler 5. Rocco Infante 6. Clay Butler 7. Mike Howardson 8. John McClelland 9. Ray Woodall Jr. 10. Steve Schmidt 11. Lou Farina 12. John Romano Jr. 13. Frank Cozze Jr. 14. Will Dupree 15. Chris Lane 16. Dan Waisempacher 17. Danny Bouc 18. Ryan Forte 19. Bobby Sandt Jr. 20. Tim Apgar 21. Chad Barney 22. Tommy Carberry Jr. 23. George Quinlan 24. Rich Scagliotta 25. Marc Herman 26. Jeff Marcucci


DNQ:  Chris Allen Jr., Andy Visinski, Joe Baumann, Alan Bleacher, Wayne Bechtel, Bob Hendershot, Kevin Vaclavicek, Everett Taylor, Robin McTighe, Wayne Groover  
1st Heat: 1. Chris Coyle 2. Davey Sammons 3. Dave Ely 4. Josh Weller 5. Scott Pursell 6. Ed Aikin
2nd Heat: 1. Joey Biasi 2. Mark Bitner 3. Brian Seidel 4. Trevor Lewis 5. Gary Gollub 6. Billy Pauch
3rd Heat: 1. Becca Anderson 2. JJ Grasso 3. Curt Michael 4. Jason Clauss 5. Robbie Stillwaggon 6. Kyle Purks
B-Main: 1. Kevin Welsh 2. Jamie Bodo 3. Randy West 4. Brett Schoenly 5. Chuck Palmucci 6. David Gravel


Feature (25 Laps): 1. JJ Grasso 2. Mark Bitner 3. Curt Michael 4. Davey Sammons 5. Joey Biasi 6. Josh Weller 7. Dave Ely 8. Brian Seidel 9. Robbie Stillwagon 10. Billy Pauch 11. Scott Pursell 12. Kevin Welsh 13. Brett Schoenly 14. Jamie Bodo 15. Ed Aiken 16. Chris Coyle 17. Rory Janne 18. Kyle Purks 19. Chuck Palmucci 20. David Gravel 21. Randy West 22. Jason Clauss 23. Trevor Lewis 24. Gary Gollub  DNS: Becca Anderson


DNQ: Mares Stellfox, Art Liedl, Dave Gable, Mike Kostic, Jim Walter, Howard Singer,  Jeff Fithian, Jimmy Reppert, Andy Hannula.
Feature (15 Laps): 1. Rich Mongeau 2. Chris Pidgeon 3. Doug Debray 4. Rich Smith 5. Gary Klimeczak 6. Whitey Miller 7. Dave Connolly 8. Rob Longo 9. Vern McLaughlin 10. Doug Bates 11. Spider Ensinger Jr. 12. Joe Cooley 13. Rick Latza 14. Goop Mondelli 15. Stu Paer 16. Al Bundy 17. Rob Redigan 18. Dan Collamer 19. Brian Ludwig 20. PJ Oliver 21. Chris Felber 22. Billy Wroble 23. Herb Stout 24. Frank D'Entremont 25. Scott Dugan 26. Ed Tinsman 27. Rich Reider DQ: Jeff Dirkes
Feature (12 Laps): 1. Richie Cass Sr. 2. Darrel Delnero 3. Rob Stump 4. Ron Barnstead 5. Bryan Papiez 6. Jon Haegle 7. Archie Myers 8. George Idell 9. Pat Hires 10. Jim Housworth 11. Gabe Fox 12. Lee Allen