is The Master at New Egypt, Wins Career First
New Egypt, NJ (Aug.
9, 2008) – Ken
Meisner of Chesterfield, NJ won his first ever Big-Block Modified
feature of his career Saturday night at New Egypt Speedway. Meisner
was flawless as he took the lead on lap two and then held off two
former champions over the final 10 laps to post the popular victory on
Burnett-Wegner Racing Engines night.
start of the 30 lap affair saw Jim Robertson jump out in front quickly
with Meisner using a great inside move to grab the second position
from his fourth starting spot. A red flag on lap 2 abruptly halted the
action when a chain reaction on the backstretch set off a violent 12
car pile-up. The aftermath found Tim Tanner’s car perched on its
side on top of a pile which consisted of, among others, John Keller,
Keith Hoffman, Dominick Buffalino, Billy Pauch, Rich Rutski and Stan
Frankenfield. Keller required medical attention and was transported to
the hospital to be checked over for possible injuries. The crash took
extra time to clean up and saw all but three cars return to action;
some after quick, but extensive, pit work. When the race finally got
back to green, Meisner wasted no time as he took the lead from a fast
Robertson and paced the field. Frank Cozze was on the move at this
point and was in a spirited battle with Sam Martz for third when the
two made contact resulting in Martz hitting the wall and Cozze being
penalized to the rear of the field. Meisner continued to set a fast
pace as now all eyes were focused on the hard charging pair of Brian
Godown and Mike Krachun, who had started 21st and 25th respectively,
and were now both in the top four. Krachun took over second by lap 10
while Godown and Robertson waged the battle for third. At halfway
Pauch and Cozze both re-entered the picture and they wasted no time
moving thru the top five and setting their sights on Meisner. Over the
final 10 circuits the two applied constant pressure with Pauch pulling
out all the stops and actually getting alongside of Meisner on
numerous occasions, but this was Meisner’s night as the young driver
hit all of his marks each and every lap beating Pauch by one car
length to win his first Big-Block Modified feature ever. Pauch crossed
the line second but was disqualified after the race for not going
directly to technical inspection following the event pursuant to NES
rules. This put Cozze officially second finishing off a long comeback.
Mike Krachun ended an incredible run in third after being added to the
field as the points provisional, Jim Robertson was fast all night long
and came home fourth and Brian Godown continued his hot hand passing
16 cars to post his fifth top five in the last 8 weeks.
A-1 Racing Products Sportsman 20 lap feature event turned out to be a
barnburner as well when the top two all-time Sportsman feature winners
hooked up in a crowd pleasing duel. Willie Osmun of Bloomsbury, NJ
passed race long leader Rich Scagliotta on the outside of the final
turn to post his third victory of the season, his first since week #3.
The victory, the 18th of his career, allowed Osmun to pad his point
lead which was already 45 points when the night began. Two-time winner
Scagliotta settled for second trailed by Gary Butler, Lou Farina and
Bauer of Flemington, NJ impressed the crowd as he raced to the 22nd
win of his career, his second of the year, holding off point leader
Todd Cray over the second half of the event. Cray was second followed
by Shawn McCaughey who returned to racing for the first time in two
years and posted an extraordinary third place finish. Kory Fleming and
Bill Liedtka rounded out the top five.
20 lap SS Sprint feature saw URC Sprint and former Modified standout
Mark Bitner of Allentown, NJ win the first of SS Sprint race of his
career. Bitner inherited the lead with 6 laps to go when race long
leader Lee Taylor, Jr. jumped the wheel of a lapped car and flipped
wildly in turn three. Chasing Bitner across the finish line were John
Romano, Jr., Ian Borden, point leader Art Leidl and last week’s
winner Bryan Kuhl.
15-lap Outlaw stock feature was won for the second straight week by
former Wall Twp. Speedway champion Vern McLaughlin. McLaughlin was yet
another driver who used a final turn pass this night, using lapped
traffic to his advantage to beat defending champ Gary Klimeczak by
half of a car length. Dan Collamer rebounded from a first lap spin
coming from the rear of the 25 car field to finish third.
the Burnett-Wegner Racing Engines Powder Puff races, the five division
winners were Debbie Gastelu (Outlaw Stocks), Heidi Schaeffer (Super
Stocks), Terri Hoopes (Sportsman), Kelly Idell (Crate-1) and Katie
Next Saturday night, August 16th, it will be Vespia Tire and Auto Care
Center presenting their annual Pit Crew Challenge along with the ARDC
Midgets at New Egypt Speedway. Joining the traveling Midget series
will be the Big-Block Modifieds, the A1 Racing Products Sportsman,
Super Stocks & Crate-1 Sportsman. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m.
with the first green at 6:00 pm.
Remember to mark your calendars for Wednesday night Aug. 20th as the
4th AND 5th leg of the New Egypt/Bridgeport Dual Track Series will
take place at New Egypt Speedway. That’s right, not one but two 40
lap Garden State Dual Track Series events will be run that night as
the program will begin with the make-up B Main and Dual Track feature
event rained out on July 5th after qualifying heats had been run. Also
being made up will be the very popular Modified Match races which also
fell victim to the weather on July 5th. A Sportsman Invitational race
is also on tap for this evening. For more information, call the
speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to
1st Heat: 1. Jim Robertson 2. Kenny Meisner 3. Rick Laubach 4. Stan
Frankenfield Jr. 5. Sam Martz 6. Tim Tanner
2nd Heat: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Rick Wegner 3. Frank Cozze 4. Ron John
Koczon 5. Mike Hendershot 6. Keith Hoffman
3rd Heat: 1. Dominick Buffalino 2. Rich Rutski 3. Ricky Yetter 4. John
Keller 5. Tad Cox 6. Pat Wall
B-Main: 1. Tom Carberry 2. Mark Forte Jr. 3. Brian Godown 4. Keith
Fleming 5. Korey Keimig 6. Bob Drayton (Pts Prov: Mike Krachun)
Rick Holsten, John Salvatore Jr., Randy Laird, Dave Stonebraker, Bill
Paulmenn, John Miloszar, Ken Carberry, Bobby Sandt Jr., Chris Grbac
(30 Laps): 1. Kenny Meisner 2. Frank Cozze 3. Mike Krachun 4. Jim
Robertson 5. Brian Godown 6. Tom Carberry 7. Mark Forte Jr. 8. Ron
John Koczon 9. Bob Drayton 10. Keith Hoffman 11. Tad Cox 12. Keith
Fleming 13. Ricky Yetter 14. Rick Laubach 15. Tim Tanner Jr. 16. Rick
Wegner 17. Pat Wall 18. Stan Frankenfield Jr. 19. Sam Martz 20. Korey
Keimig 21. Dominick Buffalino 22. Mike Hendershot 23. John Keller 24.
Rich Rutski DQ: Billy Pauch
A-1 RACING PRODUCTS SPORTSMAN RESULTS
1st Heat: 1. Rich Scagliotta 2. Frank Cozze Jr. 3. Bob Hendershot 4.
John Stangle 5. John McClelland 6. John Romano Jr.
2nd Heat: 1. Lou Farina 2. Gary Butler 3. Chris Lane 4. Mike Howardson
5. Randy Yaple 6. Tommy Carberry Jr.
3rd Heat: 1. Will Dupree 2. Dan Waisempacher 3. Ryan Forte 4. Kevin
Vaclavicek 5. Danny Bouc 6. Clay Butler
B-Main: 1. Willie Osmun 2. Steve Schmidt 3. Chris Allen Jr., 4. Jeff
Geiges 5. Rocco Infante 6. Wayne Bechtel (Pts. Prov: Marc Herman)
Ray Woodall Jr., Darrel Delnero, Joe Baumann, Robin McTighe, Scott
Cranston, Everett Taylor, Glenn Pyatt, Jeff Marcucci, Alan Bleacher,
Chad Barney, Joe Systo
(20 Laps): 1. Willie Osmun 2. Rich Scagliotta 3. Gary Butler 4. Lou
Farina III 5. Mike Howardson 6. John Romano Jr. 7. Kevin Vaclavicek 8.
Danny Bouc 9. John McClelland 10. Rocco Infante 11. Will Dupree 12.
John Stangle 13. Clay Butler 14. Chris Lane 15. Frank Cozze Jr. 16.
Steve Schmidt 17. Dan Waisempacher 18. Ryan Forte 19. Randy Yaple 20.
Jeff Geiges 21. Marc Herman 22. Chris Allen Jr. 23. Wayne Bechtel 24.
Bob Hendershot 25. Tommy Carberry Jr.
SUPER STOCK RESULTS
Timed-Dashes: 1. George Marrero 21.309 2. Jason Bubeck 21.385 3. Mick
Search 21.521 4. Shawn McCaughey 21.864 5. Don Shipley 21.952 6. Pete
Fogarty 22.073 7. George Quinlan 22.222 8. Billy Bauer 22.238
(20 Laps): 1. Billy Bauer 2. Todd Cray 3. Shawn McCaughey 4. Kory
Fleming 5. Bill Liedtka 6. George Quinlan 7. George Marrero 8. Jason
Bubeck 9. Kenny Guyer 10. Kevin Bifulco 11. Al Burdge 12. Bob Vaccaro
13. Pete Fogarty 14. Marty Derr 15. Tony Giglio 16. Don Shipley 17.
Harry Schaefer 18. Kenny Hammond 19. Charlie Gunner 20. Jesse
McLaughlin 21. Mick Search DNS: Chris Kramer
SS SPRINT RESULTS
Timed-Dashes: 1. Art Liedl 17.435 2. Ed Hughes 17.562 3. John Romano
Jr. 17.667 4. Mark Bitner 17.695 5. Tom Wyckoff 17.773 6. Bryan Kuhl
(15 Laps): 1. Mark Bitner 2. John Romano Jr. 3. Ian Borden 4. Art
Liedl 5. Bryan Kuhl 6. Tom Wyckoff 7. Dan Biggs 8. David Martin 9. Ed
Hughes 10. Rick Cozze 11. Tom Tomasko 12. Ken Buckley 13. Jim
Hoelterling 14. Lee Taylor Jr 15. Robert Liedl
OUTLAW STOCK RESULTS
Feature (10 Laps): 1. Vern McLaughlin 2. Gary Klimeczak 3. Dan
Collamer 4. Doug Bates 5. Spider Ensinger Jr. 6. Brian Ludwig 7. Rich
Mongeau 8. Whitey Miller 9. Spider Ensinger Sr. 10. Rich Smith 11.
Doug Debray 12. Goop Mondelli 13. Billy Wroble 14. P.J. Oliver 15.
Chris Pidgeon 16. Rob Longo 17. Stu Paer 18. Jay Bundy 19. Jason
Saredy 20. Mike Biello 21. Scott Dugan 22. Frank D'Entremont 23. Ed
Tinsman 24. Eric Ludwig 25. Tom Princiotta DNS: Rick Latza
POWDER PUFF RESULTS
Modified: Katie Lyons
Stocks: Heidi Schaeffer
Stock: Debbie Gastelu
Crate 1: Kelly Idell