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Laubach and Cozze Sizzle in NES Dual Track Double

 

New Egypt, NJ (Aug. 20, 2008) – Rick Laubach of Quakertown, PA and Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA were red hot Wednesday at the New Egypt Speedway as they took top honors in the two 30 lap Garden State Dual Track Summer Sizzler events.  Laubach charged by Billy Pauch and race long leader Tim Tanner, Jr. over the final 3 laps to capture the make-up feature held over from July 5th in exciting fashion. The victory moved Laubach into the series point lead as he won for the third time in four events. Cozze then grabbed the nightcap as he out-dueled Keith Hoffman.

"This place is awesome, I love it here!" exclaimed a charged up Laubach in victory lane, "Folks that is great racing, I was having so much fun I wouldn’t have cared if I had finished third."  
 
Tim Tanner, Jr. brought the field down to the start of the make-up feature with Gary Hager, Laubach and Pauch all in tow. Tanner easily opened up on the field and showed that he was going to be tough to beat. Pauch worked his way into second by lap 6 and was able to stay with Tanner but could not find a solution to Tanner’s precision. Tanner remained flawless despite Pauch pulling alongside of him on numerous occasions as both carried their momentum around the high side of the speedway. The final 10 laps saw Laubach suddenly find that his car would work on the very bottom of the speedway. With just 6 laps remaining, Laubach brought the crowd to their feet as he pulled even with Pauch, both of whom were glued to Tanner’s rear bumper. Each lap saw Laubach gain a few more feet, getting second from Pauch on lap 26 and then executing the winning move by sliding up in front of Tanner with just two laps to go. Tanner made a bold move going into the third turn on the final lap, but fell just short as Laubach held on for the crowd pleasing victory.  Billy Pauch finished right on the top two’s bumper in third, Sam Martz who started in 20th charged home fourth while Keith Hoffman came from 14th to beat Jimmy Horton out for fifth on the final circuit.

In the regularly scheduled 30 lap feature, Keith Hoffman took command of the field at the onset and paced the field for the first 10 when Frank Cozze made a nicely executed move in turn one for the lead. Once in front, Cozze set sail however Hoffman kept pace with him as they were never separated by more than 4 car lengths. Following a yellow on lap 21 for Billy Pauch, who lost the rear and hit the frontstretch wall, Tanner and Laubach once again moved into contention as the raced third and fourth. The duo caught Hoffman over the final five laps, but were busy battling each other as Cozze masterfully took his second win of 2008 at NES, the 24th of his career.
 
“The track was terrific tonight, as it has been for the last month.”, stated a happy Cozze, “The conditions changed throughout the evening, but it stayed smooth, so you just have to work on your car to keep up with the surface. That is what dirt racing is all about. I am just happy to finally turn things around, we have been hurting ourselves lately and hopefully we are beginning to change our luck.”

The popular “Big Bang Bonanza” Modified Match races rained out on July 5th were back tonight and saw Billy Pauch win the last 7 straight races to win a total of $800. Pauch beat Frank Cozze in the final $500 to win race to cap off the event. Jimmy Horton pocketed $100 by winning the first two, before calling out Pauch for race #3.

Gary Butler of Phillipsburg, NJ picked up his first win of the year in the 20 lap A-1 Racing Products Sportsman division. The two time champ beat Tim Apgar to the finish followed by John Romano, Jr., Steve Schmidt, and Mike Howardson. 
 
This Saturday night, August 23, the A-1 Racing Products Sportsman will headline the card with the Modifieds racing leg six of the Dual Track series at the Bridgeport Speedway. Joining the Sportsman will be the Crate1 Sportsman, along with two features each for the Super Stocks, SS Sprints and the Outlaw Stocks. 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.
 
8/20/08 GARDEN STATE DUAL TRACK SUMMER SIZZLER RESULTS
 
MODIFIED RESULTS
Make-Up B-Main from 7/5: 1. Bob Drayton 2. Jimmy Chester 3. Chic Cossaboone 4. Sam Martz 5. Mike Hendershot 6. Tom Carberry 7. Jim Robertson 8. Ryan Godown

 

Modified Feature from 7/5 (30 laps): 1. Rick Laubach 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Billy Pauch 4. Sam Martz 5. Keith Hoffman 6. Jimmy Horton 7. Jimmy Chester 8. Tad Cox 9. Bob Drayton 10. Frank Cozze 11. Ryan Godown 12. Brian Godown 13. Ron John Koczon 14. Wade Hendrickson 15. Kenny Meisner 16. Jimmy Horton IV 17. Pat Wall 18. Mike Hendershot 19. Jim Robertson 20. Chic Cossaboone 21. Gary Hager 22. Dominick Buffalino 23. Tom Carberry 24. Darren McCaughey

 

1st Heat: 1. Ryan Godown 2. Pat Wall 3. Jimmy Chester 4. Jim Robertson 5. Stan Frankenfield Jr. 6. Sam Martz
2nd Heat: 1. Rick Laubach 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Jimmy Horton IV 4. Dominick Buffalino 5. Rick Holsten 6. Tad Cox
3rd Heat: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Frank Cozze 3. Tim Tanner Jr. 4. Keith Hoffman 5. Jimmy Horton 6. Bob Drayton
B-Main: 1. Brian Godown 2. Mark Forte Sr. 3. Rick Wegner 4. Randy Laird 5. Ron John Koczon 6. Gary Hager (Promoters Option: Mike Hendershot)

 

Feature (30 laps): 1. Frank Cozze 2. Keith Hoffman 3. Rick Laubach 4. Tim Tanner Jr. 5. Ryan Godown 6. Jimmy Chester 7. Jim Robertson 8. Wade Hendrickson 9. Dominck Buffalino 10. Jimmy Horton 11. Brian Godown 12. Tad Cox 13. Bob Drayton 14. Gary Hager 15. Sam Martz 16. Rick Holsten 17. Jimmy Horton IV 18. Mark Forte Sr. 19. Randy Laird 20. Mike Hendershot 21. Rick Wegner 22. Pat Wall 23. Billy Pauch 24. Stan Frankenfield Jr. 25. Ron John Koczon

 

DNQ: Brad Freeman, Marc Herman, Chic Cossaboone, Tom Carberry, Bill Paulmenn, Rich Scagliotta, Kenny Meisner, Darren McCaughey
 
SPORTSMAN RESULTS
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Gary Butler 2. Tim Apgar 3. John Romano Jr. 4. Steve Schmidt 5. Mike Howardson 6. Ray Woodall Jr. 7. Marc Herman 8. John Stangle 9. Lou Farina III 10. Chris Lane 11. Dan Waisempacher 12. Frank Cozze Jr. 13. Ryan Forte 14. Will Dupree 15. Clay Butler 16. Kevin Vaclavicek 17. Rich Scagliotta 18. Wayne Bechtel 19. Kenny Guyer 20. John McClelland 21. Willie Osmun 22. Rocco Infante