Butler Remains Red-hot at New Egypt


New Egypt, NJ (Aug. 23, 2008) – Gary Butler of Phillipsburg, NJ remained red-hot on Saturday as he was able to capture his second A-1 Racing Products Sportsman feature of the season on Lawrence Collision Night. Butler’s first win of the season came just three days prior during Wednesday night’s Garden State Dual Track Summer Sizzler program.


The big block modifieds had the night off at New Egypt as they traveled to South Jersey to compete in the sixth leg of the Garden State Dual Track Series at the Bridgeport Speedway. With three make-up features on the agenda, there was still plenty of action that took place at the Plumsted, NJ oval. Saturday’s racing card saw eight features run with eight different winners claiming victory by night’s end.

Ray Woodall Jr. jumped into the lead on the initial green flag but his stay in the top spot was very short-lived as Donnie Kline blasted into the lead by lap 3. Kline, who’s only sportsman win came back in 2001, looked like his 7-year drought was going to finally end as his No. 1 seemed to be the car to beat. Second place points man Rocco Infante applied heavy pressure to the leader for 10 straight laps, however Kline was up to all of his challenges. 
Meanwhile, Butler’s No. 00 was steadily moving through the field as he moved into the runner-up spot on lap 15. With two laps remaining Butler completed the winning pass on Kline as he drove to his 10th career sportsman victory. Donnie Kline’s fine second place finish was negated as his car came up sixteen pounds light at the post-race weigh in. Infante was credited with second. Frank Cozze Jr. had an impressive run coming home in third. Rounding out the top 5 were John McClelland and Rich Scagliotta.

There were two features for the Super Stock division which saw Mick Search of Allentown, NJ and Todd Cray of Trenton, NJ adding to their career win totals. In the first 20-lap affair it was Search who found the fast way around the speedway using the high side as he moved into the lead on lap 5 around Tony Giglio. Soon after Search was able to take control of first place the No. 99 of Todd Cray worked his way into the second position, however Search had checked out as he went on to record his sixth career victory. Cray settled for second while Kory Fleming, Shawn McCaughey, and George Quinlan rounded out the top 5.

In the Super Stock nightcap it was defending track champion Quinlan and current point leader Cray who put on a last lap crowd-pleasing finish. Quinlan was able to unseat race leader George Marrero on lap 7 and soon checked out of sight from the rest of the field. As Quinlan opened up his lead it was Todd Cray who closed the gap each and every lap on Marrero and Quinlan. By lap 15 Cray was now in second with his sights set on the No. 10 of Quinlan. With the white flag waving Cray had his target right in front of him and then used a last turn/last lap pass to take the win by .074 seconds. Rounding out the top 5 were Marrero, a fast and hard charging Billy Bauer, and Bill Liedtka.

The SS Sprint division saw Rick Cozze of Easton, Pa and Tom Wyckoff of Allentown, NJ were both victorious in the two 20-lap events. It was the second win of the season for Cozze as he crossed the finish line ahead of John Romano Jr. and Art Liedl. In the regularly scheduled 20 lapper it was Wyckoff in for his first win of 2008. Romano once again finished in the runner-up slot as he cut into four-time and defending track champion Art Liedl’s point lead. Ed Hughes came home in third place. Bryan Kuhl, Dan Biggs and Lee Taylor were victims of hard crashes during the first feature. Long-time SS Sprint competitor David Martin made only his second start of 2008 as he drove to two fifth place finishes behind the wheel of the Sinabaldi No. 9G.


Redemption might be the word used to describe the Crate-1 20-lap race. Pat Hires of Levittown, Pa drove to his second straight victory. Only this time he was able to keep the win. Hires and second place finisher Jon Haegele were both disqualified on Aug 16 for carburetor infractions. Hires led the entire distance as Haegele followed his every move while finishing second. Point leader Richie Cass crossed the line in third while teammates Rob Stump and George Idell Jr. rounded out the top 5.

The Outlaw Stocks started the 12-race program and finished it as well. Dan Collamer or Waretown, NJ and Rich Mongeau of Brick, NJ were the victors in the two 15-lap races. Former Wall competitor Collamer, who has been getting faster each week, finally pulled his No. 42 in victory lane in the held-over feature. Following him across the line were Mongeau and Vern McLaughlin. The second race found point-leader Mongeau taking his second checkered of the season. Bill Connolly drove to his best finish of the year as he finished second with Brian Ludwig coming home in third.

Next Saturday night, August 30th, the popular URC Sprints will make their fourth appearance at New Egypt Speedway sponsored by Bitner Automotive and Jasper Engines. The racing will feature a full card of URC Sprints, big-block Modifieds, A-1 Sportsman, along with the Crate-1 division and the Outlaw Stocks. 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. John McClelland 2. Donnie Kline 3. Frank Cozze Jr. 4. Clay Butler 5. Steve Schmidt 6. Glenn Pyatt

2nd Heat: 1. Lou Farina III 2. Marc Herman 3. John Romano Jr. 4. Ryan Forte 5. Rich Scagliotta 6. Kevin Vaclavicek

3rd Heat: 1. Gary Butler 2. Rocco Infante 3. Ray Woodall Jr. 4. Willie Osmun 5. Mike Howardson 6. Dan Waisempacher

B-main: 1. John Stangle 2. Chris Lane 3. Jeff Geiges 4. Chad Barney 5. Chris Allen Jr.  6. Joe Systo


Feature (20 laps):1. Gary Butler 2. Rocco Infante 3. Frank Cozze Jr. 4. John McClelland 5. Rich Scagliotta 6. Ray Woodall Jr. 7. Steve Schmidt 8. Clay Butler 9. John Romano Jr. 10. Marc Herman 11. Jeff Geiges 12. Dan Waisempacher 13. Glenn Pyatt 14. Ryan Forte 15. Kevin Vaclavicek 16. Willie Osmun 17. Chris Lane 18. Chad Barney 19. Mike Howardson 20. Joe Systo 21. John Stangle 22. Lou Farina III 23. Chris Allen Jr. DQ: Donnie Kline



Feature (15 laps): 1. Pat Hires 2. John Haegele 3. Richie Cass Sr. 4. Rob Stump 5. George Idell 6. Ron Barnstead 7. Gabe Fox 8. Rich Steele 9. Bryan Papiez 10. Tom Raneri 11. Lee Allen 12. Darrell Delnero



Makeup Feature (20 laps): 1. Mick Search 2. Todd Cray 3. Kory Fleming 4. Shawn McCaughey 5. George Quinlan 6. Jason Bubeck 7. Bill Liedtka 8. Kenny Guyer 9. George Marrero 10. Tony Giglio 11. Pete Fogarty 12. Don Shipley 13. Harry Schaefer 14. Jesse McLaughlin 15. Al Burdge 16. Billy Bauer 17. Kenny Hammond 18. Marty Derr 19. Herb Stout 20. Kevin Bifulco 21. Bob Vacarro 22. Charlie Gunner 23. Norm Saxton


Fastest Qualifiers: 1. Mick Search (20.020) 2. Todd Cray (20.788) 3. George Marrero (21.067)


Regular Feature (20 laps): 1. Todd Cray 2. George Quinlan 3. George Marrero 4. Billy Bauer 5. Bill Liedtka 6. Shawn McCaughey 7. Jason Bubeck 8. Kory Fleming 9. Mick Search 10. Pete Fogarty 11. Tony Giglio 12. Kenny Guyer 13. Bob Vacarro 14. Harry Schaefer 15. Al Burdge 16. Marty Derr 17. Charlie Gunner 18. Herb Stout 19. Don Shipley 20. Kenny Hammond  21. Jesse McLaughlin



Makeup Feature (20 laps): 1. Rick Cozze 2. John Romano Jr. 3. Art Leidl 4. Tom Wyckoff 5. David Martin 6. Tom Tomasko 7. Robert Leidl 8. Lee Taylor Jr. 9. Ian Borden 10. Frankie Smith 11. Jim Hoelterling 12. Ed Hughes 13. Rob Morris 14. Dan Biggs 15. Bryan Kuhl 16. Ken Buckley


Fastest Qualifiers: 1. John Romano Jr. (18.198) 2. Art Leidl (18.207) 3. Ed Hughes (18.257)


Regular Feature (20 laps): 1. Tom Wyckoff 2. John Romano Jr. 3. Ed Hughes 4. Tom Tomasko 5. David Martin 6. Ronert Leidl 7. Ian Borden 8. Bryan Kuhl 9. Frankie Smith 10. Art Leidl 11. Jim Hoelterling 12. Rick Cozze 13. Rob Morris



Makeup Feature (15 laps): 1. Dan Collamer 2. Rich Mongeau 3. Vern McLaughlin 4. Spider Ensinger Jr. 5. Brian Ludwig 6. Jason Saredy 7. Bill Connolly 8. Scott Dugan 9. Spider Ensinger Sr. 10. Doug Debray 11. Billy Wroble 12. Whitey Miller 13. Stu Paer 14. Jay Bundy 15. Rich Smith III 16. Ray Farrel 17. P.J. Olver 18. Tony Klimczak 19. Frank D'Entremont 20. Richie Cass Jr. 21. Jason Dooley 22. Rick Latza 23. Ed Tinsman 24. Tony Klimczak 25. Herb Stout DNS: Doug Bates


Regular Feature (15 laps): 1. Rich Mongeau 2. Bill Connolly 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Rich Smith 5. Spider Ensinger Sr. 6. Don Collamer 7. Whitey Miller 8. Doug Debray 9. Doug Bates 10. P.J. Oliver 11. Tony Klimczak 12. Scott Dugan 13. Ray Farrel 14. Spider Ensinger Jr. 15. Ed Tinsman 16. Jay Bundy 17. Jason Dooley 18. Paul Hartwig 19. Vern McLaughlin 20. Hernb Stout 21. Stu Paer 22. Billy Wroble 23. Jason Saredy 24. Richie Cass Jr.