posted May 13, 2001 08:56 AM
Cozze And Michael Do Mom Proud At New Egypt
New Egypt, NJ (May 12) - Wind Gap, PA's Frank Cozze broke a three-race
string of second-place finishes to score in the Modified feature, while Sean
Michael of Allentown, PA, aced the 25-lap URC Sprint car event during New
Egypt Speedway's Mother's Day Bouquet on Saturday night, sponsored by
Flowers by Addalia.
"I've been to a lot of race tracks - almost every one on the East Coast --
and I don't know of any other track I've had more fun at," said the veteran
Cozze, who became the track's 23rd different Modified winner.
The 25-lap Modified fray was red-flagged on lap 7, with a four-car pileup in
turn 1 that eliminated the division's biggest threat, Billy Pauch. Cozze
shot from deep in the pack on the restart to show fourth by lap 9, third the
next tour. By lap 11, Cozze was second; he completed the lead pass, over
Mike Hendershot, three laps later, and cruised out front for his first New
Egypt victory. Keith Hoffman and Brian Weaver tussled right to the line for
second, finishing in that order. Hendershot and Rick Grosso Jr. completed
the top five.
Two-time URC Sprint champ Sean Michael used his track experience to overtake
novice Kevin Welsh on the white-flag lap and became the club's fifth
different winner in five events run this season. Welsh, in a great rookie
run, settled for second, with Mike Haggenbottom third, Matt Gerber fourth
and Greg Coverdale in fifth.
Matt Papiez of Belle Mead, NJ, charged past a strong Stan Ploski III with
two-to-go to score his first of the year in the 15-lap Sportsman feature
event. Ploski, Doug Liedl, division point leader Ryan Godown and Rich
Scagliotta followed Papiez at the finish line.
The 15-lap Street Stock feature event was won by Manville, NJ's Rich Page
Jr. for the second week in a row. Page held off a determined bid by Pat
Freiberger for the victory, with Pat Conaway, John Hewitt and Ralph Gargiulo
"The Tidal Wave" hasn't crested yet, as Dave Seip of Hightstown, NJ,
dominated the Mid-State Communications Rookie Sportsman series to ink his
fourth win in six tries.
The Herman's Trucking Lightning Lap Awards for fastest lap in a feature
event were won by Cozze (Mods, 20.150), Papiez (Sportsman, 19.166) and Page
(Street Stock, 22.016).
As part of the track's Mother's Day program, the first 400 Moms through the
gate received a caranation, courtesy of Flowers by Addalia, of Toms River
and Forked River, NJ.
Next week, it's Graduation Day for the Mid-State Communications Rookies.
They'll end their series with an extra distance/double point race on the
card with big-block Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. Racing starts at
5:45 p.m., with gates opening at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $13, children
7-12 are $4, and kids 6 and under are free. For more information, call the
track at (609) 758-1900.
1st Heat: 1.Adams 2.Moss 3.Martz 4.Grosso Jr. 5.Dmuchowski 6.Drayton
2nd Heat: 1.Weaver 2.Miloszar 3.Hoffman 4.Hendershot 5.Bitner 6.Worthington
3rd Heat: 1.Tanner Jr. 2.Pauch 3.Cozze 4.McCaughey 5.Bohn 6.Carberry
B Main: 1.Infante 2.Butler 3.Keimig 4.VanGorder 5.Koczon 6.Bauma (Fan Prov:
Feature (25 laps): 1.Frank Cozze 2.Keith Hoffman 3.Brian Weaver 4.Mike
Hendershot 5.Rick Grosso Jr. 6.Bob Worthington 7.Gary Butler 8.Mark Bitner
9.Tom Carberry 10.Fred Dmuchowski 11.Art Adams 12.John Miloszar 13.Eddie
Bohn 14.Tim Tanner Jr. 15.Rocco Infante 16.Ron John Koczon 17.Scott
VanGorder 18.Bob Bauma 19.Phil Cox 20.Korey Keimig 21.Steve Moss 22.Darren
McCaughey 23.Sam Martz 24.Billy Pauch 25.Bob Drayton
DNQ: Kenny Brightbill, Kenny Huchko, Kenny Hammond, Doug Ostwald, Tom
Hager, Donnie Radd, Larry McVay, Willie Osmun.
Rookie Feature (8 laps): 1.Dave Seip 2.Woolston 3.Beavers 4.J. Papiez
5.Weeks 6.McBride 7.Moran 8.Mennuti 9.Gorbatuk 10.Boyce 11.Raisner
12.Fattori 13.Van Schuyler 14.McTighe 15.Butler 16.Stepanchuk
1st Heat: 1.Morrison 2.Tomasko 3.D. Kline 4.Wasson 5.Toth 6.R. Godown
2nd Heat: 1.Buffalino 2.Scagliotta 3.McCloughan 4.D. Liedl 5.Geiges
3rd Heat: 1.Reutter Jr. 2.Swain 3.Singley 4.Ploski III 5.B. Godown 6.M.
Feature (15 Laps): 1.Matt Papiez 2.Stan Ploski III 3.Doug Liedl 4.Ryan
Godown 5.Rich Scagliotta 6.Scott Singley 7.Donnie Kline 8.Chuck Flesch
9.Jack Swain 10.Jeff Carpenter 11.Larry Archer 12.Paul Marra Sr. 13.Phil
McCloughan 14.Keith Fleming 15.J.C. Mears 16.Jeff Geiges 17.Mike Toth
18.Brian Pearson 19.Gene Stravinsky 20.Kyle Morrison 21.Dave Hoffman
22.Dominick Buffalino 23.Chris Wasson 24.Tom Tomasko 25.Keith Foster 26.Dave
Seip 27.Phil Meisner Jr. 28.Mike Reutter Jr. 29.Brian Godown
DNQ: Dave Woolston, Rick Beavers, Joe Papiez, Andy Weeks, Pat McBride,
Anthony Moran, Jim Mennuti, Dave Gorbatuk, Doug Boyce, Rick Raisner, Mike
Fattori, Christiaan Van Schuyler, Rich McTighe, Scott Butler, Doug
Stepanchuk, John McClelland, Rich Kuiken, Bruce Leote, Steve Ramsey, Mike
Mongiello III, Jeff Parker, Joe Szwed.
1st Heat: 1.Cheney III 2.Fleming 3.Conaway 4.Roveda 5.Berardi 6.Bubeck
2nd Heat: 1.Freiberger 2.Melton 3.R. Page 4.Jn. Hewitt 5.Jm. Hewitt 6.Gerber
3rd Heat: 1.Bauma 2.Quinlan 3.Gargiulo 4.Unfried 5.Bauer 6.Guker III
Feature (15 laps):1.Rich Page Jr. 2.Pat Freiberger 3.Pat Conaway 4.John
Hewitt 5.Ralph Gargiulo 6.Billy Bauma 7.Bill Gerber 8.George Unfried 9.Larry
Bubeck 10.Evan Berardi 11.Billy Bauer 12.Jim Hewitt 13.Brian Nixon 14.Weldon
Collier 15.Jake Roveda 16.Mario Page 17.Bill Miscoski 18.Tim Apgar 19.George
Quinlan 20.Al Cheney III 21.Robert Melton 22.Allen Hurley 23.Blair Guker III
24.Joel Quick 25.Kory Fleming.DNS: Brian Wagner
DNQ: Allen Hurley, Steve Barnes.
URC SPRINT CARS
1st Heat: 1.Seidel 2.T. Hogue 3.McGough 4.Kostic 5.Gerber
2nd Heat: 1.Lewis 2.Borger 3.Coverdale 4.S. Michael 5.Pursell
3rd Heat: 1.Green 2.Welsh 3.Jm. Martin 4.Emery 5.Martocci
4th Heat : 1.Ross 2.Case 3.Brian 4.Eldreth 5.Rittenhouse
C Main: 1.Hogue 2.Ennis 3.Haggenbottom 4.Massey
B Main: 1.Haggenbottom 2.Suprick 3.Massey 4.Coyle
Feature (25 laps): 1.Sean Michael 2.Kevin Welsh 3.Matt Gerber 4.Mike
Haggenbottom 5.Greg Coverdale 6.Chris Coyle 7.Brian Seidel 8.Dave McGough
9.George Suprick 10.Doug Emery 11.Jimmy Martin 12.Sam Ross 13.Tim Hogue
14.Doug Borger 15.Todd Rittenhouse Jr. 16.Tommy Martocci 17.Mike Kostic
18.Pete Green 19.Danny Massey 20.Bill Brian Jr. 21.Scott Pursell 22.Jon
Eldreth 23.Trevor Lewis 24.Bill Case
DNQ: Fran Hogue, Donnie Ennis, Midge Miller, Ian Borden, Jeff Rohrbaugh,
Jeremy Trout, John Barnett Jr., Jeff Busby, Deric Parker, Ray Staats, Jason
Clauss, Rick Hart, Don Smith, Adam Gordon, Brett Romano, Junior Martin,