posted May 27, 2001 06:41 PM
Pauch Perseveres In Only Show In Town At New Egypt
New Egypt, NJ (May 26) - With every other tri-state area track throwing in
the towel, New Egypt Speedway became an oasis in the middle of an all-green
radar screen, persevering through sporadic drizzle and a dismal forecast to
complete its scheduled Saturday program. Defending Modified champ Billy
Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, made off with the Venus Tile & Marble Medal of
Honor Memorial Day weekend event, beating rival Brian Weaver and Kenny
Brightbill for his fourth win of the year.
"I want to thank the crowd for roughing out the rain," Pauch stated in
victory lane. "This is probably the only track on the entire East Coast that
ran tonight, and my hat's off to the Grosso family for that. They hung in
there, and we really appreciate it."
In deference to the threatening weather, the scheduled Modified Medal of
Honor 50 was shortened to a 30-lapper, and Brian Weaver made the most of the
sprint, barreling from ninth to grab the point from Tom Carberry by lap 8.
The dynamic duo of Brightbill and Pauch, however, were hard on his heels,
until Pauch passed the both of them in one sweeping, guts-and-glory
high-side pass on lap 14. Weaver and Brightbill tried hard to topple Pauch,
but wound up ultimately battling each other for the bridesmaid slot. A
two-to-go caution couldn't pull Pauch from the pole, but Weaver was able to
snooker Brightbill for the place money. It was all Pauch at the line for his
33rd career win at New Egypt, with Weaver, Brightbill, Eddie Bohn and
invader Jimmy Horton in the Bill Hewlett #901 making it to the top five. The
victory put Pauch back on top of the track's lucrative point chase.
Ryan Godown of Ringoes, NJ, scored his third of the year in the 20-lap
Sportsman feature event. Last week's winner Matt Papiez ran a strong race
for second, with Chris Wasson, Stan Ploski III and early race leader Phil
Meisner Jr. completing the top five.
It was Waterford, NJ's Bill Gerber in the 15-lap Street Stock fray,
recording his first of the season. Gerber took the point after the top two
runners, George Quinlan and Rich Page II, eliminated each other on lap 10.
Division points leader Billy Bauer, Mario Page, Ralph Gargiulo and last
week's victor, Billy Bauma, trailed Gerber at the stripe.
The Herman's Trucking Lightning Lap Awards for fastest lap in a feature
event were won by Pauch (Mods, 17.966), Ryan Godown (Sportsman, 19.154) and
Bauer (Street Stock, 20.751).
As part of the track's Memorial Day weekend tribute, members of the Disabled
American Veterans Chapter #27 served as colorguard at the speedway and sold
forget-me-nots to benefit veterans' programs around the state.
Next week, it's Scout Night at New Egypt Speedway, with all Scouts in
uniform, ages 7-12, admitted free. Big-block Modifieds, Sportsman and Street
Stocks will all be in action, and Jake's Cree-mee Freeze of Millstone will
be giving out discount coupons to the fans and cash bonuses to select
Sportsman finishers. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m., with gates opening at 4
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.Bohn 2.Pauch 3.Hoffman 4.Adams 5.Dmuchowski 6.Velenger
2nd Heat: 1.Brightbill 2.Butler 3.Chester 4.Cozze 5.Carberry 6.R. Godown
3rd Heat: 1.Weaver 2.McCaughey 3.Grosso Jr. 4.Horton 5.Cox 6.Worthington
B Main: 1.Infante 2.Moss 3.Drayton 4.Radd 5.Hendershot 6.Taylor (Fan Prov:
Feature (30 laps):
1.Billy Pauch 2.Brian Weaver 3.Kenny Brightbill 4.Eddie Bohn 5.Jimmy Horton
6.Keith Hoffman 7.Mark Bitner 8.Tom Carberry 9.Ryan Godown 10.Fred
Dmuchowski 11.Donnie Radd 12.Bob Worthington 13.Darren McCaughey 14.Mike
Hendershot 15.Frank Cozze 16.Steve Moss 17.Phil Cox 18.Jimmy Chester 19.Bob
Drayton 20.Gary Butler 21.Lee Taylor Jr. 22.Art Adams 23.Rick Grosso Jr.
24.Rocco Infante 25.Gary Velenger
DNQ: Doug Ostwald, Sam Martz, Kenny Hammond, Larry McVay, Bob Bauma, Scott
VanGorder, Larry Archer, Tim Tanner Jr., Korey Keimig.
1st Heat: 1.Scagliotta 2.J. Papiez 3.Toth 4.Ploski III 5.Reed
2nd Heat: 1.Wasson 2.Kline 3.Swain 4.Beavers 5.Dixon
3rd Heat: 1.Kessler 2.B. Godown 3.Hoffman 4.M. Papiez 5.Fleming
4th Heat: 1.Meisner Jr. 2.R. Godown 3.Reutter Jr. 4.Ely 5.Pearson
1st B Main: 1.Kuiken 2.Stravinsky 3.Delnero 4.Marra Sr.
2nd B Main: 1.Lyons 2.Tomasko 3.Reid 4.Raisner
Feature (20 Laps):
1.Ryan Godown 2.Matt Papiez 3.Chris Wasson 4.Stan Ploski III 5.Phil Meisner
Jr. 6.Mike Lyons 7.Brian Godown 8.Jack Swain 9.Mike Toth 10.Donnie Kline
11.Scott Reid 12.Brian Pearson 13.Dave Hoffman 14.Gene Stravinsky 15.Brien
Ely 16.Mickey Kessler 17.John Dixon 18.Rick Raisner 19.Darrell Delnero
20.Tom Tomasko 21.Rich Scagliotta 22.Rick Beavers 23.Rich Kuiken 24.Paul
Marra Sr. 25.Larry Reed 26.Keith Fleming 27.Joe Papiez 28.Mike Reutter Jr.
DNQ: Chuck Flesch, Jeff Carpenter, Jeff Geiges, Joey Tinnes Jr., Mike
Fattori, Phil McCloughan, Kyle Morrison, Dave Wiszniewski, Christiaan Van
Schuyler, Bob Kaelin, Doug Stepanchuk, Doug Liedl, Doug Boyce, Anthony
Moran, Rob Schuster, Mike Mongiello III, Bruce Leote, **** Robbins, Keith
Foster, Dominick Buffalino.
1st Heat: 1.Cheney 2.M. Page 3.Conaway 4.Bauer 5.R. Page II 6.Melton
2nd Heat: 1.Quinlan 2.Gerber 3.Gargiulo 4.Whitehouse 5.Hewitt 6.Bauma
Feature (15 laps): 1.Bill Gerber 2.Billy Bauer 3.Mario Page 4.Ralph Gargiulo
5.Billy Bauma 6.Korey Fleming 7.Jim Hewitt 8.Rich Page II 9.Brian Nixon
10.George Quinlan 11.Robert Melton 12.Weldon Collier 13.Bill Miscoski
14.Joel Quick 15.Bryan Reed 16.Steve Barnes 17.Carol Whitehouse 18.Al Cheney
III 19.Pat Conaway
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