Pauch Wins The War And The Battle New Egypt, NJ (Sept 25) -- In a night filled with surprises in all classes, Billy Pauch pulled the biggest stunner: the Frenchtown, NJ flyer made up 65 points on arch rival Kenny Brightbill, the division ...
Pauch Wins The War And The Battle
New Egypt, NJ (Sept 25) -- In a night filled with surprises in all classes, Billy Pauch pulled the biggest stunner: the Frenchtown, NJ flyer made up 65 points on arch rival Kenny Brightbill, the division point leader since June, to clinch the $10,000 Modified championship Saturday at New Egypt Speedway. Pauch did the deed by scoring his seventh win in his last eight Modified starts, while point leader Brightbill was crashed out of the race on lap 11. It was the only time Brightbill failed to finish an event all season.
Tom Hager led the 24-car Modified field before Rick Grosso Jr. pulled out to the point. Pauch had powered from 17th to fourth when Brightbill’s Tabloid Graphics #19 was slammed into the fourth-turn barrier tire and was done for the night. Pauch picked his way into the front easily from that point on, coming in for his 13th Modified win of 1999 and a stunning championship upset by a mere five points. Tom Carberry claimed second after a strong Grosso Jr. coasted across the line in third with an expired engine. Hager and Tim Tanner Jr. completed the top five. An emotional Pauch dedicated the night to his former teammate Kevin Gobrecht, who was killed in an Outlaw Sprint car accident on Friday at Eagle Raceway, Nebraska.
East Windsor, NJ’s Larry Archer passed Jack Swain with seven laps remaining to capture his third victory of the year in the Sportsman class. Swain, Jimmy Harris, Rocco Infante and Rich Scagliotta followed Archer to the line. Ironically, the hotly contested $3,000 Sportsman championship was decided in the pits: contenders Bob Worthington and Keith Brightbill both retired early from the event, with Worthington holding onto the title by 16 points.
In a chaotic Street Stock feature, the top two in the $1,500 point chase, Billy Bauer and Ralph Gargiulo, were blackflagged to the pits; Pat Conaway capitalized on their misfortune to grab the division championship. Bill Gerber won the battle this night, his first of the year. Al Cheney III, Carol Whitehouse, Richie Byrne and George Quinlan followed Gerber to the stripe.
One lucky fan collected $1,370 in the nightly 50/50 drawing. And Christopher Clayton, 10, of Howell, NJ, is one happy kid -- as winner of the kids’ coloring contest, Jack Swain’s Sportsman car will be painted as per his design for next season, courtesy of Twinz Lettering of Toms River, NJ.
This week, the URC Sprint cars will make their final appearance of the year. They’ll be joined by the Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks, with an open competition 13x92-inch tire rule in effect. Gates open at 3 pm, warm-ups are at 4 pm and the first heat gets underway at 5 pm. Adult admission is $18, children 7-12 are $6, and 6 and under are free.
9/25/99 MODIFIED RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. VanGorder 2. Pauch 3. Leach 4. Laureno 5. Hager 6. Bitner 2nd Heat: 1. Grosso 2. Carberry 3. Osmun 4. Tanner, Sr. 5. Singley 6. Manmiller 3rd Heat: 1. Brightbill 2. Hendershot 3. Tanner, Jr. 4. Horton 5. Butler 6. Huchko ‘B’ Main: 1. McVay 2. Velenger 3. Garland 4. Grbac 5. Bohn 6. Ostwald Feature (30 laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Tom Carberry 3. Rick Grosso Jr. 4. Tom Hager 5. Tim Tanner Jr. 6. Mark Bitner 7. Scott VanGorder 8. Jimmy Horton 9. Gary Velenger 10. Doug Manmiller 11. Mike Hendershot 12. Gary Butler 13. Jerry Glenn 14. Kenny Huchko 15. Eddie Bohn 16. Roger Laureno 17. Chris Grbac 18. Keith Brightbill 19. Tim Tanner Sr. 20. Willie Osmun 21. John Leach 22. Tom Garland 23. Doug Ostwald 24. Larry McVay DNQ: Jeff Miller, Bob Drayton, Jim Hawkes, Wade Hendrickson
SPORTSMAN RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Infante 2. Kessler 3. Wasson 4. Grosso 5. Gareis 6. Lamparter 2nd Heat: 1. Roth 2. Swain 3. Eppolite 4. Archer 5. Brightbill 6. Krachun 3rd Heat: 1. Harris 2. Scagliotta 3. Reid 4. Kline 5. Worthington 6. Dallett ‘B’ Main: 1. Koczon 2. Mears 3. Papiez 4. Ely 5. Lippincott 6. Stevens 7. Toth 8. Carman Cash Dash: 1. Worthington ($250) Feature (20 Laps): 1. Larry Archer 2. Jack Swain 3. Jimmy Harris 4. Rocco Infante 5. Rich Scagliotta 6. Ron John Koczon 7. Donnie Kline 8. George Gareis 9. Larry Lippincott 10. Jim Dallett 11. Mickey Kessler 12. Matt Papiez 13. Chris Wasson 14. Mike Krachun 15. Tom Eppolite Jr. 16. Bryan Lamparter 17. Darryl Carman 18. Brien Ely 19. Kenny Roth 20. Scott Reid 21. Drew Grosso 22. Keith Brightbill 23. J.C. Mears 24. John Stevens 25. Mike Toth 26. Bob Worthington DNQ: Bryan Coffey, Mike Mongiello, Rob Pfister, Gene Stravinsky, Pat Priore, Joe Szwed, Larry Reed
STREET STOCKS RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Whitehouse 2. Hewitt 3. Mongiello 4. Carpenter 5. Giris 6. Ormsbee 2nd Heat: 1. Knighten 2. Bifulco 3. Berardi 4. Ensinger 5. Fleming 6. Byrne 3rd Heat: 1. Gerber 2. Hammond 3. Cheney 4. Gargiulo 5. Nixon 6. Bauma ‘B’ Main: 1. Conaway 2. Bauer 3. Freiberger 4. Wagner 5. Quinlan 6. Haines Feature (15 laps): 1. Bill Gerber 2. Al Cheney III 3. Carol Whitehouse 4. Richie Byrne 5. George Quinlan 6. Pat Conaway 7. Kenny Hammond 8. Evan Berardi 9. Rob Ormsbee 10. Kevin Bilfulco 11. Dale Haines 12. Kory Fleming 13. Steve Mongiello 14. Bill Bauma 15. Jim Hewitt 16. Mike Nixon 17. Spider Ensinger 18. Nick Giris 19. Billy Bauer 20. Pat Freiberger 21. Ralph Gargiulo 22. Jeff Carpenter 23. Anthony Knighten DNS: Brian Wagner DNQ: Chip Grant, Chuck Barker, Al Johnson, Allen Hurley, Phil Miscoski, Ricky Goff, Joe Dallackiesa, Blair Guker III, Mick Search