Pauch Is The One To Snap Brightbill's New Egypt Win Streak New Egypt, NJ (July 24) -- After experiencing problems in recent weeks, Frenchtown, NJ's Billy Pauch was back in top form Saturday night, powering his ...
Pauch Is The One To Snap Brightbill's New Egypt Win Streak
New Egypt, NJ (July 24) -- After experiencing problems in recent weeks, Frenchtown, NJ's Billy Pauch was back in top form Saturday night, powering his #1 Modified to the lead at the halfway point and holding off the late race challenges of nine-time winner Kenny Brightbill to claim his seventh score of the season.
"You get pretty depressed there when problems keep cropping up. My team just kept digging and digging," Pauch related in Victory Lane. "Guys say they can't beat Brightbill, but they just have to keep working on their cars." Pauch's Modified was juiced by a big-block Chevy supplied by Bernie Smith of Reclamation Inc. of Kingston, NY, a new sponsor for the team.
Scott Van Gorder took control of the 30-lap main from the pole position and quickly opened up a lead on the field. On a lap 7 restart for a Tim Tanner Jr. spin, veteran Tom Hager moved out in front with Gary Butler following through for second. When the yellow waved on lap 8, Pauch showed fifth on the board, up from a 14th starting spot. Pauch advanced to second, then outmotored Hager for the lead at the halfway mark. Kenny Brightbill took over second and shadowed Pauch through lapped traffic, trying to gain an edge on the high-flying leader. Caution flags put Brightbill on Pauch's bumper in the closing laps, setting up a classic battle between the two pros. But Pauch retained control each time and cruised under the checker a car length ahead of the current division points leader. Roger Laureno was third, Tom Hager was fourth and Gary Butler fifth.
East Windsor, NJ's Larry Archer swept the night in the Sportsman division, winning his heat and bringing the Edison Generator car in for its second win of the year. After an early-race skirmish, "I had no brakes all race," Archer admitted in Victory Lane. Archer took the lead from Larry Lippincott with four laps remaining in the 20-lap race; Lippincott turned in a strong outing for second. Bob Worthington just edged Jim Dallett for third with Tom Eppolite rounding out the top five.
Coming from 15th to the lead on lap 9, Howell, NJ's Jeff Carpenter fought off the challenges of Richie Byrne for four circuits en route to his first Street Stock main event win of '99. "I knew I'd be here sooner or later," the defending division champ reported. "Everybody runs good here this year -- better than last year." Current Street Stock points leader Billy Bauer outran Byrne for second on the final lap with Keith Flores and Kenny Hammond making up the front five.
The nightly 50/50 was worth $1,285 to one lucky fan. The Mid-State Communications Modified Cash Dash, which paid $292, was won by Tom Carberry. Speedo the Clown delighted young and old alike with his on-track antics on Fun Fest Night, with pratfalls, face painting and balloons the order of the day.
This week, the sizzling Mods will attempt to bust the thermometer in the Summer Heat Wave 50; Sportsman and Street Stocks are also on the card. Gates open at 4 pm, warm-ups are at 6 and the first heat will get underway at 6:30 pm. Adult admission is $16, children 7-12 are $5, and those 6 and under are free.
7/24/99 MODIFIED RESULTS 1st Heat: 1.Butler 2.Singley 3.Laureno 4.Drayton 5.Bohn 6.Osmun 2nd Heat: 1.VanGorder 2.Cranmer 3.Brightbill 4.Bitner 5.McVay 6.Epright 3rd Heat: 1.Carberry 2.Pauch 3.Hager 4.Hendershot 5.Velenger 6.Tanner Jr. 'B' Main: 1.Grosso Jr. 2.Glenn 3.Tanner Sr. 4.Leach 5.Grbac 6.Hawkes (Fans' Prov: Bitner, 76A) Cash Dash: 1.Tom Carberry ($292) Feature (30 laps): 1.Billy Pauch 2.Kenny Brightbill 3.Roger Laureno 4.Tom Hager 5.Gary Butler 6.Eddie Bohn 7.Bob Drayton 8.Larry McVay 9.Rick Grosso Jr. 10.Tom Carberry 11.Scott VanGorder 12.Johnny Leach 13.Todd Singley 14.Tim Tanner Sr. 15.Jerry Glenn 16.Eddie Cranmer 17.Mike Hendershot 18.Tom Garland 19.Tim Tanner Jr. 20.Mark Bitner 21.Jim Hawkes 22.Chris Grbac 23.Willie Osmun 24.Fritz Epright 25.Gary Velenger. DNQ: Mark Bitner (27KC broke), Art Adams, Jeff Miller, Kenny Huchko, Stan Janiszewski, Danny Hieber.
SPORTSMAN RESULTS 1st Heat: 1.Harris 2.Lippincott 3.Worthington 4.Brightbill 5.Infante 6.Coffey 2nd Heat: 1.Archer 2.Swain 3.Reed 4.Scagliotta 5.Mears 6.Roth 3rd Heat: 1.Koczon 2.Reid 3.Kessler 4.Dallett 5.Eppolite 6.Sarvis 'B' Main: 1.Papiez 2.Kline 3.Singley 4.Priore 5.Mongiello III 6.Burke Feature (20 Laps): 1.Larry Archer 2.Larry Lippincott 3.Bob Worthington 4.Jim Dallett 5.Tom Eppolite 6.Kenny Roth 7.Jack Swain 8.Joe Sarvis 9.Scott Reid 10.J.C. Mears 11.Mickey Kessler 12.Bryan Coffey 13.Donnie Kline 14.Matt Papiez 15.Rocco Infante 16.Tim Burke 17.Scott Singley 18.Larry Reed 19.Ron John Koczon 20.Pat Priore 21.Mike Mongiello III 22.Rich Scagliotta 23.Keith Brightbill 24.Jimmy Harris. DNQ: Bryant Brown, Rob Housley, Rob Pfister, Bob Burlew, Joe Szwed, John Scheideler, Chris Wasson, Brien Ely, Tom Tomasko, Brian Lamparter, Lee Taylor Jr., Drew Grosso.
STREET STOCKS RESULTS 1st Heat: 1.Gargiulo 2.Carpenter 3.Hewitt 4.Hammond 5.Cheney III 6.Giris 2nd Heat: 1.Quinlan 2.Morrison 3.Byrne 4.Berardi 5.Leote 6.Haines 3rd Heat: 1.Conaway 2.Bauma 3.Freiberger 4.Bauer 5.Search 6.Flores 'B' Main: 1.Guyer 2.Guker III 3.Knighten 4.Hurley 5.Stamos 6.Wright Feature (15 laps): 1.Jeff Carpenter 2.Billy Bauer 3.Richie Byrne 4.Keith Flores 5.Kenny Hammond 6.Ralph Gargiulo 7.Pat Conaway 8.Al Cheney III 9.Evan Berardi 10.Pat Freiberger 11.Mick Search 12.Bruce Leote 13.Billy Bauma 14.Anthony Knighten 15.Blair Guker III 16.Allen Hurley 17.John Stamos 18.Jim Hewitt 19.George Quinlan 20.Kenny Guyer 21.Nick Giris 22.Jay Morrison 23.Kyle Wright 24.Dale Haines. DNQ: Mike Nixon, Chuck Barker, Bill Force, Kevin Marasovitz, Kevin Bifulco, Jim Gerber, Phil Horner, Bill Miscoski.