New Egypt, NJ (April 1) -- Picking up where he left off in 1999, defending Modified champion Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, took the checkered flag in the first 30-lap main event of the 2000 season after a rip-roaring battle with arch rival Kenny...
New Egypt, NJ (April 1) -- Picking up where he left off in 1999, defending Modified champion Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, took the checkered flag in the first 30-lap main event of the 2000 season after a rip-roaring battle with arch rival Kenny Brightbill that had the fans on their feet.
"I think the fans got their money's worth tonight," Pauch told the crowd from victory lane.
With the new Haldeman Ford pace truck leading the field, Pauch lined up fifth on the starting grid and used the inside line to take charge following a complete restart on the initial green. Brightbill quickly slipped into second as the two hotshoes swapped the high and low grooves around the speedway. As the race hit lap 10, the pair had raced into the back-markers, slicing their way through the traffic. Brightbill got the upper hand on Pauch with 12 laps in the books and Pauch maintained the chase. The raucous crowd was on its feet as the race for the lead accelerated into a two-wide battle down the backstraight. The slow-riding car of Bob Worthington forced a caution on lap 20 and Pauch spurted into the lead on the restart. Pauch held sway with Brightbill on his tail to the checker for his first win of the new season. Trailing Pauch and Brightbill at the line were Roger Laureno, Tim Tanner Jr. and Mark Bitner.
Ringoes, NJ's Ryan Godown scored his first ever win in the Sportsman division in his first regular appearance at the track. "I didn't know if they were right behind me or what. But it went real smooth out there," Godown remarked. Mickey Kessler led the early going with Godown moving to the inside lane for the lead and eventual win on the third go-round. Behind Godown at the checker were Kessler, Larry Archer, Rich Scagliotta and Donnie Kline.
Taking the lead on the second circuit, Flemington, NJ's Billy Bauer led to the final flag for his first Street Stock win of 2000. "I've got to dedicate this win to my Dad -- I know he's watching over me," Bauer said, referring to his father who died of cancer last year. George Quinlan gave Bauer a run for the money in the late stages and finished second followed by Pat Freiberger, Joe Mongeau and Kim Cooke.
John McClelland of Martinsville, NJ, led from green to checker in the Rookie Sportsman race, with Dom Buffalino Jr., John Garey, Dave Hoffman and Gene Stravinsky making up the front five in a very strong field of 15 newcomers.
The action continues this Saturday, April 8, with Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Rookies on the card. Gates open at 2 p.m., warm-ups at 4 p.m., and the first green flag drops at 5. Adult admission is $12, children 7-12 are $4, and kids 6 and under are free. For more info, call the speedway at (609) 758-1900.
1st Heat: (3:44.473) 1. Brightbill 2. Drayton 3. Hager 4. Ely 5. Bohn 6.
2nd Heat: (No Time) 1. Laureno 2. Butler 3. VanGorder 4. Moss 5. Crouse 6. Grbac
3rd Heat: (3:25.761) 1. Pauch 2. Tanner Jr. 3. Singley 4. Rue 5. Hoffman 6. Osmun
B-Main: 1. Bitner 2. Grosso Jr. 3. Worthington 4. Hooper 5. Ostwald 6. Dubovick (Fans Prov: Carberry)
Feature (30 laps):
1. Billy Pauch 2. Kenny Brightbill 3. Roger Laureno 4. Tim Tanner Jr. 5. Mark Bitner 6. Gary Butler 7. Keith Hoffman 8. Bob Drayton 9. Mike Hendershot 10. Todd Singley 11. Rick Grosso Jr. 12. Willie Osmun 13. Scott VanGorder 14. Steve Moss 15. Tom Carberry 16. Ralph Rue17. Doug Ostwald 18. J.R. Crouse 19. Eddie Bohn 20. Chris Grbac 21. Bob Worthington 22. Rocco Infante 23. Bruce Hooper 24. Billy Dubovick 25. Tom Hager DNQ: Kenny Wismer III, Korey Keimig, Art Adams Jr.
Rookie Feature (8 laps): 1. John McClelland 2. Buffalino 3. Garey 4. Hoffman 5. Stravinsky 6. Tinnes 7. Thompson 8. Morrison 9. Liedl 10. Piazzolla 11. McKevin 12. Smyth 13. Reutter 14. Fleming 15. Bailey
1st Heat: 1. Archer 2. Koczon 3. R.Godown 4. Singley 5. Lippincott 6. Reid
2nd Heat: 1. Lyons 2. Mears 3. Flesch 4. Ely 5. Papiez 6. Toth
3rd Heat: 1. Kessler 2. Swain 3. Pfister 4. Kline 5. Sarvis 6. Scagliotta
1st B-Main: 1. Eppolite 2. Reed 3. Pearson 4. Delnero 5. Kaelin
2nd B-Main: 1. Foster 2. Gareis 3. Priore 4. Stravinsky 5. Liedl
Feature (20 Laps):
1. Ryan Godown 2. Mickey Kessler 3. Larry Archer 4. Rich Scagliotta 5. Donnie Kline 6. Matt Papiez 7. Brien Ely 8. Ron John Koczon 9. Tom Eppolite 10. Jack Swain 11. Mike Toth 12. Scott Reid 13. J.C. Mears 14. Chuck Flesch 15. Keith Foster 16. Joe Sarvis 17. Larry Reed 18. Mike Lyons 19. Pat Priore 20. Gene Stravinsky 21. George Gareis 22. Doug Liedl 23. Robert Kaelin 24. Larry Lippincott 25. John McClelland 26. Rob Pfister 27. Scott Singley 28. Darrell Delnero 29. Brian Pearson DNQ: Kenny Hammond, Dominick Buffalino Jr., Keith Fleming, Dave Hoffman, Bryan Lamparter, Eddie Smyth, Jimmy Harris, John Piazzolla, Kyle Morrison, Joseph Infante, Joey Tinnes Jr., John Scheideler, Joe Garey, Lee Lawrence, Andrew McKevin, Jerry Thompson, Tom Tomasko, Jim Dallett, Mike Reutter Jr., Paul Marra, Bryant Brown, Dave Bailey.
1st Heat: 1. Bauer 2. Leote 3. Mongeau 4. Bifulco 5. Wolford 6. Austin
2nd Heat: 1. Conaway 2. Mongiello 3. Cooke 4. Whitehouse 5. Reed 6. Gerber
3rd Heat: 1. Fleming 2. Freiberger 3. Quinlan 4. Berardi 5. Hewitt 6. Hammond
B-Main: 1. Haines 2. Bethman 3. Cheney 4. Roth 5. Ensinger 6. Avery
Feature (15 laps):
1. Billy Bauer 2. George Quinlan 3. Pat Freiberger 4. Joe Mongeau 5. Kim Cooke 6. Dale Haines 7. Kenny Roth 8. Carol Whitehouse 9. Al Cheney 10. Bryan Reed 11. Spider Ensinger 12. Pat Conaway 13. Jim Gerber 14. Ken Hammond 15. Dean Wolford 16. Kory Fleming 17. Evan Berardi 18. Art Avery 19. Bruce Leote 20. Kevin Bifulco 21. Dan Austin 22. Jim Hewitt 23. Steve Mongiello 24. Jeff Bethman DNQ: Al Johnson, Les Miller Jr., Richie Byrne, Nick Giris, Rich Rivita, Lisa Conaway, Brian Wagner, Ricky Giannino.