New Egypt, NJ (Sept 12) -- On a tear of late, Frenchtown, NJ's Billy Pauch outran the challenges of invader Wade Hendrickson to score his 11th win of 1999 in the Modified feature Sunday night at New Egypt Speedway. The event was run on Sunday...
New Egypt, NJ (Sept 12) -- On a tear of late, Frenchtown, NJ's Billy Pauch outran the challenges of invader Wade Hendrickson to score his 11th win of 1999 in the Modified feature Sunday night at New Egypt Speedway. The event was run on Sunday after wet track conditions forced cancellation of the Saturday night program.
"The crew and sponsors do a heckuva job," said Pauch, who's won five of the last six Modified races at the speedway. "In order to gain ground, you've gotta keep stringing 'em along." Pauch still trails Kenny Brightbill in the track's $10,000 Modified division point chase.
Tom Carberry took charge on the green in the 30-lap run. Pauch, who started 18th, quickly advanced to eighth by lap 5, and took advantage of Brightbill's spin and a turn 2 pileup to power into second. One more restart put Pauch on the point, and he opened up a commanding lead on the field. Invader Wade Hendrickson worked into second and took a bead on Pauch; but the high-flying Pauch lost Hendrickson in lapped traffic to cruise across the stripe for the $2,500 win. Hendrickson turned in a super run for second, as did Mark Bitner in third. Roger Laureno and Brightbill, who rebounded twice from the rear, completed the top five.
Lining up 14th on the grid, Farmingdale, NJ's Mickey Kessler drove the race of his career, fighting off the persistent challenges of Mike Toth, to post his first Sportsman feature win of the '99 campaign. "It was up to me to lose it on the last lap and I knew it," Kessler stated. Toth's best run to date placed him second at the line with Bob Worthington, George Gareis and Matt Papiez rounding out the front five. Worthington capitalized on Keith Brightbill's crash to take the division point lead, with seven top-four finishes in a row.
With five laps remaining, Brick, NJ's high-riding Ralph Gargiulo claimed his third straight win, and seventh of the year, in the Street Stock ranks. Al Cheney III, George Quinlan, Richie Byrne and Jeff Carpenter chased Gargiulo to the stripe. The win enabled Gargiulo to close on division point leader Billy Bauer, who was sidelined in a frontstretch mishap. Cheney won the Mid-State Communications Cash Dash, worth $646.
Mark Blackwell of Metal Fab presented Wild Card Bonus Bucks to one top finisher in each division. The Kids' Big Wheel Challenge, sponsored by Delran Auto Body and Leach Racing Associates, was a big hit with the children, who were given trophies, checkered flags and frisbees for their efforts.
Next week it's Wing Night at New Egypt Speedway with a return visit by the popular URC Sprint Cars. Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks complete the four-division card. Gates open at 3:30 pm, warm-ups are at 4:45 and the first heat gets started at 5:30 pm. A Sunday raindate is in effect. Adult admission is $18, children 7-12 are $6, and children under 6 are free.
9/12/99 MODIFIED RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Leach 2. Butler 3. Bitner 4. Bauma 5. VanGorder 6. Tanner, Jr. 2nd Heat: 1. Brightbill 2. Velenger 3. Hager 4. Laureno 5. Grosso 6. Bohn 3rd Heat: 1. Pauch 2. Drayton 3. Carberry 4. Tanner, Sr. 5. Hendershot 6. Osmun Feature (30 laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Mark Bitner 4. Roger Laureno 5. Kenny Brightbill 6. Larry McVay 7. Tim Tanner Sr. 8. Gary Velenger 9. Tim Tanner Jr. 10. Darren McCaughey 11. Tom Hager 12. Willie Osmun 13. Scott VanGorder 14. Mike Hendershot 15. John Leach 16. Eddie Bohn 17. Kenny Huchko 18. Rick Grosso Jr. 19. Bob Bauma 20. Bob Drayton 21. Tom Carberry 22. Bucky Kell 23. Gary Butler. Chris Grbac (DNS).
SPORTSMAN RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Toth 2. Reed 3. Reid 4. Cooke 5. Swain 6. Kline 2nd Heat: 1. Infante 2. Dallett 3. Brightbill 4. Ely 5. Papiez 6. Hager 3rd Heat: 1. Gareis 2. Singley 3. Coffey 4. Kessler 5. Worthington 6. Harris 'B' Main: 1. Koczon 2. Lippincott 3. Archer 4. Mears 'B' Main: 1. Wasson 2. Roth 3. Eppolite Jr. 4. Tomasko Feature (20 Laps): 1. Mickey Kessler 2. Mike Toth 3. Bob Worthington 4. George Garies 5. Matt Papiez 6. Rocco Infante 7. Ron John Koczon 8. Larry Archer 9. Scott Reid 10. Gary Hager 11. Tom Eppolite Jr. 12. J.C. Mears 13. Donnie Kline 14. Brien Ely 15. Kenny Roth 16. Bryan Coffey 17. Larry Reed 18. Jim Dallett 19. Kim Cooke 20. Chris Wasson 21. Scott Singley 22. Jack Swain 23. Keith Brightbill 24. Tom Tomasko 25. Larry Lippincott 26. Jimmy Harris DNQ: Rick Holsten, Paul Marra Sr., Joe Szwed, Drew Grosso, Brian Lamparter, Bob Burlew, Dick Robbins, Chris Grbac, Mike Mongiello III, Bryant Brown, Joe Sarvis, Brian Pearson, Doug Ostwald, Rob Pfister, Jim Rossell, Lee Taylor Jr., Keith McIntyre.
STREET STOCKS RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Leote 2. Hammond 3. Freiberger 4. Quinlan 5. Garguilo 6. Byrne 2nd Heat: 1. Cheney 2. Giris 3. Guker 4. Knighten 5. Guyer 6. Bauma 3rd Heat: 1. Berardi 2. Search 3. Nixon 4. Morrison 5. Gerber 6. Bauer 'B' Main 1: 1. Carpenter 2. Mongiello 3. Holloway 'B' Main 2: 1. Conaway 2. Cremer 3. Flores Cash Dash: 1. ($646) Feature (15 laps): 1. Ralph Garguilo 2. Al Cheney III 3. George Quinlan 4. Richie Byrne 5. Jeff Carpenter 6. Pat Conaway 7. Jay Morrison 8. Keith Flores 9. Blair Guker III 10. Steve Mongiello 11. Bill Bauma 12. Anthony Knighten 13. Tom Cremer 14. Mike Nixon 15. Evan Berardi 16. Tom Holloway 17. Pat Freiberger 18. Billy Bauer 19. Kenny Hammond 20. Bruce Leote 21. Nick Giris 22. Mick Search 23. Kenny Guyer 24. Bill Gerber DNQ: Chip Grant, Bill Miscoski, Allen Hurley, Carol Whitehouse, Chuck Barker, Joe Dallackiesa, Ricky Goff, Kevin Bifulco, Tony Horner, Spider Ensinger, Kory Fleming, Jim Hewitt, Dale Haines, Joe Mongeau.