New Egypt, NJ (Sept. 23) -- Fans and competitors were all geared up for a night for the record books. As things turned out, it was good, hard rain -- not good, hard racing -- that decided $50,000 in championship titles at New Egypt Speedway on ...
New Egypt, NJ (Sept. 23) -- Fans and competitors were all geared up for a night for the record books. As things turned out, it was good, hard rain -- not good, hard racing -- that decided $50,000 in championship titles at New Egypt Speedway on Saturday. The cancellation of the final point program of the year was the sixth rainout this season at the Central Jersey raceway.
"As always, our staff put in an amazing effort to get this show in because we certainly didn't want it to end this way," said track owner Rick Grosso Sr., who didn't throw in the towel until almost 4 p.m., despite the wet weather. "But, once again, we couldn't beat the rain."
In the final standings, Frenchtown, NJ's Billy Pauch successfully defended his Modified title, outpacing Keith Hoffman and Kenny Brightbill for the $10,000 championship. Pauch took the point lead from Brightbill back on July 1, concluding a five-win streak that began in June. All total, Pauch scored an incredible 14 victories in 21 starts at New Egypt in 2000.
New Egypt's own Ron John Koczon will wear the $3,000 Sportsman crown, concluding a season-long battle with runnerup Rich Scagliotta. Six-time feature winner Ryan Godown finished third in the final rundown. Koczon's last of five wins this season came on August 26.
In the Street Stock class, Billy Bauer of Flemington, NJ, capitalized on defending champ Pat "Cadillac" Conaway's misfortune last week to grab the $1,000 division championship by 11 points. Bauer won six times en route to the title, with Conaway scoring three wins and third-place George Quinlan notching a double.
New Egypt Speedway will cap off the year with two big specials. On September 30, the popular URC Sprint cars will make their final appearance of 2000, on a four-division race card also featuring big-block Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. Gates open at 3 p.m., with the first heat scheduled for 5 p.m.
Then on October 14, it's the big Legends of the Fall season finale, a gathering honoring the sport's past stock car stars, highlighted by a full day of big-money events for Mods, Sportsman and Street Stocks.
As part of its "Good Neighbor" policy, New Egypt will open its tire rule to allow any 13x92-inch tire and will honor any pit license for the last two shows.
For more information about any of New Egypt's speedway promotions, call the office at (609) 758-1900.
New Egypt Speedway 2000 Final Point Standings
1.Billy Pauch - 989 2.Keith Hoffman - 951 3.Kenny Brightbill - 948 4.Gary Butler - 910 5.Bob Drayton - 824 6.Mark Bitner - 815 7.Eddie Bohn & Bob Worthington - 784 9.Willie Osmun -753 10.Rick Grosso Jr. - 746
1.Ron John Koczon - 882 2.Rich Scagliotta - 855 3.Ryan Godown - 828 4.Mickey Kessler - 780 5.Matt Papiez - 754 6.Larry Archer - 752 7.Brien Ely - 738 8.Mike Toth - 731 9.J.C. Mears - 725 10.Tom Eppolite Jr. - 715
1.Billy Bauer - 939 2.Pat Conaway - 928 3.George Quinlan - 883 4.Al Cheney III - 842 5.Ralph Gargiulo - 799 6.Bill Gerber - 734 7.Pat Freiberger - 731 8.Carol Whitehouse - 702 9.Evan Berardi - 665 10.Dale Haines - 659