Pauch Kicks Off Season In High Gear New Egypt, NJ (April 3) -- Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, was mighty glad he made New Egypt Speedway his Saturday night home as he opened the year and the new season with a big win on April 3. Pauch took...
Pauch Kicks Off Season In High Gear
New Egypt, NJ (April 3) -- Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, was mighty glad he made New Egypt Speedway his Saturday night home as he opened the year and the new season with a big win on April 3. Pauch took the lead from 1998 champion Roger Laureno on lap 8, then held off numerous advances from Kenny Brightbill to collect the $2,500 top prize.
"I knew Kenny and Roger were back there, so I just had to put the gas down and go for it," Pauch said in victory lane.
Mark Bitner led the 26-car field down to the flag, with Laureno and Pauch quickly moving into second and third. Numerous yellow flags delayed the action before Laureno slid by Bitner on the backstretch. Pauch, driving his own #1, put on a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle with Laureno before taking over the top spot. Brightbill swept under Laureno and looked to treat the fans to a classic one-on-one between veteran professionals, but the crafty Pauch kept his cool and came in for the victory. He was followed by Brightbill, Laureno, Bitner and Jimmy Chester, with Tom Carberry, Carmine Infante, Gary Butler, Tom Hager and Paul Rochelle III completing the top ten.
In the Sportsman division, Jimmy Harris of Somerset clinched the first win of his career in a marathon-length event. Tom Eppolite was second, Dick Robbins was third, with Buck Ward fourth and Paul Marra Sr. fifth.
Ralph Gargiulo of Brick, NJ, picked up where he left off last season with a win in the Street Stock division. Al Cheney III, Pat Conaway, John Turnure and Bill Bauma completed the top five.
An overflow crowd filled the expanded grandstands, contributing to a 50/50 drawing that netted $2,233 for the lucky winner. The Mid-State Communications Cash Dash in the Modified division was won by Roger Laureno.
This Saturday, April 10, is Wawa Food Market Night at New Egypt with events for Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Rookies and many fan giveaways. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., with the first race going green at 5 p.m. Adult admission is $12, with children 7-12 $4 and 6 and under admitted free.
MODIFIED RESULTS 1st Heat: 1.Bitner 2.McClaren 3.Leach 4.Tanner Sr. 5.Epright 6.Tanner Jr. 2nd Heat: 1.Laureno 2.Pauch 3.Brightbill 4.Butler 5.Manmiller 6.Infante 3rd Heat: 1.Chester 2.Hager 3.Velenger 4.Bohn 5.Polenz 6.Singley 1st 'B' Main: 1.Carberry 2.Rochelle III 3.Drayton (Fans Prov: Kennedy) 2nd 'B' Main: 1.Grosso Jr. 2.Voss 3.Hendershot (Fans Prov: Osmun) Cash Dash: 1.Laureno ($317) Feature (30 laps): 1.Billy Pauch 2.Kenny Brightbill 3.Roger Laureno 4.Mark Bitner 5.Jimmie Chester 6.Tom Carberry 7.Carmine Infante 8.Gary Butler 9.Tom Hager 10.Paul Rochelle III 11.Mike Hendershot 12.Barry Voss 13.Susan Kennedy 14.Fritz Epright 15.Rick Grosso Jr.16.Eddie Bohn 17.Tim Tanner Jr. 18.Johnny Leach 19.Tim Tanner Sr. 20.Doug Manmiller 21.Willie Osmun 22.Gary Velenger 23.Rich Polenz 24.Todd Singley 25. Bob Drayton 26.Scott McClaren DNQ: Eddie Cranmer, Steve Moss, Bob Bauma, Scott Van Gorder, Jeff Miller, Mike Sena, Brian Nixon, John Megill, Larry McVay, Danny Heiber, Gary Hager, Kenny Wismer SPORTSMAN RESULTS Rookie Feature (10 laps): 1.Burke 2.Mongeillo III 3.Scheideler 4.Dixon 5.Reid 1st Heat: 1.Hager 2.Cooke 3.Toth 4.Papiez 5.Adams 6.Gremmes 2nd Heat: 1.Harris 2.Ward 3.Brightbill 4.Kessler 5.Sarvis 6.Meisner Jr. 3rd Heat: 1.Swain 2.Eppolite 3.Worthington 4.Foy 5.Spence 6.Keimig 1st 'B' Main: 1.Koczon 2.McIntyre 3.Marra Sr. 4.Archer 5.Taylor Jr. 2nd 'B' Main: 1.Scagliotta 2.Dallet 3.Rindgen 4.Mears 5.Robbins
Feature (20 Laps): 1.Jim Harris 2.Tom Eppolite Jr. 3.Dick Robbins 4.Buck Ward 5.Paul Marra Sr. 6.Jim Dallett 7.Matt Papiez 8.Keith Brightbill 9.Ron John Koczon 10.Mike Toth 11.Joe Sarvis 12.Tim Burke 13.Bob Gremmes 14.Phil Meisner Jr. 15.Gary Hager 16.Rich Scagliotta 17.Lee Taylor Jr. 18.Jimmy Spence 19.Jack Swain 20.Bob Worthington 21.Art Adams Jr. 22.Mickey Kessler 23.Keith McIntyre 24.Kim Cooke 25.J.C. Mears 26.Larry Archer 27.Bobby Rindgen 28.Johnny Foy 29.Korey Keimig
DNQ: Mike Mongeillo III, Brian Ely, Donnie Kline, Bryan Coffey, Mike David, Larry Lippencott, John Scheideler, Chris Lawson, Bob Burlew, Darren Cox, Lee Lawrence, Lewie Parker, Scott Reid, Jack Amundson, Rocco Infante, Larry Reed, Charlie Flesch, Gerry Hoagland, Pat Priore, Tom Tomasko, John Dixon, Rob Gallmayer STREET STOCK 1st Heat: 1.Leote 2.Hammond 3.Guyer 4.Bauer 5.Berardi 6.Hollaway 2nd Heat: 1.Conaway 2.Turnure 3.Garguilo 4.Rudolph 5.Jones 6.Giris 3rd Heat: 1.Bauma 2.Freiberger 3.Bifulco 4.Fleming 5.Cheney 6.Search 'B' Main: 1.Mongeillo 2.Gerber 3.Whitehouse 4.Colmerayer 5.Guker 6.Wright Feature (15 laps):1.Ralph Garguilo 2.Al Cheney III 3.Pat Conaway 4.John Turnure 5.Bill Bauma 6.Bruce Leote 7.Mick Search 8.Ken Guyer 9.Steve Mongiello 10.Billy Bauer 11.Kory Fleming 12.Evan Berardi 13.Kyle Wright14.Jim Gerber 15.Kevin Bifulco 16.Pat Freiberger 17.Tom Hollaway 18.Ben Jones 19.Ken Hammond 20.Nick Giris 21.Blair Guker III 22.Eric Colmereyer 23.Mike Rudolph 24.Carol Whitehouse DNQ: , Allen Hurley, Chip Grant, Steve Dudas, Dale Haines, Jim Hewitt, Steve Gallmeyer, Mike Nixon, Wayne Stires, Brian Wagner, Joel Quick