New Egypt, NJ (Sept. 4) -- Modified driving star Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, moved one ahead of division point leader Kenny Brightbill in the race for most wins at New Egypt Speedway, cruising into victory lane on Wawa Food Markets Night on ...
New Egypt, NJ (Sept. 4) -- Modified driving star Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, moved one ahead of division point leader Kenny Brightbill in the race for most wins at New Egypt Speedway, cruising into victory lane on Wawa Food Markets Night on Saturday for the tenth time this season. Going into the event, Pauch and Brightbill were tied with nine wins apiece.
“Turn 1 was difficult to run through, and it was getting slick in turn 2,” said Pauch, referring to the spotty showers that forced a rain delay midway through the 30-lap race. “Kenny’s tough and it was pretty tough racing, but we made it here again.”
Tom Hager got the jump on the green, battling John Leach for top spot. When Hager’s ride expired on lap 9, Tom Carberry grabbed the lead, while Pauch and Brightbill forged into the front group. Action was delayed on lap12, when a red flag waved for a Ken Wismer III flip and a brief rain shower. It was all Pauch and Brightbill when racing resumed, with Pauch holding the power hand right through to the checker. Roger Laureno trailed the dynamic duo, followed by Gary Butler and Rick Grosso Jr.
Double points and extra distance in the Sportsman ranks made for an exciting 25 laps, with Keith Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA, scoring his fourth win of the season and retaking the division point lead, in a to-the-line thriller over championship rival Bob Worthington. “We had a couple of bad runs but now I’m glad to be back,” Brightbill told the crowd. Tom Eppolite Jr., Rocco Infante and Scott Reid completed the top five.
It was also double points and extra laps for the Street Stocks, and that was to Ralph Gargiulo’s liking, as the Brick, NJ, driver claimed his sixth win of the year. Gargiulo bested Pat Freiberger, Billy Bauer, Jeff Carpenter and Kenny Guyer. The win vaulted Gargiulo into second in Street Stock point standings behind Bauer.
Modified driver Scott VanGorder won the Mid-State Communications Cash Dash, collecting $250 for his efforts. One lucky fan took home $1,326 in the nightly 50/50 drawing.
Next Saturday, it’s Fan Appreciation Night at New Egypt Speedway, with lots of giveaways for fans. Mark Blackwell of Metal Fab will be handing out Wild Card Bonus Bucks to one top finisher in all three divisions. And children ages 10 and under can win trophies in the Delran Auto Body/Leach Racing Associates Kids’ Big Wheel Challenge. In addition, there’ll be face painting from 7-9 pm and cake for everyone! Gates open at 4 pm, and the whole night of action gets underway at 6:30 pm. A Sunday raindate with a 4 pm start is in effect for the remainder of the regular season. Adult admission is $12, children 7-12 are $4 and kids 6 and under are free.
9/4/99 MODIFIED RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Pauch 2. Hager 3. Grosso Jr. 4. Bohn 5. McVay 6. VanGorder 2nd Heat: 1. Glenn 2. Tanner Jr. 3. Drayton 4. Kell 5. Carberry 6. Hawkes 3rd Heat: 1. Leach 2. Brightbill 3. Laureno 4. Cranmer 5. Wismer III 6. Hendrickson ‘B’ Main: 1. Polenz 2. Butler 3. Tanner Sr. 4. Hendershot 5. Velenger 6. Adams (Fans Prov: Bitner) Feature (30 laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Kenny Brightbill 3. Roger Laureno 4. Gary Butler 5. Rick Grosso Jr. 6. Tim Tanner Jr. 7. Larry McVay 8. Bob Drayton 9. Eddie Bohn 10. Dave Adams 11. Jerry Glenn 12. Johnny Leach 13. Scott VanGorder 14. Mark Bitner 15. Tim Tanner Sr.16. Tom Carberry 17. Gary Velenger 18. Kenny Wismer III 19. Wade Hendrickson 20. Mike Hendershot 21. Bucky Kell 22. Tom Hager 23. Rich Polenz 24. Eddie Cranmer 25. Jim Hawkes DNQ: Barry Voss, Craig Pondish, Bob Lineman, Jeff Miller, Gary Hager, Art Adams Jr. SPORTSMAN RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Reid 2. Sarvis 3. Dallett 4. Taylor Jr. 5. Kessler 6. Mears 2nd Heat: 1. Harris 2. Toth 3. Eppolite Jr. 4. Mongiello III 5. Dixon 6. Gareis 3rd Heat: 1. Brightbill 2. Scagliotta 3. Ely 4. Reed 5. Worthington 6. Archer ‘B’ Main #1: 1. Infante 2. Koczon 3. Swain 4. Hager ‘B’ Main #2: 1. Kline 2. Marra Sr. 3. Tomasko 4. Lippincott Feature (25 Laps): 1. Keith Brightbill 2. Bob Worthington 3. Tom Eppolite Jr. 4. Rocco Infante 5. Scott Reid 6. Ron John Koczon 7. Joe Sarvis 8. Larry Lippincott 9. Jim Dallett 10. Mickey Kessler 11. Gary Hager 12. John Dixon 13. Jack Swain 14. Larry Reed 15. Paul Marra Sr. 16. Brien Ely 17. Larry Archer 18. Jim Harris 19. George Gareis 20. Rich Scagliotta 21. Donnie Kline 22. Mike Mongiello III 23. Mike Toth 24. Tom Tomasko 25. J.C. Mears 26. Lee Taylor Jr. DNQ: Drew Grosso, Bryan Coffey, Jim Rossell, Pat Priore, Joe Szwed, Keith Fleming, Keith McIntyre, Don Barone, Chris Wasson, Scott Singley, Mike Krachun, G.R. Smith, Matt Papiez, Kenny Roth, Brian Pearson, Jimmy Spence, Bryant Brown, Tom Mutchler. STREET STOCK RESULTS 1st Heat: 1. Freiberger 2. Nixon 3. Gerber 4. Bauma 5. Giris 6. Quinlan 2nd Heat: 1. Conaway 2. Bauer 3. Hammond 4. Leote 5. Carpenter 6. Flores 3rd Heat: 1. Cheney III 2. Gargiulo 3. Byrne 4. Berardi 5. Morrison 6. Holloway ‘B’ Main: 1. Guyer 2. Fleming 3. Wagner 4. Mongiello 5. Knighten 6. Mongeau Feature (20 laps): 1. Ralph Gargiulo 2. Pat Freiberger 3. Billy Bauer 4. Jeff Carpenter 5. Kenny Guyer 6. Steve Mongiello 7. Pat Conaway 8. Billy Bauma 9. Richie Byrne 10. Keith Flores 11. Tom Holloway 12. Bruce Leote 13. Jay Morrison 14. Kory Fleming 15. Mike Nixon 16. Anthony Knighten 17. Nick Giris 18. Evan Berardi 19. Al Cheney III 20. Kenny Hammond 21. Brian Wagner 22. George Quinlan 23. Bill Gerber 24. Joe Mongeau DNQ: Dale Haines, Mick Search, Adam Guker, Chip Grant, Chuck Barker, Ricky Goff, Spider Ensinger, Kevin Bifulco, Tony Horner, Allen Hurley, Jim Hewitt, Al Johnson.