New Egypt, NJ (April 8) -- As one of the titans at the track, it should have been Kenny Brightbill's night on Saturday at New Egypt -- his chief rival, defending Modified champion Billy Pauch, broke on lap 4; 1998 champ Roger Laureno retired at...
New Egypt, NJ (April 8) -- As one of the titans at the track, it should have been Kenny Brightbill's night on Saturday at New Egypt -- his chief rival, defending Modified champion Billy Pauch, broke on lap 4; 1998 champ Roger Laureno retired at the onset; and Brightbill drew the pole starting position. Instead, Phillipsburg, NJ's Gary Butler gave the crowd its money's worth by outrunning the big man in the closing laps to become the 15th different Modified winner in New Egypt's dirt track era.
"I'm not saying we're going to do this every week," an exultant Butler told the crowd, after performing a series of victory donuts after taking the flag. "But we beat him once. I know we can beat him again."
Following the Haldeman Ford pace truck to the green, Brightbill easily led the early going, with Pauch and Laureno out of the picture early. Butler started 10th, showed second by lap 9, and set his cap on the leader. Squeezing through lapped traffic, Butler gained an edge over the 20-time feature winner on the white flag and then made a grand sweep off turn four to claim his first New Egypt victory. Brightbill settled for second, with Willie Osmun third, Rick Grosso Jr. in fourth and Keith Hoffman in fifth.
Farmingdale, NJ's Mickey Kessler improved his bridesmaid spot of last week to score his first win of the season in the Sportsman division after a heated battle with Mike Lyons. "I knew I'd have to stay on the bottom or I'd lose," Kessler said post-race. Kessler led from the pole, with Lyons passing him on lap 12. Kessler regained the top spot on lap 16, and fought off Matt Papiez's late advances for the win. Papiez, Larry Archer, Rich Scagliotta and Jack Swain followed.
Billy Bauer of Flemington, NJ, scored his second consecutive win in the Street Stock fray. Bauer took the lead on lap 4 and was never headed. He was trailed by Pat Freiberger, George Quinlan, 1999 division champ Pat Conaway and Al Cheney III.
In the second event of the Mid-State Communications Rookie series, Keith Fleming of Milford, NJ, led from green to checker. Dom Buffalino Jr. finished second, as he did last week, with opening night winner John McClelland, John Piazzolla and Dave Hoffman making up the front five in the competitive field.
AMSOIL awarded product to all feature winners on a fast-paced night that concluded at 8:15 p.m.
The action continues this Saturday, April 15, with URC Sprint cars making their first appearance of the year. Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Rookies fill out the five-division card. Gates open at 2 p.m., warm-ups at 4 p.m., and the first green flag drops at 5. Adult admission is $18, children 7-12 are $6, and kids 6 and under are free. For more info, call the speedway at (609) 758-1900.
1st Heat: 1.Bitner 2.Pauch 3.Butler 4.Singley 5.VanGorder 6.Crouse 2nd Heat: 1.Hoffman 2.Brightbill 3.Carberry 4.Osmun 5.Drayton 6.Infante 3rd Heat: 1.Hager 2.Laureno 3.Grosso Jr. 4.Moss 5.Keimig 6.Bohn 'B' Main: No Consi -- All 9 Added to Feature.
Feature (30 laps):
1.Gary Butler 2.Kenny Brightbill 3.Willie Osmun 4.Rick Grosso Jr. 5.Keith Hoffman 6.Mark Bitner 7.Scott VanGorder 8.Tim Tanner Jr. 9.J.R. Crouse 10.Rocco Infante 11.Eddie Bohn 12.Bob Worthington 13.Tom Hager 14.Ralph Rue 15.Bob Drayton 16.Art Adams Jr. 17.Chris Grbac 18.Kenny Wismer III 19.Tom Carberry 20.Bruce Hooper 21.Steve Moss 22.Mike Hendershot 23.Kory Keimig 24.Billy Pauch 25.Roger Laureno 26.Todd Singley 27.Kenny Huchko DNQ: None
Rookie Feature (8 laps): 1.Keith Fleming 2.Buffalino Jr. 3.McClelland 4.Piazzolla 5.Hoffman 6.Ramsey 7.Tinnes Jr. 8.Liedl 9.Stravinsky 10.McKevin 11.Smyth 12.Thompson 13.Reutter Jr.14.Morrison
1st Heat: 1.Godown 2.Eppolite 3.Kline 4.Swain 5.Reid 6.Flesch
2nd Heat: 1.Papiez 2.Kessler 3.Scagliotta 4.Pfister 5.Pearson 6.Reed
3rd Heat: 1.Priore 2.Archer 3.Lyons 4.Ely 5.Marra 6.Singley
1st 'B' Main: 1.Toth 2.Harris 3.Dallett 4.Koczon 5.McClelland
2nd 'B' Main: 1.Mears 2.Sarvis 3.Hammond 4.Foster 5.Buffalino Jr.
Feature (20 Laps): 1.Mickey Kessler 2.Matt Papiez 3.Larry Archer 4.Rich Scagliotta 5.Jack Swain 6.Mike Lyons 7.Tom Eppolite Jr. 8.Scott Singley 9.Ryan Godown 10.Paul Marra 11.Chuck Flesch 12.Brien Ely 13.Brian Pearson 14.Larry Reed 15.Ron John Koczon 16.Mike Toth 17.J.C. Mears 18.Joe Sarvis 19.Gene Stravinsky (Alt.) 20.John McClelland 21.Dominick Buffalino Jr. 22.Rob Pfister 23.Pat Priore 24.Keith Fleming 25.Donnie Kline 26.Scott Reid 27.Kenny Hammond 28.Jim Dallett 29.Jimmy Harris DNS: Keith Foster DNQ: Bryant Brown, Eddie Smyth, Joey Tinnes Jr., Bob Kaelin, Dave Hoffman, Larry Lippincott, John Scheideler, Mike Reutter Jr., Gene Stravinsky, Kyle Morrison, Tom Tomasko, Andrew McKevin, Bryan Lamparter, Joe Garey, Steve Ramsey, Jerry Thompson, John Piazzolla, Doug Liedl.
1st Heat: 1.Bauer 2.Whitehouse 3.Fleming 4.Mongeau 5.Quinlan 6.Cooke
2nd Heat: 1.Conaway 2.Berardi 3.Bifulco 4.Wagner 5.Reed 6.Giannino
3rd Heat: 1.Freiberger 2.Miller 3.Gerber 4.Byrne 5.Cheney 6.Bethman
'B' Main: 1.Leote 2.Mongiello 3.Haines 4.Ensinger 5.Hewitt 6.Nixon
Feature (15 laps):1.Billy Bauer 2.Pat Freiberger 3.George Quinlan 4.Pat Conaway 5.Al Cheney 6.Kim Cooke 7.Bruce Leote 8.Kory Fleming 9.Dale Haines 10.Carol Whitehouse 11.Jeff Bethman 12.Mike Nixon 13.Bryan Reed 14.Les Miller Jr. 15.Brian Wagner 16.Spider Ensinger Jr. 17.Kevin Bifulco 18.Jim Hewitt 19.Ricky Giannino 20.Jim Gerber 21.Steve Mongiello 22.Evan Berardi 23.Joe Mongeau 24.Richie Byrne DNQ: Nick Giris, Lisa Conaway, Art Avery, Rich Roveda, Dean Wolford.