New Egypt, NJ (May 27) -- When the checker fell on International Masonry Institute's Medal of Honor 50, a pair of Modified Rookies stole the thunder from the division veterans, with Mt. Laurel, NJ's Bob Worthington running the race of his life to...
New Egypt, NJ (May 27) -- When the checker fell on International Masonry Institute's Medal of Honor 50, a pair of Modified Rookies stole the thunder from the division veterans, with Mt. Laurel, NJ's Bob Worthington running the race of his life to claim the $3,500 top prize on Saturday at New Egypt Speedway. Rocco Infante, another Modified novice, finished on Worthington's heels.
"I love Billy Pauch and Kenny Brightbill," said third-finisher Bobby Drayton, who won his career first a couple of weeks back. "But I'm glad to see new guys contending here at New Egypt, and I'm glad to be up here with Rocco and Bob."
Worthington was running on a rail, racing from fifth to the lead by lap 9. Five laps later, 1999 division champ Billy Pauch retired to the pits with driveline failure. Worthington was out front, but Drayton was the show, as he stalked the leader before dropping Worthington to second in lapped traffic on lap 30. It was Drayton over Worthington for seven laps, until Drayton drifted high in turn 2 and Worthington pounced. Rookie Infante rebounded from an early pitstop to pass Drayton for second in the closing laps. Drayton fought hard to finish third, followed by Mark Bitner and Gary Butler, with Kenny Brightbill hanging on for sixth after an early skirmish.
New Brunswick, NJ's Chris Wasson scored his career first win in the Sportsman 20 lap run. Wasson easily worked his way to the front on lap 7 and simply pulled away from the field. Jack Swain, Matt Papiez, Mike Toth and Ron John Koczon trailed Wasson at the line.
Defending Street Stock Champion Pat Conaway picked up his first feature win of the season after a strong duel with Al Cheney in the 15 lap main. Conaway took the lead from Al Cheney II with two laps to go. Behind Conaway and Cheney at the line were Dale Haines, Carol Whitehouse and Ricky Giannino.
In the 12 lap Mid-State Communications Rookie series finale, awarding double points, Howell, NJ's Mike Reutter Jr. captured his third win of the year in the non-stop event. Runner-up Dave Hoffman was crowned the 2000 Rookie Sportsman series champion. "It feels great -- I can't believe it," Hoffman exclaimed. "I never sat in one of these cars until eight weeks ago. I'm thrilled."
The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #20 of Brick, NJ, participated in a Memorial Day tribute.
June 3 is Scout Night at New Egypt Speedway, with all Scouts in uniform ages 7-12 admitted free. On the bill are Modifieds, Sportsman and double features for the Street Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the first heat takes the green at 6:30. more information, call (609) 758-1900.
<pre> 5/27/00 MODIFIED RESULTS
1st Heat: (Time: 2:31.229)1.Pauch 2.VanGorder 3.Dubovick 4.Worthington 5.Hager 6.Drayton
2nd Heat: (No Time)1.Brightbill 2.Bitner 3.Carberry 4.Bohn 5.Laureno 6.Hendershot
3rd Heat: (Time: 2:34.623)1.Tanner Jr. 2.Infante 3.Hoffman 4.McCaughey 5.Moss 6.Grosso Jr.
'B' Main: (No Time)1.Butler 2.Adams 3.Osmun 4.Rue 5.Singley 6.Hooper (Fans' Prov: Velenger)
Feature (50 laps): 1.Bob Worthington 2.Rocco Infante 3.Bobby Drayton 4.Mark Bitner 5.Gary Butler 6.Kenny Brightbill 7.Todd Singley 8.Darren McCaughey 9.Willie Osmun 10.Tom Hager 11.Rick Grosso Jr. 12.Eddie Bohn 13.Mike Hendershot 14.Scott VanGorder 15.Art Adams Jr. 16.Roger Laureno 17.Billy Dubovick 18.Bruce Hooper 19.Tom Carberry 20.Keith Hoffman 21.Gary Velenger 22.Steve Moss 23.Billy Pauch 24.Tim Tanner Jr. 25.Ralph Rue
DNQ: Barry Voss, Korey Keimig, Craig Pondish, Kenny Huchko, Tim Tanner Sr.
SPORTSMAN RESULTS Rookie Feature (12 laps): (Time: 3:20) 1.Mike Reutter Jr. 2.Hoffman 3.Piazzolla 4.Fleming 5.Stravinsky 6.Morrison 7.McClelland 8.Buffalino Jr. 9.Falzini Jr. 10.Tinnes Jr. 11.Liedl 12.Thompson 13.Austin 14.Geigis 15.Bailey 16.Hyland
1st Heat: (Time: 2:13.107)1.Hammond 2.Reed 3.Mears 4.Koczon 5.Ramsey 6.Dallett
2nd Heat: (Time: 2:08.755)1.Wasson 2.Lippincott 3.Pfister 4.Reid 5.Archer 6.Papiez
3rd Heat: (No Time)1.Swain 2.Lyons 3.Taylor Jr. 4.Tomasko 5.Eppolite 6.Sarvis
1st 'B' Main: (No Time)1.Toth 2.Infante 3.Priore 4.Scagliotta 5.Ely
2nd 'B' Main:(No Time) 1.Singley 2.Kessler 3.Foster 4.Brown 5.Hoffman
Feature (20 Laps): 1.Chris Wasson 2.Jack Swain 3.Matt Papiez 4.Mike Toth 5.Ron John Koczon 6.J.C. Mears 7.Larry Lippincott 8.Lee Taylor Jr. 9.Brien Ely 10.Pat Priore 11.Scott Reid 12.Bryant Brown 13.Keith Foster 14.Scott Singley 15.Jim Dallett 16.Joe Sarvis 17.Larry Reed 18.Mickey Kessler 19.Tom Eppolite Jr. 20.Mike Reutter Jr. 21.Kenny Hammond 22.Tom Tomasko 23.Dave Hoffman 24.Joe Infante 25.Rich Scagliotta 26.Steve Ramsey 27.Mike Lyons 28.Larry Archer 29.Rob Pfister (DNS)
DNQ: Chuck Barker, John Piazzolla, Barry Christ, Jim Falzini Jr., Gene Stravinsky, Scott Hyland, Dan Austin, Doug Liedl, Donnie Kline, Brian Pearson, John McClelland, Dick Robbins, Joey Tinnes Jr., Jeff Carpenter, Joe Szwed, Paul Marra, Jeff Geigis, Bryan Lamparter, Dave Bailey, Jerry Thompson, Keith Fleming, Dominick Buffalino Jr., Kyle Morrison, George Gareis.
STREET STOCK 1st Heat: (Time: 2:27.673) 1.Cheney 2.Reed 3.Haines 4.Byrne 5.Bauer 6.Flores
2nd Heat: (No Time)1.Guyer 2.Bifulco 3.Mongiello 4.Cooke 5.Quinlan 6.Guker
3rd Heat: (No Time)1.P.Conaway 2.Giris 3.L.Conaway 4.Freiberger 5.Whitehouse 6.Gargiulo
'B' Main: (No Time)1.Page 2.Gerber 3.Berardi 4.Fleming 5.Giannino 6.Roth
Feature (15 laps):1.Pat Conaway 2.Al Cheney III 3.Dale Haines 4.Carol Whitehouse 5.Ricky Giannino 6.Bryan Reed 7.George Quinlan 8.Kenny Guyer 9.Billy Bauer 10.Keith Flores 11.Ralph Gargiulo 12.Rich Page 13.Kenny Roth 14.Richie Byrne 15.Pat Freiberger 16.Evan Berardi 17.Kevin Bifulco 18.Bill Gerber 19.Kory Fleming 20.Steve Mongiello 21.Kim Cooke 22.Nick Giris 23.Blair Guker III 24.Anthony Knighten
DNQ: Spider Ensinger, Dean Woolford, Joel Quick, Bill Miscoski, Art Avery, Jim Hewitt, Brian Wagner, Dave Cologna, Joe Mongeau, Bruce Leote, Rich Roveda, Shane Felty, Jeff Bethman, Chris Halstead.