Like Father, Like Son;
Billy Pauch, Jr. Looking to Become a Champion at New Egypt Speedway
Story By: Fred Hahn/RacersGuide.com – Photos By: Dave Dalesandro/RacersGuide.com
Seventeen years ago Billy Pauch, Jr.’s father, Billy Pauch Sr., won his first of a record six New Egypt Speedway Modified division championships. Now Billy Jr., a young father himself, has his sights set on his first championship at the Plumsted Township, NJ Speedway. After a strong second place finish to his father Saturday night, Billy Jr. now has an even better chance to overtake Ryan Godown in this Saturday’s double point finale. Billy Jr. has four wins this season at New Egypt and a fifth win this Saturday could help cap off another great season of racing for “The Kid’s Kid.”
Billy Jr. would like nothing more than to follow in his father’s footsteps once more and become a New Egypt Speedway track champion. If he can pull off this come-from-behind feat, he and his father would become the first ever father and son track champions at New Egypt. What exactly would that mean to the son of a racing legend? “It would mean a ton. I grew up at New Egypt since I was 14, so a title there would be very important,” stated Billy Jr. Many fans of New Jersey racing watched a young Billy Jr. grow up right in front of them at tracks like Flemington, East Windsor and then New Egypt Speedway
Billy Jr. has a very potent ride in the Rick Holston #96. In yet another full season behind the wheel for that team, Billy Jr. had the following to say, “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of hardworking guys.” You sure can bet that Billy Jr.’s crew will have a car very capable of winning as this Saturday they will leave nothing behind as Junior takes on Ryan Godown, his father’s archrival and defending track champion.
Race fans should be sure to come out this Saturday night September 3rd, and watch an epic battle go down to the final lap for the 2016, 358 Modified championship. For those race fans that may have cut back on their racing as of late, there is no better time to get back out to the track! Come cheer on this third generation driver, as many cheered on his father, and other greats… Our sport still has many drivers to cheer on.
Remember, it’s never too late to get back out to the track and help keep short track racing around for years to come.