PAUCH IS THE HEAD OF THE CLASS AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S GRADUATION NIGHT
Story By: Mike Wisniewski/New Egypt Speedway
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/New Egypt Speedway
New Egypt, NJ (June 17, 2018) – At New Egypt Speedway’s Graduation Night,
Billy Pauch, Jr. headed the field to win the Modified feature. The Hammer
Sportsman feature was won by David Burns. Eric Palmer picked up the victory
in the Crate Modified class. Karl Freyer topped his rivals in the Larry’s
Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car main event. In the Lyons
Construction/Metal Fab Rookie division, Ryan Heim scored the win and took
home the 2018 Championship.
Steve Davis grabbed the lead as the 30-lap Modified feature began. Following
two caution periods and five tours completed, Davis was still in control
with Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch, Jr. next in line and battling for second
place. By lap seven, Pauch, Jr. slipped by Godown to take over second.
Following another break in the action for debris on the track on the eighth
circuit, Pauch, Jr. blasted by Davis and into first place. Twelfth place
starting David VanHorn was continuing his advancement towards the front as
he motored by Godown and into third with ten revolutions completed. After an
additional appearance of the yellow flag on lap eleven, VanHorn slipped by
Davis and began to pursue Pauch, Jr. As the contest reached the halfway
point, the top two remained intact with Brandon Grosso in third, Danny Bouc
in fourth and Godown dropping down to fifth. On lap sixteen, a tight battle
for the lead led to slight contact between the top two of Pauch, Jr. and
VanHorn. With ten laps remaining, Pauch, Jr. had pulled slightly away from
his rivals with VanHorn holding off Grosso for second, Bouc in fourth and
John McClelland climbing into fifth after an earlier visit to the pits.
Throughout the final third of the race, Pauch, Jr. hit his marks and crossed
the finish line to gain his third victory of the year. VanHorn held off the
strong advancements of Grosso to finish in second. With Grosso in third,
Bouc was fourth and McClelland was fifth. By placing ahead of Bouc,
McClelland and Dominick Buffalino in the May Modified Madness Series finale,
Grosso won the 2018 May Modified Madness title. Ryan Godown and David
VanHorn won the Modified heat races.
David Burns, the 2017 Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie champion,
inherited the lead on the eleventh circuit and paced the field for the
remaining distance to win the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman feature. Joseph Brown
led the opening ten tours of the race. A restart following a caution on the
tenth lap saw the top two of Brown and Shaun Ratchford collide and set off a
chain reaction accident in front of the field. The incident elevated Burns
into first place. Defending champion Billy Osmun completed the race in
second. After missing his heat race due to mechanical issues, fourteenth
place starting Art Liedl finished the contest in third. Marty Resnick was
fourth and Bob Lineman, Jr came home in fifth. Hammer Sportsman qualifying
events went to Billy Osmun and David Burns.
With the time limit reached in the scheduled 20-lap Crate Modified feature,
Eric Palmer was declared the victor when the checkered flag waved after
sixteen circuits were completed. The triumph was Palmer’s eighth career win.
The runner-up spot was taken by Steve Hicks. Third place went to John
Aumick. Kyle Kania wound up in fourth with fifth going to Ryan Simmons. Rob
Mancini and Eric Palmer were victorious in the heat races for the Crate
Karl Freyer led every step of the way to win the 20-lap main event for the
Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Freyer survived
two late race restarts to collect his first win at New Egypt Speedway. Rich
Mellor came home in second place. Third place was claimed by Bobby Tersillo.
Brian Spencer was fourth and Lee Nardelli finished in fifth. The qualifying
events in the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars
division were taken by Bobby Tersillo and Eric Jennings.
In the final Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie feature of the season, Ryan
Heim won the 12-lap race and the season championship. Heim finished first in
seven of the eight Rookie events in 2018. Bobby Holzwarth was next in line.
Kevin Borden, Jr., Matt Miller and Paige Brown rounded out the top five.
Several big events are set to roll into New Egypt Speedway. First up, the
Monster Truck Racing League Presents the School’s Out Monster Truck Summer
Smash on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The legendary Bigfoot, Snake
Bite, Equalizer, Hot Tamale and several more Monster Trucks along with a
Freestyle Motocross are set to entertain fans of all ages. Monster Truck
rides will be available for $10. On Saturday, June 23, gates open at 5:30
p.m. with a pit party getting underway at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30
p.m. On Sunday, June 24, the grandstand turnstiles unlock at 1:00 p.m. and
the pit party kicks off at 1:30 p.m. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. Adult
tickets can be purchased online for $20 or at the gate for $25. Tickets for
Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 are $10. All children 3 and under are
admitted for free. A family 4-pack (2 Adults & 2 Kids) is available only
online for $50. Tickets can be purchased online at
The Garden State Gunfight 2 will be held on Wednesday, June 27th at New
Egypt Speedway. The top Modified drivers from all across the region will
take part in a 60-lap feature with $6,000 going to the winner and $400 to
start the main event. A 30-lap event for the Crate Modifieds vs. Open
Sportsman will be on the card as well. Pit gates unlock at 4:00 p.m. with
the grandstand ticket windows opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps start at 6:00
p.m. and the first green flag waves at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand
is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for teens 12-15, $15
for military personal and their spouses with ID, and Kids 11 & under are
FREE. Pit admission is $35 with any track license and $40 with no license.
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great
Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval,
New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best
competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature
daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the
house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear,
and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from
Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
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NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
Heat 1 – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Rich Rutski 3. Brandon Grosso 4. Steve Davis 5.
Davey Sammons 6. John McClelland 7. JR Fulper 8. Dominick Buffalino 9. Tim
Heat 2 – 1. David VanHorn 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Danny Bouc 4. Ryan Krachun
5. Matt Stangle 6. PJ Oliver 7. Brian Papiez 8. Kevin Vaclavicek 9. Blaine
MODIFIEDS – 30 LAPS FEATURE
1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. David VanHorn 3. Brandon Grosso 4. Danny Bouc 5. John
McClelland 6. Ryan Godown 7. Davey Sammons 8. Bryan Kuhl 9. Kevin Vaclavicek
10. JR Fulper 11. PJ Oliver 12. Jim Bobbitt 13. Brian Roemer 14. Blaine
Bracelin 15. Ryan Krachun 16. Steve Davis 17. Tim Apgar 18. Brian Papiez 19.
Matt Stangle 20. Rich Rutski 21. Dominick Buffalino 22. Roger Manning
2018 MAY MODIFIED MADNESS CHAMPION – BRANDON GROSSO
Heat 1 – 1. Billy Osmun 2. Shaun Ratchford 3. Pat Wall 4. Will Dupree 5.
Jimmy Amato 6. Jason Kosch
Heat 2 – 1. David Burns 2. Joseph Brown 3. Bob Lineman, Jr. 4. Joe Nappi 5.
Marty Resnick 6. Bob Rambone
HAMMER SPORTSMAN – 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. DAVID BURNS 2. Billy Osmun 3. Art Liedl 4. Marty Resnick 5. Bob Lineman,
Jr. 6. Joe Nappi 7. Cale Ross 8. Jimmy Amato 9. Joseph Brown 10. Shaun
Ratchford 11. Jason Kosch 12. Ryan Heim 13. Gary Grim 14. Will Dupree 15.
Pat Wall 16. Bob Rambone
DNS: Erich Conk
Heat 1 – 1. Rob Mancini 2. George Gareis, Jr. 3. Dan Fleming 4. Kyle Kania
5. John Criscione 6. Steve Hicks 7. Aaron Weaver
Heat 2 – 1. Eric Palmer 2. Ryan Simmons 3. Connor King 4. Jeremy Martino 5.
Johnny Bangs 6. John Aumick 7. Steve Desmelyk
CRATE MODIFIEDS – 16 LAPS FEATURE – TIME LIMIT
1. ERIC PALMER 2. Steve Hicks 3. John Aumick 4. Kyle Kania 5. Ryan Simmons
6. Connor King 7. Johnny Bangs 8. John Criscione 9. Joe Toth 10. George
Gareis, Jr. 11. Dan Fleming 12. Aaron Weaver 13. Tom Princiotta 14. Glenn
McIntyre 15. Kevin Borden, Jr. 16. Bobby Holzwarth 17. Jeremy Martino 18.
Steve Desmelyk 19. Rob Mancini 20. Alonzo Morales 21. Paige Brown
DNS: Matt Miller
Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars
Heat 1 – 1. Bobby Tersillo 2. Brian Spencer 3. Rich Mellor 4. Jordan
Heat 2 – 1. Eric Jennings 2. Karl Freyer 3. Lee Nardelli 4. Corey Wood
LARRY’S HOT RODS & HARLEY’S NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS – 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. KARL FREYER 2. Rich Mellor 3. Bobby Tersillo 4. Brian Spencer 5. Lee
Nardelli 6. Heidi Hedin 7. Corey Wood 8. Eric Jennings 9. Jermain Godshall
10. Duane Nixon 11. Larry Drake 12. Jordan Lawrence 13. Dan Malley 14. Al
Cheney 15. Paul Comstock
LYONS CONSTRUCTION/METAL FAB ROOKIE SPORTSMAN – 12 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN HEIM 2. Bobby Holzwarth 3. Kevin Borden, Jr. 4. Matt Miller 5. Paige
Brown 6. Erich Conk
2018 LYONS CONSTRUCTION/METAL FAB ROOKIE SPORTSMAN CHAMPION – RYAN HEIM