PAUCH IS VICTORIOUS AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S 2018 SEASON OPENER
Story By: Mike Wizniewski/New Egypt Speedway
Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff
New Egypt, NJ (April 15, 2018) – On Opening Night at New Egypt Speedway,
presented by Oliver Communications Group, Billy Pauch, Jr. was victorious in
the extra distance 40-lap Modified feature. Pat Wall topped the field in the
Hammer Sportsman race. The Street Stock feature was won by Bill Liedtka.
Ryan Heim took the checkered flag in the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie
As the 40-lap double point Modified feature got underway, polesitter Steve
Davis sped to the front with JR Fulper and Billy Pauch, Jr. next in line.
With three tours completed, Pauch, Jr. had motored into second with Brandon
Grosso advancing to third. On lap four, Pauch, Jr. was just about to take
command of the race when the yellow flag waved for Brian Papiez. On the
ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr. used the outside groove to drive by Davis and
into the lead. After several caution periods and ten circuits in the books,
Pauch, Jr. was still in control with Danny Bouc, Grosso, Dominick Buffalino,
Jimmy Horton and Davis in tow. Due to the total amount of circuits under
green and yellow flag conditions, a fuel stop took place at lap seventeen
with Pauch, Jr., Grosso, Bouc, David VanHorn and Kevin Vaclavicek in the top
five positions. When racing got back underway, Pauch, Jr. retained his edge
with Grosso holding onto second and VanHorn zipping into third. While
cleanup of a lap eighteen multi-car tangle was occurring, Grosso went
pitside and relinquished second place to VanHorn. Pauch, Jr. repelled a
strong bid by Van Horn for the top running spot as action resumed. By the
twenty-fifth tour, Pauch, Jr. was beginning to pull away from the pack with
Bouc in second and VanHorn in third. As the leader was approaching the back
of the field and with only six circuits remaining, the yellow lights
illuminated for a slowing Ryan Krachun. On the ensuing restart, Pauch, Jr.
kept his lead with Bouc and VanHorn trying to track him down. Over the final
laps, several minor incidents brought out the yellow flag including the
final caution of the contest with one circuit to go. During this period, the
second place running Bouc went to the pits with a right rear flat. On the
last lap shootout, Pauch, Jr., the 2017 division champion, held off VanHorn
to earn the win. With VanHorn taking second, Modified rookie TJ Lilly
finished in third place. Grosso rebounded to take fourth and Vaclavicek’s
strong performance earned him a fifth place finish. The Modified heat
winners were Steve Davis, David VanHorn and Brandon Grosso. PJ Oliver was
the victor in the consolation race.
In the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman feature, Pat Wall took the lead from Bill
Liedtka on the eighth circuit and paced the field for the remaining distance
to score his fifth career victory. Bob Lineman, Jr., who chased Wall over
the final half of the race, was the runner-up. Cale Ross drove up from his
twelfth place starting spot to come home in third. Billy Osmun, the 2017
Hammer Sportsman champion, completed the race in fourth while Kyle Kania
finished in fifth. David Burns, Cale Ross and Pat Wall won the qualify
events for the Hammer Sportsman. The consolation race winner was Shaun
Bill Liedtka, the 2017 Street Stock Champion, opened up the defense of his
title by taking the 15-lap Street Stock feature. Jimmy Avery came home in
second. Third place was grabbed by Lee Allen. Jon Meyer and Mick Search
rounded out the top five.
In the 8-lap Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie feature, Ryan Heim led
every step of the way to record the win. Sam Martz, Jr charged from his
sixth starting spot to claim the runner-up spot. Third went to Bobby
Holzwarth. Eric Conk finished fourth and fifth was taken by Kevin Borden,
Due to a curfew, the Mid Atlantic Sprint Series and 4-Cylinder feature
events were postponed and will be completed at a future date. The
Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series heat races were claimed by Jeff Geiges, Mark
Bitner, Ryan Stillwagon and Austin Bishop. Logan Diehl took the checkered
flag in the consolation event.
Racing continues at New Egypt Speedway on Saturday, April 21 with the
Modifieds, Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars,
Hammer Sportsman, Crate Modifieds and the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab
Rookie Sportsman in competition. Pit gates unlock at 3:00 p.m. with the
grandstand ticket window opening at 4:00 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:00 p.m.
and racing starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $20 for
adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 12-15, $10 for military
personal and their spouses with ID, and Kids 11 & under are FREE. Pit
admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway 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, APRIL 14, 2018
Heat 1 – 1. Steve Davis 2. Jeff Bubori 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Matt Stangle 5.
Ryan Krachun 6. John McClelland
Heat 2 – 1. David VanHorn 2. Ryan Godown 3. Dillon Steuer 4. JR Fulper 5.
Davey Sammons 6. Chris Grbac
Heat 3 – 1. Brandon Grosso 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Dominick Buffalino 4. TJ
Lilly 5. Kevin Vaclavicek 6. Brian Papiez
Consolation – 1. PJ Oliver 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Jack Swain 4. Rich Rutski
5. Tim Apgar
Automatic qualifier from practice – Danny Bouc
DNQ: Chad Barney, Brian Roemer, Bryan Kuhl, Jim Bobbitt, Mike Sabia, Blaine
Bracelin, Richie Pratt, Jr.
MODIFIEDS – 40 LAPS FEATURE
1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. David VanHorn 3. TJ Lilly 4. Brandon Grosso 5. Kevin
Vaclavicek 6. Davey Sammons 7. JR Fulper 8. John McClelland 9. Ryan Godown
10. Wade Hendrickson 11. Brian Papiez 12. Danny Bouc 13. Dillon Steuer 14.
Jeff Bubori 15. Ryan Krachun 16. Jimmy Horton 17. Chris Grbac 18. Steve
Davis 19. Tim Apgar 20. Dominick Buffalino 21. Jack Swain 22. PJ Oliver 23.
Matt Stangle 24. Rich Rutski
Heat 1 – 1. David Burns 2. Billy Osmun 3. Kyle Kania 4. Jeremy Martino 5.
Joe Toth 6. John Criscione
Heat 2 – 1. Cale Ross 2. Joseph Brown 3. Will Dupree 4. Marty Resnick 5.
Aaron Weaver 6. Sam Martz, Jr.
Heat 3 – 1. Pat Wall 2. Bob Lineman, Jr. 3. Art Liedl 4. Brad Roberts 5.
Jason Kosch 6. Johnny Bangs
Consolation – 1. Shaun Ratchford 2. Paul Hartwig 3. George Gareis, Jr. 4.
Kevin Borden, Jr. 5. Rob Mancini
Automatic qualifier from practice – Bill Liedtka
DNQ: Jim Hawkes, Andy Visinski, Bobby Holzwarth, Eric Conk, Zachary Merola,
Matt Miller, Jimmy Amato
HAMMER SPORTSMAN – 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. PAT WALL 2. Bob Lineman, Jr. 3. Cale Ross 4. Billy Osmun 5. Kyle Kania 6.
Bill Liedtka 7. Art Liedl 8. Shaun Ratchford 9. Jeremy Martino 10. Marty
Resnick 11. Paul Hartwig 12. Joe Toth 13. Sam Martz, Jr. 14. Jason Kosch 15.
Kevin Borden, Jr. 16. Johnny Bangs 17. John Criscione 18. David Burns 19.
Ryan Heim 20. Aaron Weaver 21. Joseph Brown 22. Brad Roberts 23. Will Dupree
24. George Gareis, Jr. 25. Jim Hawke
DNS: Rob Mancini
STREET STOCKS – 15 LAPS FEATURE
1. BILL LIEDTKA 2. Jimmy Avery 3. Lee Allen 4. Jon Meyer 5. Mick Search 6.
Brian Ludwig 7. Billy Wroble 8. Marty Derr
DNS: Spider Ensinger, Sr., Joe Reid
LYONS CONSTRUCTION/METAL FAB ROOKIE SPORTSMAN – 8 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN HEIM 2. Sam Martz, Jr. 3. Bobby Holzwarth 4. Eric Conk 5. Kevin
Borden, Jr. 6. Zachary Mendola 7. Matt Miller
DNS: Paige Brown
Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series
Heat 1 – 1. Jeff Geiges 2. Tim Tanner 3. Jon Haegele 4. Larry McVay 5.
Heat 2 – 1. Mark Bitner 2. Eddie Wagner 3. Scott Frack 4. Tom Carberry, Sr.
5. Joe Kay
Heat 3 – 1. Ryan Stillwagon 2. Rick Stief 3. Andy Best 4. Jason Dunn 5. Mike
Heat 4 – 1. Austin Bishop 2. Brendan Poff 3. Samantha Lieberman 4. CJ Faison
5. Zack Burd
Consolation – 1. Logan Diehl 2. Duane Nixon 3. Dom Melair 4. Danny Leaper
DNQ: Dean Conk, Jr, Chloe Andreas, Chad Connor, Reid Mitchell
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES – 20 LAPS FEATURE – POSTPONED DUE TO CURFEW
4-CYLINDERS FEATURE – POSTPONED DUE TO CURFEW