REIMERT RALLIES FOR FIRST NES WIN; BANGS TAKES ROUND THREE OF HIGH GEAR SERIES

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REIMERT RALLIES FOR FIRST NES WIN; BANGS TAKES ROUND THREE OF HIGH GEAR SERIES

Oley, Pa’s Louden Reimert has been a steady performer at the New Egypt Speedway since the team decided to make the Route 539 oval their home track last year. Steadily notching top ten finishes week in and week out, the second generation driver finally had all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place as he won the thirty lap Vahlco Wheels modified feature.

Starting in the number one slot, it was Chris Grbac who was scored the leader on lap one, but quickly
gave way to John McClelland on lap two. Jim Housworth occupied the number two position on lap three and began to pace himself behind the Reid Sod Farms #44. Mike Butler slid into third on lap six as the first half of the event was run caution free.

The first yellow flag did appear on lap eighteen as Ryan Conrad’s #5C came to a stop in turn four. With
the car removed from the speedway, the double file restart played into the hands of not only Housworth, who became the new leader, but Reimert who blasted into third. Wasting no time, Reimert passed McClelland for second on lap twenty one and began to set his sights on Housworth. Trying to track down the McNichol #72 was no easy task, but with five laps to go, it was apparent Reimert was beginning to make gains on the leader. With Housworth looking to notch his second win of the season, it was Reimert who took the low groove with two laps to go to become the leader and the eventual winner.

Following McClelland across the finish line was current point leader Brandon Grosso driving his brother’s J24 with Frank Cozze rounding out the top five. Rookie Paul Mancini finished a strong sixth as Jack Butler, Danny Bouc, Mike Butler, and early leader Grbac filled position seven through ten.

The third event of the lucrative High Gear Towning Series is history and taking the victory was Johnny
Bangs. Bangs was able to turn a third place starting spot into a win stopping Joe Toth, who had captured
the first two series main events.

The feature was slowed before one lap could be completed for a backstretch incident which saw Jon
Meyer flip after contacting the Eric Palmer #12E. Fortunately Meyer was uninjured in the mishap which saw three cars eliminated. The second attempt proved to be cleaner as David Burns grabbed the lead followed by Kevin Borden and Bangs. Looking to get his name back into the points race, Bangs shot into the lead on lap five and never looked back as he survived two restarts to claim his sixth career feature win.

Burns brought the Flemington Dept Store #13R home second with Ryan Simmons third, current series points leader Toth fourth, and Tom Princiotta fifth. Nick Van Wickle was sixth, Will Dupree seventh, Amanda Buchel eighth, Palmer ninth, and Dan Fleming tenth. Young David Miloszar captured the twelve lap Rookie finale and with it claimed the 2022 title. A winner six times in the nine race series, Miloszar never finished lower than second and looks forward to joining the Crates on a regular basis. Logan Starr finished second with Tia Aumick third, Dylan Morris fourth, Dom Antonelli fifth, and Ashley Therian sixth. It was another exciting NEWS feature and taking the win by inches was three time division champion Rich Mellor. Current point leader Mick D’Agostino gave it his best effort but was nosed out by the Wrightstown driver at the stripe. Heidi Hedin recorded her fifth third place finish of the season with Stan Ploski III fourth, and Ken Nealis fifth.

Justin Dunn came from eleventh to score his fourth Wash Wagon 4 Cylinder main event of the 2022 season. A good battle for second saw Joe Garey Jr outduel Mike Fox for the spot with Ed Ford
fourth and Penny Horner fifth.

Next up on the schedule, Saturday July 2nd, will be a triple header featuring the Vahlco Wheels Modifieds, Larry’s Hot Rods and Harley’s NEWS, and Fireworks. For further information, please contact the speedway office at 609-758-1900.

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