New Egypt, NJ (July 1, 2018) – At New Egypt Speedway’s Throwback Night, Matt Stangle won his first career Modified feature. The Mr. Crate Classic for the Crate Modifieds went to Connor King. Jermain Godshall bested the field in the main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Jon Meyer was the victor in the Street Stock race and Joe Garey, Sr. took top honors in the 4-Cylinder contest.
As the green flag waved to start the 30-lap Modified feature, Modified rookie Matt Stangle grabbed the lead with Steve Davis, Kevin Vaclavicek, Jim Bobbitt and Blaine Bracelin in the chase. Vaclavicek motored by Davis into second with four circuits recorded. On lap eight, the first of two cautions in the event took place for Davey Sammons. When action resumed, Stangle maintained his advantage with Vaclavicek and Davis still in second and third respectively. Behind the top three, two racers, Ryan Godown and Danny Bouc, were making moves to the front of the pack. Godown, who started in eighth and was steering the Steve Searock owned Modified on this night, motored into fourth with eleven laps in the books. The sixteenth place starting Bouc zipped into fifth as the lap counter displayed fourteen. At the halfway point, Stangle was still on top with Vaclavicek in second and Godown in third. As a good stretch of green flag racing continued and only ten laps remaining, the top three of Stangle, Vaclavicek and Godown were almost nose-to-tail and approaching the back end of the field. As the final third of the event began, Stangle began to knife his way through traffic. With six laps remaining, Bouc slipped by Davis to gain fourth place. One lap later, the caution flag waved for the second and final time as the third place running Godown developed a flat right rear tire. On the single file restart, Stangle held onto the front running position with Bouc moving past Vaclavicek to take over the runner-up spot. Over the final few laps, Stangle drove flawlessly to secure his first ever Modified feature victory. Bouc came home in second with Vaclavicek finishing third. A strong run by Davis resulted in a fourth place finish. Modified rookie JR Fulper completed the contest in fifth. The Modified heat races were taken by Brandon Grosso and Ryan Godown.
In the 30-lap Mr. Crate Classic for the Crate Modifieds, Connor King grabbed first place just before the halfway point to win his second feature of the season. Steve Desmelyk paced the pack for the opening two tours before Jeremy Martino proceeded to the front. King, who started the extra distance event from thirteenth, swept by Martino and into the lead for good on the thirteenth circuit. Eric Palmer finished in second. Third place was claimed by eighteenth place starting Sammy Martz, Jr. John Aumick was fourth and fifth went to Martino. Johnny Bangs, Steve Hicks and John Criscione were the victors in the Crate Modified heat races.
Jermain Godshall headed the field the entire distance to win the 20-lap main for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. The victory was the first career win for Godshall. Brian Spencer chased Godshall throughout the contest to finish second. Third place went to Heidi Hedin. Karl Freyer was fourth and Rich Mellor completed the race in fifth. The winners in the qualifying events for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars were Brian Spencer and Jermain Godshall.