(April 10, 2021): Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, NJ captured his 30th career Vahlco Modified win at New Egypt Speedway Saturday on Country Western Night. Pauch took the lead from Mike Butler on a lap 13 restart and cruised to his first victory of 2021. The win breaks a tie with Kenny Brightbill and places Pauch Jr. in sole possession of third place on the all-time overall Modified win list.
“We got lucky in turn 4 ealy in race when I was able to miss that wreck and picked up about 8 spots!” laughed Pauch in victory lane, “My crew did a heck of a job getting the car turned around after we struggled in our heat race.”
JR Fulper and Dakota Kessler brought the 24 car field to the initial green with Fulper powering out in front. Seventh starter Mike Butler, who struggled in the opener last week, was hooked up on this night as he wasted no time getting thru traffic and was quickly challenging Fulper for the top spot. Butler quickly got to the lead as Davey Sammons and tenth starter Mike Gular were now making their presence known. Sammons while running third got crossed up coming out of turn 4 but got a huge break when the car behind him straightened him out and he was able to stay up front while 8 cars brought out the yellow, shaking up the top ten running order. Butler charged back in front on the restart with Pauch making some bold moves to take over second and zero in on Butler. A lap 12 restart was what Pauch needed to assume command and drive away. Rick Laubach, who started 18th, raced into second during the final 10 laps and was able to close the gap slightly, but without a caution was unable to get close enough to challenge for the win. Laubach settled for second, followed by a fast closing Sammons, early leader Butler and “Showtime” Jimmy Blewett.
The Larry’s Hot Rods and Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars 20 lap feature event was won by last week’s runner-up Lee Nardelli. Nardelli held off a late race charge by Brian Spencer to capture his third career win at the central Jersey speedway. Spencer fell just a car length short at the finish settling for second. Last week’s winner Mick D’Agastino came home third chased by defending champ Rich Mellor and Shea Wills.
The Sportsman 20 lap feature was won by David Burns. Burns took the lead from young Justin Grosso on lap 7 and recorded the victory. Grosso, Will Dupree, Ryan Simmons and Tom Princiotta rounded out the top five.
The Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie feature saw Emily Fleming record her first ever win, only to lose it afterward for a technical infraction. This gave the win to Adam Buchel, which is his second in as many events. Brandon Shipley and Sarah Napora were recorded second and third in the final official rundown.
The Street Stock 15 lap feature saw Rob Ormsbee win his first ever Street stock event. Ormsbee, who is the track’s All-time winningest driver in the former Super Stock class, came from last starting position to win. He was chased across the line by Lee Allen & the defending champion Brian Ludwig.
Next Saturday night April 17th the Vahlco Wheels Modifieds will once again headline the show on Truck Night at New Egypt Speedway. They will be joined by the Racersguide.com Crate Modifieds, The Larry’s Hot Rods and Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprints, the John Blewett Inc. 4-Cylinders and the Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie Sportsman.. Gates will open at 4pm, with warm-ups at 5pm and the first race taking the green at 6pm.
New Egypt Speedway Results
Country Western Night
Vahlco Wheels MODIFIEDS
Feature (30 laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Rick Laubach 3. Davey Sammons 4. Mike Butler 5. Jimmy Blewett 6. Dakota Kessler 7. Cale Ross 8. Mike Gular 9. Brandon Grosso 10. Chris Grbac 11. JR Fulper 12. Blaine Bracelin 13. Jim Housworth 14. DJ Hunt 15. John McClelland 16. Wade Hendrickson 17. Kevin Vaclavicek 18. Bryan Kuhl 19. David Van Horn 20. Jack Swain 21. Frank Venezia 22. Kory Fleming 23. PJ Oliver 24. Nick Keefe
Heat Winners: JR Fulper, PJ Oliver, Davey Sammons
Feature (20 laps): 1. David Burns 2. Justin Grosso 3. Will Dupree 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Tom Princiotta 6. Matt Miller 7. Kevin Borden 8. Amanda Buchel 9. Brandon Shipley 10. Sarah Napora 11. Tom Klimkowski DNS: Jim Avery
Heat Winner: Will Dupree
Larry’s Hot Rods & Harleys NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS
Feature (20 laps): 1. Lee Nardelli 2. Brian Spencer 3. Mick D’Agastino 4. Rich Mellor 5. Shea Wills 6. Larry Drake 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Stan Ploski 9. Ken Nealis 10. Brad Schaale 11. Gary Huston 12. Al Cheney 13. Duane Nixon 14. Chris Pelosa 15. Steve Kyzer 16. Rob Ward 17. Eric Miller
Heat Winners: Larry Drake, Brian Spencer
Feature (15 laps): 1. Rob Ormsbee 2. Lee Allen 3. Brian Ludwig 4. Spider Ensinger Sr. 5. Sean Wall 6. Joe Reid 7. Chris Felber 8. Drew Brocklebank
Lyons Construction/MetalFab ROOKIES
Feature (8 laps): 1. Adam Buchel 2. Brandon Shipley 3. Sarah Napora 4. Tom Klimkowski 5. Emily Fleming