(June 8, 2019): Defending Modified champion David VanHorn of Harmony, NJ captured his first Vahlco Wheels Modified feature event of 2019 in thrilling fashion Saturday night at New Egypt Speedway. In a race that will be talked about for a long time, VanHorn grabbed the lead from Pat Wall and Ryan Krachun with just two laps remaining and held on for his 7th career win ay NES. The trio had a spirited battle over the final 5 laps, racing three-wide on several occasions including the race-winning pass.
“We weren’t good on the outside early in the race”, exclaimed a jubilant VanHorn in the winner’s circle, “The moisture was coming up on the low side and you just had to be patient. It was a tough week and our team really needed this win tonight!”
Blaine Bracelin & John Pakenham brought the 24-car field to the start for the second week in a row. On the second attempt the two made contact with both bringing out the yellow after collecting Billy Osmun and Wade Hendrickson. With a new front row of Pat Wall and Ryan Krachun the race was on with Wall getting the lead only to see Krachun make a nice pass and assume command. Krachun pulled out quickly to a half straightaway lead while battles raged behind him throughout the top ten. When the caution appeared on lap 9 this gave Wall another shot at the leader and on the restart Wall went back out in front with Krachun working on the inside of him. Lap 12 found tenth starting Davey Sammons racing into third and challenging the leaders. Sammons made it a three car battle until the yellow flag flew just before the halfway point of the event. The restart was wild as the top ten shuffled positions behind the lead duo and last weeks winner Ryan Godown charged into third from his 16th starting position. Godown began pressuring the leaders as defending champ David VanHorn, who had been treading water in the back of the top ten suddenly found a bite on the bottom of the speedway. With ten laps remaining Wall continued to hold off a fast and persistent Krachun on the high groove as VanHorn raced by Godown into third and caught the leaders. The three raced together in close quarters and as the flagger signaled five laps to go each decided it was time to make their move. What ensued brought the crowd to their feet as the trio raced side by side and at times three wide for the top spot with Wall continuing to be shown the leader each lap. As the two-to-go signal was given DVH finally found the grip he had been patiently waiting for on the inside as all three cars raced side by side for the lead and he surged to the front. Wall and Krachun were both not done as the stayed right with VanHorn challenging the veteran over the final two circuits but it proved to be VanHorn’s night as he crossed the stripe just in front of Wall. Krachun settled for a very close third ahead of point leader Billy Pauch Jr. and Davey Sammons.
The Hammer Sportsman 20 lap feature saw three-time champion Bob Lineman Jr. post his first win of the season and 21st of his career. Lineman used a late race restart to charge from 4th to the lead on the high side of the track passing leader Jim Housworth, who settled for a hard fought second. Joseph Brown, last week’s winner Steve Davis and 2018 Rookie champ Ryan Heim rounded out the top five.
The Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie feature was won for the fourth time by point leader Anthony Tramontana Jr. as he bested DJ Hunt by three car lengths. Ryan Krushinski finished third followed by Zach Merola.
The Mike’s Performance 4-Cylinders were won for the third time this season by point leader Mike Fox. Fox inherited the lead on lap 11 when leader Dom Antonelli suffered a broken motor. Justin Dunn chased Fox across the finish line followed by 2 time winners TJ Graves and Joe Garey Sr. with Jim Avery completing the top five.
The Street Stock feature was won Bill Liedtka for the third time this year. Liedtka beat out Jim Avery and Joe Reid for his 29th career Street Stock triumph at NES.
Next week Sat. night June 15th it is Jackson Twp. night at New Egypt Speedway. All residents of nearby Jackson NJ will receive free general admission into the speedway with proof of residency. The Vahlco Wheels Modifieds headline the evening joined on the track by the Larry’s Hot Rods and Harley’s NEWS Sprint cars, Crate Modifieds, and the Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie Sportsman. In addition the annual Father’s Day races will take place at the end of the night, as the driver’s dads will jump into their son’s cars and challenge each other. Admission will be $20 for Adults, and gates will open at 5pm, with warm-ups at 6pm and the first race taking place at 7pm.
New Egypt Speedway Results
Rat Rod Night
Vahlco Wheels MODIFIEDS
Feature (30 laps): 1. David VanHorn 2. Pat Wall 3. Ryan Krachen 4. Billy Pauch Jr. 5.Davey Sammons 6. Ryan Godown 7. Brandon Grosso 8. Danny Bouc 9. Brian Papiez 10. Rich Ruski 11. Kevin Vaclavicek 12. John McClelland 13. Cale Ross 14. TJ Lilly 15. JR Fulper 16. PJ Oliver 17. Mike Butler 18. Billy Osmun 19. John Pakenham 20. Bob Rambone 21. Blaine Bracelin 22. Steve Young 23. Wade Hendrickson 24. Dakota Kessler
DNQ: Jerry Higbie, Tim Apgar
Heat Winners: Sammons, Bouc, Krachun
Feature (20 laps): 1. Bob Lineman Jr. 2. Jim Housworth 3. Joseph Brown 4. Steve Davis 5. Ryan Heim 6. Dan Fleming 7. Will Trstensky 8. Joe Nappi 9. John Criscione 10. DJ Hunt 11. Anthony Tramontana Jr. 12. Jason Kosch 13. JT Trstensky 14. Ryan Simmons 15. Marty Resnick 16. Jimmy Amato 17. Joey Payne 18. Howie Finch 19. David Burns 20. Will Dupree 21. Zachary Merola 22. Ryan Krushinski 23. Mickey Kessler 24. Rob Anderton
Heat Winners: Lineman Jr. Burns
Mike’s Performance 4-CYLINDERS
Feature (15 laps): 1. Mike Fox 2. Justin Dunn 3. TJ Graves 4. Joe Garey Sr. 5. Jim Avery 6. John Cialella 7. Robby Dunn 8. Joe Garey Jr. 9. Dom Antonelli 10. Scott Dunn 11. Ian Ashford 12. Nicole Razzano 13. Ryan Cummings
Heat Winners: Antonelli, Avery
Lyons Construction/MetalFab ROOKIE SPORTSMAN
Feature (8 laps): 1. Anthony Tramontana Jr. 2. DJ Hunt 3. Ryan Krushinski 4. Zachary Merola
Feature (15 laps): 1.Bill Liedtka 2. Jim Avery 3. Joe Reid 4. Billy Wroble 5. Mick Search 6. Chris “Tippy” Martinez 7. Marty Derr 8. Dennis Seeley 9. Vern McLaughlin 10. Chris Felber