GROSSO GAINS HIS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED FEATURE VICTORY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S ALL STAR CUP SHOOTOUTerik158@gmail.com
New Egypt, NJ (October 22, 2017) – At New Egypt Speedway’s All Star Cup Shootout presented by the Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Dealerships and 48Barriers.com, Brandon Grosso gained his first Modified feature victory. Kyle Lilick topped the field in the main event for the Hammer Sportsman. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle while Ryan Godown scored the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car contest.
When the 60-lap Modified feature got underway, Dominick Buffalino grabbed the lead with Jimmy Horton and Brandon Grosso next in line. On lap three, Grosso moved past Horton to take over second with Duane Howard advancing into fourth. The top four of Buffalino, Grosso, Horton and Howard were intact when the first appearance of the yellow flag took place for John Pakenham on the eighth tour. When action resumed, Grosso zipped by Buffalino to take the top running position with Howard motoring into third. After two more caution periods, Grosso was still in command on lap thirteen with Howard, Buffalino, Horton, and Mike Gular in tow. Setting a torrid pace, Grosso began to enter lap traffic on the nineteenth circuit. On lap twenty-six as the top runners were slicing their way by slower competitors, the third place running Buffalino spun to bring out the yellow flag. On the ensuing restart, Grosso fended off Howard to maintain his edge with Horton, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Gular in his tracks. At the halfway point, a fuel stop took place and Grosso was still on top with Howard, Horton, Pauch, Jr. and Gular rounding out the top five. Following the brief break, Grosso outgunned Howard again to keep his lead with Pauch, Jr. taking over third. With twenty laps remaining, Grosso was beginning to encounter lap traffic as Howard was trying to hold off Pauch, Jr. for second place. With ten to go, Grosso was knifing his way through competitors as Howard and Pauch, Jr. were in a battle for second while Horton was trying to hold off Brett Kressley for fourth. On lap fifty-four, the yellow lights illuminated for the final time for JR Fulper. As the green flag waved, Grosso repelled another challenge by Howard to hold onto his lead. Over the final tours, Grosso continued to pull away from the field and led them to the finish line for his first career Modified win. Howard edged Pauch, Jr. by less than a car length to come home in second. A late run by David VanHorn earned him fourth place and fifth was taken by Horton. Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular scored wins in the
Modified heat races.
The 25-lap Hammer Sportsman feature went down to the wire as a last circuit pass gave Kyle Lilick the victory. Polesitter Jeff Bubori took control of the race at the start and he drove to a straightaway advantage with ten revolutions recorded. Kyle Lilick, who started the event in thirteenth, climbed into second place just before the halfway mark. With five to go, Bubori’s lead had been cut in half as Lilick was quickly tracking him down. As the white flag waved, Lilick was nearing the bumper of Bubori. Coming out of turn four on the last circuit, Lilick used the inside land to slip past Bubori to claim his first New Egypt Speedway checkered flag. With Bubori in second, Pat Wall was third. Brian Papiez finished in fourth and fifth went to Jim Housworth. The Sportsman qualifying events were taken by Pat Wall and Art Liedl.
After grabbing the lead from Frank Dorry, Jr. on the sixth circuit, Matt Stangle headed the field to the finish line to take the 25-lap feature for the Crate Modifieds. Dorry, Jr. followed Stangle to claim second place. Ryan Simmons completed the race in third. Kyle Kania was fourth and Jeremy Martino was fifth. Matt Stangle and Alonzo Morales were the Crate Modified
heat race victors.
Ryan Godown took the lead on the fifth tour and paced the field for the remaining distance to collect his eleventh win of the year in the 20-lap feature for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Lee Nardelli was the runner-up. Third place was taken by Eric Jennings. Bobby Tersillo and Brody Adamsky completed the top five. Rich Mellor won the qualifying contest for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.
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.
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 – ALL STAR CUP SHOOTOUT
Heat 1 – 1. Jimmy Horton 2. Duane Howard 3. PJ Oliver 4. Brandon Grosso 5.Tad Cox 6. Ryan Krachun
Heat 2 – 1. Jeff Strunk 2. David VanHorn 3. Chad Barney 4. Kevin Vaclavicek 5. Ryan Godown 6. Rusty Smith
Heat 3 – 1. Mike Gular 2. Dominick Buffalino 3. Danny Bouc 4. Billy Pauch,Jr. 5. Brett Kressley 6. John McClelland
MODIFIEDS – 60 LAPS FEATURE
1. BRANDON GROSSO 2. Duane Howard 3. Billy Pauch, Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5.Jimmy Horton 6. Dominick Buffalino 7. Brett Kressley 8. Mike Gular 9. Jeff Strunk 10. Rich Rutski 11. PJ Oliver 12. Chad Barney 13. Kevin Vaclavicek 14. Rusty Smith 15. Jim Bobbitt 16. JR Fulper 17. Danny Bouc 18. Eric Engstrom 19. Ryan Krachun 20. John McClelland 21. John Pakenham 22. Tad Cox 23. Cory Holsten
DNS: Ryan Godown, Mark Kratz
Heat 1 – 1. Pat Wall 2. Jim Housworth 3. Roger Manning 4. Jeff Bubori 5. Ryan Lilick 6. Cale Ross
Heat 2 – 1. Art Liedl 2. Will Dupree 3. Shaun Ratchford 4. Brian Papiez 5. Mickey Kessler 6. Jimmy Amato
HAMMER SPORTSMAN – 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. KYLE LILICK 2. Jeff Bubori 3. Pat Wall 4. Brian Papiez 5. Jim Housworth 6. Ryan Lilick 7. Art Liedl 8. Roger Manning 9. Will Dupree 10. Dakota Kessler 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Mickey Kessler 13. Cale Ross 14. Bob Rambone 15. Shaun Ratchford 16. Marty Resnick
Heat 1 – 1. Matt Stangle 2. Kevin Graver, Jr. 3. Joseph Brown 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Jim Housworth 6. Tom Princiotta
Heat 2 – 1. Alonzo Morales 2. Frank Dorry, Jr. 3. Kyle Kania 4. Steve Searock 5. Jeremy Martino 6. Roger Gaskill
CRATE MODIFIEDS – 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. MATT STANGLE 2. Frank Dorry, Jr. 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Kyle Kania 5. Jeremy Martino 6. Kevin Graver, Jr. 7. Adam Cox 8. Tom Princiotta 9. Joey Toth 10. JD Cranstoun 11. Steve Searock 12. Alonzo Morales 13. Joseph Brown 14. Rick Wegner, Sr. 15. Rob Mancini 16. Roger Gaskill 17. Jim Housworth 18. Matt Miller 19. Walt McIntyre
Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars
Heat 1 – 1. Rich Mellor 2. Ryan Godown 3. Larry Drake 4. Bobby Tersillo 5. Lee Nardelli 6. Eric Jennings 7. Brody Adamsky 8. Heidi Hedin
NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS – 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Lee Nardelli 3. Eric Jennings 4. Bobby Tersillo 5. Brody Adamsky 6. Larry Drake 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Art Liedl 9. Rich Mellor 10. Duane