(June 23, 2021): Billy Pauch Jr. took top honors Wednesday evening in the fourth annual Garden State Gunfight presented by Creston Hydraulics. Pauch Jr., who waged a crowd pleasing duel for almost 20 laps with 4-time NES champ Ryan Godown, grabbed the lead right at the halfway point of the 60 lap main event and went on to score his 3rd victory at NES in 2021.
“Ryan (Godown) and I had a great battle there for the fans,” exclaimed Pauch Jr. in victory lane, “We raced very close on all grooves of the track for many laps, and never touched once. That was a lot of fun!”
Matt Stangle and DJ Hunt would bring the field to the start of the 60 lap event with Stangle putting his Danny Sommeling Motorsports #51 into the early lead. Stangle was fast in his new ride and opened up a nice lead as Wade Hendrickson, Danny Bouc and John McClelland battled with Hunt for the second position. It did not take long for 7th starter Ryan Godown to quickly move into the mix, and soon he won the battle for second and set his sights on the Stangle. As he ran down the leader, Pauch Jr., who started 11th, was quickly on his heels as a caution flag reset the field. The restart saw Stangle fight hard to hold on to the lead, but Godown finally wore him down and got around him to take the lead, bringing a very fast Pauch Jr. with him. PAuch Jr. quickly caught Godown, but then could only match the speed of Godown, as they both raised their game and put on a crowd pleasing side by side battle each lap and thru several restarts. David Van Horn, who had fallen back early in the event, had now moved to third after battling with Stangle and was looking to make it a three car race. Godown and Pauch Jr. battled side by side thru turns lap after lap with Godown’s momentum taking back out front each lap. The two swapped grooves as well a couple times, and finally, as the crossed flags were being displayed to the duo, Pauch roared into the lead. At this point, point leader Mike Gular was in 4th and really working well in the bottom groove, despite a broken sail panel that had been dangling since lap 5. Gular continued to move up until he was second, and would challenge Pauch on the last two restarts only to watch him pull away each time. Pauch Jr. would win the event by 1.795 seconds over Gular to score the 32nd Modified win of his career at NES. Godown came on strong again during the closing laps but settled for third, chased by Van Horn and Stangle. Sixth thru tenth went to Bouc, Hendrickson, Rick Laubach, Brandon Grosso and first year Modified competitor DJ Hunt.
Justin Grosso won for the fifth straight time in the Racersguide.com Crate Modified 30 lap feature. Grosso needed the extended laps of this raced to pull it off this time as he didn’t gain the lead from Anthony Tramontana until the closing laps. Tramontana finished second followed by Paul Mancini, Ryan Godown Jr. and Jordan Cox.
The John Blewett, Inc. 4-cylinder 15 lap feature was won by Mike Fox. It was Fox’s first win of 2021, as he held off Dom Antonelli and Rich Page for the hard earned victory. Co-champs last year Joe Garey Sr. and Justin Dun rounded out the top five.
This Saturday night June 26th it is Graduation Night at New Egypt Speedway. All 2021 graduates with a copy of their diploma will receive free general admission. The Vahlco Wheels Modifieds will be joined by the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series 305 sprint cars. The night will kick off with the final Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie Sportsman event, as the Rookies will graduate and we will crown the 2021 Rookie Champion. The Racersguide.com Crate Modifieds, John Blewett Inc. 4-Cylinders, & Street Stocks will fill out the card. Gates will open at 5pm, with warm-ups at 6pm and the first race taking the green at 7pm.
New Egypt Speedway 6/23/21 - Garden State Gunfight 4
Presented by Creston Hydraulics
Vahlco Wheels Modified Feature Results (60 Laps):
1.) BILLY PAUCH JR 2.) Mike Gular 3.) Ryan Godown 4.) David Van Horn 5.) Matt Stangle 6.) Danny Bouc 7.) Wade Hendrickson 8.) Rick Laubach 9.) Brandon Grosso 10.) DJ Hunt 11.) Kevin Vaclavicek 12.) Dominick Buffalino 13.) Jimmy Blewett 14.) Jack Butler 15.) John McClelland 16.) Mike Butler 17.) David Burns 18.) Cale Ross 19.) Kory Fleming 20.) PJ Oliver 21.) Dakota Kessler 22.) Joe Toth 23.) Tyler Dippel
DQ: Billy Osmun
DNQ: Frank Venezia, Skyler Sheriff, Mark Bitner, Chris Grbac
Heat Race Winners: John McClelland, David Van Horn & Matt Stangle
B Main Winner: Mike Butler
Racersguide.com Crate Modified Feature Results (30 Laps):
1.) JUSTIN GROSSO 2.) Anthony Tramontana 3.) Paul Mancini 4.) Ryan Godown Jr 5.) Jordon Cox 6.) Jon Meyer 7.) Ryan Simmons 8.) Dan Fleming 9.) Tom Princiotta 10.) Will Protinick 11.) Scott Maher 12.) Brandon Shipley
DNS: Ryan Heim
Heat Race Winners: Justin Grosso & Ryan Simmons
John Blewett Inc. 4-Cylinder Feature Results (15 Laps):
1.) MIKE FOX 2.) Dominick Antonelli 3.) Rich Page 4.) Joe Garey Sr 5.) Justin Dunn 6.) Joe Garey Jr 7.) Kyle Hurley 8.) Brenden Hires 9.) Bob Johnson 10.) Jim Tinnes 11.) Scott Dunn 12.) Chris Gall 13.) Penny Horner 14.) Brian Barker
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