Pauch Outduels Cozze; Pockets $8000 at New Egypt
New Egypt, NJ (August 1, 2007) – Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ
showed why perserverence pays off on Wednesday nigt as he took home
$8000 for winning the 50 lap Midsummers Night Madness Modified
feature event at the New Egypt Speedway. Pauch overcame a nearly
terminal mistake halfway thru the event to run down leader Frank
Cozze. After a spirited battle, Pauch finally made the winning pass
under Cozze with four laps to go to take career win #64.
"I want to thank Kevin Bifulco for giving me a great car tonight,"
stated Pauch in victory lane, "I caught the inside guardrail in
between (turns) 3 & 4 and almost lost it, I still don't know how I
got it back. The top was the place to be and I was able to use that
to catch Frank and give us another shot and it paid off."
By virtue of winning the Dash for the Pole, Pauch grabbed the lead at
the start over "Jumpin" Jack Johnson in his familiar orange #12A.
Cozze quickly raced into second and set his sights on Pauch. Cozze
matched every move Pauch made over the first half of the race. Many
times Cozze stuck the nose of his number 44 under Pauch in the
corners only to have Pauch pull back around him. Then on lap 24,
Cozze would get his shot as Pauch caught the inside guardrail in
turns 3 & 4 almost losing the handle. This was the break Cozze had
been looking for, as he drove by for the lead and opened up about 8
car lengths. With no yellows to slow the race in the second half,
Pauch had to get back on his horse quickly and he did as he went back
to the top groove and set sail for the leader. Pauch caught Cozze in
lapped traffic with ten to go and the battle was on. After applying
heavy pressure for several laps, Pauch got the bite he was looking
for and executed the winning pass. Cozze tried valiently to wrestle
the lead back, but it was not to be as he settled for the runner-up
spot. Keith Hoffman finished a strong third, with Billy Pauch Jr.
finishing fourth and NY invader Billy Decker fifth. Completing the
top ten were Jack Johnson, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Godown
and Ron John Koczon.
Heats went to Johnson, Rich Scagliotta, Pauch and Cozze. Bob Drayton
and Koczon took the consolations and Pauch won the Dash for the Pole.
In the 20 lap SS Sprint feature Tom Wyckoff of Allentown, NJ grabbed
his first career win. Wyckoff beat challenger Rich Janney by half a
car length for the victory. Janney finished second followed by Kevin
Nagy, Robert Liedl and Dave Martin.
This Saturday, August 4th, it is Twins night with twin 20's for the
DIRTcar Modifieds and all twins with proof of birthday getting in for
free. Sportsman, Super Stocks, Outlaw Stocks and Crate 1 Sportsman
will all be on the card. Gates open at 4 p.m. with first green at 6
pm. Adult admission is $16, children 7-12 are $5.50, and kids 6 and
under are always free. For more information, call the speedway office
at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.
1st Heat: 1. Jack Johnson 2. Ryan Godown 3. Keith Hoffman 4. Brett
2nd Heat: 1. Rich Scagliotta 2. Jimmy Horton IV 3. Dominick Buffalino
4. Tim Tanner Jr.
3rd Heat: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Jimmy Horton 3. David VanHorn 4. Billy
4th Heat: 1. Frank Cozze 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Brian Godown 4. Sam
Dash: 1. Billy Pauch 2. Jack Johnson 3. Rich Scaglotta 4. Frank Cozze
B Main 1: 1. Bob Drayton 2. Rick Laubach 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Jimmy
B Main 2: 1. Ron John Koczon 2. Brian Kressley 3. Matt Sheppard 4.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Billy Pauch 2. Frank Cozze 3. Keith Hoffman 4.
Billy Pauch Jr 5. Billy Decker 6. Jack Johnson 7. Rick Laubach 8.
Jimmy Phelps 9. Ryan Godown 10. Ron John Koczon 11. Brian Godown 12.
Steve Bottcher 13. Bob Drayton 14. Jimmy Horton 15. Rich Scaglotta
16. Jimmy Horton IV 17. Brian Kressley 18. Sam Martz 19. Brett Hearn
20. Tim Tanner Jr. 21. David Van Horn 22. Dominick Buffalino 23. Jeff
Strunk 24. Matt Sheppard
DNQ: Tom Carberry, Jim Robertson, Bryant Brown, Chris Bennett, Rich
Rutski, Jeff Heotzler, Art Lentini, Gene Stravinsky, Rick Wegner,
Rick Holsten, Wade Hendrickson, Pat Wall.
SS SPRINTS RESULTS
1st Heat: 1. Bryan Kuhl 2. David Martin 3. Ken Carberry 4. Nick
Bardsley 5. Robert Liedl 6. Dan Biggs
2nd Heat: 1. Ian Borden 2. Art Liedl 3. Rich Janney 4. Dale Gardner
5. Tom Wyckoff 6. Tom Wyckoff
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Tom Wyckoff 2. Rich janney 3. Kevin Nagy 4.
Robert Liedl 5. Dave Martin 6. Dale Gardner 7. Ted Arnold 8. Ryan
Miscoski 9. Bryan Kuhl 10. Art Liedl 11. Jimmy Hoelterling 12. Ken
Carberry 13. Ian Borden 14. Nick Bardsley Jr. 15. Dan Biggs 16. John
Snook 17. Mark Bitner 18. Steve Wilson 19. Rick Cozze