Cozze & Sheppard Share Limelight In New Egypt 20's

Date: 8/5/2007 3:18:31 AM

Cozze & Sheppard Share Limelight In New Egypt 20's

New Egypt, NJ (August 4, 2007) -  Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA and
Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY both visited victory lane on Saturday
night at the New Egypt Speedway. Cozze took the front end of the Twin
20's program for the DIRTcar Modifieds after grabbing the lead at the
halfway mark and then showing everyone the form that has come to be
expected from him. Sheppard then captured the nightcap when he
wrestled the lead away from Ron John Koczon in lapped traffic just 4
laps from the finish. 

In the first feature Tom Carberry got off to a fast start from his
outside pole starting spot as he charged into the lead and began
pulling away from the field. Bob Drayton quickly made his presence
known as he caught Carberry and began to apply the pressure for the
lead. Carberry held him off despite a spirited battle between the two
until Cozze entered the scene. Cozze, who started 13th, was wasting
no time as he was into the top five by lap 6 and then ran down the
top 2 quickly. Just before halfway Cozze was able to slip under
Drayton and he quickly set his sights on the leader. Lap 10 saw Cozze
make the winning pass as he shot under Carberry coming off of turn
#2. Once in front, Cozze put on a clinic of driving in lapped traffic
as he went on to claim his third win of 2007, the 20th of his career.
Carberry held off Drayton pressure the entire race to take second
with Drayton coming home third. Ryan Godown took fourth with Jimmy
Horton coming back from a first lap tangle to finish fifth. 

The second feature saw the top twelve inverted from the first feature
and this put Matt Sheppard on the pole. Many people thought this one
would be over from the start, but a lap two restart saw Ron John
Koczon prove everyone wrong as he raced around Sheppard and grabbed
the lead. These two drivers then put on a duel that had the crowd
into it as they cheered on the two. Koczon was up to every challenge
until lap 16 when lapped traffic came into play. As the traffic
became heavy, Sheppard used this to his advantage, choosing the right
groove and driving by for the lead. Sheppard then was flawless over
the final 4 laps as he posted his sixth win of the season. Koczon
took home a solid second, followed by Horton, Sam Martz and Ryan

The Sportsman 20 lap feature event saw a first time winner, as John
Salvatore, Jr. took the first of his career. Salvatore was the early
leader until 2007 Rookie champ Danny Bouc got by on lap 7. Bouc
looked strong and it appeared he may be able to get the first win of
his very young career, but it was not meant to be on this night as he
broke just 6 laps from the finish. This gave the lead back to a
strong running Salvatore who now had to hold back John McClelland and
Willie Osmun. Salvatore was able to remain smooth on a final lap
restart to post his first ever. McClelland came home second, with
Osmun getting third. Tommy Carberry, Jr. and last weeks winner John
Romano, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Al Cheney of Cranbury, NJ took the top honors in the 25 lap Super
Stock feature. Cheney raced quickly thru the field to grab the lead,
but then had to hold off point leader George Quinlan throughout the
second half of the event to post his fourth feature of the season,
the 18th of his career giving him sole posession of second place on
the all-time list. Quinlan took second, trailed by Mick Search, Kory
Fleming and Steve Davis.

In the 15 lap Outlaw Stock feature Gary Klimeczak won again
impressively as he raced to victory by a margin of half a lap. Rob
Longo and Brian Ludwig were a distant second and third. The Crate 1
Sportsman saw EJ Harrington grab his third win of the year over
Richie Cass Sr. and Pat Hires.  

This Saturday, August 11th, it will be Women on Wheels night
sponsored by Burnett Racing Engines. The racing will feature DIRTcar
big-block Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stocks, and SS Sprints, along
with several Powder Puff races for the women. Gates open at 4 p.m.
with the 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

1st Heat: 1. Jimmy Horton 2. Bob Drayton 3. Art Lentini 4. Mike
Hendershot 5. Bucky Kell 6. Ryan Godown
2nd Heat: 1. Tom Carberry 2. Ron John Koczon 3. Rich Rutski 4. Matt
Sheppard 5. John Keller 6. Frank Cozze
3rd Heat: 1. Pat Wall 2. Jim Robertson 3. Keith Hoffman 4. Sam Martz
5. Brian Godown 6. Tim Tanner Jr.
Feature 1 (20 laps): 1. Frank Cozze 2. Tom Carberry 3. Bob Drayton 4.
Ryan Godown 5. Jimmy Horton 6. Keith Hoffman 7. Brian Godown 8. Bucky
Kell 9. Sam Martz 10. Mike Hendershot 11. Ron Jon Coczon 12. Matt
Sheppard 13. Tim Tanner Jr. 14. Jim Robertson 15. Pat Wall 16. Rich
Rutski 17. John MIlloszar Jr. 18. Art Linteni 19. Rick Holston 20.
Rob Nixon 21. Rick Wegner 22. John Keller 23. Justin Hoffman 24. Doug
Feature 2 (20 laps): 1. Matt Sheppard 2. Ron John Koczon 3. Jimmy
Horton 4. Sam Martz 5. Ryan Godown 6. Bucky Kell 7. Keith Hoffman 8.
Frank Cozze 9. Bob Drayton 10. Tim Tanner Jr. 11. Brian Godown 12.
Tom Carberry 13. Mike Hendershot 14. Rick Holsten 15. Rob Nixon 16.
Doug Ostwald 17. Justin Hoffman 18. Rick Wegner 19. Rich Rutski 20.
Pat Wall 21. John Keller 22. Jim Robertson 23. John Miloszar 24. Art
DNQ:  None

1st Heat: 1. John McClelland 2. Tim Apgar 3. John Romano Jr. 4. Will
Dupree 5. Marc Herman
2nd Heat: 1. Gene Stravinsky 2. Ben Donaruma 3. Gary Butler 4. Glenn
Hisko 5. Lou Farina III
3rd Heat: 1. Rich Scagliotta 2. Tom Carberry Jr. 3. Mike Howardson 4.
Bob Hendershot 5. Bobby Dmuchowski
4th Heat: 1. John Salvatore Jr. 2. Willie Osmun 3. Danny Bouc 4.
Rocco Infante 5. Mike Krachun
1st B Main: 1. Chad Barney 2. Kenny Huchko 3. Donnie Kline
2nd B Main: 1. Richie Cass 2. Glenn Pyatt 3. Dominick Buffalino
Feature (20 Laps): 1. John Salvatore Jr. 2. John McClelland 3. Willie
Osmun 4. Tommy Carberry Jr. 5. John Romano Jr. 6. Gary Butler 7. Gene
Stravinsky 8. Mike Howardson 9. Tim Apgar 10. Glen Hisko 11. Chad
Barney 12. Ben Donaruma 13. Dominick Buffalino 14. Richie Cass 15.
Bob Dmuchowski 16. Donnie Kline 17. Marc Herman 18. Bob Hendershot
19. Glenn Pyatt 20. Rich Scagliotta 21. Lou Farina III 22. Danny Bouc
23. Rocco Infante 24. Will Dupree 25. Mike Krachun 26. Kenny Huchko
DNQ: Dan Waisempacher, Bobby Butler, Steve Ramsey, Joe Baumann, Brad
Freeman, Everett Taylor, Alan Bleacher, Robin McTighe, E.J.
Harrington, Jeff Marcucci, Steve Schmidt, Art Liedl, Wayne Bechtel,
George Quinlan, Steve Schmidt, Scott Cranstoun, Peach Cole, Dave Hunt.

Feature (20 laps): 1. Al Cheney III 2. George Quinlan 3. Mick Search
4. Kory Fleming 5. Steve Davis 6. Billy Bauer 7. Bill Liedtka 8. Matt
Kall 9. Don Shipley 10. Tony Bozowski 11. Jason Bubeck 12. Tony
Giglio 13. Bob Vaccaro 14. George Marrero 15. Pete Fogarty 16. Norm
Saxton 17. Charlie Gunner DNS. Ron Coverly

Feature (10 Laps): 1. E.J. Harrington 2. Richie Cass Sr. 3. Pat Hires
4. Peach Cole 5. Scott Cranstoun

Feature (15 Laps): 1. Gary Klimeczak 2. Rob Longo 3. Brian Ludwig 4.
Spider Ensinger Sr. 5. Billy Wroble 6. Chris Felber 7. Mike Hires 8.
Goop Mondelli 9. Rick Latza 10. Doug Debray DNS: Frank D'Entremont

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