Cozze Beats the Competition and Mother Nature at New Egypt

Date: 6/15/2008 2:19:32 AM

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Cozze Beats the Competition and Mother Nature at New Egypt

New Egypt, NJ (June 14, 2008) -  Frank  Cozze of Wind Gap, PA broke
out in a big way Saturday night as he won his first feature of the
2008 season at New Egypt Speedway on Pathway Car Care night. He
overcame many odds en route to the 30 lap Modified victory including
a 90 minute rain delay in the middle of the race. Cozze grabbed the
lead from Bob Drayton 3 laps after the race resumed and drove his
heart out in his #44 small-block to record the 23rd win of his career
at NES.  This marks the 8th straight season that Cozze has recorded
at least one Modified Victory.

"This Small Block motor was awesome tonight," an exuberant Cozze
stated in victory lane, "The track crew deserves all of the credit
tonight getting the track back after the rain. I know that I have
never raced at a better facility in my career, and this is just
another example of their commitment to the sport."  

Mark Forte Jr. grabbed the early lead in the event before giving way
to Mike Hendershot.  Hendershot was fast on this evening but Bob
Drayton appeared to be even faster as he scooted by Hendershot to
take the lead on lap 7. On lap ten the yellow appeared for point
leader and three time winner Billy Pauch as he tangled with a couple
of cars in turn two, ending his evening. Just then, heavy rain moved
in forcing the cars to head pit side. The heavy shower lasted about
20 minutes soaking the track thoroughly, but track officials did not
want to be hasty and when the rain ended, heavy equipment was
dispatched to the track immediately. After an hour and 15 minutes of
working the track, it was ready to race on and the Modified feature
was resumed. Cozze restarted in fifth spot and 3 laps later he was
leading the event. Bob Drayton hung right with Cozze the final 12
laps, but could not find enough speed to pull along side for a
challenge, and Cozze went on to post the victory with Drayton taking
second along with the division point lead. Mike Hendershot drove a
great race to finish in third, followed by Tom Carberry in fourth and
Brian Godown fifth.  

In the A-1 Racing Products Sportsman division, Tommy Carberry, Jr.
seemed to be headed to his first career victory until the final lap,
when he pushed up over the cushion in turn two. This allowed last
week's winner Rocco Infante to slip underneath and post his second
straight win.  Carberry recovered quickly and crossed the line a
disappointing second. Although it was a heartbreaking outcome for
him, he deserves all the credit in the world for his impressive run
which certainly will not be his last. Third place went to Chris Lane,
while Gary Butler and John McClelland completed the top five.

Mick Search of Allentown, NJ won his first event of the season in the
20 lap Super Stock feature. Last week's winner Rob Ormsbee applied
constant pressure over the final 8 laps but could not muster enough
to get by Search and settled for the runner-up position. George
Marrero came home third, with Todd Cray fourth and George Quinlan
rounding out the top 5.  

John Romano, Jr. of New Egypt, NJ grabbed his first feature win in
the SS Sprint division, which also marked the first ever win for his
car owner. Romano, who has won twice in the Sportsman division this
season, took the lead early in the event and withstood a fierce
challenge from 4 time champ Art Liedl. Liedl got alongside of Romano
in the final turn but fell just feet short and finished second. Third
thru fifth were John Snook, Robert Liedl and Ian Borden. Bryan Kuhl
crossed the line in third but failed the post race tech. inspection
for oversized Carbeurator spacers.

In the eighth race of the Advantage Financial/Cradle Rock Developers
Rookie Sportsman series, Bobby Sandt, Jr. of Nazareth, PA became the
sixth different winner as he went wire to wire to take top honors in
the 8 lap non-stop event. Last week's winner Andy Visinski finished
in second followed by Rob Stump third.

The 15 lap Outlaw Stock feature was won by Brian Ludwig of Pemberton,
NJ won for the second time this year. Rich Mongeau finished second
followed by PJ Oliver.

Next Saturday night, June 21st, it will be the second appearance of
the traveling URC Sprint Cars as well as Banner night sponsored by C
& M Auto Parts. The racing will also feature a full card of big-block
Modifieds, A-1 Sportsman, Crate 1 Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & the
Advantage Financial/Cradle Rock Developers Rookies. Gates open at
4:00 p.m. with first green at 6:00 pm. For more information, call the
speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to

1st Heat: 1. Bob Drayton 2. Billy Pauch 3. Mark Forte Jr. 4. Kenny
Meisner 5. Mike Hendershot  6. Jim Robertson
2nd Heat: 1. Mike Krachun 2. Tom Carberry  3. Tad Cox 4. Frank Cozze
5. Dominick Buffalino 6. Steve Haggan
3rd Heat: 1. Keith Hoffman 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Brian Godown 4. Rick
Laubach 5. Ron John Koczon 6. Sam Martz
B Main:  1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Bill Paulmenn 3. John Keller  4. Stan
Frankenfield Jr. 5. Pat Wall  6. John Miloszar (Points Provisional:
John Salvatore Jr. )
Feature (30 laps):  1. Frank Cozze 2. Bob Drayton 3. Mike Hendershot
4. Tom Carberry 5. Brian Godown 6. Keith Hoffman 7. Tim Tanner Jr. 8.
Ron John Koczon 9. John Keller 10. Kenny Meisner 11. Jim Robertson
12. Steve Haggan 13. Stan Frankenfield Jr. 14. Tad Cox 15. Dominick
Buffalino 16. Bill Paulmenn 17. Mike Krachun 18. Rick Laubach 19.
Mark Forte Jr. 20. Pat Wall  21. John Miloszar Jr. 22. John Salvatore
23. Billy Pauch Jr. 24. Bily Pauch 25. Sam Martz  
DNQ:   Ricky Yetter, Brad Freeman, Anthony Moran, Rick Wegner, Chris
Grbac, Keith Fleming.

Rookie Feature (8 laps): 1. Bobby Sandt Jr. 2. Andy Visinski 3. Rob
Stump 4. Gabe Fox 5. Chris Allen Jr. 6. Kevin Vaclavicek 7. Wayne
Grover 8. Jimmy Watts 9. Steve Lane 10. Jim Housworth
1st Heat: 1.Danny Bouc 2. Will Dupree 3. John McClelland 4. Tim Apgar
5. Lou Farina III 6. Willie Osmun  
2nd Heat: 1. John Stangle 2. Gary Butler 3. Frank Cozze Jr. 4. John
Romano Jr. 5. Chris Lane 6. Mario Page
3rd Heat: 1. Mike Howardson 2. Rocco Infante 3. Rich Scagliotta 4.
Tommy Carberry 5. Marc Herman 6. Dan Waisempacher
1st B Main: 1. Ray Woodall 2. Ryan Forte 3. Steve Schmidt 4. Bob
Hendershot 5. Chad Barney 6. Wayne Bechtel  
Feature (20 Laps):
1. Rocco Infante 2. Tommy Carberry Jr. 3. Chris Lane 4. Gary Butler
5. John McClelland 6. Mario Page 7. Willie Osmun 8. Danny Bouc 9. Tim
Apgar 10. John Romano Jr. 11. Will Dupree 12. Steve Schmidt 13. Chad
Barney 14. Dan Waisempacher 15. Mike Howardson 16. Frank Cozze Jr.
17. Bobby Sandt Jr. 18. Bob Hendershot 19. Wayne Bechtel 20. Rich
Scagliotta 21. Lou Farina III 22. Kevin Vaclavicek 23. Marc Herman
24. Ray Woodall Jr. DNS: John Stangle, Ryan Forte
DNQ:  Joe Baumann, Jeff Marcucci, Everett Taylor, Kevin Vaclavicek,
Chris Allen Jr., Andy Visinski, Tom Gibson, Steve Lane, Jimmy Watts,
JJ Marini, Mike Mongiello, Clay Butler.

Feature (20 laps): 1. Mick Search 2. Rob Ormsbee 3. George Marrero 4.
Todd Cray 5. George Quinlan 6. Billy Bauer 7. Jason Bubeck 8. Marty
Derr 9. Al Burdge 10. Harry Schaefer 11. Bob Vaccaro 12. Nick Vasquez
13. Jesse McLauglin 14. Steve Davis 15. Pete Fogarty 16. Tony Giglio
17. Bill Liedtka 18. Dan Stout 19. Kory Fleming  DNS: Charlie Gunner,
Craig Martin

Feature (15 Laps): 1.Brian Ludwig 2. Rich Mongeau 3. PJ Oliver 4.
Chris Felber 5. Whitney Miller 6. Rich Smith 7. Scott Dugan 8. Billy
Wroble 9. Doug Bates 10. Vern McLauglin 11. Gary Klimeczak 12. Jim
Connolly 13. Rob Bretigan 14. Al Bundy 15. Stu Paer 16. Doug Debray
17. Spider Ensinger Jr. 18. Goop Mondelli 19. Ed Tinsman 20. Dan

Feature (25 Laps): 1. John Romano Jr. 2. Art Leidl 3. John Snook 4.
Robert Liedl 5. Ian Borden 6. Tom Wyckoff 7. Robbie Nixon 8. Rick
Cozze 9. Dan Biggs 10. Ed Hughes 11. Frank Smith 12. Ken Buckley 13.
Glenn Sinibaldi 14. Kevin Nagy DQ: Bryan Kuhl DNS: Jimmy Hoelterling

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