Hoffman & Grasso Share New Egypt Limelight

Date: 6/22/2008 1:14:44 PM

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Hoffman & Grasso Share New Egypt Limelight

New Egypt, NJ (June 21, 2008) - Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA won
his second event of the season Saturday night as he captured the 30
lap Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. Hoffman withstood the
constant challenges of last week's winner Frank Cozze to take top
honors on C&M Auto Parts Night.

"This was my kind of race track tonight," Hoffman exclaimed in
victory lane, "The track took rubber and slicked over during the URC
feature and that just played right into our hands."  

Hoffman wasted no time getting to the front from his sixth starting
spot, grabbing the lead just 5 laps into the event. Tim Tanner, Jr.
was also on the move early on, moving into second just on lap later
from his tenth starting slot. These two drivers opened up a
comfortable advantage on the rest of the field before a lap ten
caution slowed the field.  On the restart Cozze grabbed third and
made it a three car battle for the lead. Cozze finally wrestled the
runner-up spot from tanner just after halfway, and the stage was set
for a real showdown between these two former champions. Although
Cozze stayed close and applied consistent pressure, he did not have
enough for Hoffman on this night as Keith went on to win by 4 car
lengths. Cozze continued his hot streak as he came home second. The
battle everyone was watching over the final laps was for third
between Tanner and Ron John Koczon. Koczon got the spot on the final
lap after the two traded it on several occasions. Tanner settled for
a hard earned fourth while Billy Pauch Jr. raced home fifth.

J.J. Grasso of Pedricktown, NJ claimed the third win of his young
career in the Rislone URC Sprint Series 25 lap feature event, his
second of 2008. All three of Grasso’s wins have come here at New
Egypt Speedway, as he has now won 3 of the last 4 events held here at
NES. Grasso started in fifth position, and charged by pole sitter and
leader Chris Coyle on lap 8 to take the lead. Coyle dropped back to
third, then made an apparent wing adjustment and flew back to
challenge leader Grasso in lapped traffic. Coyle took the lead back
on lap 18, only to watch Grasso fly back under him the following lap.
The only yellow of the event flew with just 2 laps remaining when
Coyle spun in turn two. This put former NES Modified standout Mark
Bitner in second, but Grasso proved he was up to the challenge as he
took the checkered just one car length in front of Bitner. Curt
Michael came from 8th starting spot to finish an impressive third,
followed by Davey Sammons and Joey Biasi.

In the Sportsman division John Stangle of Neshanic, NJ won his first
career feature event at NES, holding off point leader Willie Osmun.
Donnie Kline was third ahead 16th and 17th starters Gary Butler and
Rocco Infante.

The Crate-1 Sportsman feature saw Richie Cass Sr. win for the third
straight time as he bested Darrell Delnero and Rob Stump in the 12
lap event. The 15 lap Outlaw Stock feature saw Rich Mongeau win for
the first time. Chris Pidgeon and Doug DeBray finished a close second
and third.    

In the Advantage Financial/Cradle Rock Developers Rookie Sportsman
series, Bobby Sandt Jr. has turned it on late in the series as he won
for the second straight week. Rob Stump, who has only won once,
finished in second and took the series point lead with just one race
remaining.  Two-time winner Gabe Fox was third. Just 6 points
separate the top three drivers for the 2008 Rookie Championship with
just one race to go.

Next Saturday night, June 28th, it will be Graduation Night at New
Egypt Speedway sponsored by K & A Excavating and Agin Signs.
Headlining the card will be the final event of the Advantage
Financial/Cradle Rock Developers Rookie Sportsman series, a 12-lap
double point affair. There will also be a full card of big-block
Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stocks, SS Sprints and the first ever
appearance of the Tobias Speedsters. As an added attraction, the
rained out Super Stock feature from May 3rd will also be run. 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. Frank Cozze 2. Mark Forte Jr. 3. Keith Hoffman 4. Rick
Laubach 5. Stan Frankenfield 6. Mike Hendershot
2nd Heat: 1. Bill Paulmenn 2. Sam Martz 3. John Keller 4. Billy Pauch
5. Rich Rutski 6. John Miloszar
3rd Heat: 1. Ron John Koczon 2. Tim Tanner Jr. 3. Tom Carberry 4.
Dominick Buffalino 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Bob Drayton
B Main:  1. Tad Cox 2. Mike Krachun 3. Brian Godown 4. Kenny Meisner
5. Jim Robertson 6. Pat Wall
Feature (30 Laps):  1. Keith Hoffman 2. Frank Cozze 3. Ron John
Koczon 4. Tim Tanner Jr. 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Mike Krachun 7. Bob
Drayton 8. Rick Laubach 9. Billy Pauch 10. Pat Wall 11. Jim Robertson
12. Tom Carberry 13. Brian Godown 14. John Keller 15. Stan
Frankenfield Jr. 16. Tad Cox 17. Bill Paulmenn 18. Dominick Buffalino
19. Sam Martz 20. John MIloszar 21.Kenny Meisner 22. Mike Hendershot
23. Rich Rutski 24. Mark Forte Jr.  
DNQ:  John Salvatore Jr., Rick Wegner, Brad Freeman, Ricky Yetter,
Anthony Moran, Art Lentini, Chris Grbac

Rookie Feature (8 laps): 1. Bobby Sandt Jr. 2. Rob Stump 3. Gabe Fox
4. Chris Allen Jr. 5. Andy Visinski 6. Kevin Vaclavicek 7. Wayne
Groover 8. Jim Housworth
1st Heat: 1. Danny Bouc 2. Rocco Infante 3. Mike Howardson 4. Rich
Scagliotta 5. Lou Farina 6. Clay Butler
2nd Heat: 1. Ryan Forte 2. Gary Butler 3. Willie Osmun 4. Steve
Schmidt 5. Frank Cozze Jr. 6. John McClelland
3rd Heat: 1. Donnie Kline 2. John Stangle 3. John Romano Jr. 4. Chad
Barney 5. Chris Lane 6. Will Dupree
B Main: 1. Ray Woodall Jr. 2. Marc Herman 3. George Quinlan 4. Jeff
Marcucci 5. Tim Apgar 6. Tommy Carberry (Pts. Prov. Dan Waisempacher)
Feature (20 Laps):
1. John Stangle 2. Willie Osmun 3. Donnie Kline 4. Gary Butler 5.
Rocco Infante 6. Clay Butler 7. Mike Howardson 8. John McClelland 9.
Ray Woodall Jr. 10. Steve Schmidt 11. Lou Farina 12. John Romano Jr.
13. Frank Cozze Jr. 14. Will Dupree 15. Chris Lane 16. Dan
Waisempacher 17. Danny Bouc 18. Ryan Forte 19. Bobby Sandt Jr. 20.
Tim Apgar 21. Chad Barney 22. Tommy Carberry Jr. 23. George Quinlan
24. Rich Scagliotta 25. Marc Herman 26. Jeff Marcucci
DNQ:  Chris Allen Jr., Andy Visinski, Joe Baumann, Alan Bleacher,
Wayne Bechtel, Bob Hendershot, Kevin Vaclavicek, Everett Taylor,
Robin McTighe, Wayne Groover  

1st Heat: 1. Chris Coyle 2. Davey Sammons 3. Dave Ely 4. Josh Weller
5. Scott Pursell 6. Ed Aikin
2nd Heat: 1. Joey Biasi 2. Mark Bitner 3. Brian Seidel 4. Trevor
Lewis 5. Gary Gollub 6. Billy Pauch
3rd Heat: 1. Becca Anderson 2. JJ Grasso 3. Curt Michael 4. Jason
Clauss 5. Robbie Stillwaggon 6. Kyle Purks
B-Main: 1. Kevin Welsh 2. Jamie Bodo 3. Randy West 4. Brett Schoenly
5. Chuck Palmucci 6. David Gravel
Feature (25 Laps): 1. JJ Grasso 2. Mark Bitner 3. Curt Michael 4.
Davey Sammons 5. Joey Biasi 6. Josh Weller 7. Dave Ely 8. Brian
Seidel 9. Robbie Stillwagon 10. Billy Pauch 11. Scott Pursell 12.
Kevin Welsh 13. Brett Schoenly 14. Jamie Bodo 15. Ed Aiken 16. Chris
Coyle 17. Rory Janne 18. Kyle Purks 19. Chuck Palmucci 20. David
Gravel 21. Randy West 22. Jason Clauss 23. Trevor Lewis 24. Gary
Gollub  DNS: Becca Anderson
DNQ: Mares Stellfox, Art Liedl, Dave Gable, Mike Kostic, Jim Walter,
Howard Singer,  Jeff Fithian, Jimmy Reppert, Andy Hannula.

Feature (15 Laps): 1. Rich Mongeau 2. Chris Pidgeon 3. Doug Debray 4.
Rich Smith 5. Gary Klimeczak 6. Whitey Miller 7. Dave Connolly 8. Rob
Longo 9. Vern McLaughlin 10. Doug Bates 11. Spider Ensinger Jr. 12.
Joe Cooley 13. Rick Latza 14. Goop Mondelli 15. Stu Paer 16. Al Bundy
17. Rob Redigan 18. Dan Collamer 19. Brian Ludwig 20. PJ Oliver 21.
Chris Felber 22. Billy Wroble 23. Herb Stout 24. Frank D'Entremont
25. Scott Dugan 26. Ed Tinsman 27. Rich Reider DQ: Jeff Dirkes

Feature (12 Laps): 1. Richie Cass Sr. 2. Darrel Delnero 3. Rob Stump
4. Ron Barnstead 5. Bryan Papiez 6. Jon Haegle 7. Archie Myers 8.
George Idell 9. Pat Hires 10. Jim Housworth 11. Gabe Fox 12. Lee

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