BUTLER REMAINS RED HOT AT NEW EGYPT

Date: 8/25/2008 8:06:54 AM

BUTLER REMAINS RED HOT AT NEW EGYPT
 
New Egypt, NJ (Aug 23, 2008) - Gary Butler of Phillipsburg, NJ
remained red-hot on Saturday as he was able to capture his second A-1
Racing Products Sportsman feature of the season on Lawrence Collision
Night. Butler's first win of the season came just three days prior
during Wednesday night's Garden State Dual Track Summer Sizzler
program.
 
The big block modifieds had the night off at New Egypt as they
traveled to South Jersey to compete in the sixth leg of the Garden
State Dual Track Series at the Bridgeport Speedway. With three
make-up features on the agenda, there was still plenty of action that
took place at the Plumsted, NJ oval. Saturday's racing card saw eight
features run with eight different winners claiming victory by night's
end.
 
Ray Woodall Jr. jumped into the lead on the initial green flag but
his stay in the top spot was very short-lived as Donnie Kline blasted
into the lead by lap 3. Kline, who's only sportsman win came back in
2001, looked like his 7-year drought was going to finally end as his
No. 1 seemed to be the car to beat. Second place points man Rocco
Infante applied heavy pressure to the leader for 10 straight laps,
however Kline was up to all of his challenges.
 
Meanwhile, Butler's No. 00 was steadily moving through the field as
he moved into the runner-up spot on lap 15. With two laps remaining
Butler completed the winning pass on Kline as he drove to his 10th
career sportsman victory. Donnie Kline's fine second place finish was
negated as his car came up sixteen pounds light at the post-race
weigh in. Infante was credited with second. Frank Cozze Jr. had an
impressive run coming home in third. Rounding out the top 5 were John
McClelland and Rich Scagliotta.
 
There were two features for the Super Stock division which saw Mick
Search of Allentown, NJ and Todd Cray of Trenton, NJ adding to their
career win totals. In the first 20-lap affair it was Search who found
the fast way around the speedway using the high side as he moved into
the lead on lap 5 around Tony Giglio. Soon after Search was able to
take control of first place the No. 99 of Todd Cray worked his way
into the second position, however Search had checked out as he went
on to record his sixth career victory. Cray settled for second while
Kory Fleming, Shawn McCaughey, and George Quinlan rounded out the top
5.
 
In the Super Stock nightcap it was defending track champion Quinlan
and current point leader Cray who put on a last lap crowd-pleasing
finish. Quinlan was able to unseat race leader George Marrero on lap
7 and soon checked out of sight from the rest of the field. As
Quinlan opened up his lead it was Todd Cray who closed the gap each
and every lap on Marrero and Quinlan. By lap 15 Cray was now in
second with his sights set on the No. 10 of Quinlan. With the white
flag waving Cray had his target right in front of him and then used a
last turn/last lap pass to take the win by .074 seconds. Rounding out
the top 5 were Marrero, a fast and hard charging Billy Bauer, and
Bill Liedtka.
 
The SS Sprint division saw Rick Cozze of Easton, Pa and Tom Wyckoff
of Allentown, NJ were both victorious in the two 20-lap events. It
was the second win of the season for Cozze as he crossed the finish
line ahead of John Romano Jr. and Art Liedl. In the regularly
scheduled 20 lapper it was Wyckoff in for his first win of 2008.
Romano once again finished in the runner-up slot as he cut into
four-time and defending track champion Art Liedl's point lead. Ed
Hughes came home in third place. Bryan Kuhl, Dan Biggs and Lee Taylor
were victims of hard crashes during the first feature. Long-time SS
Sprint competitor David Martin made only his second start of 2008  as
he drove to two fifth place finishes behind the wheel of the
Sinabaldi No. 9G.
 
Redemption might be the word used to describe the Crate-1 20-lap
race. Pat Hires of Levittown, Pa drove to his second straight
victory. Only this time he was able to keep the win. Hires and second
place finisher Jon Haegele were both disqualified on Aug 16 for
carburetor infractions. Hires led the entire distance as Haegele
followed his every move while finishing second. Point leader Richie
Cass crossed the line in third while teammates Rob Stump and George
Idell Jr. rounded out the top 5.
 
The Outlaw Stocks started the 12-race program and finished it as
well. Dan Collamer or Waretown, NJ and Rich Mongeau of Brick, NJ were
the victors in the two 15-lap races. Former Wall competitor Collamer,
who has been getting faster each week, finally pulled his No. 42 in
victory lane in the held-over feature. Following him across the line
were Mongeau and Vern McLaughlin. The second race found point-leader
Mongeau taking his second checkered of the season. Bill Connolly
drove to his best finish of the year as he finished second with Brian
Ludwig coming home in third.
 

Next Saturday night, August 30th, the popular URC Sprints will make
their fourth appearance at New Egypt Speedway sponsored by Bitner
Automotive and Jasper Engines. The racing will feature a full card of
URC Sprints, big-block Modifieds, A-1 Sportsman, along with the
Crate-1 division and the Outlaw Stocks. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with
first green at 5:30 pm. For more information, call the speedway
office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net.




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