Kuhl and Grosso Split Twin 20 Modified Features At New Egypt

NEW EGYPT, NJ – At New Egypt Speedway’s Twins Night presented by Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Dealerships, Bryan Kuhl and Brandon Grosso each won a Modified feature. In the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, Mark Bitner picked up the win in the scheduled feature while Ryan Stillwaggon was victorious in the postponed main event originally scheduled for April 14. The Crate Modified feature went to John Criscione while Jermain Godshall took top honors in the main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.

After several attempts, the first of two 20-lap features for the Modifieds got underway with Rocco Infante on top. On the third revolution, Bryan Kuhl slipped by John Pakenham to move into second. By lap five, Kuhl was challenging Infante for the lead. At the halfway point with Infante still in charge, the caution flag waved for a tangle between Rich Rutski and PJ Oliver. On the ensuing restart, Kuhl bolted past Infante and ascended to the front of the pack with Infante and Chad Barney next in line. With six laps left, Barney drove by Infante for second as Kuhl was stretching out his advantage. Although the margin between Kuhl and Barney would close in the final laps, Kuhl went unchallenged to register his first career Modified win. Barney’s strong run netted him second. With Infante finishing third, Pakenham came home in fourth. Brian Papiez was fifth after starting the race in twelfth.

With the top eleven finishers inverted for the second 20-lap Modified feature, polesitter Brandon Grosso grabbed the lead with Matt Stangle and Kevin Vaclavicek in tow. Following a trio of cautions, Grosso was still on top with seven circuits completed and Vaclavicek was in second. Stangle regained the runner-up position on lap eight just before the yellow lights illuminated for Rich Rutski. At the halfway point, Grosso was still pacing the field with Stangle in second, Davey Sammons in third and David VanHorn in fourth. On the eleventh revolution, the yellow flag waved for the final time for an incident between JR Fulper and Ryan Krachun. When racing resumed, the top two of Grosso and Stangle remained intact and VanHorn advanced into third as a mechanical issue forced a slowing Sammons to drop out of the race. With five to go, Grosso was cruising along as VanHorn was reeling in Stangle. Grosso would lead every lap of the contest to score his second win of the year. VanHorn got by Stangle with two circuits left to finish in second. With Stangle taking third, Vaclavicek was fourth and Chad Barney was fifth. The Modified heats were won by Brandon Grosso, Chad Barney and Davey Sammons. JR Fulper won the consolation race.

Polesitter Mark Bitner led from start to finish to win the 20-lap main event for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Cars. The victory was the first of the year for Bitner in the series and his eighth career checkered flag at New Egypt Speedway. The runner-up spot was claimed by Andy Best. Austin Bishop completed the race in third. Eddie Wagner came from his eighth starting position to finish in fourth. Fifth was taken by Jason Dunn. Jeff Geiges and Austin Bishop were victors in the qualifying races for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Cars.

In the 20-lap feature for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Cars from April 14, Ryan Stillwaggon overtook Jeff Geiges with two circuits remaining and pulled away to capture his first career New Egypt Speedway checkered flag. The victory was the second of the year for Stillwaggon in the series. Geiges, who led the opening eighteen tours, finished second. Third went to Mark Bitner.
Austin Bishop was fourth and Eddie Wagner came home in fifth.

After taking the lead from Aaron Weaver on lap five, John Criscione motored away from his rivals to claim the top prize in the 20-lap Crate Modified feature. This was Criscione’s third career victory. Weaver held on for second with Joe Toth taking third. Twelfth place starting Connor King was fourth. Eric Palmer completed the top five. John Criscione and Eric Palmer took the Crate Modified heat contests.

In the 20-lap main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars, Jermain Godshall powered out of the final corner of the last lap to edge out Duane Nixon for his second victory of the year.
With Nixon taking second after leading nineteen tours of the race, Brian Spencer was third. Joey Biasi, the heat race winner, wound up in fourth and Heidi Hedin was fifth.

On Saturday, September 8 at New Egypt Speedway, the 2018 track champion in the Modified division will be decided on Modified Championship and First Responders Night. All First Responders will receive free grandstand admission with proper identification. Along with the Modifieds, the Hammer Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will be in competition. The pit area opens at 3:00 p.m. with the grandstand gates unlocking at 4:00 p.m. Hot laps get cranked up at 5:00 p.m. and the racing action begins at 6:00 p.m.
Admission to the grandstand is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older,
$10 for teens 12-15, $10 for military personal and their spouses with ID, and Kids 11 & under are free. Pit admission is $30 with a New Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.

New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.

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Heat 1 – 1. Brandon Grosso 2. Bryan Kuhl 3. Kevin Vaclavicek 4. Rich Rutski
5. John Pakenham 6. Brian Papiez

Heat 2 – 1. Chad Barney 2. John McClelland 3. David VanHorn 4. Rocco Infante 5. Danny Bouc 6. PJ Oliver

Heat 3 – 1. Davey Sammons 2. Blaine Bracelin 3. TJ Lilly 4. Ryan Krachun 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Eric Palmer

Consolation – 1. JR Fulper 2. Matt Stangle 3. Dillon Steuer 4. Steve Davis 5. Joseph Brown 6. Rick Holsten

DNQ: David Hunt, Derek Krum, Jimmy Horton, Cale Ross, Mickey Kessler, Dakota Kessler


1. BRYAN KUHL 2. Chad Barney 3. Rocco Infante 4. John Pakenham 5. Brian Papiez 6. David VanHorn 7. TJ Lilly 8. Davey Sammons 9. Kevin Vaclavicek 10. Matt Stangle 11. Brandon Grosso 12. JR Fulper 13. Ryan Krachun 14. Steve Davis 15. Billy Pauch Jr. 16. Dillon Steuer 17. Eric Palmer 18. Joseph Brown 19. Rich Rutski 20. PJ Oliver 21. Rick Holsten 22. Danny Bouc 23. Blaine Bracelin 24. John McClelland


1. BRANDON GROSSO 2. David VanHorn 3. Matt Stangle 4. Kevin Vaclavicek 5. Chad Barney 6. Billy Pauch Jr. 7. TJ Lilly 8. John McClelland 9. Danny Bouc 10. Dillon Steuer 11. Bryan Kuhl 12. JR Fulper 13. Ryan Krachun 14. Rocco Infante 15. Blaine Bracelin 16. Davey Sammons 17. Brian Papiez 18. David Hunt 19. Eric Palmer 20. Rich Rutski 21. Steve Davis 22. Rick Holsten

DNS: PJ Oliver, John Pakenham, Joseph Brown

Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series

Heat 1 – 1. Jeff Geiges 2. Mark Bitner 3. Larry McVay 4. Justin Dunn 5. Jon Haegele 6. Ryan Stillwaggon

Heat 2 – 1. Austin Bishop 2. Andy Best 3. Eddie Wagner 4. Joe Kay 5. Duane Nixon 6. Keith Andersen


1. MARK BITNER 2. Andy Best 3. Austin Bishop 4. Eddie Wagner 5. Jason Dunn 6. Ryan Stillwaggon 7. Larry McVay 8. Jon Haegele 9. Joe Kay 10. Jeff Geiges 11. Randy Wilbert 12. Keith Andersen 13. Craig Pellegrini 14. Christopher Moll 15. Ricky DiEva 16. Chad Connor 17. Duane Nixon 18. Steve Voorhees 19. Zack Burd

DNS: Brendon Poff


1. RYAN STILLWAGGON 2. Jeff Geiges 3. Mark Bitner 4. Austin Bishop 5. Eddie Wagner 6. Andy Best 7. Jason Dunn 8. Jon Haegele 9. Larry McVay 10. Zack Burd 11. Joe Kay 12. Duane Nixon 13. Chad Connor 14. Brendon Poff

Crate Modifieds

Heat 1 – 1. John Criscione 2. Johnny Bangs 3. Joe Toth 4. Jeremy Martino 5. Connor King 6. Dan Fleming 7. John Aumick

Heat 2 – 1. Eric Palmer 2. Aaron Weaver 3. George Gareis Jr. 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Kyle Kania 6. Tom Princiotta 7. Steve Hicks


1. JOHN CRISCIONE 2. Aaron Weaver 3. Joe Toth 4. Connor King 5. Eric Palmer 6. John Aumick 7. Johnny Bangs 8. Jeremy Martino 9. Steve Hicks 10. Kyle Kania 11. Bobby Holzwarth 12. George Gareis Jr. 13. Ryan Simmons 14. J.D. Cranstoun 15. Tom Princiotta 16. Dan Fleming 17. Kevin Borden 18. Matt Miller 19. Glenn McIntyre 20. Steve Desmelyk

Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars

Heat 1 – 1. Joey Biasi 2. Duane Nixon 3. Brian Spencer 4. Jermain Godshall 5. Karl Freyer 6. Al Cheney 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Rich Mellor


1. JERMAIN GODSHALL 2. Duane Nixon 3. Brian Spencer 4. Joey Biasi 5. Heidi Hedin 6. Karl Freyer 7. Al Cheney 8. Rich Mellor 9. Lee Nardelli 10. Paul Comstock 11. Chase Leahy