Pauch Jr Wins One For His Teammate At New Egypt  

NEW EGYPT, NJ – At New Egypt Speedway’s Legends of the Fall, Billy Pauch Jr. took home the $7500 check after recording the win in the Modified feature. Bob Lineman Jr. topped the field in the Crate vs. Sportsman main event.

As the 75-lap Modified feature began, Billy Pauch Jr. motored to the front from his third place starting spot with Jeff Strunk grabbing second. On the second circuit, the first caution of the event took place for Anthony Perrego’s right front flat tire. When racing resumed, Pauch Jr. remained on top with Strunk, Danny Bouc, David VanHorn and Brett Kressley next in line.

As a lengthy stretch of green flag action was evolving, the top runners began to encounter lap traffic with twelve laps completed. By the sixteenth tour, Pauch Jr. was masterfully weaving his way past slower competitors with Strunk in tow while Bouc and VanHorn were in close quarters for third place.

The dicing through heavy traffic continued for Pauch Jr. and Strunk until the top two entered some clear space with twenty-seven revolutions completed. On lap thirty-three, the ride of Wade Hendrickson slowed down in the first corner and the yellow lights illuminated the dirt oval. When green flag racing returned, the top two of Pauch Jr. and Strunk stayed intact with VanHorn passing Bouc for third and Kressley fending off Jimmy Horton for fifth.

On lap thirty-seven, eighth place running Michael Storms stopped on the backstretch of the track after the engine expired on his ride and the yellow flag waved again. Following the restart, the top five of Pauch Jr., Strunk, VanHorn, Bouc, and Kressley stayed in order.

Over the next several laps, the advantage for Pauch Jr. began to increase until the yellow flag appeared for the lap forty-five fuel stop. During the brief break in racing, the fifth place running Kressley went pitside and did not return.

On the restart following the short pause, Bouc lost his fourth place position due to a spin in turn one. Following the clean resumption of racing, Pauch Jr., Strunk and VanHorn were still in the top three spots with Craig Von Dohren in fourth and Horton in fifth. By lap fifty, Pauch Jr. was beginning to pull away from his rivals.

With fifteen circuits remaining, the leader was back in the midst of lap traffic. On lap sixty-two, Frank Cozze’s mount stopped in the fourth corner. On the restart, Pauch Jr. repelled another challenge by Strunk to remain on top with VanHorn holding onto third, Horton taking over fourth and Mike Gular zipping into fifth. With ten laps to go, a spin by JR Fulper stopped the action. When green flag racing returned, Pauch Jr. remained in control with VanHorn outdueling Strunk to gain the runner-up spot.

Entering the closing moments of the feature, Pauch Jr. was comfortably in command until a mechanical failure on Strunk’s ride brought out the last yellow flag of the race with only three laps remaining. After the single file restart, Pauch Jr. held off VanHorn in the final laps to register his twenty-first career victory at New Egypt Speedway.

VanHorn, the 2018 Modified champion, came home in second. Horton held off a hard charge by Gular to take third. With the seventeenth place starting Gular finishing fourth, fifth was taken by Von Dohren. Danny Bouc, Ryan Godown, TJ Lilly and Brett Kressley were victorious in the Modified heat races. The consolation events went to Mike Gular and Brian Papiez.

In the 30-lap Crate Modifieds vs. Sportsman, Bob Lineman Jr., the 2018 track champion, led every circuit to claim his fourth victory of the year and the twentieth of his career. Cale Ross came from twelfth to finish in second.

Third place was captured by Art Liedl. After starting the contest in twenty-first, Louden Reimert completed the race in fourth. The top five was filled out by Jeremy Martino. The winners in the qualifying events were Matt Ellery, Art Liedl and Will Dupree.

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. Danny Bouc 2. Craig Von Dohren 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Dominick Buffalino

Heat 2 – 1. Ryan Godown 2. David VanHorn 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Matt Stangle

Heat 3 – 1. TJ Lilly 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3 Ryan Krachun 4. Duane Howard

Heat 4 – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Dan Hineline 3. Michael Storms 4. Mike Butler

Consolation 1 – 1. Mike Gular 2. Frank Cozze 3. Anthony Perrego 4. JR Fulper

Consolation 2 – 1. Brian Papiez 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Dakota Kessler 4. John McClelland

Provisionals: Brandon Grosso, Kevin Vaclavicek, Davey Sammons, Rich Rutski, PJ Oliver, Brian Krummel

DNQ: John Willman, Eric Engstrom, Sam Martz, Rick Laubach, Chad Barney, Rocco Infante, Jimmy Blewett, Dillon Steuer, Mike Franz, John Pakenham, Gary Hager


1. BILLY PAUCH JR. 2. David VanHorn 3. Jimmy Horton 4. Mike Gular 5. Craig Von Dohren 6. Duane Howard 7. Brian Papiez 8. Danny Bouc 9. Brandon Grosso 10. Ryan Krachun 11. Kevin Vaclavicek 12. Brian Krummel 13. Mike Butler 14. JR Fulper 15. Jeff Strunk 16. Dominick Buffalino 17. Frank Cozze 18. Ryan Godown 19. Matt Stangle 20. Brett Kressley 21. Dan Hineline 22. Michael Storms 23. Wade Hendrickson 24. John McClelland 25. Anthony Perrego 26. TJ Lilly 27. Rich Rutski 28. PJ Oliver 29. Dakota Kessler

DNS: Davey Sammons

Crate Modifieds vs. Sportsman

Heat 1 – 1. Matt Ellery 2. Brad Arnold 3. Cale Ross 4. Jeremy Martino 5. Brad Roberts 6. Ryan Simmons

Heat 2 – 1. Art Liedl 2. Jim Housworth 3. Ryan Heim 4. Bob Lineman Jr. 5. Pat Wall 6. David Burns

Heat 3 – 1. Will Dupree 2. Jason Kosch 3. J.D. Cranstoun 4. Bill Liedtka 5. Sammy Martz Jr. 6. John Scarpati Jr.


1. BOB LINEMAN JR. 2. Cale Ross 3. Art Liedl 4. Louden Reimert 5. Jeremy Martino 6. J.D. Cranstoun 7. Brad Arnold 8. Jim Housworth 9. Jason Kosch 10. David Burns 11. Will Dupree 12. Brad Roberts 13. Pat Wall 14. Mike Toth 15. Tom Princiotta 16. Matt Ellery 17. Ryan Heim 18. Chuckles Stone 19. John Scarpati Jr. 20. Bill Liedtka 21. Ryan Simmons 22. Sammy Martz Jr. 23. Jimmy Amato 24. Ryan Godown Jr. 25. JT Trstensky

DNS: Ricky Moran

Contingency Bonuses awarded – Modifieds:

American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 Guaranteed Starter – Winner
– Billy Pauch Jr.

Vahlco Wheels $100 Gift Certificate – 3rd Place – Jimmy Horton

ATL Fuel Cells $400 Gift Certificate – 5th Place – Craig Von Dohren

ERK Steering Repair Gift Certificate – 6th Place – Duane Howard

JTees Screenprinting $50 Gift Certificate – 9th Place – Brandon Grosso

DIG Racing Products Gift Certificate – 12th Place – Brian Krummel

Factory 51fty-One $51 Cash – 15th Place – Jeff Strunk

ERK Steering Repair Gift Certificate – 16th Place – Dominick Buffalino

Vahlco Wheels $100 Gift Certificate – 23rd Place – Wade Hendrickson

JTees Screenprinting $50 Gift Certificate – 24th Place – John McClelland

Wiz Fab $100 Cash – Hard Charger – Brian Krummel

American Racer/Lias Tire Burning Rubber Bonus (Free Tire) – Hard Charger – Brian Krummel

East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals – $50 for each Modified Heat Race Winner – Danny Bouc, Ryan Godown, TJ Lilly and Brett Kressley

Strange Oval Just Missed Award – Free Axle to first non-qualifier – John Willman

Insinger Performance – $400 to be split evenly between Modified Non-Qualifiers – John Willman, Eric Engstrom, Sam Martz, Rick Laubach, Chad Barney, Rocco Infante, Jimmy Blewett, Dillon Steuer, Mike Franz, John Pakenham, Gary Hager

JTees Screenprinting Giveback Award – $25 Gift Certificate to EVERY NON QUALIFIER for one of their sponsors (valid only toward a non-racing order – John Willman, Eric Engstrom, Sam Martz, Rick Laubach, Chad Barney, Rocco Infante, Jimmy Blewett, Dillon Steuer, Mike Franz, John Pakenham, Gary Hager

Contingency Bonuses awarded – Crate vs. Sportsman:

ERK Steering Repair Gift Certificate – 6th Place – J.D. Cranstoun

ERK Steering Repair Gift Certificate – 16th Place – Matt Ellery