NEW EGYPT, NJ – Billy Pauch Jr. overcame a broken driveshaft in his heat race, which relegated him to start 20th in the feature, and earned his 6th win of 2021 at New Egypt Speedway Saturday Night in the Vahlco Wheels Modified 30 lap feature event. Pauch marched steadily to the front, and then took advantage of a lap 19 restart, as he wrestled the lead away from Kory Fleming and drove away to victory.
Chris Grbac and Jack Swain brought the field to the start with Grbac assuming command. Bryan Kuhl quickly charged into second and began catching the leader. As he closed in to challenge Grbac, 7th starter Kory Fleming was also charging to the front and quickly passed Kuhl and Grbac for the lead on lap 7. Fleming began to open up a comfortable lead as Kuhl moved into second and took up the chase. Meanwhile, 20th starting Pauch was already up to 8th and following a restart began to show how strong his car was becoming as the race moved on. By lap 17 Pauch had moved into third but had a lot of ground to make up on the two leaders and was having trouble closing the gap. But that changed 2 laps later as the yellow flashed on for John Aumick, who had spun in turn four. On the restart Pauch beat Kuhl into turn 1 and drove up on the outside of Fleming. Fleming was fast on this night and as Pauch past him in turn 2, Fleming came roaring back under him to hold the lead. The duo raced side-by-side for 2 laps before Pauch wrestled the lead away from him. Once in front, Pauch Jr cruised away to post the victory, the 35th of his career at NES. Cale Ross found a bite on the outside in the closing laps and took second, ahead of Rick Laubach who also made a late charge past several cars. Fleming settled for 4th with Mike Gular rounding out the top five.
Dan Fleming took top honors in the Racersguide Crate Modified 20 lap main event. Fleming held off a late charge by Tom Princiotta to take his second victory of the year. Princiotta was second, Justin Grosso came home third, followed by Johnny Bangs and Kevin Borden.
The Larry’s Hot Rods and Harley’s NorthEast Wingless Sprints (NEWS) 20 lap feature was won again by point leader Rich Mellor. It was Mellor’s sixth win of the year, his 4th win in the last six races, and 17th career which is number one on the All-Time win list. The win was not easy at all for Mellor, who had Brian Spencer pressuring him the entire way waiting for a mistake that never came. Spencer settled for second, chased by Shea Wills, Mark Bitner and Mick D’Agastino.
Rob Ormsbee won the 15 lap Street Stock feature for his tenth win in 11 tries this year. This win was not at all easy for him, as he was involved in a 5 car pile-up on the first lap in turn four which left heavy body damage to his #19. Then after fighting thru the field to second place in just 7 laps, he was caught up in another wreck as leader Spider Ensinger Jr.’s car burst into flames right in front of him giving him no place ro go. Ormsbee then drove thru the field again, taking the lead from Lee Allen with 2 laps remaining for the win. Brian Ludwig finished second and Allen came home third.
Racing action on the speedway resumes again this Saturday night with first responders night. All Firefighters, EMS, Police, etc. will get half-price admission with ID. It will also be Modified Championship Night as we will crown the 2021 track Champ. The Vahlco Wheels Modifieds will headline the event, joined by the Open Sportsman and the Racersguide.com Crate Modifieds. Gates open at 4pm, warm-ups will be at 5pm and the first race will begin at 6pm.
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Vahlco Wheels Modified Feature Results (30 Laps):
1.) BILLY PAUCH JR 2.) Cale Ross 3.) Rick Laubach 4.) Kory Fleming 5.) Mike Gular 6.) Louden Reimert 7.) Mike Butler 8.) John McClelland 9.) David Van Horn 10.) Brandon Grosso 11.) Bryan Kuhl 12.) David Burns 13.) Dakota Kessler 14.) DJ Hunt 15.) John Aumick 16.) Wade Hendrickson 17.) Chris Grbac 18.) Jack Swain 19.) Mickey Kessler 20.) Frank Venezia 21.) PJ Oliver
DNS: Jim Housworth
Heat Race Winners: Rick Laubach, Wade Hendrickson & Bryan Kuhl
Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car Feature Results (20 Laps):
1.) RICH MELLOR 2.) Brian Spencer 3.) Shea Wills 4.) Mark Bitner 5.) Mick D’Agostino 6.) Lee Nardelli 7.) Heidi Hedin 8.) Larry Drake 9.) Al Cheney 10.) Ken Nealis 11.) Gary Huston 12.) Rob Ward 13.) Walter Fletcher 14.) Bill Hoff
Heat Race Winners: Heidi Hedin & Rich Mellor
Racersguide.com Crate Modified Feature Results (20 Laps):
1.) DAN FLEMING 2.) Tom Princiotta 3.) Justin Grosso 4.) Johnny Bangs 5.) Kevin Borden 6.) Pat Wall 7.) Ryan Simmons 8.) Anthony Tramontana 9.) Jon Meyer 10.) Nick Van Wickle 11.) Jordon Cox 12.) Glenn McIntyre 13.) Matt Miller 14.) Tom Klimkowski 15.) Bob Rambone 16.) Paul Mancini 17.) Matt Knaub 18.)Matt Dealaman
DNS: George Gareis Jr
Heat Race Winners: Pat Wall & Dan Fleming
Street Stock Feature Results (15 Laps):
1.) ROB ORMSBEE 2.) Brian Ludwig 3.) Lee Allen 4.) Joe Reid 5.) Dennis Seeley 6.) Chris Felber 7.) Whitey Miller 8.) Joe Wolfe 9.) Spider Ensinger Jr 10.) Matt Malachatka 11.) Bill Liedtka 12.) Spider Ensinger Sr 13.) Derek Jones