Written by Chris Moore
GEORGETOWN, DE – You can call it the Kid’s kid’s playpen.
Billy Pauch Jr. continued his excellence at Georgetown Speedway, claiming his second ‘Blast at the Beach’ presented by Melon 1 and Earth Movers LLC in the last three years.
“We’ve been awesome here, we really love coming here and supporting the great race fans in Delaware, hopefully we made some more Billy Pauch Jr. fans tonight,” explained an elated Pauch Jr. in Victory Lane.
Pauch Jr.’s triumph was his first of the 2021 season and the fifth of his Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco career.
The Frenchtown, N.J. native claimed Round No. 7 of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central and with it, a cool $6,300 for his Tuesday night efforts.
The ‘Kid’s Kid’ drew the worst number in the Beyea Custom Headers Redraw, firing off from the 12th position, while Laurel, Del.’s James Hill and Sprakers, N.Y.’s Stewart Friesen fired off from the front row.
One of the pre-race favorites went by the wayside on the second circuit, as Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard went up and over several times in the third turn. Fortunately, Sheppard walked away from the carnage unharmed.
When the field went back to racing, South Region point leader Mike Mahaney joined Sheppard, who was second in points entering the night, as he had problems when the field went back to green, breaking on the backstretch.
Mahaney’s broken racecar collected Danny Bouc and Carson Wright while Mahaney was trying to clear the racetrack.
On the ensuing restart, Wallkill, N.Y.’s Tyler Dippel would take the lead away, after getting by Friesen on the previous restart.
Dippel used the outside lane to jump to the lead, while Friesen worked underneath Hill to take the runner-up spot and stalk Dippel at the front of the field.
Further back, Pauch Jr.’s ascent started to become noticeable, as he had risen to the fifth spot from 12th in the opening five laps.
Dippel and Friesen pulled away up front, while Pauch Jr. reeled in Milford, Del.’s Jordan Watson and Hill, making it a three-car duel for the third spot, with Hill holding off the other two.
A lap 10 yellow reset the field, and Watson and Pauch Jr. both got by Hill.
Another yellow one lap later gave Billy Jr. prime starting position, on the outside of the second row, and right behind leader Dippel, who’d be choosing the top on restarts. The Kid’s Kid took advantage, driving around Watson and immediately challenging Friesen for the runner-up spot.
After a two-lap battle, Pauch Jr.’s assault on the field continued, using the bottom groove to slide by Friesen and set his sight eyes on leader Dippel.
Fourth-place runner Jordan Watson broke on lap 17, bringing out another yellow in the first half of the race, and restacking the field just shy of halfway.
The restarts continued to be golden for Pauch Jr. as Dippel’s car got tight in turn one, allowing Pauch Jr. to drive underneath and set sail for good. Pauch Jr. would lead lap 18, collecting the $200 Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway award and every lap after that to claim the win.
Tyler Dippel grabbed his best STSS finish of the season with a runner-up in his Teo-Pro Car No. 1 and Friesen rounded out the podium in his Halmar International no. 44.
The third-place finish was good enough to give Friesen the Stockley Tavern “Delaware Double” $1,000 bonus for the best average finish between the ‘Diamond State 50’ at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., and the ‘Blast at the Beach.’
Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown grabbed the fourth spot in his first STSS run with the Dan Sommeling-owned No. 51 and Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego had a great points night in the Brian Smith owned No. 44, claiming the fifth spot.
Milford, Del.’s Joseph Watson was the highest finishing Delaware driver, grabbing sixth in his Mills Racing No. 30 and with it $500 courtesy of Holly Hill Farms. Sewell, N.J.’s Richie Pratt Jr. had a strong night, crossing the line seventh in his family-owned No. 28. Hellertown, Pa.’s Rick Laubach was the $200 Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream Hard Charger, coming from 22nd to eighth in the Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1k. Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular grabbed the ninth spot in the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A and fellow Boyertown native Ryan Watt rounded out the top-10in the Ron Roberts Racing No. 14w.
Heat winners, receiving $50 each from Ad-Art Sign Company were Austin Hubbard, Sheppard, Dippel, & Pauch Jr.
Newtown, Pa.’s Joe Toth finally got his elusive first victory with the STSS in the Crate 602 Sportsman division. After chasing series checkered flags with several podium runs, Toth claimed his first career STSS win at the home of his 2020 track championship at Georgetown Speedway.
Toth outdueled Johnstown, N.Y.’s Brian Calabrese on a lap-21 restart to take the lead and drive away with the win.
The win pocketed Toth a $1,500 payday and gave him control of the Belmont’s Garage South Region points lead over Horseheads, N.Y.’s A-jay Potrzebowski II.
Calabrese would take the runner-up spot while Petersburg, N.J.’s Tom Sherby rounded out the podium finishers.
Jackson, N.J.’s Steve Davis finished fourth in his Masker Racing No. 72 and Chalfont, Pa.’s Greg Humlhanz rounded out the top-five.
Racing returns for the STSS on Tuesday, August 31 at Thunder Mountain Speedway for the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ featuring the eighth event of the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply North Region for the Modifieds (50 laps, $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th & $400 to start) and Round No. 6 for the Precision Hydraulic & Oil Crate 602 Sportsman North Region (25 laps, $1,500 to win, $100 to start).
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BLAST AT THE BEACH RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY AUGUST 24, 2021
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design For Vision & Sunglass Central Event No. 7 Feature Finish (35 laps): BILLY PAUCH JR., Tyler Dippel, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Joseph Watson, Richie Pratt Jr., Rick Laubach, Mike Gular, Ryan Watt, Alex Yankowski, Ryan Riddle, Jimmy Horton, Dominick Buffalino, H.J. Bunting, Norman Short, John Willman, Matt Smith, Jordan Watson, James Hill, Austin Hubbard, Max McLaughlin, Mike Mahaney, Danny Bouc, Carson Wright, Matt Sheppard, Brandon Grosso, Matt Stangle.
Disqualified: Ryan Krachun (weight)
Did Not Qualify: Clay Tatman, Mark Pettyjohn, W.B. James, Brandon Watkins, Danny Hieber, Kevin Sockriter, Howard O’Neal
Ad-Art Sign Company Heat-Race Bonuses ($50 each): Austin Hubbard, Matt Sheppard, Tyler Dippel & Billy Pauch Jr.
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificate): Rick Laubach (eighth) & Dominick Buffalino (14th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Ryan Godown (fourth) & Mike Gular (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw ($50): Billy Pauch, Jr. (Redrew 12th)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): Jimmy Horton (ninth to second)
Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream Hard Charger ($200): Rick Laubach (22nd to eighth)
C&S Equipment “One Spot Out” Award ($100): Clay Tatman
Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader Award ($200): Billy Pauch, Jr.
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Award (Oakley Sunglasses): Billy Pauch Jr.
Holly Hill Farms Top Delaware Driver ($500): Joseph Watson (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Alex Yankowski (11th)
Metal Fab Pro Race Shop Hard Luck Award ($250 Certificate): Kevin Sockriter
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Billy Pauch Jr. (first – $150); Tyler Dippel (second – $75); Stewart Friesen (third – $50); Ryan Watt (10th – $25)
Spyder High Performance Filters Bonuses: Anthony Perrego (fifth – FREE Air Filter); H.J. Bunting (15th – 50-percent off)
Sunoco Race Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Tyler Dippel (second); Ryan Riddle (12th); Max McLaughlin (22nd)
Stockley Tavern “Delaware Double” Bonus ($1,000): Stewart Friesen (third)
Taylor & Messick Bonus ($100 each): Tyler Dippel, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Joseph Watson & Richie Pratt Jr.
Wilwood Disc Brakes ($75 Certificate): Richie Pratt Jr. (seventh)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Belmont’s Garage South Region Event No. 6 Feature Finish (25 laps): JOE TOTH, Brian Calabrese, Thomas Sherby, Steve Davis, Greg Humlhanz, Adam White, Ryan Simmons, Richie Walls , Scott Hitchens, Bobby Watkins, Anthony Tramontana, Ryan Godown Jr., John Stevenson, Sean Metz, Stephen Kemery, Paul Mancini, Justin Grosso, Sean Weiss, Kenny Bock, Paul Hartwig III, A-Jay Potrzebowski Jr., Tracy Gauger Track, Zac Weller, Brad Trice, David Jenkins, Ryan Stangle, Michael White
Did Not Start: Matt Smith, Logan Watt
Did Not Qualify: John Burton, Isabelle Van Orden, Trent Van Vorst, Brian Rogers, Jeff Marker, Tippy Martinez, Trent Willy, Andy Hammond, Greg Reed
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Scott Hitchens (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): A-Jay Potrzebowski Jr. (12th)
Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream Hard Charger Award ($100): Richie Walls (25th to eighth)
C&S Equipment “One Spot Out” Award ($100): John Burton
Kruger Trailer Sales Heat Winner Bonuses ($50): Ryan Simmons, Thomas Sherby, Brian Calabrese & A-Jay Potrzebowski Jr.
Mancini Custom Homes Halfway Leader ($150): Justin Grosso
Mancini Custom Homes 7th-Place Award ($50): Ryan Simmons
Metal Fab Pro Race Shop Hard Luck Award ($150 Certificate): Justin Grosso
Taylor & Messick Bonuses ($100 each): Brian Calabrese, Thomas Sherby, Steve Davis, Greg Humlhanz, Adam White & Ryan Simmons
Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): ROBERT SMITH, Matthew Smith, Travis Martin, Zack Phillips, Andrew Nelson, Ryan Efford, Scott Trice, Jerry Hill, Sean Martinez, Michelle Jackson, Mike Silva, Trent Martin, Jesse West, Bill Dean, Thomas Jackson.
Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): JAY LOWMAN, Robert Paczkowski, Jonathan Pitcher, Randy Merritt, Billy Cummings, Ashley Merritt.
Did Not Start: Joe Waters