Gular Caps of ’21 with BAPS Motor Speedway Win – DTD Exclusive

By BOBBY SWEENEY

YORK HAVEN, PA – Mike Gular reached the lead just prior to halfway, then drove away to score the win at BAPS Motor Speedway. Gular started the season with a win in Florida, then ended it with a victory in the final 358-Modified event in Pennsylvania in 2021.

Right off the drop of the green for the 30-lap feature, Frank Cozze and Billy Pauch Jr. went to battle. With Cozze up high, Pauch went to work down low, closely trailing Cozze through the opening stages. After laps of trying, Pauch finally made the pass for the lead on lap ten, just before the only yellow flag of the event. Under this caution, Pauch came to a halt and went to the pits with fuel pickup issues.

With Pauch dropping out, Gular inherited second. Cozze went back to the lead, but it didn’t last long, as Gular dropped to the bottom and slid to the top spot on lap 12. With Gular quickly finding a rhythm out front, Cozze switched to mirror Gular’s line and settled into second.

Cale Ross had quietly moved to third on the extreme top side, but was coming under fire for the final podium spot from Jeff Strunk on lap 20. Meanwhile, Gular was steadily working through traffic, which gave Cozze little room to make a late run. With the checkered waiving, it was Gular taking the $5,000 payday for the win, with Cozze, Strunk, Ross, and Dominic Buffalino completing the top five.




“Frank got us last time at New Egypt on the last lap, I just had to make sure to stay clean in traffic to make sure it didn’t happen again,” Gular noted. “This car has been awesome the last couple times out with it, we put a bunch of time into it at the shop. It was cool to start the year with a win and now end the year with a win, it should help with the motivation over the offseason to keep working hard at it.”

358 SPEC SEALED MODIFIEDS
A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 2A-Mike Gular[6]; 2. 401-Frank Cozze Sr[2]; 3. 88Z-Jeff Strunk[10]; 4. 112-Cale Ross[7]; 5. 126-Dominick Buffalino[11]; 6. 747-Davey Sammons[9]; 7. 31-Lance Willix[21]; 8. 16X-Danny Creedin[13]; 9. 5-Jack Butler[3]; 10. 7MM-Michael Maresca[12]; 11. 5J-Jared Umbenhauer[14]; 12. 22-Tanner Van Dohren[8]; 13. 6-Ronald Kline[24]; 14. 88X-Dave Dissinger[4]; 15. 20-Rick Laubach[22]; 16. 17X-Kevin Beach[23]; 17. 27-Brad Arnold[19]; 18. 10$-Scott Albert[20]; 19. 01-Dan Waisempacher[15]; 20. (DNF) 16-Louden Reimert[5]; 21. (DNF) 96-Billy Pauch Jr[1]; 22. (DNF) 117-Kevin Hirthler[17]; 23. (DNF) 44M-Doug Manmiller[16]; 24. (DNF) 14RR-Joe Funk[18]

B Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 31-Lance Willix[2]; 2. 20-Rick Laubach[5]; 3. 17X-Kevin Beach[1]; 4. 6-Ronald Kline[4]; 5. 05-Sean Metz[14]; 6. 97-Jimmy Reppert[7]; 7. 5B-Brett Ballard[6]; 8. 7H-Shawn Light[3]; 9. 4-Dan Solomon[15]; 10. 99-Craig Whitmoyer[12]; 11. 18-Mark Van Vorst[13]; 12. 08-Bruce Hooper[16]; 13. (DNF) 3-Billy Lasko[10]; 14. (DNF) 28-Richie Pratt Jr[8]; 15. (DNF) 44-Alea Geisler[11]; 16. (DNS) 81-Dylan Swinehart; 17. (DNS) 79-Blaine Bracelin; 18. (DNS) 61-Justin Grim

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 96-Billy Pauch Jr[6]; 2. 126-Dominick Buffalino[8]; 3. 88X-Dave Dissinger[1]; 4. 16X-Danny Creedin[2]; 5. 117-Kevin Hirthler[3]; 6. 17X-Kevin Beach[9]; 7. 20-Rick Laubach[10]; 8. 81-Dylan Swinehart[4]; 9. 18-Mark Van Vorst[5]; 10. 08-Bruce Hooper[7]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 7MM-Michael Maresca[2]; 2. 88Z-Jeff Strunk[5]; 3. 401-Frank Cozze Sr[8]; 4. 5J-Jared Umbenhauer[9]; 5. 14RR-Joe Funk[4]; 6. 31-Lance Willix[7]; 7. 5B-Brett Ballard[10]; 8. 3-Billy Lasko[1]; 9. 05-Sean Metz[3]; 10. (DNF) 61-Justin Grim[6]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 16-Louden Reimert[5]; 2. 747-Davey Sammons[4]; 3. 22-Tanner Van Dohren[2]; 4. 01-Dan Waisempacher[6]; 5. 27-Brad Arnold[3]; 6. 7H-Shawn Light[7]; 7. 97-Jimmy Reppert[8]; 8. 44-Alea Geisler[9]; 9. (DNF) 79-Blaine Bracelin[1]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 5-Jack Butler[2]; 2. 2A-Mike Gular[7]; 3. 112-Cale Ross[4]; 4. 44M-Doug Manmiller[5]; 5. 10$-Scott Albert[1]; 6. 6-Ronald Kline[8]; 7. 28-Richie Pratt Jr[3]; 8. 99-Craig Whitmoyer[9]; 9. 4-Dan Solomon[6]