April 25, 2009

New Egypt Speedway Results: 4/25/2009. Great night of Racing!  


Billy Pauch in Victory Lane after winning the Modified Feature

Feature results:

Big Block Modified:
1) 1-Billy Pauch
2) 20-Rick Laubach
3) 58-Bucky Kell
4) 6P-Mike McAleer
5) 59-Tad Cox

Crate Sportsman
1) 5W-Pat Wall
2) 61-Jon Haegele
3) 30-Bobby Dmuchowski
4) 3i- George Idell Jr.
5) 93B-Brian Papiez

Super Stock
1) 99-Todd Cray
2) 14-Mick Search
3) 10-George Quinlan
4) 87-Billy Bauer
5) 93-George Marrero Jr.

What an excellent night of racing. The show started right at 6:00 PM sharp, and was over by 9:15 PM. The track was pretty tacky all night, leading to plenty of two groove racing. The intermission was a lengthy 44 minutes to prep the track, but it was worth it. The track stayed pretty racy, but did look to develop some bumps in a few spots. From a fan's perspective, I would choose tonight's surface over a dry slick surface every time. There was great side by side racing in all divisions tonight.

There were plenty of cautions tonight, and I'm not sure why. I'll leave the guessing to others. I also thought the tow trucks did a much quicker job this week of clearing the track. Sometimes the tow trucks get held up in the pits, and its not their fault, but tonight it looks like they were dropping some cars in the infield to save time on the multi-car wrecks.

I thought Nick Leach did a great job announcing tonight. They should let him do more of the announcing, especially calling the races, on a weekly basis. Nick adds some character and that is a good thing.

It was announced tonight that the Sportsman would run heats from now on instead of time trials, which I think is the right thing to do. Time trials suck. There, I said it.

There was a decent crowd on hand, but nowhere near the crowd that was there on opening night. Perfect weather, only the 2nd night of the season, and Wall Stadium was closed tonight, so no competition there. Is the crowd size tonight as good as it gets for a regular show? Is the $20 admission keeping people away?

Super Stock Feature

Todd Cray and crew in Victory Lane

This was an exciting feature. How much passing was there? Well, winner Todd Cray spun early while leading, taking out another car, and suffering some damage. Cray came back to win the feature after restarting from the back.

There was an incident, or should I say incidents, between the 4th place finisher Billy Bauer, and the 119 of Rob Ormsbee. The 119 got spun by the 87 while leading. The 87 was sent to the back for overaggressive driving. With both cars running side by side under the yellow, there was contact under the yellow. I didn't see it, but I heard it, and it looked like the 119 must have intentionally run into the 87. What I do know is that the 119 was sent to the pits. I would not be surprised at all to see the 119 set down for a race or two.

Modified Feature

The Modified feature was great; maybe the best I've seen in recent memory. Billy Pauch and Rick Laubach put on quite a show working through lapped traffic. Pauch eventually got by Laubach and kept the lead, working the lapped traffic to his advantage. I always enjoy watching Billy Pauch in victory lane. Billy always lets the kids take victory lane photos, and never leaves until everyone gets their photos, or autographs, or whatever.

Crate Sportsman Feature

Local New Egypt resident Pat Wall in Victory Lane

Rookie Sportsman Feature

Brian Roemer in Victory Lane

Brian Roemer won the Rookie feature for the 2nd straight week. He is fast and consistent. I was told he went to a driving school, got himself a decent car, and is now out there kicking some ass.

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