May 30, 2009

New Egypt Speedway Results 5/23/2009: Pauch Wins Again!  


Billy Pauch in Victory Lane at New Egypt Speedway

Here are the unofficial results:

Big Block Modified:
1) 1-Billy Pauch
2) 20-Rick Laubach
3) 7-Ron John Koczon
4) 00-Gary Butler (I think)
5) 3-Sam Martz

1) 28-Pat Wall
2) 10-George Quinlan
3) 7A-Gene Stravinsky
4) 98-Tim Apgar
5) JR1-Rocco Infante

Outlaw Stock
1) 91-Joe Mongeau
2) 06-Vern McLaughlin
3) 82-John Carpenter
4) 13XXX-PJ Oliver Jr.
5) 914-Rich Mongeau

Tonight was just another great night of racing at NES: perfect weather, nice crowd, nice track conditions.

Sportsman Winner Pat Wall in Victory Lane

Outlaw Stock winner Joe Mongeau in Victory Lane

Post-Race Tech for the Outlaw Stocks

The top three cars in Outlaw Stock spent a very long time in post-race tech, with a particular focus under the hood. It looked like they were checking compression and scoping the combustion chambers, among other things. I looks like everything checked out OK.

Here is some video from Modified Heat 1, showing John McClellan spin, and then recover to qualify on the last lap:

May 25, 2009

Vintage cars at New Egypt Speedway 5/23/2009  


The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club attended New Egypt Speedway last Saturday night. There were a few vintage cars on display, and about 8 vintage cars that took to the track for two 10 lap sessions. See below for a few more photos and a short video.

May 24, 2009

New Egypt Speedway Results 5/23/2009: Kenny Carberry Wins Modified Feature  


Big Block Modified Winner Kenny Carberry in Victory Lane

Crate 1 Sportsman Winner John Haegele in Victory Lane

Super Stock Winner Todd Cray in Victory Lane

Feature results:
Big Block Modified:
1) 47-Kenny Carberry
2) 1-Billy Pauch
3) 20-Rick Laubach
4) Mark Forte, Jr.
5) 09-Bobby Drayton

Crate 1 Sportsman:
1) 61-John Haegele
2) 5W-Pat Wall
3) 91A- John Micek
4) 40-Ryan Forte
5) 93B-Brian Papiez

Super Stock:
1) 99-Todd Cray
2) 22-Jason Bubeck
3) 93-George Marrero Jr.
4) M1-Marty Derr
5) 14-Mick Search

New Egypt has some great racing last night. The track started off pretty dry and slick and stayed that way all night. Usually this means very little passing, but there was plenty of two groove racing last night for those who took advantage of it.

Billy Pauch and Rick Laubach again put on an amazing display of driving as Laubach caught up to Pauch and challenged him. They battled for several laps, with Pauch finishing 2nd and Laubach 3rd.

Todd Cray has got everyone covered in the Super Stock division. He spun in his heat and came back to win. Cray also made his way to the front in the feature, able to pass cars both high and low. The rest of the guys are going to have to play catch up if they want to challenge Cray this year.

There were only 14 Crate 1 cars. Something needs to be done to grow this class if NES expects this class to be the future of Sportsman Modified racing, no?

We really got dusted over in turn 4, due to the wind blowing straight into the grandstands, which is kind of unusual. I was told that Turn 1 is much better in conditions like this.

Read the official results here:

May 17, 2009

New Egypt Speedway Results: 5/16/2009 Frank Cozze Jr. Gets 1st Victory at NES  


Frank Cozze Jr.with grandfather Dick Cozze in Victory Lane

After playing hooky from New Egypt last week to attend the Wildwood car show, I was glad to be back. Last night had plenty of great racing. The highlight of the night had to be Frank Cozze Jr. winning his 1st Modified heat at NES, possibly his 1st ever?

I did a horrible job last night of tracking the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock winners, but you can get the complete results at

Modified Big Block Heat 1: Frank Cozze Jr. wins, Tanner wrecks in Turn 3, Pauch and Guarino looking strong.

Of note (to me anyway) was Johnny Guarino, who moved from 11th to 3rd. I believe this is Johnny's 1st year at NES, and he is looking pretty good. He managed to stay ahead of Pauch as they both moved to the front.

Unfortunately, both Pauch and Guarino ended their night after a lap 20 restart incident involving several cars. Pauch went out on a hook and the 9 car limped home at the back of the pack. I had my head turned on the incident, so I'm not sure what happened, but I don't think either Pauch or Guarino were at fault.

I predict we will see the 9 car of Johnny Guarino in Victory lane at NES in 2009.

Video of Big Block Modified Heat 2 with an eye on John McClelland

If Johnny Mac posts some in-car footage of the heat, I will link to that as well.

May 3, 2009

Video from New Egypt Speedway 5/2/2009: Modified heat racing action  


Keep an eye on the 20 car of Rick Laubach as he methodically makes his way from 7th to 1st.

Here is another Modified heat, following John McClellan, who gets into a qualified spot with one lap to go. John usually posts in-car footage of his racing. If John posts in-car footage of this race, I will post a link to that as well.

For a complete writeup of last night's racing, follow the link:
New Egypt Speedway Results for 5/2/2009

May 2, 2009

New Egypt Speedway Results: 5/2/2009 Pauch Wins Again  


Billy Pauch in Victory Lane

Feature results

Big Block Modified:
1) 1-Billy Pauch
2) 44-Frank Cozze
3) 58-Bucky Kell
4) 3-Sam Martz
5) 77-Richie Pratt

1) JR1-Rocco Infante
2) 94M-Jeff Geiges
3) 17H-Mike Howardson
4) 310-Bill Liedtka
5) 2D-Will Dupree

Outlaw Stock
1) 13X-PJ Oliver Jr.
2) 914-Rich Mongeau
3) 23W-Billy Wroble
4) 82-John Carpenter
5) 06-Vern McLaughlin

NES has a pretty good night of racing tonight. With the weather supposedly threatening, there was a fairly small crowd on hand. Those who stayed home missed out, as the weather was actually great with no rain in sight. Racing started a bit late, at 6:20 PM, and the last feature was over somewhere around 10:00 PM or so.

All divisions ran heats tonight! No time trials. I was glad to see that.

There was a total of about 40 minutes down time. First was a 10 minute delay waiting for the Modified Consi, followed later by about a 30 minute break to water and smooth the track. Overall the track was pretty racy, with a decent amount of passing in each division. It's nice to see NES finally get a track surface that is consistent and manageable.

Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like last week there was more action and music being played during the downtime and yellows. Maybe they were short handed tonight...not a big deal.

Sportsman Feature

Rocco Infante in Victory Lane

Rocco Infante once again made his way to the front to take the win. I believe Rocco has won all 3 Sportsman races he has entered this year, with two wins at NES, and one at Bridgeport. Rocco definitely has that car dialed in. Of note was rookie DJ Rupert, who started somewhere in the back, drove a clean race, and finished a solid 7th.

What I didn't understand was why so many Sportsman rookies chose not run in the Consi, and therefore not be eligible to run in the feature. There were 14 cars scheduled to run the Consi, but only 9 came out, and with 9 to qualify, the consi was over in one lap. Several of the missing cars were rookies, including Brian Roemer, who again won the Rookie Feature tonight.

**UPDATED** Monday 5/4: Thanks to an explanation on by Ryan Simmons, the reason why some of the rookies did not come out for the Consi is because some of the rookies run a Crate motor, and are therefore not permitted to run with the Sportsman.

Modified Feature

Man, the mods must have run lap 1 like 5 times. There were several yellows in the beginning, including a big wreck when John Miloczar spun (or maybe was pushed) around in front of the whole field, taking out several cars, including the 00 of Gary Butler, and the 20 of Rick Laubach. Laubach came back out to run, but the car must have been damaged because he eventually got lapped and wasn't competitive.

Billy Pauch worked his way to the front, eventually taking the lead from the 09 of Bobby Drayton while fighting through lapped traffic. Bobby Drayton soon after spun in turn 4, ending his chances for a decent finish.

Keith Hoffman was a no show tonight. That will be a tough hit in the points.

Jimmy Horton showed up tonight, but struggled with a poor running car, which looked to be very slow coming off the corners. I heard he may have been having carb problems.

Outlaw Stocks

PJ Oliver Jr. and Dad (I think) in Victory Lane

One more of PJ using a flash, showing off the cool reflective decals

I missed the beginning of the feature, but something must have happened to the 32 car, which is a great looking 1965 Chevelle, because the right front was bent up pretty bad. Later in the feature the 32 hit the cement barriers in turn 1 and really did some damage to the front of that car. I hope he gets if fixed and back soon. Of note was Vern McLaughlin, who spun while running 2nd, went to the back, and came back to finish 5th. Nice recovery. I really like watching this class because it is the only class left that's based on actual production cars. Each car has a distinctive body and look to it. No cookie cutters here.

Oh, except the 82 fabricated "Camaro" of John Carpenter. I hate to pick on him because the car looks great and runs strong, but why in the world would New Egypt allow them to run the fabricated body on this car? The rules as written state that the bodies must remain stock appearing-OEM body panels only. (NO FLAT SIDED BODIES). Why doesn't NES just keep the Super Stocks if they are going to let the Outlaw Stock class morph into a late model? The whole attraction of this class to me is that each car is unique and recognizable. It's just a matter of time before more cars start showing up with fabbed bodies and they all start looking the same.

The "32" car, a 1965 Chevelle, started out looking pretty good tonight

Then this happened...

Then this...ouch