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SPEEDWAY ENTERTAIMENTS FALL JAMBOREE VICTORIES TO PAUCH SR., HOCH, MORRIS, & STEUER
National Championships To Pauch Sr., Hoch, & Paul...
Billy Pauch Sr. closed out the 2014 SpeedSTR Season by Winning The Fall
Jamboree and the National Points Championship. BTP Photo
Bechtelsville, PA (Story by Barry Angstadt 11-02-14) - Feature winners and National Champions shared victory lane on an incredibly blustery Sunday at the Grandview Speedway, as Speedway Entertainment wrapped up its season with the running of the Fourth Annual Fall Jamboree.
While it was the fourth Jamboree for the Rich Tobias-led organization, it was the first time the event was held at Grandview. Scheduled as a two-day program, rain on Saturday cut the show in half and placing even more emphasis on Sunday's A-Mains, which were claimed by Billy Pauch Sr. (USAC Championship SpeedSTR's); Dylan Hoch (All Star Slingshots); James Morris (Wingless 600cc Sprints); and Dillon Steuer (Junior Slingshots).
The Fall Jamboree was also Championship Weekend for the three Speedway Entertainment divisions, with National titles going to Frenchtown NJ's Billy The Kid Pauch Sr. (USAC Championship SpeedSTR's); Dylan Hoch (All Star Slingshots); and Damon Paul (Junior Slingshots). The 35-lap, $3,000 to win A-Main for the SpeedSTR's saw polesitter Kris Graver wiggle a bit in turns one and two, allowing Grandview Modified ace Duane Howard to grab the early lead. Howard, making his SpeedSTR debut, was in front at the completion of lap one, but his time at the head of the pack would be short-lived.
On a restart with one down, Kyle Weiss took the green right behind Howard's No. 24. Using a big run off turn four, Weiss stormed into the lead, passing Howard on the high side. Weiss set the pace for the next several circuits, but all eyes were on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear/ Fatt Kat No. 9 driven by Billy Pauch Sr. A three-time winner at Action Track USA this season and the most recent All Pro Tour winner on dirt (at Five Mile Point), Pauch was rumbling from his seventh starting position, taking third from Howard - who was passed by Frank Cozze for the runner-up spot - by the time the second caution flag was thrown with ten tours complete.
The SpeedSTR's were making good use of the ample racing room provided by the high banked Grandview oval, scrambling in two and three-wide fashion throughout the field. Asphalt standout Earl Paules charged from his 15th starting spot to break into the top five, while Wayne Weaver and Brad Brightbill began to make their presence known near the front of the pack. On a lap 13 restart, Pauch Sr. blasted by Cozze to snare second place, then ducked under Weiss and grabbed the lead on the 14th revolution. Cozze moved to second on the next trip around the clay as Pauch, from Frenchtown, NJ, separated himself from the field.
A terrific battle for fourth between Brad Brightbill and Weaver ended with 24 down as Brightbill, Paules, and Craig Whitmoyer were knocked out after tangling in turn four. On the restart, Cozze hung with Pauch for a few laps, challenging the leader with a few attacks in the low groove, but Pauch eventually pulled away once again. One final restart, with just one tour remaining, did not alter the outcome as Pauch motored to the victory over Cozze, Tim Buckwalter (who rallied from sixth to third late in the race), Weaver, and Frank Yankowski. "They watered the top just before the feature, and that was nice because it gave us a top groove for a while, and that's what I used to pass my way to the front," noted race winner Pauch Sr. "But I knew it was going to rubber up, and I think I may have been the first one to find the rubber," he added. "And that got me to the lead. After that, it was just trying to save the tires, but the track wasn't really too rough on the tires today."
The battle for the All Star Slingshot's National title was a three horse race, with Mertztown, Pa.'s Dylan Hoch holding a narrow advantage over Larry Raifsnider and three-time National Champ Brett Bieber. Hoch's title-clinching philosophy was simple: win the race and the championship would be his...so that is precisely what the high school student did. With Bieber and Raifsnider sharing the front row for the 20-lap main event, it was Bieber snatching the early lead as fourth-starting Hoch dueled with his good buddy, Cody Kline, for third.
Hoch eased in front of Kline on the fourth circuit, then set his sights on Raifsnider, who was losing ground to the Oley Jet in the No. 32 as Bieber continued to extend his lead. Hoch darted past Raifsnider, then reeled in Bieber as the race headed toward its halfway point.
As they rocketed off turn four to take the crossed flags, Hoch went a bit higher than normal to get a run down the banking as the lead duo moved onto the homestretch. His strategy worked as his No. 35 pulled even with Bieber at the start/finish line. They rubbed in one and two, with Hoch nosing ahead on the back chute. The National Tour's point leader was now the race leader, with nine laps remaining, and he was not about to give it up. Bieber tried to surprise the leader on a restart with a couple of circuits left, but the attempt was called back by track officials and the subsequent restart had Hoch accelerate away from Bieber, putting an end to any potential late race drama.
Hoch flew to the checkered, capping a late season comeback in the National standings that culminated in a final race win and championship. Bieber's three-year strangle-hold on the National title came to an end with his second-place finish in the finale, and Raifsnider, who led the National standings for a while during the summer, wound up third in the Fall Jamboree's A-Main for the All Star Slingers. Demetrious Drellos and Kenny Heffner completed the top five when starter Mike Feltenberger waved the checkered flag.
The Wingless 600cc Sprint feature was a good one, with Riegelsville's James Morris fending off the challenges of Robbie Hocker and Simon Egan to claim the victory. When the 20-lapper went green initially, polesitter Tim Buckwalter dashed to the lead ahead of Morris, his front row partner. Morris stayed with the leader as Bobby Butler and Hocker tussled for third and Stephen Reynolds navigated his way from 11th on the starting grid to run fifth by the time lap five was scored.
An incident in turn four brought out the yellow with six complete, and Kyle Lick got pinched into the backstretch wall as the field slowed for the caution. Lick's No. 8 flipped wildly, converting the yellow slowdown to a red flag stoppage. During the red flag period, officials noticed that Buckwalter's car had a flat right-front tire, and the Greth Racing No. 71 was sent to the pits to have the tire changed. That handed the lead to Morris, who had slipped past Buckwalter just prior to the yellow/red...the pass was negated by the incident, but Buckwalter gave up the top spot when he headed to the pits for a new right front sneaker.
When the green reappeared, Morris gassed his No. 85 to a slim lead over Hocker, but Hocker's Grime Boss No. 54 nipped at the leader's heels as he waited for Morris to bobble. The lead pair was soon joined by 17th starting Simon Egan, who rumbled into fourth, then third, before making it a three-car dance for the lead in the waning laps. Morris never bobbled, locking his car to the bottom groove and going on to win by a narrow margin (0.087 seconds) over Egan, who edged Hocker for runner-up honors. Reynolds finished up his stellar run with a fourth-place effort, and Doug Snyder came from the back after his involvement in an early race mishap to record a fifth-place payday. After his pit stop, Buckwalter sliced his way from the rear of the field to finish sixth.
The Junior Slingshot National Tour A-Main was a tale of two (young) drivers; while one of them captured the day's battle, the other wheel-twister won the season-long war.
Dillon Steuer, from Bohemia, NY, entered Sunday's program trailing Junior National point leader Damon Paul. Steuer went out and did everything he could possibly do to overtake his Stoney Point, NY rival...he won his heat race, then passed Paul for the lead in the 15-lap feature and going to on register the big win in the season finale. But he came up a little bit short in the point tally, as Paul's runner-up finish was enough to clinch the championship.
Paul appeared to be cruising out front, sprinting from his inside front row starting position to lead the initial six circuits. Steuer, however, was not going to throw in the towel without a fight, as he ran down the race leader, then motored by Paul and into the top spot. It was then Steuer who was on cruise control, as Paul and Dakota Kohler battled for second over the final laps. At the finish, it was Steuer in for the win, with Paul settling for runner-up status over Kohler. Chloe Andreas and Tyler Peet finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Fall Jamboree Fodder...
Despite losing Day One to rain and facing a cold, blustery Sunday, a total of 114 entries took part in the Fourth Annual Jamboree which, until this year, was held at New Egypt Speedway (2011) and Path Valley Raceway Park (2012 and 2013). The car count breakdown is as follows: 28 SpeedSTR's; 29 Wingless 600cc Sprints; 39 of the All Star Slingshots; and 18 Junior Slingshots.
Group time trials set the starting lineups for the qualifying heats in the two Slingshot classes, as well as the USAC Championship SpeedSTR's. Billy Pauch Sr. set the tone for his SpeedSTR victory by turning the quickest lap, with Kyle Lick second fastest and Duane Howard, in his maiden voyage in a SpeedSTR, clocking in with the third-fastest lap. Brett Bieber and Larry Raifsnider were the two quickest drivers in All Star Slingshot timed dashes, while Damon Paul was the fastest Junior Slinger over Justin Mills and Dillon Steuer.
Tim Buckwalter, James Morris, and Bobby Butler were heat race winners in the Wingless 600cc division, while Howard, Kyle Weiss, and Frank Cozze captured heat race victories for the SpeedSTR's. Claiming Junior Slingshot heat race triumphs were Paul, Mills, and Steuer. The four heats for the All Star Slingers went to B. Bieber, Raifsnider, Cody Kline, and Dylan Hoch. Earl Paules won the SpeedSTR's B-Main, with Devin Gundrum and Danny Buccafusca winning the last-chance qualifiers for the Wingless 600's and All Star Slingshots, respectively.
Tex Snyder, the ageless wonder who steers a 600cc Sprinter, was launched into a scary series of flips in the Wingless 600 main when his right-rear wheel broke off and the axle dug into the turn one racing surface. Snyder exited the car (with some help) and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation after being examined by the EMT's at the track. Kris Graver, who won his second SpeedSTR race of the year on the Mahoning Valley Speedway pavement the week before the Fall Jamboree, was not as fortunate on Grandview's dirt surface. Graver started on the pole of Sunday's feature, but fell back fairly quickly. He dropped into heavy traffic in the middle of the pack and appeared to get squeezed into the backstretch wall as several cars scrambled for position with 12 laps complete. Graver's No. 29b flipped wildly at the midpoint of the back chute, but he emerged unhurt after the tumble.
Quote from Tim Buckwalter after his third place run in the SpeedSTR main: "I wish it was 40 laps, instead of 35...under the one yellow, I found an adjustment in the car that I had no idea was there...and I am still not sure what it does, exactly, but I was running so bad that I decided to turn it as far as I could. It did something, because the car was awesome after that...it's how I got to third at the end. I think it (the adjustment) has something to do with the brake bias..."
Damon Paul, even though he's only 13-years-old, handled his defeat in the Junior Slingshot feature with a maturity and professionalism that is sadly lacking in many racing divisions and sports in general. Although the disappointment was evident on his face, Paul congratulated race winner Dillon Steuer, who passed him for the lead just before the halfway mark of the 15-lapper. In addition, when Paul was interviewed as part of the victory lane ceremony immediately following the race, it was not yet known who'd just won the Junior Slingshot National Championship - him or Steuer. "He's really good, and he was really fast today, so I don't mind losing to him," said the little driver with the heavy right foot. "He's got a real good crew behind him, too, so I have to be satisfied with second today.
When the final points were tallied, of course, Paul, who won four consecutive Junior Slingshot features at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA this season, could break into a smile because his runner-up finish was good enough to win the National Championship for the Junior Slingers. Next year, the Stoney Point, NY racer will be moving up to the All Star Slingshot division, with an eye on the National title in that class.
USAC SpeedSTR All Pro Tour, 35 laps: 1.Billy Pauch Sr., 2.Frank Cozze, 3.Tim Buckwalter, 4.Wayne Weaver, 5.Frank Yankowski, 6.Ryan Smith, 7.Kyle Weiss, 8.Maxime Plante, 9.Billy Pauch Jr., 10.Jeff Strunk, 11.Francis Methot, 12.Brandon Grosso, 13.Mike Vermuelen, 14.Nick Baer, 15.Mike Bednar, 16.Brad Brightbill, 17.Craig Whitmoyer, 18.Earl Paules, 19.John Kovatch, 20.Jason Miller, 21.Duane Howard, 22.Joey Thompson, 23.Kris Graver, 24.Steve Yankowski, 25.Kyle Lick, 26.Larry Solomon. DNS: Kenny Brightbill, Barry Christman Jr.
2014 All Pro Tour SpeedSTR National Champion: Billy Pauch Sr.
All Star Slingshot National Tour, 20 laps: 1.Dylan Hoch, 2.Brett Bieber, 3.Larry Raifsnider, 4.Demetrious Drellos, 5.Kenny Heffner, 6.Cody Kline, 7.John Bockhorn, 8.Joe Nemeth, 9.Wes Hearn, 10.Mark Sensenig, 11.Louden Reimert, 12.Alex Schoffstall, 13.Travis Bieber, 14.Danny Buccafusca, 15.Ryan Quackenbush, 16.Justin Thompson, 17.William Mohring, 18.Kassidy Kreitz, 19.Dale Kober, 20.Don Schmidt, 21.Joe Howey, 22.Matt Stangle, 23.AJ Wright, 24.Sam Scicchitano, 25.Tes Horvath, 26.Anthony Raisner, 27.Kurt Bettler. DNS: Corey Cormier, John Gilroy, Dave McCullough.
DNQ: Joe Malson Jr., Joe Malson, Dave Morrell, Dawson Landis, Dave Carraghan, Jackson Ring.
2014 All Star Slingshot National Champion: Dylan Hoch.
Wingless 600cc Sprints, 20 laps: 1.James Morris, 2.Simon Egan, 3.Robbie Hocker, 4.Stephen Reynolds, 5.Doug Snyder, 6.Tim Buckwalter, 7.Jermain Godshall, 8.Bobby Butler, 9.Jon Smith Jr., 10.Louie Horvath, 11.Jerry Seabridge, 12.Troy Musselman, 13.Eric Ankiewicz, 14.Kurt Bettler, 15.Dave Ogin, 16.Rob Pajauis, 17.Tex Snyder, 18.Kyle Lick, 19.Devin Gundrum, 20.Eric Whitby, 21.Bruce Ginther Jr., 22.Craig Fox, 23.Sam Kravitsky, 24.Ricky Leaper Jr.
DNQ: Ron Lewis, Jimmy Snyder, Blaine Emery, Billy Pauch Jr., Steve Svanda.
Junior Slingshot National Tour, 15 laps: 1.Dillon Steuer, 2.Damon Paul, 3.Dakota Kohler, 4.Chloe Andreas, 5.Tyler Peet, 6.Dylan Swinehart, 7.Justin Mills, 8.Daniel Morgiewicz, 9.Andrew Kreis, 10.Ryan Graver, 11.Kyle Smith, 12.Alex Yankowski, 13.Logan Bauman, 14.Michael Samony, 15.Aidan Svanda, 16.Joe Toth, 17.Wyatt Hager, 18.Cole Stangle.
2014 Junior Slingshot National Champion: Damon Paul.
BUCCAFUSCA BAGS NATIONAL ALL-STAR SLINGSHOT TOUR WIN AT 5-MILE POINT
Kirkwood, NY (Story by Barry Angstadt 10-12-14): Danny Buccafusca is only 15 years-old, but he's a pretty smart guy...he knows that he should listen when someone with more experience gives him advice. And Buccafusca's willingness to listen, then use the information imparted to him, paid huge dividends on Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway, as the Rockaway Rocket blasted to an All Star Slingshots National Tour victory.
"We noticed during all of the qualifying," (the Slingers were one of four divisions to compete in the afternoon portion of Saturday's American Racer Cup Weekend at FMP) "that the car on the outside of the front row was jumping the start, and the officials were letting it go. They were not making the call," said Buccafusca, who has two Slingshot point titles on his resume at Kutztown's Action Track USA and one Slinger championship at Hamlin Speedway.
"So Simon (Egan) told me to go ahead and try to get the jump on Cody (Kline, the pole sitter). You get a warning the first time - if they do call a jump - so Simon said to try it. And if they give me the warning, don't do it a second time."
Buccafusca did indeed "get the jump" on Kline, and he proceeded to lead wire to wire in the non-stop, 20-lap main event at the Kirkwood, NY oval. "I kind of hated to do it, but you've got to do whatever you can to get the lead, especially against a tough competitor like Cody. And they didn't call me for jumping, so technically, I guess I didn't..."
Kline stayed close to the back bumper of the S&S Speedways No. 55, but Buccafusca utilized some additional advice from Egan to maintain control and hang on to the top spot.
"In my heat race, I was lifting because the car was tight," noted the victor. "After the heat, Simon said to stay in the gas; it will help to turn the car. I kept telling myself to do that in the feature, and it really helped."
While Buccafusca maintained his narrow lead over Kline, Dylan Hoch was maneuvering his way from 12th on the starting grid to take over the fourth position on the seventh revolution around the quarter-mile. Three time and defending National Slingshot Champion Brett Bieber entered the top five on the next trip around the clay, although John Gilroy didn't give up easily. Gilroy battled back by Bieber, and the two of them engaged Hoch in a three-car tussle for the fourth spot.
Hoch pulled away from the Gilroy/Bieber duel and set his sights on third place runner Larry Raifsnider. Bieber reclaimed fifth from Gilroy as Hoch made a bonsai dive under Raifsnider on the final lap. Hoch's No. 35 squeezed up in front of Raifsnider's mount as they rumbled down the backstretch for the last time.
As they crossed the line under the checkered flag, it was Buccafusca in for the win over Kline and Hoch, with Bieber nipping Raifsnider for fourth in a photo finish. Gilroy, Tony Parlenti, Brian Toby Jr., John Bockhorn, and Don Schmidt completed the top ten finishers.
A solid field of 26 All Star Slingshots signed in for competition at FMP, with qualifying heat victories going to Damon Paul, Alex Schoffstall, and Louden Reimert.
National Slingshot Tour Race, 20 laps: 1.Danny Buccafusca, 2.Cody Kline, 3.Dylan Hoch, 4.Brett Bieber, 5.Larry Raifsnider, 6.John Gilroy, 7.Tony Parlenti, 8.Brian Toby Jr., 9.John Bockhorn, 10.Don Schmidt, 11.Alex Schoffstall, 12.Damon Paul, 13.Dakota Kohler, 14.Dalton Maynard, 15.Henry Anderson, 16.Donny Hockman, 17.Daniel Morgiewicz, 18.Tanner Correia, 19.Carl Bittenbender, 20.Joe Krum, 21.Don Boonstra, 22.Caitlyn Krum, 23.Louden Reimert, 24.Jackson Ring, 25.Matt Schultz, 26.Dan Yankowski.
FATHER KNOWS BEST AT 5-MILE POINT; IT'S PAUCH OVER PAUCH IN
LAST LAP SPEEDSTR THRILLER..
FATHER KNOWS BEST AT 5-MILE POINT; IT'S PAUCH OVER PAUCH IN LAST LAP SPEEDSTR THRILLER..
Kirkwood, NY (Story by Barry Angstadt 10-12-14): Billy Pauch Sr., from Frenchtown, NJ, patiently played a tire management game to perfection on Saturday night at Five Mile Point Speedway. And his strategy - which was aided by a late caution period - paid off with a thrilling victory in the 30-lap main event for the USAC Championship SpeedSTR's at the Kirkwood, NY oval's American Racer Cup Weekend event.
The triumph was noteworthy because it came with a last lap pass of a family member, and because it was the very first win at Five Mile Point for Pauch Sr., who owns more than 700 victories in various divisions during his storied career.
Wayne Weaver grabbed the early lead over polesitter Jeff Strunk as the 24-car field took the green flag. Tim Buckwalter (started sixth) and Billy Pauch Jr. (started tenth) were on the move in the first few trips around the wide quarter-mile, slicing their way into third and fourth, respectively, by the time three circuits had been scored.
During the second yellow flag slow-down, with three laps completed, Weaver handed the top spot to Strunk when he headed to the pits. Buckwalter, Pauch Jr., and Canadian invader Maxime Plante lined up second through fourth for the restart, and the top four ran nose to tail for many laps when the race went green once again. Pauch Jr. was nipping at the heels of leader Strunk, repeatedly diving under the No. 88 at both ends of the speedway, but the savvy veteran from Bechtelsville was able to repel each challenge.
Pauch Jr. then tried a different approach, wheeling to the outside of Strunk on the 13th tour. The Wayne Subaru No. 1 pulled even with Strunk on the back chute, then edged ahead as they gassed their mounts through turns three and four.
Buckwalter moved to the runner-up spot at the halfway point and offered up a couple of assaults on the leader, but Pauch Jr. fended off each attack. As the race entered its final stages, the center of everyone's focus became a red car, as the Bob Hilbert Sportswear/ Fat Catt No. 9 of Pauch Sr., who started 13th, moved into the top five.
The elder Pauch, who would later finish third in the Modified finale of American Racer Cup Weekend, slipped past Brad Brightbill for fifth with 11 circuits remaining. He then wrestled fourth from Plante, the 2012 National SpeedSTR Champion, just before a caution with seven to go.
After passing Strunk to take over third position, Pauch Sr. dashed by Buckwalter to become the runner-up on lap 28. The yellow appeared again before the white flag waved, setting up a green-white-checkered situation with Pauch Jr. in front of his dad.
Junior led through the white flag, but Senior saved his best for last, pulling to the outside of his son in turn two, running side by side down the backstretch, then nosing ahead in three as Junior got sideways due to a quickly deflating right-rear tire.
Pauch Sr. flew to the checkered as the winner, with Buckwalter and Plante getting by Pauch Jr. for second and third. While Junior was able to straighten his car and continue, he lost out in a three-wide battle at the stripe to Frank Yankowski and Strunk. Yankowski came on strong for his fourth place finish after starting 16th.
Five Mile Point Notebook:
The top five consisted of Pauch Sr., Buckwalter, Plante, F. Yankowski, and Strunk, with Pauch Jr.,. Kenny Brightbill, Brad Brightbill, Sebastian Gougeon, and Simon Egan rounding out the top ten. Many of those top ten finishers second-guessed themselves on tire choice while gazing at right-rear tires that were worn to the cords. Pauch Jr. actually had a hole worn into his right-rear sneaker...while his dad still had enough tire to make the winning pass on the final lap!
Heat race winners on Saturday included Tim Buckwalter, Anthony Perrego, and Billy Pauch Jr. There was no consolation, as FMP officials decided to start all 26 cars in the main event.
Nice to see two huge stacker-trailers pull in just prior to warm-ups at Five Mile Point on Saturday. Inside were seven SpeedSTR machines from Canada, although only five of them entered the competition. Former National SpeedSTR champ Maxime Plante, from St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, looked right at home on the FMP surface, finishing a strong third and running up front for the entire 30-lap distance.
Buckwalter picked up the ride in the No. 5 at the last minute, as Frank Cozze, the car's regular driver in 2014, was called home to Wind Gap, Pa. because his father was rushed to the hospital.
"Liquid Lou" Cicconi was a nice addition to the field, finishing 11th in the Kyle Weiss No. 4 in his SpeedSTR debut. Sportsman Modified campaigner Craig Whitmoyer also made his first start in a SpeedSTR, gassing the Weiss No. 14 as a teammate to Cicconi.
Next up for the USAC SpeedSTR Tour is the year's second visit to Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. on Sunday, October 26. In their first play day on the Mahoning asphalt on June 28, Kris Graver was victorious in a close finish over Earl Paules and Billy Pauch Jr.
USAC SpeedSTR Feature, 30 laps: 1.Billy Pauch Sr., 2.Tim Buckwalter, 3.Maxime Plante, 4.Frank Yankowski, 5.Jeff Strunk, 6.Billy Pauch Jr., 7.Kenny Brightbill, 8.Brad Brightbill, 9.Sebastian Gougeon, 10.Simon Egan, 11.Lou Cicconi, 12.Earl Paules, 13.Craig Whitmoyer, 14.Dan Yankowski, 15.Brandon Grosso, 16.Patrick Rheaume, 17.Dominic Beauchesne, 18.Mike Vermuelen, 19.Gary Huber, 20.Anthony Perrego, 21.Rick Kirkendall, 22.Wayne Weaver, 23.Francis Methot, 24.Rich Tobias. DNS: Dale Planck, Steve Yankowski.
BILLY "THE KIDS" PAUCH ARE SET TO LEAD A DOUBLE SPEEDSTR
ASSUAULT ON OCTOBER 11TH AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY...
Myerstown, PA (Story by Barry Angstadt) 10-06-14: Jerry Reed sang it best..."When you're hot, you're hot", and during the 2014 racing season, very few drivers have been hotter than Billy Pauch Jr.
Behind the wheel of the Wayne Subaru No. 1 and fresh off a three-win season that was capped by the point championship at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pauch Jr. will lead a talent-laden contingent of USAC Championship SpeedSTR competitors into the Saturday portion of American Racer Cup Weekend at the Five Mile Point Speedway near Binghamton, NY on October 11.
The young charger from Frenchtown, NJ narrowly held off his famous father, Billy Pauch Sr., for that championship at Action Track USA. The elder Pauch was also a three-time winner during the season, and he'd like nothing better than to defeat his kid at Five Mile Point because he's been finishing second to Junior far too often for his liking.
Not only did the son beat
the father for the Action Track point title, but
a few weeks ago, Billy Jr. scored a huge
Modified victory in New Egypt Speedway's All
Star Cup Shootout - winning more than $16,000 in
the process. And who finished as the runner-up
in that lucrative event at New Egypt? None other
than his father, Billy Sr...
The Pauch family will be pulling double-duty at Five Mile Point, too, as both Junior and Senior will be bringing their Modifieds with them to try and snare the $5,500 winner's share in the 55-lap American Racer Cup Weekend finale for the mighty Modifieds. Billy Sr., in fact, has a guaranteed starting spot for the Modified race.
Legendary Kenny Brightbill,
from Sinking Spring, PA, intends to "do the
double" on October as well. Brightbill, the
first SpeedSTR Champion ever crowned at Action
Track USA and a one-time winner there this
season, is towing his potent Weichert Realtors/
JeffreyHogueRealtor.com No. 19 to the Kirkwood,
NY quarter-mile for SpeedSTR competition, and
he'll also wheel a Colsten-owned Modified in the
October 11 event.
Brightbill's son, Brad, is
riding a wave of momentum into the Five Mile
Point race, as the younger Brightbill registered
two consecutive victories to end the season at
the Action Track USA. And the last of those two
triumphs earned him a hefty $5,000 in the Dick
Tobias Classic! Brad will steer his familiar
black Heavy Business Equipment No. 19b at Andrew
Harpell's quarter-mile oval.
Asphalt Modified and Late Model standout Earl Paules, of Kunkletown, PA, notched his first SpeedSTR victory on the Action Track clay this summer, while dirt Modified and Sprint Car veteran Frank Cozze, from Wind Gap, PA, adapted to the SpeedSTR machines very quickly and he, too, visited victory lane at the progressively banked oval in Kutztown. Based on their successful first season at Action Track USA, both Cozze and Paules will be strong challengers at the Five Mile Point event.
Catasauqua's Kyle Lick is the most recent SpeedSTR Tour victor, taking the September 19 checkered flag for the second year in a row at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA. Lick and his KME teammates, John Kovatch and Mike Bednar, will be well prepared and ready for battle at Five Mile Point on October 11.
Bechtelsville, Pa. wheel-twister Jeff Strunk, the recently crowned Grandview Speedway Modified point king, has also indicated that he will haul his BPG No. 88 SpeedSTR to FMP on the 11th. Strunk collected a single victory in Action Track USA SpeedSTR competition this season, and it was a memorable triumph, to say the least. Strunk and Kenny Brightbill battled side by side for several laps before Jeff got a slightly better run off turn four on the final lap, beating his childhood hero to the stripe by a few inches!
SpeedSTR creator Rich Tobias also plans to compete and, if all goes smoothly that afternoon in a USAC Silver Crown event about an hour north of Binghamton, Tobias will have a couple of the United States Auto Club's hotshoes buckled into SpeedSTR's at FMP.
On Saturday, October 11, warm-ups begin at 5:45 with qualifying events commencing at 6:15 p.m.For additional information on the American Racer Cup Weekend and/or the USAC Championship SpeedSTR event, log on to www.SpeedwayEntertainment.com or www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.
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