NEW EGYPT, N.J. – Billy Pauch Jr. controlled the modified field en route to victory Saturday during Graduation Night at New Egypt Speedway.
Steve Davis grabbed the lead as the 30-lap modified feature began. Following two caution periods and five tours completed, Davis was still in control with Ryan Godown and Pauch next in line and battling for second.
By lap seven Pauch slipped by Godown to take over second. Following another break in the action for debris on the track on the eighth circuit, Pauch blasted by Davis and into first place.
Twelfth-place starting David VanHorn was continuing his advancement towards the front as he motored by Godown and into third with 10 revolutions completed. After an additional appearance of the yellow flag on lap 11, VanHorn slipped by Davis and began to pursue Pauch.
As the contest reached the halfway point, the top two remained intact with Brandon Grosso in third, Danny Bouc in fourth and Godown dropping down to fifth. On lap 16 a tight battle
for the lead led to slight contact between the top two of Pauch and VanHorn.
With 10 laps remaining, Pauch had pulled slightly away from his rivals with VanHorn holding off Grosso for second, Bouc in fourth and John McClelland climbing into fifth after an earlier visit to the pits.
Throughout the final third of the race, Pauch hit his marks and crossed the finish line to gain his third victory of the year.
VanHorn held off the strong advancements of Grosso to finish in second. With Grosso in third, Bouc was fourth and McClelland was fifth.
David Burns won the sportsman feature while Eric Palmer won the crate modified main event. Karl Freyer was the winner of the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Car main event and Ryan Heim won the rookie division race.