NEW EGYPT, N.J. – Brandon Grosso scored the first modified victory of his career Saturday at New Egypt Speedway during the All Star Cup Shootout.
When the 60-lap modified feature got underway, Dominick Buffalino grabbed the lead with Jimmy Horton and Grosso next in line. On lap three, Grosso moved past Horton to take over second with Duane Howard advancing into fourth. The top four of Buffalino, Grosso, Horton and Howard were intact when the first appearance of the yellow flag took place for John Pakenham on the eighth tour.
When action resumed, Grosso zipped by Buffalino to take the top running position with Howard motoring into third. After two more caution periods, Grosso was still in command on lap 13 with Howard, Buffalino, Horton, and Mike Gular in tow. Setting a torrid pace, Grosso began to enter lap traffic on the 19th circuit. On lap 26 as the top runners were slicing their way by slower competitors, the third place running Buffalino spun to bring out the yellow flag.
On the ensuing restart, Grosso fended off Howard to maintain his edge with Horton, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Gular in his tracks. At the halfway point, a fuel stop took place and Grosso was still on top with Howard, Horton, Pauch Jr. and Gular rounding out the top five.
Following the brief break, Grosso outgunned Howard again to keep his lead with Pauch, Jr. taking over third. With twenty laps remaining, Grosso was beginning to encounter lap traffic as Howard was trying to hold off Pauch Jr. for second place. With ten to go, Grosso was knifing his way through competitors as Howard and Pauch Jr. were in a battle for second while Horton was trying to hold off Brett Kressley for fourth.
On lap 54, the yellow lights illuminated for the final time for J.R. Fulper. As the green flag waved, Grosso repelled another challenge by Howard to hold onto his lead. Over the final tours, Grosso continued to pull away from the field and led them to the finish line for his first career Modified win. Howard edged Pauch Jr. by less than a car length to come home in second. A late run by David VanHorn earned him fourth place and fifth was taken by Horton.
Kyle Lilick topped the field in the main event for the Hammer Sportsman. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle while Ryan Godown scored the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car contest.