NEW EGYPT, N.J. - Rick Holsten and Billy Pauch split the two feature events run at New Egypt Speedway for the Modifieds on Championship Night sponsored by C&S Equipment Saturday evening.
Holsten was the class of the field in the make-up feature event from last Saturday night, going wire to wire to capture is first ever Modified win. In the regularly scheduled feature, Billy Pauch won for the fifth time this year as he stormed from 11th starting spot to pass race-long leader John Stangle with two laps remaining for the victory.
By virtue of his 10th place finish in the opening event, Ryan Godown only had to take the green in the finale to be crowned the 2012 New Egypt Speedway Modified Champ.
Holsten brought the field to the green flag in the first event and went right out to the lead ahead of John Stangle, Tom Carberry, Dave Witte and Neal Williams. Holsten drove away from the field as battles behind him took place for the runner up spot.
Gary Butler, who started 9th, appeared in the top five just after halfway when the only caution of the event flew. On the restart Butler tried something that no other driver had done successfully yet by running the outside groove and he quickly advanced from 5th to second in four laps.
Butler had the crowd cheering loudly at this point, but over the final five laps Holsten proved that this win was no fluke as he powered away from Butler winning by more than one second. Butlers hard drive gave him a nice second place finish as Tom Carberry came home in the third position. Sam Martz and Tad Cox rounded out the top five.
In the regularly scheduled feature event, Darren McCaughey and John Stangle brought the field to the start with Stangle taking the lead as Tommy Farrell moved up to second. Five laps in 11th starting Billy Pauch was already in 6th and taking fifth the next time around.
Pauch marched into second by halfway only to find that Stangle was two-thirds of a straightaway ahead. Pauch began to slowly reel in Stangle as 18th starting and newly crowned Modified champ Ryan Godown charged into third.
With no cautions to slow the pace, Pauch closed in on Stangle as they approached lapped traffic. Then as they began to lap cars, Pauch found an opening on the bottom of turn three to drive into the lead with just two laps remaining and go on to capture the non-stop event in a time of eight minutes and 12 seconds.
For Pauch it was the 108th big block Modified feature event victory in his career at New Egypt. Stangle settled for the runner-up spot for the second time this year due to a late race pass. Champ Godown crossed the line third, barely beating a very fast David Van Horn who came from outside the top ten in the final 10 laps to finish fourth. Dominick Buffalino rounded out the top five.
The TSRS 305 Sprint Cars also made up their 20 lap feature event rained out last Saturday night with Mike Haggenbottom winning his third career race at NES. Haggenbottom ran away and hid from the field in heavy lapped traffic, as a fast Ed Newhouser chased after him for the final 10 laps but settled for second.
Bill Case Jr. was third followed by Steve Wilson and Brian Carber. Carber then did his imitation of Haggenbottom in the second main as he moved thru lapped traffic flawlessly for the victory, his second of the season. Haggenbottom this time was doing the chasing and settled for second as Crate-1 Sportsman standout Jon Haegele did a fantastic job finishing third. Mike Esposito and Rick Stief rounded out the top five.
Rich Mongeau won the specially scheduled 25 lap Outlaw Stock feature. Mongeau raced to the lead before halfway and then withstood many challenges from Tom Princiotta and Dan Collamer to post his first win of the season. Princiottas bid for his first ever win fell one spot short as Dan Collamer was third, followed by John Carpenter and Bill Liedtka.