NEW EGYPT, N.J. – Rocco Infante and Ryan Godown split the twin 20-lap 358 Modified features on Craftmaster Printing night at New Egypt Speedway Saturday.
Infante lead the entire non-stop opening event as he picked up his first ever Modified victory. In the second event, Godown inherited the lead when leader Jimmy Blewett was penalized two spots for going too soon on a restart during the first half of the event. He then took full advantage of it as he cruised to his second win of the season.
Infante grabbed the lead at the start of the first 20 lapper as John Stangle took up the chase. Fifth starter Sammy Piazza quickly raced into third as these three drove away from the field. Meanwhile ninth starter Billy Pauch was quickly slicing thru traffic as he moved into the top five by lap six and was fourth at halfway.
Infante raced 8-10 car lengths out in front as Stangle and Piazza charged after him but it was not meant to be as the all-time leader in Sportsman wins cruised to his first Modified triumph.
Stangle and Piazza crossed the line next followed by Pauch who was right on Piazza’s rear bumper at the finish. Modified rookie Tim Apgar rounded out the top five.
The second feature found Jimmy Blewett grabbing the lead from his pole starting position as Godown and Pauch were hot on his heels. Blewett survived several restarts and looked like he may become the 7th different winners in as many events, however before halfway Blewett fired too early as he brought the field to green and was put bacvk two positions, the standard punishment for going before the start area marked by two cones in turn four.