GODOWN ROCKETS TO VICTORY LANE AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S ALL STAR CUP
Sunday, 21 October 2018
New Egypt, NJ (October 21, 2018) – At New Egypt Speedway’s All Star Cup, Ryan Godown rocketed to victory lane in the Modified feature. The Hammer Sportsman main event was captured by Art Liedl. Johnny Bangs topped the field in the Crate Modified feature while Rich Mellor took top honors in the main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.
As the 60-lap Modified feature got underway, Jimmy Horton grabbed the lead with Cale Ross and Ryan Godown next in line. Following a caution on the first circuit, Godown zipped to the front of the pack on the restart with Horton dropping into second. Horton regained the top running spot on the third tour. After two additional appearances of the yellow flag, Horton was still in command on lap seven with Godown in his tracks. After a good multi-circuit duel, Godown returned to the front with nine revolutions completed. Horton, using the high side, recaptured the lead on lap ten. Horton and Godown continued to remain in close quarters over the next several tours with Ryan Krachun in third and Duane Howard in fourth. On lap fourteen, Godown slipped past Horton to take back first place. Godown was beginning to build a sizeable advantage when the caution lights illuminated on lap seventeen for a slowing Jack Swain. When action resumed, Godown maintained his edge with Horton, Krachun, Howard and David VanHorn completing the top five. By lap twenty with Godown beginning to pull away from his rivals, Horton was fending off Krachun’s advances for second place. On lap twenty-five, Krachun’s good run ended as he slowed on the track due to a mechanical issue. When green flag racing returned, Godown fended off Horton to maintain his lead with Howard in third, Mike Gular in fourth, and Billy Pauch Jr. in fifth. As Godown was stretching out his advantage, David VanHorn motored by Pauch Jr. to enter into the top five. On lap thirty-five, a flat tire on Chad Barney’s ride brought out the final yellow flag of the contest and the scheduled fuel stop took place as well. Following the short break in the action, the top three of Godown, Horton and Howard remained intact. Pauch Jr. broke back into the top five by motoring into fourth on lap thirty-seven with Gular shuffling back to fifth. During this good stretch of green flag racing, Godown was able to build a comfortable advantage. However with ten circuits to go and lap traffic looming ahead, Horton was cutting into Godown’s margin. On lap fifty-two, the top two were beginning to pass slower competitors with Howard and Pauch Jr. battling for third. With only five tours remaining, Godown’s advantage was still evaporating with Howard and Pauch Jr. running door-to-door. After clearing lap traffic on the final circuit, Godown crossed the finish line before his foes to take his first checkered flag of the season and his forty-sixth of his career. With Horton coming home in second, Howard completed the race in third. Fourth went to Pauch Jr. with Gular finishing in fifth. Duane Howard, Cale Ross and Mike Gular were victorious in the Modified heat races. The consolation contest was claimed by Mike Butler.
After taking the lead on the fifteenth circuit, Art Liedl paced the field for the remaining tours to grab his second victory of the season in the 25-lap Hammer Sportsman feature. JT Trstensky led the opening fourteen revolutions before the tenth place starting Liedl took control following a restart. Trstensky’s strong effort resulted in a second place finish. Jim Housworth was third. Will Dupree was fourth and Joseph Brown was fifth. The Hammer Sportsman heat races went to Art Liedl and Louden Reimert.
In the 25-lap feature for the Crate Modifieds, Johnny Bangs survived a restart with two tours remaining to claim his first career victory. As the contest began, Bob Lilick grabbed the top running spot. Jeremy Martino took over the lead on lap two. On the sixth circuit, the fourth place starting Bangs swept by Martino to take command of the race for the remaining distance. Martino finished in second with Eric Palmer coming home in third. Fourth went to John Aumick. Ryan Simmons came from his sixteenth starting spot to finish fifth. John Aumick and Jordon Cox won the Crate Modifieds qualifying races.
Polesitter Rich Mellor led from start to finish to capture the win in the 20-lap main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. The victory was the second of the year for Mellor. Heidi Hedin came home in second. Eighth place starting Brian Spencer earned third place. Joey Biasi and Jermain Godshall rounded out the top five. The heat races in the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars division were taken by Rich Mellor and Joey Biasi.
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
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NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018
Heat 1 - 1. Duane Howard 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Ryan Krachun 4. Brandon Grosso 5. Davey Sammons 6. Brian Papiez
Heat 2 - 1. Cale Ross 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Billy Pauch Jr. 4. Ryan Godown 5. Frank Cozze 6. Jeff Strunk
Heat 3 - 1. Mike Gular 2. David VanHorn 3.Rich Rutski 4. Jack Swain 5. Matt Stangle 6. John Willman
Consolation - 1. Mike Butler 2. Chad Barney 3. Kevin Vaclavicek 4. Johnny Guarino 5. Richie Pratt Jr. 6. David Hunt
DNQ: Frank Yankowski, Dakota Kessler, Steve Young, Mark Kratz, Jared Umbenhauer, Steve Davis, Roger Manning, PJ Oliver, Eric Engstrom, Danny Bouc
MODIFIEDS – 60 LAPS FEATURE 1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Duane Howard 4. Billy Pauch Jr. 5. Mike Gular 6. David VanHorn 7. Frank Cozze 8. Matt Stangle 9. Davey Sammons 10. Jeff Strunk 11. Brandon Grosso 12. Cale Ross 13. Mike Butler 14. Rich Rutski 15. Wade Hendrickson 16. John Willman 17. Kevin Vaclavicek 18. David Hunt 19. Chad Barney 20. Ryan Krachun 21. Jack Swain 22. Brian Papiez 23. Richie Pratt Jr. 24. Johnny Guarino
Heat 1 - 1. Art Liedl 2. Ryan Beltz 3. Pat Wall 4. Jim Housworth 5. Ryan Higgs
Heat 2 - 1. Louden Reimert 2. Brad Arnold 3. JT Trstensky 4. Will Dupree 5. John Criscione
HAMMER SPORTSMAN - 25 LAPS FEATURE 1. ART LIEDL 2. JT Trstensky 3. Jim Housworth 4. Will Dupree 5. Joseph Brown 6. Louden Reimert 7. John Criscione 8. Ryan Beltz 9. Ryan Higgs 10. Mickey Kessler 11. Marty Resnick 12. Kyle Lilick 13. Ryan Heim 14. Brad Arnold 15. Pat Wall 16. Matt Ellery
DNS: Erich Conk
Heat 1 - 1. John Aumick 2. Johnny Bangs 3. Bob Lilick 4. Ryan Godown Jr. 5. Jeremy Martino
Heat 2 - 1. Jordon Cox 2. Eric Palmer 3. Dan Fleming 4. J.D. Cranstoun 5. Aaron Weaver
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 25 LAPS FEATURE 1. JOHNNY BANGS 2. Jeremy Martino 3. Eric Palmer 4. John Aumick 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Jordon Cox 7. George Gareis Jr. 8. Dan Fleming 9. Bob Lilick 10. Kurt Bettler 11. Tom Princiotta 12. Glenn McIntyre 13. Rob Mancini 14. Aaron Weaver 15. Joe Brown 16. Matt Miller 17. Ryan Godown Jr. 18. J.D. Cranstoun
DNS: Jim Gallagher
Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars
Heat 1 - 1. Rich Mellor 2. Jermain Godshall 3. Heidi Hedin 4. Al Cheney
Heat 2 - 1. Joey Biasi 2. Brian Spencer 3. Stan Ploski 4. Lee Nardelli
LARRY’S HOT RODS & HARLEY’S NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. RICH MELLOR 2. Heidi Hedin 3. Brian Spencer 4. Joey Biasi 5. Jermain Godshall 6. Lee Nardelli 7. Jeff Schall 8. Kenny Nealis 9. Brad Schaale 10. Stan Ploski 11. Greg Shepsis 12. Al Cheney