Pauch Jr. Takes STSS Modified Mid-Atlantic Championship, Mahaney Champ
Written by Chris Moore
GEORGETOWN, DE – A hand-full.
For the fifth consecutive time, Frenchtown, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. claimed victory at the Georgetown Speedway in the ‘Mid-Atlantic Championship.’ The win was his second Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco win of the 2021 campaign.
For his efforts, the Kid’s Kid was awarded $7,000, $5,000 for picking up the win and an extra $2,000 for posting the Stockley Materials ‘Gambler’s Fee.’
“My Dad (legendary driver Billy Pauch Sr.) has won 10 in a row at a track before, but I think five in a row is pretty impressive for what we do,” proclaimed Pauch Jr. of his feat in Victory Lane.
The ‘Mid-Atlantic Championship’ served as the 10th and final round of the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central.
Despite coming home with a 12th-place run, King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mike Mahaney was able to hold on and pick up his first career STSS championship.
“This point title was something we really wanted, and it feels great to get it,” said Mahaney of his $10,000 championship, his first with the series.
When the green flag flew, Milton, Del.’s Mark Pettyjohn and Milford, Del.’s Joseph Watson led the field into the 40-lap main event.
Pauch Jr., who started third, quickly raced into second on the initial green and followed Pettyjohn before a lap four yellow. On the restart, Pauch Jr. raced around Pettyjohn for the top spot.
Soon thereafter, Pauch Jr. would have a new challenger, as Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego would slipped by Mark Pettyjohn into the runner-up spot. Perrego entered the South Region finale with an outside chance to claim the title.
Perrego’s march continued, as just two laps later the title contender raced to the inside of Pauch Jr. and took the top spot away, attempting to steal the race and the championship all in one night.
A lap-13 yellow gave attention to Potsdam, N.Y.’s Mike Maresca, who had risen from the 14th starting position into sixth before the halfway point of the race.
When the field went back to racing, Perrego continued to pace the field while Maresca climbed to fourth and Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt went on a charge to the sixth position from 11th before a lap-21 yellow restacked the field.
Perrego picked up the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz $200 halfway bonus adding to his $500 in memory of Gary Simpson for leading lap 12.
The lap-21 restart was the one Pauch Jr. was looking for. The ‘Kid’s Kid’ executed a perfectly timed slide job, reclaiming the top spot. A few laps later, on lap 26, Maresca fell victim to a left rear flat tire, dashing his charge for his first career Georgetown win.
Watt continued to navigate a tricky racetrack perfectly on the restart, going around both Perrego and Milford, Del.’s Jordan Watson to take the runner-up spot and lock eyes on Pauch Jr.’s back bumper.
The next 14 laps went caution free, and Perrego showed all he needed all race was some green flag racing. ‘Kid Giddy Up’ drove from fourth to second, while he and Watt reeled in Pauch Jr. in lap traffic, before another yellow came out with just two laps remaining.
The final restart proved to be no sweat for the Kid’s Kid, as he claimed his fifth consecutive Georgetown win in his Rick Holsten-owned No. 96.
Perrego did all he could in the championship chase, coming home with a runner-up finish in the Brian Smith-owned No. 44. Watt rounded out the podium in his Ron Roberts Racing No. 14w.
The podium finish was good enough to award Watt with the Georgetown Speedway Sunoco Championship Series $2,500 title in the Chesapeake Paving Modified division.
Jordan Watson raced to fourth in his Brent Hall-owned No. 18 and Boyertown, Pa.’s Mike Gular snuck into a top five in the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A.
Sixth was Savannah, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard in the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply No. 9S. Neshanic Station, N.J.’s Matt Stangle continued his run of solid finishes in his family-owned No. 6 with a seventh-place run. Belle Mead, N.J.’s Brandon Grosso recorded an eighth-place finish. Sayreville, N.J.’s Dominick Buffalino finished ninth after losing power steering at the halfway point in the Glenn and Bonita Hyneman-owned Keystone Racing No. 126. Lawrenceville, N.J.’s Wade Hendrickson made a rare Georgetown appearance in his Pat Michael No. 51m and came home with a top-10 finish.
Twenty-nine STSS big-block Modifieds signed in to compete in the ‘Mid-Atlantic Championship.’
Heat winners, receiving $50 each from FloRacing, were Joseph Watson, Pettyjohn, and Watt.
The Super Late Models returned to Georgetown for the second time this season, and Georgetown, Del.’s Ross Robinson returned to Victory Lane once again, earning $7,000 after posting the $100 JD Shuckers of Georgetown “Gambler’s Fee” pre-race.
Despite starting from the outside pole position, Robinson earned every bit of his triumph over the 21-car field.
Robinson jumped out to the early lead, while Linden, Va.’s Kyle Hardy made his way to second and began to run down Robinson in the opening 10 laps.
Hardy’s fellow Virginia native, Trevor Feathers came with Hardy to the front, as the two reeled in Robinson in lap traffic as the field neared the halfway point of the 40-lap affair.
On lap 17, Robinson found out he had company, as Hardy pulled up alongside ‘The Boss’ but got picked off by a lap car, allowing Robinson to slip away.
Feathers would slide by Hardy in lap traffic before a lap-20 yellow, setting up a classic duel between Robinson and Feathers.
From laps 20-35, Feathers stalked Robinson, looking for a mistake but never getting one. In the final five laps, Feathers turned up the pressure, showing his nose to Robinson on both the inside and outside on multiple occasions.
On the final lap, Feathers dove underneath Robinson in turn one and took the lead down the back straightaway. Feathers chose the run the ‘slider line’ in the final corner, entering on the bottom and sliding up to the top.
Robinson used outside momentum to drive underneath Feathers off the final corner and beat Feathers to the line.
Feathers came home with a runner-up finish and York, Pa.’s Rick Eckert rounded out the podium finishers. Millsboro, Del.’s Amanda Robinson returned to Super Late Model racing at Georgetown with a fourth-place finish and Hardy faded from his challenge for the lead to a fifth-place finish.
Mechanicsville, Md.’s Jamie Lathroum came home sixth and Jonestown, Pa.’s Bryan Bernheisel grabbed a seventh-place finish. Seaford, Del.’s Trevor Collins grabbed an eighth-place run with Delmar, Del.’s Kerry King coming home ninth. Camden, Del.’s David Dill rounded out the top ten.
Ringoes, N.J.’s Ryan Godown Jr. came from the 19th starting position to pick up the win in the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25-lap feature event.
Godown used a lap-17 restart to get around Newtown, Pa.’s Joe Toth, who was battling engine issues, to take the lead for good and get his second STSS win of the season.
Carney’s Point, N.J.’s Eric Kormann raced to a runner-up finish and ‘Sugar’ Ray Swinehart rounded out the podium finishers.
Lehighton, Pa.’s Brandon Edgar grabbed the fourth spot and Whitehouse Station, N.J.’s Sammy Martz Jr. rounded out the top five.
Joe Toth faded to 11th with his problems, but the finish was good enough to claim both the $1,500 Belmont’s Garage South Region title, and the $750 Georgetown Speedway championship as well.
Melvin Joseph claimed the dominant victory in the Little Lincoln feature over Jordan Herbert and Kirk Lawson. Joseph led all 12-laps, claiming all of the $240 in lap money posted for the event.
Jesse West got his first 12-lap Delaware Super Truck win of 2021 over Andrew Nelson and Ryan Efford.
Geoff Carey was the victor in the Delmarva Charger 12-lap feature for the first time in 2021. Carey upended Robert Paczkowski and Ashley Merritt for the win.
Racing resumes tonight at Georgetown Speedway with the PA/NJ Spec Small-Blocks and the RUSH Late Models headlining the program. The small-blocks will race for 30-laps and a potential $5,000 winners share. The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks, and Delmarva Chargers are also the Sunday Matinee.
The entire night of racing will be broadcast live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) as part of the annual subscription.
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MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT NO. 1 RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 29, 2021
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Velocita-USA South Region Presented By Design for Vision & Sunglass Central Round No. 10 Feature Finish (40 laps): BILLY PAUCH JR., Anthony Perrego, Ryan Watt, Jordan Watson, Mike Gular, Matt Sheppard, Matt Stangle, Brandon Grosso, Dominick Buffalino, Wade Hendrickson, Joseph Watson, Mike Mahaney, Mike Maresca, Ryan Godown, Richie Pratt, Jr., Jim Britt, H.J. Bunting, Ryan Riddle, Kevin Sockriter, Frank Cozze, Jared Umbenhauer, Mark Pettyjohn, Roger Manning, Robert Dutton, John Willman, Mark Van Vorst, Ray Swinehart.
Did Not Start: Max McLaughlin, Norman Short
2021 Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central Champion ($10,000): Mike Mahaney
Georgetown Speedway Sunoco Championship Series Chesapeake Paving Modified Champion ($2,500): Ryan Watt
Stockley Materials “Gambler’s Challenge” Bonus ($2,000): Billy Pauch Jr.
Ad-Art Sign Company Spec Small-Block Bonus ($250): Roger Manning (23rd)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): Brandon Grosso (eighth) & Richie Pratt Jr. (15th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Jordan Watson (fourth) & Dominick Buffalino (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($50): Mike Gular (Redrew 12th)
Bill Brown & Company Heat-Race Hard Charger ($50): Richie Pratt Jr. (ninth to third)
Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz Halfway Leader Award ($200): Anthony Perrego
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Award (Oakley Sunglasses): Billy Pauch, Jr.
FloRacing Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Each): Joseph Watson, Mark Pettyjohn & Ryan Watt
Henry’s Exhaust System Power Position ($50 Certificate): Joseph Watson (11th)
Holly Hill Farms Gary Simpson Memorial Lap 12 ($500): Anthony Perrego
Kruger Trailers Inc. Hard Charger ($250): Matt Sheppard (18th to sixth)
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Billy Pauch Jr.(winner – $150 certificate); Anthony Perrego (second – $75 certificate); Ryan Watt (third – $50 certificate); Wade Hendrickson (10th – $25 certificate)
Spyder Performance Filters Bonuses: Mike Gular (fifth – FREE Filter); Richie Pratt, Jr. (15th – 50-percent off certificate)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Anthony Perrego (second), Mike Mahaney (12th) & Mark Pettyjohn (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Award ($75 Certificate): Matt Stangle (seventh)
Super Late Model Feature Finish (40 laps): ROSS ROBINSON, Trevor Feathers, Rick Eckert, Amanda Robinson, Kyle Hardy, Jamie Lathroum, Bryan Bernheisel, Trevor Collins, Kerry King, David Dill, Donald Lingo, Jr., Nathan Long, Danny Snyder, Devin Frey, Mark Pettyjohn, Derek Magee, Rob Schirmer, Robbie Emory, Joseph Hoffer, Robert Paczkowski, Jim Bernheisel
JD Shuckers “Gambler’s Challenge” Bonus ($2,000): Ross Robinson
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 8 Feature Finish (25 laps): RYAN GODOWN JR, Eric Kormann, Ray Swinehart, Brandon Edgar, Sammy Martz Jr., Adam White, Logan Watt, Brandon Watkins, Ryan Simmons, Greg Humlhanz, Joe Toth, Michael White, Joel Smith, Sean Weiss, Richie Walls Jr., John McPhee Jr., Ajay Potrzebowski Jr., Justin Grosso, Bobby Bracall, Danny Maher, Jim Wills, Tracy Gauger, Kenny Bock, Jeff Marker, Sean Metz, Zac Weller, Anthony Tramontana, Greg Reed, Shawn McPhee.
Did Not Qualify: Nolan Openshaw, Bernard Joly Brian Rogers, Trent Van Vorst, Jordn Justice, John Burton, Greg Taylor, David Jenkins
2021 Belmont’s Garage South Region Champion ($1,500): Joe Toth
2021 Georgetown Speedway Sunoco Championship Series Blue Hen Dispose-All Crate 602 Sportsman Champion ($750): Joe Toth
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Logan Watt (seventh)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Greg Humlhanz (Redrew 12th)
Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Winner’s Award (Oakley Sunglasses): Ryan Godown Jr.
Little Lincoln Feature Finish (12 laps): MELVIN JOSEPH, Jordan Herbert, Kick Lawson, Dylan Betts, Eric Reed, Todd Sammons, James Harmon
Did Not Start: David Brobst
Atlantic Liquors & In Memory of Opie Lap Money Breakdown ($240 Total): Melvin Joseph Jr.
Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): JESSE WEST, Andrew Nelson, Ryan Efford, Zack Phillips, Jerry Hill, Sean Martinez, Bill Dean, Scott Trice, Michelle Jackson, Dickie Beauchamp.
Did Not Start: Thomas Jackson
Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): GEOFF CAREY, Robert Paczkowski, Ashley Merritt, Jonathan Pitcher, Tippy Martinez, Paul Gary, Randy Merritt, Jeff Merryman, Joe Waters.