Billy Pauch Scores Second Win of Season at Bridgeport Speedway
June 25, 2018 - After a frustrating 2017 season, Billy Pauch picked up his second win of the current season when he raced by Wade Hendrickson in the final laps of the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified feature event on Saturday night.
Hendrickson had the Pat Michael owned No. 51m out in front from the first lap and had stretched his lead over the field when the race ran from lap four to the completion of lap nineteen without a caution. Then Ryan Godown and the Atlas Trucking No. 66 came to a stop between turns three and four, bringing out the caution and setting up a shootout to determine the race’s outcome.
Hendrickson led the way on the restart. Pauch quickly moved by Britt for second as Ryan Watt raced into third after racing his way back after an unscheduled pit stop on lap four. Pauch pressured Hendrickson when the green flag waved, taking the lead as the two lifelong friends raced out of turn two on lap twenty-two. Wattalso raced by Hendrickson to take over second but Pauch had quickly pulled away and raced to the checkered for his 61st career Bridgeport victory. Pauch is third on the All Time Feature Winner’s list, behind Jimmy Horton and Doug Hoffman and three wins ahead of Hendrickson.
Hendrickson crossed the finish line in third with Richie Pratt, Jr. finishing fourth and Dave Hunt rounding out the top five as Hunt’s power plant expired as he crossed the finish line. Jim Britt, Mike Franz, Jack Swain, Bucky Kell and Brandon Grosso rounded out the top ten.
“I needed that restart,” Pauch explained after the win. “I never would have gotten Wade if it hadn’t been for that yellow.” “I know how much Wade wanted that win,” Pauch continued, “I’ve been there too.”
Everyone at Pioneer Pole Buildings would like to congratulate Billy on his victory!!