PAUCH TRIUMPHS FOR 60TH CAREER VICTORY AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
After struggling through a winless season last year, Billy Pauch rallied the troops and raced to victory in the twenty-five lap Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified feature at the Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night.
It was an emotional win for Pauch who has accumulated more than seven hundred victories throughout his career. A wreck during a heat race in Friday night competition left Pauch’s K&A Excavating No. 1 questionable for a Saturday night race. “We really wadded it up last night,” the winner explained. “We even had my grandson hammering on the car. Everybody worked so hard…” Pauch credited his family, including his two-year-old grandson, and crew for their hard work in preparing the winning car.
Richie Pratt, Jr. took lead at the wave of the green and immediately began to distance himself from the field but multiple cautions kept the competition close. Pratt led through the first six laps before Pauch raced into the lead on lap seven. After starting twelfth, Ryan Watt raced into third on lap nine and then took over second with a pass by Neal Williams just before the half way mark. Watt was closing on the leader before a lap fourteen caution set up a restart, putting Pauch and Watt side by side.
Pauch and Watt raced side by side on lap fifteen before the caution waved again. Pauch raced to the green ahead of the field and was able to pull away as the next ten laps remained under green. Pauch led Watt to the finish line to capture the 60th Bridgeport win of career. Watt fell one spot short of setting a new Bridgeport record for six consecutive wins on the 5/8th mile track. The record stands at five and is shared by Watt, Kenny Brightbill and Wade Hendrickson. Williams finished third with Jim Britt racing to fourth after starting eleventh. Pratt rounded out the top five at the checkered.
Everyone at Pioneer Pole Buildings would like to congratulate Billy Pauch on his victory!