NEW EGYPT, NJ — Danny Creeden dominated an unbelievable field of cars en route to a massive $10,000-plus payday at the Lentini Auto Salvage ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ at New Egypt Speedway.
Just 12 laps ticked off before Creeden transformed his fourth starting spot into the race lead. From there on, there was no doubt that Creeden would pull off the surprise victory in the third race of the five-race Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel.
Including lap money, Creeden went home with $10,120 in cash! This was his third victory in a BD Motorsports LLC promotion after previously taking the ‘Crazy 8’s Special’ at I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway in 2014, and the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway in 2013. Win number three moves him into a tie for the second-most wins in BD Motorsports LLC history.
“This is just unbelievable,” surmised Creeden after celebrating on the roof of his Hig Fab Chassis No. 16x. “We really needed this! It’s the biggest win of my career with the field of cars here tonight.”
The Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver opened his historic night with a heat race win, setting up for the redraw portion of the event. Fourth was all he needed, and when the big-block/small-block Modifieds took the opening green, Creeden dropped to fifth as Anthony Perrego jumped ahead leading Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Watt and Duane Howard.
When Billy Pauch Sr. sat in turn one to bring out the caution on lap seven, Creeden had maneuvered his way past Watt and Howard into the third spot. Lurking in the third row was New Egypt-regular and 18th starter, Ryan Godown.
Perrego led again at the drop of the green, but Creeden muscled past Craig Von Dohren for second on lap eight and began the hunt for Perrego’s Gary Mann-owned No. 55. When the caution flew yet again on lap 12, Creeden saw his opportunity.
After jumping the first restart, Creeden made no mistake on the second one and had the advantage on Perrego coming out of turn two. His lead was diminished after cautions on lap 14 and just before the halfway mark on lap 17. On both starts, Creeden calmly opened up the space between him and the field. The final caution flew on lap 21 for a slowing Rick Laubach. Laubach had previously won both STSS South Region events, and was the Series point leader heading into the ‘Dirty Jersey 3.’
When the green unfurled for the final time, Creeden hopped out ahead yet again with Ryan Godown bouncing into second around the outside of Perrego. Billy Pauch Jr., the 22nd starter, fought his way to fifth on lap 22.
Many battles were underway throughout the field, but Creeden drove away to his first career New Egypt Speedway win.
Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., was forced to settle for second in a new ERD-powered big-block No. 747.
“Congrats to Danny, he was really good,” Godown said. “He deserved the $10,000 tonight.”
Perrego finished in third, adding yet another quality finish to his STSS season thus far. The Montgomery, N.Y. driver entered the event in sixth in the South Region point standings and has finished inside the top-10 in every event contested thus far in 2015.
Ryan Watt battled in the top five the whole night, and crossed the line in the fourth spot. Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., scored a solid points night after entering in second thanks to his electrifying run at Bridgeport Speedway and another top-10 at Big Diamond (Pa.).
New Egypt regular Billy Pauch Jr. rounded out the top five fighting off Danny Bouc in a nice battle for fifth. This marked the third top 10 in three South Region races for Pauch Jr., of Frenchtown, N.J., driving John Pakenham Motorsports.
Finishing sixth through tenth, respectively, were Danny Bouc of Pipersville, Pa., wheeling from back in the 19th starting spot; David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., finished seventh despite having to use a provisional because of mechanical issues in the consolation and starting 25th; Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., who started 21st in the Zubi’s Racing; Oley, Pa.’s Duane Howard in the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126; and Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who started 27th in Chris Gennarelli’s CG Racing No. 27J small-block.
An unbelievably competitive field of 46 Modifieds checked in at New Egypt Speedway coming from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts.
Johnny Guarino, Dominick Buffalino, Danny Creeden, Craig Von Dohren and Anthony Perrego captured the five heat events and Matt Jester, John Stangle and Ryan Godown won the three consolations.
In the return of the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars to NES, Curt Michael of Ocean View, Del., drove to a $3,000 victory in Bill Gallagher’s No. 5G. Via an invert of ‘0’ Michael started the ‘Turnpike 25’ from the pole and led the entire distance. Davie Franek, the event victor from 2014, drove from sixth to second, closing on Michael in late-race lapped traffic.
However, a late caution provided Michael with the clear track he needed. Franek, of Wantage, N.J., settled for second spot. Josh Weller, Mark Smith (recovering from an early race flat tire) and Tyler Ross completed the front five.
Teenager Brandon Grosso scored his third consecutive Crate 602 Sportsman victory at NES in a time-shortened event. The Montgomery, N.J., driver started from the pole via his quick time in hot laps. Ryan Simmons, Matt Carman, Ebby Ridge and Frank Dorry finished second through fifth, respectively, in the caution-marred affair.
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek returns to action Sunday, June 28 at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. The Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by VP Racing Fuels serves as event No. 4 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region with big-block/small-block Modifieds racing 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 take the green. Tobias SpeedSTRs are in action with a $3,000-to-win 30-lap event. Should a driver sweep the Modified & SpeedSTR events, they will leave with no less than $10,000.
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JERSEY JOTTINGS: A huge crowd, the largest in the three-year history of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ event, filled the New Egypt Speedway grandstands on a sweltering day. The pit area was also packed with 91 race cars (46 Modifieds, 21 360 Sprint Cars and 24 Crate 602 Sportsman)….
A pump failure midday led to a late start when track crews needed to bring in water from track owner Fred Vahlsing’s nearby excavating business to work the track. The water was put on the speedway much later than had been scheduled and needed to be run in….
Provisional starters included David Van Horn Jr. and Jamie Mills (South Region) and Danny Johnson and Mike Mahaney (North Region), bringing the starting field to 28….
Unofficially, Rick Laubach and Ryan Watt enter the next South Region event at Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 4 in a tie for the $7,500 championship lead….
Brett Hearn’s much publicized ride in the Atlas Paving No. 66 was short-lived. Hearn was unable to qualify for the main event….
Two drivers – Neal Williams and Stewart Friesen – competed in both the STSS Modified and 360 Sprint Car events….
-Short Track Super Series Press Release & Photo
LENTINI AUTO SALVAGE ‘DIRTY JERSEY 3’ RACE SUMMARY – JUNE 11, 2015
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region Event No. 3 Feature Finish (40 Laps): DANNY CREEDEN ($10,120), Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Ryan Watt, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Bouc, David Van Horn Jr., Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Danny Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Sammy Piazza, Craig Von Dohren, John Stangle, Mike Mahaney, Brad Trice, Johnny Guarino, Brad Trice, Brian Kressley, Jamie Mills, Tommy Meier, Rick Laubach, Dominick Buffalino, Chris Grbac, Stewart Friesen, Billy Pauch, Andy Bachetti, Scott Van Gorder.
Did Not Qualify: Bobby Watkins, John Keller, Joe Mooney, Wade Hendrickson, Matt Hawkins, Doug Manmiller, Ian Humphreys, Shawn Ward, Sam Martz, Neal Williams, Jimmy Horton, John McClelland, Mike Iles, Danny Bohn, Jordan Watson, Eric Engstrom, Brett Hearn, Willie Osmun.