Once again, the father-and-son combination of Billy Pauch Jr. and Sr. will be contending for the Short Track Super Series South Region title in 2018. After placing in the top 10 in the 2017 points chase, the dynamic duo is looking forward to the start of a new season.
“Our goal is to go out and contend for wins and hopefully put ourselves in a position that we can challenge for the championship,” Billy Pauch Jr. said.
With both drivers having the same goal in mind of winning a championship, the season presents a unique challenge for the Pauch family.
“It has its ups and its downs,” Billy Pauch Sr. said of racing against his son. “We give notes back and forth which is good to try and get the cars to dial in a little better. The bad part is when we have to race each other on the track and not run into each other. That’s the hard part.”
As frustrating as it can be at times, battling against one another, they make sure to put on a good show and keep race fans on the edge of their seats.
“We definitely both have the competitiveness in us and we both want to win so sometimes that doesn't make us both agree on things. In the end, we definitely give each other a ton of respect on the track which makes it exciting,” Pauch Jr. added.
At most Short Track Super Series events you can find both Pauch trailers parked side-by-side in the pit area.
“Usually we try to park next to each other,” Pauch Sr. explained. “It’s sort of like a two-car team. What I see, he sees. That way we can make each other better with what we know; shock setup, chassis setup, what gear to run, or what to do for the feature. Two heads are better than one.”
One advantage this team has over other competitors at these events is their ability to bounce ideas off of one another.
“We talk a lot about a bunch of different things and we have a lot of notes together,” Pauch Jr. said. “I’ve always looked at us as one big team and that’s what is cool about it all. It definitely helps a lot to have someone bounce ideas off of.”
With eight races and one championship on the line this season, the Pauch’s will be a force to be reckoned with.
“I’m looking forward to the new timed dashing format (Brett) Deyo has for this year,” Pauch Sr. stated. “I think it will make a more professional way to qualify than luck of the draw. I like that a lot. Last year I didn’t have real good picks, the times I did, it related into good feature finishes. So, I’m hoping I can qualify good enough that’ll put me into position to win races and win the championship.”
Going into its fifth season, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series has formed into one of the top paying series in the Northeast with the most diverse competitors.
“It’s amazing how far he’s really come in the past couple of years,” Pauch Jr. said. “This deal to me has really taken off and has shot into another league. I love the race tracks that we go to and the money he puts out is second none. He cares for the racers and that’s what I think is helping him grow so much.”
For the first time ever, race fans worldwide will be able to watch the action and excitement of every Short Track Super Series race during the 2018 season.
Speed51.com will be offering live broadcasts of every Short Track Super Series race beginning with the series opener at Georgetown Speedway (DE) on March 17. Race fans will be able to watch the Pauch duo kick off their Short Track Super Series season at this event.
All that is needed to watch every Short Track Super Series live broadcast is a monthly or yearly subscription to the Speed51 Network. By subscribing today, you can also begin watching Short Track Super Series highlights from the 2017 season.
-By Mandee Pauch, Special to Speed51.com – Twitter: @mandeepauch
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