Kutztown, PA (May 28, 2018) – Milford, NJ’s Billy Pauch Jr registered his 13th career victory in the USAC SpeedSTR division on Monday night at Championship Energy Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. With his victory in the 30-lap Weaknecht Archery Memorial Day Showdown, Pauch Jr breaks a tie (with Tim Buckwalter) for first place on the all-time SpeedSTR winner’s list at the Berks County oval.
Anthony Perrego and Jeff Hartman dueled for the early lead with Hartman finally securing the spot on lap three. Before he could take a breath, however, Hartman found himself in th e midst of a five car tussle for the top spot as Tom Mayberry, Steve Buckwalter, and Perrego were joined by last week’s winner Tim Buckwalter, who started 11th.
Hartman hung tough until Mayberry muscled by him to grab the lead on the 12th trip around the clay. Pauch Jr was now in the mix as well, taking the runner-up spot from Hartman and immediately putting pressure on race leader Mayberry. They traded slide jobs at both ends of the speedway, with Pauch Jr gaining the edge on the 16th circuit.
The second half of the race belonged to Pauch, although Mayberry closed in on a couple of occasions and tried to shove the nose of his No. 17r under the leader. But Pauch was too strong and held on to win over Mayberry, who recorded his best ever finish in a SpeedSTR by taking the checkered in the runner-up position.
“Really cool to win on Memorial Day in front of this big crowd, with my car owner (Mike Heffner) here, and on my sponsor’s night, too,” said Pauch in victory lane. “Before the races, I said I was going to get this one for Weaknecht Archery.”