Kutztown, PA – One thing is for certain…Billy Pauch, the veteran racer from Frenchtown, NJ, knows how to spark a reaction from the crowd.
Pauch won his fourth USAC All Pro SpeedSTR main event of the season on Wednesday at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Upon exiting his Mike Heffner owned, Lelands.com No. 27 in victory lane, Pauch was greeted by a chorus of boos (to be fair, there were some cheers mixed in, too) because the spectators were not pleased with the manner in which he took the lead from James Morris.
“Thanks to the fans for coming out tonight; I hope they enjoyed the race,” grinned Pauch, inciting an even louder response from the packed grandstands.
What the fans did not realize, though, was that Morris took full responsibility for losing the lead and had no issues with the way Pauch wrestled the top spot from him.
“I just ran it too hard into the corner and washed up the track,” said a dejected Morris afterward. “He got under me and I wasn’t sure if he would drift up the banking or not, so I ran it in way harder than I should have. It’s all on me, but I’m proud of the way we are running with this car. We’ll be back to try again on Sunday.”
Robbie Hocker, from Warwick, NY, captured the AEI Equipment 600 Sprint Fair Week National, a 60-lap affair in which Hocker led almost all the way but had to fight off a strong challenge from Doug Snyder at the end.
In a 20 lap NAPA All Star Slingshot main, Fleetwood, PA’s Kyle Smith cruised to the win over Zac Kistler in a non-stop, green-to-checkered race. The Slingshot feature was open to drivers who did not qualify for Tuesday’s Slinger Warehouse Super Slingshot Fair National.