Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Billy Pauch Jr. credited with win after Josh Conover Trenton DQ

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

TRENTON, NJ — Josh Conover thought he had won the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals A-Main on Friday night in the 600cc Wingless Sprint feature. Then, a short time later, it was taken away from him.

Conover was announced as the winner at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. He resides nearby in West Trenton in a town called Ewing.

600cc Sprint Car driver Billy Pauch Jr. driving his car during the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals
Billy Pauch Jr. driving his car during the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals (Photo by Anthony Caruso III/The Capital Sports Report)

Then, after going through tech, he lost his win.

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“(We) had a harder tire on,” Conover said in a Facebook post. “Rules are specific for RD-20. We made the oops. Come back (Saturday).”

As a result, Frenchtown, New Jersey native Billy Pauch Jr. was credited with the win. It was the first time he had won an event in this Dirt Nationals series.

He previously had the best average finish in the previous four events. Pauch Jr. finished second in last year’s race as Tim Buckwalter won in Trenton.

With the win, Pauch Jr. received a $1,000 check. He will attempt to “double up” on Saturday as he is already in for the A-Main. 

If Pauch Jr. can win on Saturday, he’ll take home an additional $5,000. 

Conover and Pauch Jr. had been going back and forth late in the 25-lap feature. Pauch Jr. was leading late in the race with two laps to go before Conover made a late pass in the final lap.

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This gave Conover the win briefly before the disqualification was found in the post-race inspection.

600cc Sprint Car driver Josh Conover driving his car during the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals
Josh Conover driving his car during the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals (Photo by Anthony Caruso III/The Capital Sports Report)

The Top 5 racers are in the show on Saturday. These include Pauch Jr., Alex Bright, Briggs Danner, Brian Carber, and Zach Bealer. 

They do not have to go through the alphabet soup to make it to the A-Main.

Following the disqualification, Bright finished second and Danner finished third. Conover finished last.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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