SPOTLIGHT: Billy Pauch
Longtime Northeast dirt Modified and Sprint Car sensation Billy Pauch celebrates his 61st birthday this week. Pauch’s racing career started in 1975 as a second generation racer. To date, he has accumulated over 700 victories. Pauch’s most successful tracks include New Egypt (NJ) Speedway, East Windsor (NJ) Speedway (now closed), and Flemington (NJ) Speedway (now closed) where his win counts compiled past 100 for each facility. The most prominent victories of his sensational racing career include the Williams Grove (PA) Speedway National Open and the Syracuse Supernationals.
Pauch has competed and won in many various dirt divisions including World of Oulaws Sprint Cars, All-Stars Sprint Cars, USAC, and CRA. He also dabbled in asphalt racing which saw him taking victory in the 1993 Race of Champions at Flemington Speedway. Beyond Pauch’s long list of racing victories and titles he is credited with 4 starts in the NASCAR Truck Series with a best finish of 6th at Flemington Speedway in 1998.
To this day Pauch races on a part time basis, primarily in the Northeast region. He frequently competes alongside his son, Billy Jr., in dirt Modifieds. Pauch is an inductee of the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame and the York County Racing Club Hall of Fame.
Pauch at Orange County (NY) Fairgrounds in 1979 (Photo by Howie Hodge)
Pauch with his family at the Hall of Fame ceremony. (Photo by Mike Petrucci)
(Photo by Harry Meeks Sr.)