The Chrome Horn News



   Dirt racing might be their specialty, but Mike Iles, Billy Pauch and Rick Laubach hope the string of success they put together this past season continues into the upcoming Gambler’s Classic inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall scheduled for January 16-17, 2009.
   Iles and Pauch are confirmed entrants for the seventh annual Three Quarter Midget/600cc Micro Sprint race in five weeks, while Laubach will participate in the Slingshot division. The Sr. Champ Karts, which has reached its 60-entry limit, will also join in the three-division program.
   Iles, Pauch and Laubach will bring dirt Modified championships to an already prestigious list of entries that includes NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher, NEMA champion Randy Cabral, Wall Twp. Speedway Turkey Derby XXXV TQ Midget champion Paul Lotier Jr. and New York State Fairgrounds Sportsman champion Erick Rudolph.
   Iles, of Medford, N.J., captured his first career Modified championship this past season at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway, where he captured a pair of feature races on May 24 and August 2.
Pauch, a winner of more than 645 career feature events, had a standout season at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, as he captured the track title, a year after winning the Modified title at Bridgeport Speedway.
   The Frenchtown, N.J., resident won 10 races this season, which included an Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Modified event at Volusia County Speedway on February 13, a win at Georgetown Speedway on November 22 and seven main events at New Egypt Speedway. Pauch added to his season-win list with a SpeedSTR win at NES.
   Laubach, who is popular-known as the “Quaker Shaker”, carries the prestigious Garden State Challenge title in the Atlantic City event. Laubach won seven features between Bridgeport Speedway (three) and New Egypt Speedway (four), along with wins at Selinsgrove Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway this season.
   Time trials will be held on January 15 for all divisions. While the grandstand will not be open to the public, fans with tickets for Friday and/or Saturday (Jan. 16-17) can obtain a restricted Thursday-only pit pass, which will allow them access to catch all of the pole-night activities.
   Friday's nights event will include qualifying races for all three divisions and a 25 lap feature event for the TQ Midgets. Saturday night's program is highlighted by feature events for all three divisions including the 40 lap Gambler's Classic main event for the TQ Midgets.
   Also, lap sponsorship is now being taken for the feature events. Those wishing to purchase lap sponsorship can do so by contacting the Area Auto Racing News offices at 609-888-3618.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday night programs are on sale now by calling the Area Auto Racing News office at: 609-888-3618 (please have a MasterCard/Visa/American Express card ready).
Also, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling: 1-800-736-1420 or online at:
   Gambler’s Classic information is available online at: The Gambler’s Classic is run in conjunction with the huge Motorsports 2009 Race Car & Trade Show taking place at the Atlantic City Convention Center on January 16-17. The show offers close to 300,000 square feet of just about everything imaginable in motorsports along with many famous racers and personalities signing autographs.


SourceGambler's Classic / Ernie Saxton Communications
Posted: December 14, 2008

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