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Ryan Smith and Heffner Racing Join Forces for 2019
December 10, 2018 - Mike Heffner has been overwhelmed by the support for his team and Sherry Hodnett since the passing of Greg Hodnett.

It’s because of that support, both financially, and more important, emotionally, that Heffner wants to continue to be a part of the racing community. It’s a way to heal and honor the Hodnett family.

The next step in that process is to continue with Heffner Racing next season. To do so, Heffner has hired Ryan Smith to carry on the tradition of his team and remain a fixture on the central Pennsylvania Sprint Car scene.

“I’ve been thinking about it heavily for the last month,” Heffner said. “I’ve been going back and forth on it, and I asked a lot of people’s opinion. They were all the same, which was to do what makes you happy and what you think is right.”

“I asked people with my race team, including Sherry, and I still wavered a little bit,” he said. “The point I realized I was going to race was during the time putting together the benefit that was a couple of weeks ago. Seeing the overwhelming response of people and how they responded to adversity, responded to tragedy, and responded to helping others, it sealed the deal for me.

“Although losing Greg created so much hurt, there is a community there. It’s a community that gives so much, and I want to be a part of it.”

Heffner has a relationship with Smith, who he has known for 10 years, and chose him over a number of top-flight drivers.

Smith has proven he can win on the big stage. The Kunkletown Pa., driver has competed well against the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions and shines in high-profile events.

More importantly, Smith has a good reputation in the pit area and rapport with fans. He represents his team well, which was a priority for Heffner Racing moving forward.

“I asked other people and drivers I know about his abilities,” Heffner said. “He is well respected, because other drivers gave him high marks, so that helped in my decision.

“The representation of my team is also more important now than ever because of how I want it to be viewed. We have a tradition to follow, and this team will be under a little scrutiny. Whenever people are watching closely, the errors tend to be magnified.

“I love winning races, but it was very important to me that Ryan is well respected and handles himself well so we can continue this thing.”

Smith jumped behind the wheel of a Sprint Car for the first time in 2008. Since then, he has competed on a regular basis in central Pennsylvania and two years with the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Over that time period, Smith has mostly owned his team. He’s had to piece things together, which forced him to race careful. Now that he has joined Heffner Racing, he can focus on winning and honoring a driver he has respected throughout his career.

“It’s hard to put into words,” Smith said. “It’s pretty exciting. I have huge shoes to fill, that’s for sure. Greg was one of my idols growing up watching him race.

“It’s still, obviously, sad times, but to get the opportunity to run this car is pretty exciting. Mike is a good person. He’s got a great team assembled, good equipment, and has the means to win races. To be a part of it is pretty awesome."

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Pauch Racing 2018 Season in Review

Mandee Pauch Relations – November 15, 2018 – The Pauch Racing team showed plenty of speed this season collecting 15 wins, 40 top-fives, and 64 top-tens this season.

“We were definitely better than last year,” said Billy Pauch Sr.

Pauch Sr. devoted his Saturday nights at Bridgeport Speedway with his K&A Excavating No.1 Big Block Modified.

“We were in the hunt for the win every night,” he said. “It felt good for a change. I was hoping to do better with the points, but we had a couple misfortunes that drew us back to second, but that’s racing.”

After a season long battle for the points chase, Pauch Sr. ended the season with three victories and a second-place in the point standings at Bridgeport.

For a driver who has accomplished many things in his career, it’s very rare to be able to say ‘The Kid’ won something for the very first time.

It wasn’t until the end of August where Pauch Sr. raced at Grandview Speedway and picked up his first ever Thunder on The Hill modified victory.

“I don’t think I ever ran many TOTH modified shows,” he added. “I have the most TOTH sprint car wins there, but never had a modified one. It was nice to get the first one and say we got one.”

Pauch Sr. was able to produce four victories this season in two different states.

“The biggest thing that helped pick me up this year was Phil Cox coming in,” noted Pauch Sr. “He was a big uplift in the team. He can pretty much handle anything I can do as far as setups and making decisions. I think that was a big plus for us this year. I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the crew next year. There’s no “I” in team. There’s a bunch of us that make it happen, it’s not just me.”

Billy Pauch Jr.’s season kicked off on quite the high note out in Tulsa, OK. in January.

“We started the year off great,” added Pauch Jr. “We made the a-main at the Chili Bowl. That was a huge accomplishment with 300+ cars there competing.”

The Kid’s Kid went on to have a stout season, clinching 11 victories and two track championships.

“We started out the year really good,” he said. “We won the opener at Big Diamond and New Egypt and in the 600-micro sprint at Kutztown. Then we fizzled a little mid-summer. We ran into a couple issues then had a strong finish at the end of the year.”

Pauch Jr. ran weekly at Action Track USA in the Heffner Racing Enterprises No.27 SpeedSTR and the Lamar Shaffer No.91 Micro Sprint as well as Saturday nights at New Egypt Speedway in the Holsten Motorsports No.96 Modified.

“We won both championships at Action Track USA which was a feat we set out to do this year, so that was an awesome goal to accomplish.”

Pauch Jr. picked up four wins at his Saturday night home track and finished in a close second-place in the point standings in the No.96 machine.

“We had a good year at New Egypt,” added Pauch Jr. “Unfortunately, we fell short of the championship, but it was a very solid year for the team. We were able to win the Legends of the Fall race there and end on a good note.”

Pauch Jr. and his teams mixed it up a little bit this year and did some traveling during the season. They may not have set the world on fire, but after taking extensive notes, they are feeling optimistic going into 2019.

“We had some bright spots and good finishes but unfortunately we weren’t able to get a win outside of our home tracks with the modified,” he said. “We’re going to be putting our focus on bettering our program outside of our home track for next year.”

Pauch Jr.’s biggest victory of 2019 came late in the season after dominating the field to win the $10,000 World 100 SpeedSTR race at Selinsgrove Speedway.

“After winning the Legends of the Fall race at New Egypt and the SpeedSTR race at Selinsgrove it helped us go out with a bang,” he said. “We have two more indoor races left in the season so hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling.”

After a strong 2018 season, Pauch Sr. is already looking forward to 2019.

“We got a brand-new Bicknell for Florida for when we go down there in February,” he said. “Both of our motors are out getting redone as we speak. Hopefully everyone will be coming back onboard for next year so we can start figuring out where we’re going to run and what we’re going to do. One thing is for certain, we will be starting out in Florida.”

Both Pauch Sr. and Jr. would like to give a special thanks to everyone who supported them in 2018; sponsors, crew, and fans.


Billy Pauch Sr.
28 races - 4 wins, 7 top 5’s, 14 top 10’s
Billy Pauch Jr.
78 races - 11 wins, 33 top 5’s, 50 top 10’s


Billy Pauch Sr.

Billy Pauch Jr.


All Pauch Sr. and Jr. racing apparel will be available for sale at their racecar trailer during events they compete in.


Pauch Racing would like to thank K&A Excavating, Growers Garden Center, Pioneer Pole Buildings, Wyckoff Roofing, Husqvarna Bish Sales, First Choice Auto Equipment, Atlantic Sprinkler, Vandale Properties, Al’s Sunoco, Wayne Subaru, Degre Engineering, Ken’s Tire, ACM Tool & Die, M&T Tree Service, Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz, Phillip’s Garage,, Berks Seal Coating, Weaknect Archery, Liv N Green Landscaping, Premio Italian Sausage, Art’s Radiator, Jones Racing Products, Sunoco, Diversified Machine Inc., GME, Bicknell Racing Products, Auto Meter, MSD, Bilstein Shocks, ISC Racers Tape, Seals-It, Zemco, Sway-A-Way, Green Filters, ASF, Fel-Pro, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Wiz Fab, American Racer, Kirkey and Suspension Springs for their continued support.

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About Mandee Pauch Relations
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