Pauch's last sprint car win at Selinsgrove came on March 29, 1997
"The track is fast, but it is way faster in a sprint car than a modified," he said. "It depends on how they do the track, but if you get a pretty good track, you can pretty much keep your foot in it all the time in a modified."
Pauch credits racing at Selinsgrove -- especially the first-half of the 1994 season -- with helping him get ready to race a sprint car at the New York State Fairgrounds.
In 1994, he set the one-lap world record for a sprint car on a one-mile dirt track, circling the famed 'Moody Mile' in 24.898 seconds. He went on to win the feature, leading all 40 laps
"I learned how to drive wide open and hold the car upright and not twitch it into the corner at Selinsgrove," he said. "That was probably the biggest reason I won at Syracuse. It sounds easy to some, but to run wide open, it's not as easy as it looks."
The only thing Pauch hasn't won at Syracuse is the 200-lap modified feature during Super DIRT Week.
"We were going to go to Syracuse last year, but we came up short on finances," he said. "I can get around that place just as good as anybody."
The RoC, which heads to New Egypt Speedway (N.J.) next Saturday, wraps up its 12-race schedule on Nov. 2 at Five Mile Point Speedway (N.Y.).
"It's always exciting to look at the points after the first week as there was a three-way tie for first going into New Egypt last year," Andy Harpell, RoC president said of the role the track plays in the outcome of the point standings.
"With the RoC, what we try to accomplish is to keep teams in business and to give them as many opportunities (as possible). If they have a bad finish, they can still be in the points race and not be eliminated. That's what keeps them going from event to event and it really provides the fans with a good show from the first race to the 12th race."