BARNEY, MCCARTHY AND KRAUSE TOP MODIFIED TRIPLES
Saturday, August 6, 2022 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Blake Barney of Jackson, Brick's Eddie McCarthy and Holmdel's Andrew Krause were feature race winners in Triple 20 lap Modified stock car main events at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Derek Hopkinson of Toms River also had reason to celebrate as he was the overall event winner by virtue of the best finishing average with a second and two third place finishes.
In the first modified main event Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township and Howell's Jimmy Blewett wrestled for the top spot most of the way. Truex then spun from the top spot late in the test. Barney then raced into the lead on the restart to take the win over Hopkinson, Blewett, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Krause.
The second 20-lapper saw Brick's Dom Fattaruso lead most of the way while McCarthy picked his way to the front and advanced to second in the final five laps. A late race restart offered McCarthy the opportunity he needed to power to the outside lane for the lead and the win. Fattaruso, Hopkinson, Barney and Krause were second through fifth.
The final main event saw McCarthy fight off Hopkinson for the lead in the early going before Krause advanced to second. McCarthy and Krause then wrestled for the lead until just past halfway when Krause raced to the outside lane for the lead and eventual win. McCarthy, Hopkinson, Barney and Manahawkin's Jake Nelke rounded out the top five.
Brick's Kevin Flores raced into the lead just past halfway to win the 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks. Early leader Greg Moench of Milltown was second, with Johnny Carpenter and Brian Osborn, both of Howell, and Scott Riggleman of Manchester completing the top five.
Neil Rutt III of Colts Neck grabbed the lead on a lap eight restart and raced to the win in the Sportsman 25 lap race. Tyler Truex, Tyler Ferris of Freehold, Hazlet's Chris Silvestri and Howell's Kevin Davison wrapped up the top five.
Justice Calabro of Concord, North Carolina became a fast fan favorite by winning the 25-lap Legend Car feature race in his first time ever at the track. Tanner Jones of Glenn Gardner, Little Silver's Peter Bruno, Brick's Brian Gardella and Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick were second through fifth.
Saturday night racing action continues this weekend with the Sportsman, Fast 4, Limited Late Models and TQ Midgets on the schedule with qualifying at 5:00 p.m. and main events at 7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby action is also planned.
KYLE SCISCO IS 3 TIME WALL MODIFIED WINNER
Saturday, July 30, 2022 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Kyle Scisco of Jackson avoided an early race accident, raced to the lead on lap nine and powered on to win the 40 Modified stock car feature race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was the third victory of the 2022 season for the Scisco Kid.
The event started off on a rough note when Eddie McCarthy of Brick and Jackson's Steven Reed tangled in turns three and four and slammed the guard rail. Both competitors were able to limp their race cars to the pit area before tempers flared between the two race teams. When the dust settled both cars were listed as disqualified on the official rundown.
Once back to action Howell's Eric Lane was the leader of the test as Scisco soon advanced to second. Scisco was then able to drive in the outside lane to take the lead as Farmingdale's Tommy Martino, Jr. dove to the inside of Eric Lane to take second. Martino then chased Scisco to the half way mark when a mechanical failure slowed his effort and caused the final caution of the test. At the checker flag is was Scisco, Blake Barney of Jackson, Pine Hill's Joey Merlino, Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township and Holmdel's Andrew Krause the top five.
“I just have to thank this team every week for giving me a great car,” Scisco said. “When we unloaded the car wasn't all that good. But (car owner) Steve Ferarra just kept working until we got the car great! He just never gives up!”
Howell's Kevin Davison raced to victory in the extra distance 50 lapper for the Sportsman cars, fighting off the competition from start to finish. Truex was constantly in Davison's shadow in this one before finishing second, while Michael Carr of Pt. Pleasant, Jackson's Jarret DiGiantomasso and Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City completed the top five.
Alonzo Morales of Burlington and Wall's Sean Vuksanic were winners in twin 25-lap races for the Fast 4 division. Vuksanic, Neptune City's Ryan Maher, Nicole Razzano of Cookstown and Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, N.Y. completed the top five in the first race. Lavery, Morales, Maher and Ryan Bilello of Neptune wrapped up the top five in the second race.
Tanner Jones of Glen Gardner took the lead near half way and raced to the win in the 20-lapper for the Legend Cars. Brick's Brian Gardella, Peter Bruno of Little Silver, Waldwick's Quinn Trimmer and Cody Critelli Howell were second through fifth.
Brick's Brianna Page became a first time winner in the 25 lapper for the touring TQ Midgets.
Saturday night racing action continues this weekend with the Modifieds battling in three 20 lap main events. Sportsman, Factory Stocks and Legend Cars are also on the schedule with qualifying at 5:00 p.m. and main events at 7:00 p.m.
SESELY SIZZLES IN WALL MODIFIED SUMMER THUNDER 100
Saturday, July 23, 2022 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Anthony Sesely of Hazlet made one of his occasional Wall Stadium Speedway appearances well worth the effort Saturday night by pocketing $5,000 for winning the Summer Thunder 100 for Modified stock cars. This sweltering Saturday night offered a first at the third mile oval according to Garden State Quarter Midget Racing Club officials as all four winners got their start at “Little Wall” which is on the speedway grounds. Quinn Trimmer, Legend Cars, Sean Vuksanic, Fast 4's and Brian Osborn, Factory Stocks, were also victorious Saturday night.
Sesely battled Howell's Jimmy Blewett for the lead in the early going before Blewett left the track on the wrecker after a first turn scramble. As the race wore on Sesely then battled Brick's Dom Fattaruso, Jackson's Steven Reed, Brick's Eddie McCarthy, Jackson's Kyle Scisco, Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township and finally Andrew Krause of Holmdel who challenged Sesely all the way to the finish line.
Sesely was not only challenged through high speed action, but also during several restarts forced by minor on track incidents. At the checker the top five was Sesely, Krause, Reed, Scisco and Farmingdale's Tommy Martino, Jr.
“I don't normally get too emotional, but this win is pretty special,” Sesely said after the victory. “I think this win ties me with (the late) John Blewett III. That means a lot to me. He was a good friend. I just want to thank everyone who helps me and everyone in the stands who braved this heat tonight. It is really too hot to be doing this.”
Although Howell's Brian Osborn was fast all night and in contention most of the way, the turning point in this one came when the top five drivers suffered big trouble in a crash on lap 17. When action resumed Osborn vaulted to the lead and raced to his first ever win in the Factory Stock 25-lapper. Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City, Howell's Johnny Carpenter, Matt Badessa of Cranford and Manchester's Scott Riggleman completed the top five.
Sean Vuksanic of Wall earned his career first Fast 4 division win racing into the lead by former champ Ryan Maher of Neptune City just past half way in the 25 lapper. Logan Fraser of Toms River, Burlington's Alonzo Morales and Ryan Bilello of Neptune completed the top five.
Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick topped the 20 lapper for the Legend Cars racing into the lead on an early restart. Brick's Brian Gardella, Cody Critelli and Jeff Stevens, both of Howell and Steve Woytysiak of Roslyn Heights, NY made up the top five.
Saturday night racing action continues this weekend with the Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Fast 4's, Legend Cars and TQ Midgets on the schedule with qualifying at 5:00 p.m. and main events at 7:00 p.m.
SCISCO GRABS MODIFIED WIN ON STORMY SATURDAY NIGHT
Saturday, July 16, 2022 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Beating both the the field and evening rain showers that eventually postponed two feature races, Kyle Scisco powered to the victory in the 40-lap main event for Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was the second win of the year for Jackson's “Scisco Kid.”
Howell's Eric Lane was the early leader of the test as he fought off challenges by Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Jackson's Steven Reed in the early going. Meanwhile Scisco was slicing his way through the field and arrived in the top five just before the halfway mark. Scisco was third by lap 25, second on lap 33 and then raced into the lead after racing side-by-side with Lane to take the lead and eventual win.
Lane was an impressive second at the stripe while point leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel raced through the pack for third. Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township and Jackson's Blake Barney completed the top five.
“We seemed to be getting knocked around back in the pack in the beginning,” Scisco said. “So I tried to get to the front quickly. I have to thank Steve Ferrara and the team for such a great car. I also want everyone to know that our sponsor Link Belt is backing the “Digging for a Cure” campaign against breast cancer. Our team is donating all the money we made tonight towards that goal.”
Mike Alcaro of Milford won his second straight race, this time in a different car, in the Legend Cars 20-lap main event. Tanner Jones, Nick Morabito, Brian Gardella and Peter Bruno completed the top five.
Alonzo Morales of Burlington was tops in the 25 lapper for the Fast 4 racers. Ryan Maher, Sean Vuksanic, early leader Alex Graetz and Logan Fraser were second through fifth.
Howie Conk of Freehold topped the 25-lapper for the Limited Late Models after some wild battling for the lead with Rob Ormsbee. Mike Tillett, Ray Minieri, Geoff Handel and James Moorman wrapped up the top five.
The scheduled 50-lap race for the Sportsman cars and the Factory Stock 25 lapper were both rain postponed.
JIMMY "SHOWTIME" BLEWETT WINS NWMT JERSEY SHORE 150
Saturday, July 9, 2022 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Jimmy Blewett is one of the best to ever race at Wall Stadium Speedway.
He reminded everyone of that by topping the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in the Jersey Shore 150 on Saturday night at the popular third-mile high-banked oval.
The victory, Blewett’s seventh with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and first since 2016, was his 81st victory overall at Wall Stadium Speedway. He ranks second on the all-time win list at the track.
“Tommy and these guys just prepare such a good car. He makes all the drivers who drive this thing look so good,” said Blewett, who was piloting the No. 7NY for team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. “Just riding, biding our time watching these guys burn it up so we had some stuff there at the end.”
Blewett spent much of the race riding in the top five, content to let pole-sitter Ron Silk and defending track Modified champion Andrew Krause take turns at the front of the field.
A caution for a spin by Eric Goodale with 17 circuits left in the 150-lap event presented Blewett the perfect opportunity to take control of the race.
Restarting second with 13 laps left, Blewett rocketed under Krause to take the lead by the time the field got back to the start/finish line.
Once in front, Blewett inched away from the battle for second, ultimately crossing the finish line nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Matt Hirschman.
“I want to dedicate this win to my grandfather,” said Blewett, who also won a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Wall Stadium Speedway in 2007. “He always is my biggest supporter and he never, ever doubts me. He just knows I need the right opportunity to get it done. Thanks, Grandpa.”
The victory by Blewett gave team owner Baldwin his fourth victory of the season with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Doug Coby drove Baldwin’s No. 7NY to victory at New York’s Riverhead Raceway and New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, and Mike Christopher Jr. earned a victory for Baldwin at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway.
Hirschman, a multi-time winner of the annual Turkey Derby event at Wall Stadium Speedway who added Saturday’s race to his schedule at the last minute, snuck past both Krause and Silk to finish second.
“This wasn’t on our schedule, I just knew there was going to be a great crowd here tonight,” Hirschman said. “Glad to come race in front of them tonight. A good run. It’s no surprise there at the end, Jimmy’s first and I’m second. Congrats to them.”
Patrick Emerling also managed to make his way past Krause and Silk in the final laps to complete the podium. It was his second top-five finish this season.
“It was a little rough out there, but had a lot of fun tonight,” Emerling said. “We had a pretty good race car for only running here once before.”
Krause settled for fourth after leading prior to the final restart. Silk faded to fifth after starting from the Mayhew Tools Pole and leading a majority of the race.
Justin Bonsignore, Austin Beers, Jon McKennedy, Blake Barney and Kyle Bonsignore completed the top 10.
A replay of the Jersey Shore 150 can be seen on the USA Network on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
In other action, Shanon Mongeau of Jackson won the 50-lap race for the Factory Stocks, taking the lead with an inside lane pass just past half way. Elliot Wohl of Beachwood, Manchester's Scott Riggleman, Johnny Carpenter of Howell and Robert Stack completed the top five.
Howell's Kevin Davison won the 25-lap Sportsman feature talking the lead with an outside lane pass. Jackson's Carsten DiGiantomasso, Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township, Brick's Ray Fattaruso and Michael Carr wrapped up the top five finishers.
Milford's Mike Alcaro was tops in the Legend Cars 20-lapper over a top five of Kevin Nowak, Tanner Jones, Quinn Trimmer and Joe McGrath.
MARTINO TAKES CAREER FIRST WALL MODIFIED WIN
Saturday, June 25, 2022 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Tommy Martino, Jr. raced to victory in the non-stop 40 lap main event for Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The win was the career first for the Farmingdale resident.
Martino jumped to the lead at the outset with Brick's Eddie McCarthy charging into second and Howell's Jimmy Blewett taking up third. That trio led the test through the first seven laps as Holmdel's Andrew Krause advanced through the pack and into fourth.
As the non-stop laps ticked off, Martino and McCarthy spent most of their time tussling for the lead while Blewett and Krause wrestled for third. Traffic came into play on lap 23 when the top two had to slice through lapped cars, after a tense moment both were able to race through and continue.
At the checker flag if was Martino, McCarthy, Blewett and Krause as Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson was fifth.
“We finally did it,” Martino said of his career first win. “I have to thank my father for this! He started building motors for racers here and I fell in love with the place. Eddie (McCarthy) was fast tonight. If kept hearing on the radio that he was one car back or two cars back. He kept me on my toes!”
Taking the top spot in the closing laps of the Factory Stock contest, Johnny Carpenter of Howell raced to his first win of the season takig the checker flag after 25-laps. Howell's Brian Osborn, Manchester's Scott Riggleman and early leader Matt Badessa of Cranford were the top four while defending champ Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City was fifth.
Neil Rutt III of Colts Neck grabbed his first win of the season in the Sportsman stock car 25 lap race, wrestling the lead from early front runner and eventual runner-up Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township. Howell's Kevin Davison, Michael Carr of Pt. Pleasant Beach and Jackson' Jarret DiGiantomasso wrapped up the top five.
Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, NY led the entire non-stop 50 lap distance to win the Fast 4 stock car main event. Sean Vuksanic of Wall, Ryan Maher of Neptune and Burlington's Alonzo Morales, all of whom challenged for the lead, wrapped up the to four and Chuck McDonald of Groton, Ct. was fifth.
Former champ Howie Conk of Freehold won the 25 lap race for the Limited Late Models while Kyle Taraska of Woodbridge won the 30 lap J.J. Lane Memorial for the touring ATQMRA Three Quarter Midgets.
Wall Stadium Speedway will be dark on Saturday, July 2, for the Independence holiday weekend. The 2022 Saturday night regular season continues on Saturday (July 9) evening with the NASCAR Modified Tour in the spotlight.
RIGGLEMAN AND SESELY WERE BIG WINNERS SATURDAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Anthony Sesely of Hazlet and Manchester's Scott Riggleman, both former driving champions here, used both speed and talent to take big victories at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The American Pride Night event honored all of those lost during the 9/11 attacks 20 years earlier, those lost to the resulting health issues and the late popular Wall Stadium racing personality Johnny Gasko who passed away earlier this year.
In the Modified 40-lapper Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. wrestled for the lead early as Sesely shadowed them both while riding third. Sesely dove into second behind Hopkinson on lap 26 and then shadowed the leader before diving into the lead on lap 30. From that point on Sesely led the remainder of the non-stop contest, with Hopkinson, Collins, Farmingdale's Tommy Martino, Jr. and Jackson's Steven Reed completing the top five.
“This car was a real rocket tonight,” Sesely said after the race. “Both of the cars in front of me have been real fast this year. I just rode in third and let them play cat and mouse. When it looked like there might not be a caution I went after it.”
Riggleman's win in the 94-lap Johnny Gasko Memorial race was another thriller with just one caution slowing the pace. The outcome came down to a battle between Riggleman and defending champ Elliot Wohl of Beachwood for most of the race. After that lone lap 38 caution the duo race side-by-side for several laps before battling all the way to the checker flag. Howell's Johnny Carpenter, Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City and Billy Both of Rahway wrapped up the top five.
“Elliot is always fast so I kept an eye on him all the way,” Riggleman said after his 101st career win. “This car that I am driving was Johnny's car. We were friends for a long time. This win means the world to me.”
Former champion Kevin Davison of Howell won the 25-lapper for the Sportsman cars, taking the lead when early pace setter, Ryan Fisher of Howell spun in turn two on lap 17. Larry Thompson of Parlin, Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson, Manahawkin's Jake Nelke and Jackson's Jarret DiGiantomasso were second through fifth.
Ryan Maher of Neptune City won the 25-lapper for the Fast 4 cars, taking the lead near halfway. Burlington's Alonzo Morales, Howell's Ian Ashford, Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, N.Y., and Hazlet's Billy Pross completed the top five.
Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. won the Legend Cars 25-lapper, taking the lead early and never looking back. Eugene Drew of Vernon, Brick's Bryan Gardella, Peter Bruno of Little Silver and Tanner Jones were second through fifth.
Buddy Sload won the 25-lapper for the touring TQ Midgets.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (Sept. 18) evening. Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Fast 4 cars, Limited Late Models and TQ Midgets will all compete. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
THOMPSON TOPS SPORTSMAN SATURDAY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2021 BY EARL KRAUSE
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Charging into the lead at the start, then fending off strong challenges right to the finish, Larry Thompson took a popular victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature on Saturday at Wall Stadium Speedway.
The Modifieds were scheduled off on “Family Fun Night”, with the Sportsman cars in the spotlight as the open-wheel division.
It was the seventh Wall Sportsman win for Thompson, but first since July 2016. The resident of the Parlin section of Sayreville, N.J., was the Stadium’s 2000 Street Stock (Limited Late Model) champion with 14 wins in that division through 2001. He then took time off from racing, and returned to compete in the family Sportsman No. 14x to win in 2006.
This past Saturday, he started from third, gained the lead quickly and then outraced close-challenging division point leader Carsten DiGiantomasso who finished second. Three-time champion Kevin Davison was a contender throughout before checkering in third, with Jarret DiGiantomasso and Robert Sutphin completing the top-five.
The race was marred by a hard crash in turn two by Michael Carr, whose No. 52 was virtually destroyed after slamming into the steel guard rail at a high rate of speed. After being checked over at the track by the on-site safety crew, Carr went to the hospital for further treatment. He was released on Sunday morning, and reported being “extremely sore but otherwise okay.”
The Sal Ligouri-owned Fast Four division team scored a clean sweep in double 25-lap features as his drivers Ryan Maher and Neil Rutt III each had wins and runnerup finishes. Maher, the defending division champion from Neptune, won the opening main in the No. 11 over Rutt, point leader Alonzo Morales, Connecticut invader Chuck McDonald and Nicole Razzano.
Rutt III, from Edison, then drove the team No. 118 to victory in the nightcap while outracing Maher. Morales, McDonald and Razzano were again third through fifth.
Double 25-lap Factory Stock features were won by Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City and John Carpenter of Howell.
Kevin Flores, seeking his career-first Factory Stock win, led into the late going in the opening main before O’Shea worked past for his third victory of the year. Flores, Carpenter, Joey Helberg and Tom Rajkowski completed the top-five.
Three-time champion Scott Riggleman of Manchester was leading the second Factory Stock event with five laps to go, but was sidelined with a reported broken front suspension part that caused him to spin in turn three. Carpenter then took command and outdueled point leader Elliott Wohl, O’Shea, Helberg and Billy Both.
Special races for the “Sunday Series” competitors on the inner fifth-mile flat oval were won by Tom Ervin (Micro-Stock) and third-generation Wall racer Alex Rogers (Champ Kart). Alex is the son of Wall Modified driver Marc Rogers and grandson of long-time Stadium competitor Steve Rogers.
A Demolition Derby completed the “Family Fun Night” activities, with Norman Lane of Howell having the last car running and named the winner after the slam-bang event.
REED TOPS WALL MODIFIEDS; BREAKS KRAUSE'S STREAK AT FIVE
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Three-time driving champion Steven Reed snapped an Andrew Krause winning streak at five Saturday night at Wall Stadium by winning the “Christmas in July” 40-lap main event for Modified stock cars. It was the Jackson speedster's 35th career win and his first since September 14, 2019.
Soon after the green flag waved Reed rocketed to the front after fighting with Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Tyler Truex of Little Egg Harbor became Reed's rival near lap ten and briefly took command before Reed came roaring back on the inside lane a few laps later.
Soon Holmdel's Krause advanced from deep in the pack and into second spot. The remaining laps featured a battle royal between the two former champs before Reed beat Krause to the finish line. Brick's Eric Mauriello came from deep in the field for third, while Truex and Jackson's Blake Barney wrapped up the top five.
“It's been a while since we got a win so this one feels real good,” Reed said in the winner's circle. “My father had some health issues recently so this is real special. Harry doesn't admit when he feels bad so we just kept it as business as usual. I just want to thank him and everyone who helps me.”
Howell's Johnny Carpenter raced through the pack and into the lead near the five to go mark to win the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks. It was his second win of the campaign. Defending champ Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was close at the finish, with Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City, early race leader Scott Riggleman of Manchester and Brick's Nick Catone completing the top five.
Carsten DiGiantomasso beat his brother Jarret to the finish line to win the Sportsman 25-lap main. Howell's Kevin Davison overcame an early race tangle for third, with Hazlet's Chris Silvestri and Jackson's Jimmy Wolcott fourth and fifth. Several cars were claimed in a first turn pile up. Later Neil Rutt III of Edison was transport to the hospital with reported leg injuries.
The Legend Cars battled in two 25-lap features with each race victor becoming a three time winner. In the first race Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick took the trophy over Joe McGrath of Howell, Mason Magee of Northeast, Md., Brick's Brian Gardella and Jeff Stevens of Howell. Magee won the nightcap Legend Cars race over Trimmer, Peter Bruno of Little Silver, McGrath and Stevens.
Jackson's Howie Conk won the 25-lapper for the Limited Late Models over Bayville's Mike Tillett, Greg Gastelu and Andy Gamble.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (July 31) evening. Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, Fast 4 cars, Legend Cars and TQ Midgets will all compete. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
SUMMER THUNDER 100 IS KRAUSE'S FIFTH STRAIGHT AT WALL STADIUM
SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Defending driving champion and current point leader Andrew Krause raced to victory in the Summer Thunder 100 lap Modified stock car race Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. The hard fought victory marked a sweep for the Holmdel resident as he has won all five of the regular season Modified races contested here thus far in the 2021 season.
Starting 10th on the 24-car grid after posting fast time in qualifying, Krause was on a mission as he passed all cars in front of him to take the lead after only eight laps! Howell's Jimmy Blewett was also on the charge as he advanced to second from an 11th starting spot in just 18 circuits.
With many in the field battling for position behind them, Krause and Blewett struggled for the lead at the head of the field. On several restarts, mostly forced by minor incidents, Blewett would line on up the inside lane with Krause to his outside. The duo would then race side-by-side with Krause eventually slipping into the lead again.
At the finish Krause held the winning trophies with Blewett second. After much position swapping, Brick's Eddie McCarthy and Steven Reed and Blake Barney, both of Jackson, wrapped up the top five.
“You always try to get to the front quickly, but tonight things just really went our way,” Krause said of his early race charge to the front. “I'm real happy it worked out this way because the 51 car was moving to the the front behind me. We had a good race the rest of the way and I hope you all enjoyed it.”
Nick Catone of Brick grabbed his first ever win in the companion 25-lap race for the Factory Stocks, dedicating the victory to his young son who passed away a few years ago. Catone fought off the late race challenges of two time champion Elliot Wohl of Beachwood, while Kevin Flores of Brick, Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City and Manchester's Scott Riggleman completed the top five.
Defending champ Ryan Maher of Neptune City won the 25-lapper for the Fast 4 cars over Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, N.Y.. Farmingdale's Ian Avery, Billy Pross of Hazlet and Burlington's Alonzo Morales.
Mike Alcaro of West Milford to the 25-lap win for the Legend Cars over Waldwick's Quinn Trimmer, Mason Magee of Northeast, Maryland, Malcolm Campbell and Southampton's Colin Milroy.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (July 17) evening with the Family Fun Night competition featuring Demolition Derby action. Sportsman cars, Limited Late Models, Fast 4 cars, Legend Cars and TQ Midgets all compete in 25-lappers. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
TRIMMER BEATS LEGEND CARS, RAIN BEATS ALL OTHERS SATURDAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick was impressive in winning his second Legend Cars 25-lap feature race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night before rain won out in five other main events. The rain that finally washed out the event came after all qualifying events, the Legend Cars feature, two laps of the Limited Late Model feature and a track drying session were completed. In fact, the speedway was nearly dry around 9:00 p.m. before a heavy shower ended the evening's efforts.
All five of the rain postponed feature race will be made up during the remainder of the season. The make up schedule will be announced soon.
In that Legend Cars race Tanner Jones was the early leader as Trimmer chipped his way to the front of the pack. Lapped traffic came into play near the halfway mark before Trimmer took advantage of a lap 16 restart, the only restart of the test, to slip into the lead. Jones then chased Trimmer to the finish line with Brick's Brian Gardella, Mason Magee of Northeast, Maryland and Colin Milroy of Southampton wrapping up the top five.
“That race was a lot of fun,” Trimmer said in the winner's circle. “Thanks to my dad for all his hard work. This car is fast! Happy Father's Day!”
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (June 26) evening with the Modifieds returning for a 40-lap main event while the Sportsman cars and Legend Cars compete in 25-lappers. The Fast 4's will race in two 25-lap main events. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
SIX DRIVERS CELEBRATE WALL STADIUM WINS SATURDAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Six different drivers celebrated victories at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Four of those winners waved the checker flag after stock car main events while two others raised trophies after Demolition Derby action.
In the Sportsman stock car main event Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune was the first leader of the 50-lap feature race while Michael Carr of Pt. Pleasant chased him through the initial 14 circuits. Carr then slipped to the inside lane to grab the lead and paced paced the field through the non-stop first 42 laps before Loesch spun on the back stretch for a yellow flag. Carr then survived through a couple of additional cautions before taking his first win of the year.
Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson, who survived a tangle with the front stretch rail late in the test, was the runner-up followed by Edison's Neil Rutt III, Jake Nelke of Manahawkin and Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson.
“I have to thank everyone up there,” Carr said pointing to the pit area. “We've been chasing this car for the last few races, but we really seem to have it in top form now.”
Two-time and defending Factory Stock champion Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was a surprise winner in the first of two 25 lap main events. Gregg Moench of Milltown led early before Nick Catone of Brick took over around lap 10. Brian O'Shea of Neptune City taunted Catone as the laps wore on as Wohl ran a tight third.
Then, in the final turn, Catone and O'Shea tangled and slid on the track allowing Wohl to take evasive action and race home to the win. Brick's Joe Mongeau, AJ Jadacki of Freehold, Manchester's Scott Riggleman and Brian DeSarno of Wall wrapped up the top five.
Jadacki was an emotional winner of the second Factory Stock 25-lapper, taking the lead on lap five in a non-stop test and never looking back. Wohl, O'Shea, Howell's Johnny Carpenter and Scott Riggleman were second through fifth.
Mason Magee of Northeast, Md. raced to his second straight win in the 25-lapper for the Legend Cars, taking the lead on lap four of a non-stop contest. Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick, Brick's Brian Gardella, Southampton's Colin Milroy and Joseph Parker wrapped up the top five.
In Demolition Derby action, Steven Riggleman of Jackson won the 4 Cylinder main event and first timer Ceder Scull of Pemberton was the 8 Cylinder winner.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (June 19) evening with the Modifieds returning for a 40-lap main event while the Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, Fast 4 cars, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models all compete in 25-lappers. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
WALL MODIFIED GARDEN STATE CLASSIC WIN IS KRAUSE'S 4TH IN A ROW FOR 2021
SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Defending Modified stock car driving champion Andrew Krause continued his 2021 regular season domination Saturday night winning the 61st running of the 125 lap Garden State Classic at Wall Stadium Speedway. While the Holmdel speedsters record is impressive, he had to fight his way to his first classic victory coming from 10th in the 24 car field while wrestling several top runners before taking the $5,000 win.
Brick's Eddie McCarthy led the first 50 circuits before defending race champion Blake Barney of Jackson forged to the front on lap 51. Barney then led the way past the halfway mark as Krause advanced into the top five. A lap 75 caution, triggered when Brick's Eric Mauriello tagged the guard rail entering turn one while fighting for a top spot after starting last, saw Krause advance to third on the restart while Anthony Sesely of Hazlet slipped into the lead.
Sesely then held the top spot through the following caution plagued 20 laps before Krause took the lead with 30 laps remaining. More cautions followed in those final 30 laps as Krause fought off Kyle Scisco and then Steven Reed, both of Jackson, the remainder of the event. Unfortunately for Scisco, his great effort came up short with a second turn tangled with less than ten laps remaining.
Krause raced onto the win followed by Reed, McCarthy, the returning Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Tommy Martino of Farmingdale. Tire samples from the top three finishers were sent out to be analyzed.
“With all those cautions and this hot and humid weather, I was starting to worry about dehydration near the end of the race,” Krause said. “We had to start 10th in a great field of cars. I love racing with Steven Reed. He is a legend here and a real good racer. When you can finish in front of the No. 55 you know you have done something.”
Howell's Johnny Carpenter jumped to the front early and then raced on to victory in the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks. Freehold's AJ Jadacki chased Carpenter for 20-laps before finishing second with Manchester's Scott Riggleman third. Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City and Beachwood's Elliot Wohl completed the top five.
Ian Ashford of Farmingdale celebrated his career first feature race win in the 25-lapper for the Fast 4 division. Alonzo Morales of Burlington advanced to second in the late going while defending champ Ryan Maher of Neptune city was third. Darianne McLaren of Edison and Wall's Sean Vuksanic were fourth and fifth.
Buddy Sload of Glenmoore, Pa. won the 25-lap feature for the touring Three Quarter Midgets. It was his second straight win.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (June 12) evening with the Sportsman cars in a 50-lapper, the Factory Stocks in twin 25-lappers, the Legend Cars in a 25-lapper plus Demolition Derby action. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
KRAUSE TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT WALL MODIFIED WIN
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Andrew Krause of Holmdel made his Sunday birthday a little more special by winning for 40-lap main event for Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was the defending speedway Modified champion's second straight win in two starts on the young season.
Despite posting fast time in qualifying, Krause started 8th after a draw for starting spots. Brick's Dom Fattaruso looked strong in the early going before Manasquan's Kenny Van Wickle took over the top spot in the outside lane on lap eight while Krause was advancing into the top five.
Van Wickle continued to lead the race past halfway when a jumble of cars pushed Fattaruso into the high groove and out of second place. Eddie McCarthy of Brick and Krause then took up the chase of the leader before the top runners touched in turn one on a lap 33 restart and Van Wickle and McCarthy spun from contention and Krause took command.
Krause then powered on to the win with Blake Barney of Jackson second and Tommy Martino, Jr. of Farmingdale advancing to third. Steven Reed of Jackson, whose team struggled to replace a motor in his No. 55 in the pit area before the race, advanced from last on the grid to finish fourth and Fattaruso earned fifth.
Glenn Slocum, Jr. of Navesink missed the night's event after the throttle stuck wide open sending his car hard head on into the third turn rail. Fortunately, he was not injured.
Manchester's Scott Riggleman, who has raced in several race car divisions on both paved and dirt surfaces, earned his 100th career feature race win in the companion Factory Stock feature race. After taking the lead on lap two, Riggleman held off defending champion Elliot Wohl of Beachwood for the win. Tom Rajkowski of Fords, Bryan O'Shea of Neptune and Freehold's A.J. Jadacki wrapped up the top five.
Second year racer Billy Pross of Hazlet jumped to the lead early and stayed strong to the finish to win the Fast 4 25-lap main event. Alonzo Morales of Burlington chased Pross all the way before Darianne McLaren of Edison took over second in the closing laps. Sal Liguori of Hazlet and Farmingdale's Ian Ashford completed the top five.
After crashing heavily on opening night, Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson returned to win the 25-lap Sportsman feature race while Mike Carr of Pt. Pleasant was second by inches. Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson, Edison's Neil Rutt III and opening night winner Jake Nelke of Manahawkin were third, fourth and fifth.
Waldwick's Quinn Trimmer was a first time winner in the 25-lap main event for the Legend Cars topping early leader Joe McGrath of Brick. Mason Magee of Denton, Maryland, Colin Milroy of Southampton and defending champion Peter Bruno of Little Silver were third through fifth.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (May 8) evening with the Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Fast 4 cars and Legend Cars in action as mothers and grandmothers are honored with a special discount grandstand admission on Mother's Day weekend. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
KRAUSE FIGHTS OFF FOES FOR WALL STADIUM MODIFIED SEASON OPENER
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021 BY JEFF GRAVATT
Defending Wall Stadium Speedway Modified driving champion Andrew Krause fought off many challengers before taking the scheduled opening night 40-lap feature race win. It was the Holmdel resident's 13th Modified victory.
Wall racer Jack Ely jumped to the lead on the initial restart before the first of many cautions slowed the test. Krause was the winner of the front stretch drag race on the restart and then fought off Ely's advances through the first ten circuits. When Ely dropped from the race with mechanical failure Brick's Eddie McCarthy took up the chase and slipped into the lead just past the half-way point.
When McCarthy's mount failed to launch on a lap 23 restart Krause rocketed back into the top spot as a front stretch jam up slowed the action. Krause was then forced to hold off Tommy Martino, Jr. of Farmingdale before Steven Reed of Jackson advanced to second on lap 27. Reed then shadowed Krause until lap 35 when a rain shower hit the area forcing officials to call the event official. Reed, McCarthy, Chris Andretta of Neptune and Marc Rogers of Jackson wrapped up the top five.
“That was a tough race,” Krause said in the wet winner's circle. “Although I got out front early, all of those cautions kept me busy from start to finish. There are a lot of fast cars here.”
Like Krause, Jake Nelke of Manahawkin was forced to fight off several restart challenges to win the Sportsman stock car opening night 25-lapper. After Carsten DiGiantomasso was Nelke's early rival, three-time division champ Kevin Davison of Howell provided the pressure the rest of the way. DiGiantomasso, Neil Rutt III of Edison and Rob Anderton of Howell were third through fifth. This race featured a major front stretch crash but, fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City jumped to the lead early and raced on to the Factory Stock 25-lap feature win. Two-time and defending champ Elliot Wohl of Beachwood took advantage of a long green flag period to chip his way to the front and finish second. Early challenger Nick Catone of Brick was third, while Joe Mongeau of Brick and Wall's Brian DeSarno were fourth and fifth.
Luke LeBrun of West Newton, Ma. made his first ever Wall Stadium Speedway appearance memorable by winning the 25-lapper for the Legend Cars. Mason Magee of North East, Maryland chased LeBrun to the finish, with Mike Alcaro of West Milford, Wall's Rob Silver and Brick's Joe McGrath wrapping up the top five.
The 25-lapper for the Fast 4 division was postponed by the rain shower and will be contested on May 22.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (May 1) evening with the Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, Fast 4 cars and Legend Cars in action. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.