KRAUSE WINS SPOOKY SPECTACULAR 75 LAP MODIFIED RACE 10.19.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ After fighting through tough fortunes during the 2019 regular season Andrew Krause fought off the competition to win the 75 lap All American Auto Group Modified stock car feature race Saturday afternoon at Wall Stadium Speedway. The victory in the “Spooky Spectacular” racing program's main event was Krause's first of the 2019 campaign.
Adam LaCicero of Lavallette was the first leader of the event before Brick's Eric Mauriello took command on lap 10 with an outside lane pass. Krause, who had lined up sixth at the outset, also took the high road two laps later to race into second spot and chase Mauriello. The duo then wrestled, often times in side-by-side fashion, towards the halfway point of the test before Krause drove to the high side of a sliding Mauriello to take the lead near lap 25. The duo then continued their fight past the halfway mark as Derek Hopkinson of Toms River ran a tight third.
Just past the halfway point officials asked Mauriello to go to the rear of the pack because they felt that Mauriello had been warned about jumping on restarts too many times. This gave Hopkinson the chance to go after Krause and he took the lead with just over 25 laps remaining. Krause and Hopkinson then battled side-by-side after a lap 66 caution before Krause slipped back into the lead and raced on to the win in the 75 lap test. Hopkinson, Eddie McCarthy of Pt. Pleasant, who was in contention most of the way, Mauriello and Chris Andretta of Neptune wrapped up the top five.
“That was a real workout,” Krause said after the win. “I really have to thank my family and the crew for all the support they give me and the race team. Thanks to all of them we always come to the track with a car that is capable of winning.”
Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City continued his break through season with his sixth win of the campaign in the 50-lapper for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Newly crowned champion Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was the runner-up, while invader Rob McCormick, early leader Scott Riggleman of Manchester and Brick's Kevin Flores wrapped up the top five.
Newly crowned Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock champ Neil Rutt III of Edison topped the 25-lap main event in convincing fashion over Brick's Ronnie Mullen, Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City, Hazlet's Sal Liguori and Todd Dige.
Young racer Mason Magee of Charlestown, Md. grabbed his third win of the season in the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Jim Sylvester, Quinn Trimmer, Mike Benton and Art Marrero were second through fifth.
The season-ending “Turkey Derby” is next on the schedule on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
RICKY COLLINS TAKES FIRST MODIFIED WIN SATURDAY 9.28.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Young stock car driver Ricky Collins raced to his first career All American Auto Group Modified stock car win at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The Willow Grove, Pa. speedster's win came in front of a large NAPA Night crowd. In addition to posted purse money, Collins, all race winners and random finishers earn additional bonuses from NAPA.
Jonathan Mandato of Jackson was the event's first leader as Collins soon began to apply the pressure. Collins then used a lap 12 restart to power into the lead on the outside lane. Collins then fought through several caution flags as he held off Mandato's charges while several other contenders lurked in a tight lead pack.
After the final caution waved on lap 36 Collins was able to power his way to the finish line for the win. Mandato was second while Brick's Eric Mauriello came from deep in the field for third. Jason Hearne of New Egypt and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls completed the top five. Point leader Steven Reed of Jackson salvaged an eighth place finish after suffering through on track trouble while second place point man Andrew Krause of Holmdel left the race with mechanical trouble to earn 13th.
“I owe all this to my father and my family,” Collins said in the winner's circle. “Doesn't even feel real! Love everyone that gives me a hand on this thing. Driving is easy with the guys I have behind me!”
Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City won his fourth 25-lapper in the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stock division after early leader Billy Both of Rahway crashed in the closing laps. Tim Majek of Scotch Plains and Kevin Flores of Brick were second and third. Point leader Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was fourth and Manchester's Scott Riggleman wrapped up the top five.
Shanon Mongeau of Jackson grabbed the win in the 25-lapper for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars after taking the lead just before halfway. Early Leader Michael Rising of Little Egg Harbor, Howell's Eric Lane, Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson and Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor were second through fifth. Point leader Kyle Scisco of Jackson was sixth.
Mongeau then returned to make it a two for two night by winning the Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Model 25-lapper over point leader Chris Silvestri of Hazlet. Michelle Moorman, Mike Tillett and Greg Gastelu wrapped up the top five.
Mason Magee of Northwest, Maryland grabbed his second win of the year in the 25-lap race for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars holding of the advances of Pennsylvania's Sean Verwys until lapped cars ruined his chances in the final few laps. Brick's Joe McGrath, Howell's Rob Silver, Peter Bruno of Little Silver and Verwys were second through fifth.
Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City topped the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, fighting off the challenges of Brick's Ronnie Mullen, Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim, point leader Neil Rutt III of Edison and Nicole Razzano of Cookstown.
Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (Oct. 5) night with all six divisions competing in the regular season Saturday night point race finale where all of the track's driving champions will be crowned. The touring TQ Midgets will also be on the card. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m.
MONGEAU AND KOENIG TOP TWIN FACTORY STOCK RACES SATURDAY 9.21.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Shanon Mongeau of Jackson and Jerry Koenig of Baldwin, N.Y. were big winners on “Pack the Track Night” at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night topping a pair of 25-lap main events for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks. It was the first win of the campaign for each driver.
Once things settled down in the first race Tom Rajkowski of Fords was the early leader as Mongeau fought his way to the front of the pack. Mongeau arrived in second spot just past halfway and then shadowed Rajkowski until lap 21 when he dove to the inside lane in turn two to slip into the lead. Mongeau then powered on to the win while Rajkowski, Scott Riggleman of Manchester, point leader Elliot Wohl of Beachwood and defending champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. completed the top five.
Koenig took full advantage of an up front starting spot to lead the 20-car field to the green flag in the second Factory Stock 25-lapper. He then fought off a host of contenders including former champ Joe Mongeau of Brick, Union's Joey Helberg and eventual runner-up Shanon Mongeau. Helberg, Scott Riggleman and Wohl were third through fifth.
Neil Rutt III of Edison took the lead early in the 25-lap race for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars while Howell's Eric Lane soon advanced to second spot. After Lane sized up his foe from second, this duo offered up a battle royal during the final laps. With bumpers and nerf bars banding and sparks flying this duo swapped the lead a couple of times before Lane came home with the win. Tommy Martino of Farmingdale, Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor and Shanon Mongeau completed the top five.
After a pre-race hot lap crash took out two of the entered cars, Shanon Mongeau came back to win the 20-lapper for the Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models over Chris Silvestri of Hazlet. Joey Bailey won the 25-lapper for the touring Three Quarter Midgets and Chris Klotz topped the Demolition Derby.
EMOTIONAL STEVEN REED TOPS WALL MODIFIEDS 9.14.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Two-time All American Auto Group Modified stock car champion Steven Reed raced to his fourth main event win of the season Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Jackson resident and current point leader was emotional in the winner's circle after the event.
A pair of drivers, Joey Merlino of Pine Hill and Kevin Davison of Howell, fought for their first main event wins in the test as Reed worked his way to the front of the pack. A lap 18 restart saw Davison power to the front past Merlino in the outside lane before another caution slowed the action. Davison again worked the outside lane on the ensuing restart before both Merlino and Davison tangled in turn two. Reed then raced into the lead after his climb to the head of the field.
Reed then survived a few more cautions before stretching his advantage to the checker flag. Andrew Krause of Holmdel and Eddie McCarthy of Pt. Pleasant were second and third while Brick's Eric Mauriello and Neptune's Chris Andretta wrapped up the top five.
“This win is for the fans,” an emotional Reed said after the win. “Every week a lot of people come up to me in the stands and that really means a lot. Some come up and wish me luck like I'm a man going off to war. Their encouragement helps. Even the haters help us by encouraging us to go faster!
“I also have to thank my family and backers for all they do to make this car fast. It is so much fun to drive because it is so good. My spotter kept telling to to take it easy and save the tires in case there was another restart. It is hard to slow down when the car is so good!”
Point leader Elliot Wohl of Beachwood took a step toward his first O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stock title by wining his fifth 25-lap main event of the year. Former champ Scott Riggleman of Manchester led much of the first half of the race before settling for second, while Tom Rajkowski of Fords, Wall's Bryan O'Shea and Joey Helberg of Union wrapped up the top five.
Former champion Brian Osborn of Howell raced into the lead on lap five and drove on to his second victory of the year in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim and point leader Neil Rutt III of Edison were second and third while Sal Liguori of Hazlet and Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City were fourth and fifth.
Eric Mauriello jumped into the Alan Camp No. x3 for the Center State Engineering Sportsman 25-lapper and crossed the finish line first, but when that team suffered a tire bank infraction Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor was awarded the feature race win. Farmingdale's Tommy Martino, point leader Carsten DiGiantomasso, Jake Nelke of Manahawkin and Roland DeMartino of Beachwood were second through fifth.
Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (Sept. 21) night with the Factory Stocks battling in two 25-lappers and the Sportsman cars and Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models each racing in a 25-lapper. The visiting Three Quarter Midgets will race in a 25-lap event on the inner oval and Demolition Derby action will also be presented. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m. This “Pack the Track” night event offers a discounted admission of just $10 for adults and $5 of children aged 6 to 16. Kids five and under and parking is always free.
MAURIELLO EARNS $7,127 PLUS BONUSES AT CLIFF KRAUSE MEMORIAL 8.24.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Eric Mauriello raced to an emotional victory in the 127 lap Cliff Krause Memorial race for All American Auto Group Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Mauriello claimed $7127 for his fourth win of the year which was earned in front of a large grandstand crowd.
Mauriello was in the thick of the battle throughout the contest along with former champ Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Holmdel's Andrew Krause, Jackson's Steven Reed and early leader Danny Bohn of Huntersville, N.C. These drivers battled each other through the first half of the race and several caution flags. The big turning point came near the lap 95 mark when front runners Blewett, Krause, Reed and others tangled at the end of the front stretch. Somehow Mauriello was able to dive low to avoid the carnage and take the lead.
From that point on Mauriello paced the field to the checker flag with Howell's Kevin Davison finishing second. Neptune's Chris Andretta, Blake Barney of Jackson and Zack Alspach of Willingboro wrapped up the top five in the 26 car field.
“Steve and the crew had this car running great tonight,” Mauriello said. “When that trouble happened on the front stretch I was able to dive low to get past it. This win is obviously a big one for us. To win the race that honors Cliff Krause after all he did for us and for this track is just amazing.”
Cliff Krause passed away from natural causes in January, 2018. His son Andrew Krause won the first Krause Memorial one year ago.
Former champion Scott Riggleman of Manchester won the companion 27 lap race for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks, stealing the top spot from Howell's Nick Kilmer in the final moments of the test. Tim Majek of Scotch Plains, defending champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. and Beachwood's Elliot Wohl wrapped up the top five.
Like Riggleman, former champion Brian Osborn of Howell grabbed his first win of the season in the 27-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim, Brick's Ronnie Mullen, Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City and Ricky Williams were second through fifth.
Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. won his first Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars feature of the year over Pennsylvania's Sean Verwys, Maryland's Mason Magee, Peter Bruno and George Tomko in a 27-lapper.
Geoffrey Sutton won the 27-lapper for the touring Three Quarter Midgets.
HEARNE HURTLES TO THE MODIFIED WIN 8.3.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ On the same speedway on which his father Gil Hearne won a record setting 101 times, New Egypt speedster Jason Hearne fought off some of the best drivers in the business to win the 40-lap “Ladies' Night” feature race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The All American Auto Group Modified win was Hearne's career fourth and his first in just over three years.
Hearne rocketed his famous family trademark No. 12 to the front at the outset but was never alone. Andrew Krause of Holmdel was the first to take a shot at the leader before Howell's Kevin Davison advanced to second and went after the leader starting on lap 12. Krause later advanced to second and went after Hearne again while former champion and current point leader Steven Reed of Jackson was always in the mix in this high speed chase. This battle for the win became even more intense thanks to several restarts due to mostly minor incidents.
At the finish Hearne's bright orange racer parked in the winner's circle while Krause, Reed, Jason's Jason Treat and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River wrapped up the top five.
“It feels great to win again,” Hearne said after the event. “Did I think I was going to win again? The way my luck has been going I didn't think I was going to finish a race again! I have to thank Jim Wolf. He has been with me in this for 20 years. Also want to thank Bob from Echo Hills Farm. He is here every race.”
Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson raced to victory in the companion 25-lapper for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars taking the lead with just three laps remaining. DiGiantomasso took command when early leader Tommy Martino of Farmingdale got out of shape exiting turn two involving several racers including DiGiantomasso's brother Carsten.
Wrapping up the top five at the finish were Neil Rutt III of Edison, Jackson's Shanon Mongeau, Roland DeMartino of Beachwood and Lanoka Harbor's Jonathan Laureigh.
After trying all season for a victory Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim grabbed two Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock main event wins Saturday night. In the first race, rain postponed from earlier in the season, Morales chased Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City to the line. When Loesch's car failed the post race inspection Morales earned the win over Rutt, Ricky Williams, Brick's Randy Hart and Chuck McDonald of Groton, Ct.
Morales enjoyed the win in the second race as Rutt, Loesch, Ryan Maher of Neptune City, and McDonald wrapped up the top five.
Point leader Shanon Mongeau of Jackson won his sixth Mike Performance Center Limited Late Model 25-lap race of the season while Krause, Hazlet's Chris Silvestri, Andy Gamble and Jim Moorman were second through fifth.
BLEWETT TAKES $5,000 CASH PRIZE AT THE SUMMER SCORCHER 7.27.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ In front of a large grandstand crowd that included over 50 of the speedway's past driving champions Jimmy Blewett of Howell won the “Summer Scorcher 125” for All American Auto Group Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The victory earned Blewett $5,000 and a watch from sponsor Mertens Jewelers.
Tyler Truex of Mayetta was the first leader of the contest as Holmdel's Andrew Krause quickly moved in to challenge. Krause was finally able to charge into the top spot on a lap 26 restart. Blewett then wrestled Truex for second before taking over the spot on lap 42. Another caution slowed the race a few laps later and Krause became one of the first to duck into the pit area for a pair of new tires.
Blewett stayed on the track, took command on the restart and led through the middle stages of the race before changing two tires near lap 70. Krause then had climbed back through the field before taking the lead near lap 80. Blewett then had his turn to climb through the pack and landed in second spot just past lap 90. Blewett then shadowed Krause for several laps before racing into the lead in the outside lane on lap 97.
From that point on Blewett held his ground as Krause fought back while running second. The top two were in tight formation at the finish with Blewett taking the checker flag. Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. Was impressive in finishing third, while Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. and Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan completed the top five.
“Great to be in Victory Lane tonight at Wall Stadium,” Blewett said after the win. “Thanks to Rob Ormsbee, Tom Martino, Rob Fuller, Woody's, my crew, my spotter Tim Riggleman, Wall Stadium management and the fans who packed the place tonight.”
Beachwood's Elliott Wohl caught early leader Scott Riggleman of Manchester in the first half of the race and challenged him for the top spot before taking the lead near the halfway point. Wohl then dedicated his win to his mother Ruth who was celebrating a birthday. Riggleman, the returning Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y., Wall's Bryan O'Shea and Jackson's Shanon Mongeau completed the top 5 in the 25-lap race.
Point leader Neil Rutt III of Edison continued his winning ways in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder stocks topping the 25-lapper after a side-by-side battle with runner-up Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim that lasted for the final five laps. Ryan Maher of Neptune City, Edison's Darianne McLaren and Brick's Randy Hart were third through fifth.
Mike Alcaro of West Milford won the 25-lap race for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Invader Mason Magee crossed the finish line second but failed the post race inspection. Howell's Rob Silver, Sean Verwys, Joe McGrath of Brick and Joe Przybylinski were second through fifth.
Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (August 3) night. Action is slated for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Late Models and 4 Cylinder Stocks. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m.
REED AND HOPKINSON ARE MODIFIED TWIN WINNERS 7.13.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Steven Reed of Jackson and Toms River's Derek Hopkinson were winners in All American Auto Group Modified stock car twin 35-lap main events at Wall Stadium on Saturday night. The wins came in front of a large “First Responders Night” crowd.
In the first Modified race Reed and early leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel struggled for the top spot early before they touched on a restart. Krause went sliding as a result as Reed raced into the lead. Reed then fought off Brick's Eric Mauriello in the late stages of the contest before nailing down the win. Roger Coss of Lafayette was third in the 20-car field, while Tyler Truex of Mayetta and Long Island's Ken Matlach wrapped up the top five.
Hopkinson charged to the front at the outset of the second 35-lapper and never looked back. Matlach haunted him early before Truex advanced to second and challenged. Later in the race Truex had to divert his attention from chasing Hopkinson and fighting off the advances of Reed. Krause and Mauriello were fourth and fifth.
After his car was nearly destroyed in a wreck in his last race here John Carpenter of Howell took the lead with an outside lane pass and then raced to victory in the companion 25 lapper for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Wall's Bryan O'Shea and Manchester's Scott Riggleman, who was involved in that recent wreck with Carpenter, was third. Shanon Mongeau of Jackson and John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant were fourth and fifth.
An outside lane pass was also the winning move for Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson in the 25-lap Center state Engineering Sportsman feature race. Micheal Carr of Pt. Pleasant advanced to second by the finish with Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor, Kyle Scisco of Jackson and Edison's Neil Rutt III finishing third through fifth.
Point leader Rutt continued his winning ways by taking the top spot in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Early leader Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim was second while Ryan Maher and Jeffrey Loesch, both of Neptune City, and Ian Ashford of Howell completed the top five.
Jackson's Shanon Mongeau won the 25-lapper for the Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models over Bayville's Mike Tillett, Chris Silvestri of Hazlet, Michelle Moorman and Greg Gastelu.
Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (July 20) night. Featuring a discounted $10 adult admission, Pack the Track Night will feature twin 25-lap main events for both the Sportsman and Factory Stock cars. 25-lappers will also be contested by the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Three-Quarter Midgets. Demolition Derby action will also be a highlight of the program. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m.
MAURIELLO AND COSS TAKE EMOTIONAL WALL MODIFIED WINS 5.26.19
by Jeff Gravatt
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ All American Auto Group Modified stock car drivers Eric Mauriello of Brick and Roger Coss of Lafayette earned highly emotional wins at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Mauriello's Memorial Day weekend triumph came in a car that prominently featured the American Flag while Coss' win came in a car owned by the family of his late car-owner Jeff Willet. Willet passed away after a battle with cancer just a few weeks ago.
In the first main event, rain postponed from May 11, Toms River's Derek Hopkinson jumped to the lead and fought off Jackson's Steven Reed and Mauriello in the early going. Mauriello advanced to first near lap 40 and then fought off Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor, Hopkinson and Reed to the finish. Andrew Krause of Holmdel was fifth.
“Steve Ferrara and the entire team really believe that this weekend is about all who gave their lives for our country,” Mauriello said. “I am proud to drive a car that looks like this on this weekend and even more proud to put it in the winner's circle.”
Like the first Modified main event the second one was also a slug fest with Brick's Dom Fattaruso leading the way early. Joey Merlino of Pine Hill soon took his turn at the front before Neptune's Chris Andretta took command before half way. Andretta fought off Merlino in the middle of the 40-lap race before Mauriello advanced to second for the final quarter of the event.
Mauriello then tried hard to make it a clean sweep on the night but spun exiting turn two with three laps remaining. Coss then advanced to second on the restart and charged to the front when Andretta's car stumbled exiting turn four. Andretta, Fattaruso, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Mauriello wrapped up the top five.
“This win is for Jeff Willet,” Coss said upon exiting his car. “Jeff and his family have done a lot for me and for everyone in this sport over the years. I miss him very much. This win is for Jeff.”
Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson won his second Center State Engineering Sportsman 25-lapper of the young season as Christian LaCicero of Lavallette fought off Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson for second. Micheal Rising of Little Egg Harbor and Brick's Robert Sutphin were fourth and fifth.
Howell's Rob Silver took the lead early and never looked back in the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Sean Verwys of Stroudsburg, Pa., Peter Bruno of Little Silver, Jim Downey of Cliffwood Beach and Joe Przybylinski of Fairfield were second through fifth.
Jackson's Shanon Mongeau won the 25-lapper for the Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Models over Chris Silvestri of Hazlet. Jim Moorman of Brooklawn, Jackson's Greg Gastelu and Michelle Moorman completed the top five.
Joey Bailey won the 25-lap race for the visiting Three Quarter Midgets over Buddy Sload and Ryan Tidman.
FAN FEST RACE RESULTS 4.27.19
by Earl Krause
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Taking over the lead on a restart midway through the event, Eric Mauriello of Brick, N.J., drove the Steve Ferrara Jr. Motorsports No. 31 to victory in Saturday night’s 40-lap All American Auto Group Modified feature at Wall Stadium Speedway.
Tyler Truex set the early, fast pace with Derek Hopkinson and opening night winner Jimmy Blewett right behind. But the complexion of the race changed when Hopkinson and Blewett tangled in the first turn and slid into the guard rail. Behind them, more than half of the close-runningfield became involved in spins or tangles and needed to make pit stops to have their mounts checked or make repairs. Blewett, however, was able to continue and took up the chase. He later dropped back, made a pit stop in the closing circuits, and was scored 11th at the end.
Mauriello became Truex’s prime challenger, and took the lead on that restart. Truex dropped to fourth, then spun in turn two later in the race and was scored 10th at the finish.
Ken Matlach closed with a rush to finish second, followed by Roger Coss, Steven Reed and Eddie McCarthy.
It was a one-two finish for the DiGiantomasso family in the Center State Engineering Sportsman division. Carsten DiGiantomasso took the victory, with older brother Jarret close behind in second. John McCormack was third.
The “Pro-Tech 8 Safety Gloves Fan Pick of the Race Award” of a $100 bonus is in effect for a different division each week and it was for the Sportsman racers on Saturday. A fan picked position “three” after the checkered, with the award going to McCormack. Jonathan Laureigh and Michael Carr rounded out the top-five.
Defending O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock champion Mike Montano Jr. won that feature over Bryan O’Shea, Kenny Green, Shanon Mongeau and opening night winner Elliott Wohl.
Daniel Carter won the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Car main. He had quickly made the trip to Wall after the event at his intended track for the night, N.Y.’s Bethel Motor Speedway, was postponed by bad weather. Carter then outraced Long Island’s Kevin Nowak, Colin Milroy, Rob Silver and Joe McGrath. Carter, not a track regular, was a Legend Car feature winner at last year’s Wall Turkey Derby, Randy Hart was in third place in the Surfside Collision 4-Cylinder stock car feature on the final lap. Ahead of him, Alonzo Morales and Neil Rutt III were racing for the win in turn four. When they tangled and slid to the infield, Hart came through to get his career first victory. Morales was scored in second, over Sal Ligouri, Darianne McLaren and Jennifer Schultz.
Division newcomer Chris Silvestri won his first Mike’s Performance Center Limited-Late Model feature. Opening night winner Shanon Mongeau was leading on lap five, until sidelined with a motor problem.
The 2019 Saturday night regular season continues on Saturday (May 4) evening with the Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and Legend Cars in action. The Limited Late Model division is scheduled off. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main event racing begins at 7:00 p.m.