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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.

 

KRAUSE WINS TITLE, MCCARTHY WINS MODIFIED RACE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Eddie McCarthy of Brick won his career first Modified stock car 40-lap feature race and Holmdel's Andrew Krause won his first Modified driving championship during Wall Stadium Speedway's regular season finale Saturday night.


Kenny Van Wickle of Brick was the first leader of the event as McCarthy soon applied the pressure from second. After often wrestling side-by-side for the top spot, McCarthy powered to the lead just before halfway and just before the race was stopped by a massive front stretch pile-up on lap 18. Brick's Dom Fattaruso seemed to get the worst of the exchange, but no injuries ere reported.


From that point on McCarthy powered on to the win with Wall's Jack Ely second, title contender Steven Reed of Jackson, third and Krause crossing the line in fourth. Farmingdale's Tommy Martino was fifth.


“We've been trying to get a Modified win for a long time. Two weeks ago we blew a motor and last week we fought this one that Buddy Miller lent us,” McCarthy said. “We got it figured out and it was a rocket tonight. I have to thank my mom and dad, my finance and Bill Cole for all they did to make this possible!”


“Ever since my father came to this place my family fell in love with it,” Krause, whose sister and mother operate the 70 year old third mile paved oval, said. “We have been trying hard for a long time to put a championship season together. Thanks to a lot of very good people we have done it!”


Tom Rajkowski of Fords fought to the finish to win the 25-lap main event for the Factory Stocks while Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was a hard charging runner-up which was more than good enough for him to earn his second straight driving title. Title contenders Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City, Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. and Billy Both of Rahway were third through fifth.


Ricky Williams of Barnegat drove a borrowed car to victory in the 25-lap 4 Cylinder Stock main event over Alonzo Morales of Burlington and Billy Pross of Hazlet. Neptune City's Ryan Maher raced from the rear of the field to fourth in the final four laps to win the 4 Cylinder Stock driving crown. Wall's TJ Graves was fifth in the night's race.


Peter Bruno of Little Silver recovered from first lap trouble to finish second and clinch the 2020 Legend Cars driving title. Eugene Drew of Vernon won his first ever feature race while Long Island's Ed Cheslak, Eric Green of Red Bank and title contender Bryan Gardella of Brick were third through fifth.


Brothers Jarret and Carsten DiGiantomasso battled to the finish for both the title and race win in the Sportsman 25-lap feature race before the brothers finished in that order for both the race and the point title. It was Jarret's third win of the year and first ever crown. Neil Rutt III of Edison, Neptune City's Jeffrey Loesch and Howell's Rob Anderton wrapped up the top five. After leading the point race going into the race, Manahawkin's Jake Nelke suffered heartbreak as his car retired from the race early with reported electrical issues.


Hazlet's Chris Silvestri convincingly won his second straight title by winning the 25-lap Limited Late Model main event over Long Island invader Ray Minieri. Bayville's Mike Tillett, Buddy Miller of Cream Ridge and Jackson's Greg Gastelu completed the top five.


With the 2020 regular season complete, attention turns to the annual Turkey Derby which is traditionally contested during the daylight hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

 

SESELY WINS FIRST MODIFED RACE IN 5 YEARS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Anthony Sesely was impressive in winning his first Modified feature race in over five years Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Matawan based two-time driving champion last won at the speedway in July, 2015. Saturday's win was his career 20th at the third mile paved oval.


Sesely wasted little time in jumping to the lead in the 40-lap main event and was slowed by just two caution flags. Sesely fought off early challenges by Brick's Dom Fattaruso and Toms River's Derek Hopkinson in the early going before point leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel moved into second to chase the leader on lap 26. Even though lapped traffic proved challenging in the final quarter of the event, Sesely took down the win while Krause, who was forced to repair damage from an afternoon test session crash, crossed the line second. Three-time champion Steven Reed of Jackson, Hopkinson and Jason Hearne of New Egypt completed the top five.


“Life throws a lot of curve balls at you and you never know what is coming next,” Sesely said when asked about his absence from regular competition in recent seasons. “A lot has gone on in my life with the passing of my mother one of the bigger things. We came here tonight looking to win because this would have have been her 70th birthday.


“We wanted to win tonight for my mother!”


Brick's Nick Catone led the early going in the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks before defending champ Elliot Wohl of Beachwood took the lead on lap nine. This one was far from over, however, as a late race caution set up a side-by-side battle between Wohl and Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. during the last two circuits. Wohl was first and Montano was second at the finish, with Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Billy Both of Rahway and Tom Rajkowski of Fords wrapping up the top five.


Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson won his second Sportsman 25-lapper of the season, while title chase leader Jake Nelke of Manahawkin stretched his point lead by finishing second. Jackson's Carsten DiGiantomasso, Brick's Robert Sutphin and Howell's Jimmy Wolcott were third, fourth and fifth.


Alonzo Morales of Burlington won his second 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lap feature race of the campaign, racing to the lead with just five laps to go. Farmingdale's Doug Ashford, Wall's TJ Graves and point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City were second through fourth. Early race leader Billy Pross of Hazlet was fifth.


Peter Bruno of Little Silver stretched his title chase lead by winning a wild 25-lap Legend Cars feature over Eugene Drew of Vernon. Brick's Bryan Gardella was third, while Joe Przybylinski of Fairfield and Eddie Idec were fourth and fifth.


Buddy Miller of Cream Ridge won his second straight Limited Late Model 25-lapper over early race leader Greg Gastelu of Jackson. Andy Gamble of Bernardsville, Chris Silvestri of Hazlet and Bayville's Mike Tillett.

JACK ELY WINS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED WIN AT WALL STADIUM SPEEDWAY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Third generation race car driver Jack Ely won his first ever Wall Stadium Speedway Modified stock car race Saturday night in just his second appearance behind the wheel of the famous Dick Barney Big Red No. 14. The Wall resident, who is filling in for team driver Blake Barney who is recovering from an illness, completed the non-stop event in just 8 minutes, 43.544 seconds.

 

Ely, who took advantage of a front row starting spot after setting fast time in qualifying, wrestled for the top spot with Matawan's Anthony Sesely in the early going before taking command of the race. That left Sesely to fight for second with Toms River's Derek Hopkinson, former champion Steven Reed of Jackson and point leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel.

 

As Ely distanced himself from the pack, his most challenging moment came near lap 25 when lapped cars blocked his path. Ely was able to negotiate through the traffic and race on to the win. Hopkinson, Sesely, Reed and Krause wrapped up the top five.

 

“It is an honor to be able to fill in for Blake and drive the red No. 14,” Ely said in the winner's circle. “This car right here is the best car I've ever raced. Both my father and grandfather raced here so it is an honor to be the first member of my family to win a Modified race here. My step-grandfather, who supported my racing every lap, passed away over the winter so I want to dedicate this win to his memory.

 

“It is also an honor to add my name to the list of famous drivers who have won in a Dick Barney No. 14!”

 

Howell's John Carpenter took the lead early in the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks and raced on to his first win of the campaign. He fought off eventual runner-up Elliot Wohl of Beachwood and former champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. Point leader Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City and Scott Riggleman of Manchester were fourth and fifth.

 

TJ Graves of Wall took the lead near the halfway mark and raced on to win the 25-lap feature race for the 4 Cylinder Stocks. Burlington's Alonzo Morales chased Graves to the stripe, with Farmingdale's Doug Ashford, point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City and Hazlet's Sal Liguori wrapping up the top five.

 

Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson grabbed the top spot near lap 20 and then led Brick's Robert Sutphin across the finish line in the Sportsman 25-lapper. Title contender Jake Nelke of Manahawkin was third, with Jackson's Jarret DiGiantomasso, fourth, and Rob Anderton of Howell, fifth.

 

Buddy Miller of Asbury Park raced to his first win in the 25-lap event for the Limited Late Models by taking the lead on lap five and never looking back. Long Island's Rick Giannino, point leader Chris Silvestri of Hazlet, Toms River's Steve Puglisi and Bayville's Mike Tillett were second through fifth.

 

The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (Oct. 3) evening with the Modified stock cars racing in a 40-lap event while the Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Sportsman cars, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models are on the card in 25-lap main events. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. 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.

ANDREW KRAUSE WINS DAD'S MEMORIAL RACE SATURDAY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Using speed, handling and a strategy that included a late race pit stop for two new tires, Andrew Krause of Holmdel raced through the field in the closing 28 laps to win the third annual “Cliff Krause Memorial” presented by NAPA Auto Parts Modified stock car race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Andrew Krause also won the first edition of the event in 2018.

 

The race, which paid $7,127 to the winner, is contested each season to honor the man who is credited by most for reestablishing the third mile paved oval's rich racing heritage. Cliff Krause passed away in January, 2018, of natural causes. His family continues to operate the speedway.

 

2019 race winner Eric Mauriello of Brick was the first leader of the contest as Krause began his climb to the front of the 24-car field from a 12th starting spot. Mauriello fought off a host of contenders, including Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Jon Mandato of Toms River, Tyler Truex of Little Egg Harbor and Howell's Jimmy Blewett, through the caution plagued first 79 laps. During a lap 79 caution Mauriello and many of his fellow top runners ducked into the pit area for tires and Krause took over the lead.

 

During the following 20 laps the new tires on the top runners' cars proved to be important as the group tracked down Krause. Krause then elected to pit on lap 99 for two new tires and the added traction propelled him from the rear of the field to the front. Krause then wrestled for the top spot with 15 laps remaining before securing the lead and racing on the to emotional win. Blewett and Mauriello were second and third, while Steven Reed of Jackson, who was always in contention, was fourth and Truex was fifth.

 

'I wish my dad was here to enjoy this win with me,” Krause said after the race. 'He was my best friend and I miss him so much. He loved this place just like my mother and sister do. Wall Stadium meant a lot to him.

 

“I have to thank my family and everyone who works on the car for this. I think a lot of people were second guessing us when we pitted late for tires. I guess it worked!”

 

Former champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. won the companion 25-lap race for the Factory Stocks, grabbing the lead from Howell's John Carpenter near the 20-lap mark. Elliot Wohl of Beachwood, Rahway's Billy Both and point leader Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City wrapped up the top four. Carpenter was fifth.

 

Point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City raced to the lead on lap 18 and took his third win of the season in the 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lap race. Alonzo Morales of Burlington raced to second and early leader Ian Ashford of Farmingdale was third. Hazlet's Sal Liguori and Billy Pross of Hazlet were fourth and fifth.

 

Mike Alcaro of New Milford took the lead early and never looked back in winning the Legend Cars 25-lapper. Riley O'Keefe, Wall's Rob Silver, Peter Bruno of Little Silver and Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick wrapped up the top five.

 

The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (Sept. 26) evening with the Modified stock cars racing in a 40-lap event while the Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Sportsman cars and the Limited Late Models are on the card in 25-lap main events. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. 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.

COSS WINS WILD WALL MODIFIED RACE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Modified stock car racer Roger Coss admitted that, after the first lap of the 40-lap race Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway, if you told him he would end up the Modified feature winner he would not have believed you. The Lafayette based driver, who races here only as time allows, was making his first appearance of the season. Mechanical problems burdened his No. 17 during early evening practice and more problems developed during qualifying forcing him to start last in the 22-car field. Things then only got worse for Coss as he was involved in a first lap accident. Fortunately, he was able to continue.

 

After battling with Matawan's Anthony Sesely at the outset, Holmdel's Andrew Krause was the early leader until a fluid leak forced him to the pit area for the night. Kevin Davison of Howell, Brick's Eddie McCarthy and Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor then wrestled for the lead through several cautions as Coss picked his way to the front..

 

A big turning point came on a lap 19 restart when McCarthy and Frees, who were fighting for the lead, tangled exiting turn four. The ensuing restart saw Davison and Coss fight for first before Coss was able to slip into the lead and then race on to the win. Davison was the runner-up, while Jackson's Jason Treat, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Jason Hearne of New Egypt completed the top five.

 

“First off, I want to dedicate this win to my father,” Coss said in the winner's circle. “He has been with my racing since the start, but we lost him during the off season. I don't get to race as often as I'd like to now because I an a one man show in the race shop. The way things were going earlier this evening I never thought I could win tonight. You just have to keep pushing.”

 

When the first 18 laps of the Sportsman 25-lapper went off without a hitch, everyone thought a clean race was on the slate. But once the first caution flag waved many more followed. Robert Sutphin of Brick and Manahawkin's Jake Nelke were the top two in a big pack in the final laps before a big scramble ensued before Nelke crossed the finish line first.

 

The official order of finish then changed, however, when officials announced that, in their opinion, Nelke contributed to the race ending scramble and awarded the win to Sutphin. Neil Rutt III of Edison, Freehold's Tomas Stainionis, Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson and Howell's Eric Lane were second through fifth.

 

Wall's T.J. Graves took the lead just before the halfway point and raced on to win the 4 Cylinder Stock 25 lapper. Sal Liguori of Hazlet crossed the finish line second, while point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City, William Cross of Hazlet and Sean Vuksanic of Wall wrapped up the top five.

 

Peter Bruno of Little Silver grabbed his first win of the year in the Legend Cars 25-lapper. Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick, Red Bank's Eric Green, Brick's Bryan Gardella and Joe Przybylinski of Fairfield completed the top five.

 

Jeff Kott took the win in the 25-lap race for the visiting Three Quarter Midgets over Geo Sutton, Ryan Tidman, Joey Bailey and Tim Proctor.

 

The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (Sept. 12) evening with the Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars and Limited Late Models all seeing action in “Carnival Night” main events. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. 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.

WOHL WINS WALL STADIUM STOCK CAR THRILLER SATURDAY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Defending champion Elliot Wohl won a thrilling 25- Factory Stock feature race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night with a late race pass for the win. The victory was the second straight for the Beachwood resident and puts him in contention for a second straight driving crown behind point leader Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City.

 

Nick Catone of Brick led the early laps as Manchester's Scott Riggleman and Wohl broke into the top five on lap five. Riggleman then took the lead near the halfway point as Howell's John Carpenter and a few others moved into contention. At times the top four raced in a tight pack before Carpenter took the lead with three laps remaining.

 

Moments later Carpenter and Wohl battled side-by-side for the lead before Wohl inched into the lead and on to the win. Carpenter and Riggleman were second and third, with Rahway's Billy Both and Catone wrapping up the top five.

 

“This Factory Stock division is just so good this year,” Wohl said after the victory. “You have to have a great car and fight for every spot you can get! There is a lot of talent and fast cars here this season.”

 

Jackson's Carsten DiGiantomasso jumped to the lead early and raced to victory in the Sportsman 25-lapper. Kevin Davison of Howell, who took advantage of the fact that his Modified division had the night of to race in his old Sportsman car, moved to second by Tomas Stainionis of Freehold just past halfway and challenged the winner to the end. Manahawkin's Jake Nelke, Neil Rutt III of Edison and Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck wrapped up the top five.

 

Ryan Maher of Neptune City earned his second win of the year in the 25-lapper for the 4 Cylinder Stocks, taking the lead near halfway and never looking back. Sal Liguori of Hazlet, Alonzo Morales of Burlington, Wall's TJ Graves and Brick's Cole Mullen were second through fifth.

 

Former champ Bryan Gardella of Brick won his second Legend Cars 25-lapper of the season over Quinn Trimmer of of Waldwick, who recovered from a jarring qualifying race accident. Eric Green of Red Bank, Joe Przybylinski of Fairfield and Steven Woytysiak of Roslyn Heights, N.Y. completed the top five.

 

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, NC made his annual trip to New Jersey memorable by winning his first ever Limited Late Model 25-lap feature race. Buddy Miller, Hazlet's Chris Silvestri, Ricky Giannino and Stephen Puglisi wrapped up the top five.

 

The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (August 29) evening with the Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and Limited Late Models all seeing action in “Cone Race” main events. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. 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.

 

BLAKE BARNEY WINS GARDEN STATE CLASSIC

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

Just one week after scoring his career first Wall Stadium Speedway Modified stock car victory, Blake Barney of Jackson returned Saturday night and won the 60th running of the NAPA Garden State Classic. A Barney family No. 14 entry also won the first ever Garden State Classic race held on the third mile paved oval in 1959 and has won several other “Classics” during the event's long history.


Fast timer Derek Hopkinson of Toms River darted to the lead at the outset of the 125-lap event which was presented by NAPA dealers Brice's Auto Supply and Van Wickle Auto Supply. Manasquan's Kenny Van Wickle shadowed the leader early before Howell's Jimmy Blewett advanced to second approaching the 40-lap mark. Blewett then chased Hopkinson before driving to the outside lane for the lead on lap 52. A caution a few laps later saw Blewett and Jackson's Steven Reed dive into the pit area for new tires as Holmdel's Andrew Krause and Barney, who had started ninth, advanced to second and third.


Hopkinson continued to lead the way as Blewett and Reed charged back to the front on the strength of new tires. Soon Blewett and Reed took over the top two positions and a battle for the lead was on as the duo swapped the top spot a few times near the 100 lap mark. Blewett then held his ground before spinning on lap 117. He soon left the race with reported mechanical trouble.


This left Reed and Hopkinson to fight for first as Howell's Kevin Davison and Barney lurked close behind. That war for the win then boiled over with six laps to go in turn two when Reed and Hopkinson touched and Hopkinson went spinning to force a caution flag. As a result Hopkinson went to the rear of the field for causing the caution and Reed was sent to the back as officials felt he had contributed to Hopkinson's incident.


Davison and Barney then wrestled on the restart before Barney charged to the front while Davison faded. Jackson's Kyle Scisco finished an impressive second after starting 20th as Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor raced from 21st to finish third. Farmingdale's Tommy Martino and Krause wrapped up the top five. Brick's Eddie McCarthy, who was a contender most of the way, was sixth.


“If you would have told me with 20 laps to go that we would win this race I wouldn't have believed you,” Barney said after the event. “But this team has never given up in its history and I have learned not to give up. This car is a rocket! Just like when we won last week, the car is great on the outside and I knew if we got a chance in the closing laps we could win it!”


Grabbing the lead just before the half way point, defending champion Elliott Wohl of Beachwood raced to his first win of the year in the 25-lap Factory Stock main event. Wohl's victory broke a three race win streak for Neptune City's Bryan O'Shea, who finished seventh. Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y., Kevin Flores of Brick, John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant and early race leader Nick Kilmer of Howell wrapped up the top five.


Wall's TJ Graves crossed the finish line first in the 25-lap 4 Cylinder Stock feature, but lost the win after post-race inspection. Sal Liguori of Hazlet then took down the victory while Ryan Maher of Neptune City, Howell's Doug Ashford, Darianne McLaren of Edison and Sean Vulsanic completed the top five.


Former champion Shanon Mongeau of Howell returned to win the Limited late Model 25-lapper. Hazlet's Chris Silvestri, Jackson's Greg Gastelu, Ricky Giannino and Buddy Miller were second through fifth.


The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (August 22) evening with the Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars and Limited Late Models seeing action in 25-lap main events. Discounted grandstand admission and Carnival activities will be offered. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. 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.

BLAKE BARNEY GRABS CAREER FIRST WALL MODIFIED WIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Driving the bright red No. 14 for “Team 14,” one of the most famous and successful racing teams in Wall Stadium Speedway's 70 year history, Blake Barney of Jackson raced to his career first Modified stock car victory in the 40-lapper on Saturday night. Barney's victory came on the evening when the speedway's loyal followers honored the memory of photographer JJ Lane who passed away from natural causes during the off season.


Tyler Truex of Mayetta jumped to the early lead as Brick's Dom Fattaruso ran second. Barney had advanced to third by the ten lap mark and vaulted into second just past halfway. Lap 30 offered the final caution of he event when Robert French of Howell and Holmdel's Andrew Krause tangled in turn three. Lining up to the outside of Truex on the rolling restart, Barney made the outside lane work and powered to the lead for good.


Truex crossed the finish line second, but lost the position when it was found during post race inspection that his team had mistakenly bolted on a tire that was not recorded in the team's tire bank. That elevated Howell's Jimmy Blewett to second, with defending champ Steven Reed of Jackson, Fattaruso and Brick's Eddie McCarthy rounding out the top five.


“I want to thank my mother, my father and grandfather for all they have done for me,” Barney said in the winner's circle. “I knew that I was stepping into some big shoes when I started to drive this car. It is an honor to drive for a team that has had so many great drivers. The car is working real well on the outside here. I knew if I could get up to second I would have a chance.”


With just one early caution flag slowing the test, Neptune City's Bryan O'Shea used power and handling to race from an 11th starting spot to win his third straight 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks. Early race leader Kevin Flores of Brick and Howell's Brian Osborn crossed the finish line second and third but lost those spots after post-race inspections. Billy Both of Rahway and Howell's John Carpenter then wrapped up the top three, while Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. and Scott Riggleman on Manchester were fourth and fifth.


After suffering through bad fortunes in the first two events of the season, Jarret DiGiantomasso raced to victory in the Sportsman 25-lapper. Brick's Robert Sutphin was runner-up, with Manahawkin's Jake Nelke, Lanoka Harbor's Jonathan Laureigh and Neil Rutt III of Edison third through fifth.


Mike Alcaro took the lead on an early restart and raced on to his first Legend Cars 25-lap win of the year. Waldwick's Quinn Trimmer, Little Silver's Peter Bruno, Colin Milroy and Eugene Drew were second through fifth.


Buddy Sload won the 25-lap main event for the traveling TQ Midgets with Joey Bailey, Ryan Tidman, Kyle Taraska and Jeff Kott the remainder of the top five.


The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (August 15) evening with the Modifieds competing in the annual running of the 125-lap Garden State Classic. Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and Limited Late Models will also see action in 25-lap main events. The pit area will open at 12:30 p.m. 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.

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