SPEEDWAY NEWS

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.

BLEWETT ROLLS TO 70th ANNIVERSARY MODIFIED WIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ In front of a grandstand gathering that included Wall Township Mayor Carl Braun and Councilmen Tom Kingman, Tim Farrell and Kevin Orender, Jimmy Blewett of Howell won the “70th Anniversary Bash” 40-lap Modified stock car race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The Mayor and Councilmen were on hand to present a proclamation that recognized the fact that the speedway has been a landmark in the community for seven decades during a pre-race ceremony.

 

Blewett took the lead in the early going with an outside lane pass, but this race was far from over. Tyler Truex of Mayetta was Blewett's challenger most of the way and offered several attacks on the top spot. Eddie McCarthy of Brick ran in a tight third early before Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor took the third spot for good in the late going. Andrew Krause of Holmdel and Jackson's Blake Barney both came from deep in the 22-car field to wrap up the top five.

 

“I've been racing for a long time and this place has been a big part of my career,” Blewett said after his 79th win here. “It is pretty neat to win here with the anniversary celebration.”

 

Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City took the lead from former champ Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. on lap 19 and raced on to win the 25-lapper for the Factory Stock cars. Montano held on for second with Manchester's Scott Riggleman, Beachwood's Elliott Wohl and Howell's John Carpenter completing the top five.

 

With lapped traffic working to his benefit on the final circuit, Alonzo Morales of Burlington grabbed the top spot from Wall's TJ Graves at the checker flag to win the 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lap main event. Sal Liguori of Hazlet, Neptune City's Ryan Maher and Doug Ashford of Farmingdale were third through fifth.

 

Jake Nelke of Manahawkin took the lead early and raced on to victory in the Sportsman 25-lap feature race, while opening night winner Eric Lane of Howell finished second. Edison's Neil Rutt III overcame a qualifying crash for third, while brothers Carsten and Jarrett DiGiantomasso, both of Jackson, were fourth and fifth.

 

Returning to racing after a decade layoff, former champion Bryan Gardella of Brick raced to the win in the Legend Cars 25-lapper. Peter Bruno of Little Silver was second, with Colin Milroy of Southampton, Eric Green of Red Bank and Chris Gall of Brick completing the top five.

 

Chris Silvestri of Hazlet won his second straight Limited Late Model feature race over Mike Tillett of Bayville, Steve Puglisi of Toms River and Jackson's Greg Gastelu.

 

The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (August 8) evening with the Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, Legend Cars and the traveling Three Quarter Midgets in action. On this evening the speedway will honor First Responders who present proper identification with an admission discount. 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.

 

HOPKINSON WINS THRILLING WALL STADIUM MODIFIED OPENER

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020  BY JEFF GRAVATT​

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Derek Hopkinson raced from tenth on the starting grid to grab the lead with three laps remaining to win the long awaited season opening 40-lap Modified stock car feature race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the spectator gathering was limited in size for the season opener that was delayed since late April.


Defending champion Steven Reed and Blake Barney, both of Jackson, wrestled side-by-side for the lead in the early going as Eddie McCarthy of Brock and Holmdel's Andrew Krause watched from third and fourth positions. Krause and McCarthy slipped into second and third spots near lap 15 with Krause soon swinging to the outside lane to battle side-by-side for the top spot.


Krause was finally able to inch into the lead at the halfway point, but this race was far from over. Meanwhile, Hopkinson had climbed into third position.


Reed regained the lead with an inside lane pass on a lap 27 restart and Hopkinson was quick to take over second. Hopkinson then shadowed Reed until lap 37 when he muscled his way into the inside lane and then raced on for the win. Reed, Krause, Barney and Manasquan's Kenny Van Wickle completed the top five.


“The car was great to be able to get me to the front from tenth,” Hopkinson said after the win. “At the end of the race I knew I had to get to the inside. I just had to drive it in there and hope for the best. It worked out for me tonight!”


Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City was in the spotlight the entire way as he won the 25-lapper for the Factory Stock cars. Billy Both of Rahway chased him to the finish, while defending champion Elliott Wohl of Beachwood was third. Manchester's Scott Riggleman and Howell's John Carpenter wrapped up the top five.


Early leader Alonzo Morales of Burlington and Wall's TJ Graves offered up a battle royal through most of the 25 lap 4 Cylinder Stock main event as Neptune City's Ryan Maher ran a tight third. But when the lead duo tangled on the front stretch with one lap to go and Graves spun from contention, Maher was able to avoid the mayhem and race to his career first main event win. Morales recovered for second, while Ian Ashford of Farmingdale, Chuck McDonald of Groton, Ct. and Doug Ashford of Farmingdale wrapped up the top five. Graves was scored 11th.

 

Howell's Eric Lane raced to victory in the season's first 25-lapper for the Sportsman racers. Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson was the early leader in this race, but when his motor exploded on lap seven the resulting oil spill also ruined the night for his brother, Carsten DiGiantomasso. Brick's Robert Sutphin was also involved in the resulting tangle but was able to continue.


Lane picked up the lead at that point and raced on to the win. Sutphin recovered from that early flat tire to finish second, while Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor, Jake Nelke of Manahawkin and Neil Rutt III of Edison were third through fifth.


Daniel Carter of Cortland, N.Y. grabbed the win in the Legend Cars 25-lapper, fighting off Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. most of the way. Bryan Gardella of Brick and Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick wrapped up the top five.


Defending Limited Late Model champ Chris Silvestri of Hazlet outlasted the competition to win a shortened opening night main event. Jackson's Greg Gastelu, Mike Tillett of Bayville. Buddy Miller and Stephen Puglisi wrapped up the top five.


The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (August 1) evening with the Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models in action. On this evening the speedway will observe its 70th anniversary with a celebration that will feature several special guests. The pit area will open at 12:30 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.


Current plans call for Saturday night racing action to continue through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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