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Wall Stadium

DATE OF EVENT: November 10, 17, 23, 24 and 25, 2018
DATE OF RELEASE: November 11, 2018
CONTACT: Jeff Gravatt


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ If the close to 70 race teams that were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for the November 10 practice session are any indication, the 45th running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity. One last practice day is set for this Saturday (Nov. 17).

The Turkey Derby is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

Among the Tour Type Modified stock car standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Timmy Solomito of Center Moriches, N.Y., Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., Chuck Hossfeld of Lockport, N.Y., Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Matawan's Anthony Sesely, Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., Roger Coss of Lafayette and Long Island racer Kenny Darch. Also planning to compete in Tour Type Modified action are Brick’s Ron Frees, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River and Jackson's Blake Barney. More entries are expected during the days leading up to the race.

The speedway’s own Wall/SK Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Newly crowned champion Jimmy Blewett, former champ Steven Reed of Jackson, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Brick’s Marc Rogers and Howell's Eric Mauriello are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Mayetta's Tyler Truex, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Chris Andretta of Neptune are also expected to be in the field.

Many of the above mentioned racers participated in Saturday's practice.

Several racers are contemplating competition in both pavement type Modified races. In fact, Krause plans extra duty as he is also planning to compete in the Dirt Modified feature race. A healthy field of Dirt Modifieds practice during Saturday's tune-up session.

In fact, each division that will compete in Turkey Derby action was well represented by both locals and invaders at Saturday's practice session indicating that large fields will be on hand for every class.

On Friday, November 23, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. with feature racing scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. The Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper and the Factory Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

On Saturday, November 24, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Tour Type Modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $5,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Wall/SK Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will compete in a 30-lapper. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval in a 30-lap race.

The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, November 25, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., grandstand opening and qualifying at noon and main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks will race in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 75-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars will each compete in 25-lap main events. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.

Among special awards offered for the weekend will be the Larsen Brothers Memorial Fast Time Award for both the Tour and Wall Modified divisions.

A special commemorative Turkey Derby 45 sweatshirt will be available during the weekend and fans are reminded to bring small headset type radios to listen to the live call of the race events over the track’s 90.1 FM frequency. Campers are welcome but they are urged to call the speedway office prior to the event to make mandatory reservations.

Turkey Derby rules, registration forms, ticket purchase forms and more detailed information are all available on the speedway website at

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is

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Mandee Pauch Relations

Mandee Pauch Relations

KING FERRY, NY - November 10, 2018 - In racing as in life, in time all good things come to an end.

After three seasons together, Buzz Chew Racing and Mike Mahaney have agreed to part ways.

“I can’t thank Buzz Chew enough for everything he has put into the team over the last three years,” Mahaney said.

Buzz Chew Racing decided to make the transition from asphalt to dirt and elected Mahaney to be their first dirt driver.

Mahaney, the King Ferry, N.Y. driver hopped in the seat of the No.88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet, Billy The Kid Engines, Arts Radiator machine, in February 2016.

“I was very fortunate to gain experience at some tracks that I never raced at before because of them,” noted Mahaney. “I never raced at Lebanon Valley, Oswego, Williams Grove, or Eldora Speedway before. Thanks to them I was able to go to new places.”

As a driver there is nothing better than being able to compete at the highest level of Big Block Modified racing.

“I had the opportunity to try a number of different chassis combinations that I may not have been able to do on my own,” he said. “We ran top notch engines that really gave me an edge.”

Mahaney is grateful for the opportunity to race with the team and looks forward to the future.

“It was a good ride,” Mahaney said. “I really want to thank Buzz, Bryan, Marilyn, and Spot for giving me this opportunity and propelling me forward in my career. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and I have to say a big thank you to everyone.”

After running various divisions this past season between Modifieds, Sprint Cars, and Speedstrs, Mahaney is looking to put all attention on his Modified program in 2019.

“I was fortunate to receive the opportunity to run a number of different classes, the entire Empire Super Sprint Series, Short Track Super Series North, and some major Super DIRTcar Series event this year,” noted Mahaney. “This upcoming year I want to focus hard on our Modified program. Hopefully this will give us the opportunity to choose a particular series and/or tracks to key in on. The limited schedule we ran with Buzz Chew made it challenging to earn points and attendance bonuses. We’re looking forward to racing where we want to and give it our all in 2019.”

Plans for the upcoming season are currently in the works for Mahaney.

“I’m working out the details with my marketing partners to see where and what I’ll be racing next year,” he said. “I’m looking to do a lot more racing so we’re currently in the hunt for new opportunities and partners to help us make that happen.”

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New Egypt Speedway





New Egypt Speedway
Route 539, New Egypt, NJ
Track Phone: 609-758-1900
Contact: Mike Wisniewski - Wiz Motorsports Communications, 856-982-5137


New Egypt, NJ (October 21, 2018) – At New Egypt Speedway’s All Star Cup, Ryan Godown rocketed to victory lane in the Modified feature. The Hammer Sportsman main event was captured by Art Liedl. Johnny Bangs topped the field in the Crate Modified feature while Rich Mellor took top honors in the main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.

As the 60-lap Modified feature got underway, Jimmy Horton grabbed the lead with Cale Ross and Ryan Godown next in line. Following a caution on the first circuit, Godown zipped to the front of the pack on the restart with Horton dropping into second. Horton regained the top running spot on the third tour. After two additional appearances of the yellow flag, Horton was still in command on lap seven with Godown in his tracks. After a good multi-circuit duel, Godown returned to the front with nine revolutions completed. Horton, using the high side, recaptured the lead on lap ten. Horton and Godown continued to remain in close quarters over the next several tours with Ryan Krachun in third and Duane Howard in fourth. On lap fourteen, Godown slipped past Horton to take back first place. Godown was beginning to build a sizeable advantage when the caution lights illuminated on lap seventeen for a slowing Jack Swain. When action resumed, Godown maintained his edge with Horton, Krachun, Howard and David VanHorn completing the top five. By lap twenty with Godown beginning to pull away from his rivals, Horton was fending off Krachun’s advances for second place. On lap twenty-five, Krachun’s good run ended as he slowed on the track due to a mechanical issue. When green flag racing returned, Godown fended off Horton to maintain his lead with Howard in third, Mike Gular in fourth, and Billy Pauch Jr. in fifth. As Godown was stretching out his advantage, David VanHorn motored by Pauch Jr. to enter into the top five. On lap thirty-five, a flat tire on Chad Barney’s ride brought out the final yellow flag of the contest and the scheduled fuel stop took place as well. Following the short break in the action, the top three of Godown, Horton and Howard remained intact. Pauch Jr. broke back into the top five by motoring into fourth on lap thirty-seven with Gular shuffling back to fifth. During this good stretch of green flag racing, Godown was able to build a comfortable advantage. However with ten circuits to go and lap traffic looming ahead, Horton was cutting into Godown’s margin. On lap fifty-two, the top two were beginning to pass slower competitors with Howard and Pauch Jr. battling for third. With only five tours remaining, Godown’s advantage was still evaporating with Howard and Pauch Jr. running door-to-door. After clearing lap traffic on the final circuit, Godown crossed the finish line before his foes to take his first checkered flag of the season and his forty-sixth of his career. With Horton coming home in second, Howard completed the race in third. Fourth went to Pauch Jr. with Gular finishing in fifth. Duane Howard, Cale Ross and Mike Gular were victorious in the Modified heat races. The consolation contest was claimed by Mike Butler.

After taking the lead on the fifteenth circuit, Art Liedl paced the field for the remaining tours to grab his second victory of the season in the 25-lap Hammer Sportsman feature. JT Trstensky led the opening fourteen revolutions before the tenth place starting Liedl took control following a restart. Trstensky’s strong effort resulted in a second place finish. Jim Housworth was third. Will Dupree was fourth and Joseph Brown was fifth. The Hammer Sportsman heat races went to Art Liedl and Louden Reimert.

In the 25-lap feature for the Crate Modifieds, Johnny Bangs survived a restart with two tours remaining to claim his first career victory. As the contest began, Bob Lilick grabbed the top running spot. Jeremy Martino took over the lead on lap two. On the sixth circuit, the fourth place starting Bangs swept by Martino to take command of the race for the remaining distance. Martino finished in second with Eric Palmer coming home in third. Fourth went to John Aumick. Ryan Simmons came from his sixteenth starting spot to finish fifth. John Aumick and Jordon Cox won the Crate Modifieds qualifying races.

Polesitter Rich Mellor led from start to finish to capture the win in the 20-lap main event for the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. The victory was the second of the year for Mellor. Heidi Hedin came home in second. Eighth place starting Brian Spencer earned third place. Joey Biasi and Jermain Godshall rounded out the top five. The heat races in the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars division were taken by Rich Mellor and Joey Biasi.

New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.

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Heat 1 - 1. Duane Howard 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Ryan Krachun 4. Brandon Grosso 5. Davey Sammons 6. Brian Papiez

Heat 2 - 1. Cale Ross 2. Wade Hendrickson 3. Billy Pauch Jr. 4. Ryan Godown 5. Frank Cozze 6. Jeff Strunk

Heat 3 - 1. Mike Gular 2. David VanHorn 3.Rich Rutski 4. Jack Swain 5. Matt Stangle 6. John Willman

Consolation - 1. Mike Butler 2. Chad Barney 3. Kevin Vaclavicek 4. Johnny Guarino 5. Richie Pratt Jr. 6. David Hunt

DNQ: Frank Yankowski, Dakota Kessler, Steve Young, Mark Kratz, Jared Umbenhauer, Steve Davis, Roger Manning, PJ Oliver, Eric Engstrom, Danny Bouc


1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Duane Howard 4. Billy Pauch Jr. 5. Mike Gular 6. David VanHorn 7. Frank Cozze 8. Matt Stangle 9. Davey Sammons 10. Jeff Strunk 11. Brandon Grosso 12. Cale Ross 13. Mike Butler 14. Rich Rutski 15. Wade Hendrickson 16. John Willman 17. Kevin Vaclavicek 18. David Hunt 19. Chad Barney 20. Ryan Krachun 21. Jack Swain 22. Brian Papiez 23. Richie Pratt Jr. 24. Johnny Guarino

Hammer Sportsman

Heat 1 - 1. Art Liedl 2. Ryan Beltz 3. Pat Wall 4. Jim Housworth 5. Ryan Higgs

Heat 2 - 1. Louden Reimert 2. Brad Arnold 3. JT Trstensky 4. Will Dupree 5. John Criscione


1. ART LIEDL 2. JT Trstensky 3. Jim Housworth 4. Will Dupree 5. Joseph Brown 6. Louden Reimert 7. John Criscione 8. Ryan Beltz 9. Ryan Higgs 10. Mickey Kessler 11. Marty Resnick 12. Kyle Lilick 13. Ryan Heim 14. Brad Arnold 15. Pat Wall 16. Matt Ellery

DNS: Erich Conk

Crate Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. John Aumick 2. Johnny Bangs 3. Bob Lilick 4. Ryan Godown Jr. 5. Jeremy Martino

Heat 2 - 1. Jordon Cox 2. Eric Palmer 3. Dan Fleming 4. J.D. Cranstoun 5. Aaron Weaver


1. JOHNNY BANGS 2. Jeremy Martino 3. Eric Palmer 4. John Aumick 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Jordon Cox 7. George Gareis Jr. 8. Dan Fleming 9. Bob Lilick 10. Kurt Bettler 11. Tom Princiotta 12. Glenn McIntyre 13. Rob Mancini 14. Aaron Weaver 15. Joe Brown 16. Matt Miller 17. Ryan Godown Jr. 18. J.D. Cranstoun

DNS: Jim Gallagher

Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars

Heat 1 - 1. Rich Mellor 2. Jermain Godshall 3. Heidi Hedin 4. Al Cheney

Heat 2 - 1. Joey Biasi 2. Brian Spencer 3. Stan Ploski 4. Lee Nardelli


1. RICH MELLOR 2. Heidi Hedin 3. Brian Spencer 4. Joey Biasi 5. Jermain Godshall 6. Lee Nardelli 7. Jeff Schall 8. Kenny Nealis 9. Brad Schaale 10. Stan Ploski 11. Greg Shepsis 12. Al Cheney