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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Jimmy Blewett returned to the winner’s circle for the second straight Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway topping the 40-lap main event for the Freehold Ford Modified stock cars. The win moved the Howell resident to a fourth place tie on the all-time speedway win list with standout racer Tony Siscone with 59 wins. The win also moved Blewett out of a 58 win tie with legendary driver Tommie Elliott.

When the green flag dropped on this one two-time defending champion Steven Reed of Jackson was the leader but Blewett wasted no time in moving to second with Manchester’s Shanon Mongeau running third. The race was stopped soon after when Brick’s Shawna Ingraham got out of shape exiting turn two and forced Holmdel’s Andrew Krause into the guardrail. The mishap collected six cars but no injuries were reported.

Reed continued to pace the field on the restart with Blewett and Mongeau close behind. The turning point in this event came on lap nine with Reed’s car washed up the backing in turn one and Blewett was able to dive to the inside lane and into the lead. Mongeau soon followed Blewett through for second.

From then on it was a high-speed chase before Blewett took the win with Mongeau a close second. Reed, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette and Toms River’s Derek Hopkinson completed the top five.

“I watched Tony Siscone get a lot of wins here so I guess this is a pretty big accomplishment,” Blewett said. “The car was great tonight thanks to everyone who supports this team. They work hard and our sponsors really help. I can’t stress that enough.”

After missing opening night racing the week before due to a trip to Mexico for a friend’s wedding, Dom Fattarusso of Brick posted the fastest time, started sixth and raced on to the 25-lap Snap On Sportsman main event win.

Tyler Truex of Mayetta was the early leader of the race with opening night winner Kevin Davison of Howell close behind. Meanwhile, Fattarusso passed cars to advance to third before risking his spot by moving to the outside lane in the cone race format. On that restart Fattarusso gained second spot and then dove to the inside lane in turns one and two to take the lead and eventual win.

Truex and Davison were second and third while Tuckerton’s Robbie Walton and Mike Carr of Wall completed the top five.

Joey Helberg of Union jumped to the lead early and raced on to win the 25-lap feature race for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Opening night winner Scott Riggleman of Manchester and Brick’s Joe Mongeau made up the tight top three, while Elliott Wohl of Bayville and Mike Montano of Ft. Myers, Fla. were fourth and fifth.

Defending champ Lou Keraitis of Toms River grabbed the lead on lap three and then raced to victory in the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Howell’s Robert French borrowed a car to race through the pack for second. Mitchell Dowd of Pottstown, Pa., Nick Van Wickle of Edgewater Park and Vinny Troia of Browns Mills were third trough fifth.

Ryan Tidman of Levittown, Pa. won the 25-lapper for the touring Three Quarter Midgets and Dalton Rivera won a 15-lapper for Sunday Series Champ Karts.

Racing continues this Saturday evening (May 13). John Gasko and Son Farm and Greenhouses will not on honor mom’s on this Mother’s Day weekend by presenting flowers while supplies last, but will also be the presenting trophy sponsor for all divisions. Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will then start at 5:45 p.m. before the seven main events begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Freehold Ford Modifieds are set for a 40-lap main event and the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models are set for a pair of feature races. The O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will compete in 25-lap feature races on the third mile high-banked paved oval.

More information on Wall Stadium and the 2017 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at

Wall Stadium 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


MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1 JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Shanon Mongeau, 3. Steven Reed, 4. Adam LaCicero, 5. Derek Hopkinson, 6. Jason Hearne, 7. Jason Treat, 8. Blake Barney, 9. Shaun Carrig, 10. Ryan Cottrell, 11. Ron Frees, 12. Andrew Krause, 13. Shawna Ingraham, 14. Ricky Collins, 15. Kenny Van Wickle, 16. Chas Okerson

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. DOM FATTARUSSO, BRICK, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Kevin Davison, 4. Robby Walton, 5. Mike Carr, 6. Jarret DiGiantamasso, 7. Eric Lane, 8. Rob Silver, 9. Mike Tidaback, 10. Roland DeMartino, 11. Joe Cocca, 12. Jonathan Laureigh, 13. Matt Langbein, 14. Kyle Scisco, 15. Jake Nelke, 16. Todd Dige, 17. Dave Bailey

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOEY HELBERG, UNION, 2. Scott Riggleman, 3. Joe Mongeau, 4. Elliott Wohl, 5. Mike Montano, 6. Tom Rajkowski, 7. Rob Haberstick, 8. Ray Fattarusso, 9. Whitey Miller, 10. Gerry Koenig, 11. Matt Badessa, 12. John Bowers, 13. Tim Majek, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Bryan O’Shea, 16. Richie Byrne, 17. Tim O’Shea, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. Theresa Collins, 20. Eric Bodenschatz

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. LOU KERAITIS, TOMS RIVER, 2. Robert French, 3. Mitchell Dowd, 4. Nick Van Wickle, 5. Vinny Troia, 6. Artie Pederson, 7. Chris Gall, 8. Tom Stavola, 9. Tony Hodgson, 10. Roger Nickerson

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Sload Back to Back in ATQMRA Action With Wall Win
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Wall Township, NJ. Saturday April 29, 2017 ... 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload has returned to his winning ways in the Colin Martin Spitfire 36 by earning back to back feature victories first at the club opener, then backing it up with a win Saturday at Wall Stadium in wingless competition on Wall's inner oval on Wall Stadium's Fan Fest Night. Rob Vivona rolled across the line second with Matt Roselli third. Roselli and Ryan Tidman earned heat race victories. Ronnie the Rocket Mullen was the highest finishing Acro Rookie of the year candidate. Fellow Rookie Jon Keller went for a rough ride onto his lid in the feature. The Brice's NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Buckets were handed out to teams at the event.

The luck of the draw put Matt Janisch in the Alan Mollot Lindblad Badger along Side Mark Yoder in his Hyper Hugger on the front row. Janisch was able to power into the lead on the initial start with Joey Bailer following him in Second. Bailey pressured Janisch for the lead before overtaking him on lap 7. Bailey opened up a margin on second when the red flag was flown for a tangle between two rookie candidates exiting the fourth turn sending Jon Keller over onto his lid ending his day early.

At the time of the red flag just prior to half way Ryan Tidman and Matt Jansich tangled on the back straight away sending Janisch upside down. Jansich and Tidman were able to continue. This put Sload on the outside pole for the restart alongside Bailey. On the restart, Bailey launched into the lead and held serve until lap 22 when Sload and Bailey made contact entering the third turn in what was deemed a "Racing Incident" bringing out the caution for a spinning Bailey.

Eighth starting Rob Vivona in the lone 600 Micro Sprint in the field slowly picked his way forward to move into the second position for the restart. Sload was able to maintain the advantage and park the 36 Spitfire in Victory lane for his second feature win in so many races in 2017. Vivona trailed Sload in Second with a hard charging Matt Roselli rounding out the Podium. Ryan Tidman rebounded from the lap 12 incident to notch a fourth place finish with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the top five.

Mark Yoder Rolled across the line sixth with Janisch rebounding from the earlier flip to finish seventh. Jeff Kot was eighth in the Behrents Performance Yuhas Chassis 88 with the top Rookie of the race Wall Stadium's own Ronnie the Rocket Mullen ninth. Austin Fehr rounded out the top ten with Joey Bailey coming back from the late race spin to finish eleventh.

The ATQMRA was once again part of Wall's popular on track Fan Fest where teams were able to meet and mingle with fans and friends. For the first time Father and Son Ronnie and Cole Mullen raced on track together with the old man besting the kid in the debut of Ron's brand New BGF Chassis and Motor 39 car.

Each of the teams received a NAPA Bucket containing hand cleaner carburator cleaner and car polishing products from Brice's NAPA Auto Parts for the third consecutive year. A special thanks to Bill Brice, The ATQMRA's Race Director, for helping to keep the organization looking good.

The first heat race was won by Matt Roselli in his family owned Laffler Chassis 98. The second heat was won by a fellow Laffler Chassis mount the Boyd Racing 1B driven by Flying Ryan Tidman.

The VP Racing Fuel that powers the ATQMRA,s next event at Wall Stadium on This coming Saturday May 6th for round 3 of the season.

Heat 1
1 98 Matt Roselli
2 75 Mark Yoder
3 36 Buddy Sload
4 51 Matt Janisch
5 46v Rob Vivona
6 88 Jeff Kot
7 32 Dave Golbatuk
8 20 John Keller
9 39 Ronnie Mullen

Heat 2
1 1b Ryan Tidman
2 2 Joey Bailey
3 46 Geoffry Sutton
4 73 Austin Fehr
5 73 Cole Mullen
6 67 Joey Payne III
7 f8 Kerry Irwin
8 1 Kyle Taraska

1 36 Buddy Sload
2 46v Rob Vivona
3 98 Matt Roselli
4 1b Ryan Tidman
5 46 Geoffry Sutton
6 75 Mark Yoder
7 51 Matt Janisch
8 88 Jeff Kot
9 39 Ronnie Mullen
10 73 Austin Fehr
11 2 Joey Bailey
12 f8 Kerry Irwin
13 73 Cole Mullen
14 32 Dave Golbatuk
15 67 Joey Payne III
16 1 Kyle Taraska
17 20 John Keller

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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Before one of the largest opening night crowds in recent memory Jimmy Blewett of Howell raced to victory in the headlining 40-lap feature race for the Freehold Ford Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was Blewett’s 58th career main event win at the shore speedway.

After setting fast time in time trial qualifying Blewett rocketed to the lead at the outset. Although he was never headed Blewett fought off challenges from Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause and his very own teammate, Eric Mauriello of Howell. Just a few cautions slowed the race, but one red flag waved when rookie Tom Catanzaro slammed the first turn rail. Although both the guardrail and the car sustained severe damage, no injury was reported.

At the checker flag Mauriello chased Blewett across the finish line with Krause, defending champion Steven Reed and Shanon Mongeau of Manchester completing the top five.

“Winning on opening night is big,” Blewett said after the race. “The car was good until the end of the race. It picked up a little suspension problem and I had to take it easy near the end. A lot of people help with this team and I have to thank them all.”

Defending Snap On Sportsman champion Kevin Davison began his title defense on a positive note as he won a crash filled main event. Although Davison stayed well ahead of the trouble, officials eventually called the race official with 27 of the scheduled 30 laps completed. Tuckerton’s Robby Walton, Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor, Wall’s Mike Carr and Kyle Scisco of Jackson wrapped up the top five.

Former champ Scott Riggleman of Manchester won the season opening 25-lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks after early leader Richie Byrne dropped from the race in the closing laps. Joey Helberg of Union, Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y., Gerry Koenig of Seaford, N.Y. and Elliott Wohl of Bayville were second through fifth.

Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. won the 25-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars over Richie Davidowitz, also of Medford, N.Y., Wall’s Robert French, defending champ Louie Keraitis of Toms River, and Mitchell Dowd of Pottstown, Pa.

Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. tasted his first win in over a season in the 25-lapper for the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models over Wall’s Cole Ormsbee, Greg Miranda of Hazlet, Jackson’s Glen Conk and Jim Moorman.

Defending Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock champ Todd Pilla of Beachwood won his main event over Brick’s Robert Sutphin, Darren Burdge of Jackson and Darianne McLaren of Edison.

Buddy Sload of West Chester, Pa. won the 25-lap race for the touring TQ Midgets.

Racing continues this Saturday evening with cone races offered for the speedway’s regular divisions. Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will then start at 5:45 p.m. before the seven main events begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Freehold Ford Modifieds are set for a 40-lap main event and the Snap On Sportsman cars will battle in a 30-lapper. The O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will compete in 25-lap feature races on the third mile high-banked paved oval. Also on the card will be the open cockpit Three Quarter Midgets on the fifth mile inner oval.

More information on Wall Stadium and the 2017 Saturday night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at

Wall Stadium 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



MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1 JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Steven Reed, 5. Shanon Mongeau, 6. Derek Hopkinson, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Ron Frees, 9. Blake Barney, 10. Kenny Van Wickle, 11. Shaun Carrig, 12. Jason Treat, 13. Jonathan Mandato, 14. Ricky Collins, 15. Shawna Ingraham, 16. Ryan Cottrell, 17. Joey Merlino, 18. Zack Alspach, 19. Trevor Alspach, 20. Tom Catanzaro, 21. Chas Okerson

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 27 Laps – 1. KEVIN DAVISON, HOWELL, 2. Robby Walton, 3. Jonathan Laureigh, 4. Mike Carr, 5. Kyle Scisco, 6. Joe Cocca, 7. Mike Tidaback, 8. Rob Silver, 9. Roland DeMartino, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. Jarret DiGiantamasso, 12. Tyler Truex, 13. Dave Bailey, 14. John McCormack, 15. Nick Shaw, 16. Tim Stephan, 17. Kenny Green, 18. Jake Nelke

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGLEMAN, MANCHESTER, 2. Joey Helberg, 3. Mike Montano, 4. Gerry Koenig, 5. Elliott Wohl, 6. Joe Mongeau, 7. Tom Rajkowski, 8. Whitey Miller, 9. Bob Haberstick, 10. Bryan O’Shea, 11. Matt Badessa, 12. Tim Majek, 13 Tony Bartone, 14. John Bowers, 15. Richie Byrne, 16. Theresa Collins, 17. Scott Maher, 18. Nancy Riggleman

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KEVIN NOWAK, MEDFORD, N.Y., 2. Richie Davidowitz, 3. Robert French, 4. Louie Keraitis, 5. Mitchell Dowd, 6. Artie Pederson, 7. Peter Bruno, 8. Nick Van Wickle, 9. Tom Stavola, 10. Tony Hodgson, 11. Roger Nickerson, 12. Chris Gall

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, RONKONKOMA, N.Y., 2. Cole Ormsbee, 3. Greg Miranda, Glen Conk, Jim Moorman, 6. Bill Vanderveen, 7. Greg Gastelu

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11/26/2016 --- Matt Roselli used hthe pole position to its fullest advantage and earned his first win of the 2016 season in his Family 98 Lafler chassis mount. Ryan Tidman and Bobby Holmes rounded out the podium. 2016 ATQMRA Season Champion Matt Janisch set fast time in the Formula 1 style qualifying besting Mike Occhipinte and Geoffrey Sutton. The ATQMRA regulars took on all comers and were able to hold serve against a diverse group of many of the northeast's top invaders from pavement and Dirt Modifieds, SuperModified, SpeedSTRs to Midget, Sprint and Micro Sprint racers. They all tried their hands on the Wall Flat track in the race dedicated to the Memory of ATQRMA Friend Chris Zrinski. Additional money was collected from fans and competitors to help sweeten the pot in the feature event.

Qualifying for the Turkey Derby was done Formula 1 Style with group qualifying against the clock with the top 12 making the feature redraw. With two to go in the final session Geoffrey Sutton in the brand new Fred Delibero Metz Racing Driver Development BGF Chassis 461 sat at the top of the chart. At the white Flag Michigan Mike Occhipinte in the 46 car that Sutton raced all season put his number at the top of the pilon only to have Matt Jansich turn the quickest lap of the day coming to the Checkered flag to set fast time.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. On this day, Matt Roselli was both. His ninth-place time trial put him in the redraw and he was lucky enough to pull the number one pill. Roselli and Occhipinte who races Modifieds in Michigan and Wisconsin would lead the field to the Green flag with Roselli powering into the lead with 2015 NYPA TQ Midget Champion Kyle Hutchinson following him into second. Hutchinson's carbureted Suzuki challenged from the second position until lap 8 when a bent steering arm slowed his car and ended his race on lap fifteen.

2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload worked his way into second for a couple of laps before relinquishing the position to multi time Champion Ryan Tidman in the Boyd Racing 1b Lafler. Tidman would charge into the lead moving Roselli into second.

A caution flew on lap 16 when contact from Sutton send Janisch spinning into the third turn. Sutton would be assessed a 2-position penalty post-race for the incident. Cautions breed cautions and another caution fell for a 3-car tangle coming out of the fourth turn involving Marc Rogers who raced several divisions in Wall's Turkey Derby, Occhipinte and Tim Buckwalter who is a Grandview Speedway Modified racer as well as a past ARDC Midget Champion and a stand out driver in Micro Sprints and the SpeedSTR division. Another caution fell for spinning Dirt Modified Superstar Mike Iles. The final caution of the race was the most consequential. A jumbled restart behind pole sitter Ryan Tidman led to incidental contact from Kyle Lick that sent Sutton into a spin. Janisch moved to the outside to go around the spinning Sutton but hooked Sutton's front bumper and tore the entire left side from the Yuhas 48 car ending his day.

The final restart of the race wasn't without incident but no caution was thrown and the race went from that point to the end with Matt Roselli determined to show he wasn't just lucky but good enough to retake the lead and win his first Turkey Derby. After the lap 18 restart Roselli would dog Tidman who was determined to get his first win of the season after finishing second in the ATQMRA Standings. Roselli's opportunity to pounce came on lap 21 to take the lead and never look back winning by 1.047 seconds over Tidman and a hard charging NYPA TQ Midget and Western NY Modified racer Bobby Holmes. 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload would finish fourth with ARDC Midget, Micro sprint and SpeedSTR standout Lick crossing the line as the first micro sprint.

The 2016 version of the ATQMRA's Turkey Derby was run to honor the passing of Big Chris Zrinski who recently lost a long battle with cancer in multiple sites in his body. Family friend John Larson had memorial decals made that were distributed to racers and put up a $100 bonus to the highest finisher sporting the decal that was awarded to Flying Ryan Tidman. John and Pat Malik posted a $100 Hard luck award that was awarded to Matt Janisch following the feature. Micky Soto Metz went through the pits and collected $480 from fans and drivers alike to boost the payout to the racers. The Zrinski traditional car numbers are 25 and 75. It was decided to divide the money collected equally between position 2, 5 and 7. Tidman's second place finish netted him a total of $260 above the normal payout with Tim Proctor and Kyle Lick picking up $160 each for finishing in position 7 and 5. Thank you to everyone who donated to help make the Chris Zrinski memorial race special. Special thanks go to the handful of racers and friends who are making private donations to the Zrinski family Foundation. Don, Ken and Big Lou Zrinski were on hand along with Chris Son Will as well as family friend Rich.

A diverse group of racers from varying backgrounds were on hand to test the flat track at Wall in preparation for the indoor season. NYPA TQ racer as well as western NY Modified Standout Bobby Holmes raced the 21 car that he will be racing in the Sammons indoor series made his third ATQMRA start of the season racing at Waterford Speed Bowl and a show earlier in the year at Wall. Kyle Lick will be racing the same Micro Sprint he ran at Wall indoors this winter and spends time behind the wheel of an ARDC Midget SpeedSTR and Micro Sprints. Eighth finishing Joey Payne Jr. was shaking down the Rich Tolerico 5 car for the indoor series. Payne can be found in the summer months behind the wheel of TQ Midgets, Full Midgets, Nema Lites and in the ultra-fast ranks of the Big Block Super Modifieds. Fifteenth finishing Brett Michalski raced the Colin Martin 17 Micro Sprint. Brett has spent time racing Micro Sprints and recently started racing sprint cars. Anthony Payne who was in his family 45 Lafler TQ Midget is a Quarter Midget Graduate who won the Nema Lites Midget Championship in 2015 and continues racing the Lites Midgets as well as a small block Supermodfied.

ATQRMA News and Notes: Last years Turkey Derby Champion Eric Rudolph who won the race int he Mark Lafler house car wasn't on hand to defend his Turkey Derby Crown. Roselli picked up the mantle and earned the second Turkey Derby Victory for in a Potent Lafler Chassis Mount.

Geoffrey Sutton in the new BGF 461 car picked up right where he left off in the old 461 car by racing at the front of the pack and posting times at the top of the speed Chart. While Sutton was running one of the newest cars on the circuit Teammate for the day Occhipinte was taking the Metz Racing Bruce's Chassis car out for its last modern race before being retired to Vintage competition.

Occhipinte did the team proud in his only start of the season picking up where Sutton left off in the car nearly setting fast time only being sniped on the last lap of time trials by the talented Matt Jansich. The Occhipinte car made its first race in 1988 at that year's Turkey derby with Bill Courtwright at the wheel driving for Teddy and Arlene Seiz as a white and Pink number 56 with a Polaris engine. The car would win that year's indoor championship and the last Championship contested at the long shuttered Pinebrook Speedway.

Feature Race (30 Laps)1 98 Matt Roselli 2 1b Ryan Tidman 3 21 Bobby Holmes 4 16 Buddy Sload 5 8 Kyle Lick 6 461 Geoffrey Sutton 7 98 Tim Proctor 8 5 Joey Payne Jr. 9 88 Jeff Kot 10 7b Tim Buckwalter 11 02 Joey Bailey 12 55 Steve Craig 13 f8 Mike Glaser 14 17 Brett Michalski 15 711 Mike Illes 16 67 Joey Payne III 17 46 Mike Occipinti 18 75 Mark Yoder 19 48 Matt Janisch 20 45 Anthony Payne 21 27 Mark Rogers 22 7 Kyle Hutchanson 23 95 Bill Force Jr. 24 1 Patrick Force

Time Trials (Formula 1 Style) 1 48 Matt Janisch 13.285 2 46 Mike Occipinti 13.361 3 461 Geoffrey Sutton 13.422 4 2 Joey Bailey 13.435 5 1b Ryan Tidman 13.556 6 7 Kyle Hutchanson 13.581 7 711 Mike Illes 13.596 8 21 Bobby Holmes 13.697 9 98 Matt Roselli 13.718 10 16 Buddy Sload 13.722 11 7b Tim Buckwalter 13.753 12 27 Mark Rogers 13.842 13 8 Kyle Lick 13.875 14 88 Jeff Kot 13.93 15 98 Tim Proctor 13.94 16 55 Steve Craig 13.985 17 5 Joey Payne Jr. 14.003 18 75 Mark Yoder 14.006 19 67 Joey Payne III 14.059 20 17 Brett Michalski 14.065 21 45 Anthony Payne 14.075 22 f8 Mike Glaser 14.154 23 95 Bill Force Jr. 14.276 24 1 Patrick Force 15.907

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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Throughout the 2016 season Matt Hirschman lived up to his nickname “Big Money Matt” by winning many of the high paying races he entered. The Northampton, Pa. resident did it again on Saturday at Wall Stadium Speedway by winning both the Tour Type Modified and Wall Modified feature races during Turkey Derby XLIII. These two wins are added to the “Woody’s 105” race victory that he enjoyed in the summer here.

Hirschman collected a combined $9,000 by sweeping the 150-lap Tour Type feature and the 100-lap SK Modified feature.

“It’s a career day! That’s the only way to put it. I’ve been doing it for probably five or six years,” Hirschman said. “I’ve won each race on different years, but never in the same day. It’s incredible! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I know Jimmy (Blewett) has done it before; I don’t know if anybody else has.

“I’m not the first to do it but it’s something I’ve wanted.”

Things seemed to be going Hirschman’s way early in the Tour Type Modified race when he was promoted to the inside of row one as a result of pole sitter Steven Reed failing to make the grid with a broken transmission. Hirschman dominated the majority of the event but nearly got tripped up late when former Turkey Derby winner Eric Mauriello of Howell jumped to the lead. Hirschman returned the favor on the following restarting jumping to the front and never again being headed.

Mauriello, Blewett, Brick’s Ron Frees, who had converted his Wall Modified to a Tour Type car, and Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa. completed the top five in the 26 car field.

Things were not as easy for Hirschman during the Wall Modified feature. After losing a lap in time trials for being light at the scales in tech, Hirschman started in 13th. With a pack of cars around him, Hirschman made what would turn into a race-winning move near lap 25.

“We didn’t start up where I would’ve liked to and we were in a position that I didn’t like,” he explained after the race. “I thought something was going to happen. I thought it might not be the winning strategy, but let’s bail out of here, put our tires on, and hope it cycles through.

“The very next restart is when they all wrecked in three and four, so I went from last to eighth. It worked out, definitely the right thing to do, I don’t know why I felt like doing it, but it was a good feeling. From there I ran the car hard and it stayed with me.”

With Hirschman closing on the leader Jimmy Blewett, Blewett made what could’ve been a race-winning move when he went down pit road with just over 11 laps to go for new tires. Restarting around tenth Blewett charged through the pack to second before running out of time to challenge for the win.

Blewett, Matawan’s Anthony Sesely, Danny Bohn, and Holmdel’s Andrew Krause were second through fifth.

Blewett did enjoy a Modified win on Saturday taking top honors in the Dirt Modified 50-lap feature race. Krause came on to challenge later in the test before finishing second. Jim Brit, Mickey Kessler and Joey Payne wrapped up the top five.

Joe Ryan Osborn was a happy winner in Saturday’s 30-lapper for the Legend Cars over Mike Alcaro. Richie Davidowitz, Kyle Ellwood and Joe Graf completed the top five. In Sunday’s Legend Cars 40-lapper Alcaro took the win as Davidowitz, Noah Korner, Brandon Martinez and Kevin Nowak completed the top five.

Matt Roselli won Saturday’s TQ Midget 30-lapper.

On Friday, day one of Turkey Derby, Blewett was a winner in a wreck filled 50-lapper for the Sportsman cars holding off Mayetta’s Tyler Truex and Brick’s Dom Fattaruso. Andrew Bohn and Matt Langbein were fourth and fifth.

Shanon Mongeau of Manchester won Friday’s Limited Late Model 45-lapper over Wayne Coury. Chris Turbish, John Vullo and Marc Rogers were third through fifth.

Brick’s Joe Mongeau won Friday’s 40-lapper for the Factory Stocks over a challenging Rob McCormick. Richie Byrne, Scott Riggleman and Ron Booth were third through fifth. Sunday’s 50-lapper saw Union’s Joey Helberg take the victory with Shanon Mongeau, Tom Rajkowski, Tim O’Shea and Scott Riggleman completing the top five

Also on Friday Beachwood’s Todd Pilla won the 4 Cylinder Stock main event. Darren Burdge chased him across the line for second, while Christian LaCicero, Jason Lane and Jeff Loesch posted top five finishes. Shanon Mongeau returned to win the 75-lap main event for the 4 Cylinder Stocks on Sunday. Robert Sutphin, Dan Birdsall, Lee Allen and Jay Conrad wrapped up the top five.

On Sunday, day three of Turkey Derby, the Dirt Sportsman cars saw action with Joey Payne taking the win over Rich Coons, Dakota Kessler and Chuck Stone. The Dirt Outlaw Stocks were also on Sunday’s card with Brick’s Ron Frees taking the win with Brian Ludwig, Jon Meyer, Billy Wroble and Michael Creamer filling out the top five.

Jeff Henry won the demolition derby, final event of the season.

With the Turkey Derby now compete the 2016 season at Wall Stadium is in the record books. All attention is now turning to the 2017 season with the first pre-season testing session set for April 15.

Wall Stadium 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, the website is and email address is


TOUR TYPE MODIFIED FEATURE – 150 Laps – 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Ron Frees, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Jimmy Zacharis, 7. Andrew Krause, 8. Anthony Sesely, 9. Shawn Solomito, 10. Less Hinckley, 11. Keith Rocco, 12. John Fortin, 13. Jamie Tomaino, 14. John Markovic, 15. Amber Fortin, 16. Justin Bonsignore, 17. Andy Jankowiak, 18. Tommy Catalano, 19. Jonathan Mandato, 20. Timmy Solomito, 21. Austin Kochenash, 22. Dave Sapienza, 23. Ken Darch, 24. Jason Treat, 25. Tyler Truex, 26. Jack Ely

DOWNS FORD MODIFIED FEATURE – 100 Laps – 1. MATT HARISCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., Jimmy Blewett, 3. Anthony Sesely, 4. Danny Bohn, 5. Andrew Krause, 6. Eric Mauriello, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Shawna Ingraham, 9. Marc Rogers, 10. Dennis Perry, 11. Shaun Carrig, 12. Chris Lane, 13. Chris Reynolds, 14. Ken Matlach, 15. Trevor Alspach, 16. Jack Ely, 17. Vinnie Marone, 18. Steven Reed, 19. Adam LaCicero, 20. Ricky Collins, 21. Justin Gumley, 22. Derek Hopkinson, 23. Shanon Mongeau, 14. Mike Benevides, 25. Zack Alspach, 26. Kenny Van Wickle

DIRT MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Jim Britt, 4. Mickey Kessler, 5. Joey Payne, 6. Rich Coons, 7. Rob Anderton, 8. Charles Stone, 9. Aleia Geisler, 10. Brian Papiez, 11. Dakota Kessler, 12. Bucky Kell, 13. Kerry Irwin, 14. Jackie Brown, 15. Mark Levy

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 30 Laps – Saturday - 1. JOE RYAN OSBORN, 2. Mike Alcaro, 3. Richie Davidowitz, 4. Kyle Ellwood, 5. Joe Graf, 6. Artie Pederson, 7. Brandon Martinez, 8. Kevin Nowak, 9. Mitchell Dowd, 10. Matt Maring, 11. Vinny Delaney, 12. Louie Keraitis, 13. Lowbed Johnson, 14. Chris Gall, 15. Brad VanHouten, 16. Glenn Corner, 17. Bryan Kelly, 18. Tony Hanbury, 19. Joe Fresco, 20. Kyle Dealaman, 21. Tony Colandro, 22. Eugene Drew, 23. Noah Korner, 24. Gillian Korner, 25. Pat Verwys, 26. DJ Doyle

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 40 Laps – Sunday – 1. MIKE ALCARO, 2. Davidowitz, 3. Korner, 4. Martinez, 5. Nowak, 6. Dowd, 7. Graf, 8. Kelly, 9. Maring, 10. Keraitis, 11. Delaney, 12. Kyle Elwood, 13. Gall, 14. Gillion Kirkpatrick, 15. Pedersen, 16. VanHouton, 17. Dealaman, 18. Mike Marfeo, 19. Korner, 20. Colandro, 21. Hanbury, 22. Johnson, 23. Joey Lembo, 24. Joe Fresco, 25. Joe Mafeo, DQ Joe Ryan Osborn

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 45 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Wayne, Coury, 3. Chris Turbish, 4. John Vullo, 5. Marc Rogers, 6. Daryn Miller, 7. Joe Mancuso, 8. Brandon Turbish, 9. Mike Tillett, 10. Ricky Collins, 11. Jim Moorman, 12. Andy Gamble, 13. Anthony Hillard, 14. Ray Minieri, 15. Rick Kopf, 16. Brian Doyle, 17. Charles Macwhinnie

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Dom Fattaruso, 4. Andrew Bohn, 5. Matt Langbein, 6. CJ Lehman, 7. Blake Barney, 8. Michael Carr, 9. Robert Silver, 10. Joe Graf, 11 Jonathan Laureigh, 12. Kenny Van Wickle, 13. Roland DeMartino, 14. Chris Owsik, 15. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 16. Robert Sutphin, 17. Jake Nelke, 18. Jon Meyer, 19. Bill McNeil, 20. Jimmy Wolcott, 21. Kevin Davison, 22. Eric lane, 23. Dom Casola, 24. Robby Walton, 25. Donnie Ericson, 26. Kenny Green

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. RODD PILLA, BEACHWOOD, 2. Darren Burdge, 3. Christian LaCicero, 4. Jason Lane, 5. Jeff Loesch, 6. TJ Graves, 7. Tom Lalomia, 8. Lee Allen, 9. Chuck McDonald, 10. Jimmy Avery, 11. Richard Smith, 12. Jim Sturtecky, 13. JC Duvall, 14. Dan Birdsall, 15. Ronnie Mullen, 16. Bobby Woch, 17. Brian Osborn, 18. Darianne McLaren, 19. Frank Ciancitto

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – Friday – 1. JOE MONGEAU, BRICK, 2. Rob McCormick, 3. Richie Byrne, 4. Scott Riggleman, 5. Ron Booth, 6. Ryan Flores, 7. Bill Stockert, 8. Tim O’Shea, 9. Gerry Koenig, 10. Tom Rajkowski, 11. Joey Helberg, 12. Scott Maher, 13. John Carpenter, 14. Tim Majik, 15. Eric Bodenschatz, 16. Steve West, 17. Mike Montano, 18. Waylon Speer, 19 Tommy Casagrande, 20 Josh Matthews, 21. Elliott Wohl, 22. Whitey Miller

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 50 Laps – Sunday – 1. Joey Helberg, Union, 2. Shanon Mongeau, 3. Rajkowski, 4. O’Shea, 5. Riggleman, 6. Stockert, 7. West, 8. Booth, 9. Maher, 10. Byrne, 11. Matthews, 12. Chris Felber, 13. Koenig, 14. Wohl, 15. Carpenter, 16. Rob Haberstick, 17. Joe Mongeau, 18. Waylon Speer, 19. Montano

DIRT OUTLAW STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – Sunday - 1. RON FREES, BRICK, 2. Brian Ludwig, 3. Jon Meyer, 4. Billy Wroble, 5. Michael Creamer, 6. Tom Wills, 7. Dan Collamer, 8. Spider Ensinger, 9. Todd, Dige, 10. Darren Cox, 11. Jack Beaumont

DIRT SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12 Laps – 1. Joey Payne, 2. Rich Coons, 3. Dakota Kessler, 4. Chuck Stone

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DATE OF EVENTS: November 25, 26 and 27, 2016

DATE OF RELEASE: November 21, 2015

CONTACT: Jeff Gravatt


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ If the overflowing number of cars that were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for the two pre-race practice sessions are any indication, the 43rd running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic at Wall Stadium Speedway could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity. The event is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

Among the Tour Type Modified standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., Jackson’s Steven Reed, Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Howell speedster Eric Mauriello, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Les Hinkley of Windsor Locks, Ct., Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Earl Paules of Palmertown, Pa. and Long Island racers Amber Fortin and Kenny Darch. Also planning to compete in Tour Type Modified action are Matawan’s Anthony Sesely, Jamie Tomaino of Howell, Brick’s Ron Frees, Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., Howell’s Jimmy Blewett, John Markovic of Bethlehem, Pa., Jonathan Mandato of Toms River and Freehold’s Chas Okerson. More entries are expected during the final two days leading up to the race.

The speedway’s own Downs Ford Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Brick’s Marc Rogers, Dennis Perry of Pawcatwak, Ct., Derek Stachecki of South Harbor, N.Y., Buffalo, N.Y.’s Andy Jankowiak, Mike Benevides of Westerly, R.I., Howell’s Chris Lane, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Wall’s Jack Ely, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Keith Rocco of Norwalk, Ct. are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Howell’s Chris Reynolds, brothers Zack and Trevor Alspach, both of Willingboro, Shawna Ingraham of Brick, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle also plan to be in the field.

Reed, Okerson, Sesely, Krause, Hirschman, Blewett, Mauriello, Carrig and Mandato are among those contemplating competition in both pavement type Modified races. In fact, both Blewett and Krause plan extra duty as they are also planning to compete in the Dirt Modified feature race. A healthy field of Dirt Modifieds has practiced during the two tune-up sessions.

In fact, each division that will compete in Turkey Derby action was well represented at both practice sessions indicating that large fields will be on hand for every class.

On Friday, November 25, 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 Snap-on Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

On Saturday, November 26, 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 Down Ford Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $4,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legends 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 27, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., 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 have been added this season 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. The fast qualifier in each division will pocket $200.

A special commemorative Turkey Derby 43 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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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. Andrew Krause fought off both heavy competition and mechanical trouble Saturday and won both 50 lap main events for the Downs Ford Modified stock cars during the annual “Spooky Spectacular” at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Holmdel resident, who finished third in regular season points that concluded on October 15, now has five wins this season.

In the first 50-lapper Krause fought off Howell’s Jimmy Blewett most of the way. When Blewett had late race trouble that forced him to drop from the race, Justin Gumley of Howell, New Egypt’s Jason Hearne, Timmy Solomito of Long Island and Howell’s Eric Mauriello all frantically swapped second through fifth spots before setting into the top five finishing spots in that order.

In addition to battling the competition in that first race Krause also battled a sour engine that ran on just six cylinders late in the event. Two broken rocker arms were repaired before the second race.

In that second Modified 50-lapper Solomito was Krause’s early challenger before the top runners started to swap positions in the second half of the race. Mauriello charged into second just past halfway while Zack Alspach of Willingboro raced home for third. Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Gumley completed the top five.

“The car ran pretty good in the first race for only running on six cylinders near the end,” Krause said. “It was sounding like a diesel! Tom Martino and my crew fixed two broken rocker arms between races and it ran great in the second race! My family and my crew make this all possible.

“Right now Halloween is my favorite holiday!”

The O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks ran a pair of 30-lap feature races with newly crowned champion Joe Mongeau of Brick winning the first over Bayville’s Elliott Wohl. Ron Booth of Eatontown, Manchester’s Scott Riggleman and Whitey Miller of Jamesburg completed the top five.

Booth came back to win the second Factory Stock 30-lapper after taking the lead on lap five. Riggleman, Mongeau, Howell’s Richie Byrne and Wohl were second through fifth.

Tyler Truex of Mayetta won the 40-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars. Blake Barney of Jackson was the runner-up while Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle, Howell’s Kevin Davison and Ray Fattaruso of Brick wrapped up the top five.

West Milford’s Mike Alcaro won the 30-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars while Long Island’s Richie Davidowitz was second. Newly crowned champ Louie Keraitis of Toms River, Allan Pedersen and Peter Bruno were third through fifth.

The annual “Turkey Derby” will wrap up the 2016 season during the daylight hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. In preparation for the “Turkey Derby,” practice sessions are planned for November 12 and November 19. Once the “Turkey Derby” is contested all attention will be focused on the 2017 season, which will begin with practice sessions starting on April 15.

Wall Stadium 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, the website is and email address is

1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOWELL, 2. Justin Gumley, 3. Jason Hearne, 4. Timmy Solomito, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Kevin Davison, 7. Rob Hyer, 8. Kenny Van Wickle, 9. Ryan Cottrell, 10. Trevor Alspach, 11. Chad Churilla, 12. Jimmy Blewett, 13. Chris Reynolds, 14. Shawna Ingraham, 15. Ken Matlach, 16. Zack Alspach, 17. Jack Ely, 18. Derek Hopkinson, 19. Chas Okerson, 20. Jon Meyer

2ND MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Mauriello, 3. Zack Alspach, 4. Ingraham, 5. Gumley, 6. Solomito, 7. Ely, 8. Davison, 9. Okerson, 10. Van Wickle, 11. Reynolds, 12. Cottrell, 13. Trevor Alspach, 14. Blewett, 15. Hearne, 16. Hyer, 17. Churilla, 18. Matlach

1ST FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. JOE MONGEAU, BRICK, 2. Elliott Wohl, 3. Ron Booth, 4. Scott Riggleman, 5. Whitey Miller, 6. Richie Byrne, 7. Rick Siddons, 8. John Carpenter, 9. Tony Bartone, 10. Matt Badessa, 11. Bob Haberstick, 12. Tim Majek, 13. Alex Fox, 14. Vince Isabella, 15. Mike Montano, 16. Chris Felber

2ND FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. RON BOOTH, EATONTOWN, 2. Riggleman, 3. Mongeau, 4. Byrne, 5. Wohl, 6. Miller, 7. Montano, 8. Siddons, 9. Carpenter, 10. John Bowers, 11. Majek, 12. Fox, 13. Isabella

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. TYLER TRUEX, MAYETTA, 2. Blake Barney, 3. Kenny Van Wickle, 4. Kevin Davison, 5. Ray Fattarusso, 6. Rob Silver, 7. Jon Laureigh, 8. Robert Sutphin, 9. Roland DeMartino, 10. Dave Bailey, 11. Matt Langbein, 12. Todd Dige, 13. Chris Owsik

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Richie Davidowitz, 3. Louie Keraitis, 4. Allan Pedersen, 5. Peter Bruno, 6. Nick Van Wickle, 7. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 8. Jerry Curran, 9. Chris Gall, 10. Tom Stavola, 11. Jon Parson, 12. Wally Davidowitz, 13. Roger Nickerson, 14. Art Marrero, 15. Lowbed Johnson, 16. Steve Woytysiak

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