WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Defending Pete and Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria Modified driving champion Jimmy Blewett continued his impressive season on Saturday night by winning the 100-lap “Summer Scorcher” at Wall Stadium Speedway. The All American Auto Group Racing Series victory, Blewett’s seventh on the season, was worth $4,000.
Tyler Truex of Mayetta jumped to the lead at the outset while Blewett began his march to the front from the eighth starting slot. A couple of cautions slowed the early action and by lap 30 Blewett had advanced to third behind Truex and Jackson’s Steven Reed. Blewett then slipped into second on lap 46 before powering to the front in the outside lane on a lap 51 restart.
Blewett led the second half of the race but held off constant pressure from Truex who lurked in his shadow very lap. Holmdel’s Andrew Krause was third and Chas Okerson of Freehold was forth. In addition to the posted purse division sponsor Pete and Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria posted bonus money to the fifth through ninth place finishers. Reed earned purse money and a $500 bonus for fifth, while Shaun Carrig of Little Falls pocketed a $300 bonus for sixth. Seventh place finishing Jason Treat of Jackson earned a $200 bonus, while Zack Alspach of Willingboro and Adam LaCicero of Lavallette each earned a $100 bonus for their eighth and ninth place finishes, respectively.
“I know I say it over and over, but this all comes down to hard work,” Blewett said after the win. “Last night we were in the shop until 2 a.m. The night before until 1 a.m. My guys work real hard and give up a lot for the race team. I have to thank their families and my wife and family for there support. Tomorrow it is all about family time for me.”
John Carpenter of Howell took the lead early and fought off late race challenges to win the companion 25-lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Elliot Wohl of Beachwood and John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant both attacked the first time winner before settling for second and third, respectively. Point leader Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. and Ron Booth wrapped up the top five.
TJ Graves of Wall won his second straight Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lap main event over Chris Silvestri of Hazlet. Neptune’s Jeff Loesch, Sal Liguori of Union Beach and Wall’s Rob Longo were third through fifth.
Howell’s Rob Silver won his first ever main event at the speedway taking to honors in the 25-lap main for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Nick Van Wickle of Edgewater Park, Little Silver’s Peter Bruno, James Van Wickle and Art Marrero wrapped up the top five.
The All American Auto Group Racing Series continues this Saturday evening (July 21) with another “Pack the Track Night” that features a discounted $10 adult grandstand admission. A Demolition Derby will be the finale of the program which also features double main events for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars, the Factory Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Stocks. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying set for 5:45 p.m. and feature race action set for 7:00 p.m.
Saturday night racing action continues through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 100 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Chas Okerson, 5. Steven Reed, 6. Shaun Carrig, 7. Jason Treat, 8. Zack Alspach, 9. Adam LaCicero, 10. Joey Merlino, 11. Marc Rogers, 12. Trevor Alspach, 13. Eric Mauriello, 14. Scott Brannick, 15. Vinny Marone, 16. Derek Hopkinson, 17. Kenny Van Wickle, 18. Jason Hearne, DNS Dom Fattaruso
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOHN CARPENTER, HOWELL, 2. Elliot Wohl, 3. John Bowers, 4. Mike Montano, 5. Ron Booth, 6. Steve West, 7. Scott Riggleman, 8. Gerry Koenig, 9. Tom Rajkowski, 10. Richie Byrne, 11. Robert Ptaszynski, 12. Bryan O’Shea, 13. Whitey Miller, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Nancy Riggleman, 16. Bob Haberstick, 17. Matt Malachatka
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TJ GRAVES, WALL, 2. Chris Silvestri, 3. Jeff Loesch, 4. Sal Liguori, 5. Rob Longo, 6. AJ Jadacki, 7. Brain Osborn, 8. Neil Rutt, 9. Frank Ciancitto, 10. Nicole Razzano, 11. JC Duvall, 12. Jennifer Schultz, 13. Darianne McLaren
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROB SILVER, HOWELL, 2. Nick Van Wickle, 3. Peter Bruno, 4. James Van Wickle, 5. Art Marrero, 6. Roger Nickerson, 7. Bill Petrolino