WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Andrew Krause of Holmdel had an opening night to remember Saturday at Wall Stadium Speedway as he won his first ever Downs Ford Modified stock car race at the third mile high banked paved oval. Krause, the 2015 Sportsman driving champion here, battled Jackson’s Steven Reed on numerous restarts before taking the win.
At the drop of the green flag Krause and Reed, the defending Modified champion, battled side by side around the oval for a couple of laps before Krause was finally able to slip to the front. This same scenario played out on each of the event’s four restarts with Krause able to slip back into the lead. Reed, who finished second, was never far behind. Freehold’s Chas Okerson was third while Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Howell’s Eric Mauriello wrestled their way into fourth and fifth.
“This is just awesome,” Krause said of his initial Modified triumph. “There is nobody better on restarts than Steven (Reed) so it was tough on every one of them. He always runs hard but he runs real clean. I thank him for that.”
Shannon Mongeau of Manchester kept a win streak alive that dates back to November by winning the companion 30-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars. In a new car Mongeau led all the way while Dominic Fattaruso of Brick finished second. Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa., Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle and Tyler Truex of Mayetta wrapped up the top five.
Kevin Nowak of Medford, NY won the 25 lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars while Rich Davidowitz of Center Moriches, NY came from the rear of the pack to finish second. Mitchell Dowd, Nick Van Wickle and defending champion Robert French completed the top five.
Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg grabbed his first ever O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock 25-lap win over Union’s Joey Helberg, Wall’s Rob Haberstick, defending champ Joe Mongeau of Brick and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman.
Mike Lavery was also a first time winner in the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stock main event over Todd Pilla and Jason Lane. Ray Minieri took the win in the Elite Maintenance Limited late Model event over Brian Doyle and Mike Tillett. Geoffrey Sutton won the 25-lapper for the visiting TQ Midgets.
Racing returns this Saturday evening (April 30) with “Fan Appreciation Night” action, which is kicked off with a party on the track where drivers will meet the fans and display their racecars. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. with a discounted admission for all early arrivals until 5:30 p.m. The party on the track will run from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. with qualifying to follow. Main event action, which will start around 7:00 p.m., will see the Modifieds race in a 40-lapper, the Sportsman cars compete in a 30-lapper and the Limited Late Models, Legend Cars, Factory Stock and the 4 Cylinder Stocks compete in 25-lap main events.
The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through the end of September, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.
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 CKMotorsports@aol.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Steven Reed, 3. Chas Okerson, 4. Shawna Ingraham, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Ron Frees, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Shaun Carrig, 9. Adam LaCicero, 10. Trevor Alspach, 11. Jonathon Mandato, 12. Zack Alspach, 13. Ken Woolley, Jr., 14. Justin Gumley, 15. Robby Walton, 16. Derek Hopkinson, 17. Ken Matlach, 18. Chris Lane, 19. Ed DeLage, 20. Jason Treat
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Dominic Fattaruso, 3. Ricky Collins, 4. Kenny Van Wickle, 5. Tyler Truex, 6. Kevin Davison, 7. Eric Lane, 8. Blake Barney, 9. Jason Caruso, 10. Brian Doyle, 11. Joe Cocca, 12. Dave Bailey, 13. Jarrett DeGiantomasso, 14. Matt Langbein, 15. Dan Roslin, 16. Larry Thompson, 17. Scott Brannick, 18. Robert Sutphin, 19. Tim Stephan, 20. Jimmy Wolcott, 21. Roland DeMartino
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KEVIN NOWAK, MEDFORD, NY, 2. Rich Davidowitz, 3. Mitchell Dowd, 4. Nick Van Wickle, 5. Robert French, 6. Louie Keraitis, 7. Casey Robicheau, 8. Malcolm Campbell, 9. Chris Gall, 10. Ron Merlino, 11. James Van Wickle, 12. Peter Bruno, 13. Roger Nickerson, 14. Brian Russell, 15. Vinnie Troia
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JERRY STANZIONE, KEANSBURG, 2. Joey Helberg, 3. Rob Haberstick, 4. Joe Mongeau, 5. Scott Riggleman, 6. Mike Montano, 7. Ron Booth, 8. John Bowers, 9. Steve West, 10. Scott Maher, 11. Tim O’Shea, 12. Tom Rajkowski, 13. Jerry Koenig, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Danny Bruer, 16. Kenny Green, 17. Rick Siddons, DQ. Marty Van Druten and Ronnie Mullen
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE LAVERY, 2. Todd Pilla, 3. Jason Lane, 4. Fred Cannock, 5. Brian Osborn, 6. Darren Burdge, 7. Darianne McLaren, 8. Mike Mee, 9. Rich Smith, 10. Allen Camp, 11. Jim Sturteckey
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RAY MINIERI, 2. Brian Doyle, 3. Mike Tillett, 4. Bill Vanderveen, 5. Howie Conk, 6. Cole Ormsbee, 7. Glen Conk, 8. Greg Gastelu