WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Four time Downs Ford Modified driving champion Chas Okerson of Freehold held off Howell’s Jimmy Blewett Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway to win the Independence weekend 40-lap main event. It was Okerson’s first win of the season and the 17th of his Modified career.
Okerson jumped to the lead early with Chris Reynolds of Howell, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Howell’s Ken Woolley each taking turns early to run second. Meanwhile Blewett was charging from the rear of the field and arrived in the runner-up spot on the 13th circuit.
The final 27 laps of the contest offered a constant fight for the lead. On several occasions cautions for minor incidents slowed the action and lined Okerson and Blewett side-by-side on the front row for the restart. Okerson was able to slip back into the on every one. Woolley crossed the finish line third with Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Jackson’s Steven Reed completing the top five.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here,” Okerson said referring to the fact that his last win came in May 2015. “Actually I was happy to see some lapped traffic in the closing laps of the race. I thought that might help me put distance between and Jimmy. I also want to dedicate this win to our family’s Aunt Weezer. She passed away recently and we all really miss her.
The Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks were in the spotlight in twin 25-lap main events with Mike Carr of Wall taking the win in the first contest in his first ever race in the division. Wall’s TJ Graves, Todd Pilla of Beachwood, Brick’s Jason Lane and Darianne McLaren of Edison wrapped up the top five. Darren Burdge of Jackson won the second 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lapper over Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, N.Y., Pilla, Lane and McLaren.
Kenny Van Wickle of Manasquan ended a bad luck streak by winning his first 30-lap Snap On Sportsman main event of the year. Matt Langbein of Laurence Harbor slipped into second in the closing laps with Dom Fattarusso of Brick, Howell’s Kevin Davison and Jarrett DeGiantomasso finishing third through fifth.
Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. won the 25-lap main event for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars beating friend and fellow New Yorker Richie Davidowitz to the finish line. Louie Keraitis of Toms River was third, with Howell’s Robert French and Malcolm Campbell of Eatontown finishing fourth and fifth.
Cole Ormsbee of Wall won his second Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model 25-lapper of the year over Bayville’s Mike Tillett, Beachwood’s Bill Vanderveen, Jackson’s Glen Conk and Michelle Moorman of Beachwood.
Stock car racing continues this Saturday night (July 9) as the speedway presents Snap On Tools night. On the track the Modifieds will return in a 40-lap main event, the Snap On Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lapper, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Stocks will battle in 25-lappers and a special Mechanics Race will be presented. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and feature racing begins at 7:00 p.m.
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, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE 40 Laps – 1. CHAS OKERSON, FREEHOLD, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Ken Woolley, 4. Shawna Ingraham, 5. Steven Reed, 6. Ken Matlach, 7. Justin Gumley, 8. Trevor Alspach, 9. Jason Treat, 10. Zack Alspach, 11. Shaun Carrig, 12. Derek Hopkinson, 13. Ron Frees, 14. Ed Delage, 15. Andrew Krause, 16. Robby Walton, 17. Chris Reynolds, 18. Eric Mauriello
1ST 4 CYLINDER FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE CARR, WALL, 2. TJ Graves, 3. Todd Pilla, 4. Jason Lane, 5. Darianne McLaren, 6. Darren Burdge, 7. Mike Lavery, 8. Brian Osborn, 9. Mike Mee, 10. Randy Hart, 11. Richard Smith, 12. Fred Cannock
2ND 4 CYLINDER FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. DARREN BURDGE, JACKSON, 2. Lavery, 3. Pilla, 4. Lane, 5. McLaren, 6. Osborn, 7. Smith, 8. Cannock, 9. Graves, 10. Hart, 11. Mee
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. KENNY VAN WICKLE, MANASQUAN, 2. Matt Langbein, 3. Dom Fattarusso, 4. Kevin Davison, 5. Jarrett DeGiantomasso, 6. Blake Barney, 7. Larry Thompson, 8. Jimmy Wolcott, 9. Jason Caruso, 10. Ricky Collins, 11. Dave Bailey, 12. Tyler Truex, 13. Roland DeMartino, 14. Eric Lane, 15. Joe Cocca, 16. Robert Sutphin, 17. Shanon Mongeau, 18. Brian Doyle, Robert Vassilatos
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KEVIN NOWAK, MEDFORD, NY, 2. Richie Davidowitz, 3. Louie Keraitis, 4. Robert French, 5. Malcolm Campbell, 6. Vinny Troia, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Nick Van Wickle, 9. Peter Bruno, 10. Chris Gall, 11. James Van Wickle, 12. Thomas Stavola, 12 Roger Nickerson
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. COLE ORMSBEE, WALL, 2. Mike Tillett, 3. Bill Vanderveen, 4. Glen Conk, 5. Michelle Moorman, 6. Brian Doyle, 7. Greg Gastelu, 8. Howie Conk, 9. Andy Gamble