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Wall Stadium Turkey Derby Day 2 Dominated By Showtime Jimmy Blewett

On a day that started late due to early morning moisture on the track the Saturday portion of the 2017 Turkey Derby is now complete.
New Jersey native and the 2017 Wall Stadium Freehold Ford Modified champion Jimmy Showtime Blewett  showed the field why he is a many time track champion with a complete dominance of both the Tour Type Mods and the Wall mods.
Jimmy  set fast time for both classes then went out and won both features in dominating fashion.
In victory lane celebrating his Tour Type Modified win in the familiar red white and blue #76 Jimmy thanked so many people who helped get him to his win.
Jimmy also spoke of the car he drove which was supposed to be his late brother John’s but which he  never got to drive. He thanked former car owner Eddie Partridge who owned the car but made sure it got back in the Blewett family so Jimmy would get the chance to drive it.
The only blemish on Jimmy’s day was the oil line problems the oiled down the track twice and prevented him from running the Dirt Modified feature.
Strong fields across all 5 Saturday divisions greeted a huge sun splashed crowd that descended on the Jersey Shore oval.
Xfinity driver and former NASCAR WMT champion Ryan Preece’s day started off poorly when he hit the turn 3 wall in practice. Extensive repairs were made by the crew and Ryan qualified 12th and finished 4th in the feature.
First out of the Tour Mod feature was #76 Zane Zeiner who hit the wall under the starter stand and ripped off the right front.
Comeback driver of the Tour Modified race was #17 Kyle Ellwood, a Riverhead Raceway regular and part time NASCAR WMT competitor. Kyle  was 2 laps down early a but fought back to a 5th place finish.
Andrew  Krause had a busy day, winning the Dirt Modified race, finishing 2nd in the Tour Modified race and a 13th in the Wall
Modified race. After the Dirt Modified race he was exhausted as he said the car was a handful with fading brakes at the end of the race.  He last race in his Wall Modified was a struggle and he spent most of the race near the back of the field.
Long Islander and NASACAR WMT regular Timmy Solomito finished finished 5th in his first time in the #51 Wall/SK modified.
Andy Jankowiak’s long ride from Buffalo NY did not bring the results he had hoped for.  Andy missed qualifying through time and struggled in the consi finally spinning and the track did not throw a caution for 2 laps ending his day.
New London Waterford Speedbowl champion Keith Rocco blew the engine in his Tour Type  during practice and was done for the day.
The TQ Midgets had a tough time getting their race started, an #98 Tim Proctor rolled his car several times before a lap was complected.
The massive amount of speedy dry applied to the track may have had something to do with it.
The steel guard rail which has received criticism during the season held up well to several hard hits.
I didn’t hear any official word but the grandstands looked sold out.
TIME TRIALS – 1 Lap – Top 20 Qualify – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, 12.023, 2. Matt Hirschman, 12.112, 3. Justin Gumley, 12.142, 4. Blake Barney, 12.146, 5. Kyle Elwood, 12. 149, 6. Brendon Bock, 12.174, 7. Ron Frees, 12.177. 8. Tyler Truex, 12.216, 9. Andrew Krause, 12.234, 10. Ronnie Williams, 12.256, 11. Dave Sapienza, 12.260, 12. Ryan Preese, 12.310, 13. Steven Reed, 12.313, 14. Derek Hopkinson, 12.319, 15. Matt Galko, 12.355, 16. Zane Zeiner, 12.374, 17. Tommy Catalano, 12.380, 18. Earl Paules, 12.388, 19. Jon Mandato, 12.396, 20. Jimmy Zacarotis, 12.407, 21. Anthony Nocella, 12.410, 22. Mitchell Dowd, 12.419, 23. Mark Bakaj, 12.458, 24. Shaun Carrig, 12.498, 25. Andy Jankowiak, 12.504, 26. Jason Treat, 12.512, 27. Tyler Rypkema, 12.551, 28. Joey Jarowitz, 12.591, 29. Rich Parker, 12.603, 30. Corey Midgett, 12.609, 31. Chase Dowling, 12.695, 32. Ken Dartch, 12.13.156, 33. DJ Macri, 13.565, DID NOT TIME DUE TO MECHANICAL FAILURE: Keith Rocco, Danny Bohn
CONSOLATION – 12 Laps – 4 Qualify -1. Nocella, 2. Carrig, 3. Bakaj, 4. Treat, 5. Dowling, 6. Darch, 7. Jankowiak, 8. Rypkema, 9. Jarowitz, 10. Dowd, 11. Parker, 12. Macri, 13. Midgett
FEATURE – 150 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Krause, 3. Frees, 4. Preece, 5. Elwood, 6. Hopkinson, 7. Reed, 8. Nocella, 9. Galko, 10. Zacarias, 11. Hirschman, 12. Bakaj, 13. Paules, 14. Bock, 15. Carrig, 16. Gumley, 17. Catalano, 18. Truex, 19. Barney, 20. Mandato, 21. Sapienza, 22. Williams, 23. Zeiner, 24. Treat
FEATURE – 100 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Steven Reed, 4. Matt Hirschman, 5. Tim Solomito, 6. Anthony Sesely, 7. Chris Lane, 8. Blake Barney, 9. Ryan Flores, 10. Danny Bohn, 11. Zack Alspach, 12. Tommy Farrell, 13. Andrew Krause, 14. Joey Merlino, 15. Chas Okerson, 16. Derek Hopkinson, 17. Jason Hearne, 18. Marc Rogers, 19. Mike Gervais, 20. Ricky Collins, 21. Chris Reynolds, 22. Trevor Alspach, 23. Adam LaCicero, 24. Zane Zeiner
FEATURE – 50 Laps – ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. Jeff Richardson, 4. Danny Bouc, 5. Roger Labrecte, 6. Joey Payne, 7. Jeff Parker, 8. Dakota Kessler, 9. Rich Coons, 10. Ray Demmer, 11. Chris Grbac, 12. Alonso Morales, 13. Rob Anderton, 14. John Cook, 15. Billy Lasko, 16. Scott Hulmes, 17. Ryan Krachum, 18. Chuckles Stone, 19. Mickey Kessler, 20. Jimmy Blewett
FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1 MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Noah Kormer, 3. Ricky Schlick, 4. Glen Korner, 5. Richie Davidowitz, 6. Mike Fulton, 7. Rob Silver, 8. Kyle Dealaman, 9. Jeff Otto, 10. Brndon Martinez, 11. Vinny Delaney, 12. Kevin Girard, 13. Ed Chestak, 14. Brad VanHouton, 15. Todd McCullom, 16. Dennis Kurras, 17. Chris Gall, 18. Bas Squillante, 19. Anthony Colandro, 20. Mike Womack, 21. Kevin Nowak, 22. Schleigh Martinez, 23. Pat Moore, 24 Jim Sylvester
TIME TRIALS – 1 Lap – Top 20 Qualify – 1. Jimmy Blewett, 12.205 seconds, 2. Steven Reed, 12.302, 3. Danny Bohn, 12.350, 4. Andrew Krause, 12.376, 5. Derek Hopkinson, 12.381, 6 Matt Hirschman, 12.384, 7. Adam LaCicero, 12.401, 8. Blake Barney, 12. 403, 9. Chas Okerson, 12.431, 10. Jason Hearne, 12.445, 11. Zane Zeiner, 12.445, 12. Eric Mauriello, 12.476, 13. Anthony Sesely, 12.448, 14. Ricky Collins, 12.505, 15. Trevor Alspach, 12. 512, 16. Ryan Flores, 12.533, 17. Tommy Farrell, 12. 541, 18. Chris Lane, 12.543, 19. Tim Solomito, 12.571, 20. Chris Reynolds, 12.592, 21. Marc Rogers, 12.642, 22. Mike Gervais, 12.645, 23. Joey Merlino, 12.683, 24. Zack Alspach, 12.730, 25. Doug Wolcott, 12.849, 26. Rich Cooper, 12.908, 27. Ed DeLage, 12.984, 28. Kris Graver, 12.998, 29. Vinny Marone, 13.168
CONSOLATION – 12 Laps – 4 Qualify – 1. Gervais, 2. Rogers, 3. Zack Alspach, 4. Merlino, 5. Graver, 6. DeLage, 7. Marrone, 8. Cooper, 9. Wolcott


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 44th 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 FridaySaturday 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, Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Earl Paules of Palmertown, Pa. and Long Island racer Kenny Darch. Also planning to compete in Tour Type Modified action are Brick’s Ron Frees, Howell’s Jimmy Blewett and Justin Gumley, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River, Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead, N.Y., Jackson’s Blake Barney and Mitcheel Dowd of Pottstown, Pa. More entries are expected during the final two days leading up to the race.
The speedway’s own Freehold Ford Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Newly crowned champion Jimmy Blewett, former champ Steven Reed, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Brick’s Marc Rogers, , Howell’s Chris Lane, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Howell’s Eric Mauriello are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Doug Wolcott of High Point, N.C., Howell’s Chris Reynolds, brothers Zack and Trevor Alspach, both of Willingboro,, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle are also expected to be in the field.
Reed, Sesely, Krause, Hirschman, Blewett, 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 by both locals and invaders at both practice sessions indicating that large fields will be on hand for every class.
On Friday, November 24, 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 25, 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 Freehold Ford 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 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 26, 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. The fast qualifier in each division will pocket $200.
A special commemorative Turkey Derby 44 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


Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Professional auto racers from all divisions that will be participating in Wall Stadium Speedway’s 44th annual “Turkey Derby” on Thanksgiving weekend will have the opportunity to participate in paid practice sessions on November 11 and 18. On each Saturday competitor pit area gates will open at 10:00 a.m. with on track action starting at 11:00 a.m. and running through 4:00 p.m. Although both are paid sessions for the race teams fans are welcome to witness the practice from the grandstand free of charge.
Judging by early interest expressed to the speedway office via telephone and email a large field of competitors from throughout the northeast can be expected. Rules, entry forms, pit pass forms and a hotel list are all available on the track website at Lap sponsorships for all divisions, available at $25, $50 and $100, are also available by calling the speedway office at 732-681-6400.
The Turkey Derby is the traditional northeast season ending stock car spectacular presented during the daylight hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The Tour Type Modifieds, Freehold Ford Modifieds, Dirt Track Modified, Sportsman racers, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars, TQ Midgets, Dirt Track Sportsman, Dirt Outlaw Stock and Demolition Derby competitors will all see action during the weekend.
The 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, while is the track’s email address. More information is also available at