WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ By both avoiding a couple of accidents and passing several cars in the early going Jimmy Blewett of Howell raced to victory in the 40-lap Downs Ford Modified stock car main event at Wall Stadium Saturday night. It was his first win of the season here.
Jason Treat of Jackson was the early leader as Blewett began his march to the front from 14th on the grid. A couple of cautions for minor incidents slowed the pace early and Blewett was able to move into striking distance. Blewett then chased Treat for a couple of laps before taking the lead for good.
Howell’s Eric Mauriello, who was debuting a new car, soon charged into second and chased Blewett to the finish. Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Howell’s Justin Gumley and Trevor Alspach of Willingboro wrapped up the top five.
“Troyer Race Cars has really come up with a great car and Rob Ormsbee knows the details to make it fast,” Blewett said. “As far as getting through those accidents I guess you can say I have a guardian angel up there.”
Shanon Mongeau of Manchester won his second Snap On Sportsman race in three starts Saturday night. He chased down early leader Larry Thompson of Parlin in the early going before the duo touched exiting turn two on the 23rd lap. With Thompson momentarily loosing control Mongeau was able to race the final seven circuits to the win. Kevin Davison of Howell was the runner up with Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa., Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle and Thompson rounding out the top five.
In a wild O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock 25-lapper former champion Scott Riggleman of Manchester came from the rear of the pack twice to take down his first win of the year. Last year’s champion Joe Mongeau of Brick was the runner up with John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant, Jerry Koenig and Tom Rajkowski completing the top five.
Long Island racer Richie Davidowitz won the 25-lap Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars main event over opening night winner Kevin Nowak. Louie Keraitis, Malcolm Campbell and Vinny Troia were third through fifth.
Dalton Rovira won the 20-lapper for the Sunday Series Microstocks.
Racing returns this Saturday evening (May 14) with grandstand seating opening at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying at 5:45 p.m. Main event action, which will start around 7:00 p.m., will see the Sportsman cars compete in a 30-lapper and the Factory Stocks, Limited Late Models, 4 Cylinder Stocks, ATQMRA TQ Midgets and the Dirt Cars also in racing action. Scout Night festivities will honor both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts during the evening.
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.
May 7th Wall Stadium Feature Finishes
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Derek Hopkinson, 4. Justin Gumley, 5. Trevor Alspach, 6. Andrew Krause, 7. Shawna Ingraham, 8. Chas Okerson, 9. Steven Reed, 10. Ron Frees, 11. Chris Lane, 12. Shaun Carrig, 13. Jason Treat, 14. Robby Walton, 15. Ed DeLage, 16. Jonathan Mandato, 17. Zack Alspach, 18. Jason Hearne
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Kevin Davison, 3. Ricky Collins, 4. Kenny Van Wickle, 5. Larry Thompson, 6. Jonathan Laureigh, 7. Blake Barney, 8. Eric Lane, 9. Brian Doyle, 10. Dominic Fattaruso, 11. Dave Bailey, 12. Jarret DeGiantomasso, 13. Robert Sutphin, 14. Jimmy Wolcott, 15. Dan Roslin, 16. Scott Brannick, 17. Jason Caruso, 18. Matt Langbein, 19. Robert Silver
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGLEMAN, MANCHESTER, 2. Joe Mongeau, 3. John Bowers, 4. Jerry Koenig, 5. Tom Rajkowski, 6. Ron Booth, 7. Richie Byrne, 8. Jerry Stanzione, 9. Rob McCormick, 10. Dave Green, 11. Rob Haberstick, 12. Eric Bodenschatz, 13. Steve West, 14. Matt Badessa, 15. Scott Maher, 16. Tony Bartone, 17. Marty Van Druten, DQ Kenny Green
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RICHIE DAVIDOWITZ, CENTER MORICHES, NY, 2. Kevin Nowak, 3. Louie Keraitis, 4. Malcolm Campbell, 5. Vinny Troia, 6. Ron Merlino, 7. Nick Van Wickle, 8. Chris Gall, 9. Peter Bruno, 10. Roger Nickerson, 11. Thomas Stavola
MICROSTOCK FEATURE – 20 Laps – 1. DALTON ROVIRA, 2 Harry Burd, 3. Tom Ervin, 4. Bob Wagner, 5. Chris Gall, 6. Jeff Weinacker, 7. Gary Scheffen, 8. Mike Fox, 9. Art Head.
Starrett Joins Mystic Missile Racing As Primary Sponsor
MYSTIC, Conn. – Legendary NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Bob Garbarino will be back during the 2016 season with a new driver and national sponsor as he begins his 56th season and will be teamed with another legendary family name in modified racing in Jimmy Blewett.
A new sponsor, the L. S. Starrett Company of Athol, Massachusetts, will be the primary sponsor of the potent team. Starrett was founded in 1880 and manufactures more than 5000 precision tools, gages, measuring instruments and saw blades for industrial, professional and consumer markets worldwide.
Garbarino said it was a hard choice to tab his next driver but he feels Blewett will fit in fine, despite being away from the modified tour a few years, running the DIRT modified series.
“You never know what is going to work and with Jimmy being away from the tour the past couple of years, I know he is looking to get back and make a good impression. I think the timing is right for Jimmy as a driver and is the right fit for my team.”
Blewett too is equally excited about the prospects of running the No. 4 Mystic Missile. “I have some unfinished business and getting back to the modified tour and winning races, I feel this is the best opportunity at this time.”
“I talked with Bob early in the winter and I told him I was available to drive. I know that Bob had his choice of several top drivers and I am glad that he chose me.” Blewett said.
Blewett comes from one of the first racing families of New Jersey with his father, John, Jr. and his brother, John III, running modifieds and winning at tracks up and down the east coast and Jimmy is hopeful that this new team will bring Garbarino a fourth title and his first.
Garbarino won the modified tour titles in 2007 and 2009 with Donny Lia as the driver and in 2010 with Bobby Santos.
Jim Ballou, the marketing manager for Starrett says “The whole company is excited about the new sponsorship deal with Garbarino and Blewett.”
When we met Bob before our executive board meeting, we knew of his success in his 50-plus years in racing and we feel honored to sponsor a legend in the sport. Bob has a reputation of doing things the right way and that is the way that we at Starrett have done business since 1880.”
Ballou states ”The company will have hospitality tents at races in Bristol, Tennessee, and Loudon, New Hampshire, and is looking forward to thanking the many loyal employees, education partners, distributors and users of Starrett products.
Our valued customers recognize the quality and precision in all Starrett products. We believe that the exposure through NASCAR sponsorship will introduce the Starrett brand to new customers looking for a competitive edge.”
Having a national sponsor such as Starrett is nothing new to Garbarino and he feels that not only will his team benefit from the new sponsorship but that the whole modified tour will reap the rewards of having Starrett on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
“I feel that this is a win-win situation for everyone.” Bob said.
The Starrett No. 4 will make its 2016 debut at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, for the annual running of the Icebreaker, the traditional season opener for the Whelen Modified Tour.