WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Two-time former driving champion Steven Reed of Jackson turned around a season of bad fortunes to win the 40-lap Pete and Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria Modified stock car race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was Reed’s 30th career win in the All American Auto Group Racing Series.
Young Joey Merlino of Pine Hill was the first leader of the contest as Reed and a host of others charged to the front from mid-pack. Jason Treat of Jackson was the first to arrive and took the lead with an outside lane pass on lap nine. Treat’s strong Run only lasted four laps, however, as his race car suddenly shut off on the front stretch sending his competitors scrambling to avoid him. Merlino then regained the lead, but that lasted only moments as he was forced to pit with a flat tire.
By this time Holmdel’s Andrew Krause and Reed had completed their runs to the front and lined up side-by-side for the restart. Using the outside lane Reed was able to power to the front and then raced home to win. Krause was the runner-up, while point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell was third. Freehold’s Chas Okerson and Roger Coss wrapped up the top five.
“Finally,” Reed said upon exiting his car in the winner’s circle. “You know, I really have to thank my grandmother for her support. Even when we were having all that trouble, she is here every race and always offering support. Have to thank my wife, my mother, my father and everyone who helps! This is a real team sport and family sport. Dennis Freese and George Andretta were also big in getting this new car together.”
Shanon Mongeau of Manchester continued his perfect season with two victories in twin Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Model main events. In the first 25-lapper Joe Mongeau of Brick was the runner-up, while Bayville’s Mike Tillett, Dom Casola of Holmdel and Harry Schaeffer of Carteret wrapped up the top five. In the second 25-lapper Shanon Mongeau made it eight wins in eight starts, while Tillett, Schaeffer, Jackson’s Greg Gastelu and Casola completed the top five.
Mike Alcaro of West Milford also earned two sets of trophies as he swept 25-lappers for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars. Point leader Nick Van Wickle was the runner-up in race number one, while Rob Silver of Wall, Peter Bruno of Little Silver and Chris Hammett were third through fifth. In the second 25-lapper Alcaro was the winner with Van Wickle, Hammett, Bruno and Eugene Drew of Oakland wrapping the top five.
Kyle Scisco of Jackson tasted victory for the third time this year in a caution plagued 25-lap race for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars. Scisco took the lead with an outside lane pass at the halfway mark and earned the win over Howell’s Kevin Davison, Mike Brennan of Morristown, Jackson’s Jarret DiGiantomasso and Michael Rising of Red Bank.
The All American Auto Group Racing Series continues this Saturday evening (Sept. 22) on “Pack the Track Night.” The O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks will return for twin 25-lap main events, while the Surfside Collision 4 cylinder Stocks, Sportsman cars and Legend Cars will all compete in a 25-lappers. Two Demolition Derby events will cap off the evening. Adults in the grandstand will enjoy a discounted $10 admission ticket, kids 6 to 12 are $5 and five and under are free! Parking is also free of charge. 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 the October 6 “Champion’s Night” with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com. The Halloween themed “Spooky Spectacular” racing event is set for October 20 and the annual Turkey Derby is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The post-season racing cards start during the afternoon.
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.
FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Chas Okerson, 5. Roger Coss, 6. Tyler Truex, 7. Joey Merlino, 8. Ricky Collins, 9. Shaun Carrig, 10. Jason Treat, 11. Tom Catanzaro, 12. Dom Fattaruso, 13. Kenny Van Wickle, 14. Derek Hopkinson
LIMITED LATE MODELS
1ST FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Joe Mongeau, 3. Mike Tillett, 4. Dom Casola, 5. Harry Schaeffer, 6. Daryn Miller, 7. Greg Miranda, 8. Greg Gastelu
2ND FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Tillett, 3. Schaeffer, 4. Gastelu, 5. Casola, 6. Miller, 7. Joe Mongeau
1ST FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Nick Van Wickle, 3. Rob Silver, 4. peter Bruno, 5. Chris Hammett, 6. Luke Marzano, 7. James Van Wickle, 8. Bobby Baltera, 9. Roger Nickerson, 10. Eugene Drew, 11. Joe Przybylinski, DQ Alex McCollum
2ND FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Nick Van Wickle, 3. Hammett, 4. Bruno, 5. Drew, 6. Przybylinski, 7. Nickerson, 8. Marzano, 9. Baltera, 10. James Van Wickle, 11. Silver, DQ McCollum
FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KYLE SICSCO, JACKSON, 2. Kevin Davison, 3. Mike Brennan, 4. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 5. Michael Rising, 6. Jake Nelke, 7. John Blewett IV, 8. Joe Cooley, 9. Nick Vasquez, 10. Todd Dige, 11. Roland DeMartino, 12. Louie Keraitis, 13. Eddie McCarthy, 14. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 15. Larry Thompson, 16. Jonathan Laureigh, 17. Eric Lane, 18. Sal Liguori, 19. Robert Sutphin, 20. Donnie Ericson, 21. Tom Martino Jr.