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wallstadium_239129296DOWNS FOR MODIFIED QUALIFYING For Nov. 28 100-lap race

TIME TRIALS – 1 Lap – Top 18 – 1. Steven Reed, 12.128, 2. Andrew Krause, 12.154, 3. Trevor Alspach, 12.164, 4. Matt Hirschman, 12.168, 5. Eric Mauriello, 12. 192, 6. Ken Matlach, 12. 200, 7. Adam LaCicero, 12.215, 8. Zack Alspach, 12.220, 9. Jimmy Blewett, 12.222, 10. Derek Hopkinson, 12.247, 11. Jonathan Mandato, 12.254, 12. Jason Hearne, 12.260, 13. Chas Okerson, 12.274, 14. Anthony Sesely, 12.274, 15. Justin Gumley, 12.278, 16. Shawna Ingraham, 12.290, 17. Michael Gervais, 12.379, 18. Chris Reynolds, 12.388

CONSOLATION – 10 Laps – Top 6 advance – 1. Jason Treat, 2. Chris Lane, 3. Dominic Fattaruso, 4. Danny Bohn, 5. Shaun Carrig, 6. Ron Frees

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Kenny Van Wickle, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Jason Caruso, 5. Dominic Casola, 6. Tyler Truex, 7. Eric Lane, 8. Jarrett DeGiantomasso, 9. Chris Owsik, 10. Robbie Walton, 11. Roland DeMartino, 12. Robert Sutphin, 13. Trevor Alspach, 14. Joe King, 15. Ray Fattaruso, 16. Matt Langbein, 17. Larry Thompson, 18. Scott Brannick, 19. Mike Smith, 20. Rob Silver, 21. Dakota Kessler

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Joey Helberg, 3. Joe Mongeau, 4. Rob McCormick, 5. Scott Riggleman, 6. Gerry Koenig, 7. Mike Montano, 8. Josh Matthews, 9. AJ Jadacki, 10. Ronnie Mullen, 11. Scott Sipe, 12. Whitey Miller, 13. Tim O’Shea, 14. Bill Stockert, 15. Jason Lane, 16. Tom Rajkowski, 17. Tony Bartone, 18. Animal, 19. Ron Booth, 20. Marty Van Druten, 21. Scott Maher, 22. Lee Allen, 23. Dan Springfield, 24. Brian Brown

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ROBERT SUTPHIN, BRICK, 2. Darren Burdge, 3. Brian Osborne, 4. Mike Wahl, 5. Christian LaCicero, 6. Jeff Ackerman, 7. Ray Herman, 8. Todd Pilla, 9. Randy Hart, 10. Mike Lavery, 11. Chuck McDonald, 12. Lance Barthelemy, 13. Darianne McLaren, 14. Cody Mount, 15. TJ Graves, 16. Jason Lane, 17. Ronnie Mullen, 18. Matt Wahl, 19. Fred Cannock, 20. JC Duvall

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, MILFORD, 2. Brad VanHouton, 3. Devin O’Connell, 4. Kyle Ellwood, 5. Joe Ryan Osborne, 6. Mitchell Dowd, 7. Rich Davidowitz, 8. Robert French, 9. Kevin Nowak, 10. Jim Sylvester, 11. Vinny Delaney, 12. Todd McCollum, 13. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 14. Greg Harris, 15. James Van Wickle, 16. Josh Andrews, 17. Don Deibert, 18. Casey Robicheau, 19. Luck Marzano, 20. Lowbed Johnson, 21. Vinny Colletti, 22. Chris Gall, 23. Brendon Bock, 24. Kyle Dealaman

Two Young Drivers Look to End the Season on a High Note at the Turkey Derby.

The Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway is traditionally the last chance for drivers and teams to roll the car off the hauler and try to get that one last race in the books. This year 2 young drivers Max Zachem and Andy Jankowiak will make their way to the 1/3 mile high banked oval at the Jersey Shore to race one last time.

Max Zachem of Preston Connecticut just finished his first full season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competing in all 15 races on the tour only one of 12 drivers to do so. Max also finished second to Chase Dowling for the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour rookie of the year award.
IMG_8429I spoke to Max about the Turkey Derby, the season that was and his future. Max will be bringing the familiar #14 to Wall with a new sponsor hoping that a good showing will lead to continued sponsorship  for 2016. He was very thankful of his 2015 season sponsors Trowbridge Transport/Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair who stepped up to allow him to race the full season. Max spoke of the costs to field a competitive modified and how he was happy with his first full year on the tour. 2 races in particular stood out for Max, the May 29th Waterford Speedbowl where he started in the rear and finished 4th out of 33 cars and Bristol where he started 33rd and finished 14th. Not an easy feat when you have never raced there before.
Looking to 2016 and beyond., as with many drivers it all depends on sponsorship and funding. He has a car that can compete on the NASCAR WMT where e he finished in the top 15 in points and is in the bonus plan for 2016. The bonus program is a big help to run the NASCAR WMT but he would also like to run races on the VMRS and Tri Track Open Modified Series. The costs to field a competitive car goes up every year and finding sponsors is a key to stay on the tour and be competitive. Where Max spends his 2016 is still up in the air but a good finish at the Turkey Derby with a new sponsor could go a long way to firm up next year’s plans.


Andy Jankowiak is another young modified driver from upstate Buffalo New York looking to do well at the 42nd annual Turkey Derby. Andy chases his racing dreams in a different way. Andy runs on the ROC modified tour in upstate New York, the KOMA series down south and the Tri Track series in New England. Andy travels a great deal of miles from his Buffalo home to local New York track, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Connecticut  or wherever a good paying race takes him. Andy has his own car the #73X but also runs a Rick Kluth built and owned modified.

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The seasons have had ups and downs for Andy, when he comes to the track he gets the most out of his equipment. His bright green and yellow numbers 73X may not be the prettiest or newest but it gets the job done. The Rick Kluth #57 that he drives is also always a potent machine but an accident at the North South Shootout finished that car for the year so he will bring his own #73X to the Turkey Derby at Wall to try and get the job done.

Andy had a 2 race win streak in September, first a KOMA series modified race at Hickory Speedway in North Carolina. then Andy then  started last at Oswego Speedway in the ROC modified tour race and won his next race. Being on a low budget like Andy he said the money from those two wins kept the team going the rest of the season. He told me what he budgeted recently for another trip down south recently and it is amazing what they accomplish with what they have. He recently posted that his main motor has about 3,000 laps on it.
Andy recently announced plans to expand his racing schedule in 2016. As always says he said he just wants to race and next year he will get that wish again.. Andy announced he will have a Steve Mendoza owned Rick Kluth build modified at his disposal that he will run on the NASCAR WMT. It will only be a part time deal but he will get his dream of racing Wall, Bowman Gray and Riverhead in the same season. Andy enjoys racing at Wall Stadium Speedway and Bowman Gray Stadium  having raced both previously and in 201 will get to add Riverhead to his resume of tracks he has run.

The 42nd annual Turkey Derby will be Andy’s last modified race but will not the end his season. Andy plans on hitting the indoor TQ Midget season at Atlantic City, Trenton and Allentown

This weekend the 2015 edition of the Turkey Derby will take place at all Stadium Speedway in Belmar NJ. Bring a Turkey sandwich  then head out for 3 days of season ending stock car racing. With with the weather forecast for Friday and Sat  you won’t even have to dress too warm  Go to Wall Township Speedway’s website for more details.  http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The 42nd running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic at Wall Stadium Speedway, set for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours, is expected to feature one of the largest fields of cars in recent memory. During last Saturday’s final pre-race practice session an astounding 120 cars participated in the testing session. Each of the fields in the participating divisions are expected to be full to overflowing.

Headlining Turkey Derby competition will be the Tour Type Modifieds in a 150-lap main event and the track’s Downs Ford Modifieds in a 100-lapper.

On hand for the two pre-race practice sessions and turning fast times were Tour Type Modified standouts Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct., Keith Rocco of Berlin, Ct., Nick Ladyga of Voluntown, Ct., Max Zachem of Preston, Ct. and Austin Kochenash and Eric Kocher, both of Danielsville, Pa.

Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Ken Darch and Dave Sapienza, both of Riverhead, N.Y., Howell speedsters Jimmy Blewett and Eric Mauriello, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham, Tuckerton’s Robby Walton, Cory Osland of East Hampton, N.Y., Jackson’s Steven Reed, Tim Arre of Toms River, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Anthony Sesely of Matawan were also turning fast Tour Type Modified laps.

Although not participating in the two practice sessions Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct., Woody Pitkat, Matt Hirschman, Les Hinckley, David Calabrese and Doug Coby of Milford, Ct. have all expressed an interest in entering the 150-lap Tour Type Modified event.

The speedway’s own Downs Ford Modifieds were also well represented at both test sessions as newly crowned champion Steven Reed, Danny Bohn of Millstone, Jimmy Blewett, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Andrew Krause, Blair Culhane of Brookfield, Ct. and Michael Gervais of Southberry, Ct. all seemed fast in practice.

Ron Frees of Brick, Keith Mulleneaux of Egg Harbor City, Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Zack Alspach of Willingboro, Justin Gumley of Howell, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River, Jackson’s Jason Treat, Tommy Farrell of Shrewsbury, Howell’s Chris Reynolds and Sesely were also turning laps at top speeds preparing for the Downs Ford Modified 100-lap feature.

Among the drivers contemplating entering both Modified races are Reed, Blewett, Krause, Bohn, Mauriello, Ingraham, Carrig, Sesely, Hirschman and Alspach.

On Friday, November 27, 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 Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will battle in a 30-lapper and the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

On Saturday, November 28, 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 Down Ford Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that also offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature, as will the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the open cockpit Three Quarter Midgets. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval.

The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, November 29, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., 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 racing in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 60-lapper on Sunday and Trucks are returning to the speedway for a 25-lap main event. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.

A special commemorative Turkey Derby 42 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.

Fans are also reminded that speedway sponsor Woody’s Roadside Tavern in nearby Farmingdale will host the popular Victory Lane Radio program on Friday evening with many of the racing stars stopping by for interviews.

Turkey Derby rules, registration forms, ticket purchase forms and more detailed information are all available on the speedway website at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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 CKMotorsports@aol.com.