POWER RESTORED – WALL STADIUM AUTO RACES SET FOR SATURDAY (AUG. 8)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With the area’s power restored after a mid-week storm, exciting auto racing, which will feature Modified stock cars and Midget car racing, will take center stage on the speedway and community heroes will be honored in the grandstands as Wall Stadium Speedway presents “First Responders Night” this Saturday (Aug. 8). On the track five divisions will compete while in the grandstands the men and women who serve our community as Police, Fire, EMTs, Doctors, Nurses, Healthcare Workers and Lifeguards will be admitted to the spectator area with a $5 discount with proper identification. On this evening, the memory of long-time speedway supporter and photographer John John Lane with be honored. Lane passed away of natural causes during the off season.

Grandstand seating will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5:30 p.m. The evening’s main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m.

On the third mile high-banked paved oval the Modifieds will be in the spotlight in a 40-lap main event. Early season winners Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Jimmy Blewett of Howell, along with top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Jackson’s Steven Reed, Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor and Jason Treat of Jackson, just to name a few, are expected to see action.

The Sportsman cars, the Factory Stocks and the Legend Cars are all slated to compete in 25-lap feature races. The open cockpit TQ Midgets of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will race in a 25-lapper on the “inner oval.”

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 12:30 p.m. with paid practice set for between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying for the night’s program starts at 5:30 p.m. and main events will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturday nights through early October. The Thanksgiving weekend classic Turkey Derby event is slated for November.

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 CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is available at wallspeedwayracing.com.

WHICH ONE DO YOU RUN: MIXED BAG OF MOTOR PACKAGES, CARS COMPETING WITH TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES

By Kyle Souza

Photo:Tom Morris/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — For years, the Tri Track Open Modified Series has drawn cars from all across the Northeast, merging some of the top Modified talent together for some of the best racing in the region. Some of the reason why the Tri Track Series is so successful with car count and stout racing on the track is because of the large array of motor packages, chassis and race teams involved.

Teams are drawn from more than five states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and they all come from distinct backgrounds. Some have been running with Tri Track for years, while others watched the success the series built and decided it was time to give it a shot to chase the lucrative purse structures. Cars have come from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Tour and Modified Racing Series, along with locals in Modified divisions from Monadnock Speedway and Wall Stadium.

And there is more after that. Most recently, NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece competed with the Tri Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway during an off-weekend from Cup action, finishing sixth. The Tri Track Open Modified Series offers a purse of more than $40,000 throughout the field during the 2020 season, including $6,000 to win and $1,000 to take the green flag in the feature. Even the cars that don’t qualify for the race due to the high car count still receive some bonus money before they head home.

On the motor package front, there are about eight packages that are possible. Per the Tri Track rulebook, cars come to the track with a package that they wish to run and most conform to the current rules. There are Tour Type Modified engines, SK Modified and Sportsman Modified motors, NASCAR spec engines and more in the field. Depending on the motor combination a team runs, their overall car weight might be different. For example, Tour Type Modified motors that are between 355ci-364ci are 2,610 pounds on the scales. Those between 365ci-372ci are 2,600 pounds, while a NASCAR Modified Tour spec engine must be 2,660 pounds.  

In five races during the 2019 season, three different motor packages went to Victory Lane, with each built in a different year. Matt Hirschman won with a NASCAR Spec Engine at Claremont Speedway, while he was able to pick up a victory at Oxford Plains with a 18-degree tour type engine, circa 2008. Ronnie Williams took the Gary Casella prepared No. 25 to Victory Lane with a 18-degree tour type engine that was circa 2005. Ron Silk and Bob Horn prepared a car with a circa 2004 Tour-Type engine and won at Star, while Jimmy Paige brought a 21-degree Dart Spec Head Tour Type motor built in 2018 to Victory Lane at Seekonk. 

With different motors, there are also different engine builders in the field, with names like Hutter, Performance Technology, Bob Bruneau Engines, Mike Pettit Engines, Billy the Kid Race Engines and more building for competition. Although there is a bit of a weight difference between some of the motors, it doesn’t show on the track, with different packages winning and running at the front. 

Outside of motors, there are also countless different cars and chassis builders in the field. There are a mix of Troyer, LFR (TFR Distribution), SPAFCO, Race Works, Boehler Racing, CD, Kluth, Fury and more chassis in the field. Some cars are home-built, like Boehler Racing and Matt Swanson or Rich Kluth Motorsports, while others are built in the chassis shop of a company. For example, SPAFCO Chassis supplies the car that nearly won Les Hinckley the opening race of the season at Monadnock Speedway.

Specifically last year, five different type chassis went to Victory Lane.

It’s clear that the Tri Track Open Modified Series has a wide array of drivers, cars, motors and more. But the fans remain some of the best in Modified racing and have supported the series since its inception. 

The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track on Saturday, August 15, at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. With the state of New Hampshire putting a max capacity of 50 percent on the grandstands, fans coming to the track are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead through the Monadnock website.

For more information on Monadnock Speedway, visit them at monadnockspeedway.com. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com, and follow the series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Riverhead Raceway Moves Forward Without Fans But now offers Pay Per View.

Riverhead Raceway was finally able to get the season started with fans on August 1st . A full card of racing went off without a hitch with a good socially distanced crowd.

After consulting with the Town of Riverhead week two will look a bit different. Starting this Saturday night as many tracks have done in New York State, Riverhead Raceway will be racing without fans.

The good news is the season continues and you will be able to watch from the comfort of your home with live streaming via Speedsport. Here is the link to Saturday nights broadcast https://riverheadraceway.tv/.

I spoke to GM John Elwood this week and he told me they were working for the last few weeks putting together a PPV option in case they were required to run with out fans. This Saturday night will see the results of all that hard work.

For $25.00 you will be able to watch the entire night of racing from the last race track on Long Island. You can click on the link above and it will give you all the instructions for enjoying a night at Riverhead Raceway from your own home.

This week starting at 5:45 Riverhead will feature the Late Models with TT’s 40 lap feature, the Mini Stocks with TT’s and 30 lap feature plus the Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, INEX Legends, Super Pro Trucks and the evening will be capped off with a big 50 lap 8 Cylinder Enduro.

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