WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Using speed, handling and a strategy that included a late race pit stop for two new tires, Andrew Krause of Holmdel raced through the field in the closing 28 laps to win the third annual “Cliff Krause Memorial” presented by NAPA Auto Parts Modified stock car race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Andrew Krause also won the first edition of the event in 2018.
The race, which paid $7,127 to the winner, is contested each season to honor the man who is credited by most for reestablishing the third mile paved oval’s rich racing heritage. Cliff Krause passed away in January, 2018, of natural causes. His family continues to operate the speedway.
2019 race winner Eric Mauriello of Brick was the first leader of the contest as Krause began his climb to the front of the 24-car field from a 12th starting spot. Mauriello fought off a host of contenders, including Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Jon Mandato of Toms River, Tyler Truex of Little Egg Harbor and Howell’s Jimmy Blewett, through the caution plagued first 79 laps. During a lap 79 caution Mauriello and many of his fellow top runners ducked into the pit area for tires and Krause took over the lead.
During the following 20 laps the new tires on the top runners’ cars proved to be important as the group tracked down Krause. Krause then elected to pit on lap 99 for two new tires and the added traction propelled him from the rear of the field to the front. Krause then wrestled for the top spot with 15 laps remaining before securing the lead and racing on the to emotional win. Blewett and Mauriello were second and third, while Steven Reed of Jackson, who was always in contention, was fourth and Truex was fifth.
‘I wish my dad was here to enjoy this win with me,” Krause said after the race. ‘He was my best friend and I miss him so much. He loved this place just like my mother and sister do. Wall Stadium meant a lot to him.
“I have to thank my family and everyone who works on the car for this. I think a lot of people were second guessing us when we pitted late for tires. I guess it worked!”
Former champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. won the companion 25-lap race for the Factory Stocks, grabbing the lead from Howell’s John Carpenter near the 20-lap mark. Elliot Wohl of Beachwood, Rahway’s Billy Both and point leader Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City wrapped up the top four. Carpenter was fifth.
Point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City raced to the lead on lap 18 and took his third win of the season in the 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lap race. Alonzo Morales of Burlington raced to second and early leader Ian Ashford of Farmingdale was third. Hazlet’s Sal Liguori and Billy Pross of Hazlet were fourth and fifth.
Mike Alcaro of New Milford took the lead early and never looked back in winning the Legend Cars 25-lapper. Riley O’Keefe, Wall’s Rob Silver, Peter Bruno of Little Silver and Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick wrapped up the top five.
The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (Sept. 26) evening with the Modified stock cars racing in a 40-lap event while the Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Sportsman cars and the Limited Late Models are on the card in 25-lap main events. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
Current plans call for Saturday night racing action to continue through October 10 with updated schedule details always available at wallspeedwayracing.com.
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 email@example.com.
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MODIFIED FEATURE – 127 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Eric Mauriello, 4. Steven Reed, 5. Tyler Truex, 6. Kyle Scisco, 7. Ricky Collins, 8. Shaun Carrig, 9. 9. Roger Coss, 10. Jason Treat, 11. Zach Alspach, 12. Jon Mandato, 13. Anthony Sesely, 14. Marc Rogers, 15. Eddie McCarthy, 16. Adam LaCicero, 17. Robert French, 18. Jack Ely, 19. Ron Frees, 20. Kenny Van Wickle, 21. Derek Hopkinson, 22. Kevin Davison, 23. Joey Merlino, 24. Jason Hearne, DID NOT QUALIFY Glenn Slocum, Mike Brennan, Vinnie Marone
FACTORY STOCK – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE MONTANO, FREEPORT, N.Y., 2 Elliot Wohl, 3. Billy Both, 4. Bryan O’Shea, 5. John Carpenter, 6. Brian DeSarno, 7. Nick Kilmer, 8. Gary Burton, 9. Matt Malachatka, 10. Mike Baldwin, 11. Mickey Montano, 12. Scott Riggleman, 13. Matt Badessa, 14. Brian Osborn, 15. Nancy Riggleman, 16. Pete Reinke, 17. Nick Catone, 18. Steve Mangano, 19. Tom Rajkowski, 20. Tim Majek, 21. Robert Stack, 22. Tony Bartone
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RYAN MAHER, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. Alonzo Morales, 3. Ian Ashford, 4. Sal Liguori, 5. Billy Pross, 6. Doug Ashford, 7. TJ Graves, 8. Sean Vulsanic, 9. Darianne McLaren, 10. Kayleigh Sharry, 11. Nicole Razzano, 12. Deanna McLaren, 13. Bill Schwarz, 14. Richard Smith, 15. Cody Critelli
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, NEW MILFORD, 2. Riley O’Keefe, 3. Rob Silver, 4. Peter Bruno, 5. Quinn Trimmer, 6. Bryan Gardella, 7. Eric Green, 8. Steve Stull, 9. Phil Bogdan, 10. Joe Przybylinski, 11. Roger Nickerson, 12. Steve Woytysiak