WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Defending Modified stock car driving champion Andrew Krause continued his 2021 regular season domination Saturday night winning the 61st running of the 125 lap Garden State Classic at Wall Stadium Speedway. While the Holmdel speedsters record is impressive, he had to fight his way to his first classic victory coming from 10th in the 24 car field while wrestling several top runners before taking the $5,000 win.
Brick’s Eddie McCarthy led the first 50 circuits before defending race champion Blake Barney of Jackson forged to the front on lap 51. Barney then led the way past the halfway mark as Krause advanced into the top five. A lap 75 caution, triggered when Brick’s Eric Mauriello tagged the guard rail entering turn one while fighting for a top spot after starting last, saw Krause advance to third on the restart while Anthony Sesely of Hazlet slipped into the lead.
Sesely then held the top spot through the following caution plagued 20 laps before Krause took the lead with 30 laps remaining. More cautions followed in those final 30 laps as Krause fought off Kyle Scisco and then Steven Reed, both of Jackson, the remainder of the event. Unfortunately for Scisco, his great effort came up short with a second turn tangled with less than ten laps remaining.
Krause raced onto the win followed by Reed, McCarthy, the returning Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Tommy Martino of Farmingdale. Tire samples from the top three finishers were sent out to be analyzed.
“With all those cautions and this hot and humid weather, I was starting to worry about dehydration near the end of the race,” Krause said. “We had to start 10th in a great field of cars. I love racing with Steven Reed. He is a legend here and a real good racer. When you can finish in front of the No. 55 you know you have done something.”
Howell’s Johnny Carpenter jumped to the front early and then raced on to victory in the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks. Freehold’s AJ Jadacki chased Carpenter for 20-laps before finishing second with Manchester’s Scott Riggleman third. Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City and Beachwood’s Elliot Wohl completed the top five.
Ian Ashford of Farmingdale celebrated his career first feature race win in the 25-lapper for the Fast 4 division. Alonzo Morales of Burlington advanced to second in the late going while defending champ Ryan Maher of Neptune city was third. Darianne McLaren of Edison and Wall’s Sean Vuksanic were fourth and fifth.
Buddy Sload of Glenmoore, Pa. won the 25-lap feature for the touring Three Quarter Midgets. It was his second straight win.
The 2021 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (June 12) evening with the Sportsman cars in a 50-lapper, the Factory Stocks in twin 25-lappers, the Legend Cars in a 25-lapper plus Demolition Derby action. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
Current plans call for Saturday night racing action to continue through early October with schedule details 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RACE RESULTS June 5th 2021
MODIFIED FEATURE – 125 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Steven Reed, 3. Eddie McCarthy, 4. Shaun Carrig, 5. Tommy Martino, Jr., 6. Jack Ely, 7. Joey Merlino, 8. Jason Treat, 9. Anthony Sesely, 10. Kenny Van Wickle, 11. Derek Hopkinson, 12. Richie Cooper, 13. Marc Rogers, 14. Ron Frees, 15. Kyle Scisco, 16. Mike Brennan, 17. Blake Barney, 18. Dom Fattaruso, 19. Eric Lane, 20. Ricky Collins, 21. Chris Andretta, 22. Eric Mauriello, 23. Tom Catanzaro, 24. Tyler Truex
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOHNNY CARPENTER, HOWELL, 2. AJ Jadacki, 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Bryan O’Shea, 5. Elliot Wohl, 6. Tom Rajkowski, 7. Doug Ashford, 8. John Bowers, 9. Gary Burton, 10. Brian DeSarno, 11. Nick Kilmer, 12. Theresa Collins, 13. Nick Catone, 14. Dennis Pinkiewitz, 15. Matt Badessa, 16. Tony Bartone, 17. Nancy Riggleman, 18. Steve Mangano
FAST 4 FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. IAN ASHFORD, FARMINGDALE, 2. Alonzo Morales, 3. Rich Maher, 4. Darianne McLaren, 5. Sean Vuksanic, 6. Nicole Razzano, 7. Cody Critelli, 8. Greg Veil, 9. Richard Smith, 10. Michael Lavery, 11. Deanna McLaren, 12. Kayleigh Sharry, 13. Darren Burdge, 14. Chris Hankins