Photo Showtime Jimmy Blewett
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Veteran stock car driver Jimmy Blewett drove his family trademark red, white and blue No. 76 to victory Saturday night in the 40-lap Modified stock car feature race at Wall Stadium Speedway. It was his first win of the year in the No. 76 as his other two wins came in the Wall Modified No. 24 or Eric Lane and the NASCAR Modified No. 7 of Tommy Baldwin.
The returning Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor, Milltown’s Derek Hopkinson and Freehold’s Chas Okerson struggled for the lead early in the race as Blewett and Freehold’s Steven Reed soon arrived in the top five. Near the lap ten mark Blewett was flying as he quickly advanced to the second spot before diving to the inside of Frees to take the lead. Reed, Jackson’s Kyle Scisco and Andrew Krause of Holmdel followed him through.
Reed and Scisco chased Blewett through the halfway mark before a few of the top runners momentarily lost control exiting turn four. Everyone recovered but Scisco lost several positions. Hopkinson was then the show late in the race as he sliced and diced his way back into the runner-up spot behind eventual winner Blewett. Krause, Reed and Okerson wrapped up the top five.
“We have been struggling with this car a little bit, but I think we have got it figured out. “ Blewett said. “We lost a good friend James Lore this week, so we want to dedicate this win to his memory.”
Nick Kilmer of Howell raced to his first win since 2019 in the companion 25 lapper for the Factory Stocks. Kilmer took the lead early and fought off the challenges of Brick’s Kevin Flores late in the race. A restart with two laps remaining offered plenty of excitement. Scott Riggleman of Manchester slipped into second in the late going, with Flores, Manhawkin’s Robert Stack and Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City rounding out the top five.
Tanner Jones of Glen Gardner won his fourth Legend Cars 25 lapper over title chase competitor Quinn Trimmer of Waldwick. Former champion Peter Bruno of Little Silver, Justin Emmons of Spring Lake Heights and Dylan Flynn of Colts Neck were third through fifth.
Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor took his third win of the season in the Sportsman 25 lap race grabbing the win in the closing circuits. Jackson’s Jarret DiGiantomasso, early leader Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune, Neil Rutt III of Colts Neck and Howell’s Kevin Davison were second through fourth.
Ryan Maher of Neptune City won the 25-lap race for the Fast 4 cars over point leader Sean Vuksanic and Alex Graetz, both of Wall, Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, N.Y. and Greg Viel of Wall.
Ryan Tidman of Southampton, Pa. won the 25-lapper for the touring TQ Midgets.
Saturday night racing action concludes this weekend with the Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Fast 4 cars, and the Legend Cars on the schedule with double point main events on “Champion’s Night.” Driving champions in all five divisions will be decided with grandstand gates opening at 4:00 p.m., qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and main events at 7:00 p.m. In the event of bad weather on October 1, “Champion’s Night will be rescheduled for October 8.
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.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Derek Hopkinson, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Steven Reed, 5. Chas Okerson, 6. Ron Frees, 7. Kyle Scisco, 8. Tyler Truex, 9. Eddie McCarthy, 10. Neil Rutt III, 11. Blake Barney, 12. Shaun Carrig, 13. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 14. Ricky Collins, 15. Tommy Martino, Jr., 16. Jake Nelke, 17. Tom Catanzaro, 18. Mike Brennan, 19. Joey Merlino
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. NICK KILMER, HOWELL, 2. Scott Riggleman, 3. Kevin Flores, 4. Robert Stack, 5. Bryan O’Shea, 6. Johnny Carpenter, 7. Elliot Wohl, 8. Ryan Bilello, 9. Brian Osborn, 10. Matt Badessa, 11. Bob Anderton, 12. Tom Rajkowski, 13. Dean Gilchrist, 14. Steve Mangano, 15. Kristin O’Shea, 16. Nancy Riggleman, 17. Nick Catone, 18. Gregg Moench, 19. AJ Jadacki, 20. Billy Both
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TANNER JONES, GLEN GARDNER, 2. Quinn Trimmer, 3. Peter Bruno, 4. Justin Emmons, 5. Dylan Flynn, 6. Cody Critelli, 7. Ryan Kulthau, 8. Liane Sharry, 9. Steve Woytysiak, 10. Roger Nickerson, 11. Bryan Gardella, 12. Matt Verlangieri, 13. Nate Divone
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JONATHAN LAUREIGH, LANOKA HARBER, 2. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 3. Jeffrey Loesch, 4. Neil Rutt III, 5. Kevin Davison, 6. Chris Silvestri, 7. Tyler Ferris, 8. Ryan Fisher, 9. Teddy Cranmer, 10. Greg Gastelu, 11. Dave Bailey, 12. Robert Sutphin
FAST 4 FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RYAN MAHER, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. Sean Vuksanic, 3. Alex Graetz, 4. Mike Lavery, 5. Greg Viel, 6. Alonzo Morales, 7. Nicole Razzano, 8. Logan Fraser, 9. Travis Schwarz, 10. Rob Anderton, 11. Kayleigh Sharry