WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Andrew Krause of Holmdel raced from ninth on the grid to win his sixth Modified stock car main event of the season at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Krause’s impressive performance also nailed down his second straight Modified driving title at the third mile paved oval.
Tyler Truex of Egg Harbor Township was the first leader of the test before Jackson’s Steven Reed and Brick’s Eddie McCarthy moved in to challenge as Krause continued his climb towards the front. The battle for the top spot then continued well past halfway before Truex and Reed tangled on the front stretch. McCarthy and Krause then advanced into the top two spots on the restart before Truex and Reed again tussled on the front stretch with Truex tangling with the first turn guard rail as a result.
On the ensuing restart Krause used the outside lane to rocket into the lead and raced on to the win and the title. McCarthy was the runner-up, with Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Reed and New Egypt’s Jason Hearne wrapping up he top five.
“These guys killed it again!” Krause said in the winner’s circle as he pointed twoard his pit crew. “We took home our sixth win of the year to finish out the regular season and wrap up the championship! Thanks to everyone involved! This is what it’s all about!”
Billy Both of Rahway moved into contention early and raced on to his first ever Factory Stock 25 lap win. Both battled with title contender and former champ Elliot Wohl of Beachwood late in the race before Wohl spun from contention for both the win and the season-long title. Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City, who also suffered a spin early in the test, recovered to finish sixth to secure the driving crown. Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Farmingdale’s Doug Ashford, Nick Catone of Brick and Robert Stack of Manahawkin completed the top five.
Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson overcame early race trouble and a flat tire to finish sixth in the Sportsman main event and that was enough for him to secure that division’s driving crown. Kevin Davison of Howell, the eventual champ’s closest rival, did all he could to steal way the title as he won his third race of the year but fell two points short. Jake Nelke of Manahawkin, Chris Silvestri of Hazlet, Parlin’s Larry Thompson and Ryan Fisher of Howell were second through fifth.
Ian Ashford of Farmingdale grabbed his second win of the year in the 25-lapper for the Fast 4 cars, taking the lead on lap four and then holding off challenger Billy Pross of Hazlet late in the event. Mike Lavery of Orangeburg, N.Y., Alex Graetz of Wall and Nicole Razzano of Cookstown completed the top five, while Burlington’s Alonzo Morales earned the 2021 driving crown by finishing sixth.
Mike Alcaro of West Milford topped the 25-lapper for the Legend Cars, taking the lead on lap five. Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y., Long Island’s Allan Pederson, Richie Davidowicz of Center Moriches, N.Y. and Tanner Jones wrapped up the top five. Mason Magee of Northeast, Md. overcame early race trouble to recover for a sixth place finish that earned him the 2021 driving title.
The 2021 Saturday night post season begins this Saturday (Oct. 9) evening with the annual running of the 127-lap Cliff Krause Memorial for the Modifieds. Sportsman cars, Fast 4 cars and Factory Stocks will compete in 27 lap races. Grandstands will open at 3:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 4:00 p.m. and main event action starts at 6:00 p.m.
The post season will then continue with the 48th annual running of Turkey Derby on November 20, 26 and 27 during the daylight hours. More information is 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 – 40 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Eddie McCarthy, 3. Derek Hopkinson, 4. Steven Reed, 5. Jason Hearne, 6. Joey Merlino, 7. Blake Barney, 8. Shaun Carrig, 9. Marc Rogers, 10. Mike Brennan, 11. Jason Treat, 12. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 13. Tommy Martino, Jr., 14. Tom Catanzaro, 15. Kenny Matlach, 16. Kenny Van Wickle, DQ Tyler Truex
CHAMPION: ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL
FATORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BILLY BOTH, RAHWAY, 2. Scott Riggleman, 3. Doug Ashford, 4. Nick Catone, 5. Robert Stack, 6. Bryan O’Shea, 7. Brian Osborn, 8. Gregg Moench, 9. Ricky Collins, 10. Elliot Wohl, 11. Brian DeSarno, 12. AJ Jadacki, 13. Nick Kilmer, 14. Tom Rajkowski, 15. Matt Guadagno, 16. John Carpenter, 17. Matt Badessa, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. Kevin Flores
CHAMPION: BRYAN O’SHEA, NEPTUNE CITY
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KEVIN DAVISON, HOWELL, 2. Jake Nelke, 3. Chris Silvestri, 4. Larry Thompson, 5. Ryan Fisher, 6. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 7. Jimmy Wolcott, 8. Kenny Reaves, 9. Dave Bailey, 10. Neil Rutt III, 11. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 12. Jeffrey Loesch, 13. Robert Sutphin
CHAMPION: CARSTEN DIGIANTOMASSO
FAST 4 FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. IAN ASHFORD, FARMINGDALE, 2. Billy Pross, 3. Mike Lavery, 4. Alex Graetz, 5. Nicole Razzano, 6. Alonzo Morales, 7. Deanna McLaren, 8. Sean Vuksanic, 9. Cody Critelli, 10. Lianne Sharry, 11. Bill Schwarz, 12. Ryan Maher, 13. James Hall
CHAMPION: ALONZO MORALES, BURLINGTON
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Kevin Nowak, 3. Allan Pederson, 4. Richie Davidowicz, 5. Tanner Jones, 6. Mason Magee, 7. Quinn Trimmer, 8. Malcolm Campbell, 9. Eugene Drew, 10. Justin Emmons, 11. Phil Bogdan, 12. Lianne Sharry, 13. Roger Nickerson, 14. Matt Verlangieri
CHAMPION: MASON MAGEE, NORTHEAST, MD.