WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Driving the bright red No. 14 for “Team 14,” one of the most famous and successful racing teams in Wall Stadium Speedway’s 70 year history, Blake Barney of Jackson raced to his career first Modified stock car victory in the 40-lapper on Saturday night. Barney’s victory came on the evening when the speedway’s loyal followers honored the memory of photographer JJ Lane who passed away from natural causes during the off season.
Tyler Truex of Mayetta jumped to the early lead as Brick’s Dom Fattaruso ran second. Barney had advanced to third by the ten lap mark and vaulted into second just past halfway. Lap 30 offered the final caution of he event when Robert French of Howell and Holmdel’s Andrew Krause tangled in turn three. Lining up to the outside of Truex on the rolling restart, Barney made the outside lane work and powered to the lead for good.
Truex crossed the finish line second, but lost the position when it was found during post race inspection that his team had mistakenly bolted on a tire that was not recorded in the team’s tire bank. That elevated Howell’s Jimmy Blewett to second, with defending champ Steven Reed of Jackson, Fattaruso and Brick’s Eddie McCarthy rounding out the top five.
“I want to thank my mother, my father and grandfather for all they have done for me,” Barney said in the winner’s circle. “I knew that I was stepping into some big shoes when I started to drive this car. It is an honor to drive for a team that has had so many great drivers. The car is working real well on the outside here. I knew if I could get up to second I would have a chance.”
With just one early caution flag slowing the test, Neptune City’s Bryan O’Shea used power and handling to race from an 11th starting spot to win his third straight 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks. Early race leader Kevin Flores of Brick and Howell’s Brian Osborn crossed the finish line second and third but lost those spots after post-race inspections. Billy Both of Rahway and Howell’s John Carpenter then wrapped up the top three, while Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. and Scott Riggleman on Manchester were fourth and fifth.
After suffering through bad fortunes in the first two events of the season, Jarret DiGiantomasso raced to victory in the Sportsman 25-lapper. Brick’s Robert Sutphin was runner-up, with Manahawkin’s Jake Nelke, Lanoka Harbor’s Jonathan Laureigh and Neil Rutt III of Edison third through fifth.
Mike Alcaro took the lead on an early restart and raced on to his first Legend Cars 25-lap win of the year. Waldwick’s Quinn Trimmer, Little Silver’s Peter Bruno, Colin Milroy and Eugene Drew were second through fifth.
Buddy Sload won the 25-lap main event for the traveling TQ Midgets with Joey Bailey, Ryan Tidman, Kyle Taraska and Jeff Kott the remainder of the top five.
The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (August 15) evening with the Modifieds competing in the annual running of the 125-lap Garden State Classic. Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and Limited Late Models will also see action in 25-lap main events. The pit area will open at 12:30 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 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.
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MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. BLAKE BARNEY, JACKSON, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Steven Reed, 4. Dom Fattaruso, 5. Eddie McCarthy, 6. Ron Frees, 7. Derek Hopkinson, 8. Joey Merlino, 9. Andrew Krause, 10. Tommy Martino, 11. Jason Treat, 12. Glenn Slocum, Jr., 13. Kevin Davison, 14. Robert French, 15. Mike Brennan, DQ Tyler Truex
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRYAN O’SHEA, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. Billy Both, 3. John Carpenter, 4. Mike Montano, 5. Scott Riggleman, 6. Elliott Wohl, 7. Tom Rajkowski, 8. Gary Burton, 9. Nick Catone, 10. Robert Ptaszynski, 11. Matt Badessa, 12. Robert Stack, 13. Cody Geist, 14. Nancy Riggleman, 15. Nick Kilmer, 16. Brian DeSarno, DQ Kevin Flores, DQ Brian Osborn
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JARRET DIGIANTOMASSO, JACKSON, 2. Robert Sutphin, 3. Jake Nelke, 4. Jonathan Laureigh, 5. Neil Rutt III, 6. Eric Lane, 7. Rob Anderton, 8. Jimmy Wolcott, 9. Jeffrey Loesch, 10. Dave Bailey, 11. Tomas Stainionis, 12. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 13. Rob Schultz
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Quinn Trimmer, 3. Peter Bruno, 4. Colin Milroy, 5. Eugene Drew, 6. Bryan Gardella, 7. Eric Green, 8. Joe Przybylinski, 9. Steven Woytysiak, 10. Roger Nickerson, 11. Lianne Sharry, 12. Phil Bogdan