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REED AND HOPKINSON ARE WALL MODIFIED TWIN WINNERS

WALL, N.J. ~ Steven Reed of Jackson and Toms River’s Derek Hopkinson were winners in All American Auto Group Modified stock car twin 35-lap main events at Wall Stadium on Saturday night. The wins came in front of a large “First Responders Night” crowd.

In the first Modified race Reed and early leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel struggled for the top spot early before they touched on a restart. Krause went sliding as a result as Reed raced into the lead. Reed then fought off Brick’s Eric Mauriello in the late stages of the contest before nailing down the win. Roger Coss of Lafayette was third in the 20-car field, while Tyler Truex of Mayetta and Long Island’s Ken Matlach wrapped up the top five.

Hopkinson charged to the front at the outset of the second 35-lapper and never looked back. Matlach haunted him early before Truex advanced to second and challenged. Later in the race Truex had to divert his attention from chasing Hopkinson and fighting off the advances of Reed. Krause and Mauriello were fourth and fifth.

After his car was nearly destroyed in a wreck in his last race here John Carpenter of Howell took the lead with an outside lane pass and then raced to victory in the companion 25 lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Wall’s Bryan O’Shea and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman, who was involved in that recent wreck with Carpenter, was third. Shanon Mongeau of Jackson and John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant were fourth and fifth.

An outside lane pass was also the winning move for Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson in the 25-lap Center state Engineering Sportsman feature race. Micheal Carr of Pt. Pleasant advanced to second by the finish with Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor, Kyle Scisco of Jackson and Edison’s Neil Rutt III finishing third through fifth.

Point leader Rutt continued his winning ways by taking the top spot in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Early leader Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim was second while Ryan Maher and Jeffrey Loesch, both of Neptune City, and Ian Ashford of Howell completed the top five.

Jackson’s Shanon Mongeau won the 25-lapper for the Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Models over Bayville’s Mike Tillett, Chris Silvestri of Hazlet, Michelle Moorman and Greg Gastelu.

Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (July 20) night. Featuring a discounted $10 adult admission, Pack the Track Night will feature twin 25-lap main events for both the Sportsman and Factory Stock cars. 25-lappers will also be contested by the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Three-Quarter Midgets. Demolition Derby action will also be a highlight of the program. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m.

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 ckmotorsports@aol.com.

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1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 35 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Roger Coss, 4. Tyler Truex, 5. Ken Matlach, 6. Eddie McCarthy, 7 Derek Hopkinson, 8. Andrew Krause, 9. Joey Jarowicz, 10. Kevin Davison, 11. Ed Delage, 12. Jason Treat, 13. Richie Cooper, 14. Tom Catanzaro, 15. Mike Brennan, 16. Kenny Van Wickle, 17. Joey Merlino, 18. Robert French, 19. Chris Andretta, 20. Christian LaCicero

2ND MODIFIED FEATURE – 35 Laps – 1. DEREK HOPKINSON, TOMS RIVER, 2. Truex, 3. Reed, 4. Krause, 5. Mauriello, 6. Matlach, 7. Davison, 8. Van Wickle, 9. Coss, 10. Delage, 11. French, 12. Treat, 13. Catanzaro, 14. Brennan, 15. Cooper, 16. McCarthy, 17. Jarowicz, 18. Merlino, 19. Andretta, 20. LaCicero

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOHN CARPENTER, HOWELL, 2. Bryan O’Shea, 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Shanon Mongeau, 5. John Bowers, 6. Elliot Wohl, 7. Tom Rajkowski, 8. Tim Majek, 9. Nick Kilmer, 10. Brian Osborn, 11. Matt Badessa, 12. Robert Ptaszynski, 13. Tony Bartone, 14. Kevin Flores, 15. Matt Malachaka, 16. Billy Both, 17. Nancy Riggleman, 18. Ashley Taylor, 19. Joey Helberg, 20. Robert Stack 21. Joe Mongeau

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. CARSTEN DIGIANTOMASSO, JACKSON, 2. Michael Carr, 3. Jonathan Laureigh, 4. Kyle Scisco, 5. Neil Rutt III, 6. Robert Sutphin, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Micheal Rising, 9. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 10. Rich Kopf, 11. Eric Lane, 12. Christian LaCicero, 13 Tommy Martino

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. NEIL RUTT III, EDISON, 2. Alonzo Morales, 3. Ryan Maher, 4. Jeffrey Loesch, 5. Ian Ashford, 6. Marko Vulsanic, 7. Doug Ashford, 8. John Ciallella, 9. Darianne McLaren, 10. Cody Critelli, 11. Brian Osborn, 12. Nicole Razzano, 13. Deanna McLaren

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, JACKSON, 2. Mike Tillett, 3. Chris Silvestri, 4. Michelle Moorman, 5. Greg Gastelu, Jim Moorman

“FIRST RESPONDERS” WILL BE HONORED AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY (JULY 13) WITH TWIN MOD RACES

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Exciting stock car racing, which will feature twin 40 laps races for the All American Auto Group Modified stock cars, will take center stage on the speedway and community heroes will be honored in the grandstands as Wall Stadium Speedway presents “First Responders Night” this Saturday (July 13). On the track five divisions will compete in six main events while in the grandstands the men and women who serve our community in police forces, fire companies and rescue squads will be admitted to the spectator area free of charge with proper identification.

Grandstand seating will open at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. The evening’s main event action will follow around 7:00 p.m. In addition, the track will celebrate the nation’s birthday with a special performance by the Newark Fire Department Honor Guard and the New Jersey Pipe Band.

On the third mile high-banked paved oval the Modifieds will be in the spotlight in two 40-lap main events. Top drivers Eric Mauriello of Brick, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Jackson’s Steven Reed, Roger Coss of Lafayette, Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River and Jason Treat of Jackson, just to name a few, are expected to see action.

The Center State Engineering Sportsman cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Models are all slated to compete in 25-lap feature races.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying for the night’s program starts at 5:45 p.m. and main events will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through early October. Special events are also featured in the fall including the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the season ending Turkey Derby on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The speedway 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, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is available atwallspeedwayracing.com.

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Out of Towners Ben Seitz, Dave McKnight and Dan Bowes Expected for Oswego’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Prix

OSWEGO, NY (July 2, 2019) – Veteran Supermodified campaigners Ben Seitz, Dave McKnight, and Dan Bowes are all expected at Oswego Speedway for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Oswego ‘Grand Prix’ this Saturday, July 6. 

Just for taking the green flag in the 75-lap main event, part of the Corr-Pak Oswego / ISMA ‘Reciprocal Agreement’, all International Supermodified Association cars will be guaranteed $750 to start.

Seitz, McKnight, and Bowes each have prior appearances at the lakeside oval this season, with Bowes being the most frequent visitor. The driver of the No. 25 has attended all but one event in 2019 with one top five and three top ten finishes to his credit. 

No stranger to Oswego, McKnight competed in May’s Season Opener, showing great speed with the Gary Morton No. 70. Unfortunately, motor issues halted the team’s progress. A former winner in the non-wing ranks, there is no doubt this cagey Canadian veteran will contend. 

Driving the iconic Soule 32, Seitz made his Oswego debut in the Twin 35’s on June 8. It took the ISMA regular no time to adjust to the rear wing, as he found the 16.3 bracket in time trials. With a test scheduled for Friday, this hall of fame team will surely be ready to go on race day. 

The upcoming July 6 program at Oswego Speedway features the second autograph session of the season along with fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. Extra distance features will be held for the Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Super divisions. 

For more information on the program’s schedule, or for admission prices, fans are able to visit the track online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway. 

To purchase tickets for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Prix or any 2019 Oswego Speedway event, please call the track box office at (315)-342-0646. 

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