WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ If the quality and quantity of race cars at the November 14 Turkey Derby practice and the interest of other Modified stock car drivers can be any indication the 42nd running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic at Wall Stadium Speedway will feature an all-star field. The event is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend and set during the daylight hours.

On hand for the November 14 practice and turning fast times were Tour Type Modified standouts Keith Rocco of Berlin, Ct., Nick Ladyga of Voluntown, Ct., Max Zachem of Preston, Ct., Austin Kochenash and Eric Kocher, both of Danielsville, Pa., Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Howell speedsters Jimmy Blewett and Eric Mauriello, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls. Although not practicing on November 14 hot shoes Anthony Sesely of Matawan, Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct., Woody Pitkat, Ken Darch, Matt Hirschman, Les Hinckley, David Calabrese, Andy Jankowiak, and Doug Coby of Milford, Ct. have all expressed an interest in entering the 150-lap Tour Type Modified event.

The speedway’s own Downs Ford Modifieds were also well represented at the November 14 test session as newly crowned champion Steven Reed of Jackson, Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Zack Alspach of Willingboro, Justin Gumley of Howell, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River, Jackson’s Jason Treat, Howell’s Chris Reynolds and Sesely were all turning laps at top speeds preparing for the 100-lap feature.

Among the drivers contemplating entering both Modified races are Blewett, Mauriello, Ingraham, Carrig, Sesely, Hirschman and Alspach.

One more paid practice session will be held this Saturday November 21. Grandstand admission is free for the session, which will run from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Pit area gates will open at 9:00 a.m.

On Friday, November 27, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. with feature racing scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. The Snap-on Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will battle in a 30-lapper and the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

On Saturday, November 28, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Tour Type Modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $5,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Down Ford Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that also offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature, as will the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the open cockpit Three Quarter Midgets. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval.

The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, November 29, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., qualifying at noon and main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks racing in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 60-lapper on Sunday and Trucks are returning to the speedway for a 25-lap main event. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.

S&D Bodyline is among those offering contingency awards for the weekend as are Driven Racing and Brice’s NAPA Auto Supply. Downs Ford is sponsoring a portion of the Wall Modified purse while lap sponsorships for the weekend are still available by calling the speedway office.

A special commemorative Turkey Derby 42 sweatshirt will be available during the weekend and fans are reminded to bring small headset type radios to listen to the live call of the race events over the track’s 90.1 FM frequency. Campers are welcome but they are urged to call the speedway office prior to the event to make mandatory reservations.

Fans are also reminded that speedway sponsor Woody’s Roadside Tavern in nearby Farmingdale will host the popular Victory Lane Radio program on Friday evening with many of the racing stars stopping by for interviews.

Turkey Derby rules, registration forms, ticket purchase forms and more detailed information are all available on the speedway website at

Wall Stadium 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 and email address is


LANCASTER, N.Y. (November 15, 2015) – Lancaster National Speedway put the wraps on a successful 2015 season for the Seneca Resorts & Casinos Stock Car program on Saturday night with the annual season awards banquet held at the Backstage Pub in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
LNS1115- (2)Drivers from Lancaster’s three weekly home track divisions shared in the $10,000 point fund. Money collected from the sale of each Hoosier Racing tire sold at the speedway during the 2015 season went towards the points fund as did a contribution from track management. The Friends of Auto Racing (FOAR Score) Fan Club paid out an additional $5,900 to the drivers that was raised through the 50/50 ticket sales administered by FOAR Score every Saturday night at Lancaster.
The stars of the evening were the 2015 Lancaster National Speedway track champions. Mark Pennell of Lancaster secured first career track championship in the Sportsman Modifieds. Pennell bounced back from finishes of 11th and 13th in the first two LNS1115- (1)races of the season to take home the title for the Thompson Racing team. It was the first championship for the Thompson team since 1996.
Richard Sharpe of Lancaster picked up the 2015 Street Stock title. Sharpe had a dominant season with wins in six out of the seven races. He failed to finish outside of the top three in 2015. It’s the first championship for the 2014 U.S. Open Street Stock winner.
LNS1115- (5)Depew, N.Y.’s Rich Bartel was crowned 4-Cylinder champion for the second-straight year. Bartel’s title defense came down to the final night of the season as he caught and passed Chris Bugenhagen with four laps to go to secure the championship. His title run was sparked by a run of four-straight top two finishes to end the season, including two wins.
A pair of specialty awards were also presented. Long time Lancaster fans, “Camper Jim” and Linda Gottman, received the Alex Friesen Spirit of Racing Award. The Gottmans are a fixture of the camping area in the speedway parking lot, where they faithfully park their RV for each and every Modified race. They are also supporters of lap sponsorship programs where the contribute in the memory of their departed friend, Alex Friesen.
LNS1115- (3)
Lancaster National Speedway General Manager, Melissa McGowan, was presented with the Tommy Druar Contribution to Racing Award for her efforts in leading the turn around of the facility this season. McGowan started her position on December 1, 2014, and within a few months had assembled a management staff, planned a season schedule and put together the initial details of the speedway’s capital improvement plan. All of this was done with a devotion for a place that she had seen for the first time in her life just a few months prior.  McGowan will be scaling back her role with Lancaster in 2016 to spend more time with her family in North Carolina.
LNS1115- (4)Newly named Track President, Tim Packman, addressed the audience and committed to continuing the progress made this past season. Packman has signed a three-year contract with the track’s ownership group as he takes on his new role. He and McGowan have already begun preparations for the 2016 season by securing sponsors for the upcoming year.
The 2016 season at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will begin the weekend of April 16-17. The stock car opener will be Sunday, April 17 featuring a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

Riverhead Rewind is Back This Wed. Night.

IMG_9117It’s back!!!!! This coming Wednesday night we start installment #1 of Riverhead Rewind. This is where we watch the racing activity from the 2015 season and TJ Halpins will buy dinner for two for the winners. Opening Night was a dandy in 2015. In Legend competition Big $$$ Richie Davidowitz would take down the win. The Blunderbust put on another great show with talented Hot Shoe Jack Handley Jr. In for the win. The Super Pro Trucks had the defending Champion Lou Maestri coming IMG_9243home as the winner. In Charger action perhaps a little foreshadowing for the season as John Baker was in Victory Lane, the same way he ended 2014. In the Late Models Jeremy McDermott would have a great start to the year and find the Winners Circle on Opening Night. In Figure 8 action it was a messy one but 1st time winner Gary Fritz Jr. Was able to stay out of trouble for his 1st career win. In the Modifieds which will be a normal sight in 2015 winning both features was Tom Rogers Jr. Come down keep your racing fix going and see some great people and have some amazing food.IMG_9450

From weekly short track racing to NASCAR Cup racing