posted May 20, 2001 11:29 AM
BRAKES GO MIKE CARPENTER'S WAY - WINS 50-LAP MODIFIED RACE
SATURDAY NIGHT AT WALL STADIUM
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Former driving champ Mike Carpenter drove the majority
of the 50-lap main event for the Neptune Research Modified stock cars without
brakes, but was still able to avoid several on-track mishaps to grab his
first win of the year at Wall Stadium. The Brick veteran gave teammate and
car-owner Tom Cottrell his first Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series
victory Saturday night (May 19).
Carpenter was the early leader of the contest, but point leader Jimmy
Blewett of Howell was able to race by on a lap seven restart. Soon John
Blewett III of Howell raced into second to make it a brotherly battle for the
lead, while Charlie Kremer, Jr. of Toms River closed in. A blown engine in
the Dave Cranmer No. 51 soon oiled down the backstretch and several cars slid
into the third turn rail, including leader Jimmy Blewett.
This handed the lead to John Blewett III, while Freehold's Harry Reed,
Kremer, Carpenter and the recovering Jimmy Blewett applied the pressure. This
battle finally boiled over with just eight laps remaining when the top
runners bumped and banged in a chain reaction exiting turn four and John
Blewett and others ended up in the guardrail. John Blewett then expressed his
dissatisfaction with Reed as he ran to his car on the backstretch, climbed on
the hood and attempted to dislodge wires in his engine compartment.
When that activity was under control, Carpenter was again the leader with
Jimmy Blewett on his bumper. This time Carpenter was able to hold his ground
for the win, while Blewett, Ryan Seaman of Toms River, Dennis O'Rorke of West
Long Branch and Brick's Ronnie Mullen completed the top five.
Chas Okerson of Freehold grabbed the lead on the third lap and then raced
to victory in the companion 25-lapper for NGK Spark Plus Pro Stocks. George
Andretta of Neptune was a tight second, while early leader Wally LaCicero of
Lavallette was third. Englishtown's Jim McLaughlin and Jackson's Ray Gastelu
were fourth and fifth.
Former champ Scott Parkstrom of Manalapan turned around many weeks of
tough fortunes by winning the 25-lapper for the Garage Door Express Street
Stocks. Parkstrom stayed out of harms way by jumping to an early lead and
never looking back. Andrew Schroeder of Toms River posted his best ever
finish in second, while Farmingdale's Chuck Jadacki was third. Tom Healy and
Ron Frees were fourth and fifth.
Brick's Brian Worth was ecstatic after winning his first Monmouth Truck
Equipment Truck Series feature race. The 2000 Rookie of the Year was chased
across the finish line by Jimmy Weiss of Manalapan and defending champ Tim
Buckley. Tim Henry of Schencksville, Pa. won his fifth on the season in the
20-lapper for the Weiss' Boots & Apparel Legend Cars. Invader Kevin Yeatts
was second and John Menzak of Flemington was third.
The shore speedway features its first "Fan Appreciation On-Track Party"
of the season this Saturday Night, May 26. At 6:00 p.m. every car in the Wall
Stadium pit area will be parked on the third-mile paved oval. Fans will then
be urged to leave their grandstand seats and walk down on the track to meet
the drivers and obtain autographs and photographs from their favorites. On
the speedway, the Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Truck Series and
Legend Cars will compete in regular distance main events.
Wall Stadium is located on Rt. 34 in Wall Township, N.J. just a mile north of
Garden State Parkway Exit 98 and Interstate 195 Exit 35B. The speedway
hotline is 732-681-6400 and the internet address is www.wallstadium.com.
WALL STADIUM RACE RESUTLS - May 19, 2001
NEPTUNE RESEARCH MODIFIEDS
FEATURE - 50 LAPS - 1. MIKE CARPENTER, BRICK; 2. Jimmy Blewett; 3. Ryan
Seaman; 4. Dennis O'Rorke; 5. Ronnie Mullen; 6. Bob Geiger; 7. Felix
Verlangieri; 8. Dave Michel; 9. Harry Reed; 10. John Blewett III; 11. Charlie
Kremer, Jr.; 12. Curtis Truex, Jr.; 13. Brian Jost; 14. Frank Boardwick; 15.
John Cambra; 16. Sean Gartner; 17. Dave Cranmer; 18. Al Voorhees; 19. Mike
Carr; 20. Dan McLaughlin, Jr.; 21. Jamie Tomaino; 22. Tom Cottrell; 23. Tom
NGK SPARK PLUGS PRO STOCKS
FEATURE - 25 LAPS - 1. CHAS OKERSON, FREEHOLD; 2. George Andretta; 3. Wally
LaCicero; 4. Jim McLaughlin; 5. Ray Gastelu; 6. Rob Williams; 7. Mike
DeSantis; 8. Rich DeSarno; 9. Jack Minaldi; 10. Glenn Higgins; 11. Charlie
Kremer III; 12. Jim Benton; 13. Bob Sweeten; 14. Alan Camp; 15. Rich
Lovelace; 16. Mike Bilello
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS STREET STOCKS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. SCOTT PARKSTROM, MANALAPAN; 2. Andrew Schroeder; 3.
Chuck Jadacki; 4. Tom Healy; 5. Ron Frees; 6. Craig Wallis; 7. Larry
Thompson; 8. Bill Vanderveen; 9. John McCormack; 10. Ed Moench; 11. Bob
Howard, Jr.; 12. Jon Hess; 13. Mark Bartlett; 14. Jason Duvall; 15. Greg
Miranda; 16. Anthony Donnamaria; 17. Charlie DiGiantamasso; 18. Bob Stackles;
19. Billy Doyle; 20. Bob Milwicz; 21. Michael LaBrecque; 22. Pat Nichols; 23.
Rich Gould; 24. Anthony Crimaldi; 25. Greg Gastelu; 26. Phil Fortuna
MONMOUTH TRUCK EQUIPMENT TRUCK SERIES
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. BRIAN WORTH, BRICK; 2. Jim Weiss; 3. Tim Buckley; 4.
Chris Olcott; 5. Jerry Stanzione; 6. Bruce Van Norde; 7. Ken McGowan; 8.
Steve Naylor; 9. Bill Weichert; 10. Phil Naylor; 11. Mike Heuser; 12. Ray
WEISS' BOOTS & APPAREL LEGEND CARS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. TIM HENRY, SCHENCKSVILLE; PA.; 2. Kevin Yeatts; 3.
John Menzak; 4. Jimmy Tomaino; 5. Rob Ricker; 6. Mark Esposito; 7. Rudy
Rinderer; 8. Michael Pepe; 9. John Kotlarchick; 10. Bobby Baltera; 11. Beth
MacFarlane; 12. Bryan Gardella; 13. David Braman; 14. JJ Jensen; 15. Vinnie
Esposito; 16. Glen Logan; 17. Charlie Hubbard; 18. Shawn Emmons.
"ON-TRACK PARTY" SET FOR 6 P.M. SATURDAY AT WALL STADIUM - FIVE DIVISION
RACING PROGRAM SET TO FOLLOW AT 7 P.M.
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ This Saturday evening (May 26) will be special for a
couple of reasons at Wall Stadium. First off, the speedway will present five
racing divisions as it kicks off the summer season on Memorial Day Weekend at
the Jersey Shore. Secondly, the night marks the first "On-Track Party" of the
season at the Shore Speedway.
At 6:00 p.m., before action begins, fans of the cars and drivers who race
in the Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series at Wall Stadium each
Saturday night will have the opportunity to meet all the drivers and view all
the cars up close. In fact, those fans will also have the chance to stroll
the famous high banks for one hour when the speedway presents the first
"On-Track Party" of the 2000 season.
On Saturday, the regular pre-race warm-up sessions will start and end
earlier than usual. Just before 6:00 p.m. every race team in the pit area
will be invited to drive their car down onto the speedway and park them along
the apron of the third mile paved oval. Fans will then be welcome to walk
down onto the track to experience the famous high banking, inspect the
racecars up close, gather autographs from their favorite drivers and have
their pictures taken with the cars and drivers. Everyone will then return to
their seats so that
"Surf-Side Collision Night" racing can begin at 7:00 p.m.
On the speedway, action will feature the Neptune Research and Development
Modified stock cars headlining in a 30-lap main event. Defending champ Dave
Michel of Manahawkin leads the field to action, but plenty of competition
will come from current point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell and a host of
The Pro Stocks, paced by defending champ Rob Williams of Farmingdale, will
battle in a 25-lapper, while the Garage Door Express Street
Stocks, with defending champ Larry Thompson of Parlin at the head of the
field, compete in a 20-lapper. The Monmouth Truck Equipment Truck Series
racers are set for a 20-lapper and the Weiss' Boots and Apparel Legend Cars
will also compete in a 20-lap main event. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Located on Rt. 34 just one mile north of Interstate 195 Exit 35B and
Garden State Parkway Exit 98, Wall Stadium is easy to get to from anywhere.
For more information call 732-681-6400 or visit the speedway website at www.wallstadium.com.