posted July 01, 2001 01:38 AM
WALL STADIUM FAMILY MOURNS THE LOSS OF PRO STOCK
DRIVING CHAMPION RAY GASTELU
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Six-time Pro Stock driving champion Ray Gastelu died
Saturday night of natural causes after suffering a heart attack while driving
a stock car during a practice session at Wall Stadium. The popular veteran
driver was 43.
Gastelu started the evening's events by driving his familiar No. 69
during practice and qualifying sessions, but was forced to park his race car
with mechanical troubles. He then borrowed the car of a fellow competitor for
the main event and was practicing in that car when he suffered the attack.
Rescue workers stated the opinion that Gastelu probably realized that he
was suffering a problem when he left a practice session early and drove off
the track. He then stopped the racecar on a ramp that led to the pit area.
According to witnesses, rescue workers were on the scene almost instantly and
Gastelu was removed to a waiting ambulance within minutes. He was transported
to the Jersey Shore Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The popular Gastelu, who worked in the satellite communications field,
won the first of his 49 career victories in November of 1988. His most recent
came earlier this season. He led both the most winning seasons and most
consecutive winning seasons category in the Pro Stock record book with 14.
Perhaps more than racing his car, Gastelu loved the people in the racing
community. He was always first to volunteer to appear at a charity racecar
show and appeared at the majority of the racecar shows promoted by the
speedway. He was always one of the first to arrive at the speedway for a
Saturday night race and always one of the last to leave long after the
checker flag had waved.
Ray Gastelu is survived by his wife, Debbie, and brother, Greg. After
returning from the hospital where he accompanied his fallen brother, Greg
Gastelu raced his own car in the Street Stock feature in an attempt to win
the race for his brother.
In Saturday night racing action, Harry Reed of Freehold won the 30-lap
Pete & Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria main event for the Neptune Research
Modified stock cars. Tim Arre of Toms River grabbed second by inches over
defending champion Dave Michel of Manahawkin, while point leader Jimmy
Blewett and Jamie Tomaino, Jr., both of Howell, were fourth and fifth.
Jim Vogt won the 25-lapper for the NGK Spark Plugs Pro Stocks by inches
over fellow Farmingdale resident Rob Williams. Chas Okerson of Freehold, Toms
River's Charlie Kremer III and George Andretta of Neptune completed the top
Defending Garage Door Express Street Stock champion Larry Thompson of
Parlin raced to the win in his 20-lap main event over Ron Frees of Brick and
Farmingdale's John McCormack. Freehold's Brian Worth won his second career
main event in the Monmouth Truck Equipment Truck Series.
Glenn Logan, Jr. tasted his first career win in the Weiss' Boots &
Apparel Legend Cars, while Mike Tidaback was the winner in Neptune Research
Three-Quarter Midget action.
The shore speedway features the Modifieds in the Marian O'Rorke Memorial
Independence 76-lap race presented by Garage Door Express this Saturday night
(July 7). Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Truck Series and Legend Cars will battle
in regular distance main events with the first qualifying event starting at
7:00 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m.
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 - JUNE 30, 2001
NEPTUNE RESEARCH MODIFIEDS
FEATURE - 30 LAPS - 1. HARRY REED, FREEHOLD; 2. Tim Arre; 3. Dave Michel; 4.
Jimmy Blewett; 5. Jamie Tomaino, Jr.; 6. Bob Geiger; 7. Ryan Seaman; 8.
Curtis Truex, Jr.; 9. John Blewett; 10. Bryan Jost; 11. Ronnie Mullen; 12.
Bob Bethanis; 13. Dan McLaughlin, Jr.; 14. Tom Cottrell; 15. Mike Carr; 16.
Felix Verlangieri; 17. Sean Gartner; 18. Dennis O'Rorke; 19. Jim Lange; 20.
Steve Whitt; 21. Mike Carpenter; 22. Tom Meli; 23. Ken Woolley, Jr.; 24.
Charlie Kremer, Jr.
NGK SPARK PLUGS PRO STOCKS
FEATURE - 25 LAPS - 1. JIM VOGT, FARMINGDALE; 2. Rob Williams; 3. Chas
Okerson; 4. Charlie Kremer, III; 5. George Andretta; 6. Glenn Higgins; 7.
Mark Schullstrom; 8. Jim Benton; 9. Mike DeSantis; 10. Rich DeSarno; 11. Jack
Minaldi; 12. Jim McLaughlin; 13. Doug Weh
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS STREET STOCKS
FEATURE - 50 LAPS - 1. LARRY THOMPSON, PARLIN; 2. Ron Frees; 3. John
McCormack; 4. Mark Bartlett; 5. Chuck Jadacki; 6. Bill Vanderveen; 7. Lee
Pelton; 8. Ray Rovira; 9. Phil Gould; 10. Tom Healy; 11. Michael LaBrecque;
12. Jason Duvall; 13. Anthony Crimaldi; 14. Andrew Schroeder; 15. Charlie
DiGiantamasso; 16. Jim Downey; 17. Billy Doyle; 18. Darren Cox; 19. Ed
Moench; 20. Scott Parkstrom; 21. Darren Burdge; 22. Greg Gastelu; 23. JR
Nixon; 24. Craig Wallis; 25. Rich Gould; 26. Shannon Mongeau
MONMOUTH TRUCK EQUIPMENT TRUCK SERIES
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. BRIAN WORTH, BRICK; 2. Tim Buckley; 3. Kenny McGowan;
4. Steve Naylor; 5. Keith Marion; 6. Bill Weichert; 7. Bruce Van Norde; 8.
Tim Stephan; 9. Chris Olcott; 10. Gary Pein; 11. Jesse Smith; 12. Jerry
Stanzione; 13. Ray Somers; 14. Mike Heuser; 15. Phil Naylor; 16. Walt Sottile
WEISS' BOOTS & APPAREL LEGEND CARS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. GLENN LOGAN, JR.; 2. Jimmy Tomaino; 3. Jason Rochelle;
4. John Menzak; 5. JJ Jensen; 6. Shawn Emmons; 7. Michael PePe; 8. Ronnie
Dunstan; 9. Rudy Rinderer; 10. George Abt; 11. Harry Steckel; 12. Bryan
Gardella; 13. Rob Ricker; 14. Charlie Hubbard; 15. Bobby Baltera; 16. Paul
Kane; 17. Beth MacFarlane; 18. John Kotlarchik
NEPTUNE RESEARCH THREE-QUARTER MIDGETS
FEATURE - 25 LAPS - 1. MIKE TIDABACK; 2. Don Zrinski; 3. Tim Adams; 4. Joe
Pryzblinski; 5. Ken Zrinski; 6. Bill Courtwright; 7. Frank Palemeida; 8. Dan
McMahon; 9. Lou Bryant; 10. Bob Watkins; 11. Shane Watkins; 12. BJ McDonald;
13. Joe Calavita; 14. George Chevalier; 15. Doug Sherwood; 16. Ron DiSimone