posted July 15, 2001 02:15 PM
JOHN BLEWETT LEADS BROTHER JIMMY TO MODIFIED CHECKER FLAG SATURDAY NIGHT AT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ It all came down to a battle of the Blewett brothers in
the Downs Ford Motorsports 30-lap Neptune Research Modified main event
Saturday night at Wall Stadium and John Blewett III of Howell had the upper
hand as he raced to his second feature win of the year. The difference may
have come down to a transmission.
Saturday's Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts main event started with Dan
McLaughlin, Jr. of Toms River the leader, but it took Jimmy Blewett only a
few laps to race into contention. By lap four Jimmy Blewett was the leader,
but by lap 11 John Blewett was up to second spot.
Due to a malfunctioning third gear in his transmission, Jimmy Blewett
would lead the field slowly back to the green flag on every restart and that
might have been the difference when John Blewett took command near the half
way mark. John Blewett then paced the field to the checker flag, with Jimmy
Blewett second and Tim Arre a very tight third. Dave Michel of Manahawkin
held off the challenges of Brick's Mike Carpenter for fourth.
Defending NGK Spark Plugs Pro Stock champion Rob Williams of Farmingdale
raced to his second straight win in the companion 25-lapper. Point leader
Chas Okerson of Freehold chased him most of the way to finish second, while
Wally LaCicero of Lavallette was third. Jim Vogt of Farmingdale and former
Scott Davidson of Freehold were fourth and fifth.
Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth won a hard fought Garage Door Express
Street Stock 20-lap main event fighting off the assaults of Rich Gould of
North Brunswick in the closing laps. Corey Titley of Tenant took home third
place money, while Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood and Jackson's Greg Gastelu
were fourth and fifth.
With the top four cars slicing and dicing for position during the final
laps, the Neptune Research Three-Quarter Midget 25-lap feature race had
everyone in the large crowd on their feet. On the final lap, Mike Tidaback of
Little Falls slipped into the lead and then grabbed his second straight
checker flag. Newcomer Tim Fulg was second, while Don Zrinski, Tim Adams and
Doug Sherwood completed the tight top five.
Linwood's Chris Olcott fought off the challenges of Absecon's Phil Naylor
to win the 20-lapper for the Monmouth Truck Equipment Truck Series, while
Steve Naylor was a close third. Tim Buckley and Chris Kilbride, the 2000
co-champions, were fourth and fifth.
The 20-lapper for the Weiss' Boots and Apparel Legend Cars was also a
thriller. Late in the race point leader John Menzak of Whitehouse Station and
JJ Jensen of Brick were wrestling for the lead when they tangled on the front
stretch. This gave Howell's Brian Gardella just enough room to slip through
and take the win. Menzak held on for second, while Tony Nalgieri, Joe
Robertazzi and Rudy Rinderer completed the top five.
The shore speedway features the Modified stock cars in the annual Garage
Door Express Garden State Classic 100 this Saturday night. The 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. A special
Modified time trial session is slated for 6:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at
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 - JULY 14, 2001
NEPTUNE RESEARCH MODIFIEDS
FEATURE - 30 LAPS - 1. JOHN BLEWETT III, HOWELL; 2. Jimmy Blewett; 3. Tim
Arre; 4. Dave Michel; 5. Mike Carpenter; 6. Brian Scisco; 7. Curtis Truex,
Jr.; 8. Kevin Flockhart; 9. Charlie Kremer, Jr.; 10. Marc Rogers; 11. Dan
McLaughlin, Jr.; 12. Tom Mauser; 13. Jamie Tomaino; 14. Robert Geibel; 15.
Felix Verlangieri; 16. Ryan Seaman; 17. Sean Gartner; 18. Steve Whitt; 19.
Richie Evans, Jr.; 20. Harry Reed
NGK SPARK PLUGS PRO STOCKS
FEATURE - 25 LAPS - 1. ROB WILLIAMS, FARMINGDALE; 2. Chas Okerson; 3. Wally
LaCicero; 4. Jim Vogt; 5. Scott Davidson; 6. Jim Benton; 7. Mark Schullstrom;
8. Jim McLaughlin; 9. Bob Sweeten; 10. Allan Camp; 11. Mike DeSantis; 12.
Jack Minaldi; 13. Charlie Kremer III; 14. Rich DeSarno; 15. Doug Weh
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS STREET STOCKS
FEATURE - 50 LAPS - 1. ANTHONY CRIMALDI, PORT MONMOUTH; 2. Rich Gould; 3.
Corey Titley; 4. Bill Vanderveen; 5. Greg Gastelu; 6. John McCormack; 7. Mark
Bartlett; 8. Steve Costello; 9. Darrin Burdge; 10. Larry Thompson; 11. Ron
Frees; 12. Micheal LaBrecque; 13. Chuck Jadacki; 14. Shannon Mongeau; 15. Lee
Pelton; 16. Tom Healy; 17. Craig Wallis; 18. Charlie DiGiantamasso; 19.
Anthony Donnamaria; 20. Bob Milwicz; 21. Darren Cox; 22. Bob Stackles; 23.
Billy Doyle; 24. Andrew Schroeder; 25. Ed Moench
MONMOUTH TRUCK EQUIPMENT TRUCK SERIES
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. CHRIS OLCOTT, LINWOOD; 2. Phil Naylor; 3. Steve
Naylor; 4. Tim Buckley; 5. Chris Kilbride; 6. Dennis Buckley; 7. Bill
Weichert; 8. Mike Heuser; 9. Kenny McGowan; 10. Gary Pein; 11. Tim Stephan;
12. Bryan Worth; 13. Bruce Van Norde; 14. Ray Somers
WEISS' BOOTS & APPAREL LEGEND CARS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. BRIAN GARDELLA, HOWELL; 2. John Menzak; 3. Tony
Nalgieri; 4. Joe Robertazzi; 5. Rudy Rinderer; 6. Shawn Emmons; 7. JJ Jensen;
8. Bobby Baltera; 9. Ron Ricker; 10. Robert Hendrickson; 11. Paul Kane; 12.
Doug Harvey; 13. Bill Tomer; 14. Beth MacFarlane; 15. Jim Tomaino
NEPTUNE RESEARCH THREE-QUARTER MIDGETS
FEATURE - 25 LAPS - 1. MIKE TIDABACK, FAR HILLS; 2. Tim Fulg; 3. Don Zrinski;
4. Tim Adams; 5. Doug Sherwood; 6. Bobby Watkins; 7. Joe Przyblinski; 8.
Frank Palimeda; 9. Andy Storero; 10. Ken Zrinski; 11. Lou Bryant; 12. Dan
McMahon; 13. Blu Metz; 14. BJ McDonald; 15. Bill Bonsma
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS GARDEN STATE CLASSIC 100 FOR COORS
LIGHT/NAPA SERIES MODIFIEDS AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY NIGHT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Garage Door Express, one of the state's most respected
dealers and installers of residential and commercial garage doors, and the
Big Kahuna Racing Team returns to back the stock cars at Wall Stadium this
Saturday night, July 21, as the racers mark the half-way point of the 2001
campaign. T.C. Cambra and representatives will not only present trophies to
all of the evening's main event winners, but will also add purse money to the
annual Garage Door Express/Big Kahuna Racing Garden State Classic 100 for the
Neptune Research Modifieds.
With a large purse and lap money offered, the Garage Door Express/Big
Kahuna Racing Garden State Classic 100 is immediately financially rewarding
to the drivers. It is also pivotal to the season-long point race in the
$60,000 Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series as triple points will be
awarded to all competitors, the richest point award of the season.
Top drivers Tim Arre of Toms River, defending champion Dave Michel of
Manahawkin, Charlie Kremer, Jr. of Toms River, Ronnie Mullen of Brick, Jimmy
Blewett of Howell, Harry Reed of Freehold and brothers John and Jimmy
Blewett, both of Howell, are expected to be in the field.
Time trials will be the method of qualifying for the contest. The fastest
eight drivers will advance directly from time trials to the 100-lap main
event, while others will have to qualifying through a series of heat races.
As has been a tradition for years at the shore speedway during this and any
points awarding event, only drivers who have participated in three racing
programs during the first half of the season are eligible to participate in
time trials. Others must attempt to qualify through heat races only.
Garage Door Express/Big Kahuna Racing Night action will also feature the
NGK Spark Plugs Pro Stocks, Garage Door Express Street Stocks, the Monmouth
Truck Equipment Truck Series and the Weiss' Boots & Apparel Legend Cars.
Wall Stadium presents professional stock car racing events every Saturday
evening at 7:00 p.m. through September. 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 on the schedule call
732-681-6400 or visit the website at www.wallstadium.com.