posted July 22, 2001 11:50 AM
ROBERT SCHLECHTWEG TAKES GARDEN STATE CLASSIC CHECKER FLAG SATURDAY NIGHT AT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Freehold's Robert Schlechtweg, who is racing only
occasionally this season, grabbed one of the biggest victories of his career
Saturday night by taking top honors in the annual Garage Door Express Garden
State Classic. Racing only occasionally in the Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts
Racing Series at Wall Stadium this season, Schlechtweg claimed after the
event that he was almost forced into taking the win.
Schlechtweg's team mate, Harry Reed of Freehold, posted one of the eight
fastest laps in pre-race times and picked the pole starting position in a
blind draw. Schlechtweg started right behind him. Reed throttled to the lead
at the outset and Schlechtweg settled into second. All then went well until
the 60-lap mark when Reed's mount pushed out of the racing groove and
Schlechtweg streaked into the lead. Reed then settled into second for the
final 40 circuits.
"I was more than happy with running second," Schlechtweg said. "Harry is
locked in the point battle and I only race his back-up car once in a while. I
was happy to run second to him. Then, all of a sudden, his car slipped up a
little bit and a hole opened for me. There were a lot of guys right behind
me, so I had to go for it.
"I guess Harry isn't mad. When he came by here (the winner's circle), he
gave me the thumbs up sign."
Did Schlechtweg ever consider allowing Reed to pass him for the lead and
the valuable championship points that go with the win? "Absolutely not," said
Tim Arre of Toms River recovered from a dismal start to finish third.
Suffering trouble on his warm-up lap, Arre did not participate in time trials
and was forced to start at the back of a heat race. Arre then rocketed
through that field to gain a spot in the race, before starting 11th in the
26-car field and charging to third in the first 40 laps. Mike Carpenter of
Brick was fourth, point leader Jimmy Blewett was fifth and defending champ
Dave Michel of Manahawkin was sixth. The event awarded triple points toward
the Neptune Research Modified title.
George Andretta of Neptune won the companion 25-lapper for the NGK Pro
Stocks. With the top five finishers in a tight pack most of the way, Andretta
was chased across the finish line by point leader Chas Okerson of Freehold,
defending champ Rob Williams of Farmingdale, Jim Vogt, also of Farmingdale
and Jim McLaughlin of Englishtown.
Larry Thompson of Parlin won his fourth 25-lapper for the Garage Door
Express Street Stocks over point leader John McCormack of Farmingdale. Rookie
Chris Brennan, who led early, was third, while Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood
and Brick's Ron Frees were fourth and fifth.
Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg won the 20-lapper for the Monmouth Truck
Equipment Truck Series racers over Phil Naylor and Kenny McGowan.
Hackettstown's Jason Rochelle was tops in the Weiss' Boots and Apparel Legend
Cars' 20-lapper over Rob Ricker and Jim Tomaino.
The shore speedway features two days of action for the final weekend of
July. The Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Truck Series and Legend Cars
will battle on Precision Paving Night on Saturday with the first qualifying
event starting at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday night, "big foot" will lead a field of
eight vehicles into the annual "Monster Truck Spectacular." Action starts 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 21, 2001
NEPTUNE RESEARCH MODIFIEDS
FEATURE - 100 LAPS - 1. ROBERT SCHLECHTWEG, FREEHOLD; 2. Harry Reed; 3. Tim
Arre; 4. Mike Carpenter; 5. Jimmy Blewett; 6. Dave Michel; 7. Tom Mauser; 8.
Dan McLaughlin, Jr.; 9. Charlie Kremer, Jr.; 10. Felix Verlangieri; 11.
Curtis Truex, Jr.; 12. Jamie Tomaino, Jr.; 13. Ronnie Mullen; 14. Bob
Bethanis; 15. Frank Polimeda; 16. Dave Garfinkel; 17. Kevin Flockhart; 18.
Bob Geiger; 19. John Cambra; 20. Steve Whitt; 21. Brian Scisco; 22. Mike
Carr; 23. John Blewett III; 24. Richie Evans, Jr.; 25. Marc Rogers; 26. Sean
NGK SPARK PLUGS PRO STOCKS
FEATURE - 25 LAPS - 1. GEORGE ANDRETTA, NEPTUNE; 2. Chas Okerson; 3. Rob
Williams; 4. Jim Vogt; 5. Jim McLaughlin; 6. Jim Benton; 7. Allan Camp; 8.
Mark Schullstrom; 9. Rich DeSarno; 10. Bob Sweeten; 11. John Therkildsen; 12.
Lee Taylor; 13. Charlie Kremer III; 14. Mike DeSantis; 15. Jack Minaldi; 16.
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS STREET STOCKS
FEATURE - 50 LAPS - 1. LARRY THOMPSON, PARLIN; 2. John McCormack; 3. Chris
Brennan; 4. Bill Vanderveen; 5. Ron Frees; 6. Scott Parkstrom; 7. Steve
Costello; 8. Greg Gastelu; 9. Rich Gould; 10. Craig Wallis; 11. Jim Downey;
12. Gregg Clerico; 13. Darren Burdge; 14. Corey Titley; 15. John Hummell; 16.
Bob Milwicz; 17. Ed Moench; 18. Shannon Mongeau; 19. Gregg Miranda; 20. Lee
Pelton; 21. Charlie DiGiantamasso; 22. Mark Bartlett; 23. Anthony Crimaldi;
24. Chuck Jadacki; 25. Michael LaBrecque; 26. Rob Hyer
MONMOUTH TRUCK EQUIPMENT TRUCK SERIES
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. JERRY STANZIONE, KEANSBURG; 2. Phil Naylor; 3. Kenny
McGowan; 4. Brian Worth; 5. Gary Pein; 6. Bill Weichert; 7. Chris Olcott; 8.
Bruce Van Norde; 9. Steve Naylor; 10. Tim Buckley; 11. Jimmy Weiss; 12. Keith
WEISS' BOOTS & APPAREL LEGEND CARS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. JASON ROCHELLE, HACKETTSTOWN; 2. Rob Ricker; 3. Jimmy
Tomaino; 4. Michael Pepe; 5. Rudy Rinderer; 6. David Braman; 7. John
Kotlarchick; 8. Shawn Emmons; 9. Bobby Baltera; 10. Joe Robertazzi; 11. Paul
Kane; 12. Robert Hendrickson; 13. John Menzak; 14. Charlie Hubbard; 15. Brain