posted August 19, 2001 10:45 AM
TIM ARRE TAKES MODIFIED WIN AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY NIGHT
------ GREG GASTELU GETS STREET STOCK VICTORY ON
RAY GASTELU MEMORIAL NIGHT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Tim Arre grabbed his second checker flag of the Coors
Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series season Saturday night at Wall Stadium by
winning the 30-lap feature race for the Neptune Research Modified stock cars.
Still, the happiest man at the track had to be Greg Gastelu of Jackson.
Gastelu raced to victory in the Street Stock 20-lapper on the night set aside
as a memorial event for his brother, six-time Pro Stock champ Ray Gastelu.
In Modified action, Bob Bethanis of Barnegat was the first leader, before
Felix Verlangieri of Lavallette took command on a lap two restart. title
contender Harry Reed of Freehold was also impressive early in the race as he
charged for second place right before the motor blew in his racecar to knock
him from the event.
Point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell and Toms River's Arre were then the
stars of the show as they fought their way tow the front. When both Bethanis
and Verlangieri had trouble a third of the way through the contest, Arre and
Blewett stole the spotlight as they wrestled all the way to the checker flag.
Finishing third at the checker flag was Farmingdale's Steve Whitt, while
Bob Geiger of Absecon and Barnegat's Tom Mauser completed the top five.
Gastelu was a man on a mission in the Garage Door Express Street Stock
20-lapper. He rocketed to the front from his sixth starting slot to take the
lead almost instantly. He then fought off Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth
most of the way until former champ Craig Wallis of Farmingdale moved in to
battle Crimaldi for second.
At the checker flag Gastelu was ecstatic, while Wallis slipped by for
second and Crimaldi was third. Point leader John McCormack of Farmingdale was
fourth and Chuck Jadacki, also of Farmingdale, was fifth.
George Andretta was also a driven man as he won the NGK Pro Stock
50-lapper presented in the memory of Ray Gastelu. Chas Okerson of Freehold
was the early leader, but was forced to fight off Andretta until the duo
touch on lap 18. While Okerson went spinning, Andretta raced into the lead
and on to the win. Farmingdale's Jim Vogt was second, while John Therkildsen
of Matawan was third.
By pitting early and then racing through the pack to finish fourth,
Farmingdale's Rob Williams earned the special Brice's Auto Supply Hard
Charger Award. Kenny Reaves of Piscataway was fifth.
Keith Marion of Forked River fought off defending champion Tim Buckley of
Clots Neck to win the 20-lapper for the Monmouth Truck Equipment Truck Series
racers, while Farmingdale's Shawn Emmons won his first ever 20-lapper for the
Weiss' Boots and Apparel Legend Cars over Jason Rochelle.
In addition to their regular purse winnings, each of the feature race
victors were also awarded a $100 cash bonus from Bucktown Motorsports and
Epic Records, who were originally slated to sponsor the night's action before
stepping aside to make way for the memorial event.
The shore speedway presents the annual "Coors Light Classic" this
Saturday night (August 25). The Modifieds will race in a 70-lapper, while the
Pro Stocks and Street Stocks battle in 50-lap main events. The Truck Series
and Legend Cars are set for 20-lappers, while the Three-Quarter Midgets will
race in a 25-lapper. The first qualifying event starts at 7:00 p.m., while a
special Modified time trial session is slated for 6:30 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 - AUGUST 18, 2001
NEPTUNE RESEARCH MODIFIEDS
FEATURE - 30 Laps - 1. TIM ARRE, TOMS RIVER; 2. Jimmy Blewett; 3. Steve
Whitt; 4. Bob Geiger; 5. Tom Mauser; 6. Mike Brennan; 7. Dennis O'Rorke; 8.
Tom Meli; 9. Frank Polimeda; 10. John Thompson; 11. Jamie Tomaino, Jr.; 12.
Dan McLaughlin, Jr.; 13. Mike Carpenter; 14. Ryan Seaman; 15. Tom Michel; 16.
Sean Gartner; 17. Tom Cottrell; 18. Felix Verlangieri; 19. Bob Bethanis; 20.
Curtis Truex, Jr.; 21. Harry Reed; 22. Brian Scisco; 23. John Blewett III;
24. Rob Koller, Jr.; 25. Kevin Flockhart; 26. Gary Hartman
NGK SPARK PLUGS PRO STOCKS
FEATURE - 50 Laps - 1. GEORGE ANDRETTA, NEPTUNE; 2. Jim Vogt; 3. John
Therkildsen; 4. Rob Williams; 5. Kenny Reaves; 6. Chas Okerson; 7. Mark
Schullstrom; 8. John Kapp; 9. Rich DeSarno; 10. Matt Liskowicz; 11. Jim
Benton; 12. Mike DeSantis; 13. Jack Minaldi; 14. Rich Freeman; 15. Jim
McLaughlin; 16. Lee Taylor
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS STREET STOCKS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. GREG GASTELU, JACKSON; 2. Craig Wallis; 3. Anthony
Crimaldi; 4. John McCormack; 5. Chuck Jadacki; 6. Charlie DiGiantamasso; 7.
Bill Vanderveen; 8. Ken Matlach; 9. Larry Thompson; 10. Shannon Mongeau; 11.
Ron Frees; 12. Rich Gould; 13. Jim Downey; 14. Mark Bartlett; 15. Bill Doyle;
16. Mike Bilello; 17. Greg Mellock; 18. Geoff Green; 19. Chris Brennan; 20.
Jon Hess; 21. Robert Layne; 22. Bob Milwicz; 23. Anthony Donnamaria; 24. JR
Nixon; 25. Ron Hyer; 26. Ed Moench
MONMOUTH TRUCK EQUIPMENT TRUCK SERIES
FEATURE - 20 Laps - 1. KEITH MARION, FORKED RIVER; 2. Tim Buckley; 3. Phil
Naylor; 4. Jerry Stanzione; 5. Steve Naylor; 6. Ken McGowan; 7. Chris Olcott;
8. Brian Worth; 9. Bill Weichert; 10. Ray Somers; 11. Gary Pein; 12. Keith
Mullineaux; 13. Walt Sotile; 14. Bruce Van Norde; 15. Mike Heuser; 16. Jimmy
WEISS' BOOTS AND APPAREL LEGEND CARS
FEATURE - 20 Laps - 1. SHAWN EMMONS, FARMINGDALE; 2. Jason Rochelle; 3. Tony
Nalgieri; 4. John Kotlarchick; 5. JJ Jensen; 6. Glenn Logan; 7. Rudy
Rinderer; 8. John Menzak; 9. Rob Ricker; 10. Tim Henry; 11. Jim Tomaino; 12.
Joe Robertazzi; 13. Brian Gardella; 14. Bobby Baltera; 15. John Feehan; 16.
Jim Esposito; 17. Paul Kane; 18. David Braman; 19. Ronnie Dunstan; 20. Robert
Hendrickson; 21. Micheal Pepe; 22. Pat Brown; 23. Beth MacFarlane