posted September 23, 2001 12:18 PM
CURTIS TRUEX, JR. GRABS CAREER FIRST MODIFIED WIN OVER JIMMY BLEWETT AT WALL STADIUM SATURDAY NIGHT
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Curtis Truex, Jr. of Mayetta won his first career Neptune Research Modified stock car feature race in impressive fashion Saturday night at Wall Stadium by beating current point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell to the line in the Surf Side Collision 30-lap main event. An hour-long rain delay slowed the next to the last regular season Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series card.
Young Ryan Seaman of Toms River, also seeking his career first checkered flag, was the first leader of the contest, before Truex took command on lap three. Blewett soon advanced to second and set his sights on the leader. Truex was strong during the middle portion of the race slightly stretching an advantage over the competition. Blewett, who now appears to be on the verge of winning his first driving title, turned up the steam in the final third, however, and pressured Truex to the finish line in the closing laps.
John Blewett III of Howell was third, while Absecon's Dave Garfinkel and Brick's Mike Carpenter completed the top five. Title contender Harry Reed of Freehold lost ground in his chase when a black flag sent him to the pits and he was credited with 18th.
George Andretta of Neptune grabbed his sixth win of the year in the companion 25-lapper for the 25-lapper for the NGK Spark Plugs Pro Stocks. Kenny Reaves of Piscataway chased Andretta most of the way before finishing second, while Rob Williams of Farmingdale was on Reaves rear bumper for third. Freehold's Chas Okerson took a step closer to his first title by finishing fourth and Charlie Kremer III of Toms River was fifth.
Brick's Ron Frees took the victory in the Garage Door Express Street Stock 20-lapper after tangling with race leader Rob Hyer late in the race while the duo tried to get past a lapped car. Ken Matlach was the eventual runner-up, while newly crowned champion John McCormack of Farmingdale was third. Steve Costello and Chuck Jadacki were fourth and fifth.
Bill Weichert grabbed his second win of the campaign in the 20-lapper for the Monmouth Truck Equipment Truck Series racers over Tim Stephan and Phil Naylor. Ken McGowan was a tight fourth, while Colts Neck's Tim Buckley took a giant step towards his third straight crown by finishing fifth.
Defending Weiss' Boots and Apparel Legend Cars champ Tim Henry returned to Wall Stadium to win the 20-lapper for the coupes and coaches, over Micheal Pepe and Brian Gardella. Even though a tangle kept John Menzak of Flemington to a 10th place finish, he clinched his first ever-driving crown.
Tim Adams of Hamilton and Little Falls' Mike Tidaback finished first and second in the Neptune Research Three-Quarter Midget 25-lapper. that means that the duo is tied for the driving title heading into this weekend's regular season ending event.
The shore speedway wraps up the regular season of competition this weekend with two days of action. Saturday night features the Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Legend Cars and Truck Series racers in the annual Pete & Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria Turkey Derby Qualifiers. The Modifieds are featured in a double point, 50-lap main event. The first qualifying event starts at 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., the Street Stocks and Three-Quarter Midgets are featured in the final regular season main events of the year, while the World Championship Demolition Derby is also on the agenda.
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.
NEPTUNE RESEARCH MODIFIEDS
FEATURE - 30 Laps - 1. CURTIS TRUEX, JR., MAYETTA; 2. Jimmy Blewett; 3. John Blewett III; 4. Dave Garfinkel; 5. Mike Carpenter; 6. Jamie Tomaino, Jr.; 7. Felix Verlangieri; 8. Dave Michel; 9. Alan Creveling; 10. Shawn Gartner; 11. Tom Meli; 12. John Thompson; 13. Ronnie Mullen; 14. Matty Ricco; 15. Frank Polimeda; 16. Ryan Seaman; 17. Tim Arre; 18. Harry Reed; 19. Jason Hearne; 20. Scott Matarazzo; 21. Mike Carr; 22. Kevin Flockhart; 23. Richie Evans, Jr.; 24. Frank Winkler
NGK SPARK PLUGS PRO STOCKS
FEATURE - 25 Laps - 1. GEORGE ANDRETTA, NEPTUNE; 2. Kenny Reaves; 3. Rob Williams; 4. Chas Okerson; 5. Charlie Kremer III; 6. Jim Vogt; 7. Lee Taylor; 8. Eric Albright; 9. Jim Benton; 10. Mike DeSantis; 11. Rich DeSarno; 12. Jack Minaldi; 13. Rich Lovelace; 14. Pat Stapleton; 15. Chris Halstead; 16. Jim McLaughlin
GARAGE DOOR EXPRESS STREET STOCKS
FEATURE - 20 LAPS - 1. RON FREES, BRICK; 2. Ken Matlach; 3. John McCormack; 4. Steve Costello; 5. Chuck Jadacki; 6. Charlie DiGiantamasso; 7. Gregg Clerico; 8. Robert Layne; 9. Mark Bartlett; 10. Dan Kirchner; 11. Jim Downey; 12. Bob Milwicz; 13. Bill Vanderveen; 14. Phil Fortuna; 15. Adam LaCicero; 16. Shannon Mongeau; 17. Michael Roth; 18. Ed Moench; 19. Tom Healy; 20. Sal Liquori; 21. Billy Doyle; 22. Rob Hyer; 23. Craig Wallis; 24. Jon Hess; 25. Bob Stackles; 26. Rich Gould; 27. Greg Gastelu
MONMOUTH TRUCK EQUIPMENT TRUCK SERIES
FEATURE - 20 Laps - 1. BILL WEICHERT; 2. Tim Stephan; 3. Phil Naylor; 4. Ken McGowan; 5. Tim Buckley; 6. Jimmy Weiss; 7. Brian Worth; 8. Steve Naylor; 9. Glenn Higgins; 10. Ray Somers; 11. Chris Olcott; 12. Art Farriello; 13. Gary Pein; 14. Bruce Van Norde; 15. Keith Mullineaux; 16. Jerry Stanzione; 17. Dennis Buckley
WEISS' BOOTS & APPAREL LEGEND CARS
FEATURE - 20 Laps - 1. TIM HENRY, SCHENCKSVILLE, PA.; 2. Micheal Pepe; 3. Brian Gardella; 4. Jason Rochelle; 5. Rob Ricker; 6. Paul Kane; 7. David Braman; 8. Jim Rinderer; 9. Rudy Rinderer; 10. John Menzak; 11. JJ Jensen; 12. Steve Puglisi; 13. Beth MacFarlane; 14. Joe Robertazzi; 15. Shawn Emmons; 16. John Kotlarchick; 17. Jimmy Tomaino; 18. Dan McNamara; 19. Vinnie Esposito; 20. Mark Esposito
NEPTUNE RESEARCH THREE-QUARTER MIDGETS
FEATURE - 25 Laps - 1. TIM ADAMS, HAMILTON; 2. Mike Tidaback; 3. Russ Bailey; 4. Joe Przybylinski; 5. George Chevalier; 6. Jim Hughes; 7. Gary Waigel; 8. Dan McMahon; 9. Lou Bryant; 10. Dave Damaino; 11. Chris Desrosies; 12. Andy Storero