posted September 30, 2001 09:26 AM
HARRY REED WINS MODIFIED FEATURE RACE - JIMMY BLEWETT IS COORS LIGHT/NAPA AUTO PARTS MODIFIED CHAMP AT WALL STADIUM
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Harry Reed knew that to have any chance of winning the 2001 Neptune Research Modified driving title at Wall Stadium Saturday night that he would have to win the Pete & Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria 50-lap Turkey Derby Qualifier main event. The Freehold veteran was up to the pressure as he raced to the victory in the final Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series regular season event. Still, Howell's Jimmy Blewett raced to a sixth place finish to become the first member of the famous racing family to ever win a crown at the third mile paved oval.
Reed wasted little time in charging to the front, while Howell's John Blewett III was soon right on his bumper. The fans in the large grandstand crowd were then just using the edge of their seats the rest of the way as this duo, along with defending champ Dave Michel of Manahawkin, fought the rest of the way for the victory.
Reed, Blewett III and Michel were under a blanket at the finish line, while the visiting Pete Brittain of Tinton Falls was fourth and Wall's Mike Carr was fifth.
Charlie Kremer III of Toms River was at the top of his game as he took top honors in the NGK Spark Plug Pro Stock 25-lap main event, holding off the advanced of defending title winner Rob Williams of Farmingdale and Neptune's George Andretta. Freehold's Chas Okerson was fourth at the finish line and that was more than enough for him to claim his first ever driving title.
Glenn Higgins of Englishtown left the Monmouth Truck Equipment Truck Series for the Pro Stock division at the beginning of the season, but returned to the pick-up division late this season. His comeback became complete on Saturday night as he raced to the 20-lap win in just his fourth outing in a new vehicle. Dennis Buckley of Colts Neck and Brian Worth and Tim Stephan, both of Brick, completed the top four.
A fifth place finish by Colts Neck's Tim Buckley was more than enough for the veteran racer to claim his third straight driving crown.
Defending Weiss' Boots & Apparel legend Cars champ Tim Henry of Schencksville, Pa. notched the regular season ending feature win in 20-lap main for the coupes and coaches, while Tony Naglieri and JJ Jensen were second and third. Flemington's John Menzak, the newly crowned Legend Cars champ, was fourth.
The nightcap Garage Door Express Street Stock 20-lapper was stopped cold after a lap seven accident that splintered the second turn guardrail. That race will be completed on Sunday afternoon along with the regularly scheduled Street Stock and Three-Quarter Midget main events and the World Championship Demolition Derby.
Officials at the shore speedway are now busy making plans for the season ending "Turkey Derby," sponsored by Sunoco/Kelly Racing Fuels, on Friday and Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend. The event, which is presented during the daylight hours, features all of the Wall Stadium divisions with the Modifieds competing in triple 50-lap main events.
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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a quick recap of Saturday night's competition. A complete recap of the weekend, including Sunday's competition, will be forwarded later.