Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ is returning to Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway Saturday with a victory in mind. The last area Modified race of the season will be the 41st edition of the Turkey Derby. Blewett will drive the Woody’s Roadside Tavern No. 7NY for the 150 lap Tour Modified race and the B&B Paving No. 18 in the 100 lap Wall Modified race.
As a multi-time winner of the event, Blewett knows people expect him to win the event. “We go there every year and we shoot to win,” Blewett said. “That’s the only reason we go.” Blewett understands how ending the year with a strong performance boosts morale.
“You only get to run it once a year, so it means a lot. … This is a race that I wait all year for every year and I want to go there to win every year and every year I prepare to go there to win. Sometimes I feel like I over prepare, but it’s just a prestigious race.”
Blewett believes he has an advantage in knowing his home track. He noted that drivers like Matt Hirschman, Ryan Preece and Les Hinckley have added to the depth of the field. “You get guys there that race week in and week out could be a threat anytime they race there. …You’ve seen that the last three or four years. This year you have Ronnie Silk, Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat is going to make the trip. You’re going to have a lot of outsiders come down here. You’ve got Matt Hirschman who’s been good there every year and been fast every year, whose won a couple of times already.”