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Flying Ryan Tidman Sweeps Wall Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic VP Racing Fuels

Saturday, May 6, 2017, Wall Township NJ; Flying Ryan Tidman from Levittown, Pa swept the nights racing in ATQMRA action on Wall Stadium’s flat inner oval in his Boyd Racing Lafler Chassis 1b. Joey Bailey was second with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the podium. Tidman and Jeff Kot earned heat race victories. The ACRO Rookie of the Race was Ronnie the Rocket Mullen. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first event of the season at Bethel Motor Speedway in a twin bill with the Vintage TQ Midget organization. The TQs will race without the wing at Bethel.

By the luck of the draw, the front row saw Buddy Sload and Rob Vivona take the green with Sload launching into the lead followed by Tidman. Before a lap was completed a snake bitten Joey Payne III was collected by Kerry Irwin damaging the left front of Payne’s Drinan car ending a promising day early. The restart was much the same with Sload powering into the lead.

Ryan found his opportunity to take the lead on lap 4 and never looked back. Sload held onto the second position attempting to mount a challenge when contact from the Matt Roselli driven 98 Lafler sent Sload’s Spitfire into a spin where he was struck by another car ending his day on lap 14. Roselli was sent to the rear for the incident.

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Sload Back to Back in ATQMRA Action With Wall Win

Wall Township, NJ. Saturday April 29, 2017, 2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload has returned to his winning ways in the Colin Martin Spitfire 36 by earning back to back feature victories first at the club opener, then backing it up with a win Saturday at Wall Stadium in wingless competition on Wall’s inner oval on Wall Stadium’s Fan Fest Night. Rob Vivona rolled across the line second with Matt Roselli third. Roselli and Ryan Tidman earned heat race victories. Ronnie the Rocket Mullen was the highest finishing Acro Rookie of the year candidate. Fellow Rookie Jon Keller went for a rough ride onto his lid in the feature. The Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Buckets were handed out to teams at the event.

The luck of the draw put Matt Janisch in the Alan Mollot Lindblad Badger alongside Mark Yoder in his Hyper Hugger on the front row. Janisch was able to power into the lead on the initial start with Joey Bailer following him in Second. Bailey pressured Janisch for the lead before overtaking him on lap 7. Bailey opened up a margin on second when the red flag was flown for a tangle between two rookie candidates exiting the fourth turn sending Jon Keller over onto his lid ending his day early.

At the time of the red flag just prior to halfway Ryan Tidman and Matt Janisch tangled on the back straight away sending Janisch upside down. Janisch and Tidman were able to continue. This put Sload on the outside pole for the restart alongside Bailey. On the restart, Bailey launched into the lead and held serve until lap 22 when Sload and Bailey made contact entering the third turn in what was deemed a “Racing Incident” bringing out the caution for a spinning Bailey.

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Blewett Refocuses on Home for 2017

Veteran to Compete Parttime on NASCAR WMT

Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season this weekend. He will drive the No. 76 John Blewett Inc./TS Haulers/Starrett Tools Chevrolet for the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Blewett expects to run 4-6 events this season thatdo not conflict with his commitment at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway.

“I would love to support the Thompson, Stafford schedule,” Blewett said. “That’s always been my favorite because of the history of Thompson and Stafford and their dedication to the tour. Hopefully, we can maybe hit a Loudon race or two but it’s all kind of up in the air.”

Blewett’s focus is competing for the Wall Modified championship in his No. 19. There are benefits for Blewett’s return to Wall. The track five minutes from home is easier to find sponsors. Family and friends want to follow him at Wall when they cannot attend a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Danny Bohn Set for Doubleheader

Danny Bohn of Freehold, NJ has a doubleheader weekend in front of him after the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) season opener was postponed. Saturday is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway and Sunday the SMRS runs at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.

Bohn has never been to Myrtle Beach. He has heard of the need to “be conservative” to save tires. His only experience of the track came from the online broadcast last month. Bohn believes his seat time on dirt tracks will help make him a contender.

Bohn plans to run the SMRS full time after the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ended last year. He also plans to run a partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for Fleming Family Racing. It may include a couple of northern races and all of the southern races at Myrtle Beach, Langley, Bristol and a non-points event at Charlotte.

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Wall Next up for Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA June 4

May 15, 2016 — The Scheduled racing activities for Wall Stadium this past Saturday, May 14th were cancelled due to the heavy rains forecast for the area. This gives team’s additional time to prepare for the next ATQMRA show at Wall on Saturday, June 4th. Geoffrey Sutton sits atop the points standings with a slim 4 point margin over 2014 Champion Matt Janisch. Mark Yoder is ahead of Ronnie Mullen in the Rookie of the year standings. A handful of teams plan to make their season debut with the club at its next outing. Next up for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic is a trip back to Wall Stadium for another battle on its flat inner oval on June 4th.

Geoffrey Sutton, the 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year finds himself in an unfamiliar position in a TQ midget, sitting at the top of the points standings. The 2015 season saw Sutton finish third in the season long standings after winning numerous heat races during the season and leading a bunch of feature race laps. Sutton appeared to be poised to earn his first feature win in 2015 but was forced to wait until the 2016 season opener to earn his first win. Sutton backed up his first career ATQMRA feature race win with a second place finish to Matt Janisch at Mahoning Valley on April 30th. Ironically the 46 car that carried Sutton to his first win is the same car that Janisch used to earn his first career Club victory at Mountain Speedway circa 2008. This particular car also carried Blu Metz to his first win on the banks at Wall Stadium in 1998 and Josh Dalrymple to the 2010 Rookie of the Year title.

2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch finds himself sitting second in the standings only four markers behind Sutton with Flying Ryan Tidman sitting third twelve back of the leader. Janisch didn’t enter the season with plans to try to contend for another championship but with the strong start he has to the season that may change. He charged to a third place finish at the opener on Wall’s inner oval and won at Mahoning Valley in convincing fashion at a track where he has been a consistent winner.

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Sutton Wins Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Wall Opener

Earns First ATQMRA Feature Victory

Wall Stadium, Wall Township, NJ (Saturday, April 23, 2016) — 2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton parked the Metz Driver Development BGF Engine 461 in Victory lane at the season-opening race at Wall Stadium earning his first career ATQMRA victory. Heat races were won by Pat VanVarick and Flying Ryan Tidman. The Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start products were handed out to teams at Wall. The Bob Emmons MNO season long Hard Charger program will be back in place for the 2016 season. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip Mahoning Valley to blister the circular oval in winged competition on Saturday, April 30th. Rookie Eligible Pat VanVarick was the highest finishing rookie giving him the Rookie Points lead.

The first heat race was won by Pat VanVarick in his Hyper Hugger Micro Sprint. He charged from his fourth starting position to the lead and fended off the Challenges of Geoffrey Sutton on several restarts. The first heat was slowed by a series of flips by 2015 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year Mike Glaser who went for a high side tumble coming out of the fourth turn. Somehow the car was unharmed in the incident and Glaser returned to finish the heat. Matt Roselli was third followed by 2015 Champion Buddy Sload, 2014 Champion Matt Janisch and 1998 club Champ Jon Gambutti rounded out the drivers eligible for the feature redraw.

The second heat was never seriously in doubt as Ryan Tidman started from the pole by the luck of the draw and outpaced Jeff Kot and Joey Bailey. Brett Conklin, Ron Mullen, and Anthony Payne rounded out the qualifiers to be in the Feature redraw.

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Wall Practice Next for Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Season Opener April 23 at Wall

The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association had a successful spring General Membership meeting that was well attended to discuss and gear up for the upcoming season. Wall Stadium that is a staple track for the touring open wheel division announced an expanded test and tune schedule due to the poor weather this weekend. Numerous teams are gearing up to be at the opener at Wall on April 23rd as well as to support the ATQMRA’s schedule of events.

With a large amount of cars registered for competition this season wall Stadium speedway officials have decided to offer two days of preseason practice on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17. On both days the pit area will open at 9:00 a.m. with practice running from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Saturday the first hour of practice will be reserved for 2016 rookie drivers.

All teams are encouraged to arrive early to have the Track safety inspection completed to maximize track time.

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Calabrese Racing Indoors Ahead of K&N Debut

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — David Calabrese of Toms River, NJ is optimistic entering tonight’s NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic at Boardwalk Hall.

“Our car is pretty good right now,” Calabrese said. “…The car was a little tight last night in one of the heat races so we freed it up a little bit and the thing rotates a lot better through the center of the corner. So I think we have a pretty good shot of making the show tonight.”

Calabrese Motorsports will be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with their own cars and engines. The team sold their Modifieds and purchased  new K&N cars. The Mooresville, NC team will use their own cars and engines.

[Jan. 29 Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto
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Rain Postponed Wall Modified Turkey Derby 100 Reset for Sunday Morning

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The second of two late day rain showers on Saturday during Wall Stadium’s 42nd annual Turkey Derby forced officials to postpone the majority of the 50-lap main event for the Limited Late Model stock cars and the entire 100 lap main event for the Wall/SK Modifieds. Those events will be contested on Sunday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by the complete program that was originally scheduled for Sunday, which includes Legend Cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Trucks and a Demolition Derby.

On Sunday pit area gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and the grandstands will open at 9:00 a.m. Grandstand admission is $15.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is

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The Stars are Lining up for the ATQMRA Turkey Derby at Wall

(November 8, 2015) — The Stars are lining up to help make the 2015 version of the ATQMRA Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium an Allstar event. The $1,000 winner’s share is certainly drawing some attention. Inquiries from several top indoor teams have come in about running their indoor cars with the ATQMRA on the Wall inner oval on Saturday November 28th. Among those interested is Joey Payne in the John Smith/Rich Tolerico owned Laffler number 5. With the major changes that were approved last month’s meeting the organization is in process of scheduling another meeting in the near future to give interested parties an opportunity to give further comment before final implementation of the proposed changes.

Multi time ATQMRA Champion as well as a multi time NEMA Midget Champion and Supermodified Star Joey Payne will be racing the John Smith Rich Tolerico owned Laffler number 5 car at the Turkey Derby as was announced on Facebook this week. The team puts together a trio that has been working together for years that has a long history of success in the racing world in general and the ATQMRA in specific.

What more can anyone say about Joey Payne as a driver. He began his ATQMRA career after a time racing karts with tremendous success. Joey took over the seat of his father’s Twin Eagle Racer’s 67 in 1984 from his hero and mentor Johnny Coy Sr. who retired as a driver at the end of the previous season after winning his last race in a TQ midget at that year’s Turkey Derby. Joey won his first race and Rookie of the year in 84.

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Penultimate Challenge Round at Wall goes to Tidman Besting a field of 26 Cars

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(September 19, 2015) Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ 

Ryan Tidman had to earn the win at Wall Stadium on Saturday giving himself max points at Wall’s Fan Appreciation night over a full field of 26 cars. The win over a hard charging Pat VanVarick gives Tidman a 4 point lead heading into the season points finale at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th over a third place finishing Buddy Sload. Heat Races were won by Geoffrey Sutton, Pat VanVarick and Nick Ladyga. Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts presented NAPA hats to each of the Quarter Midget racers on hand and the organization received support from Behrent’s Performance Warehouse.

The feature race saw a front row of Shawn McCauhey and 2013 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Joey Bailey take the green with the two tangling in the first turn with Bailey getting the worse of the exchange ending his race. At the other end of the first lap several cars tangled exiting the fourth turn with Matt Janisch ending up with the wheels knocked off of the Cicconi 75 mount he was racing. Modified racer Steve Whitt was also involved in the altercation but was able to make repairs and return to action.

The second attempt at the initial start saw a pair of 17 cars at the point with McCauhey and Pat VanVarick race into the corner with VanVarick gaining the edge with McCauhey close in tow. Jeff Kot charged into third with Tidman riding fourth. Kot in a what turned out to be the fastest race car at the track set a new wall flat track record during the feature turning a lap of 13.365 seconds. Kot used the speed to charge into second and started applying pressure to VanVarick. Tidman moved into second and was able to overtake VanVarick on lap 9. It was then VanVarick’s turn to apply the pressure.

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Legend Champion to Continue Busy Schedule

Jordan Churchill finished 13th in his first Late Model start of the year driving the Gada No. 6.  He finished sixth in his debut last October 5.

He “got offered the chance and decided to try it out,” Churchill said. “… It is very different then a Legend Car, luckily last year I was offered the same opportunity and did it then also. It’s way wider, which was a constant reminder and it was cool to have to climb in. They don’t feel much faster and they feel way less sensitive versus the Legend Car. It was a blast altogether and I’m thankful for the opportunities.”

Churchill plans include a busy Legend Car schedule. He will visit Seekonk (MA) Speedway today and for the DAV weekend. He will also race Saturdays at New London-Waterford, the $2,000 to win Bridgewater Raynham Overhead Door Battle of the Sound October 25 and Turkey Derby XLII at Wall (NJ) Stadium.

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Penultimate ATQMRA show for Wall’s Fan Appreciation Night

(September 13, 2015) — The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association’s 2015 season is winding to a close with only two points paying shows on the schedule. The Penultimate show will be at Wall Stadium in Belmar, NJ on this coming Saturday September 19th for the track’s popular fan appreciation night. The Points finale will be at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton on Saturday October 24th. Buddy Sload currently tops the point’s standings with his nearest rival Ryan Tidman looking to make his move in the final two races second with Matt Roselli and Geoffrey Sutton third and fourth. Oswego Classic winner Joey Bailey sits fifth with the Rookie of the year contenders Mike Glaser and Pat Force next in line.
The ATQMRA cars and stars will be part of the Wall Stadium Fan Appreciation Night where the cars will be on display on the race track and fans are encouraged to come onto the track and interact with drivers and get an up close and personal look at the cars and talk to the drivers and teams who thrill them each week. Wall Stadium’s 2014 Most Popular driver the Rocket Ron Mullen will once again be in TQ midget action in the Metz Racing 39in addition to racing in several of the fendered divisions at Wall. Drivers and teams will have autograph cards and hands outs for fans and give autographs and take pictures with them to help make them feel like part of the action.
This coming Saturday when the lightening fast TQ midgets invade Wall Stadium for another round of short-track racing on Wall’s inner fifth mile flat oval it will mark the penultimate event for the 2015 season. With the points lead and the momentum of winning 3 of the last 4 races including both races on Wall’s inner oval Points leader Buddy Sload looks to be the favorite once again when action begins. Sload finished fourth in the last outing in the Classic at Oswego and bested his nearest competition in Ryan Tidman only after Tidman looked to be the sure winner of the race with only a few turns left before taking the checkered flag his fortunes turned and ended up with a sixth-place finish.

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Sload Win Ushers in a New Era for the ATQMRA

Buddy Sload ushered in a new era of racing for the ATQMRA in winning the first ATQMRA sanctioned race on Wall Stadium’s fifth mile flat inner oval. The ATQMRA put on an exciting show on the flat track that lent itself to tight competitive racing throughout the field and kept the back of the pack in sight of the leaders after 25 green flag laps. Heat races were won by Matt Roselli and Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16. Don Zrinski ran the fastest lap in the heat races while Roselli ran the fastest lap in the feature. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first of four additional short track dates at Borger’s Speedway on August 8th.

The addition of the Borger’s dates and the remainder of the Club’s races on Wall’s inner oval and the single show at Bethel Speedway gives the ATQMRA a tie back to its small track roots that was lost with the closing of venue’s like Freeport LI Speedway, Islip LI, the paved track at New Egypt and Dorney Park as well as the fabled Pinebrook Speedway. The racing on the smaller ovals lends itself to tighter competition and allows the TQ’s to be a true next step for younger racers moving on from quarter midget and Kart racing.

The feature race saw a front row of Metz Racing Teammates Geoffrey Sutton and “the Rocket” Ron Mullen take the green flag with Sutton winning the drag race into the first turn. A caution negated the initial start when Mike Glaser and BJ MacDonald tangled coming out of the second turn ending both of their nights early.
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Topless TQ’s Going Down on Inner Oval at Wall

History will be made when the ATQMRA hits Wall Stadium for its next sanctioned race on Saturday July 18th. For the first time in the ATQMRA’s sixty years of racing the Lightening fast TQ midgets will not be racing on the high banks of Wall Stadium. The TQ’s will be returning to their short track roots and race on the flat inner oval that is used for the Sunday Series of races that feature Go Karts and Legends cars. ATQMRA Teams tested the inner oval earlier this year and in conjunction with track management the decision was made to make the transition to the inner flat oval and do some wingless racing much like the popular indoor races Promoted by Len Sammons.

A litany of racing legends has graced the ranks of the TQ midgets on the high banks at Wall. Winners include names like the Coys and Tony Romit, Tony Bonadies and Len Duncan, Noki and Drew Fornoro, Lenny Boyd and Jack Bertling to name a few. All of the wins at Wall by those drivers came on the high banks. History will be made on July 18th when the TQ midgets run their first sanctioned race on Wall’s inner oval. One driver will have their name etched into the record books as the First to win on the inner oval.

The TQ midgets began their existence on the short tracks in their infancy by racing on indoor ovals like the Teaneck Armory and later to the historic Pinebrook Speedway. After the closing of Pinebrook in 1989 the TQ’s transitioned from a short track division to running on the larger ovals like Wall and at Oswego NY in addition to other high speed tracks. Racing on the shorter flatter oval at Wall will give the TQ midgets the opportunity to reconnect with its roots that began on the smaller flat ovals.

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Bailey Adapts Fastest at Wall Hoosier Tire ATQMRA Action

Joey Bailey was best able to adapt to the Wall Stadium Aero Package sweeping the night winning his heat race and the feature in exciting fashion. Ryan Tidman rolled across second with Geoffrey Sutton third. Sutton won the other heat race. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip north to the Steel Palace Oswego Speedway on June 13th.

The day began with a half hour happy hour to give teams an opportunity to adjust to the aero package that is in place for the Wall races. The Alan Mollot 51 driven by Avery Stoehr was the class of the field at that point achieving a balanced setup to click off some impressive lap times. The rest of the field would soon find speed as well.

The early session was marred by a flipping Jimmy Wolcott who made hard contact with the second turn wall ending his nights racing. He walked away from the incident uninjured but his car was finished for the night.

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Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY will pursue a limited NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule driving the No. 29 car. Bock will be trading the No. 33 that came with his Legend Car for the one his father used. He plans to enter five races at Riverhead Raceway (1), Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2 each).

“Modifieds have always been around me,” Bock said. “I’m very close to those, all my guys knows those well. It just makes sense to run a Modified for us.”

An expanded schedule is dependent on sponsorship. Bock wants to add Bristol after attending last year’s race. ” I really want to try Bristol, but I don’t know how that might shape out in the future. I went to watch it last year, I just loved it so much.”

Bock will enter selected NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Riverhead. He will use the events for additional seat time at the quarter mile oval. Bock enjoys the fact that he will be able to continue to race with some of his friends who are moving up to the Modifieds.

“The Modifieds are so special. They’re so sick, they’re so powerful and they look so badass. It’s just hard to find something that compares to them on the big asphalt tracks.”

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Turkey Derby Photos

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New Jersey Mandating Head & Neck Restraints

New Jersey will mandate head and neck restraints for drivers at ovals beginning January 1, 2015. Any vehicle in subchapter four of the regulations is subject to the new rule. All race cars except Quarter Midgets are covered, including cars intended for adults. Specific divisions are not provided to prevent loopholes.

Detective M. Kowalski of the New Jersey State Police wrote the tech bulletin that will be sent to track operators by the superintendent. According to the tech bulletin, “All drivers participating in asphalt or dirt oval racing subject to NJSA 62-4, will be required to wear a head and neck restraint system meeting SFI specification 38.1.” The equipment “must have an SFI tag,” according to Kowalski. He expects to meet with track operators within the next month and a half to review this.

Kowalski, who joined the unit six years ago, said the cost has come down and more information is available about the reliability.

“With all the data that’s out there from HANS and all the other companies that have done the crash testing, they’re pretty much a proven device at this point,” Kowalski said. “It’s just like a seat belt. We know they work. We know they save lives.”

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Wall: Blewett Looks to Add Another Win

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.”

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Mayfield Bound for Turkey Derby XLI

Mayfield Enjoying Return to Racing

Jeremy Mayfield of Owensboro, KY will be among the entries for Saturday’s Turkey Derby XLI at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway. He is in a better place than he was a year ago, back behind the wheel. 

“We’ve got a really great team,” Mayfield said. “We’ve put together some good guys and good equipment and I’ve just had a great year. … We’ve led a lot of laps in the KOMA stuff and we’re competitive and we’ve been running good and it’s just been a great year for me so far.”

“We knew it was a big race and we’re doing all the races we can everywhere and just feel like that would be a good one to run and driving in the Modifieds, I’ve had a good time doing that.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner enters the event with high expectations.

“I just want to go into it just doing the best we can and I know I’ve got a good car, in Dave Brigati’s car because I know they’ll be fast and we’ll take all we get.”  “… I’ve been watching a lot of races on YouTube, watching the track and how it works and all that stuff, so I think we’ll be pretty good, pretty quick.”

Mayfield is familiar with adapting to tracks as he traveled to many new places this season. The banked 1/3 mile oval will be bring Mayfield back to his roots racing in Tennessee.

“I’ve run places that have got a lot more banking than that. Bristol was one of ’em and I kind of grew up in Nashville and running on a 5/8 down there, which is high banked, and then I run Highland Rim Tennessee, which is huge. It’s real small, but real high banked track, so I kind of grew up on tracks like that and I feel like I’m going to pretty much like it and know it’s my style track. It’s high banked and a short track, so I think it will be okay and like I said, I’ll have a good car, be able to get a few laps in practice and then run from there.”

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Driver Killed at Wall Stadium

New Jersey State Police are investigating a fatal crash at Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township Saturday afternoon. 21-year-old driver Amanda Gambacorto of Belford, NJ was driving a Three Quarter Midget in a “race clinic” when the car hit the wall. The Green Flag Driving Experience is based in West Caldwell, NJ.

Below is the full text of an update on the New Jersey State Police Facebook page:
“The driver from today’s tragic crash at Wall Speedway was Amanda Gambacorto, 21, of Belford, NJ. She was declared at Jersey Shore Medical Center at 1:26 pm. She was driving a 3/4 midget race car on an asphalt oval track when the crash occurred at approximately 12:30.

Gambacorto was driving through Green Flag Driving Experience, and was not a professional or regular race driver. The accident is being investigated by an experienced racing crash investigator in the New Jersey State Police. The initial review indicated that the safety equipment in use was in compliance with regulations. It remains an ongoing case and nothing further will be released at this time.”

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The Racing Scholar: The Next Opportunity Awaits Staropoli

Patrick Staropoli, 24, of Plantation, FL is hunting for a new ride. The inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge winner finished fifth in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Spokane for Bill McAnally Racing. The attention and the feel-good story should have ended there.

“It kind of eats at you, but at the same time I got a lot of confirmation this year that I belong there and that I can run there,” Staropoli said. “…  I know that if I get that right opportunity again that I can go out there and get it done.”

A third generation driver, Staropoli’s grandfather drove midgets in the 1940s and 50s at places like Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY and Wall Stadium in Belmar, NJ. The family relocated to Florida, where Staropoli’s father Nick raced Street Stocks and Late Models. His father raced “religiously” at Hialeah in the 1980s and 90s, before touring in the 90s for a few years. Patrick was at his first race at six months old, watching his dad.

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Gig Stephens Passes at 87

Leonard ‘Gig’ Stephens of North Reading, Mass., passed away on May 19 at age 87.

He made 12 USAC Champ Car/Gold Crown Series (IndyCar) starts from 1959 to 1972 at Langhorne, Milwaukee and Trenton. His best career finish was sixth in 1967 at Trenton in the #71 Atamian Ford for Karl Hall (Halibrand/Offy).

He raced in the Midgets from the 1940s to the 1960s. He won at Seekonk Speedway in 1949 in a UCOA sanctioned event and at Norwood Arena in 1951. He had six ARDC Midget wins from 1955 to 1960 at Hatfield, Wall, Trenton, Freeport, Danbury and Williams Grove. He won a NEMA Midget race at Catamount in 1965 in the Bahre Offy.

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Zane Zeiner to Make Indoor Three Quarter Midget Debut in NAPA Know How Atlantic City Races

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ATLANTIC CITY/ TRENTON, NJ- — Popular Pennsylvanian Zane Zeiner, whose career achievements in outdoor Stock Car racing are wide ranging, will make his debut indoors this winter as a Three Quarter Midget entrant in the NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City and the Battle Of Trenton Indoor races presented by PRC Industries/ Angela House Charity, Indoor races.

The two Len Sammons Motorsports Productions events are scheduled two weeks apart. Indoor racing inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is now in its 12th consecutive year of action. Dates are Friday and Saturday January 24 and 25, 2014.The Trenton Sun National Bank Center schedule calls for Twin 20 lap features for the TQ Midgets and compete program of Slingshots on Friday, Feb. 8 and a compete program for TQ Midgets and Champ Karts on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Hailing from Bath, Pa. near Allentown, Zeiner, who has been a winner at Wall Stadium, Oswego Speedway, Mahoning Valley Speedway and Mountain Speedway, is a quick study. His win in the 2012 Wall Stadium SK Turkey Derby came in just his second start at the track. He won the famed Race of Champions, now held at the Oswego, NY Speedway, in 2011. He closed out 2013 with a big win in the Octoberfast 130 at the Mahoning Valley Speedway.

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NEMA’s Payne, Medeiros Compete in TQ’s at Wall’s Turkey Derby; Payne Claims Dirt Modified Portion

Wall Township, N. J. — 2013 Northeastern Midget Assoc. Lite Champion, Carl Medeiros Jr., and NEMA competitor Joey Payne took part in the 40th anniversary Wall Stadium Turkey Derby at the fast N.J. speedway Saturday. Both drivers entered the TQ portion of the show, and Payne competed in the Mike Mongiello owned Dirt Modified for that division.

The TQ event was the first for the newly acquired Medeiros machine and was fast right out of the trailer. The young driver time trialed seventh fastest after some minor chassis adjustments which placed him on the pole for the feature due to the inverted line-up.

At the drop of the green, Carl fell into the second slot in the field which he held despite two restarts, the first on lap one and again on lap four. It was at that time that the young Medeiros felt the engine start to tighten up and lose some power and finally expire during a lap seven caution as the power plant erupted in smoke and flame, ending his day. He exited the machine quickly and was not injured. “We’re happy the way the car ran and felt“, Medeiros said later, “We have another motor for the next race in Atlantic City, and have all winter to rebuild this one”.

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Earl Paules Wins TQ Main at Wall Turkey Derby

WALL TWP., NJ — Leading all the way, standout pavement Modified and Late Model driver Earl Paules Jr., won Saturday afternoon’s ATQMRA TQ- Midget feature during the 40th annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Palmerton, Pa., resident was at the wheel of the No. 98x, fielded by Mike Roselli Sr.’s West End Rent-All team from Brodheadsville, Pa.

Paules is a champion and many-time winner in the Modified and Late Model divisions at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. and recently won his second straight Late Model title there. This past July, he won his first ever TQ-Midget main during the ATQMRA event at Mahoning. His victory at Wall was his first at that high- banked, third-mile paved oval.

The Turkey Derby TQ main was originally set for 25 laps, but accidents and lengthy clean-ups from two blown motors led to ATQMRA officials making the decision to end it at lap 15 when the time limit was approaching.

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Matt Hirschman Wins Turkey Derby XXXIX at Wall Stadium

Wall, NJ — Although the temperature was 38 degrees with a brisk chilly wind that blew all day, the race fans packed the stands to witness the Modified portion of Turkey Derby XXXIX 2012.

27 Modifieds took time trials on the high banked 1/3 mile track with Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT pulling down the fastest timed lap of the day at 11.914 seconds. Matt Hirschman was second fastest with 11.932, Jimmy Blewett third with 11.953. The top 10 redrew for starting positions for the 150 lap event.

The redraw had #60 of Hirschman on the pole and #29Zane Zeiner of Lancaster, PA outside pole, bringing the field to green. Hirschman slipped into the lead with Zeiner, #76 Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ, #08 Tommy Farrell III of Neptune, NJ, #06 Hinckley and #14 Ken Woolley of Howell, NJ rounding out the first six. On lap 5, Blewett shot by Zeiner for second and by lap 10 the leaders already running into lap traffic. 13 yellow flag periods slowed the action constantly throughout the 150 laps, the first coming out on lap 19 for a minor spin which helped to sort out and close up the field. A lap 33 yellow had #93 Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA pitting from his 7th position, never to return to action.

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

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