The Chrome Horn News



    About 47 Wall Township Speedway Sunday Series drivers were saluted - and one closing rumor squashed - here at Our House Restaurant and Tavern Saturday night.
    The 47, including champions from 11 WSS divisions, received their awards. They and their 133 fellow diners also learned of WTS Managing Partner Tim Shinn's intention to reopen the Jersey Shore oval track this spring.
    "You know how the rumor mill's been going," said WTS Operations Manager Jim Morton before the full banquet hall. "I talked with Tim this morning. He said it's his intention as of this day to open the speedway."
    The Web site has meanwhile confirmed that the WTS NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards banquet is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Lakewood's Woodlake Country Club. Wall's WAAS Modified Champion Kevin Flockhart, of Jackson, and his six fellow class titlists are to be honored for their efforts on the historic banked paved one-third-mile oval.
    The rumors started over the Christmas holidays when the WTS office telephone line was disconnected. Morton said that the four managing partners had laid him and Office Administrator, Sue Simpson off around New Year's Day with the intention of rehiring them in March. Morton added that the track had cancelled its exhibit space at Friday-Sunday's Motorsports 2008 show at Atlantic City. "I hope to have more a definite word or decision on or before Friday," said Morton. "That would
be before Motorsports 2008."
    Motorsports is an annual public and trade auto racing show that had moved to the new Atlantic City Convention Center last year. It and Friday-Saturday's Gamblers Classic Indoor Racing at the nearby Boardwalk Hall are organized by Area Auto Racing News, of Trenton. WTS won the Best Appearing Speedway Display award at Motorsports 2007.
    Morton was also among those who received a service award for establishing WSS. The series, held on Wall's fifth-mile inner oval, highlights Legends Cars, Bandoleros and kart or kart-based racing primarily for drivers 17- to 12- years old.
    Second generation driver Ryan Truex, of Mayetta, was bestowed the inaugural WSS Calabreeze Pools Legends Cars trophy. Truex was absent, however, due to a racing commitment in the South. Ken Van Wickle, of Manasquan, received his Van Wickle NAPA Auto Supply Bandolero title trophy.
    Other WSS class champs hailed included:
Modified Micro Stock -- Dennis Hiddemen, Southamption, Pa.
Controlled Micro Stock -- Mike Mee, E. Brunswick, N.J.
Senior Champ Kart -- Jon Stewart, Ringoes.
Junior Champ Kart -- Nandi Palmai, Allentown, N.J.
Jr. Briggs & Stratton Gold Plate -- Randy Sixt, Hillsborough.
Jr. B&S Blue Plate -- Devon Sixt, Hillsborough.
B&S Heavy -- Larry Welle, Bridgewater.
B&S Medium -- Anthony Dalessio, Ringoes.
B&S Light -- Kurt Labor, Jr., Neptune.


Source:  Walter Elliot / Wall Township Speedway PR
Posted:  January 14, 2008

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