FOR WALL STADIUM’S
“TOMMY COMERFORD MEMORIAL” IMPRESSIVE
Early entries for the October 24 “Tommy Comerford Memorial” twin 66-lap tour
type Modified stock car races at Wall Stadium are impressive. Many of the
entries have won main events at the tricky third mile paved oval and all
have won many feature races at speedways in the northeast.
James Civali of Meridian, Conn. is one of the first drivers to
enter the $40,000 purse event. Civali knows how to race at Wall as is proven
by his championship in the 2007 Turkey Derby here. This time around Civali
will be at the wheel of the potent Hill Enterprises No. 79. Another out of
state invader who has won countless races and many titles is Matt Hirschman
of Northampton, Pa. At present, Hirschman plans on competing with his
familiar No. 60 Modified. Among Hirschman’s many recent accomplishments is a
win in the prestigious Dunn Tire Raceway Park’s US Open and the 2009 title
on the Race of Champions Modified Tour.
Popular Chuck Steuer of Bohemia, N.Y. is one of the first drivers
to register from the Long Island area. Steuer is a two-time Riverhead
Raceway Modified champion and a 17-time feature winner there. Joining Steuer
as an early Long Island entrant is Tony Ferrante, Jr. of New Hyde Park, N.Y.
In recent years Ferrante has been a popular competitor on the NASCAR
Modified Tour. Ferrante cut his teeth racing on Wall’s high banked oval.
Two popular New Jersey racers, Pete Brittain of Oakhurst and Jamie
Tomaino of Howell, have made it known that they will be on hand to represent
the local fans. Both drivers are many time Wall Stadium winners, Tomaino
with 28 wins and Brittain with 17 victories. Brittain’s most recent Wall win
came this season in a 50-lap contest. Both also know how to win titles as
Tomaino is a former NASCAR Modified champion and Brittain won the Wall
Modified title in 1990.
The “Tommy Comerford Memorial” will feature two 66-lap main events
for tour type Modified stock cars offering each winner a cool $6,600 payday.
A total purse of $40,000 is up for grabs at present and that could climb as
the event approaches. More entries for the event will be announced soon.
Speedway promoter Jim Morton recently released the busy schedule
for October 24. Pit area gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and practice will
begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. The grandstands will open at
11:00 a.m. to the general public, while fans that purchased during the
September 26 presale will have the opportunity to enter the grandstands at
The first events on the agenda will be the three rain postponed
races from September 26. Those events, 25-lappers for the Sportsman and
Street Stocks and a 20-lapper for the Factory Stocks, will begin promptly at
1:45 p.m. Next up, at approximately 2:30 p.m., will be qualifying for the
day’s originally scheduled events.
Then, at 3:45 p.m., the first of a pair of tour type Modified
66-lap features will be contested before the Legend Cars, Sportsman and
Street Stock racers return in 25-lap features. The tour type Modifieds will
then run their second 66-lapper of the day before the Factory Stocks wrap up
the action in a 20-lapper.
Wall Stadium 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 office is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Information and Modified entry forms are available by calling
732-681-6400 and at
Source: Jeff Gravatt / Wall