ARE WALL TURKEY DERBY MODIFIED WINNERS
Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Station , Pa. and Jimmy Blewett of
Howell split 100-lap main events for Modified stock cars during Turkey Derby
stock car racing at Wall Stadium Saturday. The northeast season finale
program was witnessed by one of the largest gatherings in recent memory.
In the tour type Modified race, Matt Hirschman of Northampton , Pa.
led the first 39 laps before Pennink took the lead with a pass in the
outside lane. Pennink then paced the 26-car field through lap 83 when
Blewett took the top spot. Pennink stayed on Blewett’s rear bumper for the
following laps, but Blewett’s good fortunes were running out as his No. 66
started to spray oil. Soon Blewett was sent to the pit area because of the
problem and Pennink regained the lead.
Pennink’s final ten laps were not easy, however, as Pete Brittain
of Oakhurst hounded him to the finish. Howell’s Jamie Tomaino, Jon McKennedy
and Anthony Sesely of Matawan wrapped up the top five.
“Jimmy (Blewett) was running real strong until the end when he had
that oil problem. Then Pete (Brittain) ran me real hard but clean to the
very end,” Pennink said. “This is great. The car was great and this is a
race that I really wanted to win.”
In the companion 100-lapper for the speedway’s weekly Red Bank
Sleep Shoppe Modified division, Blewett was at the top of his game as he
jumped to the early lead. Blewett paced the 24-car field until he pitted for
new tires on lap 53. That handed the lead to Brittain who paced the pack
until he stopped for new tires on lap 69. Sesely then took command, but
Blewett was soon on his bumper before making the winning pass with just 24
At the checker flag it was Blewett, Sesely, Pennink, Chas Okerson
of Freehold and Toms River’s Tim Arre.
“After the disappointment in the first feature, this wins feels
pretty good,” Blewett said. “We ran a Dodge motor here all season and won a
lot of races with it. Now we have a Chevy in there and it runs just as
In Saturday’s support division action, Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck
crossed the finish line first in the Sportsman 30-lapper, but when officials
decided that the late-race battle for the lead got a little too heated,
Kevin Davison of Howell was awarded the win. Mike Smith of Spring Lake
Heights was second and Eyres was placed third. Long Island’s
Dan Turbush hitched a ride in
son’s car and drove away with the Street Stock 30-lap main event win over
Gregg Miranda of Hazlet and Jon Meyer of Toms River .
Paul Lotier, Jr. won the 25-lapper for the A.T.Q.M.R.A. Midgets for
a second straight year over Tim Buchwalter and Robin Johnson. Alison Cumens’
fifth place finish was enough to make her the first female driving champion
in the history of the open cockpit club.
During Friday’s day one of Turkey Derby, New Hampshire’s Wayne
Helliwell raced to victory in the 50-lap Late Model Stock car feature race
over Mike Coll and Michael Bologna. North Carolina ’s Daniel Hemric also
made a long trip worthwhile as he won Friday’s 25-lapper for the Legend Cars
over Zach Alspach and Roger Coss. Vern McLaughlin won a battle for the win
with team mate Richard Petey in Friday’s 30-lapper for the Factory Stocks.
Tim O’Shea was third.
The next event on the Wall Stadium schedule is set for this
Saturday, December 5, as the speedway host’s the annual “Automotive Swap-
Meet.” Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and buyers are welcome free of charge, while
vendors will pay a nominal fee. For more information call 732-681-3776.
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 Turkey Derby entry forms are available by calling
732-681-6400 and at
Turkey Derby XXXVI Results
TOUR TYPE MODIFIED – 100 Laps – 1. ROWAN PENNINK, HUNTINGDON
STATION, PA., 2. Pete Brittain, 3. Jamie Tomaino, 4. Jon McKennedy, 5.
Anthony Sesely, 6. Steven Reed, 7. Danny Sammons, 8. Matt Hirschman, 9. Tim
Arre, 10. Kevin Flockhart, 11. Earl Paules, 12. Doug Coby, 13. Ted
Christopher, 14. Tommy Farrell, 15. Jimmy Zacharias, 16. Eric Goodale, 17.
Billy Weichert, 18. Jimmy Blewett, 19. Les Hinckley, 20. Donny Lia, 21. Ed
Brunnhoelzl, 22. Marc Rogers, 23. Justin Gumley, 24. Woody Pitkat, 25. Ken
Woolley, 26. Tony Ferrante
RED BANK SLEEP SHOPPE MODIFIED – 100 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT,
HOWELL, 2. Sesely, 3. Pennink, 4. Chas Okerson, 5. Arre, 6. Zane Zeiner, 7.
Brittain, 8. Mark Bakaj, 9. Farrell, 10. Bob Boardwick, 11. Ron Frees, 12.
Marc Nappi, 13. Nicole Morgillo, 14. Robert Geibel, 15. Billy Cole, 16.
David Reinhardt, 17. Adam LaCicero, 18. Shaun Carrig, 19. Reed, 20. Rob
Schultz, 21. Chris Lane , 22. Chris Hamilton, 23. Goodale, 24. Patrick
CALABREEZE POOLS SPORTSMAN – 30 Laps – 1. KEVIN DAVISON, HOWELL,
2. Mike Smith, 3. Kevin Eyres, 4. Robert Sutphin, 5. Andrew Krause, 6.
Christian LaCicero, 7. Tommy Kearns, 8. David Calabreeze, 9. Joey King, 10.
Matt Przemielewski, 11. Randy MacConnell, 12. Jared Okerson, 13. Amanda
Sesely, 14. Ryan Flores, 15. Phil Janda, 16. Rob Gaiser, 17. Hamilton , 18.
Michael Gervais, 19. Rich DeSarno
STREET STOCKS – 30 Laps – 1. DAN TURBUSH, LONG ISLAND , N.Y. ; 2.
Gregg Miranda, 3. John Meyer, 4. Bill Vanderveen, 5. Howie Conk, 6. Ray
Minieri, 7. Brian Doyle, 8. Mike Tillett, 9. Nick Shaw, 10. Rich DiMarco,
11. Jerry Stanzione, 12. Joe Torchia, 13. Jim Yamelski, 14. Robert Fink, 15.
Dominick Casola, 16. Kurt Brechka, 17. Charlie DiGiantamasso, 18. Michelle
Moamann, 19. Vinnie Green, 20. Anthony Grimaldi, 21. Carl Thomas, 22. Nick
Gargiulo, 23. Tim LaBreque, 24. Ralph Gargiulo, 25. Tony Hillard, 26. Brian
TQ MIDGETS – 25 Laps – 1. PAUL LOTIER, 2. Tim Buchwalter, 3.
Robin Johnson, 4. Frank Fischer, 5. Alison Cumens, 6. Donnie Adams, 7.
Austin Fels, 8. Russ Bailey, 9. Tim Behmer, 10. Mike Isles, 11. Josh
Darlyrimple, 12. Ian Cumens, 13. Matt Roselli, 14. Mike Janish, 15. Sam
Westcott, 16. Jeff Kot, 17. Shaun Carrig, 18. Chris DeRitis, 19. Kyle
Gardner, 20. Bobby Watkins, 21. Matt Prichert, 22. Andy Gamble, 23. Joey
Payne, 24. Gary Betsey, 25. Mike Tidaback
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS – 50 Laps – 1. WAYNE HELLIWELL, 2. Mike
Coll, 3. Michael Bologna, 4. Dave Macomber, 5. Roger Oxee, 6. Greg Kleila,
7. Mike Sweeney, 8. Elliott Wohl, 9. Artie Pedersen, 10. Jimmy Blewett, 11.
Travis Fisher, 12. Pete Ericksen, 13. Michael Mortimer, 14. Zane Zeiner, 15.
Lorin Arthofer, 16. Rob Ormsbee, 17. Ken Matlach
LEGEND CARS – 25 Laps – 1. DANIEL HEMRIC, 2. Zach Alspach, 3.
Roger Coss, 4. Ryan Flores, 5. John Beatty, 6. Michael Occhipinti, 7. Derek
Hopkinson, 8. Trevor Alspach, 9. Kevin Nowak, 10. Joey Mattis, 11. John
Feehan, 12. Max Zachem, 13. Matt Maring, 14. Justin Grim, 15. Joe Fesco, 16.
Mike Alcaro, 17. Karl Heisler, 18. Greg Rittenhouse, 19. Michael Gerevaise,
20. Mike Dobrosky, 21. Bob Pomeroy, 22. Mark Tischler, 23. Casey Robicheau,
24. Kenny Van Wickle, 25. Joe Graf, 26. Robert French, 27. Malcolm Campbell,
28. Justin Alicchio, 29. Tom Sherman
FLANAGAN RETAIL DEVELOPMENT FACTORY STOCKS – 30 Laps – 1. VERN
MCLAUGHLIN, 2. Richard Petey, 3. Tim O’Shea, 4. Joe Constandi, 5. J.R.
Helberg, 6. Tim Flanagan, 7. Dan Birdsall, 8. Roy Farfel, 9. Michael Caprio,
10. Steve Weber, 11. Paul Hartwig, 12. Whitey Miller, 13. Tom Fratesi, 14.
Tom Mikolajczyk, 15. Todd Pilla, 16. Felix Ciattarelli, 17. Mike Bilello,
18. Jim Downey, 19. Bob Anderton, 20. Mike Colon, 21. Jason Bundy, 22. Rick
Siddons, 23. Ned Collbaugh, 24. Donald Oliver, 25. Stu Paer, 26. Joe
Ciallella, 27. John Gasko, 28. Bryan Flanagan, 29. Michael Short, 30. Antony
Source: Jeff Gravatt / Wall