Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. and Anthony Sesely of
Matawan were Modified stock car winners during the
40th annual Turkey Derby racing events at Wall
Stadium. It was the second straight Tour Modified
win for Hirschman while Sesely won his first ever
Wall/SK Modified Turkey Derby race after finishing
second in recent years.
In Saturday’s Tour Modified 150-lap race Danny Bohn
of Mooresville, N.C. jumped to the lead at the
outset and held this ground through several restarts
while being pressured by Hirschman and several
others. Hirschman pitted for tires and fuel with
other competitors on lap 81 and then began his climb
through the field from the rear.
Bohn finally pitted for his tires and fuel on lap
118 as Hirschman was completing his run to the
front. Holding off challenges Hirschman then raced
on to victory followed by Doug Cody, Rowan Pennink,
Ryan Preece and Michael Bohn. Danny Bohn finished
seventh behind Jamie Tomaino.
“It’s real tough to give up that track position when
you have to get tires and fuel,” Hirschman said.
“It’s real tough to be patient when you are trying
to come back through the pack. It took a lot of
patience and a great car and crew to win this race
Sesely jumped to the lead in the Wall/SK Modified
100-lapper early but had lots of pressure all the
way. Freehold’s Steven Read and Howell’s Jimmy
Blewett swapped the top spot with Sesely in the mid
portion of the race. Late in the event this battled
erupted in the fourth turn with lots of contact and
Blewett, Read and several others tangling as a
Sesely made it through the chaos and then raced on
to the win. Hirschman, Zack Alspach of Willingboro,
Howell’s Chris Lane and Michael Zervais wrapped up
the top five finishers.
“You had three guys racing on the edge who all
wanted this win,” Sesely said of the fourth turn
tangle. “I feel bad that it happened but it was just
good hard racing. There isn’t a lot of room out
there when you’re going as fact as we are.”
In other Saturday action Joey Payne raced to victory
in the 40 lap main event for the Dirt Modifieds
after Andrew Krause of Holmdel led the early going
before dropping from the race on lap 32. Rick Ross,
Jr., Rick Yetter, Jack Ely, Jr. and Chuck Bates
wrapped up the top five.
Ken Matlach of Levittown, N.Y. won Saturday’s
50-lapper for the Limited Late Models. Early leader
Wayne Courey was the runner-up with Chris Turbush,
Anthony Crimaldi and Dan Turbush completing the top
five. Saturday’s TQ Midget main event was won by
Earl Paules over Andy Jankowiak, Buddy Sloed, Matt
Roselli and Mike Tidaback.
During Friday’s day one of Turkey Derby racing Kevin
Davison of Howell raced to victory in the Sportsman
50-lap main event. Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Zack
Alspach, Dom Fattaruso of Brick and Kenny Van Wickle
of Manasquan wrapped up the top five. In Friday
legend Cars 40-lap action Tim Solomito of Riverhead,
N.Y. posted the victory over Nick Ladyga, Robert
French, Artie Pedersen and Kevin Nowak.
The Factory Stocks raced on both Friday and Sunday
of Turkey Derby weekend. On Friday Joey Helberg of
Union won the 50-lap main event over Scott Riggleman
of Manchester, Dan Birdsall, Marty Van Druten of
Toms River and Shanon Mongeau. In Sunday’s 50-lapper
Brick’s Ronnie Mullen took down the win over Steve
West of Howell, John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant,
Riggleman and Rob McCormick.
James Meyers of Port Monmouth won Friday’s 4
Cylinder 50-lapper while Pete Zaharias, Todd Pilla,
Rick Massaro and Mike Wahl completed the top five.
On Sunday Shanon Mongeau was tops in the 4 Cylinder
50-lapper while Cole Ormsbee, Zack Thomas, Al
Morales and Jeff Dumbrowski completed the top five.
Cheryl Vreeland won Sunday’s Ladies’ Race.
With the 40th running of the Turkey Derby now
history, all attention is turning towards the 2014
The racing schedule, which will begin Saturday night
racing in the spring, will be announced soon.
Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports
events on most Saturdays and Sundays during the
summer months and special races in October and
November. The 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, while
CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email
address. More information is also available at