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Author: J63   Date: 8/14/2017 8:15:56 PM  +13/-4  

This Wednesday, will be ten years when the racing community lost a driver. John Blewett III, was a talented driver who goes to any track year in and year out. He's won 97 races and, eight track championships. He had driven cars for; Mario Fiore, Dick Barney, Curt Chase, Joe Brady, Edward Partridge, name a few.

John, raced go karts at New Egypt Speedway (Then paved) at the age of 10. During his time, he worked at his family owned junkyard at Howell Township and watch his father; John Jr. race their famous #76 at tracks such as Wall Stadium, New Egypt, Islip, Riverhead and, others. 

John III, strapped himself in a Troyer Modified #5 owned by his grandfather John Sr. His first race, was at the 18th Annual Turkey Derby. He failed to make it to the top ten fastest but, was forced to race in the heat and finished a remarkable third. In the feature, started 21st and dropped into the infield after completing 38 out of the scheduled 150 laps. 1992 was a great year for John, he won heat races but didn't have a win so, he was awarded Rookie of the Year and finished eighth in points on his first full year. 

1993, he put his racing career on hold because, the Modifieds were dropped from the schedule at Wall due to a disagreement over the purse structure. Later, he went to race at the Flemington Speedway. Later that year, he picked up his first win on a cold November evening in the Snapple 100. 

Throughout his career, he dabbled on the NASCAR Modified Tour until he landed his full ride in the Mario Fiore #44. He scored his first win on June 12, 1999 at Riverhead Raceway and, finished sixteenth in the points. As the 2000's began, he left the 44 to the Curt Chase #77. During his tenure with that ride, he won six races for the team. Late 2004, he abruptly left the 77 and into his family owned #66. 

Early 2005, he was hit with a health scare called diverticulitus. His recovery lasted nearly three months and, he returned to the sport in July 2005. 

2006, he races Wall Stadium full time for the first time since 1992. John won six events and the track championship. 

2007, John was becoming disillusioned about Wall Speedway and, he decided to take a vacation from racing, and would have tried to focus on the Tour. On that horrible night on August 16, John and his young brother Jimmy (then 26) was racing for the lead. Suddenly, something went terribly wrong. Jimmy blew a tire on his Edward Partridge #12 (who he was driving for at the time) and, John tried to avoid the spin but, it was too late. Jimmy's car rested ontop of his brother's car. John was rushed to the hospital but, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital he was 33. 

Now, Jimmy continues to carry the family tradition along with son/nephew John IV at Wall Stadium. Jimmy, currently has a 40 point lead over Steven Reed who won the crown twice. John IV racing the Sportsman, in the #5 that had the scheme when his late father sported in 1991-1992. 

1992 Rookie of the Year (Wall Stadium)

1993 Thanksgiving Classic Winner (Flemington Speedway)

1995 Race of Champions (Flemington Speedway)

1996 Winston Northeast Regional Champion

1996 Flemington Speedway Champion

1996 New Egypt Speedway Champion

1997 Flemington Speedway Champion

2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Champion

2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 Turkey Derby Champion

2003, 2004, 2006 Garden State Classic Champion

2003, 2005 North South Shootout Champion

2006  Wall Stadium Track Champion

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