Salute to the Wall Stadium Speedway Champions of 2017
MODIFIED - Jimmy Blewett, scored six victories including the Garden State Classic and Woody's 105. That title, was his third since he won it in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, he finished second in points behind Dave Michel. From 2004 onward, he begun to race elsewhere when he initially quit racing Wall full time that year after, he was hit with suspensions and major punishments. Not only he stopped racing full time at Wall, he began to dabble on the NASCAR (then Featherlite) Modified Tour with his late brother; John III who was racing regularly on that circuit since 1999. In 2007; himself, family and, fans lives were changed forever when John III perished during a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Thompson Motorsports Park and Jimmy was involved in that horrible accident. Now, his spirit remains in Jimmy's heart and soul along with fans and, he continues to carry the legacy.
SPORTSMAN - Tyler Truex, won his first ever Wall crown when officials figured out the points were tied. Kevin Davidson, a former champion finished second and has one win. Truex, suffered a broken axle and struggled throughout the remainder of the 25 lap main event. After the race ended, the points were tied and Truex won three events throughout the season and, with Davidson's single win. Finally, Truex officially became the 2017 Sportsman Champion due to his three victories. Truex, is a familiar name to the track. Througout the 1980's to early 90's, Barney Truex competed in the Modifieds and chalked up several wins. Martin Truex Sr, won the Sportsman title in 1985 and later, he moved up to the Mod ranks and scored several wins including the Garden State Classic in 1988 and Turkey Derby the next year. Tyler's cousin Martin, Jr; started his career at Wall winning events and earned the 1999 Turkey Derby title. Later, he moved up to the NASCAR circuit by winning the Xfinity crown twice in 2004 and 2005. For many years, he raced for car owners such as Dale Earnhardt Inc and Michael Waltrip. Now, he is driving the Furniture Row #78 since 2015 and, he extended his contract for another two season.
4 CYLINDER - Brian Osborn, scored his first ever Wall Stadium championship. Osborn, started his career in the 1/4 Midget division at Wall on the LITTLE WALL track in the back of the pits and, had success. He won four times this year and, he started a year or two ago in the 4 Cylinders and begun to succeed. In fact, Osborn isn't the only who won a crown, it was his father Glenn. Glenn, begun his career racing a Modern Stock in late 1980 and, his first win came two year after. That same year, while leading the Turkey Derby he was dumped by eventual winner Bernie Bailey and, that was a heartbreak for Glenn. Two years later, he earned the Modern Stock championship in his Mustang bodied #15 which was fabricated by 1983 champion Steve Springsteel. In the late 80's, he took a hand at Modifieds and had little success. Throughout his time, he competed in Street Stocks, Enduros and, Demo Derbies. Now, he is guiding Brian's career and Brian would find success in other divisions in the future.
FACTORY STOCK - Scott Riggleman, recorded his third Wall crown. Scott, raced throughout the years in a Street Stock and had success. In later years, he ran a couple years in a Modified and had some success as well. This year, his wife Nancy competed in the Factory Stock as a rookie and, she stood out of trouble. His father Sam, competed in a Street Stock in the 1980's with success. Not only Scott races the Factory Stocks, he competed at Demolition Derbies and, some Enduros.
LEGENDS - Robert French, is now on the top of the all time list in the Legends ranks. French, won the crown several years back and, it went down to the wire with defending champion Louie Keraitis. Robert, isn't the only French racer whose on the champ list it was his father Doug. Doug, won the Sportsman title in 1979 in the blue and yellow #90. Througout his career, Doug has competed in the Modified ranks and had some success. Through out the 1990's to early 2000's he competed on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Now he guides Robert's career and, he was hoping to take a hand on other divisions in the future.
LIMITED LATE MODEL - New York Native Brian Doyle, won his third LLM title this year. Brian, is a strong competitor on the high banks in the slim division. He raced at Riverhead Raceway through out the years before he invaded here to compete and pick up checkers like he did.
CONGRATULATION TO THE CHAMPIONS AND SEE YA AT TURKEY DERBY!!!