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Author: J63   Date: 10/22/2017 3:58:29 PM  +8/-6  

With the regular season concluded, the fans has a few weeks to relax. 

The drivers as well has a few week to make adjustments to their cars and, preparing for the 44th Annual Turkey Derby which fall on November 24-26 during the daylight hours. 

Pennsylvania native, Matt Hirschman will once again see dollar signs spinning in his sights. Hirschman 35, has been a major threat each and every Derby that he had participated. In fact, he still lives the moniker "Big Money" due to winning high paying events such as; capturing the Race of Champions for the fifth time this year with a whopping $13,000+. This year, Hirschman will be returning as the defending winner not one two Modified divisions. 

Multi Time Winner, Jimmy Blewett is also a threat of adding a Derby to his resume. This year, he snagged his third Wall Stadium Modified championship for the first time since, winning it in 2001 and 2002. Blewett 37, will be prepping his championship winning #19 for the SK/Wall Modified and his familiar red, white, and blue #76 for the Tour Type Modified. He had won back to back Dirt Modifieds in the Jimmy Horton #43. Showtime, will keep you posted til the Derby if he'll run other cars. 

Seventeen year old phenom, Blake Barney will be making a double assault in this years Derby. Barney, will be wheeling his Grandfather's familiar Big Red #14 in the Tour Type Modified and the SK/Wall Modified and, hoping to bring the machine to victory lane since Tony Siscone did in 1991 and Eric Mauriello in 2014. 

2006 winner and two time track champion, Steven Reed will also pull a double assault this year like he did before. Last year, Reed shocked the crowd by timing first in the Tour Type Modified. Unfortunately, Reed was forced to watch the 150 lap contest from the sidelines when his pole sitting car broke a transmission. In the SK/Wall Mods, bad luck continues to haunt him. This year, he would hope to put those disappointments behind him.

Andrew Krause, will be pulling Triple Duty: Tour Modified, SK/Wall and, Dirt Modified.

Other drivers participated and would possibly do this year are; Les Hinckley, Jr. from Windsor Lock, CT, Tour Champion Doug Coby, Brian DeFebo, Woody Pitkat and, other drivers from PA, NY, CT would like to take a crack at the Derby. Unfortunately, according to the comments from my TD Trailer; 1981 Champion Jamie "The Jet" Tomaino won't be able to participate this year. 

The Derby, will have an action packed schedule: SK/Wall Modified, Tour Type Modified, Dirt Modified, Sportsman, Limited Late Model, Legends, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinders, ATQMRA. 


1974 - Gil Hearne                                   Al Voorhees

1975 - Jim Hendrickson                          Jamie Tomaino

1976 - Jim Hendrickson                          Rick Sendzik

1977 - Gil Hearne                                   Art Wolcott

1978 - Gil Hearne                                   Eddie Bohn

1979 - George Kent                                 Tom Mauser

1980 - John Blewett, Jr.                           Randy LaJoie

1981 - Jamie Tomaino                              Bob Wolf

1982 - Leonard Boyd                               Sal Moschella, Jr.

1983 - Eddie Bohn                                   Tom Dancer

1984 - John Blewett, Jr.                            Kevin Eyres

1985 - Jerry Cranmer                               Kevin Eyres

1986 - Tom Mauser                                  Jim Boardwick

1987 - Tom Mauser                                  Harold Dauncey

1988 - Pete Brittain                                  Brian Scisco

1989 - Martin Truex, Sr.                            JJ Jensen

1990 - Leonard Boyd                                JJ Jensen

1991 - Tony Siscone                                 Bobby Walton

1992 - Eddie Bohn                                    Dan McLaughlin, Jr. 

1993                                                       Ken Woolley, Jr.

1994                                                       Brian Scisco

1995                                                       Eddie Bohn

1996                                                        Eddie Bohn & Ken Woolley, Jr.

1997                                                        Eddie Bohn

1998                                                        Dave Garfinkel & Dave Michel

1999                                                        Martin Truex, Jr.

2000                                                       John Blewett III

2001                                                       John Blewett III

2002 - Ken Woolley, Jr.                              Harry Reed

2003                                                        Jimmy Blewett

2004 - John Blewett III                              Jimmy Blewett

2005 - John Blewett III                              Rich Mongeau

2006 - Jimmy Blewett                                Steven Reed

2007 - James Civali                                    Michael Bohn

2008 - Jimmy Blewett                                Rowan Pennink

2009 - Rowan Pennink                                Jimmy Blewett

2010 - Jimmy Blewett                                Matt Hirschman

2011 - Jimmy Blewett                                Jimmy Blewett

2012 - Matt Hirschman                               Zane Zeiner

2013 - Matt Hirschman                              Anthony Sesely

2014 - Eric Mauriello                                  Jimmy Blewett

2015 - Ryan Preece                                   Jimmy Blewett

2016 - Matt Hirschman                              Matt Hirschman

2017 - ???                                                ???



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