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July 3, 2004 (2019 will be 15 years)


July 3, 2004 (2019 will be 15 years)  

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Author: J63   Date: 7/2/2018 1:54:09 PM  +12/-11  

July 3, 2004 was the night that was full of fireworks (reference to the blow up in the pits)

In the Marion D. O'Roarke Independence 76, the late John Blewett III and Jimmy Blewett were in the front row and Harry and son Steven Reed were in back of them. During a tire scuffle, Harry rammed into the back of Jimmy's #76 causing his car to be damaged and, John III veered right into Harry's front damaging it. 

John remained as the pole sitter and, Jimmy drove his crippled car to the pits and Harry's car was towed away and, never returned. 

While John III, was holding a comfortable lead until, the caution came out due to a spinning car. Jimmy returned to the event  11 laps old. His grandfather, John Sr. informed him to stay last because, the points are important to him but, Jimmy didn't take the advice so he waited out there until he furiously veered right into Steven Reed's mount sending him airborne and, slid across the speedway. Officials immediately disqualified the young Blewett due to the incident but, it didn't stop there.

It was pandemonium in the pits when the Reed crew rushed to Blewett's crippled car, fists were flying. His stepmother Jessie was sheilding the driver window. Immediately, the track called the Wall Township Police to deal with the situation and, Blewett was taken home by cops. Almost the whole crowd, ran to the pits to  throw their anger at the the two drivers but, officials ordered them to return to their seats or leave the premises at once. 

After the fireworks ended, John III won the event and said during his interview, "Fighting doesn't sugarcoat anything" (due to the blow up in the pit area). Jimmy, was served a harsh punishment from the track which was one month suspension and, his title hopes were over. Oddly enough, Blewett fans felt that Jimmy cared less about Wall at that time which the Showtime Empire imploded due to suspensions, disqualifications and, punishments. (Blewett won the title thirteen years later since 2002 and, competing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in between 2005-2016)

That year, he won the 100 lapper at Turkey Derby and John III won the Garden State Classic and the Tour Style Modified 125 at TD as well. 

That was the night that fans had etched in their minds and, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME.


 
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July 3, 2004 (2019 will be 15 years) +12/-11 J63 7/2/2018 1:54:09 PM