KRAUSE WINS TITLE, MCCARTHY WINS WALL MODIFIED RACE SATURDAY
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Eddie McCarthy of Brick won his career first Modified stock car 40-lap feature race and Holmdel's Andrew Krause won his first Modified driving championship during Wall Stadium Speedway's regular season finale Saturday night.
Kenny Van Wickle of Brick was the first leader of the event as McCarthy soon applied the pressure from second. After often wrestling side-by-side for the top spot, McCarthy powered to the lead just before halfway and just before the race was stopped by a massive front stretch pile-up on lap 18. Brick's Dom Fattaruso seemed to get the worst of the exchange, but no injuries ere reported.
From that point on McCarthy powered on to the win with Wall's Jack Ely second, title contender Steven Reed of Jackson, third and Krause crossing the line in fourth. Farmingdale's Tommy Martino was fifth.
“We've been trying to get a Modified win for a long time. Two weeks ago we blew a motor and last week we fought this one that Buddy Miller lent us,” McCarthy said. “We got it figured out and it was a rocket tonight. I have to thank my mom and dad, my finance and Bill Cole for all they did to make this possible!”
“Ever since my father came to this place my family fell in love with it,” Krause, whose sister and mother operate the 70 year old third mile paved oval, said. “We have been trying hard for a long time to put a championship season together. Thanks to a lot of very good people we have done it!”
Tom Rajkowski of Fords fought to the finish to win the 25-lap main event for the Factory Stocks while Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was a hard charging runner-up which was more than good enough for him to earn his second straight driving title. Title contenders Bryan O'Shea of Neptune City, Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. and Billy Both of Rahway were third through fifth.
Ricky Williams of Barnegat drove a borrowed car to victory in the 25-lap 4 Cylinder Stock main event over Alonzo Morales of Burlington and Billy Pross of Hazlet. Neptune City's Ryan Maher raced from the rear of the field to fourth in the final four laps to win the 4 Cylinder Stock driving crown. Wall's TJ Graves was fifth in the night's race.
Peter Bruno of Little Silver recovered from first lap trouble to finish second and clinch the 2020 Legend Cars driving title. Eugene Drew of Vernon won his first ever feature race while Long Island's Ed Cheslak, Eric Green of Red Bank and title contender Bryan Gardella of Brick were third through fifth.
Brothers Jarret and Carsten DiGiantomasso battled to the finish for both the title and race win in the Sportsman 25-lap feature race before the brothers finished in that order for both the race and the point title. It was Jarret's third win of the year and first ever crown. Neil Rutt III of Edison, Neptune City's Jeffrey Loesch and Howell's Rob Anderton wrapped up the top five. After leading the point race going into the race, Manahawkin's Jake Nelke suffered heartbreak as his car retired from the race early with reported electrical issues.
Hazlet's Chris Silvestri convincingly won his second straight title by winning the 25-lap Limited Late Model main event over Long Island invader Ray Minieri. Bayville's Mike Tillett, Buddy Miller of Cream Ridge and Jackson's Greg Gastelu completed the top five.
With the 2020 regular season complete, attention turns to the annual Turkey Derby which is traditionally contested during the daylight hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Wall Stadium 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 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates are available at wallspeedwayracing.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. EDDIE MCCARTHY, BRICK, 2. Jack Ely, 3. Steven Reed, 4. Andrew Krause, 5. Tommy Martino, 6. Ron Freed, 7. Joey Merlino, 8. Shaun Carrig, 9. Kenny Van Wickle, 10. Glenn Slocum, 11. Ricky Collins, 12. Jason Treat, 13. Kevin Davison, 14. Derek Hopkinson, 15. Dam Fattaruso, 16. Kyle Scisco, 17. Chris Reynolds, 18. Marc Rogers, 19. Mike Brennan, 20. Robert French
MODIFIED CHAMPION: ANDREW KRAUSE
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TOM RAJKOWSKI, FORDS, 2. Elliot Wohl, 3. Bryan O'Shea, 4. Mike Montano, 5. Billy Both, 6. Robert Stack, 7. John Bowers, 8. Gerry Koenig, 9. Brian Osborn, 10. Joe Mongeau, 11. Matt Badessa, 12. Tony Barton, 13. Brian Brown, 14. Kevin Flores, 15. Nick Kilmer, 16. Scott Riggleman, 17. Gary Burton, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. Steve Adams, 20. Nick Catone, 21. Chris Webber, 22. Darren Cox
FACTORY STOCK CHAMPION: ELLIOT WOHL
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RICKY WILLIAMS, BARNEGAT, 2. Alonzo Morales, 3. Billy Pross, 4. Ryan Maher, 5. TJ Graves, 6. Doug Ashford, 7. Sean Vuksanic, 8. Ian Ashford, 9. Darianne McLaren, 10. Max Montijo, 11. Kayleigh Sharry, 12. Bill Schwarz, 13. Cody Critelli, 14. Nicole Razzano, 15. Kevin Mee, 16. Deanna McLaren
4 CYLINDER STOCK CHAMPION: RYAN MAHER
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. EUGENE DREW, VERNON, 2. Peter Bruno, 3. Ed Cheslak, 4. Eric Green, 5. Bryan Gardella, 6. Quinn Trimmer, 7. Phil Bogdan, 8. Eddie Idec, 9. Scott Cheslak, 10. Steve Woytysiak, 11. Roger Nickerson, 12. Joe Przybylinski
LEGEND CARS CHAMPION: PETER BRUNO
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps- 1. JARRET DIGIANTOMASSO, JACKSON, 2. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 3. Neil Rutt III, 4. Jeffrey Loesch, 5. rob Anderton, 6. Rob Schultz, 7. Kenny Reaves, 8. Tomas Stainionis, 9. Jimmy Wolcott, 10. Dave Bailey, 11. Jake Nelke, 12. Ryan Fisher
SPORTSMAN CHAMPION: JARRET DIGIANTOMASSO
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. CHRIS SILVESTRI, HASLET, 2. Ray Minieri, 3. Mike Tillett, 4. Buddy Miller, 5. Greg Gastelu, 6. Steve Puglisi
LIMITED LATE MODEL CHAMPION: CHRIS SILVESTRI