SESELY WINS FIRST WALL MODIFIED RACE IN 5 YEARS SATURDAY
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Anthony Sesely was impressive in winning his first Modified feature race in over five years Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Matawan based two-time driving champion last won at the speedway in July, 2015. Saturday's win was his career 20th at the third mile paved oval.
Sesely wasted little time in jumping to the lead in the 40-lap main event and was slowed by just two caution flags. Sesely fought off early challenges by Brick's Dom Fattaruso and Toms River's Derek Hopkinson in the early going before point leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel moved into second to chase the leader on lap 26. Even though lapped traffic proved challenging in the final quarter of the event, Sesely took down the win while Krause, who was forced to repair damage from an afternoon test session crash, crossed the line second. Three-time champion Steven Reed of Jackson, Hopkinson and Jason Hearne of New Egypt completed the top five.
“Life throws a lot of curve balls at you and you never know what is coming next,” Sesely said when asked about his absence from regular competition in recent seasons. “A lot has gone on in my life with the passing of my mother one of the bigger things. We came here tonight looking to win because this would have have been her 70th birthday.
“We wanted to win tonight for my mother!”
Brick's Nick Catone led the early going in the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks before defending champ Elliot Wohl of Beachwood took the lead on lap nine. This one was far from over, however, as a late race caution set up a side-by-side battle between Wohl and Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. during the last two circuits. Wohl was first and Montano was second at the finish, with Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Billy Both of Rahway and Tom Rajkowski of Fords wrapping up the top five.
Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson won his second Sportsman 25-lapper of the season, while title chase leader Jake Nelke of Manahawkin stretched his point lead by finishing second. Jackson's Carsten DiGiantomasso, Brick's Robert Sutphin and Howell's Jimmy Wolcott were third, fourth and fifth.
Alonzo Morales of Burlington won his second 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lap feature race of the campaign, racing to the lead with just five laps to go. Farmingdale's Doug Ashford, Wall's TJ Graves and point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City were second through fourth. Early race leader Billy Pross of Hazlet was fifth.
Peter Bruno of Little Silver stretched his title chase lead by winning a wild 25-lap Legend Cars feature over Eugene Drew of Vernon. Brick's Bryan Gardella was third, while Joe Przybylinski of Fairfield and Eddie Idec were fourth and fifth.
Buddy Miller of Cream Ridge won his second straight Limited Late Model 25-lapper over early race leader Greg Gastelu of Jackson. Andy Gamble of Bernardsville, Chris Silvestri of Hazlet and Bayville's Mike Tillett.
The 2020 Saturday night regular season concludes this Saturday (Oct. 10) evening with the Modified stock cars racing in a 40-lap event while the Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Sportsman cars, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models are on the card in 25-lap main events. With champions in all divisions being crowned, all of these regular season finale main events will offer double championship points. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
Plans are already in gear for the annual Turkey Derby which is 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 email@example.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ANTHONY SESELY, MATAWAN, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Steven Reed, 4. Derek Hopkinson, 5. Jason Hearne, 6. Kevin Davison, 7. Dom Fattaruso, 8. Joey Merlino, 9. Ken Matlach, 10. Shaun Carrig, 11. Jack Ely, 12. Kyle Scisco, 13. Kenny Van Wickle, 14. Jonathan Mandato, 15. Ron Frees, 16. Mike Brennan, 17. Marc Rogers, 18. Jason Treat, 19. Ricky Collins, 20. Glenn Slocum, 21. Tommy Martino, 22. Eddie McCarthy
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ELLIOT WOHL, BEACHWOOD, 2. Mike Montano, 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Billy Both, 5. Tom Rajkowski, 6. Brian Osborn, 7. Nick Catone, 8. Gary Burton, 9. Matt Badessa, 10. Gerry Koenig, 11. Kevin Flores, 12. Nick Kilmer, 13. Robert Stack, 14. Nancy Riggleman, 15. Steve Mangano, 16. John Carpenter, 17. Bryan O'Shea
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps- 1. JARRET DIGIANTOMASSO, JACKSON, 2. Jake Nelke, 3. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 4. Robert Sutphin, 5. Jimmy Wolcott, 6. Rob Schultz, 7. Tomas Stainionis, 8. Neil Rutt III, 9. Jeffrey Loesch, 10. Teddy Cranmer, 11. Dave Bailey, 12. Roland DeMartino, 13. Ryan Fisher, 14. Rob Anderton, 15. Joe King, Jr., 16. Jonathan Laureigh
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ALONZO MORALES, BURLINGTON, 2. Doug Ashford, 3. TJ Graves, 4. Ryan Maher, 5. Billy Pross, 6. Sean Vuksanic, 7. Ian Ashford, 8. Nicole Razzano, 9. Cody Critelli, 10. John Ciaella, 11. Richard Smith, 12. Bill Schwarz, 13. Kevin Mee, 14. Sal Liguori, 15 Darianne McLaren
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. PETER BRUNO, LITTLE SILVER, 2. Eugene Drew, 3. Bryan Gardella, 4. Joe Przybylinski, 5. Eddie Idec, 6. Roger Nickerson, 7. Steve Woytysiak, 8. Phil Bogdan, 9. Eric Green, 10. Mason Magee, 11 Quinn Trimmer
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BUDDY MILLER, ASBURY PARK, 2. Greg Gastelu, 3. Andy Gamble, 4. Chris Silvestri, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Steve Puglisi