HIRSCHMAN SWEEPS TOUR MOD 50'S TO EARN WALL TURKEY DERBY CROWN
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. raced to a pair of 50-lap victories to claim the overall Tour Modified Turkey Derby crown at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday afternoon. The event was originally set for last Thanksgiving weekend as has become a tradition, but was postponed until March 27 due to COVID 19 restrictions.
After posting fast time in time trial qualifying, Hirschman rocketed to the lead of the first 50-lapper and never looked back. Farmingdale's Tom Martino, Jr. chased Hirschman most of the way before Andrew Krause of Holmdel advanced to second in the closing laps. Martino held on for third at the finish, with Long Island's Timmy Solomito and Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor wrapping up the top five.
In the second 50-lapper Martino was the early pace setter as Hirschman came from fourth spot. Hirschman advanced to second by lap four and then shadowed Martino for nearly 30 laps. Hirschman then dove to the inside to take the lead as Krause advanced to second seven laps later. Krause then chased Hirschman to the finish line with Martino, Solomito and Anthony Sesely of Port Monmouth completing the top five.
“These Turkey Derby titles are tough to come by so I appreciate every one,” Hirschman said. “I want to thank every one of you for coming out and supporting this place. It has been a tough year. I hope everything is back to normal by November so that we can all enjoy a normal Turkey Derby!”
Neil Rutt III of Edison made is first Turkey Derby Limited Late Model start impressive as he raced to victory in the 50-lap feature race. Gerard Giordano, Brian Doyle, Mark Hudson and Mike Tillett were second through fifth.
Kyle Taraska of Woodbridge earned his Turkey Derby laurel wreath by winning the 30-lapper for the TQ Midgets. Joey Bailey, Jeff Kott, Ryan Tidman and Geo Sutton wrapped up the top five.
The postponed Turkey Derby XLVII events will continue on Saturday, April 17, during the daylight hours with Day 3 competition. The 2021 regular season opener is then set for Saturday evening, April 24.
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. Updates are available at wallspeedwayracing.cOM.
1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Tom Martino, Jr., 4. Tim Solomito, 5. Ron Frees, 6. Jonathan Mandato, 7. Derek Hopkinson, 8. Dave Sapienza, 9. Neil Rutt III, 10. Eddie McCarthy, 11. Anthony Sesely, 12. Jason Treat, 13. Doug Coby, 14. Zack Alspach
2ND MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA. 2. Krause, 3. Martino, 4. Solomito, 5. Sesely, 6. Frees, 7. Sapienza, 8. McCarthy, 9. Mandato, 10. Treat, 11. Hopkinson, 12. Alspach, 13. Rutt
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. NEIL RUTT III, EDISON, 2. Gerard Giordano, 3. Brian Doyle, 4. Mark Hudson, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Howie Conk, 7. Ron Frees, 8. Brandon Turbush, 9. Ricky Giannino. 10. Darren Cox
TQ MIDGET FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. KYLE TARASKA, WOODBRIDGE, 2. Joey Bailey, 3. Jeff Kot, 4. Ryan Tidman, 5. Geo Sutton, 6. Anthony Payne, 7. Tyler Ferris, 8. Bianna Page, 9. Tim Proctor, 10. Mike Glaser, 11. Steve Craig, 12. Tyler Wagner, 13. Robbie Wills, 14. Mark Yoder