WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The list of tour-type and Wall/SK Modified stock car teams planning to compete in the Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby continues to grow.
The current list features teams that have filed entries, secured tires for the weekend and participated in two Saturday practice sessions on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17.
If the more than 80 race teams from all divisions that were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for the Nov. 17 final practice session are any indication, the 45th running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity. Nearly 70 cars from all divisions tested on Nov. 10.
The Turkey Derby is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.
Among the tour-type modified standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are multi-time Turkey Derby winner Jimmy Blewett, who tested his Wall and tour-type modifieds on Nov. 17. Also seen turning fast laps on Nov. 17 were Andrew Krause, Andy Jankowiac, Tony Ricci, Matt Swanson, Anthony Sesely and Bobby Jones.
Timmy Solomito, Matt Hirschman, Dave Sapienza, Kyle Scisco, Derek Hopkinson, Zane Zeiner, Roger Coss and Kenny Darch also plan to compete. Also planning to participate in the tour-type modified race are Ron Frees, Chas Okerson, Kyle Ellwood, Jonathan Mandato and Blake Barney. More entries are expected during the final days leading up to the race.
The speedway’s own Wall/SK Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Newly crowned champion Blewett, former champ Steven Reed, Jason Hearne, Marc Rogers and Eric Mauriello are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Tyler Truex, Kenny Van Wickle, Joey Merlino, Shaun Carrig, Ricky Collins, Zack Alspach, Vinny Marone, Danny Bohn, Jason Treat and Chris Andretta are also expected to be in the field.
Many of the above mentioned racers participated in last Saturday’s practice.
Several racers are contemplating competition in both pavement type modified races. In fact, Krause and Blewett plan extra duty as they are also planning to compete in the Dirt Modified feature race. A healthy field of Dirt Modifieds practiced during the two tune-up sessions.
As in the past, more entries can be expected during the final week before the race and on race weekend itself. Also, several drivers will make their final determinations about which, or perhaps both, paved track Modified divisions they will compete in during this final week before the event.
Like the Modified classes, all divisions that will compete in Turkey Derby action look to be well represented by both locals and invaders on race weekend.
On Friday, Nov. 23, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. with feature racing scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper and the Factory Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11 a.m. with main events set for 1 p.m. The tour-type modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $5,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Wall/SK Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will compete in a 30-lapper. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval in a 30-lap race.
The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, Nov. 25, with pit gates opening at 10 a.m., practice starting at 11 a.m., grandstand opening and qualifying at noon and main events set for 1 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks will race in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 75-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars will each compete in 25-lap main events. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.