WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The list of tour-thpe and Wall/SK modified teams planning to compete in the Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby continues to grow.
Well more than 80 race teams from all divisions were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for both the Nov. 16 and the Nov. 23 final practice session. If these practice turnouts are any indication, the 46th running of the Turkey Derby could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity.
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 during practice. Also seen turning fast laps were Andrew Krause, Andy Jankowiac, Anthony Sesely and Bobby Jones.
Former winner Eric Mauriello, Matt Hirschman, defending winner Dave Sapienza, Derek Hopkinson, Zane Zeiner, Ricky Collins and Kenny Darch also reportedly plan to see action. Also reportedly planning to compete in tour-type modified action are Justin Bonsignore, Ron Frees, Chas Okerson, Kyle Ellwood, Jonathan Mandato and Blake Barney.
The speedway’s own Wall/SK modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Former winner Blewett, newly crowned 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, Zack Alspach, Jason Treat and Chris Andretta are also expected to be in the field.
Many of the above mentioned racers participated in practice.
Several racers are contemplating competition in both pavement type modified races. In fact, Andrew Krause plans extra duty he is planning to compete in the dirt modified feature race. A healthy field of dirt modifieds practiced during the two tune-up sessions.
The current list is compiled of teams that have filed entries, secured tires for the weekend and participated in two Saturday practice sessions on Nov. 16 and 23.
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, 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 noon 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, 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 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1 p.m. The tour-type modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $6,000 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, December 1, with pit gates opening at 10 a.m., practice starting at 11 a.m., grandstand opening at 11:30 a.m., 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 50-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars will each compete in 25-lap main events. Demolition Derby action will cap off Sunday’s card.