WALL TOWNSHIP — John Blewett III of Howell led a quartet of local drivers who finished in the top five in the Busch 150 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series stock car race at Wall Township Speedway on Sunday afternoon. It was the first-ever appearance by the series at the third-mile paved oval, and a large crowd turned out to witness the event. Howell’s Ken Woolley Jr. was the leader, but when he tangled with a competitor and dropped to ninth, Ted Christopher took over the lead. Christopher then paced the field through lap 70 as Blewett advanced to second. Blewett then charged to the front with an inside lane pass as Woolley continued to rebound through the field. By lap 90, Woolley had advanced to third spot and overtook Christopher for second when lapped cars caused a scramble by the lead pack on lap 118. From that point on, Woolley challenged Blewett before finally settling for second spot. Christopher held on for third, while Jimmy Blewett of Howell was fourth and Jamie Tomaino, also of Howell, was fifth. In the companion 50-lapper for the speedway’s own Busch Beer Modified Series, the race came down to a battle for the win between four cars. In the final half of the race, six-time champ Dave Michel of Manahawkin moved to the lead, with defending title winner Jimmy Blewett on his bumper. As the laps wore on, Kevin Flockhart of Jackson and Frank Polimeda of Fort Lee moved in to make it a four-car fight. As the final 10 laps counted down, there was plenty of contact between Michel and Blewett. Then, on the final turn of the final lap, Blewett got out of shape and out of the racing groove, loosing a handful of spots in the process. Michel was first across the finish line for his 62nd career win, with Flockhart and Polimeda second and third. Marc Rogers of Brick was fourth and Jimmy Blewett recovered for fifth. The Pro Stocks also raced in a 50-lapper that also saw a battle for the lead in the closing laps. Former champ Rob Williams of Farmingdale raced into the top spot on lap eleven, but Jackson’s Greg Gastelu advanced to second just moments later. This duo then thrilled the large crown with a spirited battle all the way to the checker flag. Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck was third, while both Chas Okerson of Freehold and Piscataway’s Kenny Reaves recovered from early troubles for fourth and fifth.
Powered By Impressive Business WordPress Theme