Wall Township Speedway Closes Its Doors
Another Historic Track Bites the Dust
Below is the fax sent by Timothy Shinn...
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I must, at this time, formally announce the closing of our beloved Wall Township Speedway, formerly known to the vast majority of us as Wall Stadium.
Like most of us, my first experience at the Speedway was as an eight year old child attending with my father some forty-five years ago. Some of my fondest childhood memories were forged at the Speedway we so loved.
I recall the miniature, plastic models of the Modified/Sportsman cars that I would meticulously paint and letter to represent top shoes such as Tommie Elliott in the purple No. 4 and Parker Bohn in the 659, as well as many others.
James Civali's Turkey Derby win at Wall last fall may have been the last checkered flag for a Mod race at Wall.
For 57 years, Wall Township Speedway was a hotbed of Modified racing and New Jersey’s home for short track asphalt racing. Sadly, as of Friday, March 14th, that tradition has come to a close. In a fax to local media and NASCAR representatives, track partner Timothy Shinn announced that the 57-year tradition of racing on the Jersey Shore would cease effective Friday, March 14th. Four managing partners, each with 25-percent share stake in the quarter-mile track, made the collective decision to close the track for good.
As we all did, I established some great lasting relationships at the track, not the least of which was my former Head Mechanic at United Crane, Al Mauser, better known in the racing circles as Bill. Then there were my dear friends, the late Tommy Cornerford, Don Ling, Bill Johnson and the Blewett family, just to name a few. I could go on and on.
Without getting into all of the whys and wherefores, please know that we, as a partnership group holding four equal twenty-five percent shares, did everything in our power these past six years since 2002, to provide top quality short-track racing and keep the doors to the Speedway open. We have made numerous attempts to create a scenario which would enable us to continue with the Speedway operation, all to no avail.
Please know, when we purchased the track from the Nicol Family on February 26, 2002, we, as an ownership group, were wholly committed to its continuance as the top quality racing facility it had always been known as in the fifty-one years prior.
Please also know this decision to close was made on this 14th day of March, 2008, as we were still exploring certain options available to us in an attempt to remain open for the 2008 season; again to no avail.
I, as do my partners, truly believe in our hearts, that we did everything in our power, for all of the right reasons, to continue the unprecedented heritage which was always associated with Wall Township Speedway/Wall Stadium.
With that said, it is with deep regret that my partners and I are left with no alternative than to close Wall Township Speedway/Wall Stadium after 57 years of continuous racing.
We cannot thank you, the competitors, crews, the many race fans across the country and anyone ever associated with the Speedway for your undying loyalties and support throughout these pas 57 years since 1950.
I believe I can speak for the Nicol Family as well. I, for one, now just how much the Speedway meant to Tucker, his mom, Tom and the entire Nicol Family throughout the years.
Unfortunately, we find ourselves joining the long, ever-growing list of short-tracks across the country which have been forced to close.
In reflecting on the rich history of the track, let our thoughts go to the good times which are etched in all our memories and may we all be thankful for 57 years of great racing in the Township of Wall, New Jersey.
God Bless us all and may God continue to bless the great sport of auto racing.
Timothy H. Shinn
For the Partners