Veteran stock car drivers Pete Brittain of Cream Ridge and Jimmy Blewett of Howell each raced to victory in twin 50-lap main events for tour type Modified stock cars in front of a large crowd at Wall Stadium Saturday night. While Brittain led every lap of the first race to take the win, Blewett raced from the rear of the 22-car field to win the second race after an early crash sent him to the pit area for repairs.
When Brittain rocketed to the lead in the first Modified race, Anthony Sesely of Matawan was his first challenger as Blewett rode third. Blewett advanced to second on a lap seven restart and then wrestled with Brittain the rest of the way. Sesely held a tight third to the finish, while invaders Ted Christopher of Plainfield, Ct. and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. were fourth and fifth.
“I have to thank the crew and Don Ling for this win,” said Brittain after his first win at the track since 1990. “Jimmy (Blewett) gave me all I could handle, but he drove me like a gentleman all the way.”
The second Modified 50-lapper was wild from start to finish. After a lap three restart crash sent Blewett to the pit area for repairs, Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa. led until his motor blew on the front stretch on lap 19. Christopher, the reigning NASCAR Modified champion, then took the lead with Jamie Tomaino of Howell on his bumper. On the ensuing restart Tomaino charged to the outside lane in an attempt to pass for the lead, but the duo touched and Tomaino’s car slammed the guard rail before Hirschman’s mount drove over the top of Tomaino’s car on the backstretch. No injuries were reported.
Sesely was Christopher’s next challenger on the following restart, but when Sesely dove low for the pass Christopher blocked his path and Sesely spun from contention.
But multi-time 2009 winner Jimmy Blewett was on a mission.
By lap 20 Blewett had climbed from last to third and quickly raced past Colts Neck’s Justin Gumley for second. Blewett then needed just a few laps to size up Christopher before diving to the inside lane to take the lead on lap 25. From that point on it was all Blewett for the win, with Gumley, Hirschman, Brian Cranmer and Sesely completing the top five.
“He wasn’t going to come into my house and do that,” Blewett said after the race in reference to the controversial driving style of Ted Christopher. “How’d I get by him? I booted the booter!
“I have to thank everyone who works on the car for this one. It was wrecked pretty bad after that early crash. They fixed it and made it run pretty fast.”
Wall Stadium races back into action this Saturday night, August 15, with the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modifieds returning to compete in the 76 lap “John Blewett III Memorial.” The Sportsman cars, Street Stocks, Legend Cars and Factory Stocks will also compete in regular distance action.
1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. PETE BRITTAIN, CREAM RIDGE, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Anthony Sesely, 4. Ted Christopher, 5. Matt Hirschman, 6. Steven Reed, 7. Jamie Tomaino, 8. Earl Paules, 9. Tony Ferrante, 10. Kyle Ebersole, 11. Brian Cranmer, 12. Marc Rogers, 13. Andy Walko, 14. Justin Gumley, 15. Dave Cranmer, 16. Tim Arre, 17. Amber Levandowski, 18. Todd Baer, 19. Ryan Russo, 20. Steve Whitt, 21. Rich Ely, 22. Tom Cottrell
2ND MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Gumley, 3. Hirschman, 4. Brian Cranmer, 5. Sesely, 6. Brittain, 7. Christopher, 8. Ebersole, 9. Reed, 10. Dave Cranmer, 11. Rogers, 12. Cottrell, 13. Russo, 14. Ferrante, 15. Baer, 16. Tomaino, 17. Paules, 18. Levandowski, 19. Arre, 20. Walko, 21. Whitt