Entries that have recently arrived at the Wall Stadium office for the upcoming Turkey Derby weekend on November 27 and 28 indicate that this 36th running of the event should be just as exciting as the previous 35. While fans of the third mile paved oval will recognize many of the entries in the track’s support divisions, the entries received thus far for the tour type Modified, Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modified and the Late Model divisions offer some surprises and interesting competition.
Howell’s Jamie Tomaino was the first driver to enter the tour type Modified field for their 100-lap event and will be joined by other locals favorites Steven Reed of Freehold, Tommy Farrell of Neptune, Justin Gumley of Colts Neck and Anthony Sesely of Matawan. Oakhurst’s Pete Brittain and Howell speedsters Ken Woolley, Jr. and Jimmy Blewett will also attract the attention of local fans. Several invading tour type Modified drivers have also registered for the 100-lapper including Rowan Pennick, Doug Coby, Ken Barry, Eric Goodale and Ed Brunnhoelzl III.
Reed, Farrell, Sesely, Brittain, Blewett and Pennick will be doing double duty as each has also registered for the 100-lap RBSS Modified race. Their competition will come for 2009 champion Chas Okerson of Freehold, Farmingdale’s Billy Cole, Brick’s Robert Geibel and Adam LaCicero, just to name a few.
Jimmy Blewett will perhaps be the busiest man at the Turkey Derby as he plans to compete in Friday’s 75-lap Late Model main event in addition to Saturday’s two 100-lap Modified features. Several top veteran Late Model racers have also registered including Pennsylvania standouts Roger Oxee and Zane Zeiner and Long Island favorite Buzzy Ericksen. Also of interest will be local racer Rob Ormsbee of Belmar who will be attempting to top the field of paved track cars with his dirt track Late Model stock car.
Promoter Jim Morton has announced the time schedule for the 36th annual running of the “Turkey Derby” season ending stock car classic. As has been the case since the outset, Turkey Derby competition is always held during the daylight hours and is presented on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 27 and 28) of Thanksgiving weekend. This year, Sunday afternoon action has been added featuring Enduro style racing.
On Friday, November 27, pit gates will open at 7:00 a.m., with pre purchased ticket holders’ grandstand gates opening at 9:30 a.m. and grandstand seating opening at 10:00 a.m. On the track, all eight divisions that will see competition on the weekend will practice on Friday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club vehicles will then go 15-laps at 12:15 p.m., before qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday’s qualifying will consist of time trials for the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modifieds and the Late Model stock cars, along with heat races and consolation races as needed for the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stocks, I.N.E.X. Legend Cars, Street Stocks and the RBSS Modifieds.
Friday main events are set to start at 2:30 p.m. with the Legend Cars in a 25-lapper, the Late Models in a 75 lapper and the Factory Stocks rounding out Friday’s action in a 30-lap feature.