SWEEPS TURKEY DERBY
MODIFIED RACES AT WALL SATURDAY
the 2016 season Matt Hirschman lived up to his
nickname “Big Money Matt” by winning many of the
high paying races he entered. The Northampton, Pa.
resident did it again on Saturday at Wall Stadium
Speedway by winning both the Tour Type Modified and
Wall Modified feature races during Turkey Derby
XLIII. These two wins are added to the “Woody’s 105”
race victory that he enjoyed in the summer here.
Hirschman collected a combined $9,000 by sweeping
the 150-lap Tour Type feature and the 100-lap SK
“It’s a career day! That’s the only way to put it.
I’ve been doing it for probably five or six years,”
Hirschman said. “I’ve won each race on different
years, but never in the same day. It’s incredible!
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I know
Jimmy (Blewett) has done it before; I don’t know if
anybody else has."
“I’m not the first to do it but it’s something I’ve
Things seemed to be going Hirschman’s way early in
the Tour Type Modified race when he was promoted to
the inside of row one as a result of pole sitter
Steven Reed failing to make the grid with a broken
transmission. Hirschman dominated the majority of
the event but nearly got tripped up late when former
Turkey Derby winner Eric Mauriello of Howell jumped
to the lead. Hirschman returned the favor on the
following restarting jumping to the front and never
again being headed.
Mauriello, Blewett, Brick’s Ron Frees, who had
converted his Wall Modified to a Tour Type car, and
Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa. completed the top five
in the 26 car field.
Things were not as easy for Hirschman during the
Wall Modified feature. After losing a lap in time
trials for being light at the scales in tech,
Hirschman started in 13th. With a pack of cars
around him, Hirschman made what would turn into a
race-winning move near lap 25.
“We didn’t start up where I would’ve liked to and we
were in a position that I didn’t like,” he explained
after the race. “I thought something was going to
happen. I thought it might not be the winning
strategy, but let’s bail out of here, put our tires
on, and hope it cycles through.
“The very next restart is when they all wrecked in
three and four, so I went from last to eighth. It
worked out, definitely the right thing to do, I
don’t know why I felt like doing it, but it was a
good feeling. From there I ran the car hard and it
stayed with me.”
With Hirschman closing on the leader Jimmy Blewett,
Blewett made what could’ve been a race-winning move
when he went down pit road with just over 11 laps to
go for new tires. Restarting around tenth Blewett
charged through the pack to second before running
out of time to challenge for the win.
Blewett, Matawan’s Anthony Sesely, Danny Bohn, and
Holmdel’s Andrew Krause were second through fifth.
Blewett did enjoy a Modified win on Saturday taking
top honors in the Dirt Modified 50-lap feature race.
Krause came on to challenge later in the test before
finishing second. Jim Brit, Mickey Kessler and Joey
Payne wrapped up the top five.
Joe Ryan Osborn was a happy winner in Saturday’s
30-lapper for the Legend Cars over Mike Alcaro.
Richie Davidowitz, Kyle Ellwood and Joe Graf
completed the top five. In Sunday’s Legend Cars
40-lapper Alcaro took the win as Davidowitz, Noah
Korner, Brandon Martinez and Kevin Nowak completed
the top five.
Matt Roselli won Saturday’s TQ Midget 30-lapper.
On Friday, day one of Turkey Derby, Blewett was a
winner in a wreck filled 50-lapper for the Sportsman
cars holding off Mayetta’s Tyler Truex and Brick’s
Dom Fattaruso. Andrew Bohn and Matt Langbein were
fourth and fifth.
Shanon Mongeau of Manchester won Friday’s Limited
Late Model 45-lapper over Wayne Coury. Chris Turbish,
John Vullo and Marc Rogers were third through fifth.
Brick’s Joe Mongeau won Friday’s 40-lapper for the
Factory Stocks over a challenging Rob McCormick.
Richie Byrne, Scott Riggleman and Ron Booth were
third through fifth. Sunday’s 50-lapper saw Union’s
Joey Helberg take the victory with Shanon Mongeau,
Tom Rajkowski, Tim O’Shea and Scott Riggleman
completing the top five
Also on Friday Beachwood’s Todd Pilla won the 4
Cylinder Stock main event. Darren Burdge chased him
across the line for second, while Christian LaCicero,
Jason Lane and Jeff Loesch posted top five finishes.
Shanon Mongeau returned to win the 75-lap main event
for the 4 Cylinder Stocks on Sunday. Robert Sutphin,
Dan Birdsall, Lee Allen and Jay Conrad wrapped up
the top five.
On Sunday, day three of Turkey Derby, the Dirt
Sportsman cars saw action with Joey Payne taking the
win over Rich Coons, Dakota Kessler and Chuck Stone.
The Dirt Outlaw Stocks were also on Sunday’s card
with Brick’s Ron Frees taking the win with Brian
Ludwig, Jon Meyer, Billy Wroble and Michael Creamer
filling out the top five.
Jeff Henry won the demolition derby, final event of
With the Turkey Derby now compete the 2016 season at
Wall Stadium is in the record books. All attention
is now turning to the 2017 season with the first
pre-season testing session set for April 15.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall
Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State
Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The
speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, the website
is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is
TOUR TYPE MODIFIED FEATURE – 150 Laps – 1.
MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., 2. Eric Mauriello,
3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Ron Frees, 5. Earl Paules, 6.
Jimmy Zacharias, 7. Andrew Krause, 8. Anthony Sesely,
9. Shawn Solomito, 10. Less Hinckley, 11. Keith
Rocco, 12. John Fortin, 13. Jamie Tomaino, 14. John
Markovic, 15. Amber Fortin, 16. Justin Bonsignore,
17. Andy Jankowiak, 18. Tommy Catalano, 19. Jonathan
Mandato, 20. Timmy Solomito, 21. Austin Kochenash,
22. Dave Sapienza, 23. Ken Darch, 24. Jason Treat,
25. Tyler Truex, 26. Jack Ely
DOWNS FORD MODIFIED FEATURE – 100 Laps – 1.
MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., Jimmy Blewett, 3.
Anthony Sesely, 4. Danny Bohn, 5. Andrew Krause, 6.
Eric Mauriello, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Shawna Ingraham,
9. Marc Rogers, 10. Dennis Perry, 11. Shaun Carrig,
12. Chris Lane, 13. Chris Reynolds, 14. Ken Matlach,
15. Trevor Alspach, 16. Jack Ely, 17. Vinnie Marone,
18. Steven Reed, 19. Adam LaCicero, 20. Ricky
Collins, 21. Justin Gumley, 22. Derek Hopkinson, 23.
Shanon Mongeau, 14. Mike Benevides, 25. Zack Alspach,
26. Kenny Van Wickle
DIRT MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY
BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Jim Britt, 4.
Mickey Kessler, 5. Joey Payne, 6. Rich Coons, 7. Rob
Anderton, 8. Charles Stone, 9. Aleia Geisler, 10.
Brian Papiez, 11. Dakota Kessler, 12. Bucky Kell,
13. Kerry Irwin, 14. Jackie Brown, 15. Mark Levy
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 30 Laps – Saturday - 1.
JOE RYAN OSBORN, 2. Mike Alcaro, 3. Richie
Davidowitz, 4. Kyle Ellwood, 5. Joe Graf, 6. Artie
Pederson, 7. Brandon Martinez, 8. Kevin Nowak, 9.
Mitchell Dowd, 10. Matt Maring, 11. Vinny Delaney,
12. Louie Keraitis, 13. Lowbed Johnson, 14. Chris
Gall, 15. Brad VanHouten, 16. Glenn Corner, 17.
Bryan Kelly, 18. Tony Hanbury, 19. Joe Fresco, 20.
Kyle Dealaman, 21. Tony Colandro, 22. Eugene Drew,
23. Noah Korner, 24. Gillian Korner, 25. Pat Verwys,
26. DJ Doyle
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 40 Laps – Sunday – 1.
MIKE ALCARO, 2. Davidowitz, 3. Korner, 4. Martinez,
5. Nowak, 6. Dowd, 7. Graf, 8. Kelly, 9. Maring, 10.
Keraitis, 11. Delaney, 12. Kyle Elwood, 13. Gall,
14. Gillion Kirkpatrick, 15. Pedersen, 16. VanHouton,
17. Dealaman, 18. Mike Marfeo, 19. Korner, 20.
Colandro, 21. Hanbury, 22. Johnson, 23. Joey Lembo,
24. Joe Fresco, 25. Joe Mafeo, DQ Joe Ryan Osborn
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 45 Laps – 1.
SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Wayne, Coury, 3.
Chris Turbush, 4. John Vullo, 5. Marc Rogers, 6.
Daryn Miller, 7. Joe Mancuso, 8. Brandon Turbish, 9.
Mike Tillett, 10. Ricky Collins, 11. Jim Moorman,
12. Andy Gamble, 13. Anthony Hillard, 14. Ray
Minieri, 15. Rick Kopf, 16. Brian Doyle, 17. Charles
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY
BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Dom Fattaruso,
4. Andrew Bohn, 5. Matt Langbein, 6. CJ Lehman, 7.
Blake Barney, 8. Michael Carr, 9. Robert Silver, 10.
Joe Graf, 11 Jonathan Laureigh, 12. Kenny Van Wickle,
13. Roland DeMartino, 14. Chris Owsik, 15. Jarret
DiGiantomasso, 16. Robert Sutphin, 17. Jake Nelke,
18. Jon Meyer, 19. Bill McNeil, 20. Jimmy Wolcott,
21. Kevin Davison, 22. Eric lane, 23. Dom Casola,
24. Robby Walton, 25. Donnie Ericson, 26. Kenny
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. RODD
PILLA, BEACHWOOD, 2. Darren Burdge, 3. Christian
LaCicero, 4. Jason Lane, 5. Jeff Loesch, 6. TJ
Graves, 7. Tom Lalomia, 8. Lee Allen, 9. Chuck
McDonald, 10. Jimmy Avery, 11. Richard Smith, 12.
Jim Sturtecky, 13. JC Duvall, 14. Dan Birdsall, 15.
Ronnie Mullen, 16. Bobby Woch, 17. Brian Osborn, 18.
Darianne McLaren, 19. Frank Ciancitto
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – Friday – 1.
JOE MONGEAU, BRICK, 2. Rob McCormick, 3. Richie
Byrne, 4. Scott Riggleman, 5. Ron Booth, 6. Ryan
Flores, 7. Bill Stockert, 8. Tim O’Shea, 9. Gerry
Koenig, 10. Tom Rajkowski, 11. Joey Helberg, 12.
Scott Maher, 13. John Carpenter, 14. Tim Majik, 15.
Eric Bodenschatz, 16. Steve West, 17. Mike Montano,
18. Waylon Speer, 19 Tommy Casagrande, 20 Josh
Matthews, 21. Elliott Wohl, 22. Whitey Miller
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 50 Laps – Sunday – 1.
Joey Helberg, Union, 2. Shanon Mongeau, 3. Rajkowski,
4. O’Shea, 5. Riggleman, 6. Stockert, 7. West, 8.
Booth, 9. Maher, 10. Byrne, 11. Matthews, 12. Chris
Felber, 13. Koenig, 14. Wohl, 15. Carpenter, 16. Rob
Haberstick, 17. Joe Mongeau, 18. Waylon Speer, 19.
DIRT OUTLAW STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – Sunday
- 1. RON FREES, BRICK, 2. Brian Ludwig, 3. Jon
Meyer, 4. Billy Wroble, 5. Michael Creamer, 6. Tom
Wills, 7. Dan Collamer, 8. Spider Ensinger, 9. Todd,
Dige, 10. Darren Cox, 11. Jack Beaumont
DIRT SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12 Laps – 1. Joey
Payne, 2. Rich Coons, 3. Dakota Kessler, 4. Chuck
Jeff Gravatt / Wall Stadium Speedway
November 27, 2016